Creepy: Daily Beast Wants Corporations to Sign ‘Loyalty Oaths’ to Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’


August 5, 2014 By Greg Campbell

The left’s infatuation with the anointed, made-for-primetime president, Barack Obama, has largely fizzled-out. Though there remains mindless stalwarts and Obamamaniacs, the world has largely recovered from the Obamamania of 2008 and 2009 that saw countless liberal zombies decked-out in “Hope” tee-shirts and adorning their walls with pictures of the left’s messiah.

Still, however, there remains remnants of these sheep who see Barack Obama as a symbol of hope and change and not as the failed president he has become.

The Daily Beast’s Jonathon Alter is precisely the kind of useful idiot upon which the Obama regime counts to spread their carefully-crafted message.

While many companies are fleeing the U.S.’s punitive-oriented taxation system that is predicated upon penalizing the rich, most would seek to solve this problem by applying Occam’s Razor: they would conclude that if the “eat the rich” mantra of the left is creating corporate refugees, the simplest solution would be to address the crushing taxation.

Instead, the left has begun a campaign to try and shame corporations who defect. Alter even goes so far as to claim that corporations should have to sign loyalty oaths which pledge allegiance to Obama’s “economic patriotism.”

The Daily Beast reports:
On top of all the wars and global messiness, 2014 will be remembered for the plague of “corporate inversion,” which the news media should start routinely calling “corporate desertion.” So far, 47 American-based companies have renounced U.S. citizenship and bought foreign subsidiaries in order to dodge American taxes. Many more are preparing to flee…

Because oaths and pledges are a little creepy, this effort needs something else—something that comes out of the legal and business worlds: a contract. More specifically, an NDA.

Non-disclosure agreements are common in corporate America, where tens of thousands of senior managers and employees sign contracts promising to keep all sorts of information confidential. It’s often a condition of employment.

Now it’s time to change the “D” and expect the same from boards of directors—a “non-desertion agreement” with the John Hancock of every board member and CEO in the United States.

If boards thought for even a second about the long-term interests of their companies, they would summon their lawyers and sign. It’s protection against the risks of resurgent nationalism that could strip them of the many advantages (indirect government subsidies, easy access to American markets) that they currently enjoy.

Companies that fail to sign non-desertion agreements would face the kind of public shaming that has gone out of fashion but could come back with a vengeance: boycotts, petitions, angry shareholder meetings full of the language of patriotism.
Now, to be clear, I am as patriotic as they come. I love buying products made in America and I firmly believe that this is the greatest nation on Earth. However, can we really blame companies that flee the hostile environment created by the most undeniably anti-commerce administration in American history?

At a time when China is on the upswing because of pro-capitalist changes and at a time when even Cuba is starting to loosen their control on government-run commerce, our nation is stagnating as government vultures are seeing the consequences of decades of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

I’ll tell you the story ends: if you rob Peter to pay Paul, eventually Peter has enough and leaves.

Cuban Dissident to Congressional Black Caucus: Stop Helping the Dictatorship


Mike Gonzalez

Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, is a widely experienced international correspondent, commentator and editor who has reported from Asia, Europe and Latin America. He served in the George W. Bush Administration first at the Securities and Exchange Commission and then at the State Department. His forthcoming book on Hispanics will be published in September.

Cuban dissident Yris Tamara Pérez Aguilera personifies courage. The petite Afro-Cuban dissident has suffered beatings, imprisonment and sexual harassment at the hands of Raul Castro’s goons in Cuba. And yet she was in Washington Wednesdaycalling for world support for the Cuban people, knowing full well that, as she said, “I will pay for this once I go back.”

The president of Cuba’s Rosa Parks Civil Rights Movement had a clear message for the Congressional Black Caucus, which has always shown a strange soft side for the 55-year communist dictatorship of the Castro brothers: quit giving comfort to Cuba’s racist leadership.

“They should look closely at Cuba’s Council of State, and see how many black Cubans they find there,” Perez said at a small meeting with journalists, think tankers and former diplomats.

And of course, she’s right. A quick glance at the pictures of Cuba’s top government body on their own website reveals that only eight out of 31 are black, and there’s only one black Cuban in the top echelon constituted by seven vice presidents and President Raul Castro.

While racial figures are hard to come by, mainly because Castro’s own figures distort the island’s ethnic makeup (its latest claim that the black population was 10 percent and the white population 65 percent is risible), visitors report that the population that is black or mixed is now a majority. The Economist put it this way in 2008: “Mr Castro’s Cuba is a sad place. Although the population is now mainly black or mulatto and young, its rulers form a mainly white gerontocracy.”

This white gerontocracy oppresses black dissidents with fury. “Around 75 percent of the people in prison are black,” said Perez. “Black Cubans have no rights.”

Perez would like to meet with members of the CBC while she’s here in Washington to explain to them Cuba’s realities. She’s not holding her breath, however. Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., all CBC members, were in Cuba in May, but refused to meet Perez.

“While I was languishing in prison, they paraded around Havana. My sister tried to deliver a petition asking them to come and visit me. They didn’t even accept it,” said Perez, who’s married to Cuba’s best known dissident, Jorge Luís García Perez, known as Antúnez and also as Cuba’s Nelson Mandela. Jorge Perez also constantly suffers imprisonment and beatings at the hands of the regime.

Perez would also like to have an audience with Michelle Obama while here, but she told me that she would not meet with her husband, President Barack Obama. “If it were up to him the embargo would already have been lifted,” she said.

On this Perez is very clear: the moves Obama has made since he took office to have a rapprochement with Cuba’s dictators will end as well as the Russian “reset.” “Lifting the embargo would be dreadful for the Cuban people,” as it would legitimize Cuba’s lawless government, warns Perez. Rather than try to lift the embargo, Obama should “be concerned with the plight of the Cuban people, with the opposition. He’s blinded by the regime!”

As Perez described how Cuba’s political police constantly break into her house, beat her, manacle her, “feel all my private parts,” and then throw her into prison for days, I told her that I had recently debated Salem State professor Aviva Chomsky on television and that she had declared that there is no repression in Cuba. She made a face of revulsion:“Tell her to come to the deepest parts of Cuba, so she can see how dissidents are beaten up.”

Perez is remarkably clear-eyed about the world for someone who has spent her entire life inside a communist dictatorship. She understands that she can expect nothing from a feckless European Union, for example. But she called on freedom-loving people around the world to organize Twitter campaigns every time there’s news that dissidents have been beat up, and to send computers to Cubans. “Everyone has the right to live in freedom,” she said, channeling Thomas Jefferson.

5 Things About the Taliban This Democrat Should Know Before Spouting Off That They’re Not Terrorists

By Justen Charters 1 day ago

On Tuesday, California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier was on MSNBC attempting to counter House Speaker John Boehner’s statement on the White House violating official policy by negotiating with terrorists for Bergdahl’s release. The California lawmaker said:
“The Taliban is part of the fabric of Afghanistan — they were part of the leadership of that country before we engaged there.”
“To say that they are terrorists, at this point, is not necessarily accurate.”
The State Department defines terrorism as premeditated politically motivated violence. Speier could not be further from the truth about the Taliban not being terrorists, and here our five reasons why.
In 1998, they killed an estimated 4,000 – 6,000 Hazara Afghans in an ethnic cleansing campaign.
They provided Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden with safe haven after 9/11
They engage in acts of terrorism against government targets.
The Taliban has ties with several organizations that are designated terror groups by the State Dept.
They are not a legitimate government recognized by two or more states.
In a rational world, the word Taliban is synonymous with terrorism. So, what does it say about our lawmakers when they cannot grasp what kind of enemies the United States is up against?