After dealing with the BCS, next week the President will sign an executive order that stifles freedom of speech. You see, there is an election coming up, and, donations to the Republican party (an exercise of freedom of speech according to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision) could be problematical. What better way to solve that problem than by drying up those contributions.
Here is how this scheme works.
Under the order, all companies (and their officers) would be required to list their political donations as a condition to bidding for government contracts. [emphasis supplied]
The “threat” there, of course, is that even if your “mouse trap” is better and cheaper than that of your competitors, you may well lose that government contract because of your political contributions.
Democrats last year tried to ram through the Disclose Act, designed to muzzle those new corporate rights [those affirmed by the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United] while allowing unions to continue spending at will. When the party failed to get the bill through even an overwhelmingly Democratic Senate, the White House stepped up.
This soon to be signed executive order has incensed Sen. Collins (R.Me.) This is more than unusual as, more often than not, Sen. Collins votes with the Democrats.
It has taken decades to create a federal contracting system based on “best prices, best value, best quality,” Ms. Collins says, and the effect of the Obama order is to again have “politics play a role in determining who gets contracts.” Companies may choose not to bid, which will reduce competition and raise government costs. And the order puts “thousands of civil servants” who oversee contracting “in an impossible situation.”
Sen. Collins wrote the above in a letter to the President. So far, she hasn’t received the courtesy of a reply, and, I doubt she will.
After all, we are approaching an election year, and it won’t do to have companies or their officers donating to Republican party candidates.
As the President said early on in his term, “I’m the President”.
And, so he is.
But, his conduct in authorizing this executive order is shameful.