I came across an article last night that started me thinking. It was talking about the negotiations that are now underway between the White House and congressional leaders on how to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff. In this article, Senator Jeff Sessions, R-AL, was rasing a question that I believe is more than a little relevant to the discussion. Exactly why are these negotiations going on behind closed doors?
(The Hill) Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is calling on President Obama and congressional leaders to hold open talks to steer clear of the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
“These secret talks violate the principle of American government that would be open to — every city, county school board has open meeting laws. You’re not supposed to be meeting in secret,” the ranking member on the Budget Committee said late Friday on Fox News’s “On the Record.”
“Why doesn’t the American people know what it is the president would like to see as the final idea for America’s financial future?” he asked host Greta Van Susteren.
Sessions is aiming his criticism at President Obama, rightfully so, but I would go one step further than the Senator and ask congressional leaders, specifically Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell why they agreed to hold the negotiations behind closed doors in the first place.
I am a firm believer that there are some things in our government that should not be displayed for all the public to see. Some national security issues obviously should be kept under wraps, but I can’t help but scoff at the idea that President Obama and congressional leaders think it is necessary to hold these negotiations behind closed doors.
I wouldn’t begin to speculate what kind of deal the President and Congress might come up with on the fiscal cliff. They may not even reach a deal and we may plunge over the cliff, for better or for worse. To be sure, whatever they decide to do or not to do, it will affect all of us, in some way or another. Do we not deserve to know what they are talking about? I believe we do, but just as they did in the negotiations before Obamacare was shoved down our throats, our political leaders have retreated behind closed doors. We are still getting the shaft on Obamacare and I look for more of the same when the closed doors are opened and we are informed what they have agreed upon about the fiscal cliff.