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Obama’s Two American Governments

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 15, 2013 5:17 AM |

Do you ever think that politicians speak out of both sides of their mouth? Well, we know they do.

What do you make of the fact that our wizards in Washington during the current administration have passed pieces of legislation that would appear to be diametrically opposed to actual actions taken?

Standard double-speak, double-act? Let’s give credit where it is due to the folks at the Project on Government Oversight for highlighting the “bipolar” nature of our “governments” in Washington via the following pictorial: 

We know that transparency is the great disinfectant.

On that note, POGO does exemplary work once again in highlighting the efforts of Sunshine Week in providing this recent testimony:

There seems to be two Obama Administrations—two American governments, really. One looks like a democracy in which an open government accountable to the people is an ideal and a priority; and the other is a national security state, where claims of national security often trump democratic principles such as the people’s right to know, civil liberties, freedom of speech, and whistleblower protections.

Of course, this is not an approach exclusive to this President. But the unchecked secrecy of Obama’s national security state is at cross-purposes with many of his Administration’s openness objectives, and it raises doubts about the President’s commitments and declarations about transparency.

Truth, transparency, integrity? Or is crony capitalism — and more — alive, well, and thriving under the guise of needed secrecy and national security? I am all for protecting our national interests, but who is checking where that line ends and abusive practices begin?

All too much evidence over the years dictates that it is far better to “trust but verify” than merely embrace “willful blindness.” Who is doing the verification?

It’s Not as Sunny as We’d Like.

Larry Doyle

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I have no business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

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