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I Feel Stimulated Already

Well, the pork-stuffed, slow working "stimulus" plan has been passed in the House and has hit the ground crawling.

Don't you feel all "hopey and changey" already?

When one examines some of the items that constitutes the proposal, one has to wonder : "Was Obama smoking crack?"

Most of his proposals are meant for placating most of the members of congress, as opposed to actually accomplishing something meaningful to the long term stability of our economy.

What could he have included in this plan that would offer up some sort of immediate stimulus and job creation?

Here's just a few that may have been worthy enough to have been included, and may have had a positive impact on the lives of "hurting" Americans for a long time..

  • Not one mention of nuclear energy. Zero, zip, nada. Hundreds of thousands of jobs could have been created, not merely "saved", by planning, constructing, working, and maintaining these plants, which we so desperately need. Sustainable jobs that would survive long past Obama's tenure, and one which would forever be linked to his legacy.
  • Obama has alloted $1 billion dollars to Amtrak, a company which has not turned a profit in years. Instead of tossing money at a losing entity, why not build modern, super speed bullet trains to connect our major cities, ones which would create jobs in terms of the construction of them, and jobs which would be needed to run, service, and maintain them, as well. Obama is hell-bent on burdening an already crumbling auto industry, pushing creation of hybrid cars and enacting new draconian CAFE standards. By investing in a modernized train system, he would free himself up to help these automakers climb out of their coffins, "saving" jobs, while gradually implementing new standards of which they would have to adhere.
  • Construction of new bridges and tunnels connecting New York and New Jersey would not only alleviate the most congested traffic areas in the country, but would again create long-term, sustainable jobs in the building of such structures, staffing of these structures, while creating more toll revenue in the process.
  • Drill, Baby, Drill! There is no reason why we cannot avail ourselves of our own natural resources. We are going to be an oil-based society for the better part of this century, and we must lose no time in procuring as much of our own as we can. It is foolhardy to believe that we cannot do one while placating the other warming myth.

All four of these ideas would also add to his fuzzy CO2 reduction plan, combating the liberal pet myth of "Global warming".

  • All we've heard about New Orleans and its surrounding areas is how little has been done to fix it. This is a chance to create jobs to clean up, rebuild, enact a Dutch-like system of levies, and re-industrialize these areas. This would be a golden opportunity for Obama to rally the country behind something which has been woefully not addressed, and create thousand of jobs in an area which needed them even before Katrina hit. It would revive one of the nations most well known, unique areas, and show that he is the leader that he has been preaching to us for the better of four years.

Obama has a unique, once in a political lifetime opportunity to transform certain aspects of our nations infrastructure, cementing himself as perhaps one our most influential, forward thinking presidents of the modern era since the likes of Teddy Roosevelt.

Instead, he wastes it on the same Washington-speak and back room shenanigans that has gotten us into this mess in the first place.

What a shame.


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Comments (35)

He, Pelosi and Reid are gon... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

He, Pelosi and Reid are gonna blow it. Their monumental party greed overrides every other consideration.

The idea of a stimulus plan... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The idea of a stimulus plan is to create business and jobs immediately. As much as I like the idea of nuclear power that's a really long term project unless you are trying to stimulate jobs just for lawyers.

Major construction projects are also long term. By the time you plan the route of new roads or bridges, buy the land and pay off the environmentalists it will be ten years before the first blue collar job is created. Drilling might create jobs quicker, but with oil at around $40 and with OPEC at reduced production no company is going to be in a hurry to do new drilling.

If a store wants to move merchandise they have a sale to stimulate consumers to get off their ass and buy stuff. The same idea will work for the government. Cut taxes for small businesses to zero for the next two years. Double the personal exemption on individual income taxes for two years. Prop up state budgets to reduce layoffs of cops, fireman, and others who provide vital services. Sell off some Federal land in the western U.S. and Alaska to pay for the tax cuts and government funding of projects that are ready to go.

Textbook example of the Pet... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

Textbook example of the Peter Principle.

I almost forgot. Pass a la... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

I almost forgot. Pass a law that allows laid-off workers to sue media outlets who only report negative economic news or who sensationalize negative economic news. Call it the anti fear mongers act of 2009.

Well, um, guess what? This ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Well, um, guess what? This bill has nothing to do with stimulating the economy and everything to do with socialism and social engineering.
Paulson and Bernanke didn't do us any favors by whimpering that if the TARP wasn't passed, the financial system would collapse "within hours." They set the stage for Barry and his cohorts to use "financial collapse" as an excuse to ram through all their dumb ideas. Hang on to your hats, folks--this is just the beginning.

Republicans are sore losers... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Republicans are sore losers! Boo F-ing Hoo!

"Obama has a unique, once i... (Below threshold)
davey:

"Obama has a unique, once in a political lifetime opportunity to transform certain aspects of our nations infrastructure, cementing himself as perhaps one our most influential, forward thinking presidents of the modern era since the likes of Teddy Roosevelt."... Obama is not in charge. He's just a figurehead, a front man for the organized crime syndicate known as the Democrat Party.

Are Obama and his demobuddi... (Below threshold)

Are Obama and his demobuddies serious about stimulating the economy quickly? No. If they were, the would support the following:

1. Reducing capital gains taxes.
2. Gohmert's Tax Holliday
3. Drilling for oil.

1 & 2 should be no-brainers even for Democrats.

Gohmert's Tax Holiday: <a h... (Below threshold)

Gohmert's Tax Holiday: http://tinyurl.com/bkz3yf

"Republicans are sore loser... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Republicans are sore losers! Boo F-ing Hoo!"

Well that was certainly a most intelligent comment. Why don't you go outside and play with the other children.

As a reminder, your fellow travelers would have said 'dissent is patriotic', but that was 10 days ago.

Obama has alloted ... (Below threshold)
James H:
Obama has alloted $1 billion dollars to Amtrak, a company which has not turned a profit in years. Instead of tossing money at a losing entity, why not build modern, super speed bullet trains to connect our major cities, ones which would create jobs in terms of the construction of them, and jobs which would be needed to run, service, and maintain them, as well.

Did the House Republicans suggest this at all? If not, I'm disappointed. The House GOP, IMO, could have gotten a LOT of mileage out of rallying aroudn one or two infrastructure programs that Obama overlooked and pushing the heck out of those programs.

To take the high-speed rail idea, the GOP could have rallied aroudn a proposal that appropriated a gazillion dollars for the railway AND waived some of the hoops you usuall have to jump through for constructing that sort of thing -- environmental impact statements, endangered-species reports, that sort of thing.

I generally favor environmental causes, but I think the GOP could have created some great political theater by accusing Democrats of favoring the Eastern Three-Legged Spiny Hopping Toad over out-of-work Americans.

Seriously, though, in terms of economic stimulus, it would take a while for the high-speed train to pour money into the economy. It'd take a while for engineers to design railways and such. Not to mention using eminent domain to acquire property and rights of way to take a train from DC to Chicago ...

<a href="http://bloggingred... (Below threshold)

Is Tom Daschle a tax cheat?

Owing a hundred thousand dollars in back taxes seems a bit too much. What is it with these democrats? They don't have any problem raising taxes on the rest of us. When it comes their turn to pay, they are looking for a pass. This really is shameful.

Get it through your thic... (Below threshold)
Justice58:

Get it through your thick skulls:

President Obama's stimulus package is a recovery package. It is much needed to stimulate the economy that George Bush screwed up. (Trickle down bs)

I am reeling with excitement that we actually have a President who is highly intelligent( No more of Bush's.."Is Our Children Learning"/i>) & very capable of taking care of the Nation's business.


Thank You, God!



Spending on 'infrastructure... (Below threshold)
blindsangamon:

Spending on 'infrastructure' is only useful if there is a demand for it. Improving roads and bridges is useless if there are no jobs to drive to. The best use of a FRACTION of this bailout would be creation of a methanol-based fuel system to free us of dependence on foreign oil. We currently send 700 BILLION dollars overseas ANNUALLY for oil - which does more harm to our economy and national security than the bailout. Suddenly the 825 billion seems not such a big deal. There exists efficient, clean, natural gas-to-methanol and coal-to-methanol technology NOW that only has to be put in place. See R3sciences.com for details. Makework programs are a foolish waste, when we could be INVESTING this money in the long term survival of our nation.

Obamalala is not a forward ... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Obamalala is not a forward thinker. He is a regressive liberal. He thinks in terms of what has failed or is failing. For him to change his stripes now he would have to abandon everything he believes. He won't do that. He believes he won't be blamed for any bad decisions. No one would dare. He believes he is the answer America has been waiting for. He is dangerous.

www.bornagainamerican.org:8... (Below threshold)
Kathleen:

www.bornagainamerican.org:80

"I am reeling with excit... (Below threshold)
John:

"I am reeling with excitement that we actually have a President who is highly intelligent..."

Just as long as he doesn't have to go through White House windows...I mean doors...

President Obama's stimul... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

President Obama's stimulus package is a steaming pile of waste that will do more damage to the economy than ten wars.

Fixed that for ya, just-us58. Hey, how goes that Duke thing again? You're as right now as you were then, 180 derees from it as always.

Teh stimulus bill is not an... (Below threshold)
Aubrey:

Teh stimulus bill is not an Obama proposal. He allowed Speaker Polosi to write the bill, and she took advantage of the opportunity to include just about anything liberals have wanted recently, as well as assign the volume of money required. This may turn into a serious mistake if the bill runs into problems in the Senate and is heavily revised. He will look weak.

This is just Democrats dividing up the spoils of victory. So far the amounts have been so large that there has been no grumbling over who gets what. That may change if the Senate scales it back. It would be interesting to see Democrats fighting among themselves to keep their share.

"Was Obama smoking crack?" ... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

"Was Obama smoking crack?" ....

Well, that lil story bout (then state office holder) de Obimusya doin lines, and having gggay sax. In the back of a limo. Be only ten years old.

"why not build modern, super speed bullet trains to connect our major cities ... "

High speed rail, in regular/normal congested population areas/corridors. Is a joke. The TGV only gets up to real speed in limited, non populated areas. The rest of the time/route, just a normal intercity express.

No one's gunna want one of them (at 160 mph) blasting by their backyard. And the routes they're already talking about for Cali. Just plain stoopid (as in real stupid). Amtrak might'nt be the train of the future. But it still serves many. And many well.

Now Steele's selection, on the other hand, does stimulate me [though not quite as much as Brian Williams was, the other day on Letterman (add snarf/snicker to taste)].

Get it through you... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
Get it through your thick skulls:

Blaming Bush won't work anymore, numskull.

The election is over and the democrats are in charge, something they are just coming to realize. The Republicans in the senate will try to craft a stimulus bill that will actually work, but if democrats ignore their ideas then the bill will pass without Republican support. If the economy improves greatly because of the bill, then the democrats will be vindicated and enjoy majority status for a long time. However, if the economy continues to decay in spite of the stimulus bill, Republicans will pick up seats in 2010 and may even become the majority party by 2012. Obama knows this and has said as much.

Here's another reason the public may vote democrats out of office. One of Obama's first acts was to impose the new 35 mpg fleet average mileage regulation on car makers for the 2011 model, moving it up by 9 years. Only subcompact models like the Honda Fit or hybrids like the Toyota Prius now exceed 35 mpg. That means that an auto maker must sell many subcompacts or hybrids for every family sedan they sell in order to meet the new requirement. If gas is under $3 by the fall of 2010, the public is not going to be interested in buying subcompact models, but they must be sold in order to meet the regulation.

The only way to do that and to make a profit will be to raise the price of every model that gets less than 35 mpg. A family sedan or minivan priced under $30 grand in 2010 will go for $50 grand in 2011. As the public starts to realize this it will stimulate them to buy 2010 models, but there will be a shortage with the production cut backs auto makes have made, so the price will be go up. Same for larger older models. Republicans must warn the public so that when families can't afford a car or minivan that can haul the entire family they will know to blame the failed policies of the Obama administration.

President Obama's ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
President Obama's stimulus package is a recovery package.

You poor, deluded soul. I would almost feel bad for you, if I didn't think you were a paid shill.

Obama tries to walk through... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Obama tries to walk through a window.

Obama made a fire in the fireplace in the WH but did not know how to work the flu. Smoke and mantle damage.

Keeps his office at a warm 78 degress while the poor folks keep their heaters off to save money.

All in two weeks. This guy is stupid. ww

"This is not the time to be... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

"This is not the time to be making a profit"
Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States of American, January 30, 2009

There exists effic... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:
There exists efficient, clean, natural gas-to-methanol and coal-to-methanol technology NOW that only has to be put in place. See R3sciences.com for details. Makework programs are a foolish waste, when we could be INVESTING this money in the long term survival of our nation.

This is one of the reason to start building Nuclear power plants.
It allows one to free up Natural Gas and coal that are used in todays power plants. The building could start within the year, most sites for Nuclear power are already identified, some even started but the Environmental groups have delayed them. Since building these plants would really be in the public good Eminent Domain and Executive orders could be used. Also existing plants could be run at full power.

"This is not the t... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:
"This is not the time to be making a profit"

The Fundamental discount between government and business.

Business needs to make a PROFIT so that it can re-invest, expand and save money for lean times. Business must also shed holdings and employees to get back to profitability. Even i lean times companies may make a capital purchase for Tax advantage.

Government get to grow by mandate. It uses it power to force bad business decisions FM/FM. Operates huge Ponzi SS, and overseas large bloated agencies that cost others huge amounts of money but never really protects the people (FDA).

These people who do not understand the role of profit are the ones who will stimulate the economy?

Seeing Obama has never had ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Seeing Obama has never had to run a business (for profit OR loss) or meet a payroll, it's not surprising that he thinks profits are something that can be done away with. After all, what is a profit but money left over after the government has taken its due? If there is a profit, then then government is obviously not taking enough!

Elmo -You're right... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Elmo -

You're right about the trains. Long distance rail isn't an economically competitive people-mover except in very dense areas. Slamming more rail routes out through the country will be a very expensive proposition for a limited return. For freight, trucks are a more efficient way to distribute the goods - for passengers... well, I believe no rail system has ever been able to sustain itself by simple passenger movement even back in the days when long distance travel was primarily rail and passenger counts were at their highest.

ELMO - "High speed rail... (Below threshold)
Marc:

ELMO - "High speed rail, in regular/normal congested population areas/corridors."

Obviously you've never spent anytime in Japan. I have, seven years, 2 of which were in a Yokohama (pop 3.5 mil) apartment complex within 200 meters of the Shinkansen Bullet Train (Nozomi Line).

While not at full song as it passed by it was still racing along at 120 mph as it did. And it did so with less noise than an 8 car AMTRACK train going thru the beltway.

In addition the new tech Mag-Lev trains of the future will be faster and quieter.

IF Barack Hussein Obama wants/needs to "stimulate" the economy via funds for rail transport AMTRACK should be sold off as a decades long money sink-hole and more funding directed to Mag-Lev tech.

Mark ... Sorree, 1... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

Mark ...

Sorree, 120mph does not in any way equal 160, or 180. At all. Let alone test/trial/promotional runs (in the neighborhood of three hun).

Riding a train of significantly high tonnage, and great length, at warp speed 165+ (twenty years ago for me). Not the same as being immediately trackside. You are being rather disengenous. High (and ultra) speed rail needs open unpopulated areas. And extremely precise, up to the minute maintnenance. And the higher the speed, the greater the daily cost of running at each increased speed increment.

Mag-lev? More pie in the sky. Many intercity trains around the world, already run at 90-110mph. And at the speeds being flouted/touted, there are other concerns. That I won't even bother to elaborate on.

Existing right of ways, with existing [or (even upgraded) replacement] rolling stock. Are still worthy of continued support. The economy is stalled. Nothing more, nothing less. All we're facing now, is libs with soiled/wet panties. Buck up, things will improve. But not by flushing a trilion dollars down the libwuhl crapper. For new toy trains.

A stimulus plan is to sti... (Below threshold)
MF:

A stimulus plan is to stimulate the economy.
this is simply done by lowering taxes

History proves The prior US recession lasted longer than other countries because of stupid similar moves.

elmo - "Sorree, 120mph ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

elmo - "Sorree, 120mph does not in any way equal 160, or 180. At all. Let alone test/trial/promotional runs (in the neighborhood of three hun)."

First of all let's do away with your attempt at diversion, my comment was exclusively on trains in regular service, not any "test/trial/promotional runs."

Secondly the Shinkansen example I gave was only limited to 120mph in the immediate area (approx. 15 kilometers) specified, the train hits 180mph thru most of it's length because the vast majority of the line is via overhead rails or via tunnels that bypass major congested areas.

And I might add the northeast's AmTrack Acela train can achieve 200 mph but are restricted to 150 mph due to track conditions. Conditions that can easily be corrected if an overhead system was in place.

As for you pie-in-the-sky description of Mag-lev tech, you better ask the Chinese. Their Shanghai maglev (max speed a tick over 300 mph) while expensive to build has been running and daily operating costs have been covered by the fares being charged.

The lack of Maglev construction is not because of any lack of technological progress but a lack of political will by various countries to fund initial costs of construction.

Mark ....Yeah, a t... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

Mark ....

Yeah, a trillion should just about cover it:
"the vast majority of the line is via overhead rails or via tunnels that bypass major congested areas."

And I don't think you even have an understanding of what you write:
"AmTrack Acela train can achieve 200 mph but are restricted to 150 mph due to track conditions."

That there be e x i s t i n g technology [Buy it, take it home tonight. Plug it in, turn it on (right out of the box)]. And mebbe the mechanical equation escapes you? It's a 200mph train. But its speed is limited (that is called overkill).

And (again) ... "restricted (speed) due to track conditions". TRANSLATION: they don't have enough $$$$$ to properly maintain the route, in the required laser straight/flatness. In order to keep the train on the rails (at speed).

And last I checked, still was America. Not China (or even Fwance). So if anyone thinks they can make a buck on high speed rail, they are free to try. Doesn't mean we should flush countless billions. Just so we can be like everybody else, with a frou frou cosmopolitan trophy train. That rarely gets up to speed.

[Your quote: "First of all let's do away with your attempt at diversion." Mark, these trains aren't being marketed as normal intercity. But high speed [with concurrent, significant increase in noise level/output at higher speed/s (180mph vs 120)]. And peddled as hope for our society/currently stalled economy. So as we can see, no diversion was attempted. Simply, as always ... the truth (I think the common terminology is: I call bullsh*t)].

And no, I'm not against high speed rail. It, like Obie (and a chunk of the 'stimulus'), simply is not our saviour (the one they're selling/hustling here now in Cali, is already spelled: boondoggle. And it's still in pre-planning).

If it walks like a pig, and oinks like a pig? Summa us hyar wuud call dat pork.

"TRANSLATION: they don'... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"TRANSLATION: they don't have enough $$$$$ to properly maintain the route, in the required laser straight/flatness. In order to keep the train on the rails (at speed)."

Proper maintenance has nothing to do with it. The original design called for cars that would tilt at a 6.8 degree angle that allow for faster corner speeds (thus "track conditions").

The dimbulbs at AmTrack redesigned the cars adding 4 inches to their width and limited the tilt to just over 4 inches, that redesign has limited the trains speed from the original expected speed of 200mph.

And please, just where did I claim high speed trains were being marketed as "as normal intercity" transportation?

Shanghai's and Japan's version are both INTRAcity trains.

MarkYou really are... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

Mark

You really are obtuse. Doing nothing more than dancing around the head of an imaginary pin. In continuum. (And last I checked, the train you keep blathering about, is an import).

Enjoy your High Speed Rail (to nowhere).




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