Keeping Up with Van Jones

Brendon S. Peck holds a Master of Arts in History and Political science from the College of Saint Rose and has completed graduate work at Columbia University. He is a freelance writer. Reach him at bshawnp@gmail.com.


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Mr. Jones made clear as much when he stated that the views of the socialist Working Families Party, embodies the very “framework” and disposition of the Obama White House.

And like Obama, who desires a profound “transformation” of American society, Van Jones similarly characterizes his eco-agenda as a movement envisioned to be “much deeper than a solar panel.”  But is the movement resonating beyond the committed faithful?

Currently, the public is deeply concerned about debt, deficit and jobs.  As such, fewer Americans are susceptible to—or convinced by—the rhetoric of “eco-apartheid” forwarded by Jones and his ilk.  This presents a challenge for the radical, but ever adaptable, they press their message…with the needed cosmetic alterations.

At the Rebuild the Dream conference, Van Jones sought to arm like-minded attendees with “evidence” of America’s fiscal health.  He argued, like Michael Moore, that “America is not broke,” and that it was a “lie” to suggest as much.  The evidence to support his claim was, of course, weak, devoid of reason, and focused upon the left’s usual suspects.

To Van Jones, corporate compensation, an “unfair” corporate tax structure, the Bush tax cuts—that Obama extended mind you—and the cost of two war campaigns are central causes of our economic woes.  This assessment is patently false.  It willfully ignores the real drivers of our debt and deficit.  That being perilous levels of government spending and borrowing.  America already has a record federal debt of 14.3 trillion and rising, up 35% since Obama took office.

We are spending away the future, a burden for those not born—a fiscal nightmare.

Yes, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have proven costly, in both blood and treasure. But the financial burden borne pales in comparison to our government’s spending on an ever-growing entitlement state.  Currently, nearly 60% of the U.S. Federal budget is consumed by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Worse, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), federal spending on entitlements, including ObamaCare, will more than double by 2050, eating “all tax revenues by 2049.”

It is against this backdrop that Van Jones would have us believe that soaking the rich would alleviate the “suffering” of the poor.  This is mere rhetoric.  The fact is there are not enough wealthy Americans in the U.S. to cover the cost of the spending spree that is the federal budget.

Remember, Congress will spend 3.7 trillion this year.  And even if the government took all the income from those making 250,000 dollars this year—the liberal definition of “rich,” it would take in only 1.4 trillion.  As Bill Whittle, writer and host of Firewall underscores, using this approach would fund the government for only 141 days of the year.

While thoughts of nationalizing the assets of “the rich” surely enter the chimerical dreams of America’s radicals and leftists alike, Whittle’s exercise illustrates the folly of their thinking.

Van Jones’ Marxist crusade is ill-conceived.  Confiscatory tax policies will not expand the tax base, nor increase job opportunities for the millions eager to work.  Instead, it would further discourage investment amongst those who have the capacity, the resources, and the desire to create jobs.  Certainly, it is true that none of this matters to Van Jones or progressives.

To them, it is not about economic growth. Instead, it’s about “fairness,” even if that means less prosperity for all.

Brendon S. Peck holds a Master of Arts in History and Political science from the College of Saint Rose and has completed graduate work at Columbia University.  He is a freelance writer.  Reach him at bshawnp@gmail.com.

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  • Angel

    These maggots know full well that their political agenda don't work. The point is to destroy our economic system not to create jobs. These traitors know full well what they are doing. It is up to us, –the American people– to stop them.

  • palidin 911

    Van Jones: the 2.0 version of Malcolm X.

  • Asher

    Jones, A Staunch Committed Radical-Progressive-Communist. Like George Bernard Shaw…We must create a Humane gas to kill people.

  • emoney

    very well written piece!

  • DANSHANTEAL

    JONES DOESN'T SCARE ME. HE'S SIMPLY JOHN THE BAPTIST TO THE 'ANOINTED ONE'.

  • Pathena

    By what authority does President Obama appoint "czars," heads of governmental units, without the approval of Congress?

  • Dctrwh

    Good piece, but your close is all wrong. The "fairness" in fairness doctrine (i.e. redistributive policies) is sardonic – intended not to be fair, but favorable to those liberals, so dissatisfied with reality that they invert morality to extol those who don't want to produce, but still want to eat.

  • guest

    They are not interested in 'fairness'-at least not the Van Joneses. He's looter, never held a real job, never produced anything,, never owned or worked for a business. Has gone from non-profit to non-profit to NGO to government largesse-an affirmative action Marxist like Obama and Michelle.

    Check out some AA blogs, they rip on him for his interracial marriage while playing at Malcolm X talk of black power and oppression.

  • gommygoomy

    He's no different than Hitler, in a Beer Hall. And, neither is Obama. Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, Castro, Chavez.
    Take your pick.
    Jones was CHOSEN by Obama, specifically, for his COMMUNIST views. His Mother was a Communist. His Grandparents were Communists. His 1st Mentor – Frank Marshall Davis – was a Communist. And HE is a Communist, and a Marxist, and a Socialist, and a Maoist, and a Jew Hater. Just like all his friends,
    "Men shall know you by the company you keep."
    Indeed.

  • ISAIAH5417

    ENOUGH!!! of ne'er-do-well's like Van Jones spouting their hateful, confusing, condescending, smarmy, prevaricated rationale; expecting that I will sit quietly and accept another helping of their stinking lies. The only 2 things remaining in Washington D.C. for which I have respect are The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. As far as I'm concerned all the rest of it can blow away in the next big wind. The Government of We The People has been swamped by trash and low-life hustlers such as Van Jones, Christopher Dodd, Tom Harkin, Richard Shelby, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Trent Lott; etc. The entire "political class" is a collection of slick, expensively dressed trashy people who have no interest but their own at heart. The present government has become The Enemy of We The People. Like Dylan said a long time ago, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."

  • vonnise

    Since Van Jones was a czar, abet ousted, does he now get any kind of pension or health care complements of the american taxpayer?

  • Ann

    HE'S A CRIMINAL PERIOD—!!!

  • CisscoKidd

    This article mentions the time Van Jones talked about "rowdy Black Nationalism" (among other things). The phrase "rowdy Black Nationalism" seems to indicate Van Jones is a bit of a hater. Not only that, the phrase "rowdy Black Nationalism" seems to indicate that Van Jones especially hates "White America" and anything and everything related to White America. With this in mind, it really looks like Van Jones is very much like (the so-called) Reverend Jeremiah Wright with regard to his hatred for White America.

    Isn't it interesting Obama has close ties to both Van Jones and Jeremiah Wright, two people who hate White America to its core? I wonder if this is just a coincidence.

  • CisscoKidd

    Speaking again of "rowdy Black Nationalism", how about those flash mobs of blacks in Chicago? Are these flash mobs of blacks in Chicago "on the attack" or what? Yes, we are talking some big-time attacking going on in Chicago by flash mobs of blacks. But, I wonder why the police (police Superintendent) in Chicago are making excuses for these attacks–they appear to be scared of something. If so, what? And, if so, why? I wonder if its possible the police (the police Superintendent) in Chicago have been scared of "political correctness" somewhere along the line. At any rate, I think it is safe to say that Van Jones and Jeremiah Wright could be promoting this type of violence in their very own special ways–one from his conferences and gatherings and the other from his (so-called) church. I don't know, but it surely does seem that both Van Jones and Jeremiah Wright are just downright dangerous to America–much like the Muslims are.

  • Paul in Ohio

    Hey, where is the hat tip to Glenn Beck for the 'outing' of Van Jones? Jones is an evil man, very very smart, but evil.

  • wilford

    van jones is another EDUCATED IMBECILIC MORON! IGNORANCE IS BLISS? He is one happy a$$wipe!

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