Wednesday, July 22, 2009

President Obama: Intimidator in Chief

Obama as The Godfather Bullying CBO

The Wall Street Journal, JULY 22, 2009, 8:20 P.M. ET

The Washington Post recently ran a story quoting Democrats as bragging that President Obama has deliberately patterned his legislative strategy after LBJ’s, circa 1965.This may explain the treatment of Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the supposedly nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office who last week told Congress that you can’t “save” money on health care by having government insure everyone.

For that bit of truth-telling, he was first excoriated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Then he was summoned, er, invited to the White House for an extraordinary and inappropriate meeting Monday with President Obama and a phalanx of economic and health-care advisers. (Read more)

Did Obama make him an offer he couldn't refuse? Should Elmendorf take out a very big insurance policy? Does Congress not care that the supposedly independent Congressional Budget Office is being intimidated?

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1 comment:

  1. Chicago thug politics on display. What is more frightening is the lack of coverage and scrutiny from the media. They won't start reporting on the culture of corruption in the White House, until citizens arrive at the gate with pitch forks.