Tuesday, February 14, 2006


I've been wrestling with an idea lately. What would happen if the government were to have completely open books? What if every penny that came in was recorded--exactly how much was taken in, from whom, for what reasons, and at what time--and every penny disbursed was similarly recorded. People could go online and see, if they had the time, exactly what the government was paying to whom for what purposes. In essense, it would add several million auditors to the government's accounts.

The downside is that the government would be rather unable to do anything requiring secrecy. On the other hand, half of what the government does that requires secrecy is things that we don't want the government doing anyway, but, on the other hand, half of what it does secretly is research and development that we don't want our enemies to know about anyway.

Still, it's an intriguing thought.


Blogger Noumenon said...

As a half measure perhaps we could work on getting the Pentagon to stop utterly failing its accounting check every year.

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