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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

samzenpus posted about 6 months ago | from the nothing-to-see-here dept.

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schwit1 writes "The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category — except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees — the government's efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office."

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Most Transparent Ever! (5, Insightful)

prisoner-of-enigma (535770) | about 6 months ago | (#46507055)

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” -- Barack Obama, February 2013

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -- Napoleon, Animal Farm, by George Orwell

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 6 months ago | (#46507181)

At least they're transparent about their transparency.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (3, Funny)

TheCarp (96830) | about 6 months ago | (#46507395)

Perhaps that is what he meant about most transparent administration? You know, kind of like trying to beat the world land speed record.... oh wait thats fast...for single wheeled vehic....oh how about single wheeled electric, multi-passenger vehicles? What No record?....oh we have that so beat!

Set the bar low enough, and you barely need to step over it.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

msauve (701917) | about 6 months ago | (#46507495)

Give him a break - he's a politician.

They only make the promises. It's up to someone else to keep them.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (4, Funny)

TheCarp (96830) | about 6 months ago | (#46507863)

I would love to give all politicians a break...somewhere around C1 or C2.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (4, Funny)

kenj0418 (230916) | about 6 months ago | (#46508243)

I would love to give all politicians a break...somewhere around C1 or C2.

This would require that they have a spine - so that leaves out 99% of politicians.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46509331)

Enough C4 will insure that there's a break around C1 or C2. But with enough, you don't need to worry if they're spineless.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

sirlark (1676276) | about 6 months ago | (#46509349)

Oh for mod points! Well played sir, well played!

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507301)

I look forward to the Slashdot Socialists finding some way of blaming this on Bush, Bush, Busch or bush*.

*H.W., W., Gardens, or that bit of flora near the Rose Garden

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 6 months ago | (#46507611)

I look forward to the Slashdot Socialists finding some way of blaming this on Bush, Bush, Busch or bush*.

*H.W., W., Gardens, or that bit of flora near the Rose Garden

dude, the bloom is off the rose. even the socialists have lost their love for obama. I think there are many reasoned arguments that can support obama's policies and actions, but the fanbois have moved on. for me it was the NSA thing.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (5, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 6 months ago | (#46507683)

Pretty much. Obama ran on the platform of 'change.' He isn't bringing it. The only reason his supporters continued to support him last election was because a democrat not advancing their agenda would still be better than a republican openly fighting against it.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508169)

Pretty much. Obama ran on the platform of 'change.' He isn't bringing it.

Well that does it. I am not voting for him again.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

lexman098 (1983842) | about 6 months ago | (#46508535)

The problem with this is that it just pushes the pendulum back a little bit more. I just opted to throw my vote away in protest.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) | about 6 months ago | (#46509025)

That's too bad. You should've voted for an independent or third-party candidate. I didn't throw my vote away; I voted for Jill Stein.

If you don't live in a swing state and you've been voting for the republicrats, you've been throwing your vote away. Wake up and help us flush these shits down the toilet.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

lexman098 (1983842) | about 6 months ago | (#46509133)

I did vote for a third-party/independent. Like I said...

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

NoImNotNineVolt (832851) | about 6 months ago | (#46509271)

That you classify this as throwing your vote away is sad.

Perhaps you're not familiar with the fact that gaining even small numbers of votes helps candidates with future fundrainsing efforts, public campaign financing, etc.

Perhaps you're not aware of the fact that meaningful political shifts in this country tend to coincide with third parties gaining the attention of the electorate.

Perhaps it's news to you that the only way to throw away your vote in this country is to vote for the democrats or the republicans who don't need your vote to split the win between the two of them anyway.

You've got it backwards, my friend. Voting third party is the only way to make your vote count.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

lexman098 (1983842) | about 6 months ago | (#46509419)

Perhaps you're not aware of the fact that meaningful political shifts in this country tend to coincide with third parties gaining the attention of the electorate.

I believe this is the protest effect I was going for. The big 2 get scared when this happens.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508659)

a democrat not advancing their agenda would still be better than a republican openly fighting against it.

Paraphrasing a comment I heard:
"My vote choice is between the guy who says the things I like but will not do any of them and the guy who says the things I hate and is certain to to do at least some of them"

he brought it, just heard wrong. Hope FOR change (1, Insightful)

raymorris (2726007) | about 6 months ago | (#46508821)

He wasn't lying, we all just heard him wrong. He made us hope for change. I'm sure hoping for a change right now. Right now I'm just hoping for a GOOD president next time, liberal or conservative hardly matters. Either Kennedy or Reagan would be a thousand times better than our last few presidents.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 6 months ago | (#46509263)

No its because they bought into the Obama mystique because they were afraid of being called racists, and can't publicly reverse their position for the same reason.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508095)

Anyone who calls or implies Obama has enacted "socialist" policies is outing themselves as a fucking moron. Period.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508773)

Jay Carney (Mr. Shipman), is that you?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ma... [forbes.com]
The only morons that fucked were your mum and dad, and you are douchelord...

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507793)

Seriously? Republican or Democrat, Liberal or whatever.. it makes no difference.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0, Flamebait)

Sarius64 (880298) | about 6 months ago | (#46508151)

Racists!

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507895)

You have forgotten the Democrat Catechism

"Everything Is Bush's Fault, Now, and Forever. Amen"

Now go say 3 "Our Obamas" and 4 "Hail Hillarys"

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (3, Insightful)

DigitAl56K (805623) | about 6 months ago | (#46507309)

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” -- Barack Obama, February 2013

He must have been speaking about how obvious their stance with regarding releasing information was.

But to make a counter-point, much as I loathe to do so, it's also possible with all the NSA/Snowden stories that they have faced more requests for documents that are classified than typical. It would be nice to see the chart from TFA displayed as a 100% breakdown rather than a stacked breakdown.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

poetmatt (793785) | about 6 months ago | (#46507355)

Anything refused under that angle is basically denial of working with the FOIA process, basically using "national security" as an excuse to get out of everything via the loophole as designed.

That is exactly a lack of transparency, not an excuse for it.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (5, Insightful)

funwithBSD (245349) | about 6 months ago | (#46507383)

Transparent as in we can see right through this bullshit.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 6 months ago | (#46508603)

Apparently you all are looking past it. Republicans and democrats will keep winning elections because people will only vote for what is being spoon fed to them and the decline will continue.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

HiThere (15173) | about 6 months ago | (#46509315)

Sorry, but no. It's a system designs problem...except that those in power don't see it as a problem.

The basic problem is that the election process is plurality wins rather than majority wins. This ensures that the winner will be one of no more than two major parties when the system is in a stable or quasi-stable state. Third parties have essentially no chance. This is unlike a majority wins election where you have either multiple rounds of voting, or you condense the multiple rounds via some sort of ranking system. Condorcet is my favorite of these, but Instant Runoff Voting is nearly as good and is much easier to explain.

FWIW, it can be mathematically proven that there is no electoral system that will come to a fair decision in all cases (where fair means that most of the voters agree with the decision), but plurality wins is the worst of the five systems included in the study (which also included Condorcet and Instant Runoff).

Actually, I believe that a lottery would be far superior to the current system, if the pool of qualified candidates were large enough. A large part of the problem is that in major elections both of the plausible winners have incurred political debts to supporters that they are obligated to pay off. A lottery will usually select someone who has the popular opinion on most issues. And we've already had some real winners winning elections. (A late stage altzheimers patient was one of the most popular presidents, believe it if you can.)

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507367)

âoeThis is the most transparent administration in history,â -- Barack Obama, February 2013

Anyone who is surprised by this, hasn't been paying attention to Obama in... oh, about 5 years.
I would think he has violated enough of his promises to be impeached.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507531)

Impeachment is usually reserved for those who break the law. Lies are not against the law unless told under oath.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (5, Insightful)

DarkOx (621550) | about 6 months ago | (#46507755)

He has broken the law plenty too, but the House won't try impeachment because they know the Senate majority does not care the law has been broken they are going to protect their guy.

The GOP learned its lesson the last time around, its not politically useful to impeach a president unless you have a Senate willing to follow through with a conviction and removal from office.

As far as anyone else doing anything about it, the SCOTUS will find some weasel wordy way to conclude they haven't got standing.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (3, Insightful)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 6 months ago | (#46508813)

It's amazing you have to prove you are actually harmed by NSA spying to get standing, when our core concept in creating a government is the assumption government is up to no good and will abuse power.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

martas (1439879) | about 6 months ago | (#46508851)

its not politically useful to impeach a president unless you have a Senate willing to follow through with a conviction and removal from office.

That, or it's not politically useful to [try to] impeach a president for shit they know they're going to do themselves in 4, 8, 12, or 16 years

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46509175)

My two cents, impeaching Obama would be a huge political blunder for several reasons: 1)The GOP would be accused of being a bunch of racist white guys poisoning, the brand even more, 2)the media circus would spin the procedings into a witch hunt, 3)no matter the results it will increse the brinkmanship currently ruling DC and 4)if Obama was impeached and removed from office, we'd end up with Biden (which NOONE wants). If you notice this analysis makes no judgement on if Obama or his administration has done anything worth being impeached, merely the political fallout of what would happen if the GOP tried.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (4, Informative)

Feyshtey (1523799) | about 6 months ago | (#46508349)

He took an oath to protect and defend the Consitituion. He's not only failed to do so, but he's actively campaigned against the laws and procedures in regard to it. He's ignored it by circumventing or coopting the co-equal branches. If that's not ipeachable actions I dont know what is.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

NuAngel (732572) | about 6 months ago | (#46509081)

Kept more promises than broken... but there are a LOT of broken and a lot of "muddied" campaign promises. http://www.politifact.com/trut... [politifact.com]

I appreciate that. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507435)

“This is the most transparent administration in history,” -- Barack Obama, February 2013

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." -- Napoleon, Animal Farm, by George Orwell

I appreciate that.

What I think we the people should be doing now is, instead of picking on individual office holders - who happen to be a member of a particular party - we should be picking on the ruling class.

See, there WILL be folks who think that you are partisan and a Fox News junky and they will not get they subtleties of your post.

I think all of us need to just hold all parties to the fire - ignoring the false separation created by corporate interests to boost ratings of their networks (Fox and MSNBC).

Our political class has been very adept in selecting topics that create heated and divisive fights - not debates - but fights. It's been going on for quite a while but now, it's gotten to the point of being ridiculous.

I blame the profit motive of mass media and the fact that people get sucked into listening too what they want to hear.

For example, I am Pro-Choice or Pro-Murder (as you see fit), but at the same time, .....I watched an abortion and cried - it wasn't even my own.

Then I see the kids who are put into the foster care system and see how fucked up they become. Only White babies get a chance at a loving home - and even then - if they have developmental problems, all bets are off (You WILL see them on death row.).

I am troubled.

Re:I appreciate that. (5, Insightful)

Feyshtey (1523799) | about 6 months ago | (#46507543)

How about if we start by acknowledging that there was never supposed to be a "ruling class" and elminating that philosophy from our culture.

Re:I appreciate that. (2)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 6 months ago | (#46508973)

serve : v to rule "I'd like to thank Senator Linepockets for his many decades serving us."

Re:I appreciate that. (2)

Sarius64 (880298) | about 6 months ago | (#46508217)

Then I see the kids who are put into the foster care system and see how fucked up they become. Only White babies get a chance at a loving home - and even then - if they have developmental problems, all bets are off (You WILL see them on death row.).

I am troubled.

So full of it more likely. I had a very good friend take a crack baby into her home for foster care and fought in the courts for four years before they would finally release the child to her for adoption. Mother completely abandoned her. Father serving a life sentence for multiple murders. But the state felt they were doing her an injustice allowing a white woman to adopt a black child. That little girl is doing great now and will get a free ride at her mother's college because of employment.

But it's much easier to bitch about (insert rant about races here) apparently than actually do something.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

CharlieG (34950) | about 6 months ago | (#46507487)

But of course, it is all Bush's fault, due to the regulations and rules he put into effect

Bueller? Bueller?

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507815)

"... compared to Bush, who allowed (facilitated?) 9/11 for war support, I'm doing okay just killing people with robots secretly."

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508119)

Bush AND Clinton allowed/facilitated 911. Government cannot put an operation like that together in less than 8 months.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (2)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 6 months ago | (#46507873)

I'm not even sure at this point WHY they're moving towards opacity. (Is opacity the opposite of transparency when it comes to government?) He's not going for another term, so it's not like hiding details from the voters is going to get him another term. And he's obviously not going to get in real legal trouble, he'd be pardoned by whoever the next guy was, worst case scenario. He's keeping Bush administration secrets about torture secret. [firstlook.org] He was elected in part because people thought he was an anti-bush. You'd think self interest alone would cause him to expose it during his first term. He's not winning any support from anyone for continuing the war on terror, his supporters dislike it, most voters are apathetic, and the opposition is doing anything they can to stop him no matter what.

The only thing that makes sense to me is that the administration is actually convinced it's important for national security. I'm not open-minded enough to believe torturing people in secret keeps anyone safe, so it's frightening that the administration is that deluded.

Re:Most Transparent Ever! You Right wingers! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508335)

What kind of "news article" is this.

As a Right Wing Bot taken over slashdot?

Re:Most Transparent Ever! You Right wingers! (3, Insightful)

Bodhammer (559311) | about 6 months ago | (#46508837)

Is anything critical of this administration right wing or are they so wonderful in their totality that they are like pony, butterfly farts? Anytime something is posted that is published you proglocrats look like a bunch shambling, drooling zombies. Wake up, you got snookered, get over it and open your eyes. This guy is the worst president every and you fucks need to own it and fix it...

Re:Most Transparent Ever! (1)

argStyopa (232550) | about 6 months ago | (#46508725)

At least we can count on the fact that there aren't any lobbyists in Washington anymore!

"halfway through its second term" ? (0)

bob_super (3391281) | about 6 months ago | (#46507061)

Unless someone is planning to pull a Kennedy on him, he's got 34 months to go...

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (2, Insightful)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46507305)

Unless someone is planning to pull a Kennedy on him, he's got 34 months to go...

Oh please NO! I don't want to get Biden as president with all the sympathy of having to take over under those circumstances. Not on your life.

I'll keep the guy I know over dementia prone Biden who would be wheels off nuts. Obama will be totally emasculated by the end of this year when his party looses the Senate. Let him spend his last two years in office planning for his presidential library. If we are ever going to fix this, he has to stay in office and be marginalized as much as possible.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (3, Insightful)

JDAustin (468180) | about 6 months ago | (#46507489)

You really think Obama is going to act like other former presidents and leave DC for Chicago or Hawaii? His ego would never allow for it. He will stay in DC and be a thorn in the side of whoever the next president is (Dem or Rep).

As to Biden....tell me again why Palin was so bad compared to Biden again?

Not Sure If Serious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507651)

...

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (0)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46507705)

You really think Obama is going to act like other former presidents and leave DC for Chicago or Hawaii? His ego would never allow for it. He will stay in DC and be a thorn in the side of whoever the next president is (Dem or Rep).

Perhaps, but if he looses the Senate, he's going to take two brutal years of signing the veto line over and over or he will have to "play ball" and compromise. I'm hoping his narcissistic mind set won't let him stick around a group of people not singing his praises and doing his bidding and he will run off with his tail between his legs after 24 months of getting hit by the rolled up newspaper over and over.

Of course, he could try to sick around and try and rescue his legacy. I just figure it's less likely to happen after 24 months of beatings and if his party has abandoned him.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46509149)

It is lose, not loose.

Examples:
loose:
"Loose the senators!" *pack of rabid old men begin to run after bundles of dollar bills dragged behind horses*

lose:
"You apparently failed to study English, you lose! Good day sir!"

This post was brought to you by the letters F and B and the numbers 14 and 88.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (4, Insightful)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 6 months ago | (#46507761)

Because Palin was a soundbite politician. She had an open distaste for carefully considering all sides of an issue, favoring the use of quick slogans ('Drill Baby Drill') to win over the unthinking. It's always hard to tell a politicians image from reality - behind closed doors she could have been a genius in all things - but the image she carefully projected was of the quick-thinking renegade who didn't have the time to actually read any reports or listen to advisers, but instead promised she could run a country on gut instinct and American luck.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1, Informative)

ganjadude (952775) | about 6 months ago | (#46507965)

well, not for nothing but she and other republicans (and other democrats) correctly predicted we would be having problems with russia and that they are still a treat to freedom. Obama took cheepshots at her and romney and now look at whats happening, imperialist russia crawling back

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 6 months ago | (#46507995)

*threat - not treat

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508033)

Because Palin was a soundbite politician. She had an open distaste for carefully considering all sides of an issue, favoring the use of quick slogans ('Drill Baby Drill') to win over the unthinking. It's always hard to tell a politicians image from reality - behind closed doors she could have been a genius in all things - but the image she carefully projected was of the quick-thinking renegade who didn't have the time to actually read any reports or listen to advisers, but instead promised she could run a country on gut instinct and American luck.

s/Palin/Obama/g

And no matter how much you HOPE nothing will have CHANGEd.

What was that you said about "win[ning] over the unthinking"?

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (3, Informative)

approachingZero (1365381) | about 6 months ago | (#46508121)

Unless you do some research on your own and look at her very real track record of reform in Alaska, then yes she is only a soundbite politician.

It would be more accurate to say she was a working class mother who ran for office and made changes to a state rife with cronyism. Unless you do some research on your own and look at her very real track record of reform in Alaska, then yes she is only a soundbite politician.

She is / was a working class mother who ran for office and made changes to a state rife with cronyism.

But she didn't have the right pedigree, and she had that funny accent, and she presented a threat to the status que, so she had to be portrayed as a caricature that the left felt politically correct to destroy.

Some people bought into the program. 'the image she carefully projected was of the quick-thinking renegade who didn't have the time to actually read any reports or listen to advisers, but instead promised she could run a country on gut instinct and American luck'

It's no wonder we have the Tea Party, and this year (if the IRS is held in check) things will start to change.

Ask yourself this, what is the accepted image of the Tea Party as put forth by the media? Why is that?

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (2)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46508381)

Because Palin was a soundbite politician.

Which politician ISN'T after the soundbite? With the media today, it's ALL about the soundbite, because they refuse to actually spend 5 min explaining what the real positions are. It takes too much time and doesn't sell advertisements.

But I have a few sound bites for you to classify... "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period." "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." "not even a smidgen of corruption" "What difference does it make" or to include the original article, "the most transparent administration in history."

Palin wasn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, but we would have been worlds better off with that administration over what we got and the headlong rush into partisan bickering that ensued.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (5, Insightful)

Quila (201335) | about 6 months ago | (#46509039)

favoring the use of quick slogans ('Drill Baby Drill') to win over the unthinking

"Yes we can," "Change we can believe in," "Common sense gun laws," "Most transparent administration"

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1)

DarkOx (621550) | about 6 months ago | (#46507609)

I agree he has to stay in office. We need to make absolutely sure he takes the blame for all his fuck-ups.

It would great if the GOP could take the Senate. It would possibly enable them to castrate the Affordable Care Act, and it would be worth it in that sense, but I am not optimistic.

Its just to many seats to pickup. In some ways its better if they don't get the Senate. It will make 2016 election simpler because it will be more possible to blame the DNC/Obama. It might at that time be possible to grab the Senate and the Presidency; especially if the House GOP members behave themselves for the next two years. Avoid fights they can't win, try not call women whores etc.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507893)

Don't worry, there's no way the GOP doesn't take the Senate. What probably won't happen is that they won't get the veto-proof majority, but come the end of this year, we'll be looking forward to a GOP House and Senate. There's no way it doesn't happen, even Democrat advisors admit as much.

It is absolutely essential we kill the ACA dead. If we don't, people will start to rely on it, and then, much like Social Security, we'll never be rid of it. I'd much rather put a stake in ACA and lose 2016 (which in unlikely, incidentally, if history is any guide) than have it stick around and start going into effect.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1)

bob_super (3391281) | about 6 months ago | (#46509223)

> It is absolutely essential we kill the ACA dead. If we don't, people will start to rely on it, and then, much like Social Security, we'll never be rid of it.

ACA needs time to fail, so that the inevitability of single-payer takes root.
Single-payer, that atrocious idea shared by almost all advanced countries, including these evil aging Germans with their balanced budget...

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507939)

Yeah, because the GOP has proven that once in power, they govern for the benefit of all, compromise with minority positions, and pursue policies that balance the interests of capital and labor.

Oh that's right, they nominate telegenic yes-men who rubber stamp a pre-existing agenda that inflames international tensions and entrenches white, christian, business owners disproportionately into positions of power.

Re:"halfway through its second term" ? (1)

duckintheface (710137) | about 6 months ago | (#46507321)

He is one quater through his term. And he is through playing nice.

Not news for nerds... (-1, Offtopic)

codepigeon (1202896) | about 6 months ago | (#46507063)

I was going to say not news for nerds, but it looks like that subtitle is missing from the slashdot logo....oh well.

At least now I get popup adds on my mobile while on slashdot. Awesome.

Re:Not news for nerds... (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507313)

Mod this up. Slashdot is not a political blog. This is a pure politics story that does not belong here. End of story.

Bush's fault. Obama the Man. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507165)

Yep, I went there!

See folks, no thanks to Dick Chaney, the Bush Administration grabbed more power for the Executive branch.

And when folks like me protested, we were labeled "Liberal" or "UnAmerican" or some such derogatory term.

Now, the next guy has all that power.

See?

Our Constitution has checks and balances for a reason. A BIll of Rights for a reason. And when we try to be selective in there application, it backfires.

Also, this just shows how corrupt our Ruling Class is.

For those of you who were "In Living Color" [wikipedia.org] fans and remember Damon Wayans character "Homey the Clown"; I'd like to say that Obama is "Obama the Man."

..

Captch...."whimper" - ain't that right ....

Re:Bush's fault. Obama the Man. (1)

prisoner-of-enigma (535770) | about 6 months ago | (#46507357)

"Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball. If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Snowball had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Snowball had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal." -- Animal Farm, by George Orwell

BUSH'S FAULT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507477)

The last 5+ years of Obama's failure to forgo the criminal secrecy of the previous administration only demonstrates the raw genius of Bush.

He was just that fucking brilliant.

Re:Bush's fault. Obama the Man. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508855)

wipe the cum off your chin please...

But Hopey Changey and Unicorns!!!11 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507189)

My furry fluffy bunnies are gone OH NOES!! What happened How Can This Beeeee????

Just keep the bennies flowing. And remind everyone how much they deserve them. Again and again.

and we'll forgive you

and this is a surprise (1, Flamebait)

wganz (113345) | about 6 months ago | (#46507263)

in what manner?

From a POTUS that is the most secretive about his own past?

Re:and this is a surprise (1, Informative)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 6 months ago | (#46507781)

The one who published a (ghostwritten, but nothing unusual there) autobiography an inch thick, including many stories of his family life and childhood?

Obama worse than Obama? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507315)

I'm curious about the limited scope of the article. Wouldn't it be more useful to compare the 6 yr average vs. previous administrations instead of last year vs. the previous few years.

getting sick of capitalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507349)

fuck this fake ass democracy, establish dictatorship of the proletariat

Re:getting sick of capitalism (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46507735)

Yea, that has ALWAYS worked in the past... NOT!

I'm still incensed (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 6 months ago | (#46507399)

Spying on citizens is one thing, but to think the CIA was spying on Dianne Feinstien and her Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really crosses the line.

Re: I'm still incensed (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 6 months ago | (#46507601)

I can't tell of you're being facetious or not.

Re: I'm still incensed (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 6 months ago | (#46507829)

Of course I am.

Re: I'm still incensed (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 6 months ago | (#46507943)

Of course I am.

The reason it wasn't obvious is that someone might see them going after their watchers, and also breaching the separation of powers, as a far worse offense than violating the Fourth Amendment, as gutted by the SCOTUS.

Re: I'm still incensed (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | about 6 months ago | (#46508447)

Actually, I'd prefer the CIA keep tabs on Feinstein.

Third Parties have stepped up (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 6 months ago | (#46507509)

At least third parties have stepped up, and I would say are doing a far better job at Government transparency.
And who cares about transparency? Great, now I can see in minute detail the human rights abuses, and constitutionally illegal practices of the government on a constant and institutional level. Yay, that totally fixes the problem.

Re:Third Parties have stepped up (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507595)

Kodos: It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system. You have to vote for one of us.
Man 1: He's right, this is a two-party system.
Man 2: Well I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away!

Re:Third Parties have stepped up (2)

canadiannomad (1745008) | about 6 months ago | (#46507935)

"I come in peace," it said, adding after a long moment of further grinding, "take me to your Lizard."

Ford Prefect, of course, had an explanation for this, as he sat with Arthur and watched the nonstop frenetic news reports on television, none of which had anything to say other than to record that the thing had done this amount of damage which was valued at that amount of billions of pounds and had killed this totally other number of people, and then say it again, because the robot was doing nothing more than standing there, swaying very slightly, and emitting short incomprehensible error messages.

"It comes from a very ancient democracy, you see..."

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"

"What?"

"I said," said Ford, with an increasing air of urgency creeping into his voice, "have you got any gin?"

"I'll look. Tell me about the lizards."

Ford shrugged again.

"Some people say that the lizards are the best thing that ever happened to them," he said. "They're completely wrong of course, completely and utterly wrong, but someone's got to say it."

Re:Third Parties have stepped up (1)

DarkOx (621550) | about 6 months ago | (#46507681)

Yay, that totally fixes the problem.

It does not fix a thing, but its hard to solve any problem when you don't know what it is. Solving the problem starts with transparency.

listening to an audiobook of mein kampf (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507537)

it sounds pretty reasonable, i think hitler got a bad rap.

Re:listening to an audiobook of mein kampf (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 6 months ago | (#46507769)

Really? A self inflicted shot to the head is a bad rap? I don't think it was bad enough myself....

Re:listening to an audiobook of mein kampf (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507881)

He'd rather kill himself and die with dignity than face a jewish show trial, seems sensible.

Change you can believe in (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46507607)

He promised change.

Cut him some slack (1)

OverlordQ (264228) | about 6 months ago | (#46507947)

He was too busy Shilling healthcare.gov [funnyordie.com]

m\od 3own (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508007)

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You thought things would change? (4, Informative)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 6 months ago | (#46508205)

Really? You (schwit1) must be disappointed on a regular basis.

Sorry, even if Obama really wanted to change things, he's still an elected. The bureaucracy marches on and very rarely cares about the comings and goings of temporary staff, even if they are the boss.

There was never any reason to believe him anyway (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508223)

The only reason anyone ever called this "the most transparent administration in history" is that Barack Obama made that statement. But there never was any reason to believe him.

He's an Alinskyite [townhall.com] politician who came up through the Chicago political machine [nationalreview.com] . What about this background would make you expect him to be anything other than a partisan who will say anything to advance his own agenda?

Then when he ran for President, he made vague promises that allowed everyone to project their fondest hopes onto him. The only way to have an 80% approval rating is to not be specific about anything. His greatest accomplishment has been his amazing skill in reading a prepared speech off a TelePrompter.

I no longer believe that government can do very much to help the economy; however, I firmly believe that government does have the power to screw the economy up. I'm not one of the haters who thinks that President Obama wants to screw things up, but still it keeps happening [forbes.com] .

Here's a free tip for President Obama: find yourself some economists who actually predicted [mises.org] this recession, and then ask them for their advice on how to fix it. The Keynsian advice is to pump a bunch of money into the economy, borrowed is fine, and that's what this Administration did. But few, if any, of the Keynsian economists predicted the recession.

I am shocked (1)

Vermonter (2683811) | about 6 months ago | (#46508285)

I politician *lied* to me?! I feel so disillusioned....

President Obama Criminal (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508935)

Mr. Obama, your actions toward the enslavement of the peoples of Crimea are actions of criminality. You are a traitor to the United States of America. When Patrick Henry said, "Give me Liberty or Give me death." did he fear King George or the English Troopers? NO. The Free peoples of Crimea are laughing at you and your lap dog Mr. John Kerry.

It is your downfall Mr. Obama that you do not understand the history of western Europe and neither the history of the United States of America.

For the last time.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 months ago | (#46508997)

When Obama talked about transparency, he meant of the citizens.

obama lied, people denied (0)

tatman (1076111) | about 6 months ago | (#46509289)

Sorry I couldn't resist. Let the flame wars begin
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