Obama seeks to stifle criticism of stim bill

To a liberal, their axiom on free speech is, "You're free to speak your mind ... as long as you agree with me."

Not surprisingly the Obama administration is seeking to cut off lobbying from everyone when it comes to the stim bill. This piece by Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner is an eye opener:

Check out this passage from a post on the White House blog by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President on Ethics and Government Reform (emphasis added): 

"First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.

"Second, we will focus the restriction on oral communications to target the scenario where concerns about merit-based decision-making are greatest -after competitive grant applications are submitted and before awards are made. Once such applications are on file, the competition should be strictly on the merits. To that end, comments (unless initiated by an agency official) must be in writing and will be posted on the Internet for every American to see.

"Third, we will continue to require immediate internet disclosure of all other communications with registered lobbyists. If registered lobbyists have conversations or meetings before an application is filed, a form must be completed and posted to each agency's website documenting the contact."

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This is the Camel's nose under the tent, being poked because of special circumstances. Let government restrict political expression - i.e. lobbying of government officials regarding policy - in one small, supposedly specialized area and not long after the specialized area starts expanding. Eventually, political expression regarding all policy will become subject to government regulation.

This guy is in charge of "Ethics and government reform?" Maybe we should send the guy a copy of the Constitution and highlight the part about freedom of speech and assembly. Not that it would do any good. It is evident this mini-Mussolini has allowed his pissant power to go to his head and fancies himself some kind of overlord.

First the stim bill. Then what?

And they're only getting started.






To a liberal, their axiom on free speech is, "You're free to speak your mind ... as long as you agree with me."

Not surprisingly the Obama administration is seeking to cut off lobbying from everyone when it comes to the stim bill. This piece by Mark Tapscott in the Washington Examiner is an eye opener:

Check out this passage from a post on the White House blog by Norm Eisen, Special Counsel to the President on Ethics and Government Reform (emphasis added): 

"First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.

"Second, we will focus the restriction on oral communications to target the scenario where concerns about merit-based decision-making are greatest -after competitive grant applications are submitted and before awards are made. Once such applications are on file, the competition should be strictly on the merits. To that end, comments (unless initiated by an agency official) must be in writing and will be posted on the Internet for every American to see.

"Third, we will continue to require immediate internet disclosure of all other communications with registered lobbyists. If registered lobbyists have conversations or meetings before an application is filed, a form must be completed and posted to each agency's website documenting the contact."

[...]

This is the Camel's nose under the tent, being poked because of special circumstances. Let government restrict political expression - i.e. lobbying of government officials regarding policy - in one small, supposedly specialized area and not long after the specialized area starts expanding. Eventually, political expression regarding all policy will become subject to government regulation.

This guy is in charge of "Ethics and government reform?" Maybe we should send the guy a copy of the Constitution and highlight the part about freedom of speech and assembly. Not that it would do any good. It is evident this mini-Mussolini has allowed his pissant power to go to his head and fancies himself some kind of overlord.

First the stim bill. Then what?

And they're only getting started.