Senator Tom Coburn says he and Barack Obama are “good personal friends,” but Fast and Furious has “fire,” not “just smoke. He also says there is reason to be concerned about Eric Holder’s “untruthfulness.”
These two men have a “good friend” relationship going back to Obama’s short time in the Senate. Recently in a press conference, Obama used Coburn as an example of Democrats and Republicans working together – because they did so ‘back in the day.’ Back in the day, Coburn, Obama, McCain and Carper sponsored the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. It passed and was signed into law by G. W. Bush in September 2006.
But that transparency doesn’t extend to Operation Fast and Furious and the families of the dead under that lethal and illegal program. Coburn said he believes the Fast and Furious documents will eventually be released but…
“The question is ‘can they put it off until after the election? I suspect that’s why the president issued the executive order.” Source: NewsMax
As a result of the Obama-Coburn Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, by law, all government spending was to be available online – including all entities receiving federal dollars. As we know, “transparency” is a big, important, deal for Barack Obama. The problem: the big deal for him and his administration is figuring out how to work outside that transparency. How long did it take us to find out about Solyndra? His National Ocean Policy is being funded, but no one knows where the funding is coming from. We still allow earmarks that have not been authorized or appropriated. We’re told that the White House visitor logs released to the public are not complete.
In September 2009, Obama told the nation his health care plan would not just be neutral to the deficit, but would actually lower it:
And here’s what you need to know. First, I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future. (Applause.) I will not sign it if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future, period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize …. This plan will not add to our deficit. Source: Breitbart
We were told ObamaCare would lower a family’s premiums by $2500 annually, but the Wall Street Journal says it is raising family premiums by $2200 per year. The federal budget for 2013 shows an additional $111 Billion in additional spending, paid for by taxpayers. We know before it’s over, these numbers will likely rise. AND the Wall Street Journal indicates that Democrats knew their assessment of the cost of the legislation was untruthful.
Here’s a very current example. How much transparency do you expect?
On May 23, President Obama issued a memorandum, “Building a 21st Century Digital Government.” The memo introduces a new strategy developed by the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), Steven VanRoekel, entitled, “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People.” The strategy builds on previous administration initiatives, such as its effort to reform federal websites and using online technologies to improve service to citizens.
The strategy is designed to “ensure that agencies use emerging technologies to serve the public as effectively as possible” and will require agencies “to adopt new standards for making applicable Government information open and machine-readable by default.” The memo directs agencies to comply with the strategy’s requirements within one year and to publicly report on their progress.
Is there any doubt Obama donors will be first in line to “improve service to citizens,” and that we will pay millions more than the service (if provided) is worth, and that we will know nothing about the extraordinary expense involved in the program until it is far too late?
There is no problem with “transparency” with Senator Coburn, but we can’t even get the full list of visitors to the White House disclosed to the public.
Coburn said that although he and Obama are “good friends,” he will not vote for Barack Obama. Gracious, I hope that’s true whether a Fast and Furious looms or not. After all, he is a Republican Senator from a very conservative state, but…our votes are sacrosanct and we can vote for our good friends if we want too. The administration has not yet forced “transparency” of our voting ballots on the American people, but give him four more years in the White House and expect him to try it.