“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.
This kind of thing needs to be picked up and spread far and wide. It needs to be repeated over and over again. It needs to be shouted from the rooftops. I doubt a single story mentioning it is going to stop the Palinator from repeating it at every campaign stop she makes, but if the story doesn't die then every time she repeats it the facts will just resonate more strongly, hammering home a very important piece of truth.
Far from having done nothing in his time in the Senate, as the Republicans would have us believe, he's already brought about the change that his opponents are promising to bring us in the future.
While Obama has made his economic plan available online and has laid out the basics in a two minute commercial, the Republicans can do nothing but say "Reform!" and "Maverick!" and recycle his ideas and his slogans... and yet, because in past years they've gotten away with claiming that they were the idea party and the liberals could do nothing but say "No, no, no" to everything, some people are still listening when they claim Obama has offered no specifics and they're the ones with the plan. I think it's time this tired meme was put to bed.
The media will report on these things, but they won't go after the candidates the way journalists of old would have... they've decided that being "unbiased" means they have to keep their distance. From where I'm standing, if somebody's a proven liar, you can call them one to their face without bias, but nobody's willing to put them on the spot. Let's do the next best thing... keep these stories circulating, keep highlighting them when they appear, keep repeating them.