February 18 2009
It has not even been a month since President Obama took office, and he as passed one of largest stimulus package in the history of America yesterday. The package is called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and it almost costs a trillion dollars that will be ditributed to different programs, states, and agencies to help get the economy going. However, after the last bailout of Wall Street, citizens are skeptical of where there money is going since it seems like Wall Street was using it for bonuses and not for loans to the people. People would like to have more transparency of their money especiallly when it is use for bailouts, and government programs.
Well President Obama wants accountability and transparency of the bill he passed as well so his administration created the site Recovery.gov.
Recovery.gov is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors. As soon as we are able to, we'll display that information visually in maps, charts, and graphics.
Besides tracking your money, you can even tell your story on how the recovery act is or isn't helping you.
Check it out. I think every American should check this at least weekly and hold our government accountable. This I think is a positive step in builiding trust with our Government. Your thoughts?