Despite his promises, the “un-transparent” president

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today released “White House: Transparency Behind Closed Doors?”, a video highlighting the White House’s recent refusal to explain an Executive Order which would politicize the federal procurement process. In its handling of this contentious Executive Order, the White House underscores its failure to live up to President Obama’s own open government and transparency promises.

“The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is to make it transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they’re being made, and whether their interests are being well served.” – President Barack Obama: January 21, 2009

Yet during a May 12 joint Oversight and Small Business Committee hearing on the proposed Obama Executive Order mandating the disclosure of political donations by government contractors, senior White House aide Daniel Gordon captured this Administration’s view of “open government”:

“Does it strike you at all as being ironic to invoke confidentiality and not answering questions when we’re having a hearing about transparency?” – Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

“It does not, sir. I think there are discussions, even about transparency and developing rules about transparency that we need to be able to have quietly and behind closed doors.” – Hon. Daniel Gordon, Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

The Mission of the Oversight Committee “is to hold government accountable to taxpayers, because taxpayers have a right to know what they get from their government.” Right now, American taxpayers are funding a White House that believes private donations should be injected into the nonpartisan government contracting process. How does that deliver on President Obama’s promised open and accountable government?

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks

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mriggio
May 16, 2011 5:06 pm

Easy, it doesn’t. Didn’t he receive some silly award for transparency a couple weeks ago with the presentation made behind closed doors? About the only campaign promise he’s stuck to is the one about fundamentally changing the country, which most of the 52% didn’t understand what his meaning was. I wonder if any of them get it now?

TNJim
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May 16, 2011 5:20 pm

He never meant to be transparent. That was in evidence the minute he, Pelosi, and Reid slammed the doors shut, even to GOP senators and Congressmen, going into the first debates after the 111th was sworn in. Thus, mammoth 2000+ page bills that did nothing but increase the size and scope of government. Not to mention hidden provisions designed not to kick in until later this year and next in an effort to improve Obama’s re-election chances.

erickbrockway
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May 17, 2011 1:41 am

Heh! Just hasn’t been Gordon’s week, has it?

lineholder
May 17, 2011 12:09 pm

This is evidence of how the actions of people within our government are influenced from the top-down. Obama doesn’t want his actions to be transparent and never has wanted it. That was just an empty promise he made to get elected and nothing more. Speaks volumes about the man’s character.

I do hope that a greater number of citizens in our nation are beginning to grasp the hard cold truth about just how dangerous these “behind closed doors” activities have become, and they won’t buy into expressions of high noble actions with nothing of substance to support it in 2012.