(Update: So, Ben Nelson said his ‘vote was not for sale’. Yeah right–a willing extortion partner, took the bribe and got other things too. Check it out here.)
EXTORTION – The use, or the express or implicit threat of the use, of violence or other criminal means to cause harm to person, reputation, or property as a means to obtain property from someone else with his consent.
The Hobbs Act defines “extortion” as “the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.” 18 U.S.C. S 1951(b)(2).
The latest example of criminal behavior from the Obama crowd is the report yesterday by the Weekly Standard that the democrats had threatened Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska with the closure of a major military installation in his state if Nelson did not vote for the Democrat’s health care bill. Under the ‘color of official right’, the threat was made to extort his vote, or else lose thousands of jobs.
The closure of this military installation, which is the center of the U.S. Strategic Command, would deal a crippling blow to the defense of the United States and would cripple the economy of Nebraska. Already weakened by Obama’s ‘non defense’ policies, this latest attempt to destroy America’s defenses under the cover of ‘health care’ is an indicator of the depth and reach of this criminal enterprise known as “the Obama administration”.
What brought this on? The Omaha World Herald provides the answer:
Calling the federal health care reform proposal “bad news for Nebraska,” Gov. Dave Heineman is urging Sen. Ben Nelson to vote against the bill. The governor said Wednesday that a new analysis by Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services indicates that while state spending on Medicaid, the health care system for the poor, would be less in the first three years after the bill took effect, Nebraska, after six years, would have $45 million in extra expenses.
“America’s health care system needs improvement, but this bill is not the answer,” Heineman said in a letter to Nelson. “You are now the 60th vote, and as Governor of the State that we both represent, I urge you to vote against this bill and against cloture.”
Liveleak has an interview that describes this threat as ‘not a very credible threat’ but points out the desperation of the democrats and Obama to have this health scare bill passed. Obama and the democrats will stop at nothing to get their agenda passed.
The Constitution: replaced with bribery and extortion by the faux ‘constitutional law lecturer’ putative Obama. What more evidence do we need of the treasonous, high crime laden Obama and his entire administration?