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Obama lays down the law on lobbyists

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Unfortunately, in his zeal he has also outlawed hobbyists. I tried to buy model airplane glue today and the store was yellow taped.

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JakeFlake    11

What did he do ?

The rules also ban lobbyists from giving gifts of any size to any member of his administration. It wasn't immediately clear whether the ban would include the traditional "previous relationships" clause, allowing gifts from friends or associates with which an employee comes in with strong ties.

The new rules also require that anyone who leaves his administration is not allowed to try to influence former friends and colleagues for at least two years. Obama is requiring all staff to attend to an ethics briefing like one he said he attended last week.

"For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city," Obama said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090121/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_executive_pay

among other things.

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Speed    0

He also froze the pay of everyone on his staff that makes over 100 grand. I like it.

Why not cut them all back to $100000. That's enough for anyone! He could put a little sign on his desk, the redistribution starts here.

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Davidson Deac II    4,204

So let me get this straight. If my wife worked for Obama's staff, and I was a lobbyist, I wouldn't be allowed to give her christmas gifts?

I could live with that. :)

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Davidson Deac II    4,204

BTW, I found this quote from somewhat interesting.

For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city," Obama said

As a former Intelligence Analyst, I disagree. To many things get leaked out. Security of classifed information at senior levels of government is terrible.

Of course, I understand that he was talking about being more above board about things the president is doing, but I would still like to see them institute stricter controls on who has access to classified information.

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Matt Foley    1

BTW, I found this quote from somewhat interesting.

As a former Intelligence Analyst, I disagree. To many things get leaked out. Security of classifed information at senior levels of government is terrible.

Of course, I understand that he was talking about being more above board about things the president is doing, but I would still like to see them institute stricter controls on who has access to classified information.

He's just trying to appease his base...cause he knows he's gotta screw them to get this country up on its feet again.

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