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ICYMI: Chairman Priebus: “The Ethics of Audacity”

- January 18, 2012

Excerpts from Townhall

By Reince Priebus

January 18, 2012

“He promised there wouldn’t be lobbyists. Not a one.

“But less than a week into Barack Obama’s presidency…the White House had hired at least a dozen of them. They granted exceptions for some, and for others they exploited loopholes in the administration’s own self-written, self-imposed rules.

“Anyone taken by surprise by the more recent White House scandals—Solyndra, Operation Fast and Furious, the downfall of Obama’s “Wall Street Guy” Jon Corzine—really shouldn’t have been surprised at all. That early ethical backpedalling was excellent, if not unfortunate, foreshadowing of what was to come…

“Barack Obama has proven to be nothing but a typical politician—willing to promise anything, and equally willing to break any promise…Team Obama has shattered the image of ethical superiority they so carefully molded…

“Candidate Obama was either exceptionally naïve or willfully disingenuous when he vowed to change the way Washington works. The very promise of Hope and Change was rooted in uprooting the Washington modus operandi. But instead of rejecting it, he embraced it all—the secrecy, the closed doors, the political favors, the near-criminal negligence…

“‘The most transparent administration in history,’ is White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s go-to line…

“The Solyndra scandal proved the fallacy of the ‘most transparent’ mantra—if it wasn’t already obvious. When Congress subpoenaed documents relating to the White House’s involvement in the now-bankrupt stimulus-backed solar energy company, the administration called the demands ‘unprecedented and unnecessary.’

“Solyndra is just the tip of the unethical iceberg. The White House has been happily dolling out favors for fundraisers for the past three years…

“Other bundlers received millions in stimulus funds, lucrative staff positions, and visits to the White House. The business leaders now advising Obama on the president’s ‘Jobs Council’ were among his top campaign financiers…

“Even as the pay-for-play politics comes to light, the Obama campaign continues to accept money from lobbyists. However, to uphold their pledge not to do so, they are sure to take money only from unregistered lobbyists. But a lobbyist by any other name would be…still a lobbyist…

“What do these fundraising lobbyists get in return? Plenty…

“They are getting special treatment from the administration of the very same man that in 2008 declared that lobbyists ‘have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.’

“But something is most certainly drowning out those voices; roughly three-quarters of the country says we’re on the wrong track…

“Standing astride the wreckage of his first administration, he audaciously promises a second term will be different. He promises that if we give him a second term, he’ll finally be able to get the job done.

“But he also promised there wouldn’t be lobbyists.”

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