To build support for the stimulus package, President Obama vowed unprecedented transparency, a big part of which, he said, would be allowing taxpayers to track money to the street level on Recovery.gov. Together with a spruced-up WhiteHouse.gov, the site would inject the stodgy federal bureaucracy with the same Webby accessibility and Facebook-generation flair that defined the Obama campaign.
But three months after the bill was signed, Recovery.gov offers little beyond news releases, general breakdowns of spending, and acronym-laden spreadsheets and timelines. And congressional Democrats, state officials and advocates of open government worry that the White House cannot come close to clearing the high bar it set.
“…the site would inject the stodgy federal bureaucracy with same Webby accessibility and Facebook-generation flair that defined the Obama campaign.” Their words – “campaign.” That says it all. Since then, Obama has governed as a – my words – “bureaucratic reactionary.” I rather like that instead of the silly “progressive” or the meaningless “liberal.”