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"Open Government" Closed

The lamestream media told you:

President-elect Obama has promised to make government more transparent, including making bills available to the public before signing them.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Fears that congressional leaders and the president-elect will of attempt a new-law sneak attack, commonly called "ten bills in ten hours," grew today when it was learned that the posted statements for openness have been removed from Obama's change.gov website.

The site had claimed, "Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days." Although the page has been taken down by Obama's team, it did get saved: http://tinyurl.com/668l9y

Even if the policy were still posted, any bill can be deemed an emergency to avoid the safeguard, and a five-day review period for bills that can run thousands of pages is an insult, making the policy a virtual sham (but now that it's not policy, it can't be called a sham can it).

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Chris Griffin

Sunlight before signing? How about sunset before signing? A built-in expiration for every bill... And, to be honest, it's not the President who needs to be more open, it's Congress. Perhaps reading before voting would be a good idea, too?

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