GOP fighting transparency

From Sunlight Foundation:

DeMint blocking secret hold bill

By Paul Blumenthal on 07/14/10 @ 11:12 am

Tags: Jim DeMint, Secret Hold, Transparency

Jim DeMint (R) - fighting transparency

GOP - Grasping Obstructionist Politicians

There seems to be a recurring theme with transparency legislation. Senators just love to block these types of bills. There are three possibilities here: (1) senators fear transparency and openness, (2) senators have legitimate questions, (3) senators have a base need to remind everyone of the true definition of irony (they’re still mad at Alanis Morrisette).

Into this theme steps Sen. Jim DeMint, blocker of a bill that would end the practice of secret holds in the Senate. DeMint joins the pantheon of such greats as Sens. Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd who placed secret holds on a bill to create an online database of federal spending ( and sundry Republican senators who stood up to secretly block a bill to require senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically. Take a bow, senator.

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(Yet) another GOP politician (like our mayor) doing everything possible to destroy transparency and keep the old-boy-secret-network going.

If the GOP would simply obey their own principles, people might start believing in them again – instead of seeing them for the hypocrites and obstructionists they are.

  1 comment for “GOP fighting transparency

  1. Gregory Iwan
    July 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Obstruction is an art that since 1994 has been honed and crafted to a degree unmatched since the Civil War. Its application has been advanced largely by the GOP, who would rather die than see ANY economic growth on Obama’s watch. I suppose everyone knows that the word “agenda” (Latin) means “things [being] done;” Really? Doing the House business surely doesn’t keep John Boehner (R, OH) from spending most of his time at “fund raisers.” Isn’t it strange that these persons of the “conservative” persuasion have money to throw at Boehner and his hooligans, but not with which to HIRE someone? Maybe it is time to hang a sign on the Capitol steps: “No admittance to politicians or lobbyists.”

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