House goes to court to protect secrecy of records

(The neoliberal neocons and the neoliberal “centrist” Dems are joining forces to push for more secrecy as they move to neoliberalize the nation.)

from Politico

An effort to fight a FOIA lawsuit for proposals on health care reform wins bipartisan backing.

The House of Representatives is taking legal action to make sure that federal agencies don’t release congressional records to the public through the Freedom of Information Act.

The move, which came Friday evening in a lawsuit demanding access to discussions about health care reform between the Trump administration and Congress, threatens to cut off a mechanism liberal watchdog groups were using to gain insight into closed-door negotiations on a variety of policy issues.

In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, House General Counsel Thomas Hungar said the move to protect congressional correspondence was authorized by a House body known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group. While the panel of top House leaders has divided in the past on sensitive issues, Hungar wrote that they “voted unanimously to authorize this intervention … to protect the institutional interests of the House.”…

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    • As much as liberals badmouth it as too utopian and impractical, I’ve slowly become convinced that direct or deliberative democracy, with proper preparation, cannot be much worse than the elected representatives who betray you and whore themselves out eight times out of ten. Direct votes or motions from any citizen possessing knowledge of an area, no more overpaid (on tax money) shills for private interests who renege on their promises to the electorate. If 750,000 out of 1,000,000 decently educated people want a particular policy, the government should obey it to the best of its ability, and period.
      What if Winston Churchill, when the quote “(liberal, representative?) democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” was attributed to him, was only being facetious, joking, or nodding to the oligarchy that this regime would offer them better cover than an alternative? Noone stops to think about it.
      Morris Berman, a cultural critic who I stopped reading for having shat on 9/11 truthers and glooobal waaarming critics, plus covering for the Israeli state’s actions with pathetic rationalisations (controlled opposition much?), described as an example of decadence more Americans voting on American Idol than the presidential elections. But honestly, Bush.Jr., Obama and Trump have proven that your voice probably matters much more on the former.

  3. As much as liberals badmouth it as too utopian and impractical, I’ve slowly become convinced that direct or deliberative democracy, with proper preparation, cannot be much worse than the elected representatives who betray you and whore themselves out eight times out of ten. Direct votes or motions from any citizen possessing knowledge of an area, no more overpaid (on tax money) shills for private interests who renege on their promises to the electorate. If 750,000 out of 1,000,000 decently educated people want a particular policy, the government should obey it to the best of its ability, and period.
    What if Winston Churchill, when the quote “(liberal, representative?) democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” was attributed to him, was only being facetious, joking, or nodding to the oligarchy that this regime would offer them better cover than an alternative? Noone stops to think about it.
    Morris Berman, a cultural critic who I stopped reading for having shat on 9/11 truthers and glooobal waaarming critics, plus covering for the Israeli state’s actions with pathetic rationalisations (controlled opposition much?), described as an example of decadence more Americans voting on American Idol than the presidential elections. But honestly, Bush.Jr., Obama and Trump have proven that your voice probably matters much more on the former.

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