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All is Not Well at The Top of The Political Hierarchy: Obama’s “Transparency” Stinks
Posted By Arnold Kropp On January 17, 2010 @ 10:00 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Hamlet Instructs Players
There was a saying I often heard when I was growing up in the 50’s. Digging into the Shakespeare play of Hamlet in which the phrase originated, the quote we oft abbreviated is: “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”. It carried the meaning that the fish is rotting from the head down—all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy.
When C-Span must go the length to ask the democrats for permission to televise the actual final negotiations over the Health Care reform package, then something is rotten in the state of our Congressional leaders. In response to the request Harry Reid had this to say:
“We will continue to ensure that the Congress and the public will have ample opportunity to evaluate the bill before it moves to final passage.”
How much time did Reid give the public to read and review the stimulus package that passed in February ’09? Reid himself said he did not have time to read the bill before voting on it. So much for that transparency pledge. The fish is rotting.
The final text of the stimulus bill was posted on the Web site of the House Appropriations Committee late on the night of Thursday, February 12. Both the House and Senate voted on the 1,071-page bill the next day–not providing enough time for members to actually read the bill. CNSNews.
Presidential candidate Obama had this to say 3 months before his election:
“…what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” Link
But wait, there’s more rotten fish:
Going back even further to 2007 when the Democrats regained power in congress they increasingly did not send bills through the regular conference process. “We have to defer to the bigger picture,” explained Rep. Henry Waxman of California. So the children’s health insurance bill passed by the House that year was largely dumped in favor of the Senate’s version.
Wait, there’s one more example of a fishy stench:
In February of last year, Tom Price, chair of the Republican Study Committee said.
“It’s now noon on Wednesday. I’m standing outside the office of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The door is closed. We just heard news break there’s been an agreement between the House and the Senate on the non-stimulus bill.”
Those negotiations amounted to a whopping $789 Billion closed-door democrat final wrap up.
“Something’s rotten in the State of Denmark Washington”
The Center For Individual Freedom sumarized Obama’s response to the C-Span request:
The President on Tuesday (Jan 5th) held a White House meeting with Senate and House Democratic leaders, details secret, to plot proceeding as fast as possible, in secret, with negotiations among only White House and Senate and House Democratic leaders to avoid conventional procedures and “ping pong” ObamaCare to passage.
Then, to make sure all Americans get the message, the President on Wednesday held another White House meeting with Senate and House Democratic leaders, details secret, to plot proceeding as fast as possible, in secret, with negotiations among only White House and Senate and House Democratic leaders to avoid conventional procedures and “ping pong” ObamaCare to passage.
Obama responded in the news conference on Wednesday night as reported by The Washington Post:
“Most of the time, you guys have been in there taking pictures, so it hasn’t been a secret. … These have mostly been at least photo sprays, where you could see who was participating.”
. . . all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy. Transparency now means that this particular scripted teleprompted speech on television the president, or the leaders in congress is now giving, is transparent and open to the public, and . . . photo ops count toward fulfilling their transparency pledge.
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