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  •  This is no time to cut deficits, but it's also no (0+ / 0-)

    time to throw money about as if it doesn't matter.

    Spend money well.  Spend it to create jobs. Don't waste it so quickly that there isn't enough fuel to get economic furnace going and millions of people back to work, supporting their families, holding their heads up, and daring to have hope for the future.

    Don't screw them over yet again.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:07:12 AM PST

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    •  Sadly, there's nothing which needs doing (1+ / 0-)
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      in the US. If the infrastructure falls apart, well, who needs it to get anywhere, anyway? Everyone's too poor to afford the gas! And there are certainly no new techs to exploit, though the silly Germans, Chinese, and keep pouring fortunes into starting up Kinetic Energy businesses as if such things really mattered.


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      by Jim P on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:18:50 PM PST

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      •  I trust that is snark. (0+ / 0-)

        There is sooooo much that needs to be done.

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        by dinotrac on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:33:30 PM PST

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        •  So the worry that spending money (1+ / 0-)
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          wastefully is likely not a major concern.


          The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

          by Jim P on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:48:23 PM PST

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          •  Spending money wastefully IS a major concern. (0+ / 0-)

            We have an awful lot of people -- across many ages and many skill sets -- who are out of work.  

            We need to spend money well and not adapt a Reagan-like faith in trickle-down, expecting that the very act of tossing dollars out will generate opportunities for everybody.

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            by dinotrac on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:39:33 PM PST

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            •  But you keep blabbering about supporting the RICH, (0+ / 0-)

              which is THE ESSENCE of trickle-down theory.

              "Spending money well" does NOT mean giving it to the Big Big Banks - they'll just hoard it, as they ARE doing, and use it to buy up smaller competitors, as they ARE doing.

              We know what works, because we know what DID work in the 1930's - the New Deal. FDR was not an ideologue but a pragmatist, and he was willing to - and did - try anything and everything to help the "little people". The conventional economic theory of his time almost invariably failed - most spectacularly in 1937 - while the more unconventional and even wildly improbable policies paid off big.

              And every law and regulation and policy that was implemented to prevent another Great Depression, that kept the economy rolling more or less smoothly along for a generation, has been systematically demolished over the last thirty years. And look where we are now.

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              Then it's
              Not your choice
              And it's
              None of your damn business!

              by TheOtherMaven on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:18:31 PM PST

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              •  When and where? I defy you to find a single (0+ / 0-)

                sentence in any of my posts that talks about supporting the rich.

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                by dinotrac on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:54:51 AM PST

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