Tuesday, August 4, 2009

1984?

This story started circulating earlier today via a variety of sources, but the first place I saw it was here. The White House has put up a request on its website asking for help in keeping track of "disinformation about health insurance reform."

It reads as follows:
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 flag@whitehouse.gov.
Does this scream censorship or 1984 to anyone else? I try to stay away from the alarmist rhetoric, emails and such that so often get circulated by die-hard Republicans or conservatives, but I believe this to be different. I like to think that I have proven myself to be a level headed mind when it comes to researching and presenting the facts. I never post or send something out without first verifying it. The fact here, however, is that to my knowledge we have never had an official public push by the government to keep tabs on opposition to policies. If you think that this is an effort to simply educate people then I must say that you are mistaken. This administration has demonstrated time and again that they are more than willing to intimidate and strong arm anyone who opposes its policies.

I'm really curious to know what they are going to do with the information that they receive. Are they really attempting to monitor "casual conversation?" Are they going to call all of these folks individually to give them their version of the facts? I can see some legitimate uses for the information such as the White House using it to get a feel for what is being said about its health reform initiatives and then crafting rhetoric around it to make it sound better. There are much better ways to do that though, ways that don't appear to be nearly as invasive or creepy. I imagine, however, that the Administration is really trying to keep tabs on people and see what opposition is out there.

How about this? Why don't we all save a copy of one of the health care bills and email it to the address that the White House lists (flag@whitehouse.gov). The bill definitely qualifies as "fishy." Also send them links to a transcript or two of President Obama's press conferences on health care. Most of what he says also qualifies as "fishy." Finally, send them the Fact Pack to prove that the Administration is feeding us the very "disinformation" that they are asking us to send to them. While you are busy doing that I am going to review my taxes, because I fully expect to get audited by the IRS next year.

3 comments:

  1. I like your style, send them their own garbage if you're looking for it!

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  2. The scary thing about this is that there is a federal law that prohibits the White House from deleting ANY email addresses that it receives. Therefore, I would call this an "enemy list" gathering since they will have people voluntarily and unwittingly giving their email addresses that the White House HAS to keep. Hmmmm, what do you suppose they will use them for?

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