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  •  That's completely false. (3+ / 0-)
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    Do you remember why the Bush White House didn't have to release the names of the people on Dick Cheney's energy task force? That can't happen anymore; at least, not under this President.

    This is, by far, the most transparent administration in  American history. This isn't a matter of opinion; there have been major changes in policy that have significantly opened up White House operations to greater public scrutiny.

    Oh, and you didn't name one.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 06:06:50 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry, you're wrong. Do some reading and get (2+ / 0-)
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      "Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by Kombema on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 09:50:39 AM PDT

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      •  OK, let's do some reading. Let's do that. (1+ / 0-)
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        Let's start by doing some reading about Obama's proposals about transparency from 2008, and see how many of them have to do with covert intelligence operations:

        Centralize Ethics and Lobbying Information for Voters: Obama and Biden will create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.

        Require Independent Monitoring of Lobbying Laws and Ethics Rules: Obama and Biden will use the power of the presidency to fight for an independent watchdog agency to oversee the investigation of congressional ethics violations so that the public can be assured that ethics complaints will be investigated.
        Create a Public “Contracts and Influence” Database: As president, Obama will create a “contracts and influence” database that will disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying, and what contracts they are getting and how well they complete them.

        Expose Special Interest Tax Breaks to Public Scrutiny: Obama and Biden will ensure that any tax breaks for corporate recipients — or tax earmarks — are also publicly available on the Internet in an easily searchable format.

        Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. 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 Web site for five days.

        Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama’s Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.

        Hmmm...that seems to be none.

        So, basically, you've caught the Obama administration not doing something it never made any indication it intended to do.

        Before you start telling people to "do some reading," it would be a good idea to know what you're talking about.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 10:08:13 AM PDT

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