Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency" by John Stossel

The following blog posting is a submission from the blog, John Stossel's Take. While Mr. Stossel does not appeal to everybody, I'm sure we can at least agree that he makes us think about the world we live in.

"Accountability, Responsibility, and Transparency"

by John Stossel

When Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus plan, President Obama...

....promised skeptical listeners that the government's poor track record of wasting money would not be repeated this time.

"Our goal must be to spend these precious dollars with unprecedented accountability, responsibility, and transparency," he said.

That was February. This is August. The Associated Press today reports that:

A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators (Max Baucus and Jon Tester) persuaded the administration to make it happen.

Despite Obama's promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence.

So who has to wait for their money while Montana’s “sleepy checkpoint” gets fast-tracked? Places like:

A checkpoint in Laredo, Texas, which serves more than 55,000 travelers and 4,200 trucks a day, is rated among the government's highest priorities but was passed over for stimulus money.

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Jordan Hixon said...

It just goes to show you that conservatives predicted all of this and nobody listened!! It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure this stuff out. Just look at the governments history. Its total crap!!

Divinity Avenue said...

The same thing happened with ferry stimulus money. Washington state has the largest ferry system in the nation, yet was #18 on the list of stimulus ferry receivers. A tiny ferry in Oregon got three million, yet the huge ferry system in WA only got 750,000.