All I Want for Christmas Is to Make Obama's Enemies List
Better yet, I should tell the truth. That's scary enough for anyone. Perhaps I should casually mention that if you have private insurance under the new system, chances are very good that you won't have it for very long, that you will be forced onto the public plan eventually. Or maybe let drop the idea that under ObamaCare we will have "intelligent" rationing, so that if you are too sick or too old you will have to pay for lifesaving treatment on your own if you want it.
But I'm wondering, will that be enough to make the coveted new enemies list? Maybe I should throw in a little gratuitous Obama bashing for good measure. Something really memorable like "Obama's ears double as airplane hangars."
Regardless, if I do get lucky enough to make the list, there's a real good chance my name will live in infamy forever, as Byron York explains:
Senate Judiciary Committee lawyers studying the proposal say that although there is no absolutely settled law on the matter, the White House plan is likely not covered by the Privacy Act, which prohibits government agencies from keeping any records "describing how any individual exercises rights guaranteed by the First Amendment unless expressly authorized by statute or by the individual about whom the record is maintained." Therefore, it appears the White House can legally keep records of the emails and other communications it receives in response to Phillips' request.
Those lawyers also point out that the White House is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, which means it would not have to release any information on the plan to members of the public who make a request.
In addition, the lawyers say the collected emails likely will be covered by the Presidential Records Act, which requires the White House to preserve and maintain its records for permanent storage in a government database.
Wow. I bet Nixon would have been green with envy.
The only problem is that there are some real GOP party poopers out there who don't want to see our fellow citizens put on a list that may be slipped to the IRS so that some friendly audits can be performed on administration opponents. Me? I have nothing to hide. But John Cornyn wants to throw some cold water on the entire plan:
“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,” Cornyn writes today in a harshly worded letter to President Barack Obama in which he asks the president to immediately halt the effort.
“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.”
Noble sentiments, I'm sure. But what about experiencing the sheer joy of being an enemy of the people in Obamaland? Cornyn is seeking to rob us of our God-given, all-American right to get under the skin of our opponents and drive them nuts, to the point that they feel it necessary to act more like Big Brother than the Nanny State nuisances they have proven to be under normal circumstances.
I'd like to make a suggestion to President Obama: why not simply have a national enemies list sign-up day? Instead of relying on your hypnotized minions for the names of regime opponents, those of us who would wear the title "Enemy of the President" with honor would have a chance to make sure you don't overlook us in your search for those who oppose your radical policies.
It would be efficiency married to practicality. And that sounds like something of which this president would approve.