Saturday, March 21, 2009

True or false: The most transparent and accountable administration in American history?

As of yesterday, there was still a lot of pointing fingers on AIGBonusGate. And our own Senator Dodd was taking a beating for it. Thankfully one of the left's own voices is now pointing the finger directly where it should be pointed.

The HuffPo's namesake, Arianna Huffington, spoke with US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and concluded her piece:

Have you noticed how, whenever there is a serious effort to put an end to business-as-usual, we are warned by insiders like Paulson and Summers that the result will be the end of civilization?

"This lack of transparency -- and the lack of accountability that results -- is one of the most significant threats to our democracy," Wyden told me. "This is not at all how the civics books tell us the system is suppose to work. What we have here is a prime example of Washington deny, defer, delay."

He's right. We deserve better. Let's make this D.C. mystery the cause célèbre it deserves to be. Let's demand that the White House live up to its vows of transparency.

Last October I felt favorably toward then-Senator Obama. Today, not so much.

Back in early 2007, Obama made overtures across the aisle with the bipartisan "Transparency in Federal Spending" legislation that he co-authored with Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). But it appears now clear that Obama has lost his way.

Here you can see The Outsider speak on the value of transparency:

"The basic idea is - If you think this is a wise way to spend taxpayer money, then you should be willing to stand up and defend it. And everybody should know about it. And that kind of openness has been the hallmark of American democracy since its inception." - Barack Obama

But how does The Insider act?

President Transparency has now been in office two months. And it's only under court order that we're beginning to learn the disposition of the bailout money - Goldman Sachs leads the way! And yes, that's the same Goldman Sachs where Hank Paulson and Robert Rubin worked before they became US Secretary of the Treasury.

Change I can believe in? I think not.

Tim White

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