Saturday, January 24, 2009

Transparency is as transparency does 

Occasional TigerHawk guest-blogger Cassandra, pitching in at the Right Wing News weekend gig, examines the decidedly untransparent policies that the Obama White House is imposing on the White House press corps with nary a peep of objection. It will be interesting to see how long the press puts up with that. I expect that they will start to object somewhere between four and eight years from now.

She also has some very good advice for conservatives:

Are we truly men and women of principle, or are we merely shameless partisans who will use each misstep, each minor fumble as a "gotcha" moment? Do we want this country to succeed? If so, we ought to give this President a fair chance, oppose him on matters of principle but fairly and without personal rancor. Adhering to our own highest ethical standards is not only the right thing to do, but ensures that when we take him to task for violating his own standards, we are not guilty of hypocrisy.

That ought to matter to us as conservatives. I hope it always will.



By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 24, 06:20:00 PM:

No shameless partisan over here. Cassandra is correct and the best of us need to make this point long and strong.

I remember well the first time a liberal black friend of mine referred to George Bush as "your President". At the time I thought it was a pathetic way to live and I still do. President Obama is my President. However, I am not letting him just vote present on some of these big issues, there are indeed areas where we need change.  

By Blogger SR, at Sat Jan 24, 08:00:00 PM:

In less than one month, Obama and the Democrats will have locked up enough massive spending they cam use top bribe their constituents into keeping them in power. This is such a cynical use of money that should go completely to resuscitating the economy.

Republicans won't win, but they must protest strongly and continue to object every month the "stimulus" has no effect.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Jan 24, 08:11:00 PM:

This whole "I want my President to succeed " stuff is getting sloppy silly. What part of his policies do you support? I'm against spending our way into poverty. I'm against high taxes. I'm for spending restraint and low tax burdens on the economy.

But it doesn't matter anyway, since it's Congressional leadership setting the agenda. So I despair watching the Congress write a package that violates every bit of the President's goals, "shovel ready" and "immediate spending stimulus" and all that. They're spending on every favorite Dem cause, including grants to unions directly (NEA), and the amounts actually being spent in immediate stimulus seems to be an arguably minor part of the overall package (ie, both being spent on actual "stimulus", whatever that means, as opposed to redecorating the national mll grounds, and being spent right away).

This is a weak president, and we're in deep trouble, yet you guys are sitting around trying not to offend anyone. Get over it.  

By Blogger JPMcT, at Sun Jan 25, 08:06:00 AM:

I would be thrilled to give my support to Mr. Obama, alias "your president"....as soon as he does, says or thinks anything that I support!

The onld yarn about "Evil triumps when good men do nothing" comes to mind here.

George Bush was basically a good human being and his presidency was sadly a potential that was never realized...Why?...because his opposition knew that opposing him at every turn eventually led to loss of public support.

So...NO....I will bring up every gaffe, every wrong turn of words, every silly small misstep. Why....because I don't want to be taxed into oblivion, spent into bankruptcy, attacked by those who think we are weak and redistributed into neo-socialism.

That will happen...and is happening as we speak glowingly about "giving him a chance". For heaven's sake, WAKE UP!!!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jan 25, 08:55:00 AM:

SR writes: "Obama and the Democrats will have locked up enough massive spending they cam use top bribe their constituents..."

Please. If Bush hadn't needed Congress's support for a war, do you think he would have issued an astonishing ZERO vetoes of their spending bills?

Think about it.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jan 25, 11:12:00 AM:

Well said, anon 1/24 8:11 pm.  

By Blogger RPD, at Mon Jan 26, 09:55:00 AM:

SR said "In less than one month, Obama and the Democrats will have locked up enough massive spending they cam use top bribe their constituents into keeping them in power."

It worked for FDR. Four terms ended only by divine providence.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Jan 26, 10:08:00 PM:

And just which of his policies do you want him to succeed at?  

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