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    Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Good. any atmosphere where politicrats are fighting to see who can keep up the best record of not wasting our money is one in which the incentives are positively aligned.


    Name and Shame? Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers' Funding Requests

    President Obama may be planning to use his executive authority to publicize special funding requests that lawmakers make for pet projects. A memo that the White House has floated on Capitol Hill would require executive branch agencies to make public any letter from a member of Congress seeking special consideration for any project or organization vying for government funding....


    The threat to name and shame would potentially cut off another avenue members of Congress have for influencing government spending in their own back yards. It comes at a time that Obama is ratcheting up his campaign rhetoric against Congress, which he blames for blocking his efforts to stimulate the economy, on the eve of his 2012 reelection effort.


    In the draft language, the administration couches the move as an extension of its efforts to eliminate congressional earmarks and promote government openness and accountability....
    frankly, I suspect that the last bit is a load of carp, and the political benefits are the real prize here. but hey', i'll take what progress I can get.

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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Something I can actually support Obama doing.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    I'll believe it when I see it.

    Personally, I suspect it's another one of his campaign stunts...like immigration reform.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    I think locals like when their congressmen ask for earmarks, so I don't know how useful this will be.

    I'd rather have a clearer oversight mechanism for lobbying.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Yeah, give me $500 billion or I'll tell everyone you requested $30 million.

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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    As long as it truly releases all of them and doesn't pick and choose, I'm all for it.

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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Something I can actually support Obama doing.
    On the surface, I support it, but I suspect that GOP earmarks are the ones that will be targeted, while those of the Democrats will not be included in Obama's report.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Good. any atmosphere where politicrats are fighting to see who can keep up the best record of not wasting our money is one in which the incentives are positively aligned.

    frankly, I suspect that the last bit is a load of carp, and the political benefits are the real prize here. but hey', i'll take what progress I can get.
    Too bad it says, "Obama may..."

    If he picks and chooses, shame on him. If he publishes all of 'em, I'll think he's trying to serve the American people and not himself.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    On the surface, I support it, but I suspect that GOP earmarks are the ones that will be targeted, while those of the Democrats will not be included in Obama's report.
    I suspect that even if Obama decided to only release republicans names the republicans will retaliate by releasing democrats names. Everybody likes to play the "but the other guy did it too" game as an excuse for their wrong doing or hypocrisy. So I look at it as a win regardless if he releases the names of both parties or just the republicans.

    Hopefully Obama doesn't chicken out.
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    Re: Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers Funding Requests

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I suspect that even if Obama decided to only release republicans names the republicans will retaliate by releasing democrats names. Everybody likes to play the "but the other guy did it too" game as an excuse for their wrong doing or hypocrisy.
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