- Posted December 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm: The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan
Government transparency was a major campaign point when president Obama was still candidate Obama. He promised and promised and promised some more that he would ensure government transparency if he were elected president.
I think we can all agree that the promise of transparency has not really been fulfilled. The ACA was created behind closed doors and sold to the American people based on lies, Edward Snowden let us know that there is a lot the American people did not know, the president won’t even let himself be photographed by just anyone.
So, as I was reading the news today I was surprised to read that our not very transparent government has just released its Second Open Government National Action Plan.
So, just to ensure that I was not on some fake new site, I went to the White House blogs and lo and behold there is was:
The article first mentions the President prioritizing making government more open and accountable and has taken substantial steps to increase citizen participation, collaboration, and transparency in government.
Are they kidding? How can they publish this stuff in light of the way they have repeatedly lied to the American people? They made up a story about a video causing the attack in Benghazi even though they knew that was not the case. Is that the transparency they are talking about?
Apparently the US is not alone in this transparency plan, we have joined with 8 other countries to make government more transparent and individual citizen more participatory in government.
Is anyone buying this? Or are you like me, scratching your head that they paid someone actual money to draft these plans and post them on the White House website?