Stealing as Policy, from the Iron Curtain to Robert Byrd

Over his long career in the U.S. Congress, the late Democratic Senator Robert Byrd was able to steal $3.3 billion, with a "b," of tax money in order to build his West Virginia into a monument to himself. Several transportation projects named after him gained national notoriety. The Robert C. Byrd Highway, also known as the Appalachian Development Highway System, was dubbed "West Virginia's road to nowhere” in 2009, after it received a $9.5 million earmark in the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriation Act and $21 million more from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More than 50 buildings erected with tax money stolen by Senator Byrd are now named for him. Here are a few: Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove, WV; Robert C. Byrd Federal Correction Institution, Hazelton, WV; Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, WV; Robert C. Byrd United States R Courthouse and Federal Building, Charleston, WV; Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University in Huntington, WV; Robert C. Byrd Auditorium, National Conservation Center, WV; Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, WV; Robert C. Byrd Library, Wheeling, WV.

Documents obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request show that Nancy Pelosi, former speaker of the House and currently minority leader, also spent impressive amounts of money obtained from the redistribution of America's wealth in order to promote herself. Traditionally, the House speaker has flown in a 12-seat Air Force jet. However Pelosi demanded and got a 200-seat C-32 -- the military version of the Boeing 757 -- because she wanted to take along as many of her voters as possible on her free trips. Pelosi's air travel costs in 2009 and 2010 amounted to $2.2 million, out of which $101,429 was spent on food and alcohol used on board. Purchases for just one Pelosi-led trip in "her" C-32 included: Johnny Walker Red scotch, Grey Goose vodka, E&J brandy, Bailey's Irish Crème, Maker's Mark whiskey, Courvoisier cognac, Bacardi Light rum, Jim Beam whiskey, Beefeater gin, Dewar's scotch, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jack Daniels whiskey, Corona beer, and several bottles of wine.

President Obama's current redistribution of the country's wealth caused the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating for the first time in our country's history, but it helped the young president to start transforming the U.S. into a monument to himself. Below is just a partial list of projects and places already named after President Obama.

California: President Barack Obama Parkway, Orlando; Obama Way, Seaside; Barack Obama Charter School, Compton; Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy, Los Angeles; Barack Obama Academy, Oakland.

Florida: Barack Obama Avenue, Opa-loka; Barack Obama Boulevard, West Park.

Maryland: Barack Obama Elementary School, Upper Marlboro.

Missouri: Barack Obama Elementary School, Pine Lawn.

Minnesota:  Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary, Saint Paul.

New Jersey: Barack Obama Academy, Plainfield; Barack Obama Green Charter High School, Plainfield.

New York: Barack Obama Elementary School, Hempstead.

Pensylvania: Obama High School, Pittsburgh.

Texas: Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas.

Thirty-three years ago I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people to stop thinking of government as a boon bestowed from on high, and to take their lives into their own hands.

On November 9, 1989, as I watched the Berlin Wall being torn down, my eyes welled up with tears. I was incredibly proud to be a citizen of the United States. The whole world was expressing its gratitude to this great country for its 45 years of successful Cold War, the repercussions from which had brought down all those monuments the Kremlin and its viceroys had erected to themselves.

Nineteen years later, I was amused to watch on television as the young Democratic nominee for the White House proclaimed in so many words that he is the one the world is waiting for. And an indiscrete YouTube sequence published by FOX TV showed a picture of Communist idol Che Guevara hanging on the wall of Senator Obama’s campaign office in Houston.

On November 4, 2008, however, over 69 million Americans gave Senator Obama the White House, and gave his Democratic Party both chambers of the U.S. Congress.

A Rasmussen poll taken during those days showed that only 53% of Americans preferred capitalism to socialism; 27% were unsure, and 20% strongly opted for socialism.

Houston, we have a problem!