I’m tired of hearing about transparency and optics

These words have had their meanings perverted and the meaning rewritten by this administration and they have been way over used and misused by the lapdog media in talking about this administration. If you are not sure which administration I am talking about it is the current one by Barrack Hussein Obama.

The word Transparency.

Transparency, as used in science, engineering, business, the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability. Transparency is operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are performed. It has been defined simply as “the perceived quality of intentionally shared information from a sender”. “In politics, transparency is used as a means of holding public officials accountable and fighting corruption. When a government’s meetings are open to the press and the public, its budgets may be reviewed by anyone, and its laws and decisions are open to discussion, it is seen as transparent, and there is less opportunity for the authorities to abuse the system for their own interests.”

It means that a politician needs to be more open and honest. Make private documents and information public, releasing budgets, private meetings, etc. to the public. A politician must not keep things secretive. That way the public can get a clear understanding of who a politician is and if they see that they are legit, that are capable of doing their jobs. Making sure they are real. An open government.

http://www.transparency-initiative.org/about/definitions

 

Openness, accountability, and honesty define government transparency. In a free society, transparency is government’s obligation to share information with citizens. It is at the heart of how citizens hold their public officials accountable.

Governments exist to serve the people. Information on how officials conduct the public business and spend taxpayers’ money must be readily available and easily understood. This transparency allows good and just governance.

Government transparency is traditionally broken into three different types: proactive disclosure, requesting public records, and campaign finance disclosure.

http://ballotpedia.org/Government_Transparency

The current administration fails the test on all of these points.

The word Optics

Optics is the branch of physics which involves the behavior and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. Optics usually describes the behavior of visible, ultraviolet, and infrared light

How did optics achieve buzzword status in American politics? In his final On Language column last September, William Safire noted the trend: “ ‘Optics’ is hot, rivaling content.” When politicians fret about the public perception of a decision more than the substance of the decision itself, we’re living in a world of optics. Of course, elected officials have worried about outward appearances since time immemorial, but optics puts a new spin on things, giving a scientific-sounding gloss to P.R. and image-making.

Though the metaphorical expansion of optics into the political arena feels novel, it has actually been brewing for a few decades. On May 31, 1978, The Wall Street Journal quoted Jimmy Carter’s special counselor on inflation, Robert Strauss, as saying that business leaders who went along with Carter’s anti-inflation measures might be invited to the White House as a token of appreciation. “It would be a nice optical step,” Strauss said. The Journal was not impressed by the idea: the following day, an editorial rebuffed Strauss’s overtures with the line “Optics will not cure inflation.”

The use of “optics” as a reference to the appearance of impropriety, esp. in a political context, marks the user as sub-literate, lazy and superficial.

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