The Cato Institute notes that President Obama seems to be slipping in one of the key promises he made on the campaign trail- full disclosure of the Federal government’s actions in regards to legislation, so we never have a fiasco like the 1,100-page PATRIOT Act being passed in a manner of hours.
On the campaign trail, President Obama promised to post bills online for five days before signing them.
Last week, President Obama signed three new bills into law. None of them received the promised “Sunlight Before Signing” treatment – at least, not as far as our research reveals. (The White House has yet to establish a uniform place on its Web site where the public can look for bills that the President has received from Congress.)
According to the official list of legislation, President Obama has had a five-day waiting period on only two out of fourteen bills to come across his desk. Of course, that’s including things like “P.L. 111-7, A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2105 East Cook Street in Springfield, Illinois, as the “Colonel John H. Wilson, Jr. Post Office Building”.
But given that, this should be a pretty simple thing for him to do. Sorry, Mr. President, but just because your eons better than the last guy doesn’t give you free reign to ignore your promises. I’m looking for “Good”, not “Good enough”.