The “appearance of propriety” has gone the way of the Edsel and has been replaced with “our way or the highway” by Democrats.   Exhibits 1-5:

Shooting the messenger:  President fires official ‘out of the blue’

An inspector general fired by President Obama says he was given no warning and only one hour to decide whether to resign or be let go, hinting the action was retaliation for a report highly critical of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA basketball star and an Obama supporter.

Gerald Walpin, a 2006 Bush appointee who reviewed grants awarded by AmeriCorps and other national service programs, said the telephone call he received Thursday evening from White House counsel Norman L. Eisen informing him he was ousted “occurred totally out of the blue.”

…The White House hasn’t said specifically why it fired Mr. Walpin, other than to say that the president has lost confidence in him.

Michelle Malkin has a lot more on this, including the Michelle Obama connection.

Pulling out all the stops to pass cap and tax:  GOP charges Markey with climate witness intimidation

Republicans have seized on a letter – a copy of which was obtained by The Hill – that Markey penned to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff asking FERC to investigate the actions of a major energy company on the same day that the company’s CEO was set to testify before the energy panel on the dangers of a carbon cap and trade system.

Not content with trying to intimidate Congressional witnesses, Democrats try to stop lobbyists from meeting with Republicans:  Questions Over Lobbyist Meetings Complicate Health Care Negotiations

…But attendees at a June 10 meeting with top Democratic aides described apparent warnings about participating in two meetings with Republicans on Thursday. One meeting included Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jon Kyl of Arizona and John Thune of South Dakota, and the other was with GOP leadership staffers.

Those apparent warnings came from Russell W. Sullivan, the Finance Committee staff director, and Jonathan G. Selib, chief of staff to Finance Chairman Max Baucus , D-Mont., according to a Democratic lobbyist who was among those cautioned about Thursday’s Republican meetings.

The lobbyist said that he didn’t feel threatened — “not at all” — but that there was a general message that working with Republicans would be a “hostile act.”

According to the lobbyist, Selib said: “I’m a Mets fan, and as you know, the Mets and Yankees hate each other. And you have to decide, are you for the Mets or the Yankees?”

The lobbyist said the message he got was: “This is going to be a big bill and we’re willing to work with people to change it. But if your clients have any interest in blowing it up, we’re not going to work with you.”

Another participant in the June 10 meeting said he also felt discouraged from working with Republicans.

“There was not an overt pressure about attending a specific meeting,” said the attendee, who also asked not to be identified. “There was a general comment made that it would be inconsistent to be actively working in a constructive manner with the Finance chairman and committee members to develop a bipartisan health reform bill while at the same time working on a strategy to undermine passage of health care reform.”

So much for bipartisanship.  Thanks to Hot Air for the two links above.

This will increase your confidence that Congress has your best interests in mind:  Reports link senators to health industry

Influential senators working to overhaul the nation’s health care system have investments and family ties with some of the biggest names in the industry. The wife of Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, the lawmaker in charge of writing the Senate’s bill, sits on the boards of four health care companies…

And let’s not forget Paulson’s arm twisting in the service of Treasury taking over the banking industry.

Government of, by and for the gangsters.  I’m not sure if they’re getting more brazen about their abuse of power and corruption, or if the facts are more accessible thanks to the internet.  Either way, it’s ugly.