White House Enemies List

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 flag@whitehouse.gov. …

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.


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10 comments to White House Enemies List

  • Jeff,

    All governments are corporations. They’re structured like them organizationally and they have the same legal liability restrictions.

    On another note, the Constitution is supposed to do a lot of things that it doesn’t. Maybe constitutions aren’t as awe-inspiring an idea as they’re thought to be.

  • Where is the outrage over this?

  • Lloyd G.

    I got some outrage for you, Jeff. Obama’s “reform” bill = guaranteed bigger profits for insurance giants. In the following story they brag about their win:

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_33/b4143034820260.htm?campaign_id=magazine_related

    In the staged “debate” in congress Nancy Pelosi said the insurance co.s were “bad guys” who opposed the bill. The insurance co.s’ lobbyists wrote the freaking bill!

    Where are all the liberals and ‘progressives’ who oppose corporate welfare? I guess corporate welfare is OK when Democrats dole it out.

    These crooks are following the template of the banker’s bailout. The banker’s bailout was initially justified because millions of homeowners were facing foreclosure. Trillions were given to the banks, starting last fall. The little guys who are behind on their mortgage payments are getting booted out of their homes anyway. The bankers, a lot of whom should be in bankruptcy court (or jail), are giving themselves huge bonuses since they’ve been made whole with taxpayer money.

    Now we’re told that the gov’t has to throw trillions of bucks at the insurance giants because there are millions of people who don’t have health insurance, or who have inadequate insurance. Here’s a prediction that should be pretty obvious: A year from now a trillion or so will have been spent on Obama’s health care “reform,” and the number of real people who will have benefited from it will be negligible. Here’s another prediction: In less than a year from now we’ll be hearing stories about record health care insurance co. executive bonuses (courtesy of the taxpayers).

    It’s not surprising that Obama’s White House is using intimidation tactics to try to shut up its critics. This is a trick the Bushies used to shut up critics of the Iraq war. Critics of the bankers’ bailout and Obama’s “Stimulus” have been smeared as racists:

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2714701/janeane_garofalo_calls_teabaggers_racist_rednecks/

    Let’s ignore the fact that Mr. Olbermann’s employer’s financial division — GE Financial Services got a $140 billion gov’t bailout check …

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/105984-general-electric-gets-a-140b-bailout-what-s-the-point-of-aaa

    … the real scandal is that the “teabaggers” don’t want a black president to succeed. (To add injury to insult, the “tea party” movement was quickly coopted by the Republican party, which is no better than the Democratic.)

    I could keep going, but I feel my blood pressure rising.

  • Lloyd, surely you aren’t suggesting that people involved in politics are hypocrites? Shame on you for having such thoughts. Good comments. What’s with Garofalo anyway? She and Danny Glover ought to get together.

  • Lloyd G.

    Now Krugman chirps in: Those who oppose Obamacare are hateful racist idiots — dupes of a phony grassroots campaign orchestrated by corporate America.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/opinion/07krugman.html?_r=1

    The Powers That Be really want this legislation passed. They’re going to get nasty.

    P.S.: I used to think Krugman was mistaken, but sincere. He’s looking like just another political hack.

  • Lloyd G.

    P.S.: Big Pharma is going to buy up to $200 million worth of advertising to support Obamacare:

    http://www.pharmacychoice.com/News/article.cfm?Article_ID=440398

    Plan supporters are accusing opponents of being agents of big business. People need to be told who’s in whose pocket.

  • Lloyd, great article. I think it deserves an article. Thank you for this tip.

  • Lloyd, Krugman is the leader of the types seen in my article The State of Economics Education in America.

  • Lloyd G.

    Now Chris Matthews poses the rhetorical question: Are opponents of Obamacare racist? He as much as says the answer is “yes.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbHDL518oP0

    By the way, Mr. Matthews’ employer also has a healthcare division:

    http://www.gehealthcare.com/usen/products.html

    The hypocrisy, dishonesty and outright vileness of the Obamacare proponents is breath-taking.

    It’ll be fun to see reader letters should your article get mainstream press publication.

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