Obama secrecy is all too common despite promises about “transparency.”
Imagine having an employee, with a company credit card, and he’s always taking trips billed to you. He admits many of the expenses he charges are his own responsibility, but he refuses to show you the actual details of his spending.
How long would that person remain an employee?
But CBS News reports, “How much do Obama’s fundraising trips cost? Mum’s the word.”
From the way the White House vehemently refuses to disclose information on the costs of presidential political travel and calculations on reimbursing the government, you might think they were state secrets.
As President Obama embarks Thursday on a three-day Democratic fundraising trip to California, the White House again refuses an umpteenth request from CBS News for the political travel information.
“As in other administrations, we follow all rules and regulations to ensure that the DNC or other relevant political committee pays what is required for the president to travel to political events,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
But repeated requests are turned down for a breakdown of the costs and an explanation and specific examples of how the White House calculates how much is paid by taxpayers and how much must be reimbursed to the government by the Democratic National Committee or others.
On the other hand, if you’re the boss, no one has a right to ask how you’re spending your money—it’s no one else’s business what you do with all that belongs to you.
Is the President treating us like he’s the employee, or the boss?
Very simply, the White House doesn’t want to disclose the material because it might be embarrassing and would draw lots of criticism, which Mr. Obama can do without.
Simply put, this secrecy needs to end, no matter who is in the White House. They work for us. They spend our money. They have no right to privacy on such matters. If they want to keep things secret, then let them spend their own money!
Note: I give the reporter, Mark Knoller, kudos for recognizing that, while past Presidents have been equally derelict, none has been so blatantly hypocritical as this leader. He has proclaimed high standards of transparency while hiding virtually everything. The man is a closed book in so many ways.