“Transparency” Mask Dropped

by Dave Blount | August 16, 2010 1:06 pm

Gradually the mask slips away, revealing the adolescent Marxist tyrant beneath. The ballyhooed “transparency” that was supposed to mark Barack Hussein Obama’s conspicuously secretive administration has been officially dropped[1]:

President Obama has abolished the position in his White House dedicated to transparency and shunted those duties into the portfolio of a partisan ex-lobbyist who is openly antagonistic to the notion of disclosure by government and politicians.

Obama transferred “ethics czar” Norm Eisen to the Czech Republic to serve as U.S. ambassador [here[2]‘s what Obama thinks of formerly communist-occupied allies like the Czech Republic]. Some of Eisen’s duties will be handed to Domestic Policy Council member Steven Croley, but most of them, it appears, will shift over to the already-full docket of White House Counsel Bob Bauer.

A little background on BHO’s new Transparency Czar:

Bauer is renowned as a “lawyer’s lawyer” and a legal expert. His resume, however, reads more “partisan advocate” than “good-government crusader.” … Then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., the caricature of a cutthroat Chicago political fixer, hired Bauer to represent the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In the White House, Bauer is tight with Emanuel, having defended Emanuel’s [illegal] offer of a job to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., whom Emanuel wanted out of the Senate race.

Another Bauer client was New Jersey Sen. Robert “Torch” Torricelli back in 2001. When one Torricelli donor admitted he had reimbursed employees for their contributions to the Torch — thus circumventing contribution limits — Bauer explained, “All candidates ask their supporters to help raise money from friends, family members and professional associates.”

The liberal moral credo: Everybody Does It. But it’s still better to do it in the shadows, so you don’t get caught.

At least Bauer is transparent about his opinion of transparency:

In August 2006 Bauer blogged, “disclosure is a mostly unquestioned virtue deserving to be questioned.”

Here he is on attempts to regulate the political cash that flows through 527s with borderline legality:

“If it’s not done with 527 activity as we have seen, it will be done in other ways,” he told the Senate rules committee. “There are other directions, to be sure, that people are actively considering as we speak. Without tipping my hand or those of others who are professionally creative, the money will find an outlet.”

In addition to promising greater transparency, Obama also assured us that he would clean out the lobbyists[3] — that is, guys like Bauer:

Bauer lobbied on behalf of America Votes Inc., a Democratic 527 funded by the likes of the AFL-CIO and ACORN.

It isn’t enough for Obama to lie and break promises; to fully express his contempt for this country, he has to appoint caricatures like Bauer to make a completely mockery of anyone who believed him.

Bauer: Transparency? Bwahahaha!

On tips from wingmann and Incitatus. Cross-posted at Moonbattery[4].

  1. officially dropped: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Obama-closes-curtain-on-transparency-468557-100595914.html
  2. here: http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/09/obama_cancels_m.html
  3. clean out the lobbyists: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2009/mar/17/obamas-lobbyist-rules-promise-broken/
  4. Moonbattery: http://www.moonbattery.com/

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