Monday, August 10, 2009

Hmm, that's odd; these websites all look the same

The White House established a new website today about health care reform that it calls "Reality Check." In it, the Administration attempts to refute various rumors that fear mongers and insurance industry plants have been spreading. Oddly, it looks remarkably similar to the Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America Health Care Action Center website, and the Service Employees International Union's health care website. This, of course, raises a couple of interesting questions:

1. Is the Administration using taxpayer funding to coordinate its message and official government websites with outside parties and special interest groups?

2. If so, is such conduct permissible under U.S. law?

I don't know the answers to either of these questions but will try to do some research on the issues in my copious free time. In the interim, it certainly looks as if the current administration does not care if it politicizes official government publications or Internet sites. I can only imagine what the outrage would have been on the left if President Bush had engaged in similar conduct.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the SEIU, Mary Katharine Ham of the Weekly Standard has some background information.

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