It struck me how great it would be to have a website to track government spending, which even to the most enthusiastic tax and spender often falls short of the mark. One of the reasons federal spending is so wildly inefficient and out of control (even while under the hypocritical watch of those who claimed they were not huge spenders), is that it’s almost totally non-transparent. Few Americans, me included, bother to follow up on where our hard earned tax dollars go.
How much could we cut out and get about the same performance from government? I’d guess about half if it was very deliberately allocated to local agencies with more direct accountability to those they serve. A good example was something like $60,000,000,000 spent during Katrina which probably has yielded the service equivalent perhaps a tenth that amount would have given the affected areas if it had been placed directly in the hands of the people and volunteer groups on the ground right after the disaster.
The site is called FedSpending.org and it’s right here