In DC there is always a scream about the government needs more transparency….and I agree there does need to be more….and every admin does its level best to avoid any transparency….I give you the TPP agreement that was negotiated in secret before it was turned out to the public.
I bring this up over the GOP and their great “Repeal and replace” game. They are working overtime to get something, anything in place by the 20th…but all their negotiations and maneuvers will be in secret (basically)……
It appears that the GOP has voted a “gag rule” on their attempts to “repeal and replace”……
The new Republican rule implicitly instructs the CBO not to say how much it will cost taxpayers to repeal Obamacare, because it is frightening.
Some Americans may recall that during the campaign Trump pledged to change libel laws to silence journalists who write stories that expose his lies or “run afoul of his ideological agenda.” Republicans in the House, not to be outdone by the likes of a big-time wrestling celebrity like Trump, resurrected an old rule that gives them, including individual legislators, unchallenged authority to interrogate, fire or slash any federal employee’s salary to $1 for even daring to run afoul of their “ideological agenda.” It is curious that Republicans hate rules, regulations, and laws unless they serve to either silence dissent and opposition or conceal their devious machinations that are detrimental to the population.
That is exactly the case of House Republicans who inserted two short paragraphs into their “new rules” that forbid a federal agency from doing the job it was created to do. Before Koch Republicans took control of both houses of Congress, the once non-partisan and “independent” Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) role was performing an accurate and unbiased cost analysis of any kind of legislation or policy implementation to the American taxpayers. It was about the only means of keeping Congress honest about legislation regarding any kind of cutting or spending.
This makes it easier for them to do what they do best….LIE!
Nothing has changed in DC! They still do not want the American people to know what they are doing until it is too late for action.
I thought all that was gonna change with our knew emperor…..appears we have another falsehood.