Ethics? We don’t need no steenkin’ ethics!
“Nope. All we need is this really slick-looking section on the White House web site about ethics that says what they want to read. Yeah, they’ll buy it. Just like the speeches.”
For all his efforts at self-aggrandizement, Emperor Barack Obama is, indeed, failing badly. Put another way, if this were baseball, he’d be send back to the minor leagues… as a bat-boy.
Using his own guidelines, published right on the White House web site where he commits to having the most “open, transparent, (sic) and accountable government in history,” we can all play a new game. It’s called, “Count the number of ways, Obama has failed his own litmus test.”
Let’s start with the actual copy from the “Ethics” section of Whitehouse.gov.
President Obama has consistently made clear that he will strive to lead the most open, transparent, and accountable government in history. Whether it is reigning in the influence of lobbyists in Washington, bringing unprecedented accountability to federal spending, opening doors to engagement with the American public, or shutting down the “revolving door” that carries special interest influence in and out of the government, the highest standards will be sought in every thing the federal government does.
OK hold it right there. One of Obama’s favorite words is “consistently.” He uses it, well, consistently to place emphasis on what usually turns out to be a false claim. In this case, it’s his claim that he’s “consistently” making clear he will strive to lead an open, transparent administration, yada-yada yada.
Yeah, and I consistently strive not speed on my way to work. My insurance premiums are testimony to the fact that striving and accomplishing are two very separate issues. Obama’s score on this: F. I see absolutely NO effort on his part to do ANY of what he claims here. How many lobbyists are now on his payroll? Didn’t he just plunge us trillions of dollars into debt? And what about that very special interest group, ACORN, that’s going to do the 2010 Census? How on earth can Obama reconcile what he says with what he does? But at least he’s consistent! Back to the Whitehouse Ethics pledge:
In accordance with all of these principles, the President signed two Executive Orders and three Presidential Memoranda the day after his inauguration. These five documents represent a bold first step and a guide to every action carried out in the service of the American people.
The Presidential Memorandum Regarding Pay Freeze states that the President will freeze his White House senior staff pay at current levels to the full extent allowed by law, ensuring that the budget will go as far as possible and signalizing that service in this administration should not be motivated by personal gain.
OK calm down, folks… stop laughing. No, seriously. This is a veru important… I mean… (hah!), yeah, I know it’s (hee-hee-hee!!) some of the best comedy since Frazier, but let’s go over this togeth… (bwahahahahaha!!!) together (sigh…) Ahhhh… A Presidential Memorandum that freezes the pay level for his senior staffers who are now sucking from the most lucrative teat most of them have ever come across (when you add in their benefits, future book deals, and, apparently, unlimited scope of power).
And given what we’ve seen in the first 100+ days, about the only thing he and his staff have done is geared precisely toward personal gain and power. Just ask his pals at ACORN. You may not get a reply right away, however; they’re busy counting the $3 billion they got from that transparent Porkulus I spending package (see below).
The Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government mandates an Open Government Directive within 120 days directing specific actions to achieve transparency, openness, and engagement.
Really? How many of you have felt “engaged” in the legislative process when Congress rammed “Porkulus I” down our throats in the middle of the night and wee hours of the morning, and Obama signed it quickly and quietly in Denver three days later? So much for Obama keeping his campaign promise that every piece of legislation he signs will first be posted on the Internet for 5 days so we can see what is being done by his administration. No, I didn’t feel engaged at all. But I did feel like the relationship was consummated.
The Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act instructs the Attorney General to issue new guidelines to the government implementing those same principles of openness and transparency in the processing of FOIA requests.
Oh, so that would mean, for example, if someone like, oh, say, Alan Speakman of Grand Rants sent in a formal request for the official flight manifest showing the passenger list aboard Air Force One the day it buzzed Manhattan, then he would get a prompt response in the spirit of openness and transparency. Uh, check again. Apparently they didn’t get the memo. Still waiting on that flight manifest, Mr. President.
The Executive Order on Presidential Records brings those principles to presidential records by giving the American people greater access to these historic documents, severely curtailing the ability to use executive privilege to shield those documents.
Now just for clarification… would that include things like the President’s school grades and transcripts? Perhaps papers he had written and/or published during his tenure as a professor? Memos and details from his days at the Annenberg Foundation; stuff like that? Or perhaps the President’s actual birth certificate? Because, if I’m not mistaken, you, Barack Hussein Obama, have been claiming executive privilege for at least a year before you became President. How’d that first sentence read again?
“President Obama has consistently made clear that he will strive to lead the most open, transparent, and accountable government in history.”
Oh yeah, and it was also Obama, I recall, who said, “Words mean something.” Clearly what he meant was, “Words mean something… for everyone but me.” Got it.