Accountability, American Style

It’s no secret that ITQ is somewhat passionate about her preference for the parliamentary system, but she has to admit that this whole ‘I’m the president; make it happen’ government-by-memorandum thing does seem more efficient – well, faster, anyway – than bringing in omnibus legislation like the Federal Accountability Act. (The potential for abuse is definitely too high for our liking, however.)

From the Globe:

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama announced on his first day in office Wednesday that he is freezing the pay of the about a hundred White House employees who make over $100,000 a year.

He also imposed strict new rules on lobbyists in his White House administration and banned any gifts from lobbyists to his staff.

The freeze would hold salaries at their current levels. It is part of a presidential memorandum being issued Wednesday when Mr. Obama attends a swearing-in for staff at the White House.

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