Saturday, February 28, 2009

Refreshing Candor

One thing that I really like about the new administration is the information they put out on the web. Peter Orszag, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, keeps a nice blog. The White House has a blog that updates multiple times a day with links to the important documents of the day.

Christina Romer, director of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, has posted a coherent and easy-to-read defense of the stimulus package. She responds to several criticisms specifically, I recommend the read (and any counter arguments if you can find them).

It's just nice to know what they're thinking. The new administration also appears to be fond of PBS NewsHour. Romer, Orszag, Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, and Obama himself have all been guests in the past week. Obama's interview yesterday had some refreshing candor. He admits he loses some sleep over the decisions he makes. "I feel overwhelming pressure to get it right," he said of Iraq and, I assume, other policies.

Conservative David Brooks commented about how he can't help but feel reassured listening to Obama, knowing that he's wrestling with the big decisions and being honest about it. I feel the same way. It's hard not to get caught up in it and just analyze the policies that are coming out.

I'm not real thrilled with everything the administration is doing, and many conservatives are pointing out some "trickery," some not-so-bipartisanship, some scary hints for the future, etc.

But, just letting me know what they're thinking and what they're up to, really helps. Probably makes me more inclined to believe what they say and root for them.

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