Monday, May 11, 2009

The Politics of Fear

From The LA Times:

SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds

California Secretary of Health and Human Services Kim Belshe said she could not recall another instance in which the federal government invited a significant stakeholder group into such government-to-government negotiations.

"The involvement of a stakeholder in this kind of state-federal deliberative process is unusual at best," she said. "This was really atypical and outside any norm I am familiar with."

In addition to several state and federal officials, participants in the April 15 conference call included an SEIU associate general counsel in Washington, a lobbyist for SEIU in California and a representative from SEIU's policy staff in California, according to a list provided by the Schwarzenegger administration.


White House representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

During the conference call, state officials say, they were asked to defend the $74-million cut scheduled to take effect July 1. The cut lowers the state's maximum contribution to home health workers' pay from $12.10 per hour to $10.10.

The California officials on the call, who requested anonymity for fear of antagonizing the Obama administration, said they needed the savings to help balance the state budget.


Is this the dreaded "Politics of Fear" that the Democrats are so fond of talking about? The tarp lenders routinely cave to demands and get in line quite quickly. Even non-tarp bondholders of automotive companies have fallen in line. People don't want to go on the record if they voice an opinion against the Will of the Messiah.

What a strange transformation indeed. I guess dissent isn't the highest form of patriotism after all. Sphere: Related Content

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