Friday, October 23, 2009

Transparency, Baby!

There's that word again. I'm not sure it means what you think it means.

The White House has told Congress it will reject calls for many of President Obama's policy czars to testify before Congress - a decision senators said goes against the president's promises of transparency and openness and treads on Congress' constitutional mandate to investigate the administration's actions.

"I think Congress should be able to call the president's climate czar, Carol Browner, the energy and environment czar, to ask her about the negotiations she conducted with the automobile industry that led to very significant policy changes with regard to emissions standards," [Maine Senator Susan] Collins said at a hearing Thursday that examined the proliferation of czars.

At issue are the 18 positions Miss Collins says Mr. Obama has created since he took office. Of those, she says 10 - the White House says eight - are in the executive office and not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests or requests for testimony.

Maybe Congress should give up on "transparency", and look up the word "subpoena".

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