Thursday, October 15, 2009

Just Shut Up and Pay Taxes!

Senator Tom Coburn will be less loved by the Executive Branch.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, stopped the Senate dead in its tracks yesterday and posed a question that made many of his colleagues squirm in their seats: "What is it we don't want the American people to see?"

Coburn's point is that the people who pay for government with their taxes have a right to see what their government is doing with their money...he was the main force behind passage of the Federal Financial Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 - aka "Coburn-Obama" - that mandated creation of the web site.

The transparency provision was deleted by the House, so Coburn took action.

What really deserves attention is this, however:

...a Democratic aide said later that there is concern that making every report public automatically might cause agencies to be less candid in their dealing with the Appropriations Committee. The aide required anonymity to speak candidly.

The little weasels might LIE?

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