All about appearances

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 9, 2009

On principle, I think that prohibitions on lobbyists taking jobs in government agencies they once lobbied are unnecessary. While there may be concerns about where their loyalties lie -- with the government job they've got or the private sector job they left -- that's what inspectors general and oversight are for. Often these individuals have valuable expertise that is tough to get anywhere else.

President-elect Barack Obama appears to have come to a similar conclusion.

President-elect Barack Obama appointed a defense contractor's lobbyist Thursday to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, a choice that appeared to break with his self-imposed rules to keep lobbyists at arm's length.

Two things.

First, why is it that the mainstream media can't call it straight? "...appeared to break with his self-imposed rules?" The media knows what the rule is, as demonstrated in paragraph four:

Obama has vowed that no political appointees in his administration would be permitted to work on areas that "directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years." Although [William J.] Lynn heads Raytheon's division for government operations and strategy and was personally registered as a Raytheon lobbyist until July — both within that two-year period — Obama plans to give him the job.

So, he didn't "appear" to break his rule. He broke it.

Second, as a wise man once said: "All of Obama's promises come with an expiration date. All of them."


Sometimes Politifiact's incompetence spans politics. Via @PolitiFactBias

PolitiFact Bias: Layers of Editors: How fast is PolitiFact's stupid...

“Assault weapon” and “hate speech” are similar in that both don’t mean anything specific and the term exists mainly to try to limit rights.

“I don’t want to ban guns, just ill-defined assault weapons.”

“I don’t want to ban speech, just ill-defined hate speech.”

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