October 4, 2006, - 11:58 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Recently, President Bush signed a very important piece of legislation into law–the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act.
It exposes the pork–and all other spending (more pork) by Congress. We get to see where the money is going, and it’s all available online. Several blogs (mostly conservative ones) were credited by the Bush Administration for putting Congress’ feet to the fire and getting the bill passed.
I was interviewed by Federal Computer Week regarding this and how the Bush Administration–and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)–can galvanize the power of the blogs for other legislation. Here is my quote:
“Pork spans both sides of the aisle, and both liberals and conservatives will benefit from seeing where the money is going,” said Debbie Schlussel, writer for the conservative Debbie Schlussel blog. No one wants less transparency.
Officials need “red-meat conservative issues” to get the conservative blogs to champion them, she said. “When they are touting good, old-fashioned conservative red-meat issues – like exposing government pork – they will succeed with bloggers’ help.”
My point is that we aren’t going to help Bush–or anyone else–on behalf of “Guest Worker” ShAmnesty legislation or the Bush Admin’s never-ceasing special treatment and outreach to Islamic extremists.
Even conservative blogs, especially this one, are not blind cheerleaders for George W. Anything but. We’ve, proudly, been very critical of the sillier–and scarier–efforts by the Bush White House.
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