Friday, January 11, 2008
The White House is releasing its proposed budget for the first time entirely on line. This tree-killer of up to 3,000 pages should have been online a long time ago. It is not that internet delivery is a better environmental practice. It is more transparent. There is an opportunity now for tens of thousands of citizens who have never seen a budget to plow through its pages and gain a better understanding of what government does. You can be sure that bloggers will do that and what they find will enter online discussion. Citizens will be better informed about where tax dollars are going. Whether intended or not, an online budget is a huge public relations move.