Thursday, February 5, 2009

Stimulus Dreams

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Calls for the enactment of legislation to create jobs, restore economic growth, and strengthen America's middle class through measures that: (1) modernize the nation's infrastructure; (2) enhance America's energy independence; (3) expand educational opportunities; (4) preserve and improve affordable health care; (5) provide tax relief; and (6) protect those in greatest need. You have just read the summary of what was the Stimulus Bill in the Senate. It's what originally went to the US Senate on January 6, as S 1. January 6. I'm not making up that date. Go look at the bill. It's now morphed into S 336 and S 350, if you've kept up - although I can't for the life of me figure out why our beloved senators wouldn't grab something like what's described above, shout yes, and start taking bows before their too-many-zeros-in-a-billion befuddled constituents. Instead, these fine people who have our best interests in mind (of course), have waited a full month to rev their political rhetoric engines here on our road to economic recovery. Oh c'mon, Senators. We know you don't want to be the ones holding the empty bag if this deal doesn't work. We know you saw what happened to the party that put us in this shiny sports car to disaster in the first place. We know some of you want no part of making the new president look like a smart man. And we know many of you are wondering, "How much is a billion?"... just like we are. But it's time to do the right thing. Which today is SOMEthing. It's time to turn away from the hyperactive K Street chest-pounding and turn toward that old American dream that is seriously suffering back home in the trenches. It's time to shut up and be the deciders. Take another look at old S 1. I like it. Especially item #6 in the summary: Protect those in greatest need. That's the America I'm still dreaming of. Peace.

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