Monday, February 16, 2009

Wanna Know Where It's All Going?

The $787 billion stimulus package has passed and been signed into law. Now, bet you're all wondering where the heck all that money is going. Well, a group of industrious volunteers has set up a great website, www.StimulusWatch.org, where you can check out what projects are being funded by the stimulus package. You can search by State, by City, or by the level of "critical-ness" of projects.

From a cursory look at the website, most of the money is going to infrastructure work and renewal energy projects, which are things we should all be able to get behind. Contrary to what a woman insisted to me this evening, none of the money is going to "pay off Hollywood for all the money they gave to Obama for his campaign." Where in the world do people come up with such ridiculous ideas?!

Will this stimulus plan help us to begin our climb out of the deep, deep hole we all find ourselves in? No, not alone it won't. It will, hopefully, create more opportunities for the hundreds of thousands of us without jobs to find employment, but that's just one step of many needed.

I fear we are becoming the architects of this deep hole, as the less we spend and the more we try to save/cut back/etc., the more we keep the hole going in the downward direction. Silly and contradictive as it may sound, if we don't at least spend a little bit of money, we won't see much change in things. Because the less we buy, the less "they" (whoever the heck "they" may be) make, and the less "they" make the fewer jobs there are for those who make the things that make up what we could be buying. Confused much?

So, little ones, do your part...buy something. And do your duty by keeping tabs on how the stimulus plan money is being spent by bookmarking the StimulusWatch.org website and checking things out now and then. One day we WILL see a light at the end of the tunnel, and with a little bit of luck, it won't be a damn train comin' at us.

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