“This is the most transparent administration in history.”
– President Barack Obama, February 2013
If you define transparency the way the president does – that “every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see” – then you’re buying what he’s selling.
But if you believe posting the standard operations of a democracy online is a basic responsibility in an age where computers need child access controls and “Google” is a verb, you likely define government transparency as being able to ask a question of the system you pay for and get a timely answer. And then you understand that the White House claim is a bill of goods.