We reported yesterday on the hilariously bad Communist-like propaganda meme from the Biden Administration, trying to promote their infrastructure actions and the Build Back Better bill.
Now, we start off with the basic principle that the left can’t meme and that they treat Americans like they need to be dictated to, like little children. That combination leaves you with this cringe-worthy piece of cartoon propaganda from Pete Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation Twitter account.
— TransportationGov (@USDOT) November 26, 2021
“What are you thinking about?” the woman asks.
“I’m thinking about how the new infrastructure law is going to make getting from place to place so much better over the next decade and how when combined with the Build Back Better Act, it will create millions of new jobs,” the man replies.
“Same,” the woman responds.
Does anyone really believe this? If a man and woman were talking about infrastructure and Build Back Better rather than whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears, I’d recommend they needed to see a doctor. And any guy who gave this kind of an answer to a girl would likely get dumped on his head immediately, and rightly so. Who wants to date someone who would sling such cult-like bull?
But it turns out that the meme wasn’t just lame and juvenile, it might also have been a violation of the law.
This appears to be lobbying. I didn’t think federal agencies were allowed to be so blatant in promoting specific legislation. The Secretary of Transportation can, of course, but the DOT’s official website? Seems unusual.
— Chuck DeVore (@ChuckDeVore) November 27, 2021
“This appears to be lobbying,” former California Assemblyman and Vice-President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation Chuck DeVore tweeted. “I didn’t think federal agencies were allowed to be so blatant in promoting specific legislation. The Secretary of Transportation can, of course, but the DOT’s official website? Seems unusual.”
Congress has set restrictions on lobbying by federal agencies.
Congress has enacted specific prohibitions, both in federal statutory law and in yearly appropriations riders, on the use of federal funds by federal agencies and employees to “lobby” the Congress or to engage in “publicity or propaganda” campaigns directed at legislation pending before Congress.
We’ve seen in the past, though, that the Biden Administration doesn’t seem to have a lot of scruples when it comes to ethical questions. Case in point: becoming involved even in the transition period, posting a statement from Hunter Biden when it was announced he was being investigated by the FBI on the transition website. Then, more recently, becoming involved in the Hunter Biden art deal process when they should have had nothing to do with it if they wanted to not have any more ethical problems. Then White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tripped all over the Hatch Act when she made comments supportive of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe from the podium, a big no-no. The Hatch Act bars executive branch employees from using “official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.” Psaki said, “Again, we’re going to do everything we can to help former governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing,” clearly campaigning for McAuliffe. She had a complaint filed against her for that statement by the watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
It remains to be seen if someone will file a complaint over the DOT meme.
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