January 20, 2009

Obama’s Policy Agenda on Government Ethics

The most frustrating thing about eight years of Bush Administration nefariousness and stupidity, from a librarian’s point of view, was their attitude of secrecy and contempt for the public. It is important for government to be open and transparent, and to avoid rather than seek corrupt relationships with moneyed interests. In that regard the Bush Administration was about as bad as it’s possible for a modern American presidential administration to be.

Obama inspires hope in this area not only because he’s not Bush, but because he really does have good values and promises a lot to the country in terms of transparency and integrity in government. To see exactly what I am talking about, read his policy agenda on government ethics.

I am pinching myself right now. If he delivers a quarter of what it looks like he will, it will be a much better America than the one I’ve gotten used to.

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