There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.Now I really don't think Obama is creating an "enemies list" or anything of the like* from the emails they manage to collect, but I think the Obama White House's desire to have people turn in forwarded email is indicative of liberals' desire to control the debate, so to speak. It's neither a new failing nor one limited to them - rare indeed is the person who really deep down agrees with the right of people to say out loud something they vehemently disagree with, and few of them seek jobs in Washington.
But what is interesting about this is that it was the Democrats who, back in the day that Tricky Dick really did create such a list, passed a law making it illegal for the White House to destroy communications, and they have used that in recent years to subpoena bzillions of emails and whatnot from the executive branch**. So now not only can they not delete these emails - possibly forcing them to break another law about collecting information about people - with thousands of bloggers posting the email address email@example.com on their blogs they cannot even delete any of the millions of spam emails for penis enlargement they are certain to receive.
If my spam filter gives any indication of what they are in for, there's going to be a bull market in storage media along the Potomac for years to come.
* I'm sure he's already got one. That's one reason every donor's name, address, and occupation is collected under campaign finance law.
** One reason you can be sure that nothing important is written down, unless there is a loophole. And there's always a loophole big enough to drive McCain's Straight Talk Express bus thorough.