The great political class in Washington wields much power, and has a lot of money. Mostly your money.
(From The Daily Caller)
Two committees consisting entirely of EPA officials meet behind closed doors twice annually to decide how the agency spends those funds on highly polluted – and often dangerous – Superfund sites. All reports to and from the groups, as well as the minutes of their meetings and all other details, are kept behind closed doors…
…This confidentiality is necessary “to prevent polluters from taking advantage of the EPA’s funding decisions,” the EPA told the Center for Public Integrity in 2007. “Agency insiders,” however, told the center the real reason was to avoid congressional scrutiny.
If a bureaucracy can avoid scrutiny it will avoid scrutiny. This is an unbending rule. It is the chief reason why bureaucracies should be as small as humanly possible. In government particularly they are black holes of (un)accountability.