Millions of people died under Mao’s “Great Leap Forward,” so what’s truly amazing is that leftists wonder why some of us have such a problem with them using any part of Mao’s philosophy as a model for re-designing America (or “fundamentally transforming” it, I should say). Obama’s left-wing “Car Czar,” Ron Bloom, is such an example.
At a House hearing late last month, Bloom was questioned, and somebody finally put him on the hot seat over his past comments.
The Blaze sets the scene:
Back in 2009, the Glenn Beck program was the first major media outlet to air a clip of Ron Bloom, the Obama Administrations Car Czar, praising the violent tactics of Mao Zedong . Bloom is a senior official in the Obama Administration. No lightweight, his current duties include serving as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, director of the President’s Task Force on the Automotive Industry and also the Administration’s Senior Counselor for Manufacturing Policy. Mr. Bloom has a long past as a labor negotiator and union lawyer working for the United Steelworkers union since the mid nineties. Early in his career he also worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
So when the video surfaced of this top White House official praising the Chinese communist, Beck used the clip to help build the growing narrative of Obama officials admiration of aggressive and oppressive governments. Of course it can often seem that these reveling details are lost in the fast moving news cycles and giant machinery of the bureaucratic system. Until recently when Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL 14) brought a little poetic justice to our political process during a late June hearing for Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending by asking Mr. Bloom a tough series of questions about the remarks he made in the video. Mack played the clips for Bloom as he awkwardly tries to explain them away.
Meet the kind of guy President Obama believes is qualified to help control a good chunk of the auto industry — November of 2012 can’t get here fast enough:
Ever notice how the only time a leftist will claim to have been “joking” or “using extreme sarcasm to make a point” is when he’s caught in a fit of honesty? I don’t believe he was joking. If Bloom had praised Reagan, then I’d believe he was joking.