There is no doubt that “open government “and “honest government” are viewed by the majority of the population as oxymorons. However, you can also place the words campaign promise at the top of the same list. Everyone from the President of the United States to your neighbor, who recently campaigned for a local school board seat, promised more transparency if they are elected. Unfortunately, once victory is achieved, political realities set in and power at any level, too often corrupts.
I like the phrase “information asymmetry” in one of the comments, as in:
“Information asymmetry is the most powerful tool our politician-overlords have at their disposal. They won’t give that up without a dirty fight. Thanks for the ray of hope.”
(Politician-overlords? Must be a member of the tiny libertarian conspiracy.)