Change I can believe … wait .. no …

So … I’m not a very politically-active person. I generally find politics far too annoying to try and follow. But, I was pleasantly surprised last week to visit the Change.gov website that much fanfare and hoopla was made about. I was ready to be all cynical about yet another political brochure website that would be devoid of actual content.

Imagine my surprise to find a half-dozen pages in the Agenda section that outlined each individual change that Obama and Biden want to make. In detail. Not just fluff. Detail like: (their emphasis)

Middle class families will see their taxes cut and no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase. The typical middle class family will receive well over $1,000 in tax relief under the Obama plan, and will pay tax rates that are 20% lower than they faced under President Reagan.

For a day, a solid 24 hours, I was on Cloud Nine. A political party had finally gone beyond hype and put all of their plans down in writing. I literally called people and ranted about how cool it was, which I never ever do.

I may not have agreed with each and every detail, but that wasn’t the point. The point was that they were willing to commit themselves fully, and in writing, to their plans. We the people could come back later and measure them against their own words. There couldn’t be any weaseling and crying out of context, as their site was their own.

It was a bold step into an era of open and responsible government for our country.

But here’s the problem: try finding that content now. It’s gone. It has been taken down. I had to slog through Google’s cache. That particular quote is cached here, for now.

The site is back to being a brochure devoid of actual content. I can only hope they put the real part back up. I’m crushed that I could be so excited, and then be so let down.

Come on, guys. Man up.

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Rick Osborne

I am a web geek who has been doing this sort of thing entirely too long. I rant, I muse, I whine. That is, I am not at all atypical for my breed.