Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offers facts on government


Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a new project, and it may just surprise you. It combines data from more than 50 government sources on the federal, state and local level.

"I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions", he told the Times. Dorsey has faced questions over his leadership of the embattled firm but told CNBC in a recent interview that he would do "whatever it takes" to make sure Twitter succeeded.

The billionaire said another surprising thing he discovered was that the USA government is not allowed to collect the total number of guns in the country.

It's a big-picture view of where US tax dollars come from, and how they're spent.

The USAFacts website is organized into a number of sections with several navigation options, but there's now a flow chart-like user interface. I'm shocked! But the N.R.A. apparently has lobbied in such a way government can't report the data.

"There's no - at least, I couldn't find an - integrated source of data, because to me integrated is important".

Companies typically organize revenue into segments, and Ballmer's USAFacts team has done the same. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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Ballmer explained to Bloomberg why he thinks making USAFacts.org is a good solution for promoting healthy political discourse, rather than polarization. "I don't even deduct this for my taxes". "The truth of the matter is, it's kinda a mess", he recounted during a later TED talk, delivered in March.

For example, Ballmer, said: "You know it's not legal to know how many firearms that are in this country?" His investments and subsequent efforts will culminate in a data dump today in which he makes public a database and a report he assembled with the help from economists, professors, and other professionals who have particpated in the stealth start-up, The New York Times reports.

But Ballmer and his team aren't stopping there. It's a 316-page, chart-heavy filing that he acknowledges is geared toward the business set.

Judging by Ballmer's comments, it's essentially an easy-to-use database of existing government information.

Promoting the general welfare encompasses programs maintaining standards of living like public housing and transfer programs, public health initiatives, economic programs and government-run businesses like post offices and hospitals.

Best of all, Ballmer's already committed to paying the $3-5m a year it'll take to "fund the [darn] thing" with his own money.