Give the L.A. Times some credit. They have a story up titled Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency:
Upending Washington’s entrenched ways of doing business is proving tougher than President Obama may have assumed.
The nearly $800-billion stimulus bill served as a test case.
During the campaign, Obama released a position paper stating his commitment to open government. As president, he said, he would not only insist on transparency in his own administration, he would press Congress to revamp its practices as well.
Obama has no constitutional authority to set rules for Congress, but he suggested he would use his influence to see to it that Congress doesn’t conduct its work “in the dead of night and behind closed doors.”
In the first major piece of legislation pushed by Obama, transparency was missing.
Indeed. Now, how about a story on something Obama does control — namely, whether he will give voters the promised five days to review this bill. (Answer: no, he won’t.)