Who Really Wrote Obama’s Stimulus Bill?

A couple weeks ago, Howard Portnoy asked that all-important question at Hot Air's Greenroom:

From the beginning, it was well established that the president had not gotten his hands all ink-stained writing the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill. In fact, it was pretty much common knowledge that Nancy Pelosi and her minions authored the bill, right? (Well, her minions maybe; I doubt Pelosi can find her way upstairs without a map, much less author a piece of complex legislation.)

Certainly, that’s what I myself believed until yesterday when Glenn Beck … asked an intriguing question: How has Congress managed to crank out several thousand pages of legislation in the space of several months? This is Congress, mind you. We of the electorate are lucky when 60 percent of them shows up for work on a given day.

Beck raises the possibility that Congress had help — and not in the form of Cliff Notes. Take a look at this press release dated January 15, 2009. It appears on the website of the Apollo Alliance, whose mission statement identifies it as “a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs.” N.B. Community leaders in this context is code for “community organizers” (why does that phrase sound familiar?). And revolution in this context is code for “community organizers sticking it to the man.”

The press release, which contains highlights of the newly proposed stimulus package, also contains the following paragraph:

Almost all of the clean energy, good jobs programs made public today, along with the dimension of the spending called for by Congress and the new president, track closely with the ideas and proposals advanced last year by the Apollo Alliance in The New Apollo Program and the Apollo Economic Recovery Act. [Emphasis added.]

Could it be that the 1,200-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill, written prior to Obama’s inauguration, is actually cribbed from the Apollo Economic Recovery Act? If so, does that also hold true for the administration’s cap and trade energy bill, which has already passed in the House?

Lest there be any doubt, Obama has ties to the Apollo Initiative. Van Jones, the man he appointed Green Jobs Czar, is a co-founder and director of the Apollo Alliance. He is also a black nationalist, former terrorist, ex-con, and self-avowed Nazi communist (though presumably all of this occurred when Obama was 8, so it doesn’t count).

If you're trying to place where you've heard the name Apollo before, it was right here in Glenn Beck's recent TV segment connecting all of Barack Obama's radical associations.  If you didn't catch it the first time around, or if you don't recall the details, make time to watch it again.

Fast forward to today.  Van Jones has been ousted as the radical anti-American he is.  And now we see…this:

New Zeal reported last month that Van Jones helped found Apollo and served on its board until recently-alongside Gerry Hudson of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) supporter Carl Pope and Joel Rogers-founder of the radical New Party-which Barack Obama joined in Chicago in 1995.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently credited Apollo with helping write the stimulus bill and getting it passed. Yet the stimulus' “green jobs” provisions funnel federal tax dollars to unions, green groups and community organizers — that is, the organizations that make up Apollo.

But the connections don't stop there:

The New York state Apollo Alliance Director is Jeff Jones.
Jones co-founded the Weatherman terrorist organization with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Jeff Jones is a former member of the 1970s terrorist organization, the Weather Underground. More than that, Jones was a founder and one of four key leaders of the organization with Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. (New Zeal)

I'm sure you'll recall that Barack Obama launched his bid for President with a fundraiser in Ayers' home.  And they're all still in bed together:

VAN Jones resigned as White House green-jobs czar after the public got a look at his history of radical activism, including his time building the so-called Apollo Alliance — a coalition of left-wing interest groups unified around the green-jobs concept. But another, even more radical Jones (not related) is leading Apollo's New York state activities.

Jeff Jones was a domestic terrorist in the late '60s and a fugitive from justice throughout the '70s — yet now he's a leader of an influential, taxpayer-funded group.

Jones was a fugitive from justice for 11 years. His own account at his Web site says: “As a leader of the Weather Underground, Jeff evaded an intense FBI manhunt for more than a decade. In 1981, they finally got him. Twenty special agents battered down the door of the Bronx apartment where he was living with his wife and four-year-old son.”

With Mark Rudd and Bill Ayers, Jones in 1969 co-founded the radical Weatherman, which orchestrated the violent “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago, and later undertook an anti-government bombing campaign. Three of its members died when a bomb they were constructing to attack Fort Dix accidentally detonated in Greenwich Village.

And Jones is still proud of his terrorist activities — saying as recently as 2004: “To this day, we still, lots of us, including me, still think it was the right thing to try to do.”

Now, Jones is back to revolutionary organizing — but with taxpayers footing the bill. He's the director of the Apollo Alliance's New York affiliate and a consultant to the national group.

Apollo unifies the three most powerful elements of the political left — environmental groups, labor unions and street organizers like ACORN — and points them toward a common goal that enriches all of them under the banner of “green jobs.” (Van Jones was an Apollo board member until he joined the White House staff.)

So, the answer to Portnoy's question of who really wrote Barack Obama's stimulus bill is…domestic terrorists and corrupt radical Leftist thug groups.

Quick…someone call Janet Napolitano – we have actionable intelligence of domestic terrorism wreaking havoc on America!

At the very least, it should be profoundly disturbing that our President would outsource the crafting of such critical and sweeping legislation to groups that are demonstrably radical and anti-American.  Connecting the dots, however, paints an even more profoundly disturbing picture of our President – that he's one of them.  For all those who, throughout the campaign, mocked me and accused me of absurdity for suggesting that Barack Obama was a Leftist radical or anti-American, I am now accepting formal apologies.

Unfortunately, it doesn't change the fact that those same domestic terrorists and radical anti-American Leftists occupy numerous seats of power throughout the government of the United States, including the Oval Office.  Is it any wonder that America's foundations are crumbling when those holding the reigns of power now are the same ones setting bombs a couple decades ago?  How we came to be here is the subject for future reflection; right now, we need to focus all our efforts on counteracting their radical agenda and pushing them out of power as soon as legally possible.  The success and prosperity of our nation quite literally depends upon it.

There's my two cents.

PS – and since when has Glenn Beck become the preeminent investigative journalist of the decade…?!  Nevertheless, keep it up, Beck!  The American people need someone to do it…


I'm a gun-owning, Bible-thumping, bitter clinger conservative in the heartland. You can disagree with me if you want (you do, after all, have a right to be wrong)...just don't be rude or stupid and we'll get along just fine! :)

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