Michigan Crony Capitalism: Secret Spending

A crony capitalism agency of the Michigan state government has hidden their expenses on their own authority. It is pretty amazing that our state governments pretend that taking taxpayer money and giving it to huge corporations is in the public interest and the legitimate power of the state. But it is even more amazing when such a department of crony capitalism (i.e. pseudo-capitalism) makes its work—which is allegedly so good for the economy—a state secret. Back in 2009, the Michigan Economic Read more […]

Bobby Jindal is Nothing Like Hillary Clinton

Bobby Jindal doesn’t want to let reporters read all his email correspondence. Why should he? The Associated Press obviously wants us to think that Bobby Jindal is a hypocrite: “Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal won’t release emails from 2 terms in office, citing exemptions.” Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office refused Friday to release any of the Republican governor’s emails from his two terms, saying the messages are either protected from disclosure under state law or personal in nature. The Associated Read more […]

White House Abolishes FOIA Procedures

Rather than fight requests in court, the White House has now destroyed official FOIA procedures so that records can’t be requested anymore. Here’s another memo from the most transparent administration in history—the administration of a man who campaigned on open government. USA Today reports, “White House office to delete its FOIA regulations.” The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official Read more […]

Judge Condemns the EPA but Leaves It Unpunished

The judge condemns the EPA for mistreating conservatives, but what will stop them from doing so again? The EPA has been egregiously violating the law regarding Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests by “slow walking” requests from conservative groups. One such group, the Landmark Legal Foundation, sued the EPA. The verdict is in. The judge has declared Landmark to be in the right and the EPA to be in the wrong. As the Washington Times reports, “Judge rules EPA lied about transparency, Read more […]

Barack Obama Is Secretly Plotting How to Use Dictator Powers

The New York Times reports on how Barack Obama is secretly plotting his executive orders that, supposedly, will reform immigration. The “most transparent administration in history” just got further from the public view. When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation’s immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden. Since then, the process of drafting what will likely Read more […]

The Fearful Master is Here!

Barack Obama claimed that his would be the “most transparent” Administration in all of history. Broken hard drives, official gag orders, targeted assassinations of the innocent, and countless documented lies later, somehow I’m having trouble seeing any reflection of that claim in reality. Does this sound like “transparency” to you: The Obama administration has charged more people (six) under the Espionage Act for the alleged mishandling of classified information than all past presidencies combined Read more […]

Barack Obama Spies On Us While Running The LEAST Transparent Administration In History

From Associated Press: “U.S. cites security more to censor, deny records.” The Obama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history. More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly Read more […]

Obama’s Transparency Claim as Clear as Mud

In 2008, President Obama promised us all sorts of fanciful things, including a high level of transparency. He would lower sea levels, eradicate any racial divide, he would finally unite America, and would make the rest of the world love us. He swore that he would pilot a “new era of open government.” His administration would operate the most transparent government in history. Not just now, mind you but, everywhere, throughout history. Dan Epstein, Executive Director of Cause of Action, Read more […]