White House Censoring Critisism of Stimulus Spending

Could I or fellow blogger brethren be in their sights? Right on the heels of yesterday’s post on stimulus dollars not reaching the worse off states and areas, we have news that the White House may be on to this simple fact. Their answer to stimulus-spending critics? Shut ’em up. According to Norman Eisen, the Special Council to the President on Ethics and Government Reform, the White House is geared to unleash Gestapo-like tactics to confront nay-sayers head-on.

Taken from Whitehouse.gov here, Mr Eisen in his own words -“Following OMB’s review, the Administration has decided to make a number of changes to the rules that we think make them even tougher on special interests and more focused on merits-based decision making.
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.”

I am suspecting the same spirtit of Gestapo, strong arm tactics that I outlined being used by Barney Frank and Maxine Waters et. al. this week regarding the letter from the Committee on Financial Services to William Frey of Greenwich Financial here. The same action by the White House is not far-fetched in my opinion, they are simply following a successful template. Note the terms – “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.”
Necessary to deny 1st amendment rights under ‘unique circumstances of the stimulus program’? And they are brazen enough to even put this up on the White House website? This stinks to high-heaven. Where is the ACLU on stuff like this? Liberal civil libertarians that decried similar Bush administration antics? What is going on behind the scenes that we don’t even have a chance to read about? Will the press even follow this? Read the Whitehouse.gov link while you can, before the White House cronies take it off.


Simplex Vir said…

Yeah Rebel, it is only going to get worse. This idiot and his tag-a-longs are run by big money libs that believe they have been ordained to run the world. You look at the richest of the rich and you will see name after name of highly progressive mindsets that are out to control and remove every shred of freedom we have.

RKL said…

I wouldn’t say that’s up to par with Gestapo tactics. They may be censoring speech (which only the government can do) but is that Gestapo tactics? I wouldn’t expect anything less from Obama and his crew.


Opus #6 said…

This is outrageous. What part of the first amendment do they not understand!

Ananda girl said…

Wait… is this saying what I think it’s saying? I am a new-bee, I know, and I do not always get it… are they telling us that they have the right to affect our freedom of speech?
Excuse me!!! I am outraged!

Carl Wicklander said…

This affront isn’t even the half of it. Now Obama wants an “internet czar.” He says it’s for protecting people from predators and financial scammers. Well, that sounds all nice and good. Who doesn’t want to protect themselves from that? But if the government has the power to police that sort of thing, what will stop them from policing dissent?

Nick said…

Soon it’ll be the mandate from the internet czar to shut down all those “right wing” blogs for “security” reasons… we wouldn’t want those weapons of mass disruption like free speech to be unleashed on the unsuspecting brain-dead morons eager to sacrifice the freedoms that Americans have died to protect to the Obamanation. Sig Heil with a fist-bump?

Clifton B said…

Methinks that Cyber Czar will be more concerned about “right wing extremist bloggers”, than Chinese hackers.

William said…

ACLU outcry? Not likely my friend!

Gestapo tactics? A good possibility, and here is a way they could deal with dissenters from the blogosphere.


And Here: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/05/25/obama/index.html

Also Here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/05/22/obamas-preventive-detenti_n_206810.html

madmath1 said…

It’s sad but it getting to the point one will have to go to China so they can express what they think of the policies here in the states (as long as it doesn’t also critize the Chinese’s). All I can say to the BO voters, ‘we told you so’.

bluepitbull said…

Or Mexico, strangely enough. Yeah that cyber czar thing is more than the spin they put to it.

If they deal with one group, then they have to deal with them all.

obama was certain that the average American is a peaceful lamb waiting to be pray for the wolves. He is probably starting to rethink that tactic.

Bungalow Bill said…

Great blog, and of course we are in their sites. We are doing the work the mainstream media isn’t!

Left Coast Rebel said…

Simplex – I agree, it’s called corporatism and cronyism, not capitalism or a free market! Like you say, just follow the money….

RKL – I do believe that things seem such as this are showing a smidgeon of ‘gestapo’ type behaviour. After all Chicago-thug type politics ooze gestapo lite. Did you read my post from the Financial Committe to Frey? I think that we are seeing a trend….

Opus – 1st amendment takes a back seat to ‘The One’s’ agenda…

Ananda – that is precisely what this says, visit the White House link and read it for yourself, we all should be outraged…

Carl – What, are we in the USSR? Internet ‘Czar’? I think you are right!

Clifton – yes, they will file right wing bloggers under the ‘hatespeech’ file….

William – from your links provided, it seems that Obama is developing signifigant dissent amongst the Left, the fact that he uses Chicago thug tactics could one day put the ‘preventative’ detention card in play, I sure hope that it doesn’t get to that level, as that will mean that the country is truly lost and it is time to start over.

Madmath – we are living in the twilight zone

Blue – It’s up to us bloggers and alternative media to get this stuff out there….

Bung Bill – thank you, I agree!

fuzzys dad said…

With all of the Czars I was thinking K.G.B.

Left Coast Rebel said…

Fuzzy – Good point…..

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