Kill The So Called Stimulus Bill. We Need Big Ideas.
by RichardFlatts, Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 04:31:50 AM EST
Scrap the so called stimulus bill and start over.
Go back to the big ideas. Instead of a million little items, many of which do ZERO to stimulate anything or anybody, go back to a core group of big ideas that will not only create jobs and stimulate the economy but pay dividends in the future.
Think of all the great ideas proposed not only by Obama, but in the last race by John Kerry, and some of the other challengers. There were a lot of big ideas floated. Ideas that were great, although at the time you had to know the willingness to fund them would probably never come.
Remember when John Edwards talked about making port and airport security the best in the world and all the high tech jobs it would create? Where is that in the stimulus bill?
Remember all the talk about a dire need to for a new power grid in this nation and the billions it would cost, but the jobs it would create. Where is the money for that in the stimulus bill?
Remember the talk about a need to look at all the bridges in this country and come up with a plan to replace or repair all the old bridges. Where is that plan in this stimulus bill?
What about all the talk of expanding programs like Head Start? Where is the money in the stimulus bill to build the buildings and hire the teachers / care providers?
Where is the money for all the solar panels and windmills and bio diesel facilities?
Heck what about rebuilding our military? How many National Guard humvees and 3/4 ton trucks do we need to replace? How about some money for these things that are made in the USA and are needed to respond to natural disasters.
Sure there is willy nilly money in there for a bridge here and a windmill there, but there is no big thinking, there is no plan. It's just another spending bill.
This bill was supposed to be about creating jobs and shoring up the economy. It would seem that it would be a perfect opportunity to marry a lot of the big ideas we've talked about in the past to a sudden willingness to go another trillion in debt.
Instead we get coupons for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of TV decoder boxes. Are these even made in the USA?
It's not too late. Kill the current bill. Start over. Focus on a few major plans that could have real impact now as well as benefits well into the future.