Thursday, October 30, 2008

My comments About Obama's Citizenship , Attitudes Towards Poverty

If Barack Obama was born in America, why is it such a problem to present a birth certificate? In most places, you can order a legally recognised birth certificate on line. Even if he had to show up in person to get a legal copy, at his income level, that is not an undue burden. His obstructionism and persistence in ignoring law suits calling for disclosure are at the very least a sign of disrespect to the American people. It seems very likely that he may have something to hide. I am presenting without comment these videos that explores the question. Obama alone could reduce the proponents of this theory to a laughingstock. But they will not. Why?

America has long had a policy of government assistance to the poor. There have been tactical differences in the design and implementation of these programs. All agree that a private sector role is important.

What are Barack Obama’s views on taking poverty personally? Let’s examine the facts. The Times of London reports as follows.

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.

A relative living on a dollar a day in a violent slum has already received widespread publicity.

During his grand tour of Kenya, Obama pledged six thousand dollars to build a school house in his ancestral village. Although his book describing his Kenya roots became a best seller, the royalties were of no use to his family in Kenya. The school remains unfinished.

Raila Odinga, who claims to be related to Obama was helped a great deal by Obama, who raised a million dollars for Odinga’s campaign for the Kenyan presidency. He also campaigned across Kenya at Odinga’s side.

When Odinga lost, a wave of pogroms erupted across Kenya in which resulted in 1500 deaths, 800 churches burned and a half a million homeless. No information is available how much money was raised for victims of pro Odinga violence.

Michelle Obama works for a hospital in Chicago. She steers poor people to other hospitals. When Barack Obama was elected, her salary almost tripled, from $122,000 to $316,000. She claims it is for community work. A good salary seems to interest the Obamas in community work. Out of the spotlight and unpaid, their interest flags considerably.

Obama’s aunt , who made a $260 contribution to the Obama campaign. According to the Times of London article, “A staff member at the Boston Housing Authority office, 50 yards from her house, said Ms Onynango had been a volunteer resident health advocate between December 2007 and August this year. She worked six hours a week for a small stipend. Records show she used the housing authority’s address to make her campaign contribution.”

It seems that Obama’s aunt does far more for the poor with her limited means than her nephew does with his. At last report, she is not running for office. The Times article makes her sound like a loving and giving person. According to the Times, “Ms Onyango is also listed on the internet as a volunteer with Experience Corps, a programme in which adults over 55 mentor children in their communities. The “former computer systems co-ordinator” tells the group’s online newsletter: “I felt that I should help the children in my community. I love people and enjoy interacting with them . . . Also, I was idle, and this was a chance to get involved.”

There are two prevalent approaches to almsgiving that are complementary. According to one approach, the government should step up to the plate. According to the other approach, it is a private and nongovernmental responsibility. In practice, it is a combination of public and private assistance that relieves the burden of the poor.

There is a third attitude and that is the Marxist attitude, that focus on individuals is a distraction from changing the institutions of society. They view helping the poor as relieving their stress without changing the “class structure.” In this context, charity is seen by Marxists as bad for the revolution and therefore bad for the working class. What does it look like when the “oppressed” get angry? Look at Kenya after the Odinga election campaign. 1500 dead. A half million homeless. 800 churches burned.

Who did Obama raise a million dollars for?e He raised it for Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement.For the victims of the violence, he raised nothing.

The message is clear. Obama cares about movements. About people, he doesn’t give a damn. Sphere: Related Content

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