Sunday, March 21, 2010

Obama Administration Spamming Federal Employees With Pro-Obamacare Emails

This is entirely inappropriate.

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 Department of State employees, who receive hundreds of official government emails every day, have complained about the annoying and partisan emails but are nervous to go public for fear of retribution. The emails are addressed to the federal employees by name and use the official .gov address.

One problem with big government is that big government employs more people. Thus, you have a larger voting bloc who have an interest (their livelihoods) in seeing government get bigger and more powerful. It’s a big problem here in North Dakota where government employees (federal and state, including teachers) make up 1 out of every 5 workers. When 20% of the workforce is employed for the government, that translates into a big pro-big government voting bloc.

But what’s worse is when government employees are made to feel like they have to support big government..or else. I’ve heard plenty of stories about closet conservatives who work in government and are afraid to make their political leanings known. Not just because work usually isn’t an appropriate venue for political topics, but because they fear retribution and retaliation for having a limited government viewpoint.

It appears as though the Obama administration is taking that to a new level.