The worst kept secret is out.
The Obama administration – which once touted itself as the most transparent administration in history – relied on a lack of transparency to pass its trainwreck of a health care law.
Hear the comments from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber:
This quote says all you need to know about Obamacare and the administration that rammed it through Congress:
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the ‘stupidity of the American voter’ or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”
Tuesday on Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) gave an appropriate response when asked to comment on Gruber’s remarks:
From Obamacare to IRS targeting to “missing” hard drives, this administration has repeatedly attempted to pull the wool over the eyes of the very people it represents.
Contrast that to the Republican-led House of Representatives.
Since taking over the majority, House Republicans have worked hard to open up government and earn the trust of the American people. Here are just a few examples where House Republicans have embraced a truly open government:
- Banning earmarks
- Livestreaming Committee Hearings
- Citizen Co-Sponsor
- Creating a website for Americans to see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent
In addition, the House has taken major legislative steps to make government more open and transparent:
- H.R. 2804, Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act of 2014 – improves the transparency and accountability of federal agencies when enacting new regulations
- H.R. 899, Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act – holds in check the power of independent regulatory agencies
- H.R. 367, Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013 – requires Congressional sign-off on any new major regulation
- H.R. 3193, Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability – makes several reforms to hold accountable the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
More transparency. More openness. More trust.
Not so with the Obama administration.