The Lyin’ King’s Transparent Administration: Clear as Mud

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on June 23, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Lyin’ King, seeking ascendency in 2008, promised us all sorts of fanciful things. He would lower sea levels, his administration would eradicate any racial divide, he would finally unite America and he would make the rest of the world love us. These examples alone would insure that, had he been Pinocchio, his nose would have circled the globe repeatedly. But the horse pucky leading all the rest came after The Imperial President assumed office: He swore that he would pilot a “new era of open government.” The Lyin’ King would operate the most transparent government in history. Not just now, mind you but, everywhere, throughout history. Liar, liar, pants on fire. Even pants with a nice crease.

Dan Epstein, Executive Director of Cause of Action, has obtained memos that shrivel the scope of The Lyin’ King’s transparency claims. In 2009, concurrent with wild promises of a transparent government, the administration created additional rules designed to slow down compliance with requests for government documents. This was accomplished very quietly. examined the memos obtained by Mr. Epstein outlining these requirements. A large number of the rules, not surprisingly, originated from the Treasury Department, specifically, the IRS. Some but not all.

According to the documents uncovered by Epstein: “…the Treasury Department in 2009 set up an additional review for requests involving ‘sensitive information’…” Epstein found the additional review requests “troubling,” expressing concerns about “the limits of government power.” Epstein isn’t alone in that concern. added that The Treasury Department’s request for a “formal level of review” for requests for sensitive information “would cover everything from emails to memos to calendars to travel logs for top department officials, legal advisers, senior advisers and others.” These measures gave the White House imprimatur for issues such as the IRS targeting conservative groups by slowing down their applications for tax exempt status.

The discovery didn’t end solely with IRS-generated stumbling blocks. reported that clandestine activity by the regime “…covered a broad range of items. The White House sometimes got involved, slowing down the process. The memos follow reports about the administration’s use of private email accounts, and coincide with ongoing debate about government transparency — particularly with recent disclosures about widespread surveillance programs.”

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.