Bloomberg News reports this morning:
Thanks in part to funding from benefactors such as billionaire George Soros, the Center for American Progress has become in just five years an intellectual wellspring for Democratic policy proposals, including many that are shaping the agenda of the new Obama administration.
Much as the Heritage Foundation provided intellectual heft for the Republican Party in the 1980s, CAP has been an incubator for liberal thought and helped build the platform that triumphed in the 2008 campaign.
Here’s what Discover The Networks says about CAP:
Leftist think tank run by Hillary Clinton and former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta
Helped launch Media Matters for America
The Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself as “a nonpartisan research and educational institute” aimed at “developing a long-term vision of a progressive America” and “providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals.”
Nonpartisan in the same way that groups like ACORN, VoteVets, and Media Matters are. Obviously there are plenty of ignorant people out there who buy that. They’re called “Obama voters”.
Gateway Pundit reports:
CAP helped launch the website Think Progress and David Brock’s Media Matters for America – a discredited “watchdog” organization monitoring “rightwing” media for ethics and accuracy.
The Center for American Progress was also involved with the anti-Bush Legacy Bus that traveled the country this year and pushed a snuff film of our soldiers being blown up in Iraq. One CAP advisor argued the success of the surge was a bad thing for America and Iraq. Another CAP advisor blamed Israel and backed Syria after the nuke plant attack last year. The leftist group was behind the dishonest smear campaign against Rush Limbaugh for his phony soldier comments. The group helped slander Bill O’Reilly for his so-called racist comments.
Quite a think tank, huh?
The Nutroots now have more influence than ever before:
Some of the group’s recommendations already have been adopted by the president-elect.
Withdrawal of Troops
These include the center’s call for a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and a buildup of forces in Afghanistan, a plan for universal health coverage through employer plans and proposals to create purchasing pools that allow small businesses to spread the cost among a larger group of workers. Obama has endorsed much of a CAP plan to create “green jobs” linked to alleviating global climate change.
CAP also is advocating the creation of a “National Energy Council” headed by an official with the stature of the national security adviser and who would be charged with “transforming the energy base” of the U.S. In addition, CAP urges the creation of a White House “office of social entrepreneurship” to spur new ideas for addressing social problems.
To help promote its ideas, CAP employs 11 full-time bloggers who contribute to two Web sites, ThinkProgress and the Wonk Room; others prepare daily feeds for radio stations. The center’s policy briefings are standing-room only, packed with lobbyists, advocacy-group representatives and reporters looking for insights on where the Obama administration is headed.
The inmates are now running the asylum. The Republicans in Congress better have the backbone to fight the moonbat onslaught that is surely to come, or we may not be able to recognize this country in a few years.
Ace of Spades HQ commenter, and conservative dandy, Jackstraw, has connected some dots, and come up with a disturbing picture:
As I have been saying for going on a year now, the real power behind this mess is George Soros. It is his money and his far left policies that have been driving the Democrat party with the Clintons since Bush first got elected. Now, the strategy is coming to fruition.
Right after Bush won re-election, Soros and some of his pals started an funding far left groups (thank McCain/Feingold!) including the preeminent Center for American Progress, CAP. He and Hillary install her stooge, John Podesta as the head of CAP. He continues to fund other left wing groups such as MoveOn.org, Democracy Now, etc., through a sereis of cutouts. These groups all appear to be indepedent but they amazingly all speak with one voice creating what seems to be a grassroots uprising against Bush and for “change”.
When the ’08 election roles around, Soros hedges his bets with Hillary and Obama, ultimately settling on Obama with most of his money and support. But Hillary (and importantly, Bill are never far from his thoughts. Magically, John Podesta is picked by Obama to head his transition team. He joins Rahm Emanuel, ex-Clintonista, as the agents of change.
Actually, its not so surprising as CAP becomes the defacto organization providing policy statement to the Obama team.
But why Hillary? There is no more important cabinet position than Sec of State. The Sec of State is the international face of the US and negotiates for US interests abroad. This is exactly what Soros wants. He wants to change America’s postion in the world for both his own warped views on Open Societies but mostly for cash. This is something that interests Bill Clinton too. He has made tens of millions since he left office in shady international deals. Most notably among those deals was Kazakhstan where he went against US policy and even against his wife to support un-democratic policies of Nursltan Nazarbayev. Why? Money. Lots and lots of money from Frank Giustra, a Candian Billionare who wanted the Uranium rights in Kazakhstan. Giustra got them and Clinton got $31 million for his fundraising boondoogle.
Where do Soros and Giustra intersect? At the International Crisis Group where both are board members.
Does the International Crisis Group ring a bell? It should. That is the group which employs Robert Malley, ex-Obama advisor, ex-Bill Clinton advisor, and the group which took credit for dispatching Mr Malley to Syria and Egypt when it first leaked out that Obama had sent him.
So we have a couple of far left billionares sitting on the board of ICG.
One of those billionares is in business with Bill Clinton, the other with Hillary Clinton.
The head of the liberal think tank that Soros funds and was put in there by Hillary after he ran black ops for her husbands administration is now the head of the Obama transition team.
Soros funded Hillary and Obama and they both had ACORN (Soros) money.
Obama had recently been supported by the New Party and Hillary by the Workers Family Party which are also ACORN fronts.
Soros and Giustra and Bill Clinton are fundamentally interested in working with foreign governments and the US government to affect left wing policy and to make shit loads of money.
And I will not be a bit surprised when Hillary and Obama seem to both support the exact same foreign policy around the world and Bill makes billions.
We are so screwed.