Obama ‘transparency’ Executive Order targets administration enemies 

Just days after Democrats suffered historic losses at the polls and lost control of the House, Center for American Progress president John Podesta published a reports titled: The Power of the President. The intro reads:

Concentrating on executive powers presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage. Instead, the administration can focus on the president’s ability to deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most to them.

By “turn its focus away from a divided Congress” Podesta meant ignore Congress entirely. By “concentrating on executive powers” he meant doing what ever Obama wants regardless of the Constitution's separation of powers doctrine. And by “deliver results for the American people on the things that matter most” Podesta, of course, meant doing whatever it takes to elect as many Democrats as possible.

These ideas were exemplified yesterday when news broke that the White House has been circulating a draft Executive Order that would make many provisions of the failed DISCLOSE Act law by fiat. As we reported yesterday, the order would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors.

The Chamber of Commerce’s Blair Latoff told Politico that the order “lays the groundwork for a political litmus test for companies that wish to do business with the federal government” and is “less about disclosure than intimidation.”

There is a very simple way to prove that this Obama order is all about punishing his enemies and rewarding his friends: unions that sign collective bargaining contracts with the federal government are exempt from the “disclosure” requirements. Liberal groups, the largest of which are all unions, spent $95 million on outside expenditures alone in the 2010 cycle alone.

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