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.