As Michelle Malkin says on her blog, this is the camel's nose under the tent. It starts out as what lobbyists can say, but the Obama Administration's trying to expand it to "anyone else exerting influence on the process."
White House pushing to gag stimulus critics
Caution: Obama gangland tactics at work.
In keeping with his past campaign tactics to shut critics up through brute force, the White House appears to be taking steps to crack down on critics of the trillion-dollar porkulus law.
Is anyone surprised? Mark Tapscott at the Examiner reports:
A new White House policy on permissible lobbying on economic recovery and stimulus project has taken a decidedly anti-First Amendment turn. It’s a classic illustration of Big Government trying to control every aspect of a particular activity and in the process running up against civil liberty.
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.
The key passage is the reference to expanding regulation from registered lobbyists to “anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.”
This is the Camel’s nose under the tent…
Ever use the phrase, "The last time I looked, *this* was America!" ...?
Well, I don't know about you, but with the ever-increasing heavy-handed tactics by the Obama Administration, it seems like America is morphing in front of my eyes into something more and more resembling a totalitarian state ... it's just a matter or time.
I hardly recognize America anymore.