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Obama talks government spending transparency in the weekend “radio” address

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President Obama released his weekly “radio” address this morning — a name that still frustrates me given that it is really a video address. New names welcome. The address this morning is about the recovery plan, which is getting blogged down in the machinations of lawmaking.

But he once again talked about broadband, but also made comments about transparency for how the money is spent (italics added by me):

Finally, we will rebuild and retrofit America to meet the demands of the 21st century. That means repairing and modernizing thousands of miles of America’s roadways and providing new mass transit options for millions of Americans. It means protecting America by securing 90 major ports and creating a better communications network for local law enforcement and public safety officials in the event of an emergency. And it means expanding broadband access to millions of Americans, so business can compete on a level-playing field, wherever they’re located.

I know that some are skeptical about the size and scale of this recovery plan. I understand that skepticism, which is why this recovery plan must and will include unprecedented measures that will allow the American people to hold my Administration accountable for these results. We won’t just throw money at our problems – we’ll invest in what works. Instead of politicians doling out money behind a veil of secrecy, decisions about where we invest will be made public, and informed by independent experts whenever possible. We’ll launch an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government, and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called

See the full transcript here… and listen to the “radio” address below — please, we simply have to come up with a better name for this thing. The presidential podcast, maybe?

I really love the idea of posting how the money is spent — how wonderfully transparent. I hope they make the data available in a way that people can crunch the numbers.

I’m really fascinated by the power of transparency. My guess it is going to be more difficult then they think — and I hope they’re talking to the team that created the Web site, which is an attempt to be the Google for government spending. It can be a powerful piece to rebuilding trust in government.

Written by cdorobek

January 24, 2009 at 11:56 AM

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  1., on the link you provide, calls it the president’s weekly address. That’s good. And format-independent. The menu item for the addresses calls it the weekly video address.


    January 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM

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