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Friday, August 13, 2010

Transparency Czar Vanishes

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear.” Pres. Richard Nixon
According to a column by Timothy Carney in yesterday’s Washington Examiner, Obama has eliminated the Ethics Czar position in the White House. Those duties will now be performed by Domestic Policy Council member Steven Croley and White House Counsel Bob Bauer.

Bauer is considered a “lawyer's lawyer,” and partisan advocate. He’s hardly a “good-government crusader,” Carney writes. Before being assigned to the White House, he worked for the law firm Perkins Coie, where he represented John Kerry in 2004 and Obama during his campaign.

Among his other achievements, Bauer served as the top lawyer for the Democratic National Committee. Then-Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., hired him to represent the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Recently, Bauer defended Emanuel's offer of a job to Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., whom Emanuel wanted out of the Senate race.

According to Carney, Bauer blogged, “that politicians and parties are pictured as forever trying to get away with something,” and claimed this was an idea for which “there is a market, its product cheaply manufactured and cheaply sold.”

“In other words,” Carney writes, “we keep too close an eye on our leaders.”

In August 2006 Bauer blogged, “disclosure is a mostly unquestioned virtue deserving to be questioned.”   Boasting to the Senate Rules Committee that if proposed regulations of 527 organizations don’t work, they’ll find another way, he told them, “The money will find an outlet,” he told them.

At Perkins Coie, Bauer lobbied on behalf of America Votes Inc., a Democratic 527 funded by the likes of the AFL-CIO and ACORN. Carney reports, “The Sunlight Foundation is also concerned about the fact the White House no longer has anyone whose job is transparency. SunglightFoundation.com, lists a few transparency promises on which the president hasn't followed through, including earmark transparency, a single Web site (Ethics.gov) with all ethics and accountability information, and better lobbying disclosure, among others.”

The outgoing czar deserves to be sent to Czechoslovakia. He saw nothing wrong as Obama signed the rammed-through-Congress Health Care Reform and the even more odious Financial Reform.

He saw nothing wrong as Obama took over a private firm and “transformed” it into Government Motors. He sees nothing wrong with building mosques in foreign countries and financing foreign firms with U.S. taxpayer dollars.

Every time the Obamas took off on vacation in Air Force One, he must have been looking the other way. Now we have a partisan Democrat fox watching over the White House.

Well, at least we’re not wasting any more taxpayer dollars on this self-serving position. The emperor, it seems, has no clothes and now there’s no one to see if he has clothes. But no one was looking in the first place.

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