President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history — White House website, January 20, 2009

It’s the most transparent administration in history, provided your knowledge of history doesn’t go back more than a few years.

Politico:

The Obama administration is appealing a judge’s ruling that Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Justice Department filed a formal notice of appeal Friday afternoon regarding U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell’s August ruling rejecting arguments that the so-called WAVES records belong to the White House even though they are maintained and used by the Secret Service.

And the reasoning that will be cited by the DoJ, and reported by the media as evidenced below, is that it’s always been done that way:

The position taken by the Obama Justice Department, namely that White House visitor records are presidential records and not agency records, is essentially the same one that the department took under President George W. Bush.

They’re trying to pass off “but that’s how Bush did it” as an unprecedented level of transparency?

In other transparency news, President Obama won’t turn over any Solyndra-related Blackberry messages to House investigators. You’d think that they could get them anyway by subpoenaing the people with whom Obama was most likely to be conferring at the time about Solyndra. Or maybe Obama just doesn’t want anybody to see how much he’s been playing Angry Birds.

Is all this hush-hush coming from the same guy who once promised a new era of openness?

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9 Responses to “Most Transparent Administration Ever?”

  1. Pasadena Phil on October 15th, 2011 1:07 pm

    Well you have to admit that brazenness is a form of openness. Have we ever before seen such brazen lying and corruption?

  2. free431 on October 15th, 2011 1:15 pm

    As with other administrations, this one is trying to cover up the systemic cronyism and corruption. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg of a problem that reins in all branches of our government.

    Corruption and cronyism is running rampant in our government and this is yet another example.

    Consider also what just happened in a federal court in Texas. A Dallas business owner was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to additional fees after settling the case, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his possessions, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him under “house arrest” as an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this "servant" order for 10 months and is prohibited from owning any possessions, prohibited from working, etc..

    …and some quotes from the judge:

    THE COURT: "I'm telling you don't scr-w with me. You are a fool, a fool, a fool, a fool to scr-w with a federal judge, and if you don't understand that, I can make you understand it. I have the force of the Navy, Army, Marines and Navy behind me."

    THE COURT: "You realize that order is an order of the Court. So any failure to comply with that order is contempt, punishable by lots of dollars, punishable by possible jail, death"
    http://www.lawinjustice.com has an explanation of this case.

  3. Pasadena Phil on October 15th, 2011 1:34 pm

    And now, it looks like Raj Rajaratnam's conviction for insider trading has a better than 50/50 chance of being overturned on a technicality.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-13/rajaratn

    If I have to hear one more dope arguing that insider trading is a victimless crime I will lose it. That crook has $75 million in his possession that is not his. That means it belongs to someone else. Insider trading is NOT a victimless crime no matter how many crooked "free market capitalism conservatives" argue otherwise. We have rules. If we call rules regulations, that doesn't make them wrong. We need to re-establish the sensible rules that assure investors who don't have access to inside information that the markets are fair, that everyone is playing on the same level playing field with the same opportunities available to all.

    We won't have a robust and efficient capitalist system if we don't soon deal with the widely-held view is that the system is rigged. There was never a time when most Americans understood or felt warm about capitalism but today even people like me (investment advisor) believe that with 80-90% of the daily trading volume being generated by taxpayer-subsidized high frequency trading (HFT) trading computers using proprietary logarithms that even the SEC doesn't inspect and who buy the advance (unexecuted orders) trading tape which the exchanges sell them, how can we conclude otherwise?

    There are two things the stock markets are there for: price discovery and efficient capital allocation. When all stocks are going up and down together because these computers are playing ping-pong buying and selling leveraged sector ETFs, all they are doing are stepping in front of our trades to capture profits from trades that have no economic justification. They are profitable to these traders because they are the fastest to step in front and because the government subsidizes the activity. Broader economic fundamentals are never a consideration anymore.

    State-sanctioned corruption is so corrosive to the very source of American
    innovation and job creation that we are now on the brink of global economic collapse.

  4. SignPainterGuy on October 15th, 2011 2:42 pm

    Not in my lifetime !

  5. The Watcher on October 15th, 2011 4:27 pm

    'Transparency. They keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means.'

  6. Marshall_Will on October 16th, 2011 1:10 am

    free431,

    And it's that very arrogance as to WHY business people refuse to engage. Gone Galt. If you DO nothing you can be ACCUSED of nothing! Here in Oregon w/ our State Capitol facing -massive- budget shortfalls, Progs put (2) ballot measures up for a 'vote'.

    Well let's examine the demographics behind that? Be it resolved.., would YOU the 80% of the voters in the State that that only make W-2 Wages ( below a certain threshold you'll never have to WORRY about? ) impose a TAX on the 20% of the self-employed WHOM can in no WAY defend themselves against your onslaught?

    Done & DONE! In essence they KILLED all the service vendors like myself who bank on new business creation. From inception what Progs found in Obama was a TOOL that would treat ALL self-employed people as nothing more than tax cheats.

  7. Marshall_Will on October 16th, 2011 1:16 am

    Phil,

    I'v been on that same soapbox for so long I have VEINS sticking out of my forehead! And as you mention, with ETF's leveraged 3X/4X and million share blocks, prices don't need to move a whole lot for this to not only be 'lucrative' but endlessly encouraged.

    At the SAME time they are trying to shut down and villify offshore exchanges that offer smaller players the same kind of trading opportunities. Mostly Brit citizens operating out of Belize etc.

  8. Dexter_Alarius on October 17th, 2011 1:23 pm

    That's because you're not writing it correctly. With Teh Won's administration it's Transparency©. It means whatever they decide it means.

  9. dustbury.com » For their eyes only on October 24th, 2011 11:50 pm

    [...] most transparent Administration in history now replies “Yes, we can”: A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would [...]

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