“Gangster Government” Exposes the First Thug’s Abuse of Power

Washington journalist David Freddoso, who’s making a name for himself as a paladin on the American right, is hot on the trail of the Obama gang again, with both guns blazing.

The fearless author of The New York Times’ campaign bestseller, The Case Against Barack Obama, who warned us of the Chicago-style outlaw government we’d get if we elected him President, is back, this time with a detailed account of how Obama and his gang have abused their powers and now threaten our freedoms.

His new action-packed book, accurately and appropriately titled Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy (Regnery Publishing) is crammed with criminal indictments against Obama’s hired guns and their dirty deeds.  It’s must reading for anyone who is, or will be, working in this two-year election cycle to oust him and his Most Wanted desperados from Washington.

Of course, if you are talking about thugs, there are plenty of them in the ranks of organized labor, many of whom have been wandering the halls of the West Wing over the past two years as if they owned the place.  Come to think of it, after all of the IOUs Obama gave them for their work in the 2008 election, they do own the place, and they’ve taken full advantage of their behind-the-scenes influence at the very highest levels of government.

Perhaps no other union official has had more access to the White House than Andy Stern, the politically powerful president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), who paid nearly 60 visits in Obama’s first two years in office.  Whatever Andy wanted, Andy got.

What did Stern do to earn his $260,000 a year salary?  Why, he lobbied, of course, the kind of activity Obama regularly attacked in his campaign for the presidency under the previous administration.  But when Stern lobbied, he did it inside the Oval Office.

Obama and his aides were eager to keep the unions happy, and Freddoso points out that Obama’s $800 billion economic stimulus legislation “was specifically designed to protect state government workers who might otherwise have been laid off—even if their jobs were jobs that states needed to cut.”

When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attempted to cut $2 an hour from the state’s subsidy for unionized health care workers to save money, Stern lobbied the White House to block it.  The White House dutifully threatened to cut off $6.8 billion in stimulus funds if the Schwarzenegger administration did not back down.

Stepping up the pressure, the White House held a conference call with California officials, putting the SEIU’s general counsel and two union officials in California on the line.  When a story leaked out about Obama’s blackmail tactics, the White House backed off.  “It was one of those cases where gangster government was just too unsubtle to be effective,” Feddoso writes.

It was also an all-too-typical example of the strong-arm tactics the Obama gang regularly used to get its way.

Next to labor, no other lobbying group exerted more influence on the Obama government than the trial lawyers.  At a $2 million fund-raiser bankrolled by the nation’s richest liability trial attorneys, Sen. Joseph Biden said there were “two groups that stand between us and the barbarians at the gate.  It’s you and organized labor.”

But the tens of millions of dollars trial lawyers paid to the Obama campaign yielded huge dividends for one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country.  The White House made sure that proposed curbs on medical liability lawsuits never made it into the ObamaCare bill that the President signed into law.

One of strongest themes that runs throughout Freddoso’s book is the Obama gang’s cynical view that the Constitution and the laws that govern our country are only for the little people, not for those at the pinnacles of power who revel in ruling over us.

Historically, the government’s departments and major agencies are run by the Cabinet secretaries and agency chiefs nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  They are required to testify before Congress and cooperate with any investigations and other oversight inquiries.

But under Obama’s rules, these departments and agencies are now run by a cadre of little-known White House czars, far removed from the Senate’s confirmation process and congressional oversight.  The White House wants everything in the government run from the West Wing, far from the prying inquiries of the legislative branch.

While even some Democrats have groused about this seemingly illegal power shift, the White House has gotten away with it.

But it is in the health care law, “read by so few but supported by so many in Congress,” that “President Obama has stretched the constitutional limits of federal power beyond their breaking point,” Freddoso writes.  Particularly, he says, in forcing uninsured Americans to purchase and/or businesses to provide federally approved health care plans they do not want and cannot afford, or otherwise pay a penalty or even face jail.

But Freddoso remains confident that, in the end, all of this will be overturned in the next election by the voters whose opposition to the Obama presidency runs far deeper than a mediocre economy and high unemployment.  He points to exit polls in last year’s elections, when voters by three-to-one said:  “Government is doing too many things better left to business and individuals.”

Freddoso believes the voters have “turned on Obama because they saw something they didn’t like: the big, heavy, pushy hand of big government, reaching out from every shadow.  They saw one overreach after another—the stimulus package, the health care bill, the bailout of the automakers, the favoritism toward special interests.  And they said No to gangster government.”

We’ll know soon enough whether Freddoso’s prediction proves true, but I suspect he’s right.  The political rebellion we saw at work in last year’s elections shows no signs of receding.  It’s just getting bigger and angrier.

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  • TanongSak

    Thank heaven for works in this genre. It’s about time that an author had the courage to set aside the imperative of civility, and call the thugs what they are. What I find interesting is that in the many years that I’ve been observing the American political scene, and have watched presidents and regimes come and go, I’ve never observed the level of hostility and utter contempt directed at the incumbent that is so much in evidence now. If the liberal elites want to attribute it to “racism,” then they should be reminded is that it was they, not we, who first played the race card. Can they now complain that they’re getting what they wanted?

  • http://twitter.com/ConstitutionTlk Rusty Turner

    “One of strongest themes that runs throughout Freddoso’s book is the Obama gang’s cynical view that the Constitution and the laws that govern our country are only for the little people, not for those at the pinnacles of power who revel in ruling over us.”

    To believe that they are above the Constitution shows the utter contempt these socialist idiots have for The United States and her people.

    It is well past the time the “We the Little People” tossed these un-American jackasses in the brig. That includes most of Congress and The Senate, these non-Americans have been running Our Wonderful Country into non-existance for far too long.

    It is time for “We the Little People” to return America back to her former greatness and we are not going top be able to do that without running those that despise Her are put in their proper place. Prison.

  • turfmann

    What we have been observing in the persons of Obama, Reid and Pelosi – and their minions – has been nothing short of treason.

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

    The war that these progressives have been levying is an economic war with the express purpose of destroying the free market and replacing it with a centrally planned economy. Sound familiar? It should.

    For example, the purposeful nationalization of General Motors under the guise of saving it from bankruptcy, kicking the bondholders to the curb with their wallets missing. You’ll find those wallets in the back pockets of the UAW who somehow went from a bargaining unit of the employees of a corporation to owners of that corporation. Theft at a level that would make Bernie Madoff blush.

    The health care law will result in transfers of wealth (theft) the likes of which heretofore unseen in human history and the erosion of the most basic of rights bestowed upon us by God – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The craven manner in which that legislation was passed was an insult to those who toiled their entire lives in order to understand the political philosophies that preceded them such that they could write the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers – and to all who have served and died in support of the cause of Liberty. An insult of the highest order.

    But that’s not all. Obama has been giving aid to our enemies as well.

    Barack Obama was having trouble deciding between a eight iron and a wedge on the back nine at Congressional one day, so he decided to go to war with Libya instead. But he decided without consulting the plain words of the Constitution by seeking a declaration of war from Congress. Then, when things didn’t go as not-planned, he decides to give aid to the rebels, who unfortunately are allied with the same people that flew planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

    And I only need mention how atrociously he has treated the Israelis. The Israelis are our allies, the Palestinians their and our enemies. Aid and comfort. When the mushroom clouds well up around Tel Aviv, will people finally wake up to this upside-down world that Obama has created?

    No, I am fed up with this man, all who surround him and all that support him. Every single one of them. To the treason that has been visited upon us by Obama, the 52% can go look themselves in the mirror and reconcile what they have done by enabling this man to do violence to our Republic. They can atone for their sin by never darkening the door of a polling place again. Voting is their sacred right, but they have proven themselves unworthy of it.

  • http://www.generalpatriot.com/ GeneralAl

    “We’ll know soon enough whether Freddoso’s prediction proves true, but I suspect he’s right. The political rebellion we saw at work in last year’s elections shows no signs of receding. It’s just getting bigger and angrier.”
    I hope you’re right! Its still 19 months until the election and the Obama worshipping media is in high gear to pick another McCain as the Republican nominee to assure Obama a reelection victory. Time will tell!

  • Keith1941

    Great comment—Why would anyone expect anything else from Chicago?

    What really worries me is when these mock polls are done, Obama is still only a few points behind, say a Romney. The fact that Obama can poll more than 35% against anyone is very telling about the American electorate.

  • Genna2

    Commentators rattle off a list of factors that will make it more difficult for President Obama to be elected this time around – the sluggish economy, high gas prices, multiple military actions that drag on with no end in sight. In reality, there is only one reason the American people should refuse to re-elect Barack Obama and that one thing is Barack Obama. The man is not who he portrayed himself to be, nor is he the President he promised to be, so it would be voter malpractice to give him a second chance to do what he didn’t get done the first time around.

    In 2008, candidate Obama presented himself as a bipartisan politician who was tired of business as usual in Washington. He promised to unite the American people and be the President of the United States, not blue states or red states. He said all the things the people wanted him to say and his subterfuge worked. Americans looking for someone who promised to cure all that ailed our country were an easy target for Mr. Obama’s medicine show performance. He advertised the miracle cure with much finesse and inspiration and millions bought up the colored sugar water he sold them.

    The American people need only to consider who Barack Obama is, where he came from and those with whom he associates in order to recognize that he is not the President of the United States we need or want. All those missteps the liberal media dismissed and many Americans ignored during his 2008 campaign were not missteps at all; they were clues to who the man is and what he believes in.

    Before a wealthy crowd of liberal contributors in San Francisco candidate Obama provided his personal critique of the unwashed masses who lived in Pennsylvania, a critique caught on tape that would have derailed any other Presidential candidate. But it did not derail candidate Obama. And then there was Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, voting “present” and admitting that he hasn’t a clue when life begins. But millions of Americans looked the other way and voted for the man they wished Barack Obama to be, not the man he is.

    If we believe recent polls, as bad a President as Barack Obama has been, he would still beat any Republican challenger. That discouraging outcome says more about the American people than it does about Barack Obama. Perhaps we are as stupid and gullible and lazy as he and other liberals believe we are. Perhaps the American dream isn’t what it once was. Perhaps what the Founders wanted for us is not what we want for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. Perhaps we would prefer a nanny to care for us, tell us what to do and dole out rewards when we behave well.

    Outside Independence Hall at the end of the Constitutional Convention of 1787,
    Benjamin Franklin was asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” Benjamin Franklin wasn’t at all confident that the American people would fight to protect what he and others worked so diligently to provide because he knew then what many Americans today do not. “When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” And the polls prove Dr. Franklin was a very perceptive man.

  • terry1956

    The SEIU even used thugs and voting fraud to take over local unions.
    You can listen and watch some of the local union members tell their story on You Tube.
    The SEIU take over was in places like hospitals.

  • terry1956

    Yeah I think the MSM will nominate Romney or Newt then will nominate Trump for a third party.
    We need to elect enough constitutionalist to congress with a backbone more than ever before.

  • TanongSak

    The only way that can happen is if the conflict is taken to the streets. At that point the liberals will wail, whimper, sob and slobber that we must not lose “the rule of law.” A hollow response, to be sure: you can’t lose what you don’t have.

    I am advocating a violent solution? Not at all, just observing and predicting. Even if I were of that mind, I couldn’t say so without incurring the censure of Obama’s Thought Police. As for Freddoso’s book, I suggest that anyone interested read it now, while it’s still available. In a police state, dissident books have a way of disappearing, along with their authors.

  • TanongSak

    Of course it is: they’re stupid bumpkins. But again, people get exactly the kind of government they deserve.

  • General_Relativity

    Well said. I couldn’t have said it better myself. We must hit back HARD with guns blazing so that we kick out corruption in DC.

    Happy Easter, everyone!

  • Ol_Irish_Barrister

    Simple justice would dictate that they all need to be boiled in . . .ETHANOL!

  • Hominid

    It’s one thing to recognize them for the ‘thugs they are,’ it takes a lot more courage to stop them.

  • http://twitter.com/ConstitutionTlk Rusty Turner

    Very true post turf.

    This entire regime (administration) has proven themselves to be Enemies of the State and of the Patriotic Citizens of this once Great Country. They along with most of Congress must be brought up on charges of High Treason, tried, convicted and hung. Right along with their enablers such as soros, the mainstream media, the socialists, communists, mccain and other RINOs.

    We are the only ones who can stop the destruction of the United States.

  • Hominid

    Good for you, Tan. Are you Khmer Krom?

  • http://twitter.com/ConstitutionTlk Rusty Turner

    2008 was the year that proved that there is a fool born every minute, the problem is that they keep getting re-born.

  • Mr. EMT

    Easy way for the GOP to eliminate Trump as a third party risk, is adopt Newt and other GOP rino’s policy of “Big tent” and bring Trump into the GOP as a candidate, then he can be voted out in general election.

  • rdman_VietVet

    As Shakespeare said several hundred years ago, “First, we kill all the Lawyers” (metaphorically speaking??)

    Given that 93% to 94% of Congress are lawyers and a majority of them are left wing socialist ACLU types and progressive RINOs, the common denominator and root cause of our current state-of-affairs appears to fall at the feet of the “Good Old Esquire’s Club.”

    With few exceptions, these greedy lawyers turned career-politicians and career-bureaucrats have little or no management or administrative skills… have never managed a P&L, never had to meet a payroll, never managed a company or corporation, never started and grew a company that created jobs and more jobs.

    Only when We the People stop being seduced by the “Empty Slick Packages” and the “Beguiling Oratorical Skills,” only then, will we be able to reverse this long incremental trend to oblivion and restore the path to what President Reagan described as “A Shining City on a Hill.”

    Shakespeare was right, metaphorically speaking, of course…

  • turfmann

    I don’t know about you but I keep stopping myself and asking again and again, is this really what they are doing? Can it be real? Am I imagining all of this? This is all so strange and foreign – no conclusion makes any sense other than to say that this is completely intentional on the part of the Obamai.

    I will not give a graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Law School, an Illinois State Senator, a United States Senator and most of all a man who successfully ran a campaign for the Presidency the benefit of the doubt by saying he is stupid. He is anything but stupid. He is not inept, he is conniving. He is not incompetent, he just is not a Patriot.

  • CanaStorm

    Oh Barrister someone wrote boil them in oil, ethanol, from switchgrass, please to save cost. Corn cost the most of all crops to grow, due to it needing tons of water to grow on, and if its from Monsanto seed, it ain’t real corn, it goes puff. Take and ear, skin it, put it on your kitchen counter, and watch each kerrnel of that weird corn go puff , just all the food stuff goes away, there is non in it. just a wizzled yellow skin that was a puffed up yellow looking like it had food in it , kerrnal disappears. Please read and watch you tubes. http://www.protectourliberty.org

  • Leroy_Whitby

    In other eras Obama would poll 5%. 3%. 1%.

  • NUTN2SAY

    From a citizen’s point of view I would say that at some point in time the democrats and republicans have joined forces and formed some sort of corporation. They both take turns playing “good cop bad cop” with both parties alternating who is the good cop for the preselected election cycle based on what written script or talking points that they both have agreed upon in some back room somewhere.

    The management of government today is all about these two groups always being at odds with each other and nothing ever getting accomplished with the exception of one thing…..an endless flow of taxpayer money disappearing into thing air and nobody knows where the money actually went!

    Maybe it’s not a corporation. Maybe these thieves and thugs have developed a culture of their own and when newcomers enter into the arena they are quickly processed and reinvented into being a part of the culture.

    Another thing that is now certain. This culture has abandoned the U.S. Constitution. We know this now!

    This culture also has a sidekick. A close buddy that is like a third appendage….Bill O’Reilly and friends!
    The MSM. It is obvious as all heck that they are working very close with each other! I would suggest that some of that money that just disappears into thin air is equally distributed into all open pockets!

    People! I’ve said this before. The America you were raised in and were taught to believe in, no longer exists. This culture of people has murdered the U.S. Constitution. They have lynched America!

    We The People absolutely must start thinking in terms of starting over again. America is now a blown engine that is in need of a rebuild! WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN REBUILD THAT ENGINE!

    JEFFERSON PRINCIPLE PLEASE!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ConstitutionTlk Rusty Turner

    It’s hard to be a Patriot when your loyalties lie with muslims. The evidence is out there for all to see our so-called president is a muslim, pure and simple. And, no, he is not stupid, he is a puppet to the one world order freaks. What they don’t realize is that the lowlifes that they are aligning themselves with will not suffer them to live if they do not either swear fealty to islam or accept life as a third rate citizen and wear sackcloth to show their low standing.