The news is reporting on the behind the scenes arm twisting to force the banks to take TARP money whether they wanted it or not. It seems that these gestapo tactics are prevalent and have been for some time. I had a very interesting conversation last night. My mother has been heavily involved in state politics for years. I got invited last night to a friend of the family's home for a meet and greet with some state polticians, a couple of representatives and one state Senator, and a guy who is running for Governor. I had a chance to corner the state senator and ask him some questions. I usaually don't go to those things but I had been following this guy and went specifically to meet him. He sponsored the 10th amendment bill in our state and also an anti NAFTA bill that would stop it at our border and an anti NAU bill. I was asking him his thoughts on the new law in Montana and if he would support something like that in our state. He started telling me about the Real ID act, which he fought to block in our state. He told me that he had argued on the senate floor against it and when he got back to his office he got a visit from a Homeland Security official. This person told him that DHS wanted real ID and that basically they wouldn't be happy with anyone who opposed it. He said he was taken aback, he asked the guy "Are you threatening me?" The guy said that DHS wanted Real ID and that they were going to see to it that it was passed. The Senator told him "Well I'm going to see to it that it doesn't pass in my state! Now get the Hell out of my office!" He told me that he couldn't believe the strong arm tactics that they were using and that is what prompted him to sponser the 10th amendment legislation and he said that he would do everything he could to strenthen it and get the feds out of our state business. He'll be getting my vote. But I can't beieve that in the greatest Republic in history that these kind of tactics go on, and go on unchallenged. Can you imagine what would happen if British officials had of tried to strong arm our founding fathers like that? Oh ,wait, they did!!