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Baby steps to libertarian results
Posted by: Jon Henke on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

It's a relatively small step but it's still, as From the Heartland writes, "an outstanding idea!" "It" is the Coburn/Obama amendment that would "create a database where taxpayers, using popular search engines from home PCs, can easily find which companies and which nonprofits have been awarded their money." The National Taxpayers Union has signed on as well, arguing that such a policy should have broad appeal to many disparate special interest groups, left or right.
such a policy should have broad appeal to many disparate special interest groups, left or right
The amendment is the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, it's got bipartisan support and its authors pledge to "continue to offer this amendment until it becomes law".

It's very difficult to see any argument against this amendment. If anything, as From the Heartland argues, it could very profitably go further by "referenc[ing] which congressmen or women are responsible for the grant and [providing] a contact at the recipient organization who will answer oversight questions."

There are liberty-friendly policies that can — and should — be supported by liberty-friendly people. There just don't appear to be many ways to organize that influence. I hope to change that.

In the very near future — barring unforeseen problems — I'll be rolling out a product that will allow libertarians of all stripes to keep track of and organize directed temporary coalitions to support measures like this. Stay tuned.
 
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cool...

transparancy in politics is a good thing.

Sounds like an opensecrets.org for the results of legislation.
 
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Hey, Jon, sorry to be off topic, but I just read the update on Patterico where you traced another sock puppet of Greenwald. Great catch.

Anyway, sorry for the interruption
 
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