Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stimulate This

Instead of a large overbearing stimulus package that is loaded with pork, and steals more of the American workers money, while at the same time making it very hard to understand and follow I offer this proposal. Let us have individual Stimuli Packets. Each packet will be addressed to only one issue at a time, for example lets say we call the first proposal the Infrastructure Packet. All the money in this particular packet will be earmarked for infrastructure build outs and nothing else. The dollar amount allocated to the packet along with the exact project and location would be listed online for any person to see, very simple black and white language, with no double speak or gray areas to confuse the issue or the project at hand.

Each state would submit to the federal government a prioritized list of roads, bridges, buildings etc. that need immediate attention. The jobs to do these repairs would be immediate and the impact on the economy would also be immediate, not to mention that the taxpayers can see not only how much but where and how their cash is being spent. Our next packet would be the Energy Grid Packet, same idea as the first packet totally open and all the money in this packet is earmarked only to get our grids up to par so it doesn't shut down when it rains to hard.

It is not my intention to list every packet or every problem but it is suffice to say that there are very easily five to ten needs that can be easily prioritized as real stimulus, then broken down and approved. They would meet approval only if the stimulus is focused on job creating or job sustaining solutions, manufacturing and production growth.

We should demand that our hard earned money will be spent with the utmost of transparency. It is hard to believe that the prior administration has doled out $350 billion dollars without an iota of accountability. No matter your ideology you were just robbed by Bush once again as he left office, unless you were one of the chosen few that received part of 18.4 billion dollars of the bailout on bonus checks. I guess you would be one of the happy jerk-balls, that continue to take and never give back.

The Stimulus Package as it stands will surely help America to it's knees quicker than you may want to admit. The solution is to be aggressive where it creates and keeps jobs, and gets us off our addiction to oil, and to physically make our country strong enough to stand up to rainstorms, and a little snow, and naturally against our sworn enemies.


Thunter February 4, 2009 at 9:55 PM  

Good post and a good idea, but I would be willing to bet the Repugs would vote against your idea as well. The only way to please them is to give the rich all the money and take us back to what Sir Edmund Burke wanted, aristocratic rule with no input whatsoever from the lower classes. Anyone who is not born into wealth is forced to live out their lives in abject poverty, with no hope of ever making a better life.

Joseph M. Fasciana February 5, 2009 at 12:39 AM  

I never gave what you said about Sir Edmund Burke much thought, and it is sad to say but I think you are right

Political Lipskip February 8, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

Every economist has said that this spending package has to be large. Huge even. It makes too much common sense to split spending bill up into individual components. In doing so the politicians won't be able to spend as much of your money. Plus they would actually have to work more/harder. Why they are rushing to get this done so they won't miss their President's Day time off.

The Law February 14, 2009 at 4:22 AM  

I think your idea is a good one for sure. But if all the hoopla to get the current one passed has to happen for every package... that would take foreeeeeeever I would think.

Joseph M. Fasciana February 14, 2009 at 5:56 AM  

I think you would be correct on the forever thing. I was hoping for a huge jobs package first and maybe a couple of others like education and health care and help to the states. I mean this 1100 page monster must be full of all kinds of crap. Maybe its better than nada.

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