When a regular citizen says he or she would like to keep personal affairs private from the state, the Bush administration says that if one has nothing to hide, one ought not to care and just trust the neocons. However, when the Congress asks to see the administrations papers about air-quality policy, the administration claims executive privilege. Well, what do they have to hide? People don't want to be abused. The Bush administration has no such excuse.
EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson overrode the decision by subordinates to allow California to impose tougher standards on vehicle emissions, which had always been allowed before. Johnson says he decided without White House involvement. The Congress wants to verify that. The administration is hiding what the documentation (communications record) says. Why don't they just lose them the way they done in so many other cases?
Why is it that the peoples' representatives can not see the candid analyses, advice, and recommendations from senior White House advisers? Does candid mean embarrassingly greedy, self-centered, and detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the American public at-large? That's exactly what it means. They are just covering up. They aren't even using the lame excuse of national security here. All they're doing is pushing it as far as the pathetically weak Congress allows. Congress rolls over, tucks tail, and worse.
The system is bad.
See: White House Refuses To Release Documents On Air-Quality Policy
Officials Again Cite Executive Privilege
By Spencer S. Hsu and Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, June 21, 2008; Page A04