Lording It Over Us

by Don Boudreaux on October 27, 2009

in Education, Inventive intervention

There is no place in a free society for such actions.  None.  Ever.

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iamse7en October 28, 2009 at 12:23 am

It’s an obamanation.

Chris Meisenzahl October 28, 2009 at 12:58 am

Chilling.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 1:40 am

Ahhhhhh, and vidyohs said, “The light breaketh in Sir Don’s eyes”.T’ain’t exactly what they told us it was, eh, Sir Don?When we march unquestioningly down the road, why are we surprised at the mile markers and the road stops they prepare for us? Is there no one left besides me that can anticipate?

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 3:15 am

If this is true, you’re right. There is no place for this in a free society…although I would like some interviews with both parties to confirm this.

Mark October 28, 2009 at 3:55 am

Keep in mind that the wise, eloquent Bob “There’s nothing we can do about it (so sit on your hands and complain)” Higgs is Holder’s enabler. Bravo!

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

And that much more repulsive because they’re covering their ass not on some embarassing scandal – but on their position against a program that is helping children.

Ike Pigott October 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

The part that scares me the most is that online searches for this incident yield only sources with strong ideological ties.

Cato.
Weekly Standard.

It’s way too easy for most to brush these off, because the “mainstream” press never considered it a story.

Nothing you can dream up for Halloween, nor anything in the Saw I-VI series frightens me more than a fourth estate either too partisan or too stupid to realize this is a major abuse of power.

Ike Pigott October 28, 2009 at 1:20 pm

The part that scares me the most is that online searches for this incident yield only sources with strong ideological ties.

Cato.
Weekly Standard.

It’s way too easy for most to brush these off, because the “mainstream” press never considered it a story.

Nothing you can dream up for Halloween, nor anything in the Saw I-VI series frightens me more than a fourth estate either too partisan or too stupid to realize this is a major abuse of power.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

And that is indeed an excellent point, Ike.

I’d like to add that it is part of this “new normal” thing people talk about these days in relation to just about everything; but I’d be lying, because I think we can agree the state of affairs you describe has existed since the Nixon years at a minimum.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

And that is indeed an excellent point, Ike.

I’d like to add that it is part of this “new normal” thing people talk about these days in relation to just about everything; but I’d be lying, because I think we can agree the state of affairs you describe has existed since the Nixon years at a minimum.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

The repeated attempts by the Obama administration to silence critics are both not complementary to Obama and undereported by the media.

On this particular issue, however, I happen to agree with him… Kind of. I’m a fan of school vouchers, but not at the federal level (even for DC).

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

The repeated attempts by the Obama administration to silence critics are both not complementary to Obama and undereported by the media.

On this particular issue, however, I happen to agree with him… Kind of. I’m a fan of school vouchers, but not at the federal level (even for DC).

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

And there are real questions that people raise about whether it’s even possible to scale up the DC program or whether the DC program specifically is cost effective – but none of that (1.) invalidates vouchers as a strategy in general, or (2.) justifies Holder silencing this guy.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

And there are real questions that people raise about whether it’s even possible to scale up the DC program or whether the DC program specifically is cost effective – but none of that (1.) invalidates vouchers as a strategy in general, or (2.) justifies Holder silencing this guy.

Methinks October 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Are you still labouring under the delusion that you live in a free society?

We live in a hopey changey society.

Methinks October 28, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Are you still labouring under the delusion that you live in a free society?

We live in a hopey changey society.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

The problem here, Don, is that President Obama is right, and everyone who disagrees with him is wrong. Thus, why tolerate criticism? It only confuses people, consumes attention and wastes time.

The Fatal Conceit. Every politician’s downfall.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

The problem here, Don, is that President Obama is right, and everyone who disagrees with him is wrong. Thus, why tolerate criticism? It only confuses people, consumes attention and wastes time.

The Fatal Conceit. Every politician’s downfall.

Mark Michael Lewis October 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

And… I’m not sure how much research this guy did. In the first source article I found in 2 minutes… “In a separate interview Chavous said he did not believe Holder’s comment was an official request. “It wasn’t like the administration was leaning on me to pull the ad–this wasn’t an intimidation play,” said Chavous, adding that he knows Holder and his wife. “This is someone who is a friend, who saw me, and let me know his thinking.”
http://bit.ly/1lY7dA
Also – the underlying issues of vouchers and the NEA in this article are telling. “We need to fix it all at once, not piecemeal (vouchers)” seems to be the NEA position. Sowell’s solutions vs. tradeoffs at work with our billions…

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Interesting – I hope Don comments on this point of yours.

Too often we grab one side of a he-said-she-said as authoritative if it fits our preconceived notions.

We can all agree on this at least: IF it happened the way Cato claims it happened, THEN that’s a very bad thing.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Interesting – I hope Don comments on this point of yours.

Too often we grab one side of a he-said-she-said as authoritative if it fits our preconceived notions.

We can all agree on this at least: IF it happened the way Cato claims it happened, THEN that’s a very bad thing.

Mark Michael Lewis October 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

And… I’m not sure how much research this guy did. In the first source article I found in 2 minutes… “In a separate interview Chavous said he did not believe Holder’s comment was an official request. “It wasn’t like the administration was leaning on me to pull the ad–this wasn’t an intimidation play,” said Chavous, adding that he knows Holder and his wife. “This is someone who is a friend, who saw me, and let me know his thinking.”
http://bit.ly/1lY7dA
Also – the underlying issues of vouchers and the NEA in this article are telling. “We need to fix it all at once, not piecemeal (vouchers)” seems to be the NEA position. Sowell’s solutions vs. tradeoffs at work with our billions…

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Does this surprise anybody? I remember during the campaign hearing reports of attempts to get law enforcement to stop criticisms of Obama. (I think it was in Missouri). Obama clearly has little tolerance for dissent – one of many factors making him unfit to be POTUS.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Does this surprise anybody? I remember during the campaign hearing reports of attempts to get law enforcement to stop criticisms of Obama. (I think it was in Missouri). Obama clearly has little tolerance for dissent – one of many factors making him unfit to be POTUS.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Very few politicians do.

While this is rather lame, I doubt that it is unique to this administration. The First Amendment exists not because politicians will honor it, but because they won’t.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I’m sure it’s not unique to this administration, but the scary part is the pass He gets from most big media. If W’s administration had done this it would be all over the headlines for days. (Please don’t mistake me for a W supporter, it’s just an example)

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I’m sure it’s not unique to this administration, but the scary part is the pass He gets from most big media. If W’s administration had done this it would be all over the headlines for days. (Please don’t mistake me for a W supporter, it’s just an example)

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

The worm will and is turning regarding Obama’s press coverage.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

The worm will and is turning regarding Obama’s press coverage.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Very few politicians do.

While this is rather lame, I doubt that it is unique to this administration. The First Amendment exists not because politicians will honor it, but because they won’t.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

We don’t live in a free society.

Anonymous October 28, 2009 at 11:55 pm

We don’t live in a free society.

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