The Ashcroft Memo
Gregory Alan Bolcer
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 08:45:33 -0800
I think part of the problem is that political
forces on the opposite side of the fence are using
internal work products--ideas in progress essentially--in
the public context more and more. There used to be
a level of courtesy that you would allow your
political opponent the opportunity to present their
idea before trying to pre-spin it. I think the
national debate on healthcare was the first time that
pre-spin won, handcuffing even more the ability for
our representatives to try and creatively come up
with new governmental solutions and initiatives. You
can't run anything up a flagpole anymore. The flag
gets stolen back at the cloth factory before it even
gets sewn together.
This is just a side effect.
> "More than any of its recent predecessors, this administration has a
> penchant for secrecy."
> -- David E. Rosenbaum, The New York Times Week in Review, 3 February 2002
> "There is a veil of secrecy that is descending around the administration
> which I think is unseemly."
> -- Rep. Dan Burton (R-In.) to ABC News, 22 February 2002
> "Why does the White House sometimes seem so determined to close the door on
> the people's right to know what their government is doing?"
> -- Mark Tapscott, Heritage Foundation, The Washington Post, 20 November 2002