Where Is Obama’s “Transparency”?

by Steve Ray on January 7, 2010

TV network challenges Obama to allow broadcast of health-reform negotiations

The C-SPAN television network, which regularly broadcasts debates in the US Congress, has challenged President Obama and the House and Senate majority leaders to allow television coverage of the negotiations that will produce a new health-care reform bill. Because the House and Senate passed different bills, the ordinary legislative process would call for a joint conference committee to reconcile the differences. But Democratic party leaders plan to circumvent that process, avoiding public scrutiny by introducing new bills in both houses. Brian Lamb of C-SPAN reminded President Obama that he had frequently “talked about the value of transparent discussions on reforming the nation’s health-care system.”

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Paul W. Primavera January 7, 2010 at 9:37 AM

We have to understand that Obamolech’s spiritual forefathers are Pontius Pilate, Maximillen Robespierre and Josef Stalin. Once we understand that, then we know exactly what his promise of transparency was all about. He’ll make every wrong thing done by the Republicans public, and every decision he makes will be done under the cloak of secrecy to avoid panicking the people because the people don’t know what’s good for them and he does.

HG January 7, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Steve,

Only communists and dictators do this. Our country is experiencing authoritarianism little by little. This government is heading towards a collision course with the Catholic Church. I will not be surprised if at the end of the road there will be another american revolution to rid this country of these immoral clowns in government.

Jim Bond January 8, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Steve,

Why is being a faithful Catholic anathema to all things Democratic and President Obama? The posting about short-circuiting the legislative process in health care is woefully misinformed. Check the record and the facts. Republicans for 12 years controlled the Congress and they, like the Democrats, often melded like proposals and re-passed through both houses the agreed legislation, often without the need for Conference Committee. Also, most Conference Committees have as the back drop staff between House-Senate meeting in private and then offering up the agreed upon bill for re-passage through both houses and onto to the President for signature.

Aren’t you really taking up the battle cry of the GOP who never once wanted to confer with the Democratic leadership (for fear of being “complicit”) in crafting a health care bill? It is sad that faithful Catholics who oppose abortion and live their Catholic faith but believe in social justice and the right of all Americans to have access to health care are belittled by those taking up the “sacred” Republican stance.

If you were “in the know” you would tout little the Republicans any more than tearing down the Democrats as they sent our children to war, ignored the poor and promoted the advantaged (Wall Street, sole source contracts to certain vendors in Iraq) in their policies on Capitol Hill and at the White House.

It is sad partisan politics is used in the same breathe as protecting our Catholic faith.

David Tucci January 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I believe Mr. Bond is woefully misinformed. We are talking conference committee negotiations being transparent. “house senate meetings in private”. If you are so committed to your Catholic Faith, you will demand access to these discussions. The USCCB has told us the priority to evaluate the issues of our current government. Maybe Mr Bond needs to read their direction, and not follow his own decisions as to what is right.

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