Transparency Era Ends at the People’s House

The Trump administration is waging an almost unprecedented war on transparency.

But do voters actually care?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer today defended the Trump administration's decision to break with the Obama administration and stop releasing White House visitor logs.

"We're following the law as both the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act prescribe it. So it's the same policy that every administration had up until the Obama administration."

This is a different rationale than the White House initially gave on Friday - when it said that it would no longer release visitor logs due to "national security reasons".

So the lurch away from transparency continues. But do voters as a whole actually care?

There were these tax returns protests this weekend - but is this issue something that speaks to the country as a whole or just the liberal/democratic base?


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Old Kel 30 weeks 6 days ago

I can understand privacy, but then one gives up much privacy to be the President of these United States. And his tax filings might prove his proclaimed innocence to any Russian business ties and such.

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emberAZ 30 weeks 6 days ago

I am appalled by Trump in every way. The lack of any information including things which were obvious in other people holding the same position. Taxes, Russia, visitors to the White House and all the other things we know nothing about. It's atrocious!

Legend 30 weeks 6 days ago

There should be a special prosecuter that can legally obtain his taxes and review them. This does not have to be public. But why this is not done in lieu of releasing them to the public is beyond me.

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ErinRose 30 weeks 6 days ago

Basically, I have pulled the plug on the whole political scene. Trump is in office for the next four years and there is nothing we can do about that except prepare for the 2018 elections, and pray that people will turn out in sufficient numbers to vote all of the money addicts out of Congress, replacing them with people who can't be bought and have no use for war. This would set the table for 2020. What is really needed is a plan to get at those who are supplying the money and the Deep State Shadow Government. These are the ones driving this whole mess. But, once again, I will say that none of this will stop until We, the People, get off the couch, turn off the TV, and go do something about it. Until then, it's a losing proposition. The best thing that could ever happen would be for the police and the boots-on-the-ground military to refuse to be a party to things like the Standing Rock debacle, and all of the murdering that is going on with our imperialism overseas. This would pull things up sharply. But Americans are like herding cats, and who knows what they will settle for, accept, or fight against?

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Old Kel 30 weeks 6 days ago

I agree Erin, except with..."Trump is in office for the next four years and there is nothing we can do about that...". Impeachment for treasonable acts has not yet been ruled out by the several ongoing investigations.

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gz4m7q 30 weeks 6 days ago

I ask myself that a lot. Thank you for expressing our wonder.

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Judy Blue Eyes 30 weeks 6 days ago

I think voters cannot keep up with the military & other failures, Russian entanglement, regulation changes, his weekend golf and resort vacations, the excessive costs of security for this family, & lack of transparency. Its shock & awe everyday.

BUT we cannot give up, saying "we're stuck with him for 4 years." That is the reason why we have to make him know that his being elected president is just the beginning not the end. Let him know our expectations and disappointments. He needs to get into his head: He is our public servant. We are not his serfs. Citizen participation, protests, and marches must continue so he is forced to be accountable to us, The People.

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wmleidy 30 weeks 6 days ago

voter apathy is america's downfall. until the voter wakes up and smells the coffee, this country will continue into eclipse as have all other superpowers in history.

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MojoMan 30 weeks 6 days ago

If our opposition to Trump and his fascist lackeys flags in less than four months then we deserve the oligarchy that they are solidifying. Our first best response is to drive Republicans from office whose seats are up for election in 2018. This will not be easy as so many districts are Gerrymandered.

Removing fascists from office makes it all that much more difficult form them to enact law, change rules and support crony capitalism .

We also need to take over the Democratic Party from the neo-liberal Clintonites.

This all requires each of us to become active participants. Since Trump's coup I have been active in at least four actions protesting bad gun legislation, giving hell to our Republican lackey Congress person at a town hall and demanding Trump reveal his taxes.

I'm an old geezer now, but it is my hope that those of you who don't want to live in some form of feudalism will really understand that this nation is at a cross roads that is of critical import to the live of people for at least the next three generations.

Let's take back our nation from these fascists. We still have the means to do it.

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ChristopehrCurrie 30 weeks 4 days ago

As with his tax returns, Donald Trump's attempts to hide what he has been doing only leads to massive (ugly) speculations as to what he has been doing. His history so far reinforces the "ugly" part of that. It is too bad, because if he had kept his campaign promises (rather than doign the opposite of what he had promised), he COULD have been widely popular by now.

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