Pontificatin’ & Plannifyin’

February 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm 14 comments

I’ve been doing some super-cranial calisthenics in an effort to wrap my peabrain around the cries of convoluted coherence and perceived puffed-up pay-outery woven deep into the fabric of my boyfriend‘s massive stimulus package of distributive distraction.
::: frealz, yo — the Cookster’s give OUT! :::

 I’ve been reading the version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment readingisrad1Act of 2009 that was sent to the Senate yesterday and I’ve been reading the very interesting alternative START plan from Rep. Walt Minnick (D- Idaho) and I’ve been listening to pundits and teevee sprayheads on virtually every channel give praise to, complain about, ridicule and otherwise provide their own personal commentary on ‘the plan’ …

… and somewhere outside of all the reading but inside of all the blah blah it became kind of embarassingly aggravatingly painfully clear that most of the voices chiming in should probably just shut it already.
::: I’m not naming names, but their initials are ‘Everyone At NBCABCCBSFOXMSNBC & SomeNewspaperColumnistsDesperatelyTryingToStayRelevant’ … :::

Pet Projects! Exorbitant Pricetags!! Pork PORK PORK!!!
::: OH MY! :::

Yupperonie — the gang’s all there!
But in this New Great Depression, the salient point just may be that one man’s pork is another man’s PAYCHECK.
::: IJS :::

David Leonhardt of The New York Times writes a compelling and exceptionally well researched piece in the February 1 Magazine that, among other things, reminds “Employing people to dig ditches and fill them up again would qualify … Pork and stimulus aren’t mutually exclusive.”

The plan includes money for rural agriculture programs and for the expansion of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966; money for anti-smoking programs and for the refurbishment of national museums.

There’s money for road construction, bridge work, military housing, law enforcement, energy, natural resources, community development, national security and a whole superhaulin’ truckload of other things.
::: OH MY! :::

Bob Barr (the AJC’s resident blowhard) calls PORK! on the $75,000,000 for `Facilities Capital’ at the Smithsonian …
… but conveniently neglects to tell the reader the the money is “for deferred maintenance projects, and for repair, revitalization, and alteration of facilities owned or occupied by the Smithsonian Institution” …
whiiich is billspeak for construction, plumbing, electrical work and technological upgrades …
… and what do we call those nifty things again, kiddies?

That’s right!

Barr and several sprayhead politico wannabes also call PORK! on that anti-smoking provision — buuuut *WOOPSIE* they all leave out those puffbothersome little things called ‘details’ — like the fact that the provision is part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at addressing “chronic and infectious disease rates and health disparities” including “evidence-based interventions in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, tobacco cessation and smoking prevention, and oral health.”
You know — all that pesky preventable shit that drives up health care premiums and actual care costs almost exponentially every year as we become fatter … and sicker … and poorer.

Oh but hey, what are you gonna do?
Read the bill to find out if they’re telling you the truth?!?

Nah …
…  but I did!
::: I’m one cross-eyed, sleep-deprived, headachy ho because of it … but at least I’m an informed ho!! :::

My thought was –  before I open my yap and spew forth vitriol against something I have only a surface understanding of – I might be better served by reading, factifying and performing my own  super serious researchification … and then I can open my yap and spew forth vitriol!
::: RADICAL! :::

Except that once I’d started reading … and reading … and reading —  I didn’t want to channel my inner acrimony. I wanted to read more!
::: … and sleep … :::

I mean, sure – we can all continue to stand around and bitch and moan about the pricetag of the plan and point fingers without ever digging deeper or really knowing anything about any of the shit we’re bitching and moaning and pointing fingers about — and we’ll feel justified this time because of the colossally disastrous way the bailout bill was handled because that makes our cries of ‘NOT AGAIN’ seem valid …

… except they aren’t.
Because it is different.
Because it’s not just spending for spending’s sake (you listening TARPers?!?).
Because it’s growth.

And “growth is the only way for a government to pay off its debts in a relatively quick and painless fashion, allowing tax revenues to increase without tax rates having to rise.”

And before you (and you know who you are!) come at me with crap about who it came from — don’t disagree just to disagree or because you don’t like the backing or you don’t agree 100% with everything you ‘heard’ was in there — read.
All you can.
::: … I think it’s kind of, like, a civic duty or some shit … :::

History — especially post-World War II economic history — is the bombest bitch, dawgs!!

Check it if you can … just don’t blame me for your Visene addiction!

Gat DAM this box is high up!


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—- Franklin D. Roosevelt

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  • 1. beeyatch  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm


  • 2. springdaddy  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Bravo Cookie…..Now get some much deserved rest before you start wandering around wrestling Aligators thinking they’re politicians after you for reading thier blah blah blah……..(bad dream scenario 😉

  • 3. this buddy of mine  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Once you spend through the 1 Trillion and there is no more money for payroll, how are the ditch diggers going to repay the loan?

  • 4. writechicpress  |  February 11, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Geezum johosephat…I thought I was generally being awesome. Yer amazing, Cookie! I’m always ready to turn emo after delving into that kinda stuff. Get all twitchy and the like. So, proud a ya.

  • 5. lifeisacookie  |  February 11, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    A good and valid question, Buddy … and one I know many Many MANY other people will have as well — but I think about what was learned with the New Deal policies, which was that a broad spectrum approach has the ability to not just sustain an economy but help it prosper for decades.

    The real question, I think, is whether we as a collective citizenry are willing to invest in a possible future or just continue to consume the probable present. I’d like to think we’d go for the investment option because consuming hasn’t gotten us very far.

    it’s so hard to ask people who are really, truly going without to sacrifice even more in the hope that the future will bear the fruits of these proposed policies … but, in all honesty, I almost think there is no other choice we can make.

    Every bill I’ve ever read has crap attached that people use as a rallying point for refusal … and this one does too. It’s not perfect but there is good stuff in there (just as there is in the alternative plan I read and in some of the GOP proposals as well) … I just think we have to accept the harsh bitchslap of reality that things have to be done differently now becuase it’s not just about creating jobs — our entire economic model has to be recast.

    It’s gonna hurt like a motherfucker — but it has to be done.

  • 6. this buddy of mine  |  February 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I get you…I just think that this is not getting at the root of the problem. Consumers are not spending, even though they are in the same debt levels they were 3-4 years ago, because their house values have gone down 30%. Home equity is what drove people to overspend. Until people feel confident in the appreciation of their assets, which for many is their house, they will not spend, which creates long lasting employment. 70% of our GDP is made up of consumer spending.

    Unfortunately, these assets are still overvalued.

    To jump start this economy, the stimulus should go in paying off people’s mortgages…that would drive spending through the roof and create revenue for the government in the form of sales and income taxes.

  • 7. lifeisacookie  |  February 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    and there are a couple of provisions tucked in there to do just that, but it’s not wholesale.

    In addition to paying things off, we have to grow the economy becuase that is how you drive down the overall debt but you have to have a growth rate of more than our piddly mid-twos and that can only come with job creation which means new income which does — over time — translate to the exact kind of consumer spending and increased confidence that you’re talking about and so right about being pivotal.

  • 8. this buddy of mine  |  February 11, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    speaking of growing GDP…describe your boobs for me

  • 9. lifeisacookie  |  February 11, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Round, Real and COOKILICIOUS

  • 10. this buddy of mine  |  February 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    thanks for commenting on my blog..it makes me feel special

  • 11. lifeisacookie  |  February 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    thanks for asking about my boobs … it makes me feel kind of stalkified … 😉

  • 12. springdaddy  |  February 12, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Sweet mother of pearl….What a transition from the topic at hand. Real is good!

    I was wondering this mornin Cookie. Don’t be alarmed, I had both hands on the wheel.
    Do you think Oh’baby pulled an all nighter with you and read the six fold pages? Seriously? I can’t imagine that he did personally.

    A radio blowhard made a good point the other day. He said that there is never a good plan from the start. All plans need shaping and refining. And some should just never be considered. I still wish more time was spent in the preperation of this plan……that’s all.

  • 13. lifeisacookie  |  February 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I’d tend to agree with that blowhard — I mean, everyone can have their plan but I think it’s only through collaboration and a mutually beneficial (real) idea exchange that we get the most meaningful legislation.

    And on O’Beautiful?
    You KNOW I like to think we were doing a Vulcan Mind Meld of some sort — our fingers workin’ the mouse in unison, our eyes going over the same information together, doing the swivel-chair squirm in tandem when we spied something unique … oooohhhh yeeaaahhhh …..

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