Obama and the 'Fiscal Cliff' of 2013

The 'Fiscal Cliff' which may occur as of 01/01/2013 has been characterized as having the potential to destablize the US economy.

I feel that Obama, indeed, desires that the 'Fiscal Cliff' happen. As Obama is an ardent "student" of Saul Alinsky, Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, such an event would tier nicely into Alinsky's strategy and the strategies of Cloward and Pivens. The aims of Alinsky, Cloward and Pivens (hereafter collectively referred to as "The Three") are closely aligned and seem to outline a roadmap for the actions our president is taking and has taken.

Any and all actions that destablize the economy aid in the collective strategies of "The Three". Therefore, a 'fiscal cliff' would be an advantageous step in the right direction toward obtaining the goals of "The Three".

Look for the following to unfold as the new year approaches: The Republicans will offer alternatives to the "fiscal cliff"; Obama and his team will not only refuse to accept nor even negotiate, they will counter with something even more onerous than whatever previous "approach" the Obama team has offered. An example: Obama now wants to have unlimited power to ever increase the debt ceiling.

The basic strategy of Cloward and Pivens may be briefly illuminated as:

"In their 1966 article, Cloward and Piven charged that the ruling classes used welfare to weaken the poor; that by providing a social safety net, the rich doused the fires of rebellion. Poor people can advance only when "the rest of society is afraid of them," Cloward told The New York Times on September 27, 1970. Rather than placating the poor with government hand-outs, wrote Cloward and Piven, activists should work to sabotage and destroy the welfare system; the collapse of the welfare state would ignite a political and financial crisis that would rock the nation; poor people would rise in revolt; only then would "the rest of society" accept their demands." - from By Richard Poe, DiscoverTheNetworks.org.

Alinsky is considerd the father of 'community organizing' - Obama's only true line of work experience. Alinsky set forth what he called "Rules for Radicals" - his 1971 book. Is there evidence that Obama has used these? Below, look at the rules and see if you can find the ones used in the campaign against Romney (hint: look at #3, #5, #6, #10, and #12 for starters).

Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals':

RULE 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Power is derived from 2 main sources - money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from flesh and blood.

RULE 2: "Never go outside the expertise of your people." It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

RULE 3: "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy." Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

RULE 4: "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules.

RULE 5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: "A good tactic is one your people enjoy." They'll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They're doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones.

RULE 7: "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag." Don't become old news.

RULE 8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up." Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

RULE 9: "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself." Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.

RULE 10: "If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive." Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

RULE 11: "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative." Never let the enemy score points because you're caught without a solution to the problem.

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

Is there any way out of all this mess? As best as I can deduce the only way is to hope that the Mayans were correct!


On Cloward and Piven:










On Saul Alinsky: