A couple of days ago I mentioned the White House's secret resumption of paying cash bonuses to political employees--a practice banned by President Clinton over past abuses. Today's Washington Post reveals that the practice was resumed way back in March, in secret, and only came to light this week.
If the Bush Administration thinks the practice is such a great idea, one wonders why it was so hush-hush. This Administration appears to be obsessive about secrecy and opposed to accountability to a degree reminiscent of the Nixon administration, and for that reason alone it should be considered no more trustworthy.
And speaking of secrecy, Arianna Huffington wonders why absolutely no one seems to know how language protecting drug companies from lawsuits was placed into the Homeland Security bill. (via Blog Left) A bill, I might add, that Bush threatened to veto over what he called special-interest provisions (seems they just weren't the right special interests...). She's right about one thing:
This is clearly not a left-right issue. Any politician who has waxed lyrical about "accountability" and "transparency" -- that includes you, Mr. President -- owes it to the public to demand that Congress get to the bottom of just whose directive it was to insert into the homeland security bill a provision that has absolutely nothing to do with homeland security.