Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hitting the Ground Running

I applaud two of Pres. Obama's first executive orders: Pay freezes and tighter Lobbying rules. Check it out on MSNBC.

The pay freeze affects the roughly 100 White House employees who make more than $100,000 a year. "Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington," Obama said.

Obama's new lobbying rules will ban aides from trying to influence the administration when they leave his staff. Those already hired will be banned from working on matters they have previously lobbied on, or to approach agencies that they once targeted.

That was one of the problems with the Bush administration, too many lobbyists, too many former White House employees who then lobbyied the agencies they worked for and lobbyists with too much power.

He is also putting an end to all the government "secrecy".
Just because a government agency has the legal power to keep information private does not mean that it should.

Pretty good for the first full day of work!