RAT Board to LUST Trust: Acronyms For the Stimulus

This is transparency?

Thursday, June 04, 2009

The New Deal brought us the CCC, the TVA, and the WPA. All thanks to FDR. And today’s stimulus comes along with its own bumper crop of acronyms, like SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the TIGER Team. (That’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, in case you didn't know.) Wall Street Journal reporter Louise Radnofsky had to read the entire stimulus bill for her job, and she started to keep track of the ever-growing list of new acronyms, some of them pretty ridiculous. She joins John and Andrea with a look how acronyms get in the way of government transparency.

Guests:

Louise Radnofsky

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein

Contributors:

Nadia Zonis

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