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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I know some of you will think me too critical of the President, especially since he hasn’t even finished his first year in office.  But I will take a little time on ye Olde Blog of Whall to point out some things I think important enough to mention.

First off, this isn’t just a “he lied! look at him lying!” or typical partisan finger-pointing at politicians.  All politicians lie.  It’s inexcusable, but there hasn’t been one that I know of that can refute it.  Some lie more than others, perhaps, and others may be over-zealous in their accusations of “lie”.   For example, if they promise to work towards something, and it doesn’t happen, I don’t consider that a lie.

Actually, I want to point out how Obama told the truth. 

Back in 2007, Obama signed the Oath of Presidential Transparency indicating that if he’s elected, he’ll issue an executive order during his first month in office instructing the entire executive branch to put into practice the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, a Google-like search tool will allow you to see how your tax dollars are being spent on federal contracts, grants and earmarks. (here’s his signed oath).  That Act was signed into law by Bush but hadn’t been followed as much as it should.

As such, I could find no such Executive Order signed by Obama.  I did find an undated memo… looks like a press release, though.  Maybe that’s good enough.  There is one about Ethics and stuff, and it’s neat – it says appointees in Executive branch vow not to take gifts from Lobbyists, for example. 

All good stuff, but where’s the transparency?

Early on, Obama promised open government, and talks about policy being open.

This is awesome stuff, but where’s the transparency?

Then there was the whole promise of Health Care Reform Legislation and talks all being out in the open, with hearings broadcast on C-Span, talks available on the Internet, and definitely, whatever may come, definitely NOT behind closed doors.

It all sounds great, but where’s the transparency?

Obama also promised that legislation would be put out on the Internet for at least 5 days for public review before being voted on, and then he later promised it would be out for 3 days, and there have been a few times where bills were voted on the day they were made available.  However, to be fair, I can’t fault Obama for this – he never should have made that promise, because he can’t be held accountable.  It’s not his decision to call a vote or make legislation available.

Either way, it’s all very nice, but where’s the transparency?

I believe I finally found it.  It’s at the airport!

Thank you Obama for bringing transparency to us all!

And lo, the people did comment thus:

15 Comments

  1. martymankins says:

    For perhaps the one and only time we may agree politically, I agree with this. Even though it’s in his first year, I expected more and wanted him to do what he promised. He needs to stop trying to mend fences and play nice. Just do what he says. As someone who voted for him and was hoping for big changes, I just haven’t seen it yet. I’m hoping the next 3 years will prove me and everyone else wrong.
    .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Politically Twittered Out =-.

  2. Dave2 says:

    YOU LIE!
    So much for your promise to “…not be doing any political-themed posts on this blog!”

    But anyway…
    I agree 100% with your criticism of Obama, and am still fuming over the entire ACTA mess, which I have blogged about a couple times. Sure it’s expected, but it makes the entire HOPE melodrama a joke. And since it was enough to get him elected by hopeful Americans at the voting booth, HOPE deserves better. As I have stated many times, I voted Obama only because I considered him to be the lesser evil when compared to the McCain/Palin fiasco… NOT because I had any illusion that he would somehow rise above politics and keep all his promises. Given the crazy stuff I’ve seen come from McCain and Palin since the election, I am happy to stand by that decision.

    But anyway…
    I honestly have no problem when you discuss politics on your blog. Or on Twitter. Or on Utterz. Or wherever. I consider you a friend, enjoy your thoughts, and am always looking for opinions that run counter to my own as a reality check… especially in the arena of politics and religion. But here’s my problem… you don’t DISCUSS politics. You AMBUSH with politics. I send a tweet about finally getting HD television, and get an anti-Obama attack out of nowhere. And it would be different if you were joking, but you’re not. At least it certainly doesn’t read that way. Your responses certainly don’t. And, as if that weren’t enough, I once again get bashed over the head as if I am some kind of Obama apologist which you KNOW to be false. I merely ask if you honestly think that Bush is less guilty of the things you lay on Obama’s doorstep. Instead of an honest answer or some kind of debate on the issue, I get dismissed as the butt of a joke. It’s not fair. It’s not respectful. And it seriously puts me in the position of never responding to your political hostility again. I enjoy joking around with you when I know it’s all in good humor… and you are truly funny when you’re in that mindset… I just wish you wouldn’t use me like this to forward your political agenda.

    But anyway…
    The real problem I have is that your “attacks” on Twitter is that they either paint me in a misleading light, misrepresent my actual political views, or force me to get involved in non-productive 140-character conversations that degenerate into sniping. And who wants that? This is not funny. Especially since I regularly criticize the Obama administration as much as I ever did Bush’s. My politics have been blogged ad-nauseum and are well-known to you. You know I vote Republican in local elections or any time I feel a Republican is the better person for the job. You know I am forever defending free political discourse and people’s right to be a Democrat OR a Republican. Especially when I get nasty comments on my blog entries. And yes, even on Twitter.

    But anyway…
    I guess what I’m trying to say is this. Please DO continue breaking your promises and posting your political thoughts back here on your blog where there is a forum for actual discussion. You’re obviously dying to get your politics out there (attaching them to an HD television tweet, REALLY?)… why not do it in a space where you can fully articulate your thoughts in the humorous and engaging Whall Method™ that I can read without wanting to fly to Austin and take a tax cut out of your spleen?

    But anyway…
    Transparency at the airport… now THAT’S FUNNY! LOL! LMFAO! ROTFL! 😀
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Heights =-.

  3. Dave2 says:

    Oog. I messed up a closing tag. In the interest of transparency, I would hope that you’d install a PREVIEW button… or at least allow editing comments for a short time after they’ve been posted so your commenters can fix errors they can’t see until AFTER they post.
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Heights =-.

    • whall says:

      Dave2 – I’ve added a plugin that allows you to edit comments after a short time. It probably won’t work for THIS comment so I’ll fix the tagging for you… maybe edit the content a little…

  4. Avitable says:

    In the interest of transparency, I am not wearing any pants.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..Picture 314 =-.

  5. Sybil Law says:

    I’m pretty sure I should get a job as a screener at the airport.
    .-= Sybil Law´s last blog ..Barfly =-.

  6. Faiqa says:

    Yeah. Plus he lied to all us Muslims when he told us he would help us with our world domination plan. Jerk.

  7. Finn says:

    Why has no one asked the obvious question here: What is on that dude’s shoulder?
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..Diptych One: Red =-.

  8. Poppy says:

    @Faiqa HAHAHA

    I got pulled out of line on the way home from VT for asking the TSA agent to repeat a part of his question to me about if I was travelling with certain items. I didn’t mind, and I got a free frisk by a female TSA agent.

    No transparency! Just a groping! And now I can sue them for inappropriately touching me!
    .-= Poppy´s last blog ..No longer =-.

  9. Poppy says:

    PS to Marty and Dave2 – I am going to stick up for the author of this blog and our mutual friend just for a minute. Wayne doesn’t have to justify his opinions about other politicians. It’s a personal blog, and he feels passionate about this one politician. I happen to like Obama. If Bush were still in office and was doing the exact same thing that Obama was I’d be spewing my dislike of his taking too long and being all talk. We’re human, we like who we like, we dislike who we dislike… that’s life.
    .-= Poppy´s last blog ..No longer =-.

    • martymankins says:

      Oh, Dave and I have our dislikes about Obama. We also have our dislikes about Bush and Clinton and….

      I understand Wayne doesn’t need to justify his opinions, just as much as anyone else doesn’t. My only question was the one I posted above. But I can respect Wayne keeping his opinions.

      Plus Wayne is a fellow tech guy who helped me get started with VMware. For that, I won’t probe him anymore politically.

      All friends now? Good. 🙂
      .-= martymankins´s last blog ..Must Botch TV =-.

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