OBAMA’S IDEAS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO STEAL…. Now there’s a proposal for transparency that everyone can agree with.
Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
What a good idea. Why didn’t someone think of that before?
Oh wait, someone did. His name is Barack Obama.
In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as “Google for Government.” The act created a free, searchable web site — USASpending.gov — that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.
In June of this year, Obama and Coburn introduced new Senate legislation to expand the information available online to include details on earmarks, competitive bidding, criminal activities, audit disputes and other government information.
According to Sarah Palin, one of Obama’s ideas from 2006 qualifies as one of the “new things” she’ll do in 2009.
I guess her Federal Government 101 cram sessions aren’t going very well.