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  • No More 'Ethics' in the White House?

    It looks like ethics and transparency are yet again taking a back seat at the Obama White House, this time with the little-noticed news that the president’s ‘ethics’ czar, Norm Eisen, is leaving to become a foreign ambassador and will not be replaced.

    Instead, his responsibilities (which included oversight of transparency and accountability, among others) are being handed over to White House counsel Bob Bauer. According to the Huffington Post, critics say Bauer is not the kind of guy one would want in charge of ensuring good, ethical government:

    “Our priorities are different,” said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation. “This is not a man whose DNA is built on an ethics, openness and a transparency agenda. It’s the opposite,” she said.

    As Timothy Carney details in the Washington Examiner, Bauer has a long resume’ of Democratic political campaign work, having represented John Kerry, Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He might be a highly-qualified Democratic operative, but does that mean he should be responsible for ensuring an open and transparent government?

    Bauer’s fitness for the job aside, one need only look at President Obama’s track record to realize this is an administration that has failed to live up to the president’s pledge to be the most transparent White House in history.

    Take the lengthy, behind-closed-doors health care reform negotiations in January (Obama promised to broadcast meetings on C-SPAN). Or how about the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, in which the Justice Department denied newspaper and Congressional requests for information about the case (not to mention that it ignored subpoenas issued by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights)?

    But you don’t have to take our word for it. In March, The New York Times reported that the move for transparency was “slow and erratic” across the federal agencies. And U.S. News & World Report details instances of Obama’s failures in transparency, including the president’s ironic refusal to take questions at a freedom of the press signing ceremony, a nuclear summit that was closed to the press corps, and a protracted stonewalling over whether or not the White House offered a job to Rep. Joe Sestak in exchange for his not running for Senate.

    Will things get worse under Bauer’s leadership? Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute points out that it doesn’t matter who is in charge, but what’s important is “the degree to which the president of the United States decides that this is something that’s important to him.”

    Let the record speak for itself.

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    8 Responses to No More 'Ethics' in the White House?

    1. Billie says:

      No more ethics in the white house? Believe that! To deceive kind hearted, good willed, law abiding people, to take advantage of, to win an opportunity to abuse the highest power of authority and all related, to destroy the freedom to live, shows evil, cowards! America must rid this dangerous weakness of evil!

      The president is more concerned of his ethics regarding a Muslim Mosque of a state's matter, then letting the people know they can trust him by him and his cabinet, being transparent.

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    3. Jeanne Stotler, Wood says:

      Please show me where any ethical business has been handled by this administration?? This is the most corrupt administration and Congress I've seen in my life time, 78 Yrs. most of lived in the D.C. area with parents and grandfather who worked for Gov't. When I heard the quote from BHO's appearance on the "View" I knew where it came from. He admitted he didn't listen to people and that what he did was unpopular with the general public but "What he THOUGHT was needed" this is gall.

    4. Lloyd Scallan (New O says:

      Obama and his White House has no "ethics". They have no honesty! They have no integrity! They have nothing that we recognize as American. They have an ideology that is based in Communism and socialist. It's hard for anyone to

      understand that this anti-American movement has such a foot-hold in our country.

      But we all had better realize this is what we are now facing. If we all want to survive this onslaught, wake-up and challenge everyone of these that are deliberately destroying our nation with their lack of "ethics".

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    6. Sandra, San Antonio says:

      Perhaps the definition of ethics eludes the White House as does the pronunciation of corps man from those suffering from the over-educated idiot syndrom.

    7. Dennis Georgia says:

      Ethics is not something that Washington has, they will do what ever it takes to get and manitain power and controll. The dems, pelosi, reid and obama have been underhanded in all they have done. The bills they ahve passed were not even written at the time, as pelosi has said on more than one occassion, we will have to wait untill it is written to see what is in it. It takes a crrok to work with a crook, so what is new about this????

    8. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      Ethics and anything associated with the WH are mutually exclusive terms.

      It could just as easily be said that there are “NO LESS ethics in the WH” and it still be a correct statement. When you start your administration at zero and end your ethical quest with zero your result remains at zero. The big “O” that represents Obama politically now also equally represents the number “ZERO” relative to the sum total of his ethical decisions and actions.

      Perhaps any elected officials who take the same oath of office as our military personnel do should also get the protections (or lack thereof) relative to everything dealing with serving in accordance with established ethical standards expected of all commissioned officers. Likewise they should suffer the same consequences and rules of engagement relative to having allegations of their (personal and staff’s) wrongdoing investigated. In my assessment we would no longer be tormented by having to deal with term limits as many past and present elected officials and their appointees would have a most difficult time simply serving their first term much less making a career of corruption at taxpayer’s expense.

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