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  1. 1. Making Renewable Energy Practical • Intelligent Design and Evolution • Free-market Thinkers December 8, 2008 www.TheNewAmerican.com $2.95 Looking Ahead
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  4. 4. 10 Vol. 24, No. 25 December 8, 2008 Photo: AP Images; design by Joseph W. Kelly Cover Story PresiDeNcy 10 Looking Ahead by John F. McManus — Barack Obama’s and Joe Biden’s own records and agendas show the direction they have in mind for the nation. 13 Behind the Obama Agenda by John F. McManus — The team Barack Obama has begun assembling suggests that, in terms of substance, the incoming administration may not be that different from the outgoing. 13 FeatureS AP Images eNergy 19 Making renewable energy Practical by Ed Hiserodt — Can we reliably, efficiently, and economically store energy to make solar and wind power viable options to replace 19 fossil-fuel or nuclear plants? FAith AND scieNce 24 intelligent Design and evolution by Selwyn Duke — Believers in Intelligent Design have often been scorned as being opposed to science, but science itself is showing that it is the evolutionists who are opposed to rational inquiry. histOry — PAst AND PersPectiVe AP Images 32 Free-market thinkers by Charles Scaliger — With bailouts and other unabashed socialist projects being embraced by both political parties to “save our economy,” has free-market economics been proved faulty? 24 the LAst WOrD 44 Fed Loaned Nearly $2 trillion by William F. Jasper 32 DepartmentS 5 Letters to the editor 31 the goodness of America 7 inside track 38 exercising the right 9 QuickQuotes 41 correction, Please! cOVer Photo: AP Images; design by Joseph W. Kelly
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  6. 6. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Publisher John F. McManus Editor Then and Now Barney Frank still have any power, commit- Gary Benoit I am writing in regard to the history article tee chairs or not. Senior Editor “From ‘Henny Penny’ Morgenthau to Henry Toby ElsTEr William F. Jasper Paulson” by William F. Jasper in the Novem- The Constitutional Foundation ber 10, 2008 issue. In the article Jasper stat- Wichita, Kansas Associate Editor Kurt Williamsen ed, “FDR’s New Deal is chilling to all who are even remotely familiar with the tyranni- Contributors cal powers and policies that accomplished Slow and Sure Dennis J. Behreandt Christopher S. Bentley the Roosevelt revolution.” For one who These predictions for the United States were Steven J. DuBord remembers those times, it was worse than delivered, verbatim, in 1958: Selwyn Duke that. In fact, living through the Depression 1. “Greatly expanded government spending: Jodie Gilmore became a way of life. Debt was more com- for missiles for so-called defense generally, Gregory A. Hession, J.D. Ed Hiserodt mon than currency, but my father kept his for foreign aid, for every conceivable means William P. Hoar farm because he never lost his credit. Trade of getting rid of ever larger sums of American R. Cort Kirkwood became common because FDR milked the money — as wastefully as possible.” Warren Mass Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. currency out of circulation, and there wasn’t 2. “Higher and then much higher taxes.” Alan Scholl enough to keep the economy going. 3. “An increasing unbalanced budget, de- Ann Shibler Author Jasper failed to mention FDR was spite the higher taxes.” Liana Stanley already a full-blossomed Fabian Socialist in 4. “Wild inflation of our currency, leading Michael E. Telzrow Joe Wolverton II, J.D. 1932 when he was first elected president. His rapidly towards its ultimate repudiation.” New Deal was the Fabians’ plan to socialize 5. “Government controls of prices, Editorial Assistant America — which FDR tried to implement, wages, and materials, supposedly to combat Denise L. Behreandt but all three of the major projects failed. inflation.” Art Director (FDR’s policies at least tripled the time that Points one, two, and three are now well- Joseph W. Kelly the Depression lasted.) I don’t hesitate to say established facts. Points four and five are in Desktop Publishing Specialist that all of Roosevelt’s cabinet members were the process of being brought about. Steven J. DuBord also socialists. (See The Fabian Freeway and The author? Research The Forgotten Man.) It is the founder and former President of Brian T. Farmer Because Bush-Paulson took an opposite the John Birch Society, Robert Welch. (ThE Bonnie M. Gillis path than FDR did, there cannot be much NEw AmEricAN is a wholly owned subsidiary Wayne Olson of the John Birch Society.) Welch wrote this resemblance between the two as far as the Marketing aftermath will be. Bush-Paulson pumped gloomy forecast in 1958 in The Blue Book — Larry Greenley money into the problem; FDR taxed it out. not to be found on the shelves of most public Public Relations FDR deepened and extended the length schools or libraries in our nation. Bill Hahn of the Great Depression. Which way the Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court bailout goes from here depends on our justice, said in 1952, “The real rulers in Advertising/Circulation Julie DuFrane socialized Congress (“Progressives” they Washington are invisible, [and] exercise call themselves). A depression of the New power from behind the scenes.” With the Deal magnitude can’t happen today. People same people fixing the economy that got today don’t realize how the people did be- us into this mess, it is going to get worse as lieve in FDR then! Like the savior Obama planned. wants to be today. Possibly there will be GlENN J. schmiTz Printed in the U.S.A. • ISSN 0885-6540 no depression if common sense can prevail Springfield, Minnesota P.O. Box 8040 • Appleton, WI 54912 920-749-3784 • 920-749-3785 (fax) over the socialists in Congress. Just look www.thenewamerican.com into how things progress under a new ad- Send your letters to: ThE NEw AmEricAN, P.O. editorial@thenewamerican.com ministration. See if men who helped cause Box 8040, Appleton, WI 54912. Or e-mail: Rates are $39 per year (Hawaii and Canada, the economic problems through govern- editorial@thenewamerican.com. Due to vol- add $9; foreign, add $27) or $22 for six months (Hawaii and Canada, add $4.50; foreign, add ment misintervention such as Congressmen ume received, not all letters can be answered. $13.50). 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  8. 8. Inside Track Looking Beyond the Global Economic Summit According to news reports, the tivity. His presentation at the CFR much-ballyhooed November 15 left little doubt what Brown (and, international economic summit in presumably, a very sympathetic Washington accomplished little globalist elite at the CFR and else- aside from agreement on various where) truly intends to accomplish vague goals by the delegations from with the negotiations that kicked 21 nations and four international or- off at the Washington summit. ganizations. There were no flashy Brown spoke of the “birth pangs resolutions and no dramatic make- of the new global order,” and called over of the global financial system for “cross border supervision” of — yet. One item of universal agree- financial activity “wherever it is AP Images ment was the need for additional necessary,” as well as for “better summits, the next to be held in late surveillance of the world econ- March or early April, to continue omy.” Although Brown’s speech negotiations on a new blueprint for international finance. was light on specifics, he did offer a few tantalizing tidbits. For The Washington summit, with its heads of state and other na- instance, he proclaimed: “I have no doubt we’ll have an Interna- tional and international dignitaries, may have attracted all the tional Monetary Fund that looks more like an independent central media attention, but the real action, for anyone who was paying bank.” He also expressed optimism that future negotiations would close attention, was at the New York-based Council on Foreign lead to a new world trade deal. Relations on November 14, when British Prime Minister Gordon The call to transform the IMF into a central bank (presumably Brown addressed a special session chaired by former Treasury as the issuer of a truly global currency to replace the faltering dol- Secretary Robert Rubin on the topic of the financial crisis. Brown lar) is ominous, if one considers that such a step would give the has been shuttling back and forth across the Atlantic and among UN system a means of printing its own money and financing its the countries of continental Europe over the past few weeks, own expansion (much as central banks like the Federal Reserve lobbying for an ambitious new plan to globalize financial ac- do for the governments they represent). Obama with his economic advisory team Obama’s Coming Executive Orders The media is anxiously speculating about what it hopes will be a rash of Obama executive orders overturning those issued during the past eight years by President George W. Bush. Obama’s staff began as early as August assembling a list of executive orders to be reviewed and possibly reversed. According to a report in the New York Times, the assessment is underway, “but a full list of policies to be overturned will not be announced by Mr. Obama until he confers with new members of his cabinet.” It is expected that the new president will take action through executive orders in several areas, notably on issues related to abortion and stem cells, as well as energy and the environment. AP Images It is thought that he will likely reverse the so-called “gag” order forbidding taxpayer funding of international abortion counsel- ing and clinics that was reinstated by George W. Bush after the Clintons left the White House. It is also expected that he will act try to do right as they [are] walking out the door. I think that’s a through executive order to restrict drilling and exploration for oil mistake.” on public lands. Particularly after both the Clinton and Bush administrations, the When John Podesta, Obama’s transition team co-chair, was president’s use of executive orders has come under fire. President pressed by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to provide details Bush, especially, came under fire for stepping over the constitu- about some of the executive orders on Obama’s list, he stated: tional boundary separating the legislative and executive branches. “I think across the board, on stem-cell research, on a number of In a possible foreshadowing of whether or not the Obama admin- areas, you see the Bush administration even today moving ag- istration would follow in Bush’s footsteps in the use of executive gressively to do things that I think are probably not in the interest orders, Podesta stated: “There’s a lot that the president can do of the country. They want to have oil and gas drilling in some using his executive authority without waiting for congressional of the most sensitive, fragile lands in Utah that they’re going to action, and I think we’ll see the president do that.” www.TheNewAmerican.com 7
  9. 9. Inside Track Terrorist Bill Ayers Misrepresents His Past During the 2008 presidential campaign, former Weather Under- was murdered and other officers were injured by a bomb planted ground terrorist Bill Ayers kept a low profile and attempted to at the police station on February 16, 1970. According to Larry play down any connections between himself and candidate Ba- Grathwohl, an FBI informant who operated inside the Weather rack Obama. On election day, however, Ayers began a series of Underground, Ayers had told him he had planned the bomb- media events aimed at recasting himself as an elder statesman of ing and Bernadine Dohrn (Ayers’ wife) had actually planted the “progressive” community and the victim of a right-wing “de- the bomb. The bomb was packed with nails, staples, and other monizing” campaign. He is capitalizing shrapnel, with the intention of killing on the recent interest in his radical past and wounding people. to promote the current re-release of his The same month, Grathwohl testi- 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days. fies, Ayers gave instructions for similar On November 14, Ayers scored his bombings in Detroit at the Detroit Po- biggest media coup so far, an appear- lice Officers’ Association (DPOA) build- ance on ABC’s Good Morning America. ing and the 13th Precinct station. When In a pleasant surprise, his interviewer, Grathwohl argued with Ayers that the Chris Cuomo, didn’t let him off scot- DPOA blast would also hit an African- free; Cuomo made him squirm a number American restaurant next door, Ayers of times about his continuing refusal to coldly replied: “Innocent people have to repudiate his earlier violence and sug- die in a revolution.” If Grathwohl hadn’t gested he was being “evasive” about his foiled the bombings by informing police ties to Obama. (During the campaign, of the plot, many police and civilians both the Obama and Ayers camps re- would have been killed and injured. peated the line that Ayers was just a “guy On March 6, 1970, a townhouse in in the neighborhood.” In his newly reis- New York City’s Greenwich Village sued book, Ayers refers to Obama as a exploded, killing three Weather Un- “neighbor and family friend.”) derground terrorists who were making However, Cuomo allowed Ayers to bombs they intended to place at a dance get away with the egregious lie that hall at the Ft. Dix U.S. Army base. They he and the Weather Underground had were anti-personnel bombs and fire “never hurt or killed anyone” and had bombs; if they had gone off as intended, only targeted property for their bomb- they could have killed hundreds of sol- ings. A San Francisco police sergeant Bill diers and their dates. Newscom Ayers Showdown Looms Over Auto Bailout Plan The pleading for a financial bailout of the U.S. auto industry is just as the airlines have done, GM could carry on with minimal becoming more widespread and insistent, with supporters of the disruption. Michael Levine, a former airline executive who has bailout claiming that Detroit’s Big Three (General Motors, Ford, worked as a consultant for bankrupt airlines, says, “It is quite and Chrysler) are too big to fail. possible the auto industry is not thinking in truly contemporary Supporters of GM, such as the Center for Automotive Re- terms. A couple of generations ago, the word bankruptcy meant search, claim that bankruptcy could eliminate 2.5 million jobs liquidation. Now it very often means reorganization.” and $125 billion in personal income in just the first year. Over A bailout for the auto industry could only be accomplished three years, the government’s tax take could fall by more than by a transfer of wealth from the American people to the auto $108 billion. That is far more than the $25 billion bridge loan industry, since the government is nonproductive and whatever that GM is requesting. It’s that kind of arithmetic that has per- it spends for the bailout would have to be siphoned out of the suaded House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to con- economy. The bailout would also further expand the reach of the sider just such a loan during the post-election, lame-duck session federal government into the private sector and could touch off ef- of Congress. forts in other industries to claim a piece of the $700 billion rescue Pointing to the airline industry, others argue that bankruptcy package. As Senator Jim DeMint put it, “This is what happens would not be nearly as traumatic as GM insists. Under bankruptcy when you bail out one industry: five more get in line. Some auto protection, GM could renegotiate labor contracts, trim the health manufacturers are struggling because of a bad business structure and pension benefits costs that undermine its competitiveness with high unionized labor costs and burdensome federal regula- against foreign automakers, and override state laws that make tions. Taxpayers did not create these problems and they should it difficult to close unprofitable dealerships. Analysts claim that, not be forced to pay for them.” n 8 THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008
  10. 10. QuickQuotes Spending the Social Security Taxes Has a Consequence “If we don’t cut entitlement spending, the entitlements are going to be worthless.” In his Internet newsletter, Phil deCarolis points to the obvious result of currently spending the money supposedly saved by the government for people who will retire. Poland’s Nobel Prize Winner Slams Venezuela’s Tilt to Communism AP Images Lech Walesa “I am the best proof that communism fell because it was a bad system. And introducing it there [in Venezuela] is the biggest mistake of the region.” Still basking in adulation over being named as the reason for the fall of Soviet communism, Lech Walesa wants Hugo Chavez to learn from Poland’s experience that communism is the wrong road to take. Wind-driven Turbines Causing Problems for Neighbors “I don’t think anyone should have to put up with this.” Headaches, nausea, and insomnia are some of the effects of the noise felt by Gerry Meyer and his fam- ily. They once welcomed the installation of five wind turbines near the Wisconsin home where they have lived for 37 years. Now retired, he travels all over the state to warn others to be wary. They Traveled 9,300 Miles to Cast Their Ballots “We had a long talk about it. We could go on a holiday to a beach somewhere. Or we could come back here and vote.” After waiting a month for requested absentee ballots to ar- rive at their temporary home in India, new U.S. citizens (as of 2007) Susan Scott-Ker and her husband flew to New York City when their write-in ballots didn’t arrive. They voted for the Obama-Biden ticket. AP Images Homosexual Leader Targets Utah “At this point, honestly, we’re going to destroy the Utah brand. It is a hate state.” After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was credited for California’s successful ban on homosexual marriage, influential blogger John Aravosis urged skiers to avoid Utah, and Hollywood actors and directors to boycott the annual Utah-based Sundance Festival. The Bailout Gets Labeled a Power Grab “This wasn’t an economic plan; it was a heist. It will go down as the Great Bank Robbery of 2008. The economics behind it were nonsense. This was a money and power grab pure and simple.” Mises Institute adjunct scholar Robert P. Murphy insists that $700 billion has been transferred from taxpayers to a few big financial institutions. A Professor Scorches the Economics Profession “There are thousands of economists. Most of them teach. And most of them teach a theoretical frame- work that has been shown to be fundamentally useless.” Also claiming that the Bush administration replaced free markets with a “predator state,” University of Texas professor James K. Galbraith, the son of liberal John Kenneth Galbraith and a liberal himself, teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Being for Both Is Impossible “An affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.” The want ad placed by Columbia University for a position in its medical school claimed that it favored some yet didn’t favor some — an impossibility that has frequently appeared in similar want ads. n — compilEd by JohN F. mcmANus www.TheNewAmerican.com 9
  11. 11. Presidency Looking Ahead Barack Obama’s and Joe Biden’s own records and agendas show the direction they have in mind for the nation. Photo: AP Images; design by Joseph W. Kelly by John F. McManus back for almost two years, the Illinois sena- the direction of more and bigger govern- tor regularly employed the word “change,” ment for decades, regardless of whether a W ithout doubt, the election of Ba- and the word even morphed into “change Republican or Democrat has been in the rack Obama is historic because we can believe in.” The posters, oratory, White House. Obama hopes to move us he is the first Black American television ads, and pronouncements of even further in the big-government direc- selected by voters for the highest office in several Obama staffers repeatedly issued tion. What kind of change is that? the land. Indeed, the election of an Afri- unspecified pledges that this new and dif- Even many Americans who recognize can-American to the presidency by a na- ferent candidate would alter the course that Obama will push for more govern- tion with a majority white population may America was following. ment at home believe that he will end our be unprecedented, and the fact that this is interventionist foreign policy because of possible should be a source of pride for all “Blueprint for Change” the opposition he has expressed to the Iraq of us, regardless of whether Obama him- But how would America’s course be al- War. But this conclusion flies in the face of self was a good or bad choice. tered? Even though the American people his proposal to transfer troops to Afghani- An articulate and confident young man, could have read online what an Obama- stan (in essence transferring the Iraq War Obama’s presence in the White House will Biden administration promised, most failed to a different theater) and his support for be welcomed by many. Along with his to do so. Much of the agenda, albeit without international arrangements, including ex- oratorical skills and appealing vitality, his a lot of detail, is contained in Blueprint for pansion of NATO. family will remind older Americans of the Change, the 83-page document subtitled Please consider the following positions John F. Kennedy era when a telegenic and “Plan for America” issued by the Obama- as they appear in the pages of the reveal- appealing wife and two charming young- Biden team. As we shall see, the “change” ing “blueprint” document and judge for sters accompanied the newly elected presi- envisioned by the Blueprint includes more yourself how much change there will be dent into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. government at home and a continuation of and whether the recommended “change” What will the Obama presidency be our interventionist foreign policy abroad. would be a good thing. (Comments fol- like? Throughout a campaign stretching Of course, America has been moving in lowing each quoted item are ours.) THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008 10
  12. 12. • “Emergency Economic Plan to Inject • “Give the Federal Re- Immediate Relief into the Economy.” Both serve Greater Supervisory Obama and Biden voted for the $700 bil- Authority.” The Federal Re- America has been moving in the lion bailout (along with John McCain). serve, which already wields direction of more and bigger government More bailouts will likely follow. enormous, unconstitutional • “Provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy powers, is a destructive en- for decades, regardless of whether a Rebate to American Families.” Govern- gine of inflation and should Republican or Democrat is in the White ment giving money to everyone, as was hardly be given greater done with the 2008 rebate, doesn’t solve authority. As Nobel Prize- House. Obama hopes to move us even any problems. These funds either have to winning economist Milton further in the big-government direction. be printed (the root cause of inflation) or Friedman has recommended, borrowed, likely from China, which puts it should be abolished, not our nation’s neck in a noose. The interest enhanced. tion. A national healthcare system would that is compounding on our already enor- • “Pressure the World Trade Organiza- swell the cost while making healthcare mous debt is a toxic time bomb. The gov- tion to Enforce Trade Agreements.” Grant- hard to obtain, as such plans have done ernment will eventually resort to massive ing the UN’s WTO even more authority everywhere they have been instituted. inflation to pay the debt or collateralize the is another step toward global governance. • “Barack Obama has fought for com- debt with American assets; in which case, The WTO is already exercising judicial prehensive immigration reform.” Ultimate- those now holding our bonds will end up jurisdiction over sovereign nations, over- ly, what this means is amnesty for as many owning America. ruling national laws and legislatures, in- as 20 million illegal aliens in our nation. • “Invest in the Manufacturing Sector.” cluding the laws and the Congress of the • “High Quality Zero-to-Five Educa- America’s manufacturers need relief from United States. Congress and President tion.” The Obama plan actually calls for the stifling array of taxes and regulations, Bush have weakly protested these usurpa- “early care and education for infants in and from the steady erosion of the dol- tions — and then meekly accepted them. a Zero to 5 Plan,” more government for lar brought on by debilitating inflation, • “Guarantee Affordable, Accessible K-12, federal support for afterschool pro- not government handouts that are always Health Care for Every American.” Health- grams, and more grants for those who followed by government control. A 2006 care costs have risen dramatically because move on to college. study by the Competitive Enterprise Insti- of already existing government interven- • “Double our annual investment in for- tute entitled “Ten Thousand Command- ments” found that the federal regulatory Throttling our energy: Mandating hybrid vehicles such as the Ford plug-in Edge (left) will not burden on U.S. businesses amounted to solve America’s energy needs. The federal government needs to remove harmful restrictions that $1.13 trillion. This burden is kill- are driving the costs of energy — natural gas, gasoline, coal, nuclear — through the roof. ing American businesses, produc- tivity, innovation, and jobs. • “Create 5 Million New Green Jobs.” This will be done, says the Blueprint, by investing “$150 bil- lion over 10 years to advance the next generation of biofuels and fuel infrastructure, accelerate the commercialization of plug-in hy- brids, promote development of commercial scale renewable en- ergy,” etc. In other words, politi- cians and bureaucrats would cre- ate government jobs and subsidize private-sector jobs that should be financed by the private sector (and would be if they were economi- cally viable). Government should get out of the way and let free Americans create jobs. • “Create a National Infra- structure Reinvestment Bank.” AP Images AP Images This promise includes an infu- sion of $60 billion more in fed- eral spending. www.TheNewAmerican.com 11
  13. 13. Presidency eign assistance … to $50 billion.... Invest Marxist bent applies also to many Re- • “No country has a greater stake in a at least $50 billion [annually] by 2013 for publicans. In fact, in October, President strong United Nations than the United the global fight against HIV/AIDS.” With Bush and many Republican members States.” record deficits and a soaring National of Congress rolled out the Socialist Ex- • “I have pledged to create a [UN-pro- Debt, America is, in effect, giving away press to push through the bailout pack- moted] cap on carbon emissions in the borrowed money. age. Take it from Venezuela’s President United States.” The above constitute only a sampling Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed socialist, • “I fully support the [UN] Millennium of the pledges for more programs, more who congratulated Bush for joining the Development Goals.” spending, and more government powers socialist club, and then chided him and In the year 2000, the 189 member na- contained in the 83 pages of the Blueprint his allies for applying a double standard. tions of the UN adopted the Millennium for Change. And the official Obama-Biden “How many times have they criticized me Development Goals, a program of eight Internet website provides several hundred for nationalizing the phone company?” goals to aid developing countries. Our share more pages of details, all pointing toward he asked. “They say, ‘The state shouldn’t of funding these goals could total hundreds plans for a vast expansion of the federal get involved in that.’ But now they don’t of billions of dollars in just a few years. government. Less than a week after the criticize Bush for having nationalize[d] Senator Barack Obama introduced S. 2433 election, Georgia Congressman Paul … the biggest banks in the world. Com- in 2007. Labeled the “Global Poverty Act,” Broun (R) told an audience in his district rade Bush, how are you?” this proposal seeks to require our nation the president-elect shows “signs of being to “achieve the Millennium Development a Marxist.” Perhaps Broun had read the Expanding the UN Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion Obama-Biden Blueprint, a rather obvious The United Nations Association of the of the people worldwide, between 1990 and call for socialism in the United States. And United States is the most determined pro- 2015, who live on less than one dollar per perhaps Broun knows that, in addition to moter of the UN within our nation. Early day.” Five months later, Senator Biden of- Marx’s well-publicized association with in 2008, its leaders sent a questionnaire to fered minor amendments to the bill as he communism, Karl Marx is also the god- all presidential candidates. Barack Obama co-signed it. Obviously, these two sena- father of socialism. displayed his strong commitment to the tors — and the handful of others they have Although he didn’t mention his own world body and to its various sovereignty- enlisted to back their proposal — believe party, we should point out that Rep. compromising programs in his responses, the American people should pony up enor- Broun’s criticism of Obama’s apparent some of which follow: mous sums of money sought by the UN in another program that would empower the Costly “solutions”: People wait in Tijuana, Mexico (right), to cross into the United States. world body and further enrich corrupt for- Legalizing 12-20 million illegal aliens will spur even greater influxes of illegal immigrants. More eign dictators while doing little to improve government involvement in healthcare (left) will drive up costs and drive down service. the plight of the world’s poor. Based on their stated positions and track records, it is reasonable to expect that Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and the team they will se- lect to staff the new administration won’t even consider less govern- ment and a mind-your-own-busi- ness foreign policy to be options. Their agenda, if implemented, would speed the growth of the fed- eral government, accelerate the sur- render of America’s independence, and hasten our nation down the path toward submergence in what AP Images internationalists euphemistically refer to as “global governance” by various supranational institutions, of which the UN, the WTO, and the IMF are among the most note- worthy. In the article that begins on the opposite page, we examine the power brokers who have helped AP Images formulate Obama’s agenda and who will be running the Obama- Biden administration. n THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008 12
  14. 14. Presidency Behind the Obama Agenda The team Barack Obama has begun assembling suggests that, in terms of substance, AP Images the incoming administration may not be that different from the outgoing. by John F. McManus world order.” Nor did the senator explain Hand-off prelude: President Bush and his assumption that there is a “proper role” President-elect Obama meet in the Oval Office I n April 1992, Senator Joe Biden in this “new world order” for an America of the White House on November 10, 2008. — now our vice president-elect — that would still be recognizable as a sov- penned an op-ed for the Wall Street ereign, independent republic and still be Kuwait conflict] … we could see beyond Journal entitled “How I Learned to Love operating under our system of limited, the present shadows of war in the Middle the New World Order.” Senator Biden was constitutional government. East to a new world order” — that is, to miffed that the Journal had cast him as a It’s important to remind ourselves of the reining in of rogue states and global “neo-isolationist” because he had object- the context of those 1992 remarks. Biden, policing of nations. ed to the foreign-policy strategy of then- a Democrat, was responding to the pro- On July 14, 1993, a little over a year President George Bush (Senior), a strategy nouncements and policies of President after writing the Journal op-ed cited which Biden characterized as “America as George Bush, a Republican, about this above, Senator Biden introduced Senate ‘Globocop.’” Sen. Biden wanted to make “new world order,” a phrase with which Joint Resolution 112 urging the new presi- clear that far from being an “isolationist,” most Americans were totally unfamiliar dent, Bill Clinton, to initiate discussions to he is a solid internationalist who sub- prior to September 11, 1990. establish a standing United Nations army. scribes to the doctrine of “collective se- On that day, President George Bush de- Under his proposal, United States bases curity” under the United Nations Charter. livered his televised “New World Order” and facilities would be made available to He argued that “the Bush administration speech on the Iraq situation to a joint ses- train UN forces, and the president would should be reallocating Pentagon funds to sion of Congress, several months before not “be deemed to require the authorization meet more urgent security needs: sustain- launching the U.S.-led attack on Saddam of Congress” to make American troops, ing democracy in the former Soviet em- Hussein in the First Gulf War. “Out of these facilities, or other assistance “available to pire; supporting U.N. peacekeepers in Yu- troubled times,” said the president, “our the Security Council on its call.” goslavia, Cambodia and El Salvador.” fifth objective — a new world order — can Even though Barack Obama has avoid- Biden called for “an honest debate over emerge.” Immediately following President ed using the term, his plans for our country America’s proper role in the new world Bush’s address to Congress and the na- fit nicely into what has long been known order.” Unfortunately, there never has been tion, Congressman Richard Gephardt, the as the new world order, a phrase employed any honest debate over just what Ameri- House Majority Leader, gave the Demo- in recent decades by Richard Nixon, Nel- ca’s political elites mean (Senator Biden crats’ official response on the Gulf crisis: son Rockefeller, Fidel Castro, Mikhail included) when they use the term “new “From the summit at Helsinki [on the Iraq- Gorbachev, George H.W. Bush, and many www.TheNewAmerican.com 13
  15. 15. Presidency others. None of the proponents of such an “order” have ever fully explained its meaning or noted its origin. However, a few have come fairly close to doing so. Perhaps the one who has come closest is Zbigniew Brzezinski, arguably President- elect Obama’s most important adviser. In an address to Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1995 AP Images State of the World Forum in San Fran- cisco, Brzezinski lamented that with only five years to the start of the new millen- nium, “We do not have a new world order.” I’m lovin’ it: Vice President-elect Joseph Biden wrote a 1992 Wall Street Journal op-ed, “How I “We cannot leap into world government Learned to Love the New World Order.” in one quick step,” Brzezinski noted. At- taining that objective, he explained, would represented a major advance in man’s abil- only grudging mention during the 2008 require a gradual process of “globaliza- ity to conceptualize his relationship to his campaign. Furthermore, it will receive tion,” building the new world order “step world” and that “Marxism supplied the virtually no adherence once the oath of by step, stone by stone” through “progres- best available insight into contemporary office is taken. sive regionalization.” The supranational reality.” How did America arrive at such a state? EU in Europe is an example of that re- Don’t expect Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Knowing the answer is essential if what gional approach, as is NAFTA on our own Zbigniew Brzezinski, or the individu- is happening to our country is to be re- continent. als they choose to help them run the new versed. The answer begins with the real- Brzezinski, of course, was President administration to explain honestly where ization that we are not being taken into an Jimmy Carter’s National Security Adviser. their plans will take our country. They anti-American new world order by chance, Less well known is the fact that he also won’t attach the word socialism to their stupidity, or unstoppable historical forces. was Jimmy Carter’s tutor on world affairs economic plans. Yet, this is precisely what The suicidal policies of past and present long before Carter came onto the national is presented in Obama and Biden’s Blue- decades are the work of deceptively bril- stage, while he was still a little-known print for Change. Nor will they admit their liant but determinedly driven individu- governor of Georgia. Brzezinski was ap- willingness to submerge our nation and the als. They and their plans can be found by pointed tutor by David Rockefeller, who rest of mankind into a UN-led world gov- studying the Council on Foreign Relations, had tapped Carter for membership in his ernment. For them, the United Nations is the Trilateral Commission, several related newly formed Trilateral Commission, one an untouchable, even sacrosanct constant. organizations, and their membership ros- of a number of elite groups pushing for America’s deep entanglement in the world ters. Barack Obama and Joe Biden may world government. The inspiration for body — not only financing it but relying not hold membership in either of these Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission had on its resolutions to supplant congressio- new-world-order groups, but a heavy pre- been Brzezinski’s 1970 book, Between nal declarations to authorize war — was ponderance of those being chosen for their Two Ages, in which the Polish immigrant a non-issue during the recent campaign. administration does. Both Obama and argued that “national sovereignty is no So, advancement toward the twin deadly Biden have been closely associated with longer a viable concept.” According to features of new world order — socialism the CFR, writing for its journal, Foreign Brzezinski, U.S. sovereignty should be and world government — can be expected. Affairs, and speaking at its programs. In jettisoned for “the goal of world govern- Meanwhile, the U.S. Constitution, written 2006, Biden and CFR President Emeritus ment.” He also contended, in the same to limit government power and to prevent Leslie Gelb teamed up to produce a CFR- book, that “Marxism, disseminated on the any semblance of the New World Order promoted plan for partitioning Iraq into popular level in the form of Communism, taking root within our shores, received three ethnic states. THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008 14
  16. 16. Obama’s Team presidents; 17 secretaries of Speculation about who will fill the many state; 20 secretaries of war/ posts in the new administration appears ev- defense; 18 secretaries of The Obama Cabinet will be no different erywhere. During the run-up to the election, the Treasury; 15 directors of than previous administrations. Candidates the list of Obama advisers included CFR the CIA. And on it has gone members George Soros, Zbigniew Brzez- throughout the Cabinets, in for secretary of state include CFR inski, James A. Johnson, Orin Kramer, seriatim — through Demo- members John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and Penny Pritzker, and Tom Daschle. Among crat and Republican adminis- Obama’s Senior Working Group on Nation- trations — with hundreds of Bill Richardson, plus the ambitious wife of al Security were CFR members Madeleine deputy secretaries, assistant prominent CFR member Bill Clinton. Albright, David Boren, Warren Christopher, secretaries, etc. Lee Hamilton, William Perry, Susan Rice, The Obama Cabinet will and James Steinberg. Within his economic be no different. Candidates for secre- Peña, Bill Daley, Lawrence Summers, and brain trust could be found CFR members tary of state include CFR members John Colin Powell. Add to these the names of Daniel Tarullo and Michael Froman. Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and Bill Richardson, Jane Harman, Thomas Kean, Jack Reed, We can be quite sure that somewhere plus the ambitious wife of prominent CFR Janet Napolitano, and John Spratt. between 400 to 500 high-level members of member Bill Clinton. The final choice will There will be some surprises to be sure. the Obama administration will be members be arrived at with the help of a transition Some high posts will be given to men and of the CFR. How can we say that? Because team that includes Thomas Donilon and women who aren’t CFR members. But that’s about how many CFR members oc- Wendy Sherman, both CFR members. The the chance that the goals envisioned by cupy the current Bush administration (be- transition team appointed to recommend the new world order partisans at the CFR ginning with Vice President Dick Cheney, who will serve as secretary of defense is will be replaced by anything resembling an in-again, out-again member of the CFR being led by John P. White and Michele true Americanism appears to be nil. In the board of directors). And about the same Flournoy, both CFR members. nearly 90 years of the CFR’s existence, no number occupied posts in the Clinton ad- Other names being mentioned by the one has altered its drive to achieve U.S. ministration. And so it has gone since the media for federal posts starting January socialism and world government. And, we New Deal reign of Franklin D. Roosevelt. 20 read like a membership list of the CFR. have no hesitation in predicting that no Wall Street banker John J. McCloy, chair- (All the individuals whose names follow one in the soon-to-be-staffed Obama ad- man of the CFR from 1953 to 1970 and hold CFR membership.) Will octogenarian ministration will try to do so. adviser to nine Presidents of the United former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker actually States, was once quoted by the New York be tapped? Will he be assisted by New York Piecemeal Socialism Times on how the system works. Accord- Fed official Timothy Geithner? Educated and Global Governance ing to the Times: guesses for jobs in the new administration The new world order can never be imposed include former Cabinet officials Federico on a thriving America whose unmatched When Henry Stimson — the group’s quintessential member — went to Washington in 1940 as Secretary of Establishment powerhouse: War, he took with him John McCloy, Zbigniew Brzezinski, tutor who was to become Assistant Secre- and national security adviser tary in charge of personnel. McCloy to President Jimmy Carter, has recalled: “Whenever we needed founding director of the a man [in Washington], we just Trilateral Commission, and thumbed through the roll of Council advocate of world government, members and put through a call to is a top Obama adviser. New York” [to the CFR’s headquar- ters office]. And over the years, the men Mc- Cloy called in turn called other Coun- cil members. Through many such “calls to New York,” the council has gained a virtual lock-hold on the U.S. government, regardless of which party is in office. No other orga- nization comes close to boasting the kind Newscom of clout that the CFR members have held: eight presidents of the U.S.; seven vice www.TheNewAmerican.com 15
  17. 17. Presidency the adoption of internationalism and big government as central features of their programs, regardless of their rhetoric to the contrary. He urged continuation of the practice of insuring that the two major political parties in America would remain virtually indistinguishable and continue to work toward full achievement of CFR goals. He expressly urged the two major political parties to be almost identical “so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without lead- ing to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.” That, of course, is what has happened, with predictable, cyclical regularity. The Republicans and Democrats at the na- tional level have become the flip sides of the same CFR coin; they both promote the AP Images steady growth of big government and in- ternationalism, while placating their core constituencies. The Republicans are al- Same old crowd: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama at a press lowed to cater to the right on a few issues conference, flanked by advisers Lee Hamilton (left) and Sam Nunn, who, along with dozens of other Obama advisers, are members of the Council on Foreign Relations. (pro-life, pro-gun, pro-military, pro-busi- ness) while the Democrats cater to the left (pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, anti-gun, productivity and power has stood in such ring by chance. Nor do they believe that it anti-war, pro-union). stark contrast to so much of the rest of the results from the unfolding of irreversible With either John McCain, a veteran world. Merging the United States with historical forces. America is being taken CFR member, or Barack Obama happily other nations becomes possible only if off track deliberately. Should Americans surrounded by CFR members, the network our country’s uniqueness is significantly become aware that some crisis has en- identified by Quigley could proceed with watered down to where it no longer stands gulfed our nation, CFR members in the nary a worry toward its new world order apart from the rest of the world. So, our media can be counted on to ramp up a goal. And with continued dominance of CFR-influenced leaders commenced campaign to persuade a worried populace the major political parties guaranteed by building socialism here at home (the so- that some new governmental system, a CFR members, the network’s plan for cial-welfare state), giving away our wealth world system perhaps, is the solution to America and the world faced little threat (foreign aid), and entangling the United the crisis. As Rahm Emanuel, newly ap- of exposure during our nation’s most re- States in an assortment of sovereignty- pointed to become the next White House cent election. compromising pacts and agreements (the Chief of Staff has stated, “You don’t ever UN, WTO, NATO, NAFTA, etc.). want a crisis to go to waste.” Counteraction Needed The National Debt has passed the $10 In 1966, Georgetown Professor Carroll Those who want the new world order are trillion level, but foreign aid to almost Quigley’s monumental Tragedy and Hope very few. Most Americans certainly don’t every nation on Earth continues. Obama became available. In his 1,350 pages, this want socialistic domination and the loss wants another stimulus package to be fi- influential academic, who mentored Bill of our nation’s independence. Why are so nanced either by printing more dollars or Clinton, bared details about a “secret soci- many silent? Why don’t they rise as one by borrowing. Like the United Nations, ety” (Quigley’s phrase) formed to rule the and really “throw the rascals out”? the Federal Reserve and its power to create world. He was one of the rare scholars who Can it be done? Yes! Will it be done? money out of nothing is an untouchable. had been allowed access to the network’s That remains to be seen. All who love this While steps to wrest our country from the secret records, and he was sympathetic country, love their children, love truth, Fed’s grip and return to commodity-based to its goals, though he disagreed with its and love freedom had better get busy and currency are essential, the Obama admin- intent to remain unknown. The network’s start using our freedoms to save our free- istration has no intention of even consid- front group in the United States, he said, is doms. If a mere minority of the American ering them. His Blueprint and the already the Council on Foreign Relations. Toward population can be enlisted, educated, and known Obama-Biden record in the Senate the end of his remarkable tome, Quigley let loose throughout America with honest make that very clear. noted that the Democrat and Republican facts and perspective, the new world order All truly serious students of America’s parties had converged on many of the most will crash and be relegated to history’s decline don’t believe any of this is occur- important issues, particularly concerning dust bin. n THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008 16
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  20. 20. energy Making Renewable Energy Practical Tennessee Valley Authority can we reliably, efficiently, and economically store energy to make solar and wind power viable options to replace fossil-fuel or nuclear plants? by Ed Hiserodt scale use of wind or solar power, which Completed in 1978, Raccoon Mountain don’t generate energy when the wind is not Pumped Storage Plant near Chattanooga is F ew things get our attention more blowing or the sun is not shining? one of the largest in the world, with a 528- quickly than a loss of electric acre upper reservoir holding nearly 12 billion gallons of water. power. Many of our activities cease Batteries the instant energy from a generator many A power plant generates alternating cur- miles away stops supplying the electricity rent (AC) where the plus and minus poles hour — would be incredible. A typical to light our homes or businesses, run our change 60 times per second — the reason 12-volt automotive battery is rated at 70 computers, lift our elevators, operate the behind the 60 Hz you see on all appliances. amp-hours, which means it should deliver industrial machinery on which our food Batteries are direct current (DC) devices 70 amps at 12 volts for an hour. Watt-wise, supply depends, and countless other labor- that produce energy continuously between this is equal to 840 Wh or 0.84 kWh. A saving tasks. While just a slap in the face the positive and negative poles with no al- simple calculation shows it would take at first, after a few hours, as food begins ternation. Providing DC to an AC motor 1,200,000 automotive batteries to store the to spoil, sewage begins to accumulate, and — everything from your air conditioner to power required to replace an hour of elec- night closes in, the inconvenience moves an electric razor — would provide lots of trical production by the 1,000 MW plant. toward the potentially dangerous. Why smoke, but no rotation. To store AC energy Of course, to have a reasonable lead-acid can’t our utility companies do something in batteries, it must first be “rectified” to battery life, the batteries should never be to prevent outages? DC. Then when AC is required, the DC is discharged over 50 percent. Then there Unlike our water supply, which is often converted to AC using an “inverter” that are the conversion losses from rectifying stored in elevated tanks that can supply us chops up the electric current, polarizes it, AC power to DC power and back again. for hours or days, or our food supply in the and reconstructs it into the semblance of Taking this into account, storing an hour’s pantry, electricity is used at the moment it is an AC sine waveform. production from a 1,000 MW plant would generated. But why can’t large amounts of Second, the number of batteries needed require about 3,750,000 batteries, contain- electricity be stored in batteries or through to provide storage for the output of a typi- ing 75,000,000 pounds of lead. On three- other means? And why couldn’t this stored cal 1,000 megawatt (MW) power plant — foot centers, this would require a field of energy be used to make practical the large- one million kilowatt hours (kWh) each batteries covering more than a square mile www.TheNewAmerican.com 19
  21. 21. energy Pumped storage: While there are energy — about 774 acres. And remem- losses during both pumping and electric Visitors Center Switchyard ber, this is for one hour’s worth generation, pumped storage is the only of electrical energy from a typical effective way to store large amounts of 1,000 MW nuclear or coal-fired energy economically. Intake Reservoir power plant. But why talk about storing power from conventional power Elevator plants to alleviate once-in-a- blue-moon power outages? Of more practical interest would be to determine the requirements to Main Access Tunnel Tennessee Valley Authority store energy from a wind or solar Discharge farm so that we could elimi- nate a conventional power plant altogether. Because wind and Powerhouse solar always need to be backed Reversible Pump-Turbine up against outages — owing to windless days of high pressure or clouds and precipitation — we assume that we need at least a two-day NiCd (nickel cadmium), NiMH (nickel a conventional generator, just as we now storage period. To use batteries to store metal hydride), and the lithium ion batter- burn natural gas to drive a steam turbine enough wind power to generate something ies used in your laptop. You can be sure generator. But this isn’t so good either. approaching reliable wind power equiva- that these are so expensive that they will Basic thermodynamics show a loss of lent to a 1,000 MW power plant would never be even considered for major energy 65 percent of our energy to waste heat in require 180,000,000 batteries covering storage. the process. When considered from the about 58 square miles. This is in addition A second chemical possibility is the use standpoint of wind farms, which struggle to approximately 2,000 well-sited wind of electrolysis to separate or dis-associate to obtain a 30-percent capacity factor, the turbines situated on something over 490 the hydrogen and oxygen atoms found loss of some 75 to 80 percent of precious square miles. Keep in mind that these are in water — a process that always takes electric output to storage waste might be not the windmills used by Farmer Jones more energy than can be reclaimed from discouraging. to pump water for his cattle, but 1.5 MW the process’ end product, hydrogen fuel. behemoths with blades reaching up over A fuel cell could then be used to convert Electrical 30 stories. The capacity factors are gener- the chemical energy of hydrogen to cre- The super or ultra capacitor is making a ously assumed to be 30-35 percent. The ate electricity directly. While having the move and is an up-and-comer. A capaci- combined space for windmills and batter- desirable property of only producing water tor (of which there are likely thousands ies would be just over half the land area as an exhaust product, the conversion to in electronic devices within a few feet of of Rhode Island. Sometimes really good electric power is only about 50-percent you) consists of “plates” that have oppo- ideas have insurmountable troubles when efficient, with the remaining 50 percent site electrical charges and are separated real-world numbers are applied. lost as heat. When the energy lost in pro- by a dielectric or insulator. Energy is Lead-acid batteries obviously won’t cut duction is considered, an overall efficiency stored by the voltage potential between it, but would something else? There are, of about 25 percent is possible when the the plates. The advantages of the super after all, many ways to store energy. (My hydrogen is stored as a pressurized gas, capacitor are much faster charging times, least favorite is in fatty tissue.) They in- and about 20 percent when stored as a a claimed weight reduction of 90 percent clude chemical, electrical, thermal, kinet- cryogenic liquid. Though no large-scale over lead-acid batteries, and no degrada- ic, and potential energy storage methods. fuel cells exist, the Department of Energy tion for millions of recharge cycles. While Since the prize for a workable method for gives a cost of $4,500 per kilowatt, which possibly a boon for electric vehicles, we’re large-scale electric storage (upon which translates into $4.5 billion for fuel cells still talking about 18,000 400-pound super any future, realistic wind and solar tech- large enough to generate the electricity capacitors to store one hour’s energy from nology are totally dependent) is so great, equivalent to a 1,000 MW power plant. a 1,000 MW power plant. Multiply that by this has been a major area of research by (This price does not include transformers, 48 for a wind farm’s backup. scientists for decades. buildings, hydrogen generation and stor- Another interesting concept in energy age, and the other apparatus required for a storage is the use of a superconducting Chemical large power plant.) magnet. At very low temperatures, the As shown by the above analysis, batteries Instead of recombining the dis-asso- electrical resistance of certain elements are not going to do the trick, not even bat- ciated hydrogen and oxygen atoms, the and alloys is so low that it is immeasurable tery technologies with somewhat higher hydrogen created by our electrochemical with current technology. An alloy of thalli- energy densities than lead-acid, such as generator could also be burned to drive um, barium, and copper oxide is supercon- 20 THE NEW AMERICAN • DECEMbER 8, 2008