Saturday, February 14, 2009

Obama's re-education project

A major part of Obama's sweeping ambition is to restore trust in government, which amounts to a kind of re-education of the American people after thirty years of being told that government is the problem not the solution. So in his weekly address, a promise of accountability in use of stimulus dollars:
Now, some fear we won’t be able to effectively implement a plan of this size and scope, and I understand their skepticism. Washington hasn’t set a very good example in recent years. And with so much on the line, it’s time to begin doing things differently.

That’s why our goal must be to spend these precious dollars with unprecedented accountability, responsibility, and transparency. I’ve tasked my cabinet and staff to set up the kind of management, oversight, and disclosure that will help ensure that, and I will challenge state and local governments to do the same.

Once the plan is put into action, a new website – Recovery DOT gov – will allow any American to watch where the money goes and weigh in with comments and questions – and I encourage every American to do so. Ultimately, this is your money, and you deserve to know where it’s going and how it’s spent.
We will see how the execution plays out. But that's a pretty remarkable promise and project. Accountability, responsbility, tranparency. You say you want a revolution...

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