“My administration,” President Obama wrote on his first day in office, “is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” Those were strong and hopeful words. Four years later, it is becoming more and more clear that they were just words. On Monday afternoon, open-government advocates assembled in a congressional hearing room to ponder what had become of the Obama administration’s lofty vows of transparency. “It’s been a really tough slog,” said Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “The lack of effective leadership in the
Obama´s anything and everything "words" in all politician appears any all be just "words" to impress the other liberal "journalists" and all the other liberals who also appear to exist with Obama in the "la-la-land".
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O.S. Banker, 12/4/2012 7:53:48 AM (No. 9047421)
The fundamental problem is that liberals wish to control others while conservatives wish to be left alone. In their pursuit of control, liberals will do anything necessary including destroying the very thing they claim to love. Conservatives accept that not all results will be desire able, but also know that the preservation of opportunities is more important than the insurance of equal outcomes. Ultimately, the pursuit of equal outcomes stifles all economic innovation and assures the demise of those who try to assert control over all they survey. Mr. Obama is just the current manifestation of the progressive demigod.
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Fiesta del sol, 12/4/2012 7:54:24 AM (No. 9047423)
FTA "The Obama administration’s high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. "
Is Milbank dumb, or is he lying? How did all of us idiot rubes in the red states know that Obama was lying all along? Is Milbank´s next column going to lament that this anti war President runs a kill list out of the WH and kills thousands of innocent Pakistanis with drones?
I really can´t tell if Milbank is being disingenuous here.
Where were you when we needed you, doofus? Wake up and smell the Starbucks. We´ve known from the get-go that this loser would wreck the country; your job is to see that before the rest of us do. Meanwhile, you sucked your thumb and fawned all over Fauxbama. Now we´re all reaping the whirlwind.
The Obama administration’s high level of opacity...is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. As recently as early last year, some open-government advocates were still hopeful, presenting Obama with an anti-secrecy award at the White House. But even then, there were signs of trouble: The award presentation wasn’t on his schedule and was closed to reporters.
Psst! After 4 years of broken promises and "opacity", you´re just now figuring out that this POTUS and his entire Administration lie through their teeth with zero intentions of keeping any promises they make?
Well, at least Dana is awakening from his diversity-induced slumber, but since he writes "more in pain than in anger", the first move Obama makes to make Dana feel good again will be swallowed without chewing.
No whining is acceptable from you, Dana, nor any other journalists who .... .... have applauded Obama in all things. .... have printed stories of glory about The Won. .... have covered up truth about Obama, both past and present. .... have openly performed acts of favoritism for Obama (think Candy Crowley) .... have pushed and praised ObamaCare. .... have accused and continue to accuse Caucasians who oppose Obama, Holder or Rice of being racist ... with the exception of Hillary, that is.
You are helpless to do anything because Obama´s handler bought and paid for you and your kind. .... You made your choices. Now, you get to live with them.
I´m not going to bother to read past the lead paragraph. Having been in this salon since the beginning, I´ve seen Dana get off of his leftist knees a few times for a few paragraphs only to sink back down and assume the position in order to spew another round of delusional DNC propaganda.
Next time America, think twice before casting your vote for an: (1) Undocumented professional street agitator (2) Who has never held a regular job or had to meet a payroll (3) Never served a day in military uniform (4) Carries a two-by-four chip on his shoulder (5) Associates with notorious domestic terrorists, international gangsters, racial racketeers, communists, radical Islamic leaders and run-of-the-mill Hollywood lowlifes (6) Supports unlimited abortion, to include partial-birth abortion and infanticide (7) Hates America´s Judeo-Christian Civilization and (8) Can´t figure out if he is black or white.
Meanwhile, WAPO is losing money at 24% less revenue per quarter than the previous quarter, quarter after quarter. Their flagship mag, NEWSWEEK, will cease publication as a hardcopy after Christmas. Their loyal subscribers are still drinking the Kool-aid, but those numbers are dropping. Not that WAPO will ever print unbiased ´news.´ They´d rather jump off the cliff. Twinkiefication.
This is just a wussy Lib trying to be objective for a second or two. They are just as disingenuous as our liar-in-chief. Every once in a while one of them opens the door of the insane assylum to see if we are paying any attention and then they come up with something that makes us all wonder if they are starting to get it. Stop falling for it.
FTA: The Obama administration has, to its credit, made progress in a few areas: releasing more of the White House visitor logs, disseminating more information about nuclear weapons, disclosing more about intelligence spending, and declassifying more historical records.
The records of who visited the White House to create Obamacare have not been released nor have the topics listed for their meetings. It also turns out that those small changes made have caused officials to meet outside the White House and use personal E-mail instead of office E-mail. The only real transparency has been with historical documents found that make the Bush administration look bad. And the dissemination of information of nuclear weapons used to be called treason not openness.
Altho he has obviously always been a reliable pro-Dem cheerleader, and as such has faithfully supported 0, I think Milbank has always preferred Hillary! between the two. So an occasional article like this will come out, it´s really no big deal, as other posters have noted.
Anyone remember during the 2008 democrat primaries the shock that the MSM diplayed when they realized that the Clintons DO LIE??
Same thing here....... We, on the right, have been screaming this for four years only be be tut tutted by the press.
Im past believing that the press will ever get a clue. Im past believing that the voting electorate will ever pull it´s collective head from that dark place, and Im past believing that the American Republic can be saved. At this point, I´m just wondering how long it will take before states start spinning off to save themselves.
I still never heard neither from repubics or you, Luciannites for that matter, that we are in dire NEED of conservative mainstream media! The conservative websites (read by conservatives and conservative-haters only) will NOT do the job of educating America on what is going on in our country. I believe that it would be much cheaper to buy local newspapers and TV stations than wait till ALL Americans will find out what the commies/totalitarians mean to our well being. And then again, what might come out of it? Another russia or china, where there are only 2 classes of people: nomenclature bureaucrats and slaves! So, wake up and put pressure on remaining sane conservatives to stand up to lefties with conservative mainstream media!
Does Milbank really believe that a man who spends a fortune to hide his past really means it when he promises a transparent administration? No, Dana willingly suspended disbelief. Now he blames Obama for not living up to his promises. Sorry Dana, the shame is not on Obama. He was just doing what he does – lie – lie about everything. The shame is on you for being gullible and failing to hew to the fundamental duty of the journalist – a healthy skepticism. And once you have broken faith with your readers with that breach of duty, there is no getting it back.
There was a segment this morning on Fox and Friends about why seniors fall for scams. I´m not convinced the research described is believable with regard to seniors, but it sure does apply to that ´special´ group known as liberals. They routinely fall for any program leftists propose, no matter how outlandish, every time and without reservation. Then when it all goes south they wonder why, but still think it should have worked and just needs to be fixed. You watch, when it finally dawns on these bozos that obamacare cannot possibly work, the libs will not even consider scrapping it. No, they will try to fix it.
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