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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Convict Robert Creamer Invited to Obama State Dinner

Creamer resigned from Citizen Action/Illinois after the FBI began investigating him for bank fraud and tax evasion at Illinois Public Action. He was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to five months in federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, plus eleven months of house arrest.

While in prison—or “forced sabbatical,” he called it—Creamer wrote a lengthy political manual, Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight! How Progressives Can Win (Seven Locks Press, 2007).
The book was endorsed by leading Democrats and their allies, including SEIU boss Andy Stern—the most frequent visitor thus far to the Obama White House—and chief Obama strategist David Axelrod, who noted that Creamer’s tome “provides a blueprint for future victories.”

In the book, Creamer draws lessons from decades of experience on the radical left, including the teachings of arch-radical Saul Alinsky, and several episodes from Rep. Schakowsky’s political career. He also lays out a “Progressive Agenda for Structural Change,” which includes a ten-point plan for foisting universal health care on the American people in 2009:

  1. “We must create a national consensus that health care is a right, not a commodity; and that government must guarantee that right.”
  2. “We must create a national consensus that the health care system is in crisis.”
  3. “Our messaging program over the next two years should focus heavily on reducing the credibility of the health insurance industry and focusing on the failure of private health insurance.”
  4. “We need to systematically forge relationships with large sectors of the business/employer community.”
  5. “We need to convince political leaders that they owe their elections, at least in part, to the groundswell of support of [sic] universal health care, and that they face political peril if they fail to deliver on universal health care in 2009.”
  6. “We need not agree in advance on the components of a plan, but we must foster a process that can ultimately yield consensus.”
  7. “Over the next two years, we must design and organize a massive national field program.”
  8. “We must focus especially on the mobilization of the labor movement and the faith community.”
  9. “We must systematically leverage the connections and resources of a massive array of institutions and organizations of all types.”
  10. “To be successful, we must put in place commitments for hundreds of millions of dollars to be used to finance paid communications and mobilization once the battle is joined.”
He was also at the White House state dinner last month—together with Stern, Axelrod, and other cronies—despite the fact that ex-convicts are usually barred from such events.

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