Stimulus committee

Last night I stopped the clicker on CSPAN for a while, it was one of the stimulus package committee meetings. Man these things are better drama then anything else that’s on TV!
There was some obvious tension across party lines. Democrats presented themselves as finally getting funding into desperately needy charities and welfare programs. Republicans seemed to be in the midst of changing strategies away from corporate tax cuts and towards infrastructure and public works programs. One of the main talking points was police salaries. Free markets were neither present nor spoken for. The new subtitle of the Obamanomics book is quite revealing. “How bottom-up economic prosperity will replace trickle down-economics.” Normally I like social orders characterized as bottom up, but I don’t think we mean the same thing. Neither party supports free markets and free trade, they are merely arguing where to spend – business or charity.

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