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  •  RE "shovel-ready" (11+ / 0-)

    "Shovel-ready" was a bit of rhetoric invented in 2009. It was never part of Keynesian stimulation jargon. In fact if you look at the CCC, WSA, rural electrification, and so on, practically none of them were "shovel-ready". Most were tackled from the ground up.

    Brooks is trying to smear the progressive budget plan as radical, when in fact it relies on proven methods.

    "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

    by nosleep4u on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:17:03 AM PDT

    •  You could argue... (6+ / 0-)

      That ideally, any stimulus funds should be directed to projects that are "shovel-ready" because that would most immediately get money flowing into the economy.  However, that's a variable in picking what projects to fund, not whether stimulus is appropriate at that particular time.  

      And as you said, shovel-ready was invented in 2009, as a way of selling the stimulus.  I think it was a preemptive move to counteract the Republican bogeyman of the overpaid government contractor who sits around doing nothing, but that's just a guess on my part.  That would be in line with DLC types - even when they're trying to be proactive, they're reactive.  

    •  so far, my favorite Recovery Act project... (6+ / 0-)
      The stimulus also included over $6 billion for cleaning up nuclear waste, the equivalent of two normal years of funding. As the media pointed out at the time, Energy's cleanup program had a sordid history of delays and overruns. But its contractors were already in place, and Rogers thought better management could produce better results. Ultimately, the Recovery Act work would come in on time and under budget. It would also make an unprecedented dent in the Cold War's radioactive legacy, shrinking the nation's contaminated footprint by more than two thirds after years where it barely budged. At the Hanford nuclear reservation in Oregon, workers would demolish seventy-five buildings and reduce the footprint by 385 square miles, slashing surveillance and maintenance costs while minimizing the threat to the Columbia River. The department also completed seven smaller cleanups -- as in, all done, the land  is clean, no need to come back…..
      "We wanted to prove this stuff doesn't have to last forever."

      excerpt: Michael Grunwald's New New Deal - emphasis, mine

      More of that, please.

      "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

      by Sybil Liberty on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 01:26:56 PM PDT

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