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Politicians and labor leaders, working in concert, establish entitlements for public-sector workers who are more than happy to receive them. These far and above exceed those benefits for which workers in the private sector contribute portions of their compensation, and are ultimately paid for by taxpayers.

This is how it works with socialists and is a key method by which they cement their political power. Essentially, it places taxpayers in a situation wherein they are enslaved to the government via the self-interest of public-sector workers. The more public-sector workers there are, the more secure the government’s power.

Changes in economic conditions – because economic conditions always change – may preclude the continuance of these entitlements, or the latter simply outstrip the public-sector employer’s ability to pay them. Then, politicians and labor leaders paint those who call for austerity or concessions (taxpayers and prudent politicians) as anti-worker.

If all of this sounds like an old communist trick, there’s a good reason for that: It is.

Speaking of old communists, more than a few commentators took significant exception to radical activist and Sith lord Frances Fox Piven’s December 2010 call for demonstrations and rioting in America in response to government counter-measures regarding widespread economic distress.

And voila! – like a well-timed Hollywood film cut from foreshadowing to conclusion, suddenly there are demonstrations under way in two (going on three) states in America. As in Greece and other European nations, public-sector workers in the U.S., in response to their state governments’ proposed austerity measures, have taken to the streets, viciously excoriating any and all who advance or advocate these measures.

Some of the key players here have been Wisconsin teachers, who have essentially gone on strike to get their point across. As it happens, the National Education Association, America’s teachers’ union, has among its “recommended reading” materials the book “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky, the pioneering radical community organizer. This is by no means covert; the book is plainly and shamelessly displayed on the NEA’s website.

It is no secret President Obama has come down on the side of the protesters in Wisconsin and is closer to labor unions than any president has ever been. But isn’t it strange that the game plan public-sector employees in the Midwest are currently using is right in the vein of methodology outlined in the study materials of old-school radical Marxists?

We are, I suppose, expected to ignore these associations.

Piven and Alinsky despised the American political system and capitalism, and sought to dismantle them. Yet, Commissar Obama, who studied both Piven and Alinsky, claims he’s not a socialist, and does not advocate redistribution of wealth – and millions of Americans are apparently still willing to take him at his word.

It is commendable that alternative press outlets are drawing the connection between unions and President Obama’s comportment relative to the Wisconsin demonstrations, but they tend to frame this as though it’s a revelation. Obama has been thick as thieves with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for years; last week, AFL-CIO president and Yeti Richard Trumka mentioned publicly that he speaks with President Obama or someone in the White House “every day.”

Despite all this, reasonable people aren’t protesting in the streets over these phenomena.

The bottom line is that many of us have yet to wake up. There are several situations developing at this very moment that bode ill for average American citizens. These are things that have been orchestrated (à la Alinsky and Piven) or are conditions upon which the administration intends to capitalize. For example: Two weeks ago, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., cited U.S. Department of Agriculture corn projections and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization statistics for rising food prices. Attempting pre-emptive damage control addressing those whom he expected would blame the use of corn for ethanol, he referred to a four-month-long drought in China.

This in particular lends credence to the argument that Washington lawmakers and bureaucrats take the American people for complete and utter fools. How do a new USDA report and a four-month-long drought in China explain the rising cost of food in the U.S. over the last year and a half? They don’t, of course – but rising fuel costs do, fuel costs that are going to do nothing but continue to rise in the face of recent developments in the Mideast.

I’ll spare the reader another hyperlink and just say that in last week’s column, I did mention scarcity of food and fuel in the very near future as a possible inroad to an exponential increase in government authority and supremacy.

These are the Orwellian machinations of government at which Americans used to snicker in years past when we heard Soviet premiers proclaim one glorious five-year plan after another. The crushing weight of the evidence screaming that a 180-degree maneuver off of our current course would be the sanest thing to do is irrelevant, as is the welfare of the American people. Progressive operatives, whether in Washington, Madison or elsewhere, will forge doggedly ahead with this doomed agenda, consigning Americans to increasing squalor, paucity and physical jeopardy.

Unless, of course, we stop them.

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