Monday, January 26, 2009

The Times, They Are A Changin'

Each day brings news from Washington, much of it promising. I, of course, cheered wildly as President Obama reversed course on the federal Freedom of Information Act in a strongly worded memo that said that from here on out, the presumption in Washington should be toward openness.

Now comes word that lobbyists in Washington can find no way into the White House...awwwwwwww....

From Roll Call:

President Barack Obama’s new rules restricting the employment of lobbyists are viewed by many on K Street as effectively a ban, with both the spirit and the letter of the order making it nearly impossible for lobbyists who would take senior positions in government to enter public service.

"I haven't seen anybody in the administration with any interest in hiring a lobbyist," one Democratic lobbyist said. "No one I know who is a lobbyist is figuring out a way to get in."

If this is true, it's a signal change, and a new way of doing business in Washington.

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