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Yes, Gentle Readers, it is so. Over the past three decades, the government has given itself the right to be ever more intrusive when it comes to our private lives, and ever more secretive when it comes to their own activities.

Think of all the ways these alleged believers in “small government” have poked their noses into the most intimate areas of our lives: our financial dealings, emails, phone calls, family planning, travel (including what we pack), even up to and including the putting of parts of their bodies into ours without consent.

All this and more have those who were once our “representatives” given themselves the right to control, with or without our consent.

Meanwhile, they lie to us, steal from us, and manipulate us, all the while hiding their actions and motivations. Try getting some information from, say, Dick Cheney or “Dollar Bill” sometime and see how much you get. (Buckshot in the face does not count as transparency.)

Sunshine Week is a time for us to remember this, and seek change. But we must not stop come Monday. Make every week the time to demand your government play it straight and honest with you. If we can do that, the crooks will leave the halls of power and look for other fields and pastures new in which to play their sordid games and spun their fetid little intrigues.

Mr. B & C

This is Sunshine Week, which is devoted to making the government more open, transparent and accountable to we the people. Corruption being a particular hobby horse for Mr. Blunt and Cranky, this blog shall ride it all week long. Today, we look at how the gummint takes our money and does secret s*** therewith. As an example we shall justly pillory the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich.

The Kasich has a habit of keeping secrets. This wasn’t a problem on Wall Street, where he made more than a million bucks before and during the Bush Market Crash. But, as Mitt Romney learned during his run for President, the public has an annoying habit of demanding their elected officials answer questions. The Kasich really, really hates this.

Most recently, the Auditor of the State of Ohio, David Yost has been asking what happened to a few million dollars of taxpayer money that went to cronies of The Kasich via the Jobs Ohio boondoggle. You know, he’s auditing, which we pay auditors to do. The Kasich threw an enormous s*** fit, saying that the auditor has no right to audit a private business. Said private business, mind you, has a few mill of our hard-earned dollars in its invisble accounts, but Little Johhny K. thinks that is none of our needlenosing business.

Hell, people, these unelected, unsupervised business buddies of The Kasich could have stashed our money in off shore bank accounts like Mitt Romney and Bernie Madoff do, and we’d never know. And if the Guv has his way, we never will know.

Leopards don’t change their spots, and sneaks don’t become open, honest virtuous citizens either. Since the voters of Ohio were idiotic enough to elect a millionaire con man as the state’s chief executive, we need to at least support Mr. Yost in finding out who has stolen what from us, and what they have done with our money. Or people like The Kasich will keep more secrets, steal more of our money, and screw us even more thoroughly.

Mr. B & C