Politico, “Next front: Selling what Congress did:
Starting Monday, a coalition of progressive groups — from labor unions to health care advocates — will sink millions of dollars into television advertising and sponsor grass-roots events in swing House districts thanking Democrats for passing the law and highlighting its importance for average Americans.
“We’re going to let our friends know we are going to be there for them,” said AFSCME President Gerald McEntee. “We expect in three months, the American people will understand the bill and they will be happy and satisfied with it.”
More on Rep. Henry Waxman demanding companies explain their accounting charges for health care, from Andy McCarthy, a former U.S. prosecutor, at National Review’s The Corner, “Thugocracy Whipsaws Capitalism“:
I worked for many years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in whose backyard was Wall Street.
If a company like AT&T failed to make a legally mandated restatement of its financial position while continuing to participate in the capital markets, it would be investigated and the responsible management officials would likely find themselves prosecuted while the SEC, concurrently, went after the company and its officials in civil enforcement suits. There are prosecutors and investigators who would salivate at the prospect of doing such a career-making case.
If we are now under a system where disclosure gets you a public whipping and other threats by the Powers That Be while nondisclosure promises the ruinous expenses of defending against criminal investigations and civil enforcement, this is no longer anything but a thugocracy.
If history is any guide, we’ll soon see inventive class action lawyers join in the harassment, suing companies that make the accounting charges.
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