Obama’s Two American GovernmentsLarry Doyleupdated Mar 15, 2013TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity. Do you ever think that politicians speak out of both sides of their mouth? Well, we know they do. What do you make of the fact that our wizards in Washington during the current administration have passed pieces of legislation that would appear to be diametrically opposed to actual actions taken? Standard double-speak, double-act? Let’s give the credit where it is due to the folks at the Project on Government Oversight for highlighting the “bipolar” nature of our governments in Washington via the following pictorial: We know that “transparency is the great disinfectant. On that note, POGO does exemplary work once again in highlighting the efforts of Sunshine Week in providing recent testimony that highlights, There seems to be two Obama Administrations—two American governments, really. One looks like a democracy in which an open government accountable to the people is an ideal and a priority; and the other is a national security state, where claims of national security often trump democratic principles such as the people’s right to know, civil liberties, freedom of speech, and whistleblower protections. Of course, this is not an approach exclusive to this President. But the unchecked secrecy of Obama’s national security state is at cross-purposes with many of his Administration’s openness objectives, and it raises doubts about the President’s commitments and declarations about transparency. Truth, transparency, integrity? Or is crony capitalism alive, well, and thriving under the guise of needed secrecy and national security? All too much evidence over the years dictates that it is far better to “trust but verify” than merely embrace “willful blindness.”It’s Not as Sunny as We’d Like.Larry DoyleIsn’t it time or overtime to subscribe to all my work via e-mail, an RSS feed, on Twitter or Facebook. I have no business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.