Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What Happened To Obama's Bill Signing Promise?

Politicians make lots of promises they can't keep. But sometimes they make promises they can keep but just won't.

Such is the case with President Obama's promise to post bills on the White web page for constituent review before signing them. Clearly this is one pledge well within the control of the president. It's not like others that require - say - congressional approval.

The Washington Times is reporting that just last week, the president signed four bills within one or two days of their passage in Congress. He had promised to post bills on the web site for five days after they reached his desk to allow for public comment.

So much for transparency in government.

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Anonymous said...

TY for brining this to light. I don't understand why he made that promise and is not honoring it. How does one find out?

I think the ppl have a right to take a look at bills before having them signed. At least we can contact our reps and give our opinion!

WorthyOfUrAttn said...

I for one am very impressed with President Obama's policy on transpanency. It's only common sense that NOT ALL bills are appropriate for public view or knowledge. People fail to understand or realise that before Obama took office, there was already a plethora of information behind the scenes even riviting information. Once weeded though, he assumed the position of transparency but not all business is everyone business. Some information can start a national even a global panic.

Gary Baumgarten said...

Actually all bills are worthy of public review. They are public record and they are spending the public's money doing the public's business.

What conceivable national or global panic could occur from giving people opportunity to comment on, for example, the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act before it was signed into law?

THE LonesomeDove said...

The United States of America is a representative republic - or it was, and your comment is an absolute load of fill-in-the-blank. It certainly isn't worthy of attention. There is no type of bill that is "inappropriate" for public view or knowledge, and if that were the case then ignorance of the law would be the preponderant and acceptable defense in both civil and criminal cases. It is gratifying that my former congressman, current congressman and governor reciprocally follow each other on Twitter, so I can say that I am seeing some transparency in government of late, but certainly not from the executive branch and most particularly NOT from Barack Obama as promised!