Barack Obama lied in 2008 about so much. He promised so much he had no intention of fulfilling. He deceived the American people with noble ideas he would never carry out.
After four years of witnessing these lies, these broken promises and deceptions, this should be the No. 1 reason to reject Obama at the polls – at all costs.
To chronicle the lies, broken promises and deceptions would fill volumes of books – and there’s no time left for that with the election only weeks away.
So let’s just examine the findings of one distinguished author, Christopher Horner, in his new book, “The Liberal War on Transparency.”
We all remember what Obama said he would do in 2008 – create the most open and transparent administration in American history. He excoriated his predecessor’s White House for its secrecy. He promised a new era of open access to documents and the business of the people in Washington.
But he didn’t just miss the mark. It turns out the Obama administration is the most secretive in history and routinely breaks federal laws to keep any damaging information about its operations from seeing the light of day.
That’s what Horner reveals conclusively and methodically in “The Liberal War on Transparency.”
Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in energy and environmental issues, has filed scores of Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests to procure documents from the past three administrations.
What he found was that the Obama administration routinely squelches such requests – by him and others – by forwarding them to the wrong agencies, claiming those filing the requests would be forced to pay huge fees for the documents to be processed or just ignoring them altogether.
It’s the way the Obama White House and administration do business.
Several times, Horner has been forced to sue the government for the requests to be honored.
But it gets worse, Horner states.
It’s not just that the government creates a bureaucratic maze of frustration for citizens and journalists seeking information about their own government. The Obama administration is also guilty of intentionally breaking the law, he asserts.
Horner details how multiple officials, including former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina, conducted business on private email accounts so those communications would never end up on the public record. Messina, who is now manager of the Obama re-election effort, used a personal email account to negotiate with the drug industry and bring them on board the push to pass Obamacare in exchange for $4 billion in incentives.
Horner said those emails were deleted, despite federal law demanding that all government business be preserved and done through official means of communication. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“I’ve got an affidavit, which I reveal in the book for the first time, from an official in the government acknowledging that they’ve got essentially a cyber bonfire going on at all times in the administration,” said Horner, who said the “bonfire” is tasked with “destroying records, using nongovernmental computers to access governmental servers.”
Horner explained to WND, “They’ve got this system rigged whereby it destroys all traces of the record on the government system, and because they’re using a private computer very deliberately there’s no government computer you can then find the trace of the record on. If they did what they were supposed to do, you would leave these electronic footprints everywhere. It’s a very organized government-wide systemic effort to avoid leaving any trails. The problem is that’s against the law.”
If breaking promises and breaking the law don’t represent the No. 1 reason to oppose Obama’s re-election, I’d like to know what does.