in Part 1,
we saw political analyst Dinesh D’Souza’s impression of President Obama’s ideology. I’ve also previously recapped liberal reporter Ed Klein’s The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House).
Now here’s a book by a young financial banking insider who admits being extremely liberal and completely taken in by Obama in the 2008 election. Shawn Smeltz, author of USA: Unaware, Scared and Angry, says all that has changed for him; his eyes have been opened by the last four years.
Smeltz isn't a professional writer or wealthy Wall Street financial tycoon. He’s a middle-management bank employee making a modest middle-class living, who felt compelled to share his insight with the public. He tells of his experiences being instructed to lay people off after the failure of 26 banks; the home mortgage foreclosures and the failure of Wall Street even after the second stimulus money toward the beginning of Obama’s first term.
Things may have started before Obama’s election, Smeltz says, but they’ve only gotten worse through actions that cannot be blamed on the Bush Administration (and which actually began under Clinton).
Smeltz now feels like a victim of what he calls a poison message by Obama (p.21); the message of “change” and Obama’s disbelief in America’s exceptionalism. This message not only targeted poor people, but hardworking citizens who try to excel. The message of change clouded peoples’ convictions and desire to do the right thing (p.22).
He says Obama’s arrogance began increasing behind the scenes; that the president’s lack of experience in managing or leading people was overtaken by his charisma (p.54). This agrees with Klein’s assessment.
It became obvious to Smeltz that Obama’s idea of success was something dictated by a ruling authority – not success through hard work (p.54-55 – written even before Obama said “You didn’t build that.”)
Through Smeltz’s financial training, he realized the Obama administration’s new rules would destroy the economy instead of rebuild it (p.68). With overreaching regulations like those in the Dodd Frank Act of 2010, it became impossible to keep circulating money back into the economy, and that Obama began treating the banking industry like America’s enemy (p.76).
He says Obama’s plans became clearer: Take away individual success and replace it with government control and redistribution (p.89).
Here’s one harrowing story Smeltz tells of how the government encourages citizens to remain dependent on things like welfare (p.97-101):
He hired a young single mother. She showed great promise, was capable and dependable. The job was giving her a sense of pride. One day she came to Smeltz and said she had to quit, because she was on government subsidies. She’d gotten a letter saying if she kept working, they’d have to take some of her benefits away (benefits she qualified for, even though she had a job). Her bank salary wasn’t as much as these benefits, and her children would suffer without the extra money.
Smeltz told her he could offer her a raise after she was there a certain amount of time, but it wasn’t enough. She had to quit, and went back to fully living off the government. He says her future with the bank could have been brilliant.
Smeltz saw leftists, Democrats and liberals labeling prosperous individuals as being selfish and crooked. Their goal was to appeal to those less fortunate – and to people who didn’t want to put any effort into improving themselves but were content to blame others (p.122).
Smeltz, knowing more about how Wall Street functions than the average citizen, says Obama was wrong to embrace the Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist uprising without ever addressing the rapes, drug use and pillaging being caused in the streets by these rebels (p.132).
But perhaps his biggest shock was seeing the similarity between Obama’s actions and Marxist/Communist governments:
Smeltz’s wife is from the Ukraine, and he’s been there numerous times to visit her family. He says Obama’s tactics are similar to Ukranian government: If individuals made more than the government allotted, the government would confiscate it and distribute it “as it saw fit” (p.137 –sounds like Obama’s limit of making $250,000 before more taxes will be taken). Most Ukrainian people lived below USA poverty standards.
Smeltz said the government controlled everything in the Ukraine, like when your hot water could be on, and what was sold in the markets. Even with the government taking the people’s money, the roads and bridges were nearly falling apart everywhere (p.173,140).
Smeltz concludes that our situation is clearly a result of this president’s failure to do anything to benefit the American people (p.149) – no one else’s.
One, two or three authors not enough proof for you? Here’s another about President Obama’s plans for America: Fool MeTwice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years. It's Aaron Klein and Brenda Elliott’s third in-depth study of Obama, including his links to Marxist philosophy. They are both New York Times best-selling authors.
(This writer is not receiving any compensation or recognition for mentioning the above books.)