I have been reading up on a few things about the stimulus package, and some of the things you here are just plain wrong. EXAMPLE: A portion of the plan calls for more funding for medicaid family planning services. What do the Republicans call this? Spending hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives!!!! Now let’s take a close look at this, shall we? First off let’s do the math here. The number i have seen floating around for this part of the plan is $200,000,000. Sounds like a lot of money doesn’t it? Well, not as much as you would believe once you break it down.
How many states do we have? To all you Republicans, put away your maps and calculators, i did the math for you. The answer is 50 states. Averaged out, the total expenditure is $4,000,000 per state. Suddenly we are talking about not that much money per state on average, now are we? Break it down by population and the numbers shrink to almost nothing. We have over 300,000,000 people in this great land of ours, and we are talking about $200,000,000. Total cost per person? Less than 66¢ per person.
And where exactly are you seeing that this is going ONLY to contraceptives? Where the hell exactly do you see that it comes to pass that medicaid family planning Automatically mean CONDOMS and IUD’s and other such things exclusively. Don’t the Medicaid people themselves get money, or their corporate infrastructure, other portions of the actual business of being Medicaid’s family planning services? Show me where exactly where it says that. This I HAVE to see.
Oh, One more number I want to throw at you. Do you know how large a percentage of the Stimulus package this medicaid family planning services package takes up?
There are other issues out there with the arguments out there against the stimulus package, and I invite one and all to click here read an excellent Op-Ed piece by Paul Krugman from the Sunday New York Times on precisely this subject. It really is a good read.
Let’s talk about what the Stimulus package actually does, not what people want you to think it does. It gives:
Up to $500 for individuals making less than $75,000 annually, and $1,000 for couples making less than $150,000.
A Tax credit of up to $2,500 for college expenses.
A five year carry back that allows companies to write off current losses against previous tax years. Current law goes back only 2 years. Companies receiving tarp funds need not apply. They are excluded.
A write off of up to $250,000 in capital expenditures for small businesses.
There is also: $30,000,000,000 in Highway construction expenditure.
$26,000,000,000 for building new K-12 schools and for higher education construction.
$11,000,000,000 earmarked for modernizing America’s energy grid, and there is much more money for modernization and energy infrastructure in here besides this.
$10,000,000,000 in New transit expenditure. $2,000,000,000 in existing transit expenditure.
$6,000,000,000 to expand broadband for businesses in rural areas.
For all the complaints about pork in this bill, there is much good in this bill that America desperately needs. To argue minutiae when the bulk of the bill is better than anything 43 or Paulson came up with looks very much like sour grapes from people who want to obfuscate the issues rather than really talk about them.
Opponents of the stimulus here seems to be using this old adage as their guide. “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with Bullshit.”
That’s it for that. A quick viddy, a few quotes and I am done.
S.O.D.! MILANO MOSH! MOSH!!!
That’s it for me. Later!
Today’s Nugget, Via Wikisource: What is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions. James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 51