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  •  It's a sign of how deeply Congress has . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    . . . lost our trust that when it finally passes some honest–to–Betty Crocker legislation with real substance to it, with no unseemly strings attached, which respects and strengthens openness and rule of law, and which by some miracle George W. Bush actually signs into law, all we can do here is gripe about how little effect it's going to have.

    This is one for the win column. Can we at least enjoy this feat without quite so much cynicism?

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Jan 02, 2008 at 07:47:20 AM PST

    •  Sunshine laws have had little effect (1+ / 0-)
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      because most of them give agencies an "out" one way or another. In SC if an agency denies that it is covered by FOIA (as a hospital tried when it was sued for racial discrimination; it claimed its contracts with physicians were trade secrets and exempt) or else demands an outrageous fee for providing the information, the only option available to the average citizen is to take the entity to court, where, even if you win round 1, your deep pocketed rival is sure to appeal all the way to the state Supreme Court, costing you many thousands of dollars.
      Some state that expects the citizens to be responsible to enforcing the laws since the Sunshine Laws were deemed a civil and not criminal matter.

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