Archive for the ‘stimulus’ Tag
What are the pundits and reporters in Washington telling us? How much of their focus is on the horerace and inside politics and why? What effect does a focus on whether the stimulus package is bipartisan or not have on whether we think Obama is being successful or not?
On the latest episode of Bill Moyers Journal two members of the blogging community characterized the Washington media as inside beltwayers who have a vested interest in the current political system and in maintaining the current political system and structure regardless of its effect on the average citizen’s life and pocket book and wallet.
This is much more than the usual complaints about a pro-liberal media or a conservative network of talk radio.
This is about how the media reports policy activities and the daily actions of the Congress and the President.
Their critique is available here.
Does a problem with the media lead to the positive conclusions that they have about the possibilities of the blogosphere? I am not very sure I believe their conclusions and am inclined to agree with this one commentator. The problem is, if everyone talks at once, can anyone listen?
I blog and post all the time – and have specific, new, ideas on how to effectuate real change. I don’t think anyone in power ever hears me – or the millions of other single voices shouting in the electronic cacophony. Have you heard this?
How about my answer to the Afghanistan problem from a previous show? Maybe all that rises from the din is the indistinct voice of the muddled middle.
The Poplar Point Development Project worth $2.5 billion dollars is shelved. Clark Construction pulled out of the project because of the economic circumstances that the US is in.
This project had designs to reinvigorate an area of DC that has suffered for years without businesses, restaurants, and other parts of what most Americans consider an appropriate life style.
The project also could have included a new stadium for one of the city’s successful sports franchises, the DC United Soccer team. The development would complement the new Nationals Stadium (professional baseball) and the new stores and businesses planned for that side of the River.
Howe about including this as part of the stimulus program–new jobs during construction and a range of housing and businesses in a part of the city that desperately needs both.
Today’s columnist in Post raises an interesting possibility: what if companies receiving stimulus dollars take it overseas? A letter opposing “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus has been signed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and several other such groups.
Can you imagine! The problem is yes, easily. Multinational corporations are often more powerful than some governments of nations. They have often been able to push through trade agreements and a variety of tax policies to benefit their corporations and the members of the board of directors.
or at least get a portion of their earnings back. Madoff and the others are criminals. Put them in the old Clint Eastwood westerns.
See this column today about the economy and the Wall Street financiers.
Can they be trusted to look out for the best interests of the people?
Congress needs to put a serious stick to the second stimulus package.