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Clear as Mud

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Jun 21, 2012

If there is any principle upon which most members of the electorate can agree, at least part of the time, it’s that governmental funding and decisions ought, with few exceptions, to be transparent to the citizenry. Sunlight, it is said, is an excellent disinfectant, as only the most brazen will pursue misdeeds in the day time, or in the glare of public scrutiny. Indeed, part of the Change we were promised recently was greater transparency, in contrast to the murky dealings of the previous Administration.

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Posted by Dash
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Some decisions about policies and actions must be made behind closed doors, because it would be impossible to have frank discussions in public. If the decisions turn out to be particularly egregious there needs to be some way of dragging the deliberations that led to them into the open.

But to hide the identity of huge donors in political campaigns? There is no excuse for that at all.

Yeah, so you're right again, Tom.

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Posted by underdog
a resident of another community
on Jun 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Yes a little bit of both sides. Someone is always angry about executive privelege or pardons extended to those who take the fall and obscure the light. The core problem here is election politics and nothing new, nothing more. Holder angered the GOP in blocking their redistricting efforts. They chose a fight on an issue that was pure politics. The hypocrisy of the NRA-fueled GOP, defenders of the 2nd Amendment, really caring about weapons crossing the border is an absurdity. The opportunity for disclosure and ending this debacle was open, the GOP chose the low road and the stiff political fight. Hence Executive privelege, hence the dark clouds, smoke, and fog of political warfare. Very simply, campaign donors/amounts should be disclosed to align with our free election process. Good show Tom.

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Posted by Atticus Finch
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Quit blaming the GOP for Holder's gaff. Holder back flipped to get out of giving up documents crucial to the investigation of Fast and Furious. He's running scared because he screwed up; including the death of a U.S. Boarder Patrol Agent.

Instead of throwing big words into the mix, along with your fog of reality sense of b.s., keep the talk plain. Write the truth and stop blaming the GOP for everything.

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

Hi Atticus: I actually thought this post was pretty fair and balanced -- I certainly intended it to be. I like openness; I don't like Obama's hiding those DOJ documents from public view, nor hiding the names of donors to campaigns -- any donors, to any campaigns.

Here's a quote: "The transparency principle thus suffers whitewash from one side and invisibility cloaking from the other. This is one policy matter in which both sides are culpable in their own ways – We, the People are the losers ..."

So I'd like to respond to the critique, but I think the column speaks for itself in that regard. Anyway, the current week's entry is just about the venality of Big Banksters, who have been rigging interest rates for the past decade. Neither political party was harmed (or is mentioned) in the making of that post.