Obama’s Stink-Tank

It seemed like just an innocuous little story in PCMag.com:

The U.S. government has a new head nerd. President Barack Obama on Friday named Todd Park the new U.S. chief technology officer, the White House announced in a blog post.

Park formerly served as the CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–a position he held for nearly three years. In his previous role, Park headed up a number of initiatives, including the creation of HealthCare.gov, “the first website to provide consumers with a comprehensive inventory of public and private health insurance plans available across the nation by zip code,” the White House said.

I’d never heard of Mr. Park, but knowing the redbird who appointed him (to a position he himself created on his very first day in office), I had my suspicions.  So I did a little checking.  Todd Park had been the Chief Technology officer at Health & Human Services since 2009.  But he also serves as a Senior Fellow at John Podesta’s Center For American Progress, a George Soros-funded incubator promulgating “Progressive Ideas For A Strong, Just & Free America.”  There’s that pesky noun again, the one that pops up around damn near everybody associated with Barack Obama—‘Progressive,’ that obfuscating modern synonym for the ‘S’ word, a unit of language never itself used by real socialists for fear they be unceremoniously booted from the corridors of power by the citizens they are intent on bamboozling.

Mark Rudd, the unrepentant revolutionary and former leader of the radical  ’60s New Left organization “Students for a Democratic Society” and its offspring, the “Weather Underground” (a gang of polemicists-turned-terrorists fronted by later Obama pals Billy Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn), says that the Center for American Progress serves as a “government in waiting” for the Obama administration (KeyWiki). This left-wing stink-tank is, in its own words:

[…] dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action.

Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, our work addresses 21st-century challenges such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care.

We develop new policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter, and shape the national debate.

Founded in 2003 by John Podesta to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement, CAP is headed by Neera Tanden and based in Washington, D.C. CAP opened a Los Angeles office in 2007.

John Podesta is described by Doug Ross as “one of a long line of Soros-funded Obama stooges (which is the term they prefer, I hear),” and his organization’s mission as “(a) to de-industrialize America through eco-Marxism; (b) to continue pushing the country down the road to a failed, European social welfare state; and (c) to manufacture propaganda for the state, Hugo Chavez-style.” Discover The Networks documents his progressive curriculum vitae:

  • President and CEO of the Center for American Progress
  • Former Clinton Chief of Staff
  • Former antiwar activist of the New Left
  • Worked on the Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern presidential campaigns.
  • Met Bill Clinton in 1970 through the antiwar movement

Podesta’s most lasting contribution to the leftist cause came through his promotion of a strategy that White House aides dubbed “Project Podesta.” This was a system that enabled the Clintons to push through unpopular policies that neither Congress nor the American people wanted. Its implementation marked a dramatic tilt in the balance of power, giving the executive branch an unprecedented ability to force its will on the legislative branch.

Project Podesta enabled the President to bypass Congress through the use of executive orders, presidential decision directives, White-House-sponsored lawsuits, vacancy appointments to high federal office, selective regulatory actions against targeted corporations, and a host of other extra-constitutional tactics.

Sound familiar?

In short, Podesta showed the Clintons that they could gain by force what they might fail to achieve through legislation.“Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kind of cool,” quipped White House aide Paul Begala to The New York Times on July 5, 1998, in response to questions about the Clintons’ growing disdain for the will of Congress.

Barack Obama has taken Podesta’s advice and followed the same unconstitutional, progressive game plan:

In a report released in Nov. 2010, CAP outlined a variety of methods the Obama administration could use to take advantage of “loopholes and workarounds … to accomplish progressive goals while bypassing the democratic process and Congress.”

At CAP, Todd Park specialized in health reform policy (Obamacare), and in health information technology, the national data bank envisioned by the Democrats in order to effectively manage/ration medical care. Park’s a Harvard man  with a degree in economics.  The word most often associated with him is “entrepreneur.”  But not many entrepreneurs associate with progressive organizations like CAP.  Even fewer of them are appointed to positions of authority by Barack Obama. And still fewer would ever say something like this:

“The most entrepreneurial experience that I’ve had is in the United States Government.”

About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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11 Responses to Obama’s Stink-Tank

  1. The constitution and the Congress are becoming more irrelevant every day. Obama did say it would be easier for him to do his “job” if we had a system more like China.

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  4. Grumpy says:


    Last week the Attorney General of the United States said the Americans were entitled to “Due Process” Not Judicial Process, implying that if reviewed the facts in a case and decided someone was a threat to the United States, he had the Constitutional Authority to order their Execution..

    The Secretary of Defense told a Senate Committee, that if the Administration had autorization from Nato or the United Nations to engage in Military Operations against another Country it was the Administration’s option whether or not to notify Congress. A Resolution was introduced in the House warning the President that could/would/should be considered impeachable- with Boehner as Speaker I’m not sure it will pass,It won’t get to the Floor in Harry Reid’s Senate–

  5. bunkerville says:

    This somehow didn’t make the news. I wonder why.

    • Bob Mack says:

      The fix is in. Perhaps we should all invest in Kevlar?

      Mueller indicates assassination of citizens may be acceptable

      In one of the more shocking exchanges to occur since Barack Obama took office between Administration officials and Congressional leaders, FBI director Robert Mueller indicated that the targeted assassination of citizens by the government on U.S. soil may be acceptable…

      U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., had asked Mueller if there were a distinction between targeting U.S. citizens abroad for their involvement in suspected terrorist activities and targeting such citizens on U.S. soil:

      “FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder’s “three criteria” for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S.

      …It so happened that Attorney General Eric Holder gave a major speech the day before on the subject. Holder appeared to be deliberately nonspecific and broad:

  6. Bob Mack says:

    From CFP (Are Obama Thugs Behind Cull of Prominent Opponents?):

    The NY Post reported, “CNN was so sick of Lou Dobbs, it gave him an $8 million severance package to leave. They wanted him out.” Dobbs described his own theory to GQ:

    GQ: Have you heard from the Obama administration?

    Lou Dobbs: Of course I have. Sure. Without question. They are coordinating with a number of groups, including the Center for American Progress. The usual suspects. To carry out constant and absolutely insidious and sordid attacks on me. And the reason they’re doing so, I’m the leading independent voice, and I am critical on their policies and intent, on unconditional amnesty, and leaving the borders and ports unsecure. They cannot, they’re. . .

    GQ: They’re afraid of that point of view? They don’t think their point of view will carry against…

    Lou Dobbs: Apparently not. Otherwise why would you do such a thing? But I will not be intimidated, and I understand that. Therefore they’re trying to intimidate my network and my owners.

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