January 29, 2009
The house passed Obama’s $819 billion stimulus package without a single vote from a Republican (se NYTimes). In the press conference following the President’s meeting with business executives at the White House (see video), Obama reiterates that he is ushering in a new era of ‘responsibility’ in which ever person must make an effort to contribute to economic recovery.
The victory statement, which emphasized action, was an improvement over what Krugman called the “standard we’re-all-at-fault, let’s-get-tough-on-ourselves boilerplate” message at the heart of the inaugural speech. The success of the legislation is, however, as Krugman wryly points out on his blog, an ominous sign of the defeat of bipartisan efforts.
Obama also announced of a website, recovery.gov, designed to let taxpayers oversee the implementation of the recovery plan. “I know that there are some who are skeptical of the size and scale of this recovery plan”, he said “and I understand that skepticism given what has happened in this town in the past. That’s why this recovery plan will include unprecedented measures that will allow the American people to keep my administration accountable.”
A direct information link between the government and citizens? Something to keep in mind with regards to the role of technology and new media in the ‘Changing Dynamics of Public Controversy‘…