giving credit when its due

These things are long overdue.  While I think there is much more reform needed when it comes to lobbyists and the Freedom of Informaiton Act, these are steps in the right direction.  Kudos to President Obama for living up to these campaign promises.

Among the announcements were new rules concerning lobbyists, including a requirement that aides not lobby the White House after they leave for at least two years.

In addition, current administration employees will be barred from working on issues on which they have lobbied in the past, and lobbyists will be forbidden from giving gifts of any size to members of the administration.

The rules on lobbyists are tighter “than under any other administration in history,” Mr. Obama said, according to the AP.

The president also said he was altering policy when it comes to Freedom Of Information Act requests so that government agencies and departments are more responsive to the requests.

“For a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy in this city,” the president said.

News outlets and other groups and individuals submit FOIA requests when they are seeking information they believe should legally be made public. Mr. Obama said he wants agencies to make public such information whenever possible instead of looking for reasons to withhold it.

“…these historic measures do mark the beginning of a new era of openness in our country,” Mr. Obama said. “And I will, I hope, do something to make government trustworthy in the eyes of the American people, in the days and weeks, months and years to come.”  CBS News Blogs

At the same time, he authorized increases for the military.  Kudos there too Mr. President!

On the military side, however, Obama proposed increasing pay by nearly 1 percent more in an effort, the document said, to reflect “the priorities of an administration that is committed to caring for the service members who protect our security and the families who support them.”

I take full responsibility for my own opinions, comments and slurs against asshats.  I'm just another guy with just another opinion. Although, I may be turning into my father who my mother always said was 'the world's foremost authority."

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