Monday, January 2, 2012

Top 10 Stories Ignored By The Main Stream Media in 2011

The following list compiled by WND shows the extent that the MSM will go to protect Obama and his left wing progressive agenda. You can go to the actual article for detailed descriptions and discussions of each topic. Since I have a special dislike for the union movement that only exists through intimidation, and funnels the hard earned dues dollars of its captive members to far left socialist causes and political candidates, I have included the discussion of item #8 in this listing.

While the establishment news media brought plenty of bad economic news in 2011, the real story hasn’t been adequately told.

The true rate of unemployment and inflation and the real state of the U.S. economy, which is far worse than reported, tops WND’s annual list of the 10 most “spiked” or underreported stories of the last year.

Produced with the help of WND readers, here are the WND editors’ picks for the 10 most underreported or unreported stories of 2011:

1. The true rate of unemployment and inflation and the real state of the U.S. economy, which is far worse than reported.

2. The Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” operation, which facilitated the delivery of American firearms into Mexico to violent drug cartels, later used in the murder of hundreds, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

3. The organizations and money behind the supposedly “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement.

4. The role of leftwing groups and the Obama administration in the fall of Arab regimes and the rise of Islamic radicals.

5. Compelling evidence from multiple experts that the birth certificate released by Barack Obama on April 27, 2011, is a fraud.

6. The true mission of Islamic groups such as CAIR and other U.S.-based Muslim Brotherhood-front organizations and their infiltration of the U.S.

7. The real impact on the U.S. economy of Obama’s $787 billion stimulus.

8. The harmful impact of unions on the American economy.

As Thomas Sowell wrote in a column published by WND, unions “specialize in siphoning off wealth created by others.”

“The most fundamental fact about labor unions is that they do not create any wealth,” he said.

Sowell pointed to a bill the Obama administration is trying to push through Congress, called the “Employee Free Choice Act,” as the best example of “the utter cynicism of the unions and the politicians who do their bidding.”

“Employees’ free choice as to whether or not to join a union is precisely what that legislation would destroy,” he said.

As more and more workers in the private sector have voted to reject union representation, the unions’ answer has been to take away secret-ballot elections, he noted.

Under the “Employee Free Choice Act,” unions would not have to win in secret-ballot elections in order to represent the workers. Instead, union representatives could simply collect signatures from the workers until they had a majority.

While private-sector workers, using secret-ballot elections, have increasingly voted against being represented by unions in secret-ballot elections, government unions continue to thrive as taxpayers “provide their free lunch.”

John Stossel noted in a WND column how “politicians obtain union political support by granting government workers generous pensions and health benefits, leaving taxpayers liable for trillions in unfunded promises

Only 8 percent of private-sector workers still belong to unions, Stossel pointed out.

“In the private sector, wage and pension demands are tempered by competition,” he explained. “If one company pays too much, a competitor takes his business.”

But governments are monopolies,” Stossel said. “They face no competition and get their money by force. So they can conspire with public-sector unions to milk taxpayers. That explains the fix we’re in today.”

In September, Teamsters union President James Hoffa, addressing a large Labor Day rally, brazenly proclaimed that labor unions – especially the huge government employee unions like the 3-million-member National Education Association and 2-million-member Service Employees International Union – provide the ground troops in the ongoing war to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist utopia.

“President Obama, this is your army! We are ready to march! Let’s take these son-of-a-b*tches out and give America back to an America where we belong,” he shouted, referring to the tea party movement.

The Obama administration has been generously “funding” the union army since the inauguration, from the General Motors bailout, which blatantly favored union workers, to Obamacare, whose burdensome new regulations don’t apply to many unions thanks to special White House waivers. Obama’s early executive order required all federal agencies to accept construction bids only from contractors who agree to use union workers, and he packed the D.C. bureaucracy with union officials.

Unions tied to Obama also have played a large role in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The protests are closely tied to the founders of ACORN and leaders of major U.S. unions, including the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU.

Stephen Lerner, an SEIU board member who reportedly visited the Obama White House at least four times, called for “civil disobedience” and “direct action” to begin Sept. 17 at Wall Street.

His stated aim was to “destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement.”

In an interview about the planned protests, Lerner outlined his goals: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”

9. The looming potential for an EMP attack on the U.S. and its devastating impact.

10. The federal government’s raid of the Gibson Guitar factory.

Read full WND article here.

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