Government As A Weapon

Thomas Basile has a piece in Forbes about how under President Obama government agencies are increasingly being used as weapons against people and groups who disagree with the president’s policies. He’s not alone in his quest to turn the government against the people, as Chuck Schumer’s calls for even more IRS action against Tea Party groups demonstrates. And it doesn’t stop with the IRS.

The IRS scandal is well-known and the misuse of the agency by the Democrat Party machine is still apparently going on.  However, the IRS is just one of dozens of other agencies under the control of this White House, many of which go unnoticed by the public and are virtually ignored by elected officials.

There are the new revelations about the Administration intimidating banks to prevent them from doing business with a number of legitimate businesses.  The until recently covert Operation Choke Point administered through the Departments of Justice and Treasury is already having an impact on the financial industry and other legitimate businesses the Administration is targeting.  According to the Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan , has been forced to cut ties with thousands of customers in the last year.  Sources indicate that out of fear of government scrutiny, the bank is ending relationships with customers even if there isn’t any sign that the customer has done anything wrong.  Other major banks have stopped offering certain popular, legal products or services because of government pressure.

Documents inadvertently leaked by the Department of the Treasury from a briefing on Operation Choke Point clearly show that the Administration is looking to significantly impact legal businesses because it believes the public needs to be protected from industries and customers deemed more likely to engage in criminal activity.  According to the Administration, those industries interestingly include ammunition sales, gun sales, home-based charities, gambling, pharmaceutical sales, short-term loans, raffles, Amway and Mary Kay-style sales businesses, and credit repair services.

Read the whole thing, Basile was just getting started, and remember it every time you hear or read about Obama acting unilaterally without input from Congress.