Saturday, July 27

Website by Obama transition team--letting viewers compare O's promises to his delivery--quietly taken down by Dems

Anyone remember anything about 2008?  I mean, it was five whole years ago so it wouldn't be surprising that certain events have sorta...faded from memory, as it were.

Some events have even faded from the official record.

Way back in 2008 when Barack the All-Knowing was getting ready to take office, his "transition team" created a website called "Change.gov," laying out the candidate’s promises for change.

One of those was to encourage whistleblowers.  Here's what they said way back in 2008:
Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.

We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance.

Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.
The site included the following famous promises:
  • Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress...before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. 
  • Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama's Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate.
  • Enforce Executive Branch Ethics: The Obama-Biden administration will...work with inspectors general in all the federal agencies to enforce ethics rules, minimize waste...

Wow, that is SO inspiring!  Such wonderful principles!  Surely this will be "The most transparent administration ever!!"  That is SO fabulous!

See, we told you Barack was the LightWorker!  He'll be the best president EVAH!  And we know he'll actually do those things, 'cuz, you know, he...he promised.  And he's...he's Barack.

So his administration will never try to ram a bill through by bribing key senators--like by offering sweetheart deals to their states.  His administration will listen to people like the Inspector General of the IRS and diligently investigate any wrongdoing those honorable investigators may find.  He'll protect low-level employees who blow the whistle on abuses by government.  And he'll surely fire any agency head who uses a fake email account to conduct government business--such as might be done to avoid the possibility of having to turn over damaging emails if ordered to do so by a judge.

To top it all off, the website even offered visitors a way to monitor Obama's fulfillment of his promises, by comparing them against his administration's actual actions.

Now for the punchline:  This webpage has been quietly deleted from the internet.

Sleuths report that the last time it was viewable was June 8th--two days after Edward Snowden revealed the Administration's phone surveillance program.

The White House didn't respond to multiple requests for comment on why the page was deleted.

For what it's worth, the site can still be viewed on the Wayback archive--for the moment, anyway.

It really is worth your time to click on the link above and see for yourself how Obama has ended up doing the exact opposite of virtually everything his minions promised on that site. 

But wow, it certainly sounded great, eh?

Source:  Huffington.

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