Again: Exactly which elite, liberal institution does have to live up to the Left’s values?

posted at 9:21 pm on July 21, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Liberal activists, politicians and institutions are never short of ideas for how they can use the government to force us to do as they say. The actions of the same activists, politicians, and institutions often reveal they may prefer the method of force because they need it themselves. Again and again, on the Left’s most prominent issues—the ones they use to make moral monsters of the rest of us—they fail to live up to their own standards.

This is another installment in a series.

Today, meet Mayor Bill deBlasio, the liberal light of New York City who was against money in politics until he needed a bunch of money to do politics. The new York Daily News rightly takes the mayor to task for talking the talk on dark money while benefiting from the generous donations of all manner of moneyed interests through and outside group that can collect unlimited amounts and not disclose its donors.

Say goodbye to the role public campaign financing has played in limiting the power of big-moneyed interests to sway mayoral elections. Mayor de Blasio is happily opening the door to donors with the fattest wallets in town…

Outside money, enabled by Supreme Court decisions, was crucial to toppling early frontrunner Christine Quinn and opening up a path for de Blasio. Those outside groups, some of whose big donors overlap with his supporters, can receive and spend nearly unlimited funds.

De Blasio continued that practice after his election win, with some of his closest allies and advisers founding UPKNYC, nominally to fight on behalf of his pledge to secure money from Albany for universal pre-K. That group accepted donations far beyond campaign limits and kept its contributors’ identities secret for months under lax reporting rules.

Now, de Blasio’s inner circle aims to make the group, rebranded as the Campaign for One New York, a perpetual presence, and he and they insist it will promote other issues close to the mayor’s heart without boosting his political fortunes.

The distinction is laughable. And revelations about how the group has already raised and spent money show it.

But hey, he’s in good company when it comes to committed campaign finance reform liberals destroying public financing systems of which they were formerly champions. Sky’s the limit, Bill!

This isn’t the first time deBlasio has been found crossways of his own rhetoric on this issue. In 2013, the passionate advocate for transparency and campaign finance reform allowed big donors with big business with the city to donate to him twice. First, they’d max out to his campaign, and then max out to retire his campaign debt from another campaign. Not illegal, but widely considered at least shady, and definitely not adherent to his own professed beliefs on the subject:

About two dozen individuals and unions that have given Mr. de Blasio’s 2013 campaign $4,950, the most allowed under New York City’s voluntary public financing system, have then turned around and given him more for his 2009 race, which has been in debt. In some instances, state records show, the donors, as well as their spouses, have given to the 2013 and 2009 campaigns on the same day.

The tactic is legal, and many candidates ask donors to defray debts shortly after an election. But it not typical to see debt-defraying donations so closely coinciding with the moment when donors max out to a current campaign, according to city campaign finance officials and watchdog groups.

“It stinks to high heaven,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization in Washington, which analyzes campaign finance and ethics issues. “Clearly people are being solicited and are giving to these politicians in the hope that it will be noticed and they will get something — access and influence — in exchange for that donation.”

Of course:

In other news, the Washington Free Beacon discovered an OBGYN practice run by powerful liberal, Democratic physicians married to powerful, liberal Democratic politicians who all advocate for expanding Medicaid. But when it comes to their practice, they get very NIMBY about such patients.

John Foust has made his wife the face of his campaign for Virginia’s 10th District. Dr. Marilyn Jerome is an OBGYN, who practices alongside Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife at Foxhall.

Dr. Jerome claims that her husband is a better candidate because he will never get between a woman and her doctor. “As an OBGYN,” Foust attacks his Republican opponent Barbara Comstock for opposing Medicaid expansion. Failure to expand Medicaid to rural hospitals could be “devastating,” he says.

Dr. Jerome has also written in support of the Affordable Care Act on the Foxhall website, citing the Medicaid expansion as beneficial to low-income women.

“For over 30 years, John’s wife, Dr. Marilyn Jerome has practiced obstetrics and gynecology with Foxhall Ob-Gyn, a practice dedicated to providing compassionate reproductive healthcare for women in NW Washington, D.C., and the surrounding communities,” Foust’s campaign website reads.

It turns out, however, that not all women can receive “compassionate reproductive healthcare” from Foxhall. The practice doesn’t accept Medicaid.

That fact seemed noteworthy. I wrote a story for the Washington Free Beacon highlighting how, in public, Dr. Jerome is preaching the Affordable Care Act and praising the Medicaid expansion while, in her practice, she doesn’t accept it.

Read Elizabeth Harrington’s entire adventure in getting an appointment at this office for the elites. She heard morning appointments are reserved for “important people.” Was she able to convince these women of the people that she is indeed important?

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Again: Exactly which elite, liberal institution does have to live up to the Left’s values?

What values?

They don’t have any values beyond a lust for power over others.

sharrukin on July 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

About those ‘liberal values’ like ‘tolerance’…

Big Time Democrat Donor Invokes Gas Chambers And Screams ’Fvck God’s Chosen People!’

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Think the weaponizing of the IRS was wrong, unethical, illegal? Wait until they put you on some secret “list” and deny you healthcare because you don’t happen to be a registered (D), or you read Conservative blogs, or happen to have checked Christian on some “optional” demographics survey you don’t even remembering filling out 15 years ago.

Think it can’t happen here? May as well start preparing yourselves, because all that is coming under ObamaDon’tCare.

Meople on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

If you counted to 1 you’ve gone to far.

RickB on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Elitist liberals are wanna be politburo communists- one rule of law for them, another for everyone else

Their hypocrisy knows no bounds, and they are oblivious to it.

disguted by the elites on July 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

They are obsessed with other people’s money.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM

De Blasio is a 3rd rate hypocrite. His faux socialism will set NYC back to pre Guliani dysfunction.

Whitey Ford on July 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM

O/T: Congratulations, MKH, for not only completing a sentence tonight on BOR, but getting to state MULTIPLE complete sentences, especially the ones strung one after the other!

On topic:

Oliver Willis @owillis

@BenHowe well first, because the kochs are in it for personal profit, not for improving the country.
12:36 PM – 21 Jul 2014

I’ve long suspected this to be a parody account, courtesy of the Onion…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

The answer, of course, is “none of them.”

Don’t you understand? Those “Standards” only exist to keep evil, despicable, greedy Republicans in line – - – if we didn’t have standards, they’d run wild.

They’re completely irrelevant to folks on the Left because, as we all know, their hearts are pure as the wind driven snow . . . there’s no need for them to live up to “standards” because we all know they’d never do anything wrong.

BD57 on July 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

About those ‘liberal values’ like ‘tolerance’…

Big Time Democrat Donor Invokes Gas Chambers And Screams ’Fvck God’s Chosen People!’

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Video link in your article is already removed / broken, RWM.

We’re sorry. You can’t access this item because it is in violation of our Terms of Service.

Mark Boabaca on July 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Every time liberal politicians says that they share you value, know that in addition to being goddamn liars they are can’t spell. All they want to share is your valuables.

Rix on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Mark Boabaca on July 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

I’ll have to look for it again. She keeps having it removed. Trust me, it is everything my title says and more. The vitriol and hatred are stunning.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

I’ll have to look for it again. She keeps having it removed. Trust me, it is everything my title says and more. The vitriol and hatred are stunning.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Of course I believe you. I’m looking forward to hearing it!

Mark Boabaca on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

@BenHowe well [sic] first, because the kochs [sic] are in it for personal profit, not for improving the country.

It’s the thought that counts.

Revel, writing about Communists dealing with the collapse of Communism in Last Exit to Utopia:

Communism was good because it corresponded to the “dream” of so many fine people; but there is not the slightest recognition that those fine people might have been the cat’s-paws and indentured servants of intellectual shysters, propagators of a universal lie. No, according to Mme Sallenave, what we should do — it’s only decent, after all — is shed a tear for those whose hopes were betrayed. Her tone rising upward in a crescendo of supplication, she pleads that we “extend more piety” to the “magical vanishing” of the Communist project.

^ Marxist apologists were victims of their own goodness. The broken eggs weren’t the victims, Western academics were the real victims — and not of Communism, but of failing to accomplish their good goals for the remaining eggs.

Axe on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

One of Uncle Saul’s favorite rules – make ‘em live up to their principles.

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Think the weaponizing of the IRS was wrong, unethical, illegal? Wait until they put you on some secret “list” and deny you healthcare because you don’t happen to be a registered (D), or you read Conservative blogs, or happen to have checked Christian on some “optional” demographics survey you don’t even remembering filling out 15 years ago.

Think it can’t happen here? May as well start preparing yourselves, because all that is coming under ObamaDon’tCare.

Meople on July 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Oh yeah. I don’t get people who believe there is a magical red line between the IRS and the rest of the federal government. I expect Barry and the Chicago Outfit are corrupting the FBI, NSA, EPA, DHS, and all the rest of them.

Somewhere in those organizations there are Lois Lerner ops up and running. Why wouldn’t they, if they are so sure they can get away with it?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Again: Exactly which elite, liberal institution does have to live up to the Left’s values?

…the Left has values?…when?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 10:01 PM

I don’t know why you morons don’t get this.

The Left’s values are clearly superior to all other values, and people who speak those values are also superior.

Only people who decline to subscribe to those superior values need to be forced to abide by them (like christianists and KKKonservatives) .

All the rest of us agree that we on the Left have really superior values, and our agreement is all that is necessary. Done.

/pick any rank and file hypocrite AKA Obama voter HA trollster

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Liberals have no values, no morals, no integrity, no honesty, no scruples, no faith, no soul, no charity, no honor and not a shred of dignity in their vile, smelly, yeast infected, rancid, parasitical carcasses. Yeah. I said it. So sue me.

bimmcorp on July 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Oh yeah. I don’t get people who believe there is a magical red line between the IRS and the rest of the federal government. I expect Barry and the Chicago Outfit are corrupting the FBI, NSA, EPA, DHS, and all the rest of them.

Somewhere in those organizations there are Lois Lerner ops up and running. Why wouldn’t they, if they are so sure they can get away with it?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Without a doubt. They saw what happened to everyone at IRS that was involved…NOTHING.

And as we have seen at the VA and with every other leftist scheme uncovered to this date, if you find it in one instance, you’ll find it all over the country, everywhere they can get away with it. Because that’s how they roll.

We will never be able to clean out the leftist stench that permeates every agency in Government. We’ll have to burn every agency to the ground and start over if we ever hope to get rid of it.

Meople on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Axe on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

[Somewhat related:]

BTW, I eventually read one of your posts linked a few days ago on QOTD (Notes from Pacepa’s Disinformation) and found it very insightful.

I learned quite a bit; thanks Axe. You’re right: Everyone should read that book …

ShainS on July 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

OT: Bill Clinton’s blonde bimbo codename Energizer by SS.

faraway on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I’m sorry to have to say it, especially to one of my favorite blogger/radio guests, but dismiss what those “progressive” teachers told you. There is such a thing as a stupid question.

S. D. on July 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

UPKNYC
upknyc.org/

Join the campaign to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal pre-k and after school for every middle schooler in New York City.

The campaign for
universal pre-k and afterschool

http://upknyc.org/

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. ‘They’ don’t want what you have, ‘they’ don’t want you to have what you have.

DemetriusPhalerum on July 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I learned quite a bit; thanks Axe. You’re right: Everyone should read that book …

ShainS on July 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Vera cool. :)

More Resist We Much influence, that book. I should admit. So I will, because it’s the right thing to do. Which accidentally walks full circle: assigning “values” to people who believe the end justifies the means seems like stretching the idea of “values.”

There are two ways of walking up to it. I think it was Schwartzkopf? You can spend all day trying to play three-dimensional chess with your enemy, figuring out his “moves” and so on, or you can be guided by straightforward principles. You don’t need to guess whether someone is in the tower. You just bring up heavy infantry, remove the tower, and proceed.

Having values restricts what you can do. It’s sort of something that happens as you go. If you have a goal and no compunctions in achieving it, I’m not sure you can be said to actually have values.

Axe on July 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM

they are can’t spell.

Rix on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

You don’t say.

Freelancer on July 21, 2014 at 10:34 PM

The voters in New York City deserve everything they get.

GarandFan on July 21, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Their only value is their end game of power to set things according to their own lights (never mind that their light is darkness). When the goal is the value, then the end justifies the means and all other values are negotiable. The very word value is really meaningless, because what we would call values are absolutely meaningless except as tools to be used or discarded at will to achieve the progressive goal.

INC on July 21, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Funny, I haven’t seen a post recently from “uppereastside”.
-
In NY, DeBlahzio’s nickname is “One Term”.

diogenes on July 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

^ Marxist apologists were victims of their own goodness. The broken eggs weren’t the victims, Western academics were the real victims — and not of Communism, but of failing to accomplish their good goals for the remaining eggs.

Axe on July 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Using goodness to describe Marxist apologists really makes me want to gag when you consider the way Marx railed against religion. They must never have read Marx if they thought of themselves as good.

The only Marxist apologists who were victims of their own “goodness” were and are the useful idiots.

And in fact, this in reality was sheer stupidity and lack of willingness to do some self-examination and analysis of who they were and are as people, the nature of each of us, and the actual words of Marx and the consequences..

INC on July 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

It turns out, however, that not all women can receive “compassionate reproductive healthcare” from Foxhall. The practice doesn’t accept Medicaid.

Awesome.

talkingpoints on July 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

I may have neglected to mention previously that ALL leftists are filthy, lying, anti-American scum.

In their sick and twisted world view, they are entitled to make the rules for everyone else and it is impertinent and ridiculous to suggest they be held to the same standards.

For those with memories of history, the leftists aspire to be the commissars, the nomenklatura.

Adjoran on July 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Ah, so liberal donors are in it for “improving the country”.

Like bailing out a green company making solar panels… owned by the donor, who then folded the company taking the money, which was WAY more than he donated.

But he was helping the country… his personal profit was accidental, not the reason for his donation that resulted in him getting a ton of money.

However the Kochs are evil; they’ll profit by banning gay marriage because they… um… what company would that profit?

Would any rational person believe that; or does only Oliver think that’s true?

gekkobear on July 22, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Stop giving him credibility by calling him by has fake, made-up name.

His name is WARREN WILHELM, JR..

HikaruKitsune on July 22, 2014 at 12:50 AM

The only value the left has is to stay in power.

albill on July 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM