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WASHINGTON---Obama on Tuesday returns to the government transparency theme...


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Obama Announces Plan to Restore Trust in Government

Proposals Will Make Government More Transparent

Manchester, NH - During a roundtable discussion with New Hampshire voters in Manchester today, U.S. Senator Barack Obama announced a series of initiatives to restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more transparent.

“It’s no secret that most Americans think the country is on the wrong track,” Obama told the group. “But the reason isn’t just failed policies. It’s a system in Washington that has failed the American people. A system that has not kept the most fundamental trust of American democracy: that our government is of the people, and that it must govern for all the people – not just the interests of the wealthy and well-connected.”

Saying that Washington has failed to address the issues that matter most to Americans, Obama outlined his plans to make government more transparent, including:

Lifting the curtain on connections between lobbyists and Members of Congress by creating a centralized database of lobbying reports, congressional ethics records, and campaign finance filings available on the internet in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format,
Expanding lobbying disclosure rules to include lobbyists seeking government contracts and presidential pardons,
Enforcing congressional lobbying laws and ethics rules through an independent entity,
Creating an “contracts and influence” database which will disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying, and ensuring citizens have easy access to contract details and contractor performance.
Full details of the plans Obama announced today can be viewed HERE.

“We’re not going to be able to change America unless we challenge this system that isn’t working for us and hasn’t for a long time,” Obama said. “Now I know some will say that we can’t make this change. That the culture of corrosive influence in politics is too sprawling to spotlight. Or that the lobbyists writing our laws represent real Americans.

“That’s not how I see it. Because when it comes to what’s wrong with this country, the American people are not the problem. The American people are the answer. The American people want to trust in our government again – we just need a government that will trust in us. And making government accountable to the people isn’t just a cause of this campaign – it’s been a cause of my life for two decades.”

Senator Obama is a long-time leader in the effort to reform government. As a State Senator in Illinois, Obama passed the first campaign finance reform in 25 years. In the U.S. Senate, Obama took on both parties to help pass major ethics and lobbying reform legislation. And earlier this year in a speech in Manchester, Obama pledged to that on his first day in the White House he would enact the most sweeping ethics reform in history.

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These are all good ideas, but I won't hold my breath waiting for them to be implemented. Obama needs to address our two party system and how it consistently fails Americans of all persuasions. If you read these blogs, Mr. Obama, tell me that you are an American first and you will not sell your soul for the Democratic party. Tell me that you will push for a national referendum for term limitation. Don't give me your ideas for strengthening the Democratic Party, for I care less for it than I do the Republican Party. Congressional approval is almost into single digits. How are you going to change that without getting rid of the entrenched politicians? It's all about greed and power, and we are powerless to change it. Transparency only reveals the corruption and the dysfunction in our government. It will take real reform to change the system and it is not in the best interests of either party to change the status quo. Run as an independent and you can be the voice.

maybe it's the labor day thing, the on set of autumn, but now i've captured the obama/clinton essence...the mis-leads and mis-speaks. it's straight out of huck-finn. here's the tragi-character looking for his personal freedom. the jim figure, with hillary as huck.
as they wind their way up the river, betrayal and confusion will rock the raft. but the place for them to find themselves should hardly be as head of state of anyplace...anywhere. no, no, not now.

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