One of Obama's campaign promises was that he would make the government "more transparent." Well, we are still waiting for that transparency to emerge. If anything, Obama and the Democrats have worked to make things more secretive. For example, the way the Republicans were excluded from meetings where the porkulus/spendulus package was written.
The broken promise of more transparency has even extended into the White House itself where Rahm Emanuel is Chief of Staff. While doing a background story on Rahm's activities at Freddie Mac, the Chicago Tribune tried to obtain meeting minutes and other information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But the Obama Administration just outright said "No."
From the Chicago Tribune:
|The Obama administration rejected a Tribune request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel’s time as a director. The documents, obtained by Falcon for his investigation, were “commercial information” exempt from disclosure, according to a lawyer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency.|
Why the secrecy? What is the Obama Administration afraid will be brought to light if that information were released? Perhaps that Rahm Emanuel had a bigger hand in causing the credit crisis than previously thought?
That little line about "commercial information" should only apply to private companies. Freddie and Fannie are not private anymore.
Again, what is the Obama Administration afraid of in releasing that information?
If this had been a Republican Administration denying this kind of information, the leftist leaning news networks would be all over it. But, since they won't cover this, it is up to us bloggers to ask these questions.
You can access the complete story on-line here:
Rahm Emanuel's Profitable Stint At Mortgage Giant
Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac
March 27, 2009