Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Economic Stimulus Package: A "Ghostbusters" Moment

I feel as if I am stuck in a really bad dream ... a nightmare, just like the one at the end of the 1980's movie "Ghostbusters" ... and at any moment a huge snowman (in keeping with the snowball scenario from yesterday), with a height to rival the tallest skyscraper in New York City, is going to come stomping through the streets of Washington, D.C., making its way forth from our nations capitol.

Yes, as of late this morning, the "stimulus" bill has passed in the U.S. Senate. The Democrats even wheeled in the ailing Senator Ted Kennedy -- God bless him -- so as to give the allusion of winning by more than the minimum number of required votes on this first piece of critical legislation by the new administration. So the Democrats passed the "stimulus" bill by 61 votes, instead of the 60 votes needed. They won by one vote?! Who's counting? The damage is done.

Now the reconciling process begins to bring the House and Senate versions of the bill into line with one another. President Obama claimed in his address to the nation, last night, that the entire package would be made available, on-line, "for all Americans to see."

I strongly urge ALL citizens of the United States to get on-line and look at the details of this bill -- both House and Senate versions. A government "of the people, by the people, and for the people ..." only works if the PEOPLE (You and me!) are truly involved in the process and hold our ELECTED officials responsible for what they say and do. Without public concern, voice, and oversight: greed, special interests, and corruption will prevail.


Americans voted, in unprecedented numbers, in the last presidential and congressional elections. Now, YOU (WHO VOTED) owe it to your country, your children, and your children's futures to step up to the plate and become engaged in the political process: TO BE INFORMED!

This truly is (ongoing) "an unprecedented moment in the history of our nation." How this moment plays out, however, is up to you: the average American citizen ... be you black, white, or any color in between. Will you just embrace the rhetoric? Or, will you answer the call to action and become an informed, concerned, and engaged citizen of the United States of America. The call to action began with your vote, but the responsibility of that vote did not end with the election.

Let's see how this plays out ...

Here is your opportunity to answer the call to action ...
Here is the link to both chambers of congress versions of the stimulus bill:
http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/b_three_sections_with_teasers/active_leg_page.htm

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Thanks for taking a moment to share your thoughts. I'll read them and post them soon! God Bless! M