John Maxwell Hamilton is a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and on the faculty of the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University. Kevin Kosar is a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. Together they make a somewhat unlikely pair to author a Washington Post article entitled “How the American government is trying to control what you think,” but of course it’s really a kind of political science wonk opinion piece:
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NASA tweeting that Congress should give it more money so our astronauts won’t have to ride on Russian rockets. Recovery.gov reporting overly optimistic statistics on jobs saved and created by stimulus funds. The Department of Health and Human Service Web site encouraging the public to “state your support for health care reform” during the congressional debate over Obamacare.
These are just some recent examples of the executive branch using our tax dollars to shape our opinions.