Member Rara Avis
All this time I thought the plan was geared toward the current situation, not the long term.
And, all this time, Mike, you were right.
The goal of the bill is to spend money. In the short term. As in, NOW.
It doesn't necessarily follow, however, that everything we spend money on has to be only for short term gain.
Those are Obama's words, not mine. He claimed there would be no pet projects and you are making an attempt to justify them.
Someone has a golf cart for a pet?
Honestly, Mike, I don't care whether an expenditure is for someone's pet project. Every project is someone's pet. Things just don't write themselves into a bill.
There are, no doubt, a ton of items in the bill I don't think are worth the money. Encouraging further research into battery technology isn't one of them. No, it's not essential. But, yea, it is a good idea and if we need to spend money to stimulate the economy let's spend it on some good ideas.
As for the President's statements, I'm going to agree with you that he has to live with them. I seriously doubt this bill (or any) is going to be as squeaky clean as I suspect Obama would have liked. He's discovering, I imagine, that he only gets to run one branch of the government and he probably shouldn't make promises for the branches not under his control. While one might argue he only promised "higher standards," and the bar certainly wasn't very high, I agree the spirit of his promises are certainly being tarnished. I think he, you, I, and the rest of the American public should continue to demand more and expect better.
If you want to claim that the entire federal budget is non-essential, then why would you, or even Obama, consider this plan essential? That sounds like a little bit of a cop-out to me, with all respect, and a lot of justification stretching.
To me, Mike, essential means you must have it. There is no choice involved.
For example, defense spending is not essential. A lot of countries decide to spend little or nothing on their military. The only reason we spend a whole lot of money on this non-essential is because the majority of people in the country don't like the alternatives.
There is absolutely nothing in the stimulus bill that is essential. Every item in it has alternatives. The question is whether you, I, and the rest of America like those alternatives.
This was not supposed to be a democratic wish list, Ron.
See, Mike, I think this is the key thing you've apparently missed.
For most of the last two years, the Republicans and Democrats have been explaining to the American people what they want to spend our money and resources to promote. Last November, the public weighed those arguments and made a choice. Unfortunately, it was a pretty overwhelming choice.
A Democratic wish list is exactly what this was supposed to be, Mike. That's what American clearly said it wanted. Or did you really think all those Democratic politicians elected into office were going to start pushing Republican agendas?
If you really want to blame just one person for the power shift in Washington, Mike, I think you know who that one person should be?