Diary

Follow the Money?

The Times is reporting on the latest stimulus spending oversight meeting.  How can they follow the money when no one is doing the following?  Instead, they say it’s up to US the taxpayers to find out where it’s going!

“We are, in essence, deputizing the entire American citizenry to help with the oversight of this program,” said Rep. Brad Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Science and Technology’s subcommittee on investigations and oversight.

“I’m going to have millions of citizens to help me,” he said, comparing run-of-the-mill Americans to inspectors general, the high-ranking officials charged with ferreting out waste and abuse in federal agencies.

“I’m going to have a million little IGs running around,” the chairman said Tuesday after his testimony before the subcommittee.

This is the accountability and transparency of the Obama administration?  YOU do it.  It’s too big for us.  And if this weren’t enough, the people who were supposed to be at this meeting to “follow the money” and make sure there was no funny business going on with it, only three of the ten members even bothered to show up! 

While Mr. Miller and the panel’s top Republican were there, only Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Pennsylvania Democrat, also came along to the hearing. Absent were Democratic Reps. Steven R. Rothman of New Jersey, Lincoln Davis of Tennessee, Charlie Wilson of Ohio, Alan Grayson of Florida and Bart Gordon of Tennessee. Republican Reps. Brian P. Bilbray of California and Ralph M. Hall of Texas also skipped the session.

A word of warning for you, gentlemen.  We are holding YOU accountable.  We sent you to Washington, we can send you home! 

And they wonder why we’re so angry and feel disenfranchized.  Did they not think this was important enough to spend their precious time doing the people’s business? 

This is classic though:

Mr. Broun was most interested in Mr. Obama’s claim that the recovery plan would create “or save” 4 million jobs, but noted that the number of jobs “saved” is likely unknowable and that since the president took office, 1.3 million jobs have been lost.

“How do you plan to verify the actual number of jobs created?” he asked.

“Sir, we haven’t really received any information about that on the Web site,” Mr. Devaney said.

Has Mr. Devaney has been getting lessons from WH Press Sec. Gibbs???  Which members seats are up for reelection in 2010?