What?? What does that mean?? The word is TRANSPARENCY, a word which was used over and over again by CANDIDATE Obama last fall. Do you remember?!?!? All legislation was to be posted online for at least FIVE days before any votes so that the CITIZENS (that's us, you know, "We, The People..." as quoted in our Declaration of Independence) would be able to review important legislation and make thoughtful comment to our duly elected representatives in Congress.
NO MORE SECRET LATE NIGHT BEHIND-THE-DOOR DEALS FOR US. NO SIR! WE WOULD HAVE AN OPEN TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT THAT WOULD ALLOW THE COMMON CITIZENS TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT WAS BEING DONE WITH OUR TAXES.
Sounded great, didn't it. It gave us HOPE that real CHANGE would occur. Yea, right! By the time our Congress and our President have finished spending, hand over fist, on every pet and pork project they can think of, the only HOPE we can rely on is that we may still have some spare CHANGE in our collective pockets.
Let's look at the record so far. Our congress was rushed into voting on a trillion dollar spending bill that no one had read!! It wasn't posted on the internet for five days, not the final version. The version that was voted on, and passed, was not on the internet for more that 48 hours before it became the law of the land.
Now, let's talk about the promised TRANSPARENCY. Recently, the Fox Business Network placed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the U.S. Treasury for an accounting of how the first TARP money, about $780 billion, had been spent. That request was declined by our government. So Fox went to court and the court ruled that the Treasury had to provide the requested information. Fox received a list from the Treasury that was largely blacked out for "security reasons." BULLSHIT!!!
THIS IS OUR MONEY, THE GOVERNMENT TOOK IT, SPENT IT IRRESPONSIBLY AND NOW DOESN'T WANT TO TELL US HOW THE MONEY WAS SPENT!! THIS IS BEYOND IMPERIOUS BEHAVIOR...THIS IS ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR AND IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION OF HOW OUR NEW PRESIDENT SAID THINGS WOULD BE DONE ONCE HE WAS ELECTED.
I CALL NOW UPON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO BE A MAN OF HIS WORD AND TAKE CHARGE OF THIS SITUATION AND SEE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS PROVIDED WITH AN ACCOUNTING OF WHERE OUR TAX MONEY WENT. MAN UP, BARACK, IT IS NOW TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!
WHATCHA GONNA DO?!?!?