Speaking out of both sides on everything
President Obama likes things both ways: spilling national secrets when it benefits his re-election campaign while persecuting whistle-blowers when it doesn’t; badmouthing the Bush Administration for Gitmo while failing to close it himself; bashing enhanced interrogations while using death-by-drone; saying that big government is the way of truth and light while offering non-culpability on myriad big government scandals.
Another area where the President wants it both ways is as it regards Wall Street fat cats, who are said to be a great cause of America’s evils. And yet, the Obama Administration in enabling the very fat cats is so loathes:
White House records show that Elizabeth Fowler, then a top health-policy adviser to President Obama, met with executives from half a dozen investment firms in 2011 and 2012.
… Separately, an official in the agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid spoke in December with managers of hedge funds, pension plans and mutual funds in a conference call.
Why is such information provided by the Administration to these seekers of insider truth? One guess.
Hedge fund executives and other investors are increasingly interested in the timing and nature of health-policy decisions in Washington because they directly affect the profits and stock prices of pharmaceutical, insurance, hospital and managed-care companies.
How can we tell the Administration is lying? 1) Their lips are moving and 2) their bank accounts are growing.
Fowler described her sessions with investors as innocuous, discussions of public information of the sort that would be supplied to any group that asked for it. “As a general principle, I met with anyone who requested a meeting,” said Fowler, who went to work for the Washington office of pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson six months ago.
Right. With anyone who requested a meeting. That’s right up there with “The President would never behave in a political manner.” All this as we watch the Administration’s revolving door continue to spin.
Most transparent Administration ever.