I talked to Candidate for Auditor Kamal Jain about his campaign and vision for the office:
Q: How has your campaign been received.
A: People love my message. They get the idea of using technology to create transparency it appeals to them.
Q: Why the appeal?
A: They appreciate that I respect their intelligence. Government might write bigger checks and buy other things but if you can balance your checkbook and unit price shop you have the basics at looking at government spending
Q: How do you think Government went wrong?
A: Government got larger and less local, as it became a profession it meant that we lost the ability to see what is going on.
Q: And how is this solved?
A: The internet is more of a game changer than the printing press. By using the internet as a vehicle to make a new relationship with the people. The idea is to allow the people to audit government themselves.
Q: So big government is the problem?
A It is easy to forget that there are hardworking people in government but you also have to remember that Government by nature is not efficient. It consists of people spending money that isn’t theirs on a different group of people. With 537 agencies each functioning as fiefdom protecting themselves you need a more objective eye to see what is happening.
Q: Surely this information is already public?
A: True but its release is not only slow but expensive if you try to obtain it. That is government trying to protect itself, but 13 states already have public checkbooks. There is a massive appetite for this.
Q: I first saw you at the twin city tea party, how long have you been involved in the movement?
A: I’ve been involved in the tea party movement since 2007 long before it became a national phenom. In 2008 when people were saying “Yes we can” we were asking “Yes we can what? I would serve no more than 2 terms, accept no pension and take a 10% cut in pay if elected. I’ve also been endorsed by Tea Party Favorite Ron Paul.
Here is a quick video of him at the twin city tea party in March: