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mexicomaria

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 11:19:54 AM

Pres. Obama's call for Transparency

"Transparency is the touchstone of this administration."

I thought we could talk here about all the examples of transparency in the Obama administration.
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2015 10:46:49 AM

Quick, tune in to CSPAN.
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klutz347
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 7:35:12 AM

The Obama administration's transparency is about as clear as mud.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2015 5:51:50 AM

Lawmakers Introduce DHS Transparency Bills; Michael McCaul Comments

3-31-15

"Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the panel, said Friday each of the bills aims to help DHS meet its national security missions.

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) unveiled the DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015 that requires DHS’s chief FOIA officer to reform how the department implements the Freedom of Information Act and minimize backlog.

The DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015, proposed by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), aims to remove redundant information technology components at the department.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) wants to improve how DHS tracks employees placed on administrative leave with the DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015.

Reps. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Mark Walker (R-N.C.) also introduced their respective resolutions meant to increase accountability for DHS’s border security deployment functions and require annual reports on research and development projects, as well as for St. Elizabeth’s consolidation work.

Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) also put forward a measure that calls for the Transportation Security Administration to comply with federal laws and regulations on criminal investigator positions."

read more . . .Homeland Security Freshmen Announce Initiative to Curb Waste, Fraud, Abuse & Increase Transparency at DHS

3-27-15

hopefully their efforts will loom heavily over the latest DHS initiative . . .

A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system

4-2-15

license-plate tracking . . . again!

Well, actually, they tried this before and failed, but never-say-die with this administration's attempt to abolish privacy and invade our freedoms. It appears that anything goes . . .

[Edited by: mweyant at 4/3/2015 5:52:29 AM EST]
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theTower
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 12:26:11 PM

"reb4 said: "And a special shout out to all of the saps that believed Obama when he made the claim"

Actually, I said that.
But agreed its a wasted shout out/
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jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 12:20:43 PM

reb4 said: "And a special shout out to all of the saps that believed Obama when he made the claim"

Now that's a wasted shout-out!

They're so clueless, they don't even realize you're talking about them!
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theTower
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 11:26:56 AM

Obama administration’s new spending website rolls back transparency

"In its previous form, the website provided easy access to how taxpayer dollars are spent, as it happens. A user now must have the federal grant identification number to see details of a contract."

I guess when you no longer have to lie to voters to get re-elected, its time to make it more difficult to find out what you're doing.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 10:30:05 PM

"So much for the most transparent administration in history.
And a special shout out to all of the saps that believed Obama when he made the claim that it would be."I liked this statement especially.....


."It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged."


SMH
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 2:25:31 PM

"The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It's also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.

"The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me," said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.

"It is completely out of step with the president's supposed commitment to transparency," she said. "That is a critical office, especially if you want to know, for example, how the White House is dealing with e-mail."

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I can see it now, Obama doing his "I am not a crook" routine.
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theTower
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2015 11:44:36 AM

The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press

So much for the most transparent administration in history.
And a special shout out to all of the saps that believed Obama when he made the claim that it would be.



[Edited by: theTower at 3/18/2015 11:45:21 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 11:07:17 AM

hahahahah, Obama and his administration are trying their best to make the USA a communist country....forget freedom...let us now have secrecy.

Many news companies have asked under the FOIA, for the Form 109 that Hillary had to sign when she left office. This form says that you have turned over all her papers to the Feds before you leave office. They had 20 days to produce this paper which all sign when they leave office....they have said three times, "we will look for it."

A Federal Official goes through her papers and communication with her and determines out of all communication which is official document on govt business.

She may have a broken a Federal Law.

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theTower
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2015 10:45:43 AM

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

ROTFLOL........
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2015 9:09:56 AM

Still waiting for the CSPAN promise.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2015 12:54:04 AM

Well, no one knows anything....even though she wrote everyone including her two closest aides.
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maryanneusa
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 6:50:59 PM

Oh goshie, I guess Mrs. Clinton did not sit in on the Mr. Obama briefing of "Transparency" for all administrative and Cabinet members.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2015 9:06:38 AM

Judge's new order makes it harder for Obama to restart immigration moves



"After President Obama in November announced plans to shelter millions of people from the threat of deportation, immigration officials wasted no time in carrying them out.

Thousands of young people who had applied for two-year reprieves from deportation instead were given three years free from the threat of being kicked out of the country. About 100,000 applications were approved before last month, when U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Texas ordered a freeze on Obama’s executive actions on immigration.Now, the administration’s disclosure that it approved those applications has added yet another complication, and potentially weeks of more delays, to its attempts to restart the ambitious immigration initiatives. Hanen said in a filing this week that he wanted Justice Department lawyers to “fully explain” why they didn’t mention the three-year permits before last week.

He set a hearing for March 19. In the meantime, plans for the immigration program remain on hold because of Hanen’s order in a lawsuit filed by Texas and two dozen other states accusing the president of overstepping his authority to create what amounts to a new law without congressional approval. Hanen stopped the program while the lawsuit plays out."


Talk about transparency... this is not the touchstone of this administration... this is yet another example of it's lies and deception...






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reb4
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Message Posted: Mar 3, 2015 10:55:27 PM

The president and the press


" The relationship between the president and the press is more distant than it has been in a half century. " "The troubling irony, White House reporters say, is that they are working in what is arguably the freest press in the world, in an era of easily delivered information, and in a nation where an aggressive and unfettered media is considered essential to democracy. Yet they find it nearly impossible to accomplish what they see as their central mission: to explain why the president does what he does. “The people who cover the president know him the least,” said Peter Baker, a White House correspondent for The New York Times. “People ask me all the time, ‘What’s he like?’ As if I knew.” Despite having covered Obama for the entirety of his presidency, Baker said, “I don’t know what makes the man tick.”


" They’re trying to get their message out all by themselves and they don’t feel, correctly or incorrectly, that they need to rely on the White House press corps anymore,” said Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who covered the George W. Bush administration."



[Edited by: reb4 at 3/3/2015 10:59:48 PM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 8:34:14 AM

""When Senator Obama was a senator, he argued this very thing. Now he's the president and I hear nothing out of the White House helping us on this."


LOL



Senator obama was essentially senator for roughly 2 years before he became candidate obama..

Obama said things for political purposes... And now it's politically expedient for NO transparency....



[Edited by: reb4 at 2/28/2015 8:36:20 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 3:36:24 AM

House likely to vote on EPA ‘secret science’ bill

2-27-15

"The legislation would prohibit the EPA from issuing any regulations that rely upon scientific research that is not publicly available.
Republicans have long accused the EPA of keeping its science “secret,” which prevents public scrutiny of its conclusions.

Critics say the bill would severely handicap the EPA’s ability to write regulations necessary to fight pollution and climate change and protect the environment and human health, and would require the EPA to violate patient confidentiality."

"The House passed a similar bill last year, which the White House threatened to veto.

The House Science Committee passed the bill Thursday, along with another bill that would change the rules regarding the EPA’s external advisory board for scientific matters.

The advisory board bill has a similar history and was also the subject of a veto threat in 2014."



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mweyant
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 2:02:34 AM

Obama flip-flops on FCC transparency: Chaffetz

2-26-15

"The chairman of the House Oversight Committee told CNBC on Thursday that President Barack Obama has reversed his stance on transparency and disclosure in government regulation.

As a senator, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to make public rules on media ownership on which it planned to vote, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. But as a president, Obama had not helped Congress as some members sought information from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ahead of a vote on enforcing net neutrality.

"When Senator Obama was a senator, he argued this very thing. Now he's the president and I hear nothing out of the White House helping us on this."
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Feb 27, 2015 11:12:48 PM

30,0000 lost records of Lois Lerner found. Remember she said she lost them. oh, oh, bad day. Another hidden "transparency" found.

Going to be so interesting to see who told her to lean on the Tea Party and Dr. Ben Carson ......and news media members.

It is sick, and one person here calls it "satire" and that we just don't appreciate "satire".... I still call it lying your teeth off.
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AC-302
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 9:45:27 PM

The Obama administration has been about as transparent as Pike's Peak.

For one thing, look at the ObamaCare debates. OH, yeah.. that's right.. there were no debates. 1) the Republicans were locked out of all committees and 2) remember Nancy Pelosi's "you have to pass it to know what's in it" comment? Huh? I didn't that that's how government was supposed to work.

But now, after Obama's and the Democrat's mismanagement, the American people are fed up with is steaming pile of bovine excrement. So they voted in a pack of Republicans. They didn't do so because the Republicans were such "great guys". They did it because the Democrats are a pack tax and spend BUMS. They're hoping that the opposite party in power will slow the rate of change down a bit. But that doesn't seem to be stopping Obama. Just like in the book "Atlas Shrugged", the President now makes unconstitutional executive orders (ruling by fiat), in order to further a political agenda, and enrich his personal pack of croney buddies.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2015 9:32:27 PM

Perception Management and The Obama Administration’s Deceptive “Transparency”

"Not only has Obama continued to wrap the carry-over anti-terrorism wars in maximum secrecy but he has taken unprecedented steps to shut down leaks by prosecuting whistleblowers who talk to the press. And, he has left standing his administration’s misleading rushes to judgment on key issues after U.S. intelligence analysts have refined or reversed the first impressions."


"According to a memorandum instructing Executive Branch department heads, Obama wrote:

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”Instead, Obama has clamped down more than ever on openness and transparency, including the prosecution of more government whistleblowers than all the previous presidents combined and sitting on U.S. intelligence reports that would change how Americans understand major international crises."

"The Pathology of Secrecy

I spoke with one person who has known Obama since he was a senator from Illinois who suggested the President is fearful that if he does release these secrets and some negative consequences result that he’ll be blamed. In order words, Obama in practice is too scared to live up to his commitment about “transparency.”

Another less generous explanation is that Obama is at heart an elitist who likes to surround himself with secrets but doesn’t want to share them with common citizens who are best treated like the proverbial mushrooms kept in the dark and fertilized.

Or put differently, Obama is like the character Gollum in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series who is entranced by the power of the One Ring and obsessively pursues it, what he calls “my Precious.” In that analogy, Obama can’t part with his precious secrets despite his promises to the American people about government openness."








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mweyant
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 5:28:20 AM

Statement of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on President Obama's Plan to Regulate the Internet

2-6-15

"Last night, Chairman Wheeler provided his fellow Commissioners with President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. I am disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly. The FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website. Instead, it looks like the FCC will have to pass the President’s plan before the American people will be able to find out what’s really in it."

You can read the rest of the statement here. Hope no one discounts the source--no less than the FCC Commissioner himself. Very troubling, in my opinion, because it knocks unbearingly heavily on the door of freedom of speech, our beloved First Amendment.

[Edited by: mweyant at 2/7/2015 5:29:20 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 2:05:37 PM

Government Data Reveal 5.5 Million New Work Permits Issued Since 2009



"Government data reveal that about 5.5 million new work permits were issued to aliens from 2009 to 2014, above and beyond the number of new green card and temporary worker admissions in those years. This is a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the limits set by Congress that inevitably impacts opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.

Approximately 1.8 million new work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or those who entered under the Visa Waiver Program. Of these, about 1.2 million (67 percent) had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law. For example, more than 470,000 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and 532,000 were issued to foreign students. More than 156,000 were issued to dependents of students and guestworkers, all in categories not authorized for employment by law.
Government data reveal that about 5.5 million new work permits were issued to aliens from 2009 to 2014, above and beyond the number of new green card and temporary worker admissions in those years. This is a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the limits set by Congress that inevitably impacts opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.

Approximately 1.8 million new work permits were issued to aliens with temporary visas or those who entered under the Visa Waiver Program. Of these, about 1.2 million (67 percent) had a visa status for which employment is not authorized by law. For example, more than 470,000 work permits were issued to aliens on tourist visas and 532,000 were issued to foreign students. More than 156,000 were issued to dependents of students and guestworkers, all in categories not authorized for employment by law"

"About 982,000 new work permits were issued in this time period to illegal aliens or aliens unqualified for admission. Of these, 957,000 were aliens who crossed the border illegally (Entered Without Inspection). Inexplicably, 1,200 new work permits were issued to aliens who were denied asylum, were suspected of using fraudulent documents, were stowaways, or were refused at a port of entry.

A huge number of work permits, 1.7 million, were issued to aliens whose status was unknown, not recorded by the adjudicator, or not disclosed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency that processes the applications. This should be a concern; work permits are gateway documents to driver's licenses and other benefits, and if the government agency issuing them does not know or will not disclose how the bearer arrived in the country how can others rely on the authenticity of an individual's identity? It is equally disconcerting if the government does know and chooses not to disclose it."



There is a picture that shows the dramatic increase to how the numbers have increased over the years since... 2009.

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airfresh
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 9:23:28 AM

They didn't invent it nor are they the only place to do it Chicago has just elevated it to an art form. Mr Obama is just modeling his life by it.

[Edited by: airfresh at 1/24/2015 9:24:18 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 8:52:36 AM

LOL, it's the Chicago Way....


(though it's common in many other areas )....




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airfresh
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 8:08:46 AM

His buddy Gruber kinda proved the Obama promise of transparency was really a ruse to use a lack of transparency in order to get things passed.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 6:46:14 AM

Woman Showcased by Obama in SOTU is a Former Democratic Campaign Staffer

1-21-15

"The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past."

Kind of . . . weird . . . to read about this practice. Personal stories have sometimes changed my mind about issues.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 8:41:13 AM

I was thinking some of the government agencies have become "to" transparent...


Being hacked and all.

[Edited by: reb4 at 1/16/2015 8:41:23 AM EST]
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:41:24 AM

when you look at the bio of each of the 5 released, any ordinary thinking American has to go more than hmmm-m-m
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:37:55 AM

Lawmakers demand transparency on Gitmo releases

1-15-15

So, Obama doesn't HAVE to tell the American public what the detainees were involved in.

[Edited by: mweyant at 1/16/2015 5:38:09 AM EST]
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 8:48:12 AM

Seems like it is acceptable to be lied to. A generation or two ago this behavior would not have been tolerated.

[Edited by: Grizdad at 11/30/2014 8:48:26 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 4:50:21 AM

Pro-life groups launch website to showcase abortion funding in Obamacare

11-26-14

"Leading pro-life groups have created a website to increase transparency over abortion funding in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In a press release, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ -- lead sponsor of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act" --, Arina Grossu of Family Research Council, and Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the launch of ObamacareAbortion.org to provide information on "their findings" about the abortion funding.

“Concern over taxpayer funding of elective abortion was the final hold up in passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010," said Donovan. “The Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly stonewalled members of Congress, pro-life groups, and the media when asked to address the dearth of transparency on abortion coverage. The website unveiled today is a tool for pro-life consumers but it is not the best or final answer to a bad situation.”

“By launching ObamacareAbortion.com we are attempting to do what the Obama Administration has not been willing or able to do for the 2015 new enrollment," said Grossu. "That is, to inform Americans … about abortion coverage in Obamacare plans and expose the great difficulty in obtaining this information." '
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 8:09:50 AM


My simple rule of thumb: the more a pol touts transparency the less transparent they'll be. To me, *that's* where the transparency lies.

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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 5:09:59 AM

Abortion in Obamacare

"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 1,036 of Obamacare plans sold in 2014 included abortion on demand. Unfortunately, it took many months and a government watchdog report to finally identify the abortion-covering plans for 2014.

Now for 2015, the problem continues. Due to a lack of transparency in Obamacare, Americans are again finding that it is very difficult, or even impossible, to clearly discern whether the Obamacare plan they are considering includes abortion. This is critical information since individuals purchasing plans that include abortion are required to pay a hidden abortion surcharge. Through the surcharge, a portion of each individual’s insurance premium goes into a fund used to pay for abortion on demand."
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:39:39 AM

Jonathan Gruber, Transparency and Obamacare’s IPAB

11-17-14

from a Wall Street Journal blog

"IPAB faces several characteristics that could imbue it with the lack of transparency Mr. Gruber infamously discussed in his speeches:
Former Obama administration official Peter Orszag wrote a piece for the New Republic in which he cited IPAB as one way to “counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a little less democratic.” In 2012, Politico stated that, while in the White House, Mr. Orszag had “pushed” to include the board in the law.

Section 3403 of Obamacare, which creates IPAB, does not require the board to conduct any open meetings. The law merely says that “the board may hold such hearings…as the board considers advisable;” it does not require IPAB to do so.

Likewise, while the law prohibits IPAB from “ration[ing] health care,” the term “rationing” is nowhere defined in statute. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded this point, and acknowledged that HHS would likely have to define “rationing” before the board could begin its work—but it has yet to do so."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:33:24 AM

Bret Baier Reports: Transparency Issues Plagued Obamacare From The Start


This clip gives a detail not only in video but my preferred transcript form...
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 6:01:27 AM

CSPAN should get a refund.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 4:13:28 PM

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations



"WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I. and a few other law enforcement agencies at the federal level. But outside public view, changes in policies and tactics over the last decade have resulted in undercover teams run by agencies in virtually every corner of the federal government, according to officials, former agents and documents"

"“Done right, undercover work can be a very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks and should only be undertaken with proper training, supervision and oversight,” said Michael German, a former F.B.I. undercover agent who is a fellow at New York University’s law school. “Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes.”"

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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:20:41 AM

"ROFLMAO"Laugh all you want Streetrider...Here is the letter to the letter confirming obama's lack of transparency...Letter from Less than a month ago...


Included in the signers... American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)....

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streetrider
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:12:54 AM

He must be pretty transparent, people here have been claiming to see right through his administration and their actions.

ROFLMAO
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 5:08:01 AM

ya know, when ya sit and watch his talks about obamacare and also when he signed it into law - and see the smirk and smile and attitude on his face, makes me think of a criminal/traitor who thinks he just got away with his crime. as ptpreggie says = smh
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 7:04:53 PM

Well, I guess we all knew this....always good to know what the Obama Adm thought of the American Voter. . Guess it always good to see that what you say does always come back to haunt you.

This should help Obamacare be repealed. Good.

Today I met with my Insurance lady and my husband and me changed insurance, due to the fact it is not insurance we can afford anymore. Remember the promise "you can keep your insurance if you like it, ".... not true, you can not afford to keep your insurance if you like it.
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Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months

"The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.
The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public.
A series of other recent purchases, reviewed by internal government auditors, include wasteful and inappropriate purchases by government employees -- including a gym membership and JC Penney clothing -- that were not detected or stopped until after the purchase was completed."
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:44:08 AM

Transparency Groups Seek White House Position on FOIA Reforms



"Fifty organizations ask administration to live up to its own rhetoric"



Link to letter.......

Groups that are behind this:


Access
American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU
American Library Association
American Society of News Editors
Article 19
Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Association of American Publishers
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
Center for Effective Government
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – CREW
Coalition 4 Change, Inc.
Common Cause
Community Research
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.
Electronic Information Privacy Center – EPIC
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Essential Information
First Amendment Coalition
Food and Water Watch
Fund for Constitutional Government
Greenpeace
Government Accountability Project – GAP
In The Public Interest
Iowa Freedom of Information Council
iSolon.org
James Madison Project
Liberty Coalition
Minnesota Coalition on Government Information
Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information
National Freedom of Information Coalition
National Security Archive
National Security Counselors
OpenTheGovernment.org
PEN American Center
People For the American Way
Project On Government Oversight – POGO
Public Citizen
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Savannah River Watch Site
Society of American Archivists
Society of Professional Journalists
Student Press Law Center
Special Libraries Association
The Sunlight Foundation
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – TRAC
Tully Center for Free Speech
U.S. Public Interest Research Group –PIRG
Washington Civil Rights Council
Washington Coalition for Open Government
Whistlewatch.org

[Edited by: reb4 at 10/30/2014 10:44:45 AM EST]
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USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history




"At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration’s record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, “It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering”; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, “I think Obama hates the press”; and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer, who said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act."
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"Let me ask this. Is government more transparent now or say, in the 1960's? I think we all know the answer but I would like to here from some here about this...."



Is that what you think President Obama meant when in the video??? or was he referring to recent Presidents? when's the last time you listened to the video?

Why don't you invest 2 minutes and re-listen and let me know what you think... Obama may have not written this, but he read it.... It's only 2 minutes long... IF you are still interested in that not related question.... i'll answer your question on if I think the Kennedy or Johnson administrations were open....



LOL TD... that is what Obama was promising.....

I unfortunately had some insights since he was our junior senator and was the chosen one of the Chicago machine.... he made so many false promises and promises that were true for a very select few... but he has pushed the democratic agenda...."Overall,the press record of Obama's presidency doesn't resemble transparency as much as tyranny."Forgot to post that last line.... eeeerrie...



[Edited by: reb4 at 10/26/2014 9:13:40 PM EST]
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reb4: "WOW, if this is true.... this guy is TOAST!!!"

Not really. The Obama worshipers will defend their Messiah no matter what he does...

Just watch, there'll be one along any minute now. Just watch for the "Bush did it, too!" bleating.
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Let me ask this. Is government more transparent now or say, in the 1960's? I think we all know the answer but I would like to here from some here about this....
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So Much For Obama's 'Transparency'


"President Obama, who pledged to run a "transparent" White House, instead is threatening reporters with trial and imprisonment if they don't reveal the identities of officials who leak information about government wrongdoing.

"I've felt the chill first-hand," Pulitzer Prize-winner David Barstow of The New York Times says. "Trusted sources in Washington are scared to talk by telephone, or by email, or even to meet for coffee, regardless whether the subject touches on national security or not."

He told "The Nation" (Oct. 27, 2014) magazine that the "vindictive" efforts of the Bush and Obama regimes, by trying to force New York Times reporter Jim Risen into betraying his sources, "has already done substantial and lasting damage to journalism in the United States."

Not only is Obama out to punish reporters for writing up his regime's failures but he is threatening any Federal employees who talk to the press with termination or worse. Sally Buzbee, the AP's Washington Bureau Chief, said Transportation Department (DOT) employees are telling her reporters they will be fired "if they're caught talking" to AP. Recently, Obama's snoopers illegally tapped the phones of AP reporters."


WOW, if this is true.... this guy is TOAST!!!
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That's just a distraction MM...

Press secretary playing games with the press....




THis next item is really the "TOUCHSTONE" of this Administration.....




Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife








"Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee."







"Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton criticized President Obama and his disgraced Attorney General in a statement today:

This document provides key information about the cover-up of Fast and Furious by Attorney General Eric Holder and other high-level officials of the Obama administration. Obama’s executive privilege claims over these records are a fraud and an abuse of his office. There is no precedent for President Obama’s Nixonian assertion of executive privilege over these ordinary government agency records. Americans will be astonished that Obama asserted executive privilege over Eric Holder’s emails to his wife about Fast and Furious.

Once again, Judicial Watch has proven itself more effective than Congress and the establishment media in providing basic oversight of this out-of-control Administration. This Fast and Furious document provides dozens of leads for further congressional, media, and even criminal investigations."




(sigh).... this is from the leader of our country that made all these promises of being transparent.

[Edited by: reb4 at 10/23/2014 10:17:16 PM EST]
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