It’s an absolutely wonderful idea to have a water monitor that lets you know how much water you are using, so you can see clearly how much you will have to spend out of the household budget (or the commercial budget for that matter). It makes it much easier to avoid going over the budget.
Now if we could just apply the same logic to transparency in government, it would be great. Just think if there were an immediate way to see how much money was streaming out of the public till in real time, so that politicians could see how much they’d already spent, and allocate what was left for the important projects, instead of panicking when they see that the core services are getting short shrift and have to put
something on the ballot for the next year. I think it would make a
In places like Louisville, where we actually do get to see who gets the checks and what the money gets spent for, we have a much more focused system (sure, we still have leftover excesses from the past that need to be fixed, like the golf course problem, but that’s getting worked on), that lets the taxpayers know where the money they worked so hard for actually went. It goes a long way towards re-establishing trust in government. Without that transparency, many folks feel that only the pet projects get the attention of the elected officials, especially when
things like Health and Human Services have to be cut. Seeing real
prioritization in action, and good judgment by those we elect to represent us makes us all feel just a little less frustrated with the polarized political hi-jinx and spin we’ve seen for the past few years.