Top Obama appointees, including Sebelius, using secret emails

The Associated Press today, June 4, is reporting that some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, have been using secret government email accounts to conduct official business. It’s a system, according to the AP, that complicates agencies’ legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails under public records requests and congressional inquiries.

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday acknowledged the practice and said it made eminent sense for Cabinet secretaries and other high-profile officials to have what he called alternative email accounts that wouldn’t fill with unwanted messages. Carney said all their email accounts, public and otherwise, were subject to congressional oversight and requests by citizens under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading

Obama: The job creator?

Despite all the Congressional roadblocks by Republicans; despite inheriting the worst economic disaster in the nation’s history; and despite all the negative Republican political rhetoric this campaign season about how President Obama’s efforts to create jobs has failed, well, recent figures indicate that jobs have been created in the past three years.

According to the Labor Department, 4.3 million jobs were lost in the year following Obama’s inauguration. But since then, 4.4 million jobs have been added.

This doesn’t mean happy days are here nor does it mean the nation can breathe a collective sigh of relief. There still are a lot of people out of work and looking for jobs and no matter who becomes president in January, there’s a lot of work yet to be done to strengthen the nation’s economy and it getting more people back to work.

And that means Republicans AND Democrats must work together, must compromise to come up with legislation designed benefit all Americans.

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