Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President Obama Signs First Executive Order, Freezes Raises For White House Officials, Strict Bans For Lobbyists

Well done, Mr. President. We agree with cracking down on the influence of lobbyists.

Except for two things: As you were signing this "ethics" reform order, Hillary "conflict of interest" Clinton and Timothy "tax cheat" Geithner were all the rage on Capitol Hill today.

Breaking News From Reuters:

U.S. President Barack Obama, in one of his first actions in office, said he was putting in place a pay freeze for senior White House staff and tightening up rules concerning former lobbyists who work in government.

"Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency," Obama said during a meeting with his top staff.

CNN added:

The aides said the executive orders will focus on restricting gifts to White House aides and executive branch officials, as well as trying to crackdown on the “revolving door” — the practice of government staffers quickly moving into lucrative private sector jobs lobbying the government.

Read the full White House agenda on Ethics at

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