Marx Would Be Proud

So now Obama is firing the heads of companies when he likes. Just like some dictator in a Banana Republic. So much for free enterprise.

The Obama administration asked Rick Wagoner, the chairman and CEO of General Motors, to step down and he agreed, a White House official said.

On Monday, President Barack Obama is to unveil his plans for the auto industry, including a response to a request for additional funds by GM and Chrysler. The plan is based on recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, headed by the Treasury Department.

The White House confirmed Wagoner was leaving at the government’s behest after The Associated Press reported his immediate departure, without giving a reason.

Of course, this is what happens when you accept government bail out money. They can push you around. But they also have that bill to do this to any company they like. They’re determined to rule the land in an autocratic fashion (no pun intended).

This is part of why the government is so hot to push stimulus on everyone. They want us to be dependent on them so they can start barking orders. Obama’s only been president for two months and his power grab is a thing to behold. Watch for my new Big Hollywood post that gets into it more.

You have to wonder what this “restructuring” will involve. My guess is they will force the companies to only make “green cars”. Which only a portion of the public will want to buy. Watch.

American Idol Recap

I didn’t write about Idol on Wednesday because I had to Tivo it and watch it the following day. So I decided to wait until the results show.

Overall, this week surprised me because it was Motown week and I expected Lil Rounds to steal the show. Instead she did a decent, but pretty safe version of Heatwave. I was actually a little bored by it.

A couple people flatlined, and as usual, one of them was bumped. I pretty much expected Michael Sarver to leave this week or the next. Not that he’s bad, but he is so outclassed by the others. This was his week.

I really expected Megan Joy to be in the bottom 3, but she wasn’t. Scott MacIntyre and Matt Giraud were. They shouldn’t have been except I think Scott has been kind of the same for the last several weeks. He always does a good job, but his performances are always kind of similar. I think that’s what hurt him. Giraud is excellent singing Marvin Gaye, but with so many good talents this season, someone had to be there.

The standouts for me on Wednesday were Allison, Adam and Danny in that order. Both Allison and Adam got standing ovations from Barry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Adam did a slow version of tracks of my tear, done in a Chris Issack/kd lang kind of drag. But to me Allison’s version of Papa was a Rolling Stone was the best. She is unbelievably good for a 16 year old, or a 30 year old. Whatever. She’s awesome.

Danny is always great. Just a very professional singer who knows what he’s doing. And is extremely good at it.

Anoop was good, showing his range. Kris was also very good. Megan was ok, but the judges were very critical of her. I was surprised when her name wasn’t called for the bottom 3 because I thought Matt was really good. This show is about popularity as much as talent, so we’re starting to see who’s more popular.

I loved the Motown medley the American Idols sang last night but was let down by the Joss Stone/Smokey Robinson duet because the song was pretty bland. Robinson is one of the best lyricists of his generation. Compared to his classics, the song last night was a joke. And the Stevie Wonder medley sung by Wonder himself was also a let down because the songs in the medley were not his best. The last one was one I haven’t even heard before and it was dull. Ah well.

Wednesday night’s show was pretty damn good. Really outstanding television and Smokey Robinson was a great coach.

RIP: Dan Seals (aka England Dan)

Dan Seals was a member of the duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, brother of Jimmy Seals of Seals and Croft fame. I grew up listening to their music and really liked them.

Dan Seals, who was England Dan in the pop duo England Dan and John Ford Coley and later had a successful country career, has died of complications from cancer. He was 61.

Longtime manager Tony Gottlieb said Seals, diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago, died Wednesday night at his daughter’s home in Nashville.

With England Dan and John Ford Coley, Seals had hits including “I’d Really Like to See You Tonight” and “Nights Are Forever,” both in 1976. His country hits in the ’80s and ’90s included “Bop,” ”You Still Move Me,” ”Love on Arrival,” and a duet with Marie Osmond, “Meet Me in Montana.”

The March of Fascism

The so called Hope and Change candidate continues on with his agenda of an America that does not resemble the one we all grew up in. And not in a good way.

In the last week both chambers Congress has advanced an alarming expansion of the Americorps that resembles something out of the Hitler Youth. It all comes from Obama’s agenda which he stated on his campaign website.

To begin with, the legislation threatens the voluntary nature of Americorps by calling for consideration of “a workable, fair and reasonable mandatory service requirement for all able young people.” It anticipates the possibility of requiring “all individuals in the United States” to perform such service, including elementary school students.

The bill also summons up unsettling memories of World War II-era paramilitary groups by saying the new program should “combine the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service,” while establishing “campuses” that serve as “operational headquarters,” complete with “superintendents” and “uniforms” for all participants. It allows for the elimination of all age restrictions in order to involve Americans at all stages of life. And, it calls for the creation of “a permanent cadre” in a “National Community Civilian Corps.”

But that’s not all. The bill also calls for “youth engagement zones” in which “service learning” is “a mandatory part of the curriculum in all of the secondary schools served by the local educational agency.”

I’m sure the youngsters will really like Obama now, when they’re drafted into his pseudo-military.

Al this vague description doesn’t mask what this seems to be leading to. Indoctrination of our youth at camps, turning kids into tools of the government to enforce policies. Just like Obama is currently using volunteers and ACORN to knock on doors and harass people into agreeing with his legislation. He seems to be adopting a lot of tried and true leftist tactics, like the ones employed by Hugo Chavez. And we all know where that leads.

Obama Youth Flag

UPDATE: This law passed.

Bureaucrats are Bad

As president Obogus continues to lead us down a path of self destruction (even the Europeans are aghast) it’s instructive to take a look at two videos that tell the other side of things. The financial mess was created by corrupt bureaucrats, and socialist minded lefties. They in turn have blamed it all on capitalism. But the truth is, capitalism is the only thing that will save us. The free markets.

Fiirst check out this exchange between Phil Donahue and Milton Friedman. Friedman kicks his ass. (via John Romano at Big Hollywood)

Now we see British MEP Daniel Hannan give a sever tongue lashing to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who is like a poor man’s Obama

If only we had people giving Obama that kind of response right now. The sad reality is the president is continuing to punish productive people in order to prop up the rest, rather than make it easier for more people to succeed and thus make the system truly fair. He doesn’t want to make the tax system fair. He wants to make it more unfair. And when he realizes over taxing businesses won’t cut it he will come afetr everyone else.

Obama is a typical bureaucrat, ideological and only interested in increasing the power of the state. His election will prove to be the worst thing that could have happened at this point in time. History will show that.