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It CAN Happen Here

Remember the Geraghty Principle – All Obama promises have an expiration date.

All. Of. Them.

Remember this?

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

Yeah, don’t bet on it.

In the name of accountability and transparency, Congress has given the RAT Board the authority to ask “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.” [emphasis added] If the inspector general doesn’t want to follow the wishes of the RAT Board, he’ll have to write a report explaining his decision to the board, as well as to the head of his agency (from whom he is supposedly independent) and to Congress. In the end, a determined inspector general can probably get his way, but only after jumping through bureaucratic hoops that will inevitably make him hesitate to go forward.

What this means is Obama intends to politicize investigation and oversight which was up to this point – often embarrassingly – apolitical.

Last Friday, when he learned the RAT Board was in the final bill, Grassley wanted to voice his objections on the Senate floor. But there was no time in the rush to a vote, so Grassley’s statement went unread. “It’s fitting that the acronym for this board is RAT,” he was prepared to tell the Senate, “because that’s what I smell here.”

Where’s the transparency? Where’s the love?

And dammit, where’s my unicorn!?!?!?!

I think we’re all going to need an official Obama-to-English dictionary for the next four years.

When he says, “We are experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis that has to be dealt with and dealt with rapidly”

He means, “We must rapidly hide any flaws in my Administration.”

When, while discussing the stimulus, he says, “What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.”

He means, “There’s a whole boatload of pork and earmarks in there!”

How you likin’ one party rule now, bitches?



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