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Obama Keeps His Promise On Transparency

by Jack Bates (writer), Alameda, July 01, 2011

Credit: recovery.gov
recovery tax spending Zip:94501

Like him or hate him there is no denying that President Obama has made good on one of the toughest of his campaign promises! TRANSPARENCY

Politicians obfuscate. "Don't pay attention to the man behind the curtain". Grand promises with no detail or follow up, until now.

www.recovery.gov was a great start but I never dared to dream that Obama and his administration would come up with http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency. Put in your zip code, POW, see your tax dollars at work.

94501

Contracts Awarded: 7
Total Amount: $7,936,620

Amazing! The ability to then drill down on the map to what company and project the contract was awarded to, the project status, and eventually a detailed project page was jaw dropping transparency. This level of transparency on projects is the goal of a PMO (project management organization) in a fortune 500 company. To have this in the first term after the most opaque administration in the history of the US, lead by Bush Jr. makes this accomplishment by Obama and his team legendary.

Then I look closer and see "text view of data". I click it. This is all the RAW DATA used to populate this site!

Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge of how our tax dollars are spent on this level is truly giving power back to the people of the United States. Voters can now go look up exactly how taxes are spent and take that power to the polls.

Put in your zip code, search, get empowered! I'd love to read about how taxes are spent in your zip code in the comments below!



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Jack Bates is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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1 comments on Obama Keeps His Promise On Transparency

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By Caballero_69 on July 07, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Jack,

"Knowledge is power. Sharing knowledge of how our tax dollars are spent on this level is truly giving power back to the people of the United States."

This is a highly accurate comment and the website is a great tool for the citizenry to properly fulfill its role as the rightful sovereign in our political system.

Thanks!

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