You can be the judge regarding whether the term blackmail should be attributed to the actions of government officials in the following two stories.
The first story features local politicians in the City of Pittsburgh. As a little background, the City of Pittsburgh has been in state receivership for a number of years because city officials cannot control their spending. One of the biggest factors is their underfunded pension funds. Pittsburgh’s Democrat boy mayor, Luke Ravenstahl, has quite a scheme to raise taxes (it always seems to be about raising taxes) without really ticking off his constituents. He has decided to impose a one percent tax “tuition” tax on all students attending institutions of higher educations within city limits. His position is that they receive “services,” but do not pay anything towards them.