By Jeff Harding
I was tipped off to the fact that the Obama Administration was asking the public for information on ”Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to ‘uncover’ the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.” Hat Tip to Steve K.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com. …
The Wall Street Journal notes:
On the other hand, it was clumsily worded. At the very least, it is obnoxious to imply that all opposition to ObamaCare is based on “disinformation.” This show of contempt for opposing views ought to make skeptics even more skeptical. And it is creepy for an agent of the government to ask citizens to inform on their neighbors. …
One factor that made this less offensive and worrisome is that we had no idea who Macon Phillips was, and we guessed he wasn’t exactly at the highest levels of the White House. We checked the Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff, and it turns out that his real name is Robert M. Philips III, he earns $115,000 a year, and his title is special assistant to the president and director of new media.
Why should we be surprised by this? I believe all administrations have had enemy lists and aren’t shy about using their power to embarrass and intimidate opponents. This is why the Constitution is supposed to limit the power of government. After all, governments throughout history have been the biggest violators of human rights, not corporations.
By the way, I tattled on myself, reporting my article, “Obamacare” as an egregious example of something fishy. I hope I hear from them.