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Recovery.Gov Takes a Shot at Transparency

Bringing the pledge of transparency to Internet life, the White House has officially launched — a website that lets you track the stimulus money.

The President says, "instead of politicians doling out money behind closed doors, the important decisions about where taxpayer dollars are invested will be yours to scrutinize." To help you scrutinize, the site has features like an interactive map showing you how many jobs will be created in each state, graphs breaking down stimulus funds, a timeline for crucial upcoming milestones, and a place for you to share what's working, and not working for you.

Who doesn't like graphs and maps, not to mention a little accountability?

To see the President explain the site on video,


Your Money at Work from White House on Vimeo

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
TS $900 billion dollars on pork projects in 1 bill is a first. And no I don't want this to be trial and error. That is simply absurd!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Obama shouldn't have urged congress to pass the bill as fast as possible, using his fear mongering to say that if they didn't pass it within days, our economy would be irreparable, He encourage all members of congress to vote before the bill could be read. You leader is encouraging people to sign things they haven't read and giving them a pass for it. Hmm, sounds like all of those people who didn't read their mortgages....
T-S T-S 8 years
>I have to say, of course it's a first. The government has never done anything like this before. This amount of spending, this amount of "urgency", and this amount of secrecy. Whaaat? Was Bush's October Bailout Bill so painful you're blocking it from your memory?
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
They knew what they were signing. Umm, really? Because Senator Bennett of Colorado admitted to the people of Cortez that he voted for the bill without reading it. So while he's a scumball, I don't think you can say he knew what he was signing, blue.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I for one am glad Obama is being so upfront with people
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Haha, I can guarantee there wasn't time to read that bill in the time before the final release and the final vote in the house. It was physically impossible, both spatially and chronologically. Sure they knew a few points, some large and small, but each member didn't and couldn't have known all of the details. I personally expect my representatives to follow through with due dilligence.
stephley stephley 8 years
You can apply what you say in 48 to your claim in 47 about 33.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, you can try to justify your behavior all you want, everyone's opinions have already been formed.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I was making fun of org.
stephley stephley 8 years
"Did I call her stupid or make some other just generally snarly, witchy comment as you tend to to everyone who doesn't agree with you?" Sorry GS, I meant comment 33 - which makes the answer 'yes'. Kranky, the point is that the claim that no one read the bill is nonsense - republicans were against the bill for the kind of reasons that you mention in your last graph - they don't trust Obama or the Democrats. They're allowed to feel that way, but they should say that's their problem, not make up lame excuses. The bill was in the works for weeks, was all over the news - the public had plenty of opportunity to know as much or more about it than they do most bills. Obama ran on change, not transparency. I voted for him, and I believe that on the stimulus bill he generally delivered real help for the economy and the details of that effort. I wish the White House had written it, and I think it was silly to try winning bi-partisan support on this issue - the divide is too deep and it's going to take a lot of work to breach it. And both sides have to want to do that. You stand for many of the things Obama and his supporters believe need to be changed so he's not likely to be delivering a lot of change that you can believe in any time soon.
kranky kranky 8 years
“Certainly I hope to have the opportunity to go through [the bill] before the vote takes place,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told “But that’s something I’ve found doesn’t always happen around here.” steph - this is an ambiguous quote to me. I think it could go either way: the Senator doesn't take the time to read the bill OR he isn't given time to read the entire bill. I read in numerous places that Congress people where not given enough time to properly read the stimulus package. You say that is bunk, so I guess there's a chance it is (or not). My main disappointment in this is that the public was not given the opportunity to digest the final thing. Obama ran on transparency and he did not deliver on the biggest spending bill ever that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on our lives (for better or worse). I'd say that's a legitimate complaint. Many of us on these boards do not have universal faith that Obama & Co. have our best interests at heart, and many of us are worried sillied (that would be me).
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Yeah, I think they should read everything they vote on. Shoot, if I don't read every word for word on these threads before I say something. It's :bbq:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I expect the people I vote for to. If I find out they don't, I don't vote for them next time. You're telling my you don't care if your reps vote on things they haven't read?
stephley stephley 8 years
So you're saying that we should be certain that every member of Congress has read every word of every bill presented before voting on it? Because that's going to slow things down a lot. And I wonder if Sorrowja felt your comment 30 was meant in kindness.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, you are assuming that we don't hold every member accountable. I do, I think the others saying that they shouldn't have voted do to. That a clean sweep is needed. We aren't saying it is just Obama or Pelosi. None of these people should have voted at the point they did.
stephley stephley 8 years
Sorry it bothers you GS - but if someone keeps repeating something that isn't true, there are only so many benign assumptions the rest of us can make about why they're doing it.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
That makes it better how?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Ha! Pot met kettle. "Do you understand how much just 1 billion is?" That's what I see on here all day from both sides. I mean seriously? Come on now, be fair to Steph she made some good points. I know I read the freakin thing before it was signed, if someone's whose job is to read bills before they vote can't do it that's their own damn fault and lack of personal responsiblity.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Again, you show your true colors and come right out and say that everyone who thinks differently than you is in some way lesser informed and beneath you. Excellent Steph.
stephley stephley 8 years
The 'we couldn't read it' line is old, tired, and the only people who are buying it are the people who want to believe it, and don't know much about Congress. “members of Congress can't be forced to vote on anything (as we have seen repeatedly in the context of judicial nominations), and if they believe their leadership has scheduled a vote in undue haste, they can sidetrack it procedurally or vote "no." Many may well have voted on it without taking the time to read it, as they do with many bills.” National Review online, in article on the Patriot Act, 2005 February 2009: “Certainly I hope to have the opportunity to go through [the bill] before the vote takes place,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told “But that’s something I’ve found doesn’t always happen around here.” “Voinovich, the only member of Congress who told that he had taken the time to read through every line of the stimulus bill that had been initially approved by the Senate, said he planned to do the same for the final version of the bill that had been approved by the House-Senate conference committee. But the Ohio Republican wasn’t sure if his colleagues would be as meticulous as he had been. “I don’t know,” he said, when asked if he thought others would read every line of the bill. “You’ll have to ask them.”
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I strongly belief you do feel that way Org. It's because he's black and democracy.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"I swear I strongly belief that some of you are hating because he's black and democracy." Nailed it.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
Ah, there's the card we've been missing.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You can't possibly be serious with the who cares bit? Is that your child in the pic? They will care. Do you understand how much just 1 billion is?
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