Prior to becoming a member of the Heartland staff, Kendall graduated from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana in 2011. There she earned a dual-degree in political science and communication studies, as well as completed scholarly research on the film Frost/Nixon, evaluating its implications regarding the relationship between journalists and politicians. As a student, Kendall worked with the Saint Joseph County Republican Party in South Bend, Indiana, aiding the Party's communication efforts by reporting on both local and national issues and facilitating contact with County candidates. She also held a communication internship position at WZZM 13 News in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Latest posts by Kendall Antekeier (see all)
- A Wealth Redistribution Halloween - October 31, 2012
- Hobby Lobby Files Suit Over HHS Contraceptive Mandate - September 13, 2012
- A Political Push to Stop the Implementation of Health Insurance Exchanges - July 3, 2012
Unfortunately for him, I don’t think he’ll be remembered in the glorious, you-saved-our-health-care-system kind of way that he’s hoping for – but we’ll remember it alright.
Evidence continues to surface outlining just how disastrous Obamacare will be on health care and the economy, leading to heavy concern and criticism from the American public. And yet, it has also become increasingly clear that the President couldn’t care less. This is a system, after all, that the majority of the country never wanted – and he implemented it anyway.
His administration has been incessantly pushing the “advantages” of Obamacare – though, not surprisingly, riddled with fallacies and inaccuracies – to gain more support for the initiative. Needless to say, it hasn’t been going very well. And when his “rhetorical-splendor” that captivates the left and transitions them into cheering school girls doesn’t work, what’s a president to do?
Misuse taxpayer dollars, naturally!
Specifically, Judicial Watch cited records from The Ogilvy Group (the PR firm hired by the White House), stating that the Department of Health and Human Services began the Web campaign to “track Internet searches and use online search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive traffic to a government website promoting Obama’s healthcare overhaul…Using ‘pay-per-click’ advertising tools.”
Additionally, conversation records between Ogilvy and HHS revealed that Hispanics and African-Americans were intentionally the largest target of the online campaign. An email stated:
“Vice President of Ogilvy PR Worldwide, to HHS officials on December 16, 2010, summarizing a conference call, ‘You want to utilize the bulk of their paid media efforts (which would include expenditures for Radio One and Univision) on media that reaches African Americans and Hispanics. The money will go farther and these audiences continue to be a top priority.’ ”
This is undoubtedly an abhorrent use of taxpayer money, but also an extreme invasion of American privacy. As stated by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton:
“The American people should be disturbed that the Obama administration is using taxpayer funds to try to brainwash people simply searching the Internet for information on health care. This Big Brother campaign is underhanded, potentially unlawful, and it must be stopped.”
There should absolutely be an official investigation into this outrageous misuse of public funds. After all, President Obama promised the American people honesty and transparency during his campaign back in 2008. Unfortunately neither has been prevalent during his presidency.
So perhaps that is what Americans will remember him for – false promises.