Two stories up on on www.democraticfaith.com make perfectly clear what many have suspected all along. The Obama team has been playing a double game on immigration reform and successfully held reform "leaders" in check with White House meetings, explicit pleadings and strategic hirings.
But none of this heady stuff gets to the root of satisfactory explanation. The docility of reform "leaders" in large measure is a function of dollar flows to the organizations they represent. Forget the White House pampering. Focus on "progressive" foundations and their inter connects. These funder entities, though constrained by their tax exempt status, overwhelming break Democratic. As a consequence - wink, wink - their immigration reform grantees do the same. Falling into line comes with the financial territory where they co-habitate.
Are there exceptions? Of course. NDLON is one of them. So guess who wasn't invited to the recent CIR summit at the White House? You got it. The National Day Labor Organizing Network. Another seems to be Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO who appeared anything but bamboozled by the White House pitch.
There's way more to this story than anyone has publicly pieced together. Plus it's not close to over. President Obama is in a box of his own (and foundation land's) construction. Lets see what happens when Congress vacates DC for the summer with the ball entirely in Team Obama's court.
Some years back Charles Koch parlayed a mid sized oil service and engineering firm founded by his father into a multi national conglomerate. In the process he became the sixth wealthiest individual in the world. Among other things his firm manufactures Dixie Cups, a product he didn't invent but had the acumen to acquire, and the chemical stew patented as "Stainmaster", a mix he didn't invent but also astutely acquired.
By virtue of his spectacular wealth Mr. Koch is now entitled to a Pharonic Pulpit to accompany the more run of the mill foundation establishing, lobbying and influence peddling that flows from possession of mega green. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed his standing. Mr. Koch is for liberty and he thinks you should be too.
About ten years ago, badgered by EPA and OSHA governmental nobodies to clean up his industrial act, Mr. Koch decided to up his political visibility and download hordes of cash on sympatico candidates. Now he's into politics big time, trading barbs with Senator Harry Reid who, unlike many politicos, doesn't think being unimaginatively rich always requires genuflection.
Mr. Koch is an admirer of Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises - the Austrian School of Economics and all that. He says they helped him understand who he was as a person and a business man. Forget Freud. Embrace the Austrian economists and you'll be better for it.
Guess who's a burr under Mr. Koch's Pharonic saddle? None other than Saul David Alinsky. Here's how he goes at him while opining in the aforementioned Journal.
Says Koch: "Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers."
Schopenhauer, Alinsky and the despots. Pity the poor victim of infamous practices.
BTW, Mr. Koch, Saul Alinsky never advocated character assassination and he certainly wasn't a "collectivist".
Frank C. Pierson, Jr.
Frank Pierson retired after forty years of work with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) as a professional organizer. He began his career in 1971 in Chicago, moved to Queens, New York City and migrated west to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. He resides with his wife, Mary Ellen Kazda, in Oracle, Arizona. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org