ENCINITAS — Two men, who refused to provide the name of their organization, stood on a corner inside the Encinitas Ranch Town Center behind a card table draped with posters of President Obama with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache and several other posters promoting economist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
LaRouche is the founder of the LaRouche PAC and five-time presidential candidate from 1976 to 1992. LaRouche is also known for wanting to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.
The Act, also known as the Banking Act of 1933 was created by Sen. Carter Glass and Congressman Henry B. Steagall to prohibit banks from engaging in both commercial banking and investment banking.
“The idea is to re-enact the policy…that’s the solution on the economic crisis and Obama is against it,” said one of the men, who would not reveal his name.
“It’s due to our organizing that Marcy Kaptur introduced it into the House,” he said.
Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the author of H.R. 1489, the “Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2011.” The Act would serve to reinstate provisions of the Glass-Steagall legislation.
A Carlsbad woman, who asked to remain anonymous, was upset with the Obama poster.
Even though she doesn’t agree with all of the President’s policies, she said the protest was out of place.
“My husband is Jewish and I am a Buddhist,” she said. “I live in this neighborhood and come to this mall. It’s peaceful and a place where you feel safe. It just kills me when I see the mustache as if Obama is Hitler. They are comparing him to someone who killed millions of people.”
The two men said they lived in Los Angeles, but would not elaborate on their organization, saying they needed permission from superiors in San Francisco. After doing so, they said they were told not to speak to the press.