I saw this story on CNN about the vetting process for the Obama administration being too cautious and too meticulous:
…some political observers say the president-elect’s similar caution with respect to recruiting new administration officials and key high-level advisers may be turning away a string of qualified candidates wary of subjecting themselves and their families to the most rigid presidential vetting process on record… political analysts say the Obama team’s unprecedented degree of scrutiny could result in several qualified individuals deciding to forgo consideration for a top post. This could especially be true among individuals considered for economic roles in the administration from the private sector who might be more financially entangled than those who have been longtime public servants.
CNN, get your head out of your ass. Look, it’s simple: if someone doesn’t want to be subject to intense scrutiny because their background may have questionable dealings, then they’re not a qualified individual.
We don’t and never should require invasion of privacy as a condition of citizenship. We should require intense scrutiny of those people who want to serve in the highest offices of the country, and require full disclosure of conflicts of interest, ethics problems, and other problems.
Remember, we’re not talking about the Obama administration knocking on Joe the plumber’s door and saying, “hey, want to be Secretary of State? All you have to do is give up your privacy”. We’re talking about people who are close to the halls of power already being very carefully investigated, and for those individuals, they already know it’s part of the game, the price you pay for access to power. If they’ve had questionable dealings, then I’m glad they’re opting out of the nomination process early.
Careful, thorough vetting of appointees can only be a good thing. I applaud the Obama administration for trying to prevent conflicts of interest and known problems in individuals who want access to more power.
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