Just about the only thing in the news, seems like, is the caterwauling in Congress about what should or shouldn't be in the stimulus package they might or might not pass.
Quite a lot of the fuss seems to be coming from the R side of the aisle. Short version: They hate everything about Obama's version like poison, and anyone else who doesn't hate it just as much is failing to be bi-partisan.
As I have said before, I'm not an economist by any stretch of the imagination. But with my average grasp of simple logic, I can see that if, say, $16 mil is made available to SE Colorado to continue work on Highway 287, then there are going to be new jobs available for doing that work. There will be payments made to companies that sell concrete mix, and highway signs, and machinery. Those companies can pay their workers. Those folks, and the highway workers, and everyone else putting a hand to the task, can buy groceries for their families, and tires for their vehicles, and hard hats. And beer. The money will go spreading around and around that way, helping everybody. What does a tax cut do besides make people who are already in good shape smile even bigger? Beats me.
It seems to me that these R's insisting that their ideas get included are acting like a pissed-off, clueless guy being sued for divorce. The other party, throwing in the towel because she just can't take it any more, agrees that being amicable is the way to go. There are kids to consider (the American people), and besides, it's the nice, responsible, mature way to be.
But as they sit down with the lawyers and try to work out how to deal with the almost bankrupt family business (the economy) and custody and all, the ex keeps complaining because his desires aren't being automatically considered the most important. He just doesn't seem to understand that it was his insistence that all was well, and he was doing everything right, that caused the current financial and emotional crisis in the first place.
So yeah, buddy, you are going to have to pony up child support, and it will go for things like school costs and health insurance, even if you think that's not a priority. The kids are going to be allowed to play with any other friendly kids in the neighborhood, even the ones of a different race or religion. Since you can't buy out the family business, you're going to be bought out, which means you don't get to make the decisions on running it any more.
Because amicability can only last so long in the face of delusional stubbornness. And then reality has to take over. The judge (Obama and the majority votes in the House and Senate) will make the final decision about what is going to get done. Those who don't like it don't HAVE to like it. It's a free country. They are welcome to keep trying to come up with better ideas for the future.
They might be taken more seriously if they would quit whining and crying and throwing hissy fits, though. Just sayin'.
Past Posts (Personal, not Political): This week on The Neon Nurse’s Charting: book-mending, snorting cinnamon, baby hummingbirds, a beautiful table I will never have, and odd stuff like that.