Thursday, August 03, 2006

Shining An Internet Light on Government Spending

This could be huge!

If Senator Dr. Tom Coburn's proposed bill (S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act,) becomes law, you could go to a web page and discover just exactly how the federal government is spending your money!

Do you think the lobbyists are gonna' fight this one tooth and nail? You better believe it. And so will the "charities" that receive vast funds of tax money like Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, the National Endowment for the Arts, and so on.

Full disclosure is an idea that should have been implemented a long, long time ago. Full disclosure will shine a light that is desperately needed to increase competition in government contracts, help prevent corruption and fraud, and increase pressure on spend-happy politicians to behave themselves. As Coburn says, "Sunshine's the best thing we've got to control waste, fraud and abuse. It's also the best thing ... to control stupidity."

Here is a Washington Post story from last week on the issue but much better yet are the editorials posted on Senator Coburn's web site from the Washington Times, the New York Times and several others.

Contact your Congressmen and Senators soon and let them know your opinions about a quick, painless passage of S. 2590, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act.