Sunday, March 29, 2009


"My motives, as ever, are entirely transparent."
Hughnon reflected that 'entirely transparent' meant either that you could see right through them or that you couldn't see them at all. - The Truth, by Terry Pratchett

From The CATO institute:

President Obama promised to make his administration the most open and transparent in history, and taking questions from the public kind of looks like that. But it also kind of looks like a gimmicky, canned publicity stunt, rather than true openness in government.

Real transparency would include fulfilling his campaign promise to post bills online for five days before signing them. The president has now signed 10 bills into law and not subjected any of them to that five-day public review.

h/t to QandO

From the ethics page of President Obama's campaign website: As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.


The frustrating part is this, really, is an easy fix. Post 'em for 5 days. This isn't like convincing the Unions to make concessions, or trying to get Hollywood liberals to follow a proposal to its logical conclusion.

Why doesn't the Administration do this? I don't know. I can only assume that there are a whole lot of people working in the White House who don't expect that the watchdogs in the media hold them accountable (why should they start now?). This little thing just isn't that important to them.

No comments:

Post a Comment