For 18 months leading up to the election of President Obama we were told over and over again how he was going to change how Washington worked, and he promised the most transparent administration in history. One of the ways he was going to accomplish this was not to hire lobbyists in his administration.
One of the ever growing list of lobbyists that are being hired is Anne Ferro. She is the president and CEO of the Maryland Motor Truck Association. Here is something from their website:
Through the collective strength of its members, MMTA has developed effective programs that keep our members’ operating costs down, influence legislative and regulatory decisions in Annapolis and Washington, and keep our members up to date on the many regulations affecting commercial motor transportation.
This particular department has a reputation of being inept and full of inaction. Safety concerns can sit for years without being addressed. Even democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey is questioning her ability to be fair and to have the tenacity needed to handle an agency that is in dire need for reform.
We heard that he was going to transform America and change the way Washington does business. It seems to me that it has not turned out that way. Not even close.