Lauria allegations of threats corroborated

posted at 1:37 pm on May 5, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Business Insider reports that more than one Chrysler senior creditor has corroborated Thomas Lauria’s allegation that the Obama administration threatened them with public attacks if they didn’t surrender their contractual rights.  One of their sources says that the Obama team comprises some of the worst “ends justify the means” people he’s ever encountered (via HA reader Geoff A):

Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as “a farce,” saying the administration was bent on forcing their hands using hardball tactics and threats.

Conversations with administration officials left them expecting that they would be politically targeted, two participants in the negotiations said. …

The sources, who represent creditors to Chrysler, say were taken aback by the hardball tactics that the Obama administration employed to cajole them into acquiescing to plans to restructure Chrysler. One person said described the administration as the most shocking “end justifies the means” group they have ever encountered.  Another characterized Obama was “the most dangerous smooth talker on the planet- and I knew Kissinger.” Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

One participant in negotiations said that the administration’s tactic was to present what one described as a  “madman theory of the presidency” in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way. The person said this threat was taken very seriously by his firm.

Well, that’s certainly reassuring.  The man at the helm during one of the biggest economic crises in decades is a madman who will act in an unpredictable and irrational manner if he doesn’t get his way.  It sounds like they paint Obama as either a lunatic or a petulant child.

As Glenn Reynolds says, the country is in the very best of hands.

The story now has more than one source, and mounting testimony — albeit understandably anonymous testimony, at least at this point — that the White House tried threatening senior creditors instead of doing their job in enforcing the law.  Not only do they not realize that their responsibilities do not include building business plans for private enterprises, but also don’t include assuming the role of Michael Corleone and acting like organized-crime thugs.  Actually, the way the White House made Obama sound, maybe Sonny Corleone is a better analogy … or perhaps Fredo.


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I can’t wait to see the 60 Minutes investigative piece on this.

/sarc

Pasalubong on May 5, 2009 at 1:39 PM

The return of the NRA.

hicsuget on May 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Well done, MSM, you foisted a tyrant on the nation!

clnurnberg on May 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM

These fascists tactics need to be in the news every day.

riverrat10k on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

This is the biggest story of the week.

Outrageous.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

In a normal world, this would be headlines in every paper…

javamartini on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

“I did not have knowledgeable relations with it, that Constitution.”

cntrlfrk on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

It’s so hard to do the right thing. So I’m betting these stories will fold from pressure above.
Then it will become a “non-story”.
So much for change.
It’s change-scary change.

Badger40 on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Unfortunately, it sounds exactly like what we’ve been saying/fearing/warning about all along.

The mask is removed…hope this gets traction…and a hearing at the Supreme Court. One can only hope.

elections have consequences, guys. Hope these guys even have a chance to vote again…this time for a sane representative of our nation. Way to think critically, though, guys.

Mommypundit on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Pasalubong on May 5, 2009 at 1:39 PM

LOL !!!

D2Boston on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Too bad obama is not working for us. We could use a guy like that.

keep the change on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Your commenters have much more on this. Like here for instance.

Buy Danish on May 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM

I said “guys” three times and I am really regretting that.

Mommypundit on May 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM

You can take the boy out of Chicago….

jacrews on May 5, 2009 at 1:44 PM

I can’t wait to see the 60 Minutes investigative piece on this.

Do you mean the one about George Bush’s service in the National Guard??? Dream on.

stevo on May 5, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Tom Lauria will be on Cavuto again this afternoon.

When will some of these folks start wearing wires when doing business with this administation?

Knucklehead on May 5, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

It’s called “Buyer’s Remorse.”

Eat it.

Every.

Last.

Bite.

CurtZHP on May 5, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Just another addition to the “What would the media’s reaction be if a Republican President had done it” file.

Good Lt on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Did you see his puppy?
His mother-in-law is living it up at 1600 Penn.
The veggies are starting to come up in the garden.
George W. Bush.
Michelle wore a new gown to the Kennedy Center.
Michelle and Barack went on a date and held hands.

The above are the approved news topics. Please do not stray or you will be penalized.

Abby Adams on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

They voted for him, they can deal with him being a thug. You made your bed, now lay down and quit complaining that your guy is pissing all over you.

crashland on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

why would you doubt their reports after the tone that Obama took in his press conference concerning ‘speculators’ and ‘he does not stand with them’?

It’s so unfair because they just threw another 4 billion dollars down the rathole of Chrysler from the taxpayer that they could have used to negotiate with the creditors. They originally put up 7 billion. The government offered (not negotiated but told them that was their deal) 2 billion.

The creditors said ‘no’ we want at least 3.5 billion for our risk because they have that many assets. The Obama administration said ‘no’, we won’t honor another 1.5 billion for you, but we will give Chrysler another 4 billion.

This is VERY scary folks. Methinks the power has gone to Obama’s head.

ThackerAgency on May 5, 2009 at 1:46 PM

I know that most of the members of the media are deep in Obama’s corner, but I find it hard to believe that even they find this kind of behavior to be acceptable.

MarkTheGreat on May 5, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Think Rezko and Blago.

The Gang that couldn’t shoot straight

Obama: “I Won”

Dr Evil on May 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

The above are the approved news topics. Please do not stray or you will be penalized.

Abby Adams on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

You forgot “Michelle’s arms are toned” and “Obama went to a Wizards game… and had a beer!!!”

Pasalubong on May 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

You tell that Chicago community organizer that the government never gets that signature…no matter how many ACORN picketers and WH press corps types come outta the woodwork! We ain’t no bandleader.

Kid from Brooklyn on May 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

So this is what happens when the adults are in charge…

ladyingray on May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I was born in the United States of America. I don’t want to die in a third world country, MSM. Wake up!

Loxodonta on May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

I’m sorry, I don’t understand anyone who didn’t think the story credible from the get-go.

That’s the way it works in Chicago. If the Alderman decides you will do something, you do it, or some gentlemen come to your house and ask you if your son might do better on the basketball team with intact knees. That’s the version of “politics” Obama learned from the get-go. Why would he not apply it?

It’s the Chicago American way.

Regards,
Ric

warlocketx on May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Pasalubong on May 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

don’t forget Bo, the puppy.

Ghoul aid on May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

They voted for him, they can deal with him being a thug. You made your bed, now lay down and quit complaining that your guy is pissing all over you.

crashland on May 5, 2009 at 1:45 PM

The only problem with that is he’s our President too. His actions affect everyone. And besides, as bad as I thought Obama was gonna be, even I didn’t think he’d resort to these sorts of tactics(at least not this openly and bluntly).

Doughboy on May 5, 2009 at 1:48 PM

If only he would be so tough on dictators around the world as he is on American citizens.

Best comment to the Business Insider article.

Wethal on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

How soon until he uses this type of tactic to declare himself President for Life like his good buddy down south?

crashland on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Pasalubong on May 5, 2009 at 1:47 PM

No, JournoList has decided that those stories have to get cycled out. They should be back on the approved list in a few months time.

Thank you for your inquiry. Your account will now be terminated.

Abby Adams on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Methinks the power has gone to Obama’s head.

It’s alright.

Hubris and arrogance, along with a boatload of corruption, overreach and incompetence by his party, will be his and his thugocracy’s downfall.

Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it will happen. Mark it.

Good Lt on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

I guarantee you that that 4 billion thrown away to Chrysler yesterday was a slap in the face ‘Chicago mob style’ to the creditors with the law on their side.

The creditors wanted to make a deal for their 7 billion they put up of about 3.5 billion. The government only offered 2 billion. . . there was no negotiation before the press conference.

Instead of the creditors getting the 3.5 billion they asked for, the government gave Chrysler 4 billion knowing that they would not get any of that money back. This is worse than the mafia. I’d rather deal with the mafia than the Obama administration.

The big money is watching. And the big money won’t be so forthright to prop up failing companies anymore. If I was China or anyone else that the US government was asking to borrow money from, I’d use this as reason number one for not doing a deal that would help the US at all.

ThackerAgency on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

It sounds like they paint Obama as either a lunatic or a petulant child.

Obama Jong Il?

“He’s pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way.”
- Jimmy Malone
The Untouchables

ExcessivelyDiverted on May 5, 2009 at 1:49 PM

I hope Pelosi hears about this…she has already said she won’t put up with anything like this.
What do you expect from a “rookie”, who learned to be a “community organizer” on the streets of Chicago.
This is not a shock to conservatives…and it doesn’t matter to liberals.

right2bright on May 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

In a sane world there’d be criminal investigations going on.
What happens to the rule of law when those entroced with enforcing the law break it?

Iblis on May 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Obama thinks the entire country is ripe for his brand of
“Chicago” politics!!

gary on May 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

A “madman theory of the presidency”

That did seem to be the impression he’s been giving.

KittyLowrey on May 5, 2009 at 1:50 PM

I know that most of the members of the media are deep in Obama’s corner, but I find it hard to believe that even they find this kind of behavior to be acceptable.

MarkTheGreat on May 5, 2009 at 1:46 PM

The media, which used the “anonymous source” in so many anti-Bush articles, will now claim that these anonymous sources aren’t to be trusted; one needs to know who they are to assess their credibility.

Wethal on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

There will be no Anti-Obama Agitation [Article 58 - Criminal Code of the Socialist States of America].

He is watching.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Although this turn of events is troubling to most Americans, I tend to also believe that to those with influence and their most radical supporters, these threats are just.

We cannot let these actions fade away. We must get the facts out there, everywhere. As a conservative, I am absolutely loving the fact that so many Americans are educating themselves about this country, her history and the details of current events. Someone called the change occurring lately, a “philosophical revolution”. I say he’s correct.

pjean on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

One participant in negotiations said that the administration’s tactic was to present what one described as a “madman theory of the presidency” in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way. The person said this threat was taken very seriously by his firm.

This is how you are supposed to be seen by your enemies, not your friends and allies.
Oh, wait a minute…

Count to 10 on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Chicago mobsters come to Washington.

notagool on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Creditors to Chrysler describe negotiations with the company and the Obama administration as “a farce,”

This is the usual Obama negotiation. Listen and dismiss since his mind was never open to anything in the first place. Letting you waste your time was all it is ever about.

drjohn on May 5, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Just like any other tyrants out there, they don’t get it until someone winds up and punches them in mouth. Can we please get some “real men” who aren’t afraid to get their own panties in a wad and kick the crap out of some of these jerks?! I think the tea parties need to be ramped up a lot for July 4th. Maybe all they understand is meeting force with force.

HomeoftheBrave on May 5, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Additional threats corroborated here too. We’ve elected President “RICO Suave.”

econavenger on May 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM

He’s just arrogant. He didn’t think they would tell the press.

Training wheels.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM

There was never a doubt in my mind.

No attorney in his right mind is going to risk his license to practice law, his reputation, or his firm by lying.

It’s extortion.

Impeach the petty tyrant and criminal Obama before he can do any more damage.

Rae on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

The only problem with that is he’s our President too.

True to a point. He is President of the United States, I have respect for the office but none for the man holding the office, so no he is not MY President as I am not a slave of the government. I am a sovereign citizen of the United States of America.

We all knew in our guts that this type of BS would happen. It is nice to see him f over his own “supporters.”

Now we just need him to do something similar to the press, that is the only think that will wake them up from their dream and our nightmare.

crashland on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

The sources, who represent creditors to Chrysler, say were taken aback by the hardball tactics that the Obama administration employed to cajole them into acquiescing to plans to restructure Chrysler. One person said described the administration as the most shocking “end justifies the means” group they have ever encountered. Another characterized Obama was “the most dangerous smooth talker on the planet- and I knew Kissinger.” Both were voters for Obama in the last election.
One participant in negotiations said that the administration’s tactic was to present what one described as a “madman theory of the presidency” in which the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way.

This needs to get out to the general public, with names behind the accusations. A “madman theory of the presidency” is truly frightening, and what could a Chrysler creditor really fear from the White House press corps? Are they that afraid of Babbling Bob Gibbs?

Was “Audacity of Hope” a modern-day “Mein Kampf”?

Steve Z on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

This is the union payoff, and that’s hopefully all they’ll get.

Screw the people. He has to throw unions a bone.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

The return of the NRA.

hicsuget on May 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM

That had to be what gave Rand the idea for the “Anti Dog Eat Dog Act” in Atlas Shrugged.

UltimateBob on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

It sounds like they paint Obama as either a lunatic or a petulant child.

What’s the difference?

Everyone is born a narcissist. Not everyone grows out of it.

logis on May 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Jeebus. My jaw is on the floor.

BardMan on May 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Another characterized Obama was “the most dangerous smooth talker on the planet- and I knew Kissinger.” Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audiences – Check
* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check
* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check
* Associates with racists, hatemongers and violent radicals – Check
* believes in redistributing the wealth – Check
* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check
* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations – Check (see German campaign poster for example)
* Wants Secret Police force – Check
* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check
* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check
* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check
* People adopting his name as their own – Check
* Inspires adoration art – Check
* Appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check
* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)
* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check
* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments – Check
* Wants to build “youth” movement through Universal National State service – Check
* Acts as if in power before he is – Check
* Some followers believe him to be divine – Check
* Worshiped and aided greatly by the media – Check
* Has his own salute – Check
* Has thuggish supporters intimdating political opponents – Check
* Using the power of the State to silence critics – Check
* Songs written to glorify him performed by children – Check
* Takes control of large comapnies and the economy as a whole – Check
* Attacks the very business leaders who supported his rise once in power – Check

TheBigOldDog on May 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Name names? Nobody would ever talk to the reporters again! It’s far too dangerous right now.

Look what they do to people who speak out?

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

If one newspaper would stand up and do a hard hitting story…overnight that paper would begin a revival. Don’t they understand this?

Youngs98 on May 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

The media, which used the “anonymous source” in so many anti-Bush articles, will now claim that these anonymous sources aren’t to be trusted; one needs to know who they are to assess their credibility.

Wethal on May 5, 2009 at 1:51 PM

The media can’t admit they were wrong about Obama. To acknowledge he’s an incompetent thug who’s in over his head would lose them what little credibilty they have left.

What will be very interesting is to see how they plan to spin his Presidency as a success when the unemployment rate is in double digits, the deficits are consistently over 1 trillion a year, crap-and-trade destroys the economy, and our foreign policy is in shambles.

Doughboy on May 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Too bad obama is not working for us. We could use a guy like that.

keep the change on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

If only he behaved like that with Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.

Count to 10 on May 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

He’s just arrogant. He didn’t think they would tell the press.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Yep. And I hope more whistle blowers come forward to reveal what this administration is doing to law abiding citizens who make the mistake (horrors!!!) of participating in the free market.

UltimateBob on May 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

The real issue is the real issue. The fact is that he undid bankruptcy laws.

If securitized loans mean nothing, then…….they are worthless.

There will be no more business mistakes like that one. Try raising money that way in the future.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

This is the biggest story of the week.

Outrageous.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

You foolish girl, you…

Michelle Obama’s Favorite Food? Mexican

Don’t get the first lady started on the joy of Mexican cooking….

By DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post

right2bright on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Gee Ed you sound exactly like Glenn Beck…

petunia on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

the President is someone to be feared because he was willing to do anything to get his way.

It is part and parcel of the narcissism that was apparent during the campaign, and evidenced by his petulance at being asked questions when he didn’t want to answer them, at being asked questions he didn’t want to answer, etc etc etc. Of course the MSM’s response to this was to ask him whether he’d get a dog if he won.

The use of strong arm tactics was clearly implied in the way he won his seat in Senate, and the way he ended up as the uncontested winner of the Democratic nomination.

And he clearly has a serious hate on for the corporate world so it doesn’t surprise me in the least that it has been oozing out in his little economic projects.

The evidence has always been there, had only the MSM been interested in looking. But that face of the coin just doesn’t mesh at all with the image he projects, and the MSM has obediently, even eagerly, promoted of a ‘nice guy’ who understands ‘the common people’.

ProfessorMiao on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I’m sure they will come forward, Bob, but that’s because I’m quite sure he’ll repeat the mistake.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

One of their sources says that the Obama team comprises some of the worst “ends justify the means” people he’s ever encountered (via HA reader Geoff A).

AKA The Unconstrained Vision. (See Thomas Sowell’s Conflict of Visions).

Asked if Obama represents the purest expression of the unconstrained vision since Franklin Roosevelt, Sowell, himself an African-American [sic; who cares?], replies: “No. Since the beginning of American politics.”

Basically, Sowell is saying that Obama and his allies are capable of anything in order to gain and maintain power.

baldilocks on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Here’s the thing about the Union and what they want. . . They claim their money is due to them for retiree health benefits. My question is why can’t they just go on Medicare like the rest of the working world? They paid into the Medicare fund just like everyone else. Medicare is good insurance and nobody needs any MORE than medicare.

Any American over the age of 65 with 40 quarters of work is eligible for medicare and doesn’t need anything else. But the UNION thinks they are better than the working American and they ‘need’ better health care than the average Medicare recipient.

Obama, if Medicare is good enough for most of America, why isn’t it good enough for the union retirees?

ThackerAgency on May 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I like it. Exposing Barry’s real face is a first important step. Theft by use of extortion shouldn’t go down too well if this can gain legs.
The trolls seem srangely absent on this thread.

a capella on May 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Too bad obama is not working for us. We could use a guy like that.

keep the change on May 5, 2009 at 1:42 PM

If only he behaved like that with Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.

Count to 10 on May 5, 2009 at 1:56 PM

But they’re not the enemy. White – dare I say it? – Americans with investments and pension plans (unless they are union pension plans) are.

ProfessorMiao on May 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Now that Lauria’s allegations have been corroborated, someone working for O’Reilly, Beck or Hannity over at Fox News could have a lot of fun by sending someone to interview the White House press corps and ask when they plan to release the first story as assigned by Obama attacking the holdout Chrysler bondholders and secured creditors.

jon1979 on May 5, 2009 at 1:59 PM

If this isn’t the definition of the economic component of fascism, I don’t know what the hell is.

The STATE … DEMANDING the acquiescence … of PRIVATE sector creditors … regarding the RESTRUCTURING … DICTATED by the STATE … of a PRIVATE sector corporation.

P.S. Exactly when did the Executive branch become the Judicial branch? After all, isn’t this … essentially … the Administration lording over a de facto Chapter 11 proceeding?

OhEssYouCowboys on May 5, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Basically, Sowell is saying that Obama and his allies are capable of anything in order to gain and maintain power.

baldilocks on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I sincerely wish I didn’t see this coming like an unstoppable freight train. Ignorance is bliss.

TheBigOldDog on May 5, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Another thread where trolls fear to tread. Where are all the shrieks of “this is how Bush operated!” with no shred of evidence?

I expected this and more out of the Obamination. He is a twisted, egomaniacal, powerhungry freak. Just wait until he gets warmed up!

Grafted on May 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM

I heard the most discouraging news story yesterday.

Skip if you hate stories.

So, a group in Sacramento turned down stimulus money. HUD building for the poor. They have applied for the right to abandon the building. HUD hasn’t approved it yet. But the operators, city, didn’t think it made sense to spend money on a building slated for demolishment.

The press did the usual interview of the people, who were, of course, in disagreement. The discouraging part was the language used by one of the young poor mothers. It was straight from Obama, justifying wasting money on this housing project without a single nod to the fact that’s very selfish, really.

It’s going to be a long year.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

The man at the helm during one of the biggest economic crises in decades is a madman who will act in an unpredictable and irrational manner if he doesn’t get his way. It sounds like they paint Obama as either a lunatic or a petulant child.

You forgot that obama is also a narcisist and a coward. Choke on that burger.

HornetSting on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

One person said described the administration as the most shocking “end justifies the means” group they have ever encountered. Another characterized Obama was “the most dangerous smooth talker on the planet- and I knew Kissinger.” Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

As Michelle would say = “Reap. Sow.”
Pretty simple, all that mattered to obama supporters was the ‘free’ goodies they thought they were going to get. Now excuse me while I go feel sorry for… errr… no one.

SoxNation on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

There is no law but he.

Rollie on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

ThackerAgency on May 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Because people on Medicare still have to buy Medicare supplement? And the drug coverage? I think the union retiree health plan is gold-plated.

Wethal on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

This is the union payoff, and that’s hopefully all they’ll get.

Screw the people. He has to throw unions a bone.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Of course the ‘bone’ is the investments and pension savings of other people, but in Obamavision they are somehow less worthy than the UAW pigs at the trough who all retired on full pensions at age 50 and now have to be supported in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

ProfessorMiao on May 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Until the press gets behind this… this story isn’t going to connect with people.

Or maybe there is someone out there who will make there name by exposing this criminal Obama… Who is the next Woodward and Bernstein? Step up and take your place in history!

petunia on May 5, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Basically, Sowell is saying that Obama and his allies are capable of anything in order to gain and maintain power.

baldilocks on May 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Thomas Sowell is one smart man. I read his column every week.

ladyingray on May 5, 2009 at 2:03 PM

The union health care program is stupid. My mom had one of those plans. I finally told her, “It’s scary. Doctors look at you like a cow on the hoof.”

Sometimes, that type of insurance gets you more unnecessary surgeries and can kill you! LOL*

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 2:03 PM

“madman theory of the presidency”

This is all happening so much sooner than I tbought.

TexasDan on May 5, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Barack Obama is a very arrogant man.

carbon_footprint on May 5, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Why would anyone doubt he would use the media to harm someone? Remember Joe the Plumber? How about the radio personality in Chicago that his show shut down by Obamabots? I’m not sure why anyone would be surprised at his tactics.

Sue on May 5, 2009 at 2:04 PM

It sounds like they paint Obama as either a lunatic or a petulant child.

How about a petulant lunatic?

Life under Obamunism. Get used to it.

loudmouth883 on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Yep, professor, but the rest of us about to take a hit because we were invested in other funds don’t have the same clout.

What’s discouraging is this is just bad policy due to, frankly, stupid politics. I say stupid because the unions couldn’t even deliver Nevada to him in the primaries.

Remember? Hillary beat him.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

It’s a hard lesson for some to learn….

Lay down with dogs – get up with fleas!

TennDon on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Gangsta’s in the hizzous! (The White House.)

Due process of law? Used to be a commonly held legal concept under the Constitution.

Today, apparently, we have stepped back to the wonderful olde days of the King’s Law.

coldwarrior on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

In a normal world, this would be headlines in every paper…

javamartini on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 PM

And if a Republican were president, it would be.

(But I’m stating the obvious.)

capitalist piglet on May 5, 2009 at 2:05 PM

What the heck did you expect electing someone tied closely with Chicago politics?

deidre on May 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Well, Sue, that looked to be the work of a fantical Obamafan.

This is the first time it’s proven that Obama was doing the deed.

AnninCA on May 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Both were voters for Obama in the last election.

I’ve had buyers remorse myself in the past. Seriously didn’t these guys see through Obama while he was running?

Tommy_G on May 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

TheBigOldDog on May 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

I like how you keep updating this list. Perhaps, Whitewashing/removal of political opponents from history (a la deleting Bush’s Twitter updates)?

Abby Adams on May 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM

My question is why can’t they just go on Medicare like the rest of the working world?

Any American over the age of 65 with 40 quarters of work is eligible for medicare and doesn’t need anything else.

Obama, if Medicare is good enough for most of America, why isn’t it good enough for the union retirees?

ThackerAgency on May 5, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I’d be willing to bet that a goodly proportion of them are not 65 or anywhere near it. They can retire on a full pension after 30 years, and many started to work there in the late teens or early 20s.

ProfessorMiao on May 5, 2009 at 2:07 PM

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