Joe Biden update: The VP meets on government transparency today. But that meeting is closed
Basically Joe Biden is meeting with Earl Devaney, Chairman of The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
This is a board developed by Obama to provide accountability for the stimulus money spent.
This is their mission statement from Recovery.gov:
To promote accountability by coordinating and conducting oversight of Recovery funds to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse and to foster transparency on Recovery spending by providing the public with accurate, user-friendly information.
Now I'm not going to bother with the whole irony over having a meeting about transparency closed to the press, that's beating a dead horse.
I do wonder though:
Does anyone remember a press conference from the Chairman of The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board? Do you remember a press release in the news about any of this?
Finally, that leads to this:
What is this board's function?
Look at this part of the mission statement again
to foster transparency on Recovery spending by providing the public with accurate, user-friendly information
How are they providing the information? The answer is you have to go their website. The website is not bad. You can find some information if you do a little digging. The point is, it is information you have to dig for. Why is it that we aren't releasing this information more readily? Why not post it in the local papers?
One little side note: I looked at a couple of projects in our immediate area with a total grant amount of a little less than $3 million. Want to guess at how many jobs were generated with this money? Zero. Zilch. Nada. None. For our Congressional district there has been a total of 315 contracts, grants and loans for $260,830,628 that has created 198.24 jobs for a grand total of $1,315,731 per job.
Has anyone seen the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
Douglas Adams, the author of these books was actually quite a brilliant man even though his writing was pretty simple. He poked a lot of fun at British Bureaucracy. In the opening scene of the movie the main character, Arthur Dent awakens one morning to bulldozers outside of his house preparing to demolish his home for a bypass. This is the dialogue between him and Mr Prosser, the supervisor for the road crew.
Arthur Dent: "You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to the building plans had you? I mean like actually telling anyone or anything.'
Mr Prosser: But the plans were on display.'
Dent: On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.'
Prosser: `That's the display department.'
Dent: `With a torch.'
Prosser: `Ah, well the lights had probably gone.'
Dent: `So had the stairs.'
Prosser: `But look you found the notice didn't you?'
Arthur`Yes, yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard".'"