Tuesday, November 9, 2010

You Can't Make This Up

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".'"


Brooke said...

I liken our gov't to the Vogons.

Despite promises to the contrary, this is the least transparent or ethical gov't.

I, too, have road projects here in the 5-6 million dollar range, which is ridiculous considering they are only widening a short state route bypass.

No one I know knows anyone who has been put to work by this, and once the road is built, what? They aren't even permanent jobs... It's the census debacle all over again.

LL said...

I wonder if they lowered the cone of silence in the secret transparency meeting so as to be able to communicate more 'effectively'?

cube said...

I've been out of commission because of computer virus problems, but it's good to be back to be able to ridicule this moron.

Can anyone truthfully state that Sarah Palin would've been a worse VP than Biden? Can anyone truthfully state that McCain would've been a worse president than Obama?

Obama needs to be forced to admit that it wasn't a lack of communication, but the fact that his message was rejected by Americans.

Chuck said...

Brooke, Nancy Pelosi could be Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz but I think she's too short.

The signs advertising the project are probably wider than the road

LL, they probably broke out the secret decoder rings too

Cube, I love that the party of Joe Biden and Stewart Smalley make fun of Sarah Palin

LASunsett said...

It makes an English teacher's job easier. When a student asks for an example of irony, this is what he/she can use.

Chuck said...

LA, or stupidity

Catherine Barry said...

ROTFLMAO!!!!! No further comment.

Chuck said...

Catherine Berry, thanks and thanks for stopping by