Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Progressive Transparency Is About As Clear As A Muddy Puddle On A Country Road

Hillary found it easy to: 
Pocket millions
Destroy evidence
Not answer reporters' questions
Then, she wrote a book titled, "Hard Choices."...WH Press Secretary Tweet

It's been increasingly clear that progressives lack of transparency is actually quite transparent. The revelations that George Stephanopoulos donated at least $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation is just the most recent evidence of this lack in transparency by progressives. Of course, Hillary Clinton's destruction of thousands of emails on her private server clearly shows a total lack of transparency by a public official. Even when Mr. Obama promised us he would have a transparent and open government, that promise was broken on multiple occasions. Let's count the ways:

  • In 2011, during the government's "Sunshine Week," Mr. Obama was given an award for transparency. The meeting was closed to observers. In fact, even the Washington Post found it ironic that the monthly meetings of The Transparency Board were closed to the press.
  • In that same year, the State Department brief reporters on a new open government partnership with about 30 countries but also insisted that the officials involved not be identified by name.
  • Last year, Jonathan Gruber admitted "lack of transparency is a huge political advantage" after admitting that lack of transparency was important in getting ObamaCare passed.
  • Obama promised federal contracts over $25K would be competitively bid. Never happened.
  • Obama also promised his administration would create a "contracts and influence" data base that would disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying. Ditto
  • Perhaps nowhere was the lack of transparency more evident than with the attack on our consulate in Benghazi as well as the great clusterf*ck referred to as Fast and Furious. Of course, Hillary Clinton was also involved in the Benghazi scandal.
  • Earlier this year, the AP reported that the Obama administration set a record for censoring government files with regard to the Freedom of Information Act.
  • A study  by Reporters Without Borders reported that the U.S. fell to 46 in the world for press freedom.
  • As I reported last year and as Katy Pavlich of Townhall reported earlier this year, many main stream media outlets---including  New York Times and The Washington Post described the Obama administration as "control freaks." They also said this administration was the "most closed they've ever covered."
  • The NSA scandal. What more can be said that hasn't been said already. Throw in the IRS and VA scandals too. OOPS!!! And don't forget illegal immigration.
  • And when it came to the Amtrak derailment, progressives immediately blamed the lack of funding for infrastructure. The also placed blame upon Republicans for the lack of funding. What the administration and progressives failed to report is that Amtrak already gets about $1B a year in federal subsidies. Those who criticize Republicans, also fail to tell the public Amtrak will be receiving $7B over the next five years. In fact, American taxpayers subsidize $60 for every ticket sold. It loses $80M a year on food services and about $7M is lost to theft. It's no way to run a railroad. But, hey, keep that to yourself. (NY Post + Breitbart News).
  • And let's not forget, the administration referred to ISIS as a "JV Team." That JV team is now holding large parts of Iraq as well as the city of Ramadi where we lost over 1000 troops and over 8000 were wounded and injured in battle.
  • One more point. Remember those "red lines" that Obama drew? Their now red lines soaked in blood.
  • Postscript: Since this was posted, we now have the $400M ransom---dead of night in an unmarked aircraft.
All of this and more proves progressive transparency is about as clear as a muddy puddle on a country road.