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Gingersnap
08-13-2010, 03:21 PM
Obama closes curtain on transparency

By: Timothy P. Carney
Examiner Columnist
August 12, 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House August 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians.

Obama transferred "ethics czar" Norm Eisen to the Czech Republic to serve as U.S. ambassador. Some of Eisen's duties will be handed to Domestic Policy Council member Steven Croley, but most of them, it appears, will shift over to the already-full docket of White House Counsel Bob Bauer.

Bauer is renowned as a "lawyer's lawyer" and a legal expert. His resume, however, reads more "partisan advocate" than "good-government crusader." Bauer came to the White House from the law firm Perkins Coie, where he represented John Kerry in 2004 and Obama during his campaign.

Bauer has served as the top lawyer for the Democratic National Committee, which is the most prolific fundraising entity in the country. Then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., the caricature of a cutthroat Chicago political fixer, hired Bauer to represent the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In the White House, Bauer is tight with Emanuel, having defended Emanuel's offer of a job to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., whom Emanuel wanted out of the Senate race.

Another Bauer client was New Jersey Sen. Robert "Torch" Torricelli back in 2001. When one Torricelli donor admitted he had reimbursed employees for their contributions to the Torch -- thus circumventing contribution limits -- Bauer explained, "All candidates ask their supporters to help raise money from friends, family members and professional associates."

Bauer's own words -- gathered by the diligent folks at the Sunlight Foundation -- show disdain for openness and far greater belief in the good intentions of those in power than of those trying to check the powerful. In December 2006, when the Federal Election Commission proposed more precise disclosure requirements for parties, Bauer took aim at the practice of muckraking enabled by such disclosure.

On his blog, Bauer derided the notion "that politicians and parties are pictured as forever trying to get away with something," saying this was an idea for which "there is a market, its product cheaply manufactured and cheaply sold." In other words -- we keep too close an eye on our leaders.



Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-closes-curtain-on-transparency-468557-100595914.html#ixzz0wW18UWNk

PoliCon
08-13-2010, 03:26 PM
Clearly it's Bush's fault.

Apache
08-13-2010, 03:42 PM
I wasn't aware he had opened the curtain....

Rebel Yell
08-13-2010, 04:04 PM
I wasn't aware he had opened the curtain....

The curtain was closed over a brick wall.

m00
08-14-2010, 02:10 PM
Clearly it's Bush's fault.

And also, Bush did a lot worse. Here are some links from 2002 to prove my point...

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 07:18 PM
And also, Bush did a lot worse. Here are some links from 2002 to prove my point...

Those links are very convincing . . . . :;)

Apache
08-14-2010, 07:20 PM
Those links are very convincing . . . . :;)

Man, you must be really short, I don't see them at all....:eek:







:p

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 07:21 PM
Man you must be really short, I don't see them at all....:eek:







:p

Only the TRULY enlightened can see the links. :p

Apache
08-14-2010, 07:23 PM
Only the TRULY enlightened can see the links. :p

Right. Right. Right. So you can't see them either....:D

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 07:26 PM
Right. Right. Right. So you can't see them either....:D

Which is why they are so convincing - FAR more convincing than the usual tripe to which Satanicus links.

Apache
08-14-2010, 07:27 PM
Which is why they are so convincing - FAR more convincing than the usual tripe to which Satanicus links.

What, you mean those are biased sources!??!??!?

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 07:29 PM
What, you mean those are biased sources!??!??!?

Why of course they're biased. They're clearly biased in favor of republicans and capitalists. Everyone knows the MSM is on the side of the republicans and big business. Sheesh. :rolleyes:

Apache
08-14-2010, 07:31 PM
Why of course they're biased. They're clearly biased in favor of republicans and capitalists. Everyone knows the MSM is on the side of the republicans and big business. Sheesh. :rolleyes:

In the words of Ape-boy... Wait. What?

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 07:31 PM
In the words of Ape-boy... Wait. What?

You are such a brain washed republican. ;)

Apache
08-14-2010, 08:09 PM
You are such a brain washed republican. ;)

Thems fightin' words...:mad:

Them (R's) don't stick up, speak up or stand up for what's right and decent about our country. You take that back! :mad:

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 08:11 PM
Thems fightin' words...:mad:

Them (R's) don't stick up, speak up or stand up for what's right and decent about our country. You take that back! :mad:

Apache is a republican! :p

Apache
08-14-2010, 08:16 PM
Apache is a republican! :p

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6zH7tdatQUA/SXofhjIvg_I/AAAAAAAAEHI/4UVb03C01EY/s400/achmed1.jpg

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 08:21 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_6zH7tdatQUA/SXofhjIvg_I/AAAAAAAAEHI/4UVb03C01EY/s400/achmed1.jpg


Republican!

Apache
08-14-2010, 08:30 PM
Republican!

PROVE IT!:cool:

PoliCon
08-14-2010, 08:36 PM
PROVE IT!:cool:

i don't have to. :p

Apache
08-14-2010, 08:42 PM
i don't have to. :p

So you're a Lefty, huh? :eek::p

Rockntractor
08-14-2010, 09:44 PM
So you're a Lefty, huh? :eek::p

PC Poli!:rolleyes: