Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bad idea

Obama is talking again. Some of the things he's saying sound suspiciously similar to campaign promises made by high school student body presidents...Vote for me and it'll be pizza every day!

To make the government more accountable, Obama said he would post all non-emergency bills online for five days before he signed them into law, allowing Americans a chance to weigh in on the legislation. In addition, he said he would post all meetings between lobbyists and government agencies online.

Obama said he would require Cabinet officials to speak to Americans via national broadband town-hall style meetings to discuss issues at their agencies. He also pledged to issue an executive order that information about the government's operations must be released to those seeking it unless it could harm a protected interest.
This is why we have an elected body of representatives. The time for Americans to "weigh in" on legislation is when its being written, not when its already gone through committee, debate, revision, and been voted on in two houses of congress.

Cabinet officials should report to the president, not the people.

That's the beauty of the executive branch of government. It was given power by the founding fathers -- significant power -- and it is supposed to be used. One of these powers is that of the "bully pulpit," used to request the American people to lobby congress for an issue the President feels important. Again, that's the time to get folks involved. Not when its a binary yes/no to veto question.

I don't think I'm going to follow Obama's statements any more. They're ridiculous and childish. The man either knows nothing about the government he works in or he's just saying whatever he thinks will make people happy...only he's not very good at it.