President Obama has setup http://www.recovery.org/ so we can watch the spending of the bailout funds. Generally, I like the idea of utilizing technology to create visibility, but as usual with government programs, I remain skeptical of its success.

The site does offer something I enjoyed. On this page, people are given the opportunity to share their experience on how the bailout (lovingly coined the 'recovery program') has affected them, and I left the response below.

"The whole process of watching the recovery act pass has given me full confidence that our federal government is out of control. I have definitely been touched. My pockets have been picked by the very people responsible for protecting me and my family!"
The response I left is not meant to downplay the difficult times that many in our country are experiencing. It simply manifest my feelings that government tends to only make problems worse in the long run when it intervenes with more programs and control. As organizations grow, they become less efficient and eventually loose site of their original purpose and the very things that allowed them to grow so powerful. I fear we have crossed a threshold leading us toward socialism. If you think it isn't possible for us to not be free one day, consider Rome. They elected a dictator...for life.

...Those silly Romans.

1 comment:

  1. thanks rick, i used this as my current event for ap government yesterday! haha