Carol Platt Liebau

Yesterday, I wrote about how the IRS' abuse of innocent Americans was an all-but-infalliible sympton of a government that had grown too big and too arrogant.

Here's another symptom of the same disease: A report from The Nation (of all places!) disclosing the dirty little scam the Center for American Progress has going on.   Big companies (who get to remain undislosed!) donate money, and in return, the prominent and connected lefties who work at this liberal "think tank" will, in effect, lobby for you and further your interests in myriad other ways with the prominent and connected lefties who are now controlling our government.

The hypocrisy is stunning.  On the one hand, lefties condemn the "money in politics" on the grounds that it will motivate Republicans to side only with the evil "corporate interests" while neglecting the common weal; on the other, they collect hefty "donations" in exchange for helping to advance certain specified corporate interests.

Why do corporations have to play these games? Essentially, it's a protection racket.  You need go-betweens who can shield you from unwelcome regulation and intrusion from a government that has grown too big, too powerful and too intrusive.

Why can lefties justify this hypocrisy? Because -- like the IRS' harassment of innocent citizens' or AG Holder's willingness to spy on the press -- it's not really wrong when high-minded types like them do it.  And don't expect an Obama-dominated IRS to check out the legality of this (powerful lefty) nonprofit.  Harassment only goes one way.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.