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Obama’s transparency problem

I suspect you’ll hear precious little more (it’s already vanished from the deadlines) about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. He won’t tell us what money he made prior too 2010. President Obama and his advisers won’t tell you what they are doing in office.

Of course the RNC is going to town, pointing to this Politico report:

President Obama’s campaign manager regularly used his personal email account while working in the White House but was diligent in copying his official email address to preserve records of the emails, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

But Carney dodged questions about White House officials arranging official meetings at a coffee shop near the White House to avoid having names of who he was meeting with show up on official White House visitor logs.

Well at least they are consistent.

In fact, the mainstream media has been slow to fess up about the atrocious lack of transparency from an administration that promised to put health-care negotiations on C-SPAN and legislation online before voting for it. This administration has egregiously asserted fake executive privilege claims and refused to answer basic questions about scandals (Fast and Furious, the Egyptian terrorist in the White House). It has kept visitor logs from the public and stonewalled the media.

There are two-take away’s here. The first is that although institutionally dedicated to transparency, the media has been grossly derelict in insisting on it and explaining to the public how secretive is this administration. Second, if the tax return issue comes back the Romney team should (why didn’t they do this before?) face off on “transparency.” He’s willing to put forth two years of detailed information regarding his private affairs; Obama won’t show us what public activities he’s been engaged in for the last 3-and-a-half years. To the extent the public cares, I suspect the latter is more objectionable.

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