Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Chicago Council should have a role model - the Federal Government?

I never thought I'd be saying that. The reported corruption, the constant bipartisanship in Congress, the budget deficit, the pork barrel politics, the lobbyists and the shady deals they get done. In spite of all that, they have done something progressive and innovative, and the Chicago government should take notes.

President Bush today announced that Americans will be able to "Google their tax dollars" (wow, what a publicity nod - the President uses your company name in slang as he signs a bill into law). The allocation of approximately 1 trillion dollars in government spending and grants will be viewable online.

This is the start of transparency. Mr. Bush says "taxpayers will demand greater fiscal responsibility", and he is right. Politics are changing, even at a national level.


Blogger Julie said...

Obama sponsored the bill that created this transparency. Please don't let Bush take credit, I'm sure he hates it.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Hugh said...

The State and the federal legislatures both have useful legislative tracking websites, the City Council is a joke.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Thomas Westgard said...

Hey, please continue to post - I thought you had good material & insight!

12:27 PM  

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