Obama slams the door on "transparency,"

Shades of the "Chicago Way"

With all the promises that his administration would be the most transparent

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Carol Browner, the energy and environment czar, will not tell Congress about the negotiations she conducted with the automobile industry that led to significant emission standards changes.

ever, Obama's czars will not testify before Congress about their activities or policies. The Washington Times reported:

The White House has told Congress it will reject calls for many of President Obama's policy czars to testify before Congress - a decision senators said goes against the president's promises of transparency and openness and treads on Congress' constitutional mandate to investigate the administration's actions.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, said White House counsel Greg Craig told her in a meeting Wednesday that they will not make available any of the czars who work in the White House and don't have to go through Senate confirmation. She said he was "murky" on whether other czars outside of the White House would be allowed to come before Congress.

The hypocrisy of the Emanueal/Axelrod/Obama administration grows beyond belief. Shades of George W. Bush?

Of course, who should be surprised; operating in secret is the essence of the Richard M. Daley political machine, from whence the unholy trinity of Emanuel/Axelrod/Obama sprung

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