Using The Government For Political Purposes

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air posted an article today on some of the thuggery being used by Democrat candidates to raise money.

The article reports:

Democrats on K Street are warning their corporate clients: Give to Republican challengers in the 2012 election, and you’ll regret it come tax reform time.

Lobbyists are getting that message from allies of powerful Democrats such as Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who is closely watching support for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). Baucus supporters fear that if Rehberg ousts Tester, Baucus could be next to face a serious Republican challenge in the state.

One K-Streeter close to the Baucus operation said the senator considers a gift to Rehberg a contribution against him. Another Democratic lobbyist told a client to take his name off a Rehberg fundraising event because it would be hurtful to his company, according to sources.

The credibility of these threats are partially the result of the Obama Administration’s policy of using the tax policy to pick winners and losers in the private sector.

The article further points out:

Jim Pethokoukis notes that the Bush tax rates would be a goner in a second Barack Obama term, with no subsequent election to leash his inner tax-hiker — and that Obama would let all of the Bush tax rates expire.

Ed Morrissey concludes at the end of his article:

Seems to me that the real message to K Street — and everyone else — will be that the only way to avoid getting hammered with economy-killing tax hikes will be to replace as many Democrats as possible in the fall, starting at the White House and going all the way down to state legislatures.  That way, Baucus won’t be running the committee any longer, and Obama won’t have the opportunity to pass the biggest tax hike in American history.

If by some awful twist of fate, President Obama is reelected, he will no longer have to worry about running for office again. He will be free to follow his heart–more taxes and more spending. Please remember this when you vote.


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