September 24, 2008
Putting up laws online
Obama if voted into the White House, will be making all bills available online for the public, before they are passed. This is something that we need to do in Malaysia as well!! See his full speech here – where he talks about the current financial crisis hitting the US.
I’ll make our government open and transparent so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people’s business. As Justice Louis Brandeis once said, sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. As President, I will make it impossible for Congressmen or lobbyists to slip pork-barrel projects or corporate welfare into laws when no one is looking because when I am president, meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public. No more secrecy.
When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as President, you will have five days to look online and find out what’s in it before I sign it. When there are meetings between lobbyists and a government agency, we will put as many as possible online for every American to watch. When there is a tax bill being debated in Congress, you will know the names of the corporations that would benefit and how much money they would get. And we will put every corporate tax break and every pork-barrel project online for every American to see. You will know who asked for them and you can cast your vote accordingly.
We must learn to make similar demands of Parliament and government – to put up proposed legislation online – and make sure that public’s views are being heard and taken into consideration.
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