Some are making a lot of our president’s recent admission during a Barbara Walters interview that he lies some.

Frankly, all presidents lie or at least withhold the whole truth.

In some areas of national security, it is probably necessary at certain times for a president not to divulge everything he knows.

A recent article by Jeannie DeAngelis in the American Thinker online (http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/12/barack_obamas_always_helpful_never_hurtful_lies.html) clarifies a few things, however.

What Barack Hussein Obama divulged to Ms. Walters, the aging diva of interviewers, is that he “usually” lies to only family members and, according to him, to do good. Michelle volunteered that she lies, too, when “truth [is] not helpful.”

In other words, the President, like too many politicians, is a deceitful flatterer. The President stated that he “usually” lies to family members.

Does he lie in things that ought to be transparent in regard to policy? How about those things that affect us?

In regard to taxes, Obama has stated that he is a “tax cutter.” The truth is that at least 20 tax increases in regard to the President’s health-care scheme are already on the books, but they will not start being collected until after the next election in 2012.

This seems more than deceitful to me.

Our president also has admitted, on national television, that he is a little soft.

Your president and mine has admitted to being both soft and a liar. I am willing to bet that soft men lie more than strong men on average.

Do strong men lie?

Yes, sure they do. There is no one alive who has not lied.

However, it seems to me that “soft” men probably lie more. It generally takes more courage to tell the truth than to lie, and sometimes more faith.

At least at the presidential level, there is perhaps some reason occasionally to not tell everything you know.

How about in local government or county government? The government closest to the people should be the most transparent.

I would say transparency would be the most important attribute of school boards, city councils and even commissioners’ courts.

Ideally there should be no hidden agendas at any layer of government, but it is intolerable at the local level. We should expect folks to be up-front and honest.

Too often in Ellis County, our elections for county office are controlled to a large extent by the excessively large contributions of other officeholders. These contributions come labeled as individual contributions and also from Political Action Committees (PACs) that are controlled by officeholders.

The folks who make these contributions, sometimes as much as 50 percent or more of a county official’s campaign expenditures, wield too much influence at the local level.

In a sense this is deceptive.

The only way average voters can be made aware of this is if they take the time to study campaign finance reports. Even though these reports are filed with the county, few of us have the time to review them because we are busy trying to scratch out a living, etc.

We elect county and local officeholders to do their jobs, not the bidding of someone we have elected to serve in Washington or Austin.

Hidden agendas abound. Do the voters like it this way?

Some officeholders do.

Paul D. Perry is a contributing columnist for the Daily Light. He is a local businessman and mediator and a former Ellis County Justice of the Peace.