Thursday, February 19, 2009

The illusion of transparency

Mark Tapscott:
It seems like only yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were promising "the most open and honest Congress ever" in American history.
Reid and Pelosi -- as well as President Barack Obama -- have flooded the airwaves in recent years with fine-sounding words extolling transparency in government, but their actions on the $787 billion economic stimulus package prove the hollowness of their talk. . . .
At one point, Republican Study Committee chairman Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, stood outside Pelosi’s office while the conference report was being written, laughing sardonically because the official conference committee was scheduled to convene at 3:00 that afternoon. He knew the real work was going on behind the Speaker’s door and the afternoon meeting was a masquerade for the cameras.
Considering how Democrats like Pelosi and others on the Left screamed to high heaven whenever President George W. Bush acted against the public's right to know (a not-infrequent occurrence, to be sure), one might now expect to hear similar protests as Democrats in Congress make a mockery of their transparency promises. One would be wrong.
"The public's right to know"? Surely, you didn't think Democrats were serious about that?

1 comment:

  1. To paraphrase Crystal's Fernando Lamas:
    "Dahling, it is better to offer the illusion of transparency than to feel the heat for revealing that you're quite the opposite".