He had this exchange over the weekend at a Nixon Library appearance with Hugh Hewitt:

HH: I once asked President Nixon in his retirement why he signed the Endangered Species Act, and he said well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. You co-sponsored FOIA, the Freedom Of Information Act. What were you thinking?

DR: It seemed like a good idea at the time.

There's an easy solution: store all non-classified government documents electronicaly in a searchable online database as a default. In a lot of government agencies, ending a reliance on dead trees and filing cabinets makes sense anyway. Pro-Publica takes a look at illegitimate refusals to turn over information to the public here. And this story is one of many thousands in which freedom of information laws have helped to uncover official corruption.

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