Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Obama’s Latest Big Brother Plan

Before all you loyal disinfo.com visitors get all up in arms about my posting this, please remember that our goal from the time of our founding in 1996 was always to expose multiple points of view on any given issue, and more than anything to highlight media bias. It’s no secret that Fox News Channel has a very conservative tilt, thoroughly exposed by Robert Greenwald in Outfoxed, so take this opinion piece by FNC’s Bradley Blakeman for what it is: an attempt to cast President Obama as an Orwellian Socialist:

The Obama administration seeks to empower a very powerful government agency you have probably never heard of with new and expanded powers that will have a direct consequence on every American if they are successful in their efforts to implement national health care reforms.

The Obama White House is also drunk with power and is seeking to expand the powers of government agencies to oversee and act out to affect Americans in ways that this country has never seen before.

What is the Office of Personnel and Management and why should you care?

The Office of Personnel Management, (OPM), is suppose to be an independent government agency that is charged with managing the civil service system of the federal government. If you are a federal employee then civil service laws, rules and regulations that are managed by OPM govern you. One of the main charges of OPM is to administer and oversee federal health care provided to all federal employees.

The Director of OPM is appointed directly by the president and confirmed by the Democratically controlled Senate. The current director of OPM is a fellow by the name of John Berry who, before becoming OPM director this past year, was director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. — You cannot make this stuff up.

Under the Democrats’ national health care scheme not only would OPM be charged with overseeing and administering federal employees health care but they will have the added charge of administering civilian federal health care as well. What does that mean? Basically, that Americans will be treated as “civil servants.” Are you starting to see the danger?

The more government seeks to control our lives the more Orwellian it gets…

[continues at FoxNews.com]

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  • girlmachine

    Personally, I'm a little disappointed they didn't name this new agency something a little more sinister, like the Office of Big Brother and Evil Orwellian Socialist Mind Control Management (OBBEOSMCM). The Office of Personnel Management is a little too tame for my taste. I guess that's why we need Fox to keep us on our toes.

    But I'm glad you mentioned the reasons why you posted this, and what the goals of Disinformation actually are. I think I needed the clarification, and from what I've seen, a lot of others do, too.

  • Mark318

    I”m a retired civil servant with FEHB and I'm very pleased with the performance of OPM and my health plan. I don't think the average citizen can afford the FEHB without the gov't contribution we get as retirees and employees. It's a good plan with less fraud and overhead than Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Travis Christensen

    Does it really matter what agency is being paid millions of dollars to watch who we are text messaging. If you don't have anything to hide than there is nothing to worry about. Talking about it isn't going to do anything. I think this will bring closer together as a country.

    • DSalvation

      The major problem with this type of thought, in my opinion, is that it takes away from the real conversation. why is it necessesary for this to occur? it ruins minds with fear of reprisal for open discussion. many youth are now being used by the system, oh, and all of you as well. the merchandising arm of the US economy creates “the reality” now. they now know what you buy, why, and what you do in your home. all the information has been handed to them, covertly, and even willingly by the citizenry. what do you think your supermarket card is for? saving money? i'm sure you would not wish the government to put a camera in your house, even if you're not doing anything wrong? the only difference is to what extreeme are you willing to be bent? for if it is not your choice, you will be bent.

    • Belcat

      Oh really? Never bough anything you wouldn’t want your mother, mother-in-law, (future) son, daughter, to know about? Do you liked being tracked like an animal? Once information is cataloged, it becomes a lot harder to take it back…

  • 5by5

    Yeah, the health plans that Congressmen and Senators have is so damn awful, that's why they're running to get out of that system and into exclusively private for-profit insurance — oh wait, they're not.

    Just as you're completely free to have a different viewpoint from mine about on expanding healthcare to all Americans, I'm free to call your viewpoint stupid — especially if it denies the facts on the ground.

    Facts like the one that 135,000 Americans will DIE before we can get healthcare enacted, thanks to Republican and Demopublican corporatist obstructionism.

  • Glenn Beck

    Great Job <strike>Minion</strike> Friend

  • Glenn Beck

    oh fail

    • http://www.xenex.org/ xen

      Well, you wouldn't be Glenn Beck if you didn't fail.

  • Word Eater

    “The Obama White House is also drunk with power and is seeking to expand the powers of government agencies to oversee and act out to affect Americans in ways that this country has never seen before.”

    Hmm. That sounds an awful lot like another recent inhabitant of the White House.

    Also, “The more government seeks to control our lives the more Orwellian it gets”

    Yes! Exactly! Where the hell were you people on 09/12/2001 when the freedoms we used to know and love started being eroded? Oh, that's right, you were too busy felating the infallible Republican administration to give a shit.

    Even if these these conspiracy theories about Obama's plans for the government have a grain of truth, it will take some mighty convincing evidence before I believe anything coming from these hypocrites.

  • SecretSteve

    I enjoy this site and mostly find its perspective on un- or under-reported information refreshing and interesting. And you should definitely post items which present different perspectives. But the twist in logic in Blakeman's piece is too facile to be given any creedence on this site, in my opinion. Blakeman takes the fact that the proposed insurance exchange (which will sell PRIVATE insurance, btw) will be managed by the agency overseeing insurance for all civil servants, and twists it to make it sound like Obama wants to make us all his (civil) servants. A child can see the difference.

    Obama is open to all kinds of criticism, but this doesn't rise much above birtherism, deatherism and pictures of the President with a bone through his nose. Please try harder!

  • Dai

    and leme gues *waves arms spookly* aliens will work there too

  • Anonymous

    As a federal employee with FEHB coverage, I think they do a great job handling insurance. It’s not always the cheapest, but it is very good. I’ve always been very pleased – they manage it quite well – not like the fuster clucks that my wife has been able to get through her work, where they routinely drop the ball on getting stuff together, have no clue about the plans, or f*ck up getting it sent over to the insurance company. People think that anything having to do with the federal government is automatically awful, when, in fact, it generally runs quite well. People only hear the mistakes/disasters (which do happen), but how often do people hear about federal government successes?

    Yes, if OPM is handling insurance, there might be some initial hiccups. However, you know what? Once everything is sorted out, they will likely do a great job. And I suspect that in 50 years, righties will get just as frothed up when people try to dick around with health care as they do now with medicare (another “socialist” idea).

  • downtowncatfishbrown

    As a federal employee with FEHB coverage, I think they do a great job handling insurance. It's not always the cheapest, but it is very good. I've always been very pleased – they manage it quite well – not like the fuster clucks that my wife has been able to get through her work, where they routinely drop the ball on getting stuff together, have no clue about the plans, or f*ck up getting it sent over to the insurance company. People think that anything having to do with the federal government is automatically awful, when, in fact, it generally runs quite well. People only hear the mistakes/disasters (which do happen), but how often do people hear about federal government successes?

    Yes, if OPM is handling insurance, there might be some initial hiccups. However, you know what? Once everything is sorted out, they will likely do a great job. And I suspect that in 50 years, righties will get just as frothed up when people try to dick around with health care as they do now with medicare (another “socialist” idea).

  • Belcat

    Oh really? Never bough anything you wouldn’t want your mother, mother-in-law, (future) son, daughter, to know about? Do you liked being tracked like an animal? Once information is cataloged, it becomes a lot harder to take it back…