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Saturday, June 27, 2009

What’s the expiration date on pledges?

Glenn Reynolds notes that
HOPE AND CHANGE! Earlier this week, the White House officially abandoned President Obama’s “Sunlight before Signing” pledge. Those pledges all have expiration dates. All of ‘em.

Linking to the Volokh Conspiracy:
The End of Transparency (Before It Ever Began):
Earlier this week, the White House officially abandoned
President Obama's "Sunlight before Signing" pledge (which I discussed here and here). As the NYT reported:

And then there's the pledge to run an open, science based government at the EPA. Of course only the fools who voted for Obama really believed it ... or pretended to.

From The Corner:

This week, CEI released evidence to the public, by means of a filing of comments with the Environmental Protection Agency, that the EPA was suppressing science skeptical of the harmful effects of global warming. By taking this action, Obama's EPA demonstrated its hypocrisy when it comes to the role of science in its decision-making. Shortly before assuming office, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson declared: “As Administrator, I will ensure EPA’s efforts to address the environmental crises of today are rooted in three fundamental values: science-based policies and programs, adherence to the rule of law, and overwhelming transparency.” Jan. 23, 2009. This followed the president’s own January 21 memo to agency heads on “Transparency and Open Government.” And in an April 27 speech to the National Academy of Sciences, the president declared that, “under my administration, the days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over.”

Did you hope he would change his pledges?

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