July 1st 2009
It should come as a surprise to no one with blood flowing through their cortex, but Pres. Obama is not exactly running the “paragon of transparency” presidency he promised during the campaign. What? A broken Obama-promise? I know, it’s a shocker, but read on.
Do you recall The One’s promise to use the Internet to open up government process to the public’s eye? You know, the one under which we promised us all bills would be posted on line for at least 48 hours before a vote? >cough!< Waxman-Markey! Yeah, well it gets worse. Today, the Goebbels acolytes in the Obama admin have unveiled USASpending.gov, which books itself as “Where Americans can see where their money goes.”
And here’s what we learn:
Here’s how the pie breaks down (sorry – transferring the legend slows down page loads):
The purple slice is “Contracts,” at $221,177,641,981. I believe that’s what everyone else calls “entitlements.”
“Grants,” in rust, is the biggest slice, at $237,027,203,718. Who knows what they’ve thrown in that bucket.
The light blue slice, at $63,771,782, is “Loans.” None of which have come my way.
The little pea green sliver is “Insurance,” at $2,062,647,048.
And rounding out the pie is orange, “Direct Payments,” at $41,687,210,164
Not getting its own slice but showing up in the legend is $37,345,915,842, which is simply termed “Other Assistance.” Don’t ask what other assistance; it’s just $37.3 trillion. Don’t worry.
What’s missing? Hint: Without it, all this is FREEEE!
That’s right, Pres. Transparency has shown us where government’s money goes without including those four black magic [Can I say black magic?] letters D-E-B-T. If Americans really want to see where their money goes, this cute little pie chart is as meaningless as any other Obama-promise. All obfuscation, no substance.
What we have instead is a list that appeals only to the takers and ignores the givers, the payers. USASpending.gov should be renamed SuckingOffThePublicTeat.gov or GimmeGimmeGimme.gov. It’s a list that depicts America as Obama wants America to see itself – wholly dependent on the government without giving anythought to the terrible cost of that dependence. Just stick the needle in your arm and shut up.
Welcome to the Obama years.
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