What happened to "transparency"?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bcj1755, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    A wretched hive of scum and villiany
    The White House's missing documents

    In his first weeks in office, President Barack Obama shut down his predecessor’s system for reviewing regulations, realigned and expanded two key White House policymaking bodies and extended economic sanctions against parties to the conflict in the African nation of Cote D’Ivoire.

    Despite the intense scrutiny a president gets just after the inauguration, Obama managed to take all these actions with nary a mention from the White House press corps.

    The moves escaped notice because they were never announced by the White House Press Office and were never placed on the White House web site.

    They came to light only because the official paperwork was transmitted to the Federal Register, a dense daily compendium of regulatory actions and other formal notices prepared by the National Archives. They were published there several days after the fact.

    A Politico review of Federal Register issuances since Obama took office found three executive orders, one presidential memorandum, one presidential notice, and one proclamation that went unannounced by the White House.

    Two of Obama's actions on regulatory reform were spotted by bloggers, lobbying groups and trade publications after they emerged in the Federal Register.

    There was no apparent rhyme or reason to the omissions. A proclamation Obama issued on February 2 for African-American History Month was e-mailed to the press and posted on the White House web site. But another presidential proclamation the same day for American Heart Month slipped by.

    Such notices were routinely released by the White House press office during prior administrations — making their omission all the more unusual given Obama’s oft-repeated pledges of openness.

    Most of the documents were posted to the White House web site Tuesday night, after Politico inquired about their absence. “It was a simple oversight,” a spokesman, Ben LaBolt, said.

    One order Obama signed Feb. 5 expanded the National Economic Council to 25 people by adding the Secretary of Health and Human Services; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; senior adviser Valerie Jarrett; “climate czar” Carol Browner and two other officials.

    Another order the president signed the same day added two slots to the Domestic Policy Council, bringing it to a total of 26 people. Some slots were reassigned. The chief technology officer was among those added to the panel, while “AIDS Policy Coordinator” was removed. It was unclear if that was a substantive change, simply reflected plans to keep the AIDS czar post at the State Department, or perhaps both.

    Another Obama executive order, signed January 30, canceled two Bush-era executive orders relating to regulatory review. The White House did release chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s memo halting regulations in the works at federal agencies, but didn’t release another Obama memo setting a 100-day deadline for agency heads to recommend a new regulatory review process. The memo indicates that Obama may want to do some things differently on the regulatory front than the last Democrat in the White House, Bill Clinton.

    Also waylaid was a notice Obama signed February 4 extending sanctions against some nationals of Cote D’Ivoire because of what he termed “the massacre of large numbers of civilians, widespread human rights abuses, significant political violence and unrest, and attacks against international peacekeeping forces leading to fatalities.”


    Yeah, he's being real open isn't he? I guess these are "oversights" or "mistakes". I seem to recall he was making all kinds of promises about a new era of transparency in gov't.:rolleyes:
  2. 1shot1k

    1shot1k Former Guest

    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas

    great post bcj1755...and right on the money....
    I hope the magnifying glass stays on his butt so much..it burns those ears if sun is out...............

    anxious to wait and see future similiar actions / procedures....

    as for this quick "turnaround" I AM NOT TAKING UP FOR THIS CLOWN..but do u suppose..maybe scenario may be something like......

    New job..new people..knowledge or perception "HE" cannot , Must not fail.."will be failure of blacks everywhere...I THINK NOT....

    but rememebr most recent fiasco...he is new..and when press gets somethin...hard to backpeddle....

    LIke- naming an appointee t big job..only to have everybody with a google page KNOW he wont pay taxes...etc...

    I mean..I can see latest meeting/memo...NOTHING goes to press without my ok..we probably cant keep it this way..but for now thats the rule ?

    I dont know..just trying to be a fair GOP individual and give someone only plausible benefit of doubt..but hey..if Im wrong..Ok ..then back to only available answer...hes a liar.......especially part(s) where he said he would MATCH McCains promise to "put those in limelight an dMAKE THEM FAMOUS ".....

    some whitehouse history for any with short memories................

    One month ago:
    1. Outgoing President George W. Bush quietly boards his helicopter and leaves for Texas , commenting only: "Today is not about me. Today is a historical day for our nation and people."

    Eight years ago:
    1. Outgoing President Bill Clinton schedules two separate radio addresses to the nation, and organizes a public farewell speech/ rally in downtown Washington D.C. scheduled to directly conflict with incoming President Bush's inauguration ceremony.

    One Month ago:
    2. President Bush leaves office without issuing a single Presidential pardon, only granting a commutation of sentence to two former border patrol agents convicted of shooting a convicted drug smuggler. He does not grant any type of clemency to Scooter Libby or any other former political aide, ally, or business partner.

    Eight years ago:
    2. President Clinton issues 140 pardons and several commutations of sentence on his final day in office. Included in these are: billionaire financier, convicted tax evader, and leading Democratic campaign contributor Marc Rich; Whitwater scandal figure Susan McDougal; Congressional Post Office Scandal figure and former Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; convicted bank fraud, sexual assault and child porn perpetrator and former Democratic Congressman Melvin Reynolds.

    One month ago:
    3. The Bush daughters leave gift baskets in the White House bedrooms for the Obama daughters, containing flowers, candy, stuffed animals, DVD's and CD's, and heartfelt notes of encouragement and advice for the
    young girls on how to prepare for their new lives in the White House.

    Eight years ago:
    3. Clinton and Gore staffers rip computer wires and electrical outlets from the White House walls, stuff piles of notebook papers into the White House toilets, systematically remove the letter "W" from every computer key-pad in the entire White House, and damage several thousand dollars worth of furniture in the White House master bedroom.

    just some old history ( facts ) in case u miss em from new press core aids.......................:cool:
  3. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Good one 1Shot
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