Skip to comments.The Transparently Hypocritical Barack Obama
Posted on 06/13/2012 4:55:50 PM PDT by Starman417
Way back in 2007 crony capitalism was a bad thing. For years the left had been telling anyone who would listen that the Bush administration was in bed with the oil industry and that Haliburton was given preferential treatment because of its friends in the White House and as a result ended up bilking the government out of millions if not billions of dollars.
As a result, candidate Obama declared I'll make our government open and transparent", "meetings where laws are written will be more open", and then President Obama, on his third day in office, stated: The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is to make it transparent. Gone would be cronyism, inside dealing, opaque transactions, and whats more, citizens would have five days to read every bill that landed on the Presidents desk before he would sign it.
The whole five days deal didnt last long, and neither did much else in Barack Obamas promise of bringing government transparency to new heights. Whats worse, the violations of that transparency pledge were greatest during the passage of arguably the single most important and worst piece of legislation ever to come across a Presidents desk: ObamaCare. Euphemistically named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare single handedly would open the door for regulation of anything in the American economy and the lives of the American people. The legislation inspired protests that have not been seen in decades. Needless to say, ObamaCare was and is controversial.
So its particularly interesting that Barack Obama chose that legislation to introduce some of his most potent behind the scenes dealings. Although it was known at the time that the administration was discussing the various elements of ObamaCare with Big Pharma, it wasnt until three years later that the hypocritical interworkings of the negotiations would became public. In typical Washington fashion, the President traded (dropped) legalizing the importation of drugs from Canada and using government purchasing power to drive down drug prices in exchange for the pharmaceutical industry spending tens of millions of dollars in support of ObamaCare. The point here isnt that the President engaged in anything particularly unusual, but rather his hypocrisy in explicitly promising an unprecedented level of transparency and then to immediately engage in secret deal making upon taking office.
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