Support Stimulus bill
Original post made by Stephen Rock, Adobe-Meadow, on Feb 5, 2009
So the stimulus bill should emphasize building for the future. We should choose projects that we think will have the best outcomes for the people living decades from now. My list includes education, public transportation, green energy, medical care, scientific research, maintenance of existing facilities like roads, bridges and sewers. As for individual spending the government should subsidize expenditures for only those items that meet the same goals as above. For example subsidies for energy conservation rather than for buying cars.
However, that is not enough. There are large numbers of people who are being thrown out of their homes and jobs who need help now. Money given to them will probably be spent quickly on necessities, thus providing work for others.
What we do not need is to benefit those already well off financially. Tax breaks to the upper middle class and wealthy are giving money to those who do not need it and might not even spend it. The best was to benefit business is not to reduce taxes on non existent income, but to provide customers for their products.
Thus I support a stimulus bill that will put people to work providing future benefits to society and helping those hurting the most by the economic crisis. I oppose benefits to those who already have enough.
I urge you to communicate with your legislators about this.