A Transparent Betrayal On Open Gov’t

President Obama promised “a new era of open and accountable government.”  Now, amid scandals and an unlikely re-election, congressional allies want his documents locked away from historians and journalists.  Last year, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the corrupt public/private mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, unilaterally exempted itself from the FOIA law and contended it was not required to release documents. As two scandals continue to unfold — Fast and Furious, in which the U.S. government gave thousands of firearms to Mexican drug lords, and Solyndra, in which the doomed solar panel maker got $535 million in taxpayer loan guarantees in the name of green energy — it’s an odd time to consider the Democrats’ “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011.”   Read more at



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