Sunday, March 21, 2010

Truth in Advertising: Executive Transparency?

A major California newspaper -- not an expected hotbed of partisan anti-Obama rhetoric -- has identified the Obama administration, which came to power on a platform of openness and transparency, as more secretive than the Republican administration it replaced. Freedom of Information Act denials have increased markedly from pre-Obama levels.

Comparing Obama's first year to Regan's, it seems both promised recovery from economic turmoil, but Regan went the extra step of articulating the plan (e.g., tax cuts). Planlessly stumbling forward might be effective in some things, but it doesn't inspire confidence.

On the other hand, maybe the plan for success is so secret and so subtle that it must be concealed to work, and isn't noticed despite implementation.

I wish.

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