Remember when Obama told latino voters that he would "punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends?" We've already seen that maxim of corrupt Chicago politics at work with the mass exemptions to ObamaCare going to big union backers of Obama and General Electric being exempted from environmental regulations.
Now, Obama wants to take it one step further and force those who do business with the federal government to disclose their political activity which might include contributions to Republican candiates and conservative groups.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is inscensed. In an interview with Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal she describes Obama's move this way:
The administration's argument that this is about disclosure is "a fraud," she declares. The very notion "offends me deeply," she says, since the order undermines decades of work by her and others to ensure federal business is free of corruption of political influence.In a letter dated April 26, 2011 Collins and 19 other U.S. Senators expressed their concerns to the President. [PDF]To date, no response from the White House has been received.
The politics of the order have been so ugly that she argues the media has missed the equally profound policy implications. It's the "equivalent of repealing the Hatch Act," she argues, the seminal 1939 law designed to weed out federal pay-to-play.
It has taken decades to create a federal contracting system based on "best prices, best value, best quality," Ms. Collins says, and the effect of the Obama order is to again have "politics play a role in determining who gets contracts." Companies may choose not to bid, which will reduce competition and raise government costs. And the order puts "thousands of civil servants" who oversee contracting "in an impossible situation."
Obama's move is yet another example of his corrupt "pay to play, the Chicago way" style of thug government!