So far I am liking President Obama way more than candidate Obama. It kind of upsets and confuses me that he is doing some really good things at the beginning of his presidency that he never said he would do during the campaign trail, at least not specifically. Most candidates say that they will end corruption and curb spending, blah, blah, blah. However, it looks like he is actually doing it.
Read this article to read all the juicy details including some changes to the Freedom of Information act that makes more of the governments documents available to the public. You can decide if you think that is a good thing. Here is a summary of the spending and corruption stuff:
White House executives including the chief of staff, national security adviser, and Press Secretary are being limited in their pay to $100,000 a year. Obama's rationale here, "Families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington." I agree! Nice work Mr. President.
Then there are the anti-corruption measures to block the influence of lobby's in his administration. The article reads, "Obama's new lobbying rules will not only ban aides from trying to influence the administration when they leave his staff. Those already hired will be banned from working on matters they have previously lobbied on, or to approach agencies that they once targeted.
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."
So far, so good. I am sure he will screw something up at some point, but for now, I like it.