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Extreme White House Measures to Pass Obamacare:
Attempting to Enlist Federal Employees in Campaign to Overhaul Health Care

Almost as soon as I, noting something that pundits, politicians and bloggers, had observed that the Democrats would attempt to pass Obamacare by any means necessary than a Democratic Congressman confirmed that that’s just what his fellow partisans were doing:

On the House floor a few moments after 5:00 p.m. Friday, Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings, discussing Republican protests over the handling of the Democrat’s national health care bill, said that “Extreme times require extreme measures to ensure that we pass a health care bill that America deserves.

Emphasis added.  And one such measure is to use the resources of the federal government to lobby federal employees.  The White House is using official government e-mail to get the message out:

The White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle has been feverishly sending out unsolicited email messages to federal employees in an effort to build support for President Barack Obama’s health reform package over the last several weeks.

DeParle’s unsolicited emails have been regularly coming to some federal employees’ official government email inboxes for weeks without permission or request, causing some federal employees to feel threatened by the overt political language. . . .

The unsolicited emails also request that the federal employees take action in order to ensure that Obama’s health reform package is passed and the federal budget isn’t at risk for bankruptcy.

First, as CBS’s Richard Grennell put it, “Turning the President’s partisan agenda into White House directives to the federal workforce has crossed the line and should be stopped immediately.”  Miss DeParle should be fired immediately.

Imagine the reaction if former President George W. Bush, as JammieWearingFool who alerted me to the story put it, inundated “federal employees with pitches to support the invasion of Iraq“.

Kudos to CBS News for covering this. This is a story that all even-handed media outlets should pick up as they would have had W done it, but according to Memeorandum, only CBS News has touched it.

Just one more example of the lengths to which Democrats will go to pass Obamacare.

Obama: The Great Divider

I had been kicking around a number of posts about the latest health care endgame which, if the House Deem-and-Pass of the Senate bill plus amendments go through will not really be the endgame, but the end of the beginning of the first round of the endgame.  Because from there, it’ll go back to the Senate and then may end up bouncing between the Houses for a while until they come up with some kind of resolution, that is, if Harry Reid comes up with the 51 votes he needs to proceed in the Senate.  And so far he hasn’t.

And should any version of Obamacare pass, we’ll move into a new era, an era inaugurated by Obama, Pelosi and Reid on January 20, 2010 (or thereabouts) when they decided to proceed with this mess even though, by then, it was abundantly clear that the American people didn’t want to proceed with this mess.

Future Congresses will have to address the cost increases associated with this, perhaps even moving to repeal it.  Should that happen, animosity between a Republican Congress and Democratic President could keep the issue at the forefront of the national conversation for years to come.   And this is not the issue that the American people want at the forefront of our public debate at this moment.

Should, however, Obamacare pass, repeal may well soon join jobs and the deficit as a top national priority.

The divisions in the American body politic that have come out in the last few months of debate will only be increased and animosities intensified.   Obama may have been elected to heal a divided nation, but he has instead accomplished the opposite–rubbing salt into the wounds and ripping open new ones.

Peggy Noonan puts it better than I ever could:

And so it ends, with a health-care vote expected this weekend. I wonder at what point the administration will realize it wasn’t worth it—worth the discord, worth the diminution in popularity and prestige, worth the deepening of the great divide. What has been lost is so vivid, what has been gained so amorphous, blurry and likely illusory. Memo to future presidents: Never stake your entire survival on the painful passing of a bad bill. Never take the country down the road to Demon Pass.

And with anything by Peggy, read the whole thing, but I will say that this time (and not for the first time), I don’t agree with every word of the Athena of punditry.  Her first sentence is wrong.  It doesn’t end with the vote this weekend.  It only continues.