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Another “trust in government” issue

I continue to hear politicians try to dismiss the IRS scandal as “not about Republicans or Democrats, but about trust in government”.  Well as I said then, it is Republicans and Democrats who govern, so excuse me if I don’t share their “differentiation.”  The IRS scandal is all about politics, and in this case, the misuse of the agency by a Democratic administration.

Here’s another “trust in government” issue:

The administration that promised to be the most transparent in history uses covert government accounts to keep electronic mail from becoming public, according to a national news conglomerate that reports “the scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery.”

And yes, this trust in government issue is again as political as the IRS.  If your government won’t  abide by its own rules, then there’s no basis for trust is there?  Who or what is the agency in question in this particlar government trust issue?  Why the Executive agency.  Not some nameless bureaucrat in some faceless bureaucracy.  Nope.  Mr. “Most Transparant Administration Ever” – caught cheating.


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11 Responses to Another “trust in government” issue

  • ” caught cheating.”
    Sorry sir, needs correcting…
    “caught cheating again”

  • I understand the need for a “public” vs “non-public” email account, but what isn’t stated is whether the “non-public” account is subject to the federal Records Act.
    Lisa Jackson, former EPA Administrator (now in the Apple excess pool), had an email account (based on her dog’s name) that was not covered by the federal Records Act which, in a Republican world, would have sent her to jail.

  • We know that the White House has boasted that they voluntarily handed over “all” of the e-mails related to Benghazi. But as far as I am aware none of those e-mails came from these secret alias accounts. We now know, thanks to the AP, that the practice of using alias e-mails is widespread throughout the the top levels of the government. It seems fair to ask whether or not there were any alias e-mails not included in the Benghazi disclosures. Moreover, since there have been many FOIA requests for other administration programs and initiatives, it seems worth knowing whether the alias e-mail accounts were included in those disclosures as well. For the most transparent administration ever, this seems like the kind of thing it would be eager to clarify.

    Oh, that Jonah Goldberg…!!!  Such a jolly joker…!!!

    • My FOIA mole at DOJ tells me they typically send everything that comes up.  Of course, if they aren’t under Records Act logging, they won’t come up.

    • Any bets that Lisa Jackson is not ‘known’ to Law Enforcement as “Lisa Jackson, aka Ron Windsor”.
      And yeah, funny how those accounts probably slip the leash during FOIA requests.
      We won’t even go into the level of trust I have in FOIA.   Redactions, national security issues, failures to comply and what I suspect amounts to whole sale destruction assuming the documents or info even exist in a form that can be subpoenaed in the first place.  I fully trust that our ruling masters who establish these systems to reassure us build them and operate in them in such a way that ALL their criminal behaviors are trackable and accountable.

      • Remember Shaidle’s First Law, looker…

        It’s different when we do it

        • Amen!   The very reason that Soviet communism lives in Cambridge and Berkeley (and too many other places to list) even if it’s no longer quite as healthy in the former Soviet.
          There’s nothing wrong with the methods or the philosophies, it was just that the implementation was flawed!

  • Most people trust government to give them free stuff. That’s what matters!!