By Troy Evans
“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com.”
That is a quote directly from http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog.
What a horrible invasion of privacy brought to you by the same party that complained so loudly about the Patriot Act. This is nothing less than an attempt to control debate and dissent. For Americans to be asked to spy on and report other Americans who disagree with U.S. Government plans and/or policies is purely communistic! I am beginning to wonder if I live in the U.S. or in Venezuela. So I assume Thad will be kidnapped and tortured or, at the very least, audited for the next five years. Sorry big guy.
Wow. Can you say alarmist?No one is being asked to spy on their neighbors who do not agree with government policy. This was simply a request for information about rumors so that they can be addressed. I will say its poorly worded and lends itself to misinterpretation. But do you honestly think it was part of a government conspiracy to monitor Obama bashers? Is there a secret Obama haters list that is being complied? If so I need to go ahead and move to New Hampshire because clearly the next step will be to build a wall around the red states and start to ration the food! Nicky D
I agree with Nicky D.Tiffany
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, charged the White House with compiling an "enemies list."I am not aware of any precedent for a president asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed 'fishy' or otherwise inimical to the White House's political interests,"he wrote."You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights,"he wrote.I'm not the only one who thinks this is wrong. Do I really think people will be kidnapped or audited, no. Do I think this is an overstrech by the government to try to intimidate and keep debate down? Yes I do. During the election Obama prompted his supporters to "get in the faces" of people who said he was going to raise taxes or said he was anti gun rights. But if Conservatives disagree we are to be reported to the White House it's self. It's a bad bad precedent. That's my problem with it.
If it's a fight they want, it's a fight they'll get.
Quoting the Republican Senator who originally brought this to attention in the first place as evidence of your point is like writing a book about yourself and using your mom as the only reference.Also, I don't think for a moment that you are the only person who thinks this is "wrong". Fox news has made this it's front page issue on the website. Its obviously been added to the list of talking points for all good conservatives to regurgitate. At no point was there a request for the personal information of those who spoke negatively about the current administration or it's policies. Quite frankly I thinks its irresponsible of Sen Cornyn to prey upon the fears of good Americans who have unfortunately been lead to beleive that all of their freedoms and liberties are at risk of being taken away by a "socialist" president. But that seems to be an effective tactic doesn't it? Inflaming instead of informing. All of the fear mongering effectively shifts the focus to issues that appeal to the uneducated and misinformed. At what point are we going to ask ourselves if they think we are just to thick to comprehend anything else?