Remember when President Obama promised that his administration would be the most transparent ever? I’m trying to figure out if any of his many lies have been more blatant than that one.
Yes, that particular lie has a lot of competition. But considering that the outcry against his lack of transparency comes as much from liberals as it does from conservatives, I’d have to say it’s right up there among his most obvious lies.
What brought this to mind was a recent letter to congressional leaders from 47 of the government’s 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general. The letter accused several major agencies, including the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, of imposing “serious limitations on access to records.”
The Obama Administration has a very good reason for hiding these records by calling them “privileged.” They know that the records will show a bunch of waste, fraud and mismanagement. And the one thing they don’t want is more scandals piled on top of all the other ones.
Part of the letter reads, “Agency actions that limit, condition or delay access thus have profoundly negative consequences for our work; they make us less effective, encourage other agencies to take similar actions in the future and erode the morale of the dedicated professionals that make up our staffs.”
What are these agencies withholding? Well, the Peace Corps has been withholding records of sexual assaults against its volunteers. The Justice Department has been withholding records for reviews until determining whether those reviews are helpful to their department leadership. Even the EPA’s inspector general had trouble getting documents from the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said that there has never been a letter like this coming from even a dozen inspectors general, let alone 47 of them.
“This is the majority of all inspectors general saying not just in the examples they gave, but government wide, they see a pattern that is making them unable to do their job.”
From claiming you’re going to oversee the most transparent administration in the history of the country to becoming the least transparent administration in the history of the country…that’s quite a leap, even for this president.
If the Obama Administration suddenly fulfilled its promise to be the most transparent ever, what do you think we would learn about what’s going on behind closed doors?