Kimberley Strassel describes one of the multiple ways the Obama Administration has been funneling money to the political activists with whom the president is aligned:
This scandal comes courtesy of the Justice Department, which for 16 months has engaged in a scheme to undermine Congress’s spending authority by independently transferring dollars to President Obama’s political allies. The department is in the process of funneling more than half-a-billion dollars to liberal activist groups, at least some of which will actively support Democrats in the coming election.
It works likes this: The Justice Department prosecutes cases against supposed corporate bad actors. Those companies agree to settlements that include financial penalties. Then Justice mandates that at least some of that penalty money be paid in the form of “donations” to nonprofits that supposedly aid consumers and bolster neighborhoods.
Have you noticed the relentlessness of progressive activists around the country, from the march for same-sex marriage to campus safe-spaces to climate-change hysteria to Black Lives Matters to illegal immigration to the suddenly front-lined transgender push? It isn’t a spontaneous eruption of popular tolerance (although gullible young-adults have been sucked into it as if into a cult). It’s bought and paid for, in part with the money of billionaire progressives, but in large part with your money.
Stimulus funds, education funds, healthcare funds, housing funds… The Obama Administration has specialized in funneling money to sympathetic activists. The worst part is that it isn’t all money taken out of the economy of the past few years, but taken out of the economy of the next few decades, because so much of it is federal debt.
A debt crash is almost inevitable, and when it wreaks its havoc, all of these organizations flush with cash will start spending it to explain why the fix is to redesign our entire society in line with their ideological (actually, religious) worldview. They may even pour some millions into pockets, here and there, to (quote, unquote) prove that the method works.
We’re already seeing it in the way “economic development” is defined in Rhode Island.