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Novel idea; Conservatives should lead by example with transparency – Tea Party should demand it?

Nothing wrong with the American people getting a win. How about the minority opposition party leading by example from the rear? The Tea Party people have been screaming about transparency, yet it is not part of any ‘Purity Test’ or principles or platform of theirs. Demonstrate to the American people what transparency is and what it can be. Walk the talk. All those screeching for more transparency than introduced so far should demand it from the areas they control and use that example to promote the transparency agenda. Much stronger & more positive action than Sarah Palin prohibiting the press from her events/speeches.

- E-mails from the Palin administration are being withheld from the public and the governor is citing executive privilege," reported Alaska TV station KTUU

- Wrote the Anchorage Daily News, "Palin promised her pipeline contract negotiations would be open and transparent -- although the meetings starting today won't be…"

- “She’s also been criticized by the local semiweekly newspaper for a new policy requiring department heads to get the mayor’s approval before talking to reporters," the Anchorage Daily News noted. "An editorial in The Frontiersman labeled it a ‘gag order

- CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) – Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.

In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as “Google for Government.”

In June of 2008, Obama and Coburn introduced new Senate legislation to expand the information available online to include details on earmarks, competitive bidding, criminal activities, audit disputes and other government information.

- Gov. Palin's response to the "Troopergate" investigation shifted from "transparency," to confidentiality.

- For the third time since the presidential election — the first at a speech in China, the second at a speech for a pro-life group in Indiana — Sarah Palin will give a political speech to the National Tea Party Convention that members of the media are not allowed to attend.

The current administration has started with some good steps towards transparency, but it’s not there yet. Let the opposition set the tone – lead by example – benefit the American people – audition for their jobs – validate their complaints. Earn those cush salaries while many America’s wish for jibs so they could WORK! You know, walk some of that personal responsibility talk by setting the tone, instead of just hypocritical carping.

And it doesn’t even involve a felony. If doing the right thing, or serving in a positive way offends their sensibilities they could think of it as ‘shaming’ the current administration into even more transparency or building an election argument based on action rather than lies. And the worst that could happen – a win for the American people – delivered by….. What do ya think?

Senator Obama – doing transparency before transparency was cool - & before Tea Pots had spouts. When will the Tea Party begin with the transparency? Or even suggest it to their leaders? Maybe even get transparent on their funding by lobbyists? Maybe even more transparent than ….the ‘C’ Street Family! Or James O’Keefe. Now that might be found credible.

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    that wasnt what they were told to demand.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Transparency is good, in government.

    Was Palin less than transparent as governor? I don't know. I'll take what you said at face value.

    However the Tea Party convention is NOT government. It is a private event. People paid money to attend.

    Obama gave a speech at a private event here in San Francisco a few months ago. I know because my brother was invited and told me all about it. The media was not allowed to attend. And that's OK, because it was a non-government function.

    The problem we have with transparency in government is:

    1. We were told the public would be allowed to watch the health care negotiations on CSPAN, and that never happened.

    2. A great deal of the health care negotiations took place behind back doors. Heck, often even Republican Congressmen weren't even allowed in.

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  • Karri
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    It would mean you'll never see this in the mainstream news media. But people more and more get their news from other sources. It also means the smoke and mirrors that liberals use to distort reality are running out of magic.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Obama promised transparency....shouldn't the ones who voted for him DEMAND IT?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Guess what? Libs are in power - Dems have a supermajority and they hold the presidency.

    Time to stop pointing fingers and start leading.

    Unless a litany of complaints is still all you have to offer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Machiavelli disagrees and everyone follows his advice.

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    1 decade ago


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