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Are Obama’s Economic Policy Failures Part of a Strategy?

Lt. Colonel Allen West believes the president is calling plays from an old radical playbook.

Chris Queen


January 27, 2014 - 2:00 pm


We on the Right may find ourselves tempted at times to look at the failures of Obama’s presidency and think that we’ve won. We may think that we’ve proven, once and for all, that stifling statism and stealth socialism cannot prevail in America.

Have you stopped to think that what we think of as failures may instead be part of a grand radical strategy? Former Florida Congressman Allen West has, and he shared his thoughts on Fox News:

West, a Republican, said he recently reread the Cloward-Piven strategy, proposed by two sociologists and political activists in 1966. The purpose of the strategy, offered to Democrats at the time, was to overload the welfare system so that people could be given “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.”

Obama’s economic policies may be intended to do something similar, West hinted during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News Channel’s ”On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

“We’re seeing an incredible growth of the welfare nanny state; we’re seeing the poverty rolls explode; we’re seeing the food stamp rolls explode; we’re seeing more dependency on government largesse and programs,” he said. “We’re seeing a desperation and a despondency out there that’s being created by this administration.”

Authors Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven proposed a plan to end capitalism quickly by overloading bureaucracy with dependents so that the system would collapse under its own weight.

They proposed a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.”  Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be “a profound financial and political crisis” that would unleash “powerful forces for major economic reform at the national level.”

Their strategy involved a radical tactic known as community organizing (sound familiar?) to whip the poor into a frenzy and drive them on to welfare rolls. Voting-rights drives and a push for a “living wage” factored in to the Cloward-Piven strategy as well. Cloward and Piven were also reportedly behind the controversy in the 2000 presidential election.

Does all of this sound far fetched? Bear in mind that, like President Obama, Cloward and Piven were disciples of Saul Alinsky.

I sure hope I’m wrong, but if Obama’s policies thus far are part of a Cloward-Piven styled strategy, 2014 is more crucial than ever in terms of stemming the tide of stealth socialism.

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered church communications director, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website,

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If he had the EPA install anti-capitalism programs, if he has taken one sixth of the economy and basically butchered it, if he held back all of our natural resources from giving us an energy boost, if he held Keystone at bay, if he tried to foist the locusts of the Global Warming hoax on us, if he intended to impose confiscatory taxes on businesses and the "paying half" of the population...where in the world would we get the silly notion that he was trying to overthrow the free market and replace it with radical leftist statism?

That's such a ridiculous notion...that I'm sure it would make Frank Marshall Davis, Barack Obama, Sr., Bill Ayers, the Midwest Academy, the New Party and the Socialist Scholars laugh hysterically.

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Even a broken clock is right twice a day. He hasn't been right one time...
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I keep doggedly repeating the Heinlein quote about never ascribing to malice anything that can be plausible explained by stupidity. The problems with our economy don't stem from Obama trying to sabotage it; the problem is he's trying to help. If he was trying to sabotage our economy we'd probably have already recovered by now. The bumbling fool wouldn't have succeeded in sabotaging the economy any more than he has trying to help it.

Yeah, he's really that dumb.
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It's something I've wondered about myself, and Stanley Kurtz brings up the idea in, I think, "Radical in Chief," but I've also had a hard time imagining anyone thinking they could, in the long term, profit from designing something to fail as hard as Obamacare has. Still, it is a worrisome possibility.
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