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  •  Right. (0+ / 0-)

    If we really want to get things going, though, we should be providing private jets to everybody.

    CEOs say private jets make them more productive, so imagine how productive our economy will be if everybody has a private jet?

    And think of all the high-paying jobs to build them!!

    Now THERE's a kick start for you.

    Of course, we'll have to increase the energy provisions to ensure there's enough bio-jet fuel to handle the load, but that will stimulate the economy, too!

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 01:56:54 AM PST

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    •  Apples and oranges (2+ / 0-)
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      Brooke In Seattle, polar bear

      My point is that rural areas do not have broadband access. By closing the gap this allows school children to become computer literate. It also equalizes access to information.

      "Liberals are never so happy as when they are unhappy."--LBJ

      by Micheline on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 02:02:10 AM PST

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      •  But... (0+ / 0-)

        where have I argued against the expansion of broadband?

        There are many, many good things to do.

        A stimulus package should stimulate the economy -- ie, a short-term kick in the pants to stoke the fires that will fuel longer term plans.

        Want other stuff?

        The Democrats own the entire government.  They own it much more convincingly than the Republicans did at any time during the Bush administration.

        They can pass laws.  The President will sign them.

        You mentioned apples and oranges.  It applies to legislation, too.

        Put stimulus apples in a stimulus plan.

        Put improvement oranges in assorted improvement laws.

        Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

        by dinotrac on Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 02:15:09 AM PST

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      •  Healthcare too. (1+ / 0-)
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        Brooke In Seattle

        You can't have computerized medical records and remote care to rural areas without a robust broadband system.

        And most of the healthcare savings experts are hoping for are wrapped up in broadband communications.

        (Believe it or not, they are operated via remote lines in some countries right now. You can also shoot and send an electronic X-ray to 24/7 radiologists so you don't have to wait for their reading, if you have the right technology and transmittal infrastructure.)

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