By Eric Boehm, PA Independent
HARRISBURG — The front page of the White House’s website for its Office of Intergovernmental Affairs prominently features a quote from President Barack Obama promising “open and honest” government.
Apparently, that office’s idea of open and honest government does not include the public or the media.
The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which coordinates presidential efforts with mayors and town councils across the nation, is hosting a conference call on Thursday afternoon with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the Democrats’ plan to deal with the so-called “fiscal cliff” that is looming at the end of the year. The invitation to the call, which was distributed to local government officials on Tuesday, explicitly forbids the media from participating in the call.
It’s troubling that the Obama administration is taking such an interest in local government. See Municipal stormwater regulation on White House agenda.
December 3, 2012
The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs cordially invites you to join Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, December 6, for a call with local leaders across the country to discuss the importance of a balanced approach to deficit reduction and extending middle class tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans.
This invitation is non-transferable and we kindly ask that you not forward this invitation.
This call is off the record and not for press purposes.
We hope you will join us for this special discussion.
White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs