Closing the door on openness

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Just over a year ago, candidate Barack Obama promised an open debate on health care.

"We'll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN," he said.

This past weekend, the president caucused with congressional Democrats - and only Democrats - behind closed doors in order to hammer out a deal.

A handful of Democrats in Washington, meeting secretly to determine how your health care system will work. Not exactly what was promised. Not exactly televised. Not even open.

Obama also promised to change the political climate in Washington and to act in a bipartisan fashion. During the health-care debate, he has told the American public he's open to any ideas, even from Republicans.

He's telling Republicans something different. Congressional Republicans say they've been essentially locked out of the process, and certainly not called upon by the White House to add their input. They weren't included in the secret meetings over the weekend.

"Meanwhile, 10 moderate and progressive Democrats tapped by Reid are expected to continue daily meetings ..." writes the Washington Post.

Oops! No C-SPAN cameras there, either.

Clearly, the White House and congressional Democrats have decided to make this their own little project. No need for input from the opposition party or the public - despite fervent resistance from the public at town hall meetings in August and in public opinion polls ever since.

Indeed, a new Rasmussen Reports survey says Americans oppose the current incarnation of health care reform 51 to 41 percent. Interestingly, too, those who strongly oppose it out-poll those who strongly favor it 40 to 23 percent.

So they're putting together a plan Americans don't want in a room Americans aren't welcome.

This is an administration that increasingly shows naked contempt for the public. Consider: The Obama administration was to have a forum on openness in government for federal government employees Monday. It was closed to the public and press.

How's that for your daily supply of irony?

"The event Monday for federal employees," writes the Associated Press's Sharon Theimer, "is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama's uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama's first year in office ends, the government's actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president's words."

As for the closed forum on openness, the new Office of Government Information Services says it was closed because of a lack of room. Right. Question: Are there no rooms big enough in official Washington to allow a few reporters in? Question: How much room does one camera take up?

But by far the most important thing going on in Washington these days is the health care debate.

We were promised by a promising young presidential candidate that it would be open, even televised, and that his would be the most transparent administration in history.

Was he not telling the truth, or has he just changed his mind?

And why don't the national media seem to care about the lack of openness and details? When told Monday that America doesn't yet comprehend what's in the reform bill's 2,000 pages, ABC's Good Morning America personality Robin Roberts mindlessly retorted, "But we do know that if something is passed ... it will be an historic moment."

So was the Hindenburg disaster! Will Ms. Roberts agree to anything, as long as it's historic?

What the heck kind of thinking is that? And from a major network!

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wildman
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wildman 12/08/09 - 05:11 am
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He couldn't keep a promise if

He couldn't keep a promise if it hit him in the face. When will you realize he's a talking head making a lot of noise.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 12/08/09 - 05:46 am
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What a surprise. Obama told a

What a surprise. Obama told a lie? Now will follow his fawning followers who will rationalize his lying.

1941
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1941 12/08/09 - 06:15 am
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Do you people, go to bed and

Do you people, go to bed and wake up with the president, on your lips,and mind? Get a life!!The ACE, has to print something to sell papers, so they keep the president in thier sights!! If you would have, watched George Bush like that,the country would not be in the mess it is in now!!By the way, how many bathroom breaks do the president take on a daily basic!!!!!!

Sellout
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Sellout 12/08/09 - 06:16 am
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A lying politician? Who ever

A lying politician? Who ever heard of such a thing?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 06:17 am
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The secret activities and

The secret activities and meetings of Obama the President are no different from those of Obama the candidate, Obama the state politician, Obama the Communitarian, Obama the student or Obama the socialist. I think there's been a hint of what this man is going to do to this country, but it's been concealed in closed meetings. Now, it's almost too late to stop him. sieg heil, just not for America.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 06:18 am
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1941, the ACE agrees with

1941, the ACE agrees with you. Only by closing your eyes does this president make any sense.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 06:31 am
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How is this secret,one-sided

How is this secret,one-sided government working for you folks?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 06:50 am
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Be aware, be informed, be

Be aware, be informed, be ready to vote to correct this horrible experiment.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 06:59 am
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Best be ready to counter the

Best be ready to counter the 20-30 million NEW dem.voters AFTER amnesty.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/08/09 - 07:02 am
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Only idiots who are

Only idiots who are confronted with FACTS will call them a lie.

Dora.Ito
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Dora.Ito 12/08/09 - 07:16 am
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1941, since the lying street

1941, since the lying street agitator wants to control every facet of my life, yes I keep a close eye on him before bed and when I wake up. In the meantime I have nightmares about what he is trying to do to our great nation.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 12/08/09 - 07:28 am
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this has happened right here

this has happened right here in Augusta (Don Grantham is the biggest offender [Jerry Brigham is just the biggest, period]), if Chiquita banana has it her way, it will become commonplace.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/08/09 - 07:29 am
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This muslim president has

This muslim president has blown so much hot air into his balloon that it is ready to bust. Watch out America when it does!

carcraft
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carcraft 12/08/09 - 07:37 am
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Dora.Ito on Tue Dec 8, 2009

Dora.Ito on Tue Dec 8, 2009 6:16 AM Thej EPA chief just took over America by declaring CO2 a dangerous environmental pollutant and she can regulate it...name one activity that does not involve, CO2 farming, ranching, energy production, exercising, driving your car all produce CO2 and she thinks she has the power to regulate it and America...WAKE THE H*LL UP...

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 07:38 am
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Would someone explain a

Would someone explain a muslim commander leading a war against muslims?

Dora.Ito
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Dora.Ito 12/08/09 - 07:41 am
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wiz, well Saddam Hussain did

wiz, well Saddam Hussain did it.....

Dora.Ito
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Dora.Ito 12/08/09 - 07:41 am
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carcraft, don't forget

carcraft, don't forget breathing.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 07:46 am
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Will we all get a permit for

Will we all get a permit for our CO2 output?Will we be required to stop producing CO2 when our allotment is used up?

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 08:01 am
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I guess that hussein

I guess that hussein worshippers find secret meetings a little difficult to defend.

Tobie2
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Tobie2 12/08/09 - 08:09 am
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So interesting that the

So interesting that the Obamas celebrated the Muslim Holy days in the White House, yet prefer a "non-religious" Christmas holiday.
It is so clear what they are, besides Marxists that is.
Obam has closed the door on any future black presidents for a long time to come, and he has made a racial rift that will be a long time in correcting.
It is sad what he is doing our our country and I pray we survive it somehow.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 08:11 am
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IF global warming is a

IF global warming is a hoax,why worry about CO2 output?It has NO effect on our climate.

Notreally
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Notreally 12/08/09 - 08:12 am
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So much hate everyday here

So much hate everyday here for Obama LOL... HATE, HATE, HATE... say it you HATERS...

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 08:14 am
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notreally;please justify

notreally;please justify closed meetings.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 08:17 am
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hussein is open with our

hussein is open with our enemies(timetable for withdrawal) but not with citizens.what is wrong with this picture?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/08/09 - 08:21 am
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You know what makes me sick,

You know what makes me sick, is how this so called CIC is allowing three of our honorable Navy Seals to be charged with allegedly hurting a known &*^$$)(** Muslim killer. This [filtered word]should never have left the place of capture.

austinevans
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austinevans 12/08/09 - 08:22 am
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What does one expect--the

What does one expect--the idiot prezbo doesn't exactly have a history of openess now does he????? You get what you pay for!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 08:23 am
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An Obama promise and $1 will

An Obama promise and $1 will get you a cup of coffee at the local circle K.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 12/08/09 - 08:25 am
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NotReally, when POSPRESBO

NotReally, when POSPRESBO changes his ways, there'll be LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 12/08/09 - 08:30 am
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johnston.cliff;If the dems

johnston.cliff;If the dems keep up,it will be a hussein promise and $2.

RIPAmerica
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RIPAmerica 12/08/09 - 08:38 am
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Is there where all those who

Is there where all those who predicted EXACTLY such an occurence would happen IF Obclueless got elected start saying "I told you so"? No one can say they never thought it'd be this way, because we TOLD YOU SO before you cast your "fashionable vote" last fall. Must be tough to breathe when the libs are choking on their words today. TOYOTA.

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