By Dianne Hermann
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) demands government transparency. She thinks so highly of it that apparently she believes I should have it, too.
Somehow I (a Reagan Republican) got on the Democrat emailing list. My Missouri Senator, Claire McCaskill, periodically sends me letters. She recently sent an email letter addressed to me personally telling me how I deserve transparency by my government.
The thorn in her Democrat side this time is the $1 trillion spending bill recently passed by the Senate with “little-to-no public debate.” Although it included items she claims to support, namely “a boost to the E/A-18 Growler production line, critical for airborne electronic attack, and certainty for our military and veterans,” she objects to a “secretive provision” placed in the bill by those pesky Republicans. But she had no problem voting in March of 2013 in favor of the Democrat-supported bill that funded the government for the fiscal year 2014.
It makes total sense, however, that Senator McCaskill wholeheartedly supported Obama’s agenda that is replete with subterfuge, like czars appointed but not confirmed and executive orders that bypass Congress altogether. After all, she was a co-chair for his 2012 reelection campaign.
But where was Senator McCaskill’s moral outrage over the lack of government transparency when Nancy Pelosi told everyone (of the healthcare bill) they would have to “sign the bill to find out what’s in it”? Where was her call for government accountability when Democrats met in secret with President Obama in the White House?
During a November 2014 interview on “Face The Nation” McCaskill blamed Republicans for all the government problems and lack of action. Where was she when Senator Harry Reid (according to govtrack.us) blocked 352 bills and resolutions from being voted on in the Senate?
Senator McCaskill’s selective mutism and amnesia are confusing and troubling. She can’t have it both ways. Either McCaskill wants the governmental transparency and accountability Obama promised and she embraced when he ran for president in 2007, or she wants to continue to govern in secret, away from the prying eyes and probing questions of the American people she is sworn to serve.
McCaskill told me in her letter, however, that she remains “firmly committed to a transparent and accountable government.” Well, there’s a first time for everything I always say!