- Transparency and the Obama administration
- The Air Force is following me!
Transparency and Other Changes in WashingtonI'm no great fan of President Barack Obama, but he has some ideas I think are worthwhile.
He'd promised to post bills that are ready for his signature online, five days before he signed off on them. I think this is a great idea.
Actually, I think that these laws should be in digital, searchable, form, while legislators discuss them. The senators and representatives might not know how to work a browser's search function, but they could have their staff look for meaningful terms - more accurately and efficiently than reading through pages of a printed document.
Obama's signed three bills before the five-day window was up, but maybe he was in a hurry, or forgot. Accidents happen. The bills were:
- A "fair-pay" law, whatever that is
- An expansion of health insurance for children
- The $787 billion economic stimulus package
The Air Force is Following Me!A number of my online acquaintances have a sort of hypertrophied (caution?), regarding lackeys of the military-industrial complex. I first ran into that attitude toward government entities like the FBI and the American armed forces back in the sixties and seventies.
So, when an email announced that "US Air Force (USAF) is now following you on Twitter!" - I had a brief flashback to those days of yore, when incense and chants of "hell no, we won't go" filled the air.
It's only fair, I suppose, that the USAF follow me: I followed them first; again, on Twitter.
In the news:
- "Obama Administration Struggling to Live Up to Transparency Pledges"
FOXNews (March 10, 2009)