Had a point about a couple of things.
That stuff about businesses (like Chrysler) not having orders is CORRECT. And the drop in auto sales numbers means we should adopt good ideas.
He used the term 'voucher' where I use the term 'Showroom Refundable Tax Credit', and he did not put mileage standards on his 'vouchers' where I do.
I added a second 'Showroom Refundable Tax Credit' for people trading in cars that get poor gas mileage where he only had a single credit for cars 9 years old or older.
I wonder about the accuracy of his $75 billion price tag but you there is 'the germ' of a good idea in that factories must have orders (sales) again. So let's not quibble about his numbers, take out some tax cuts and put in his 'vouchers'.
Improving the 'stimulus' bill IS POSSIBLE! Please, Have the Repub BACK on the SHOW REAl SOON!
It's time to actually pay attention to really good ideas to preserve both JOBS and manufacturing plants with a direct 'tax expenditure'.
Converting some heavy manufacturing to making 200,000 windturbines is a good idea too, as with electrifying freight and passenger rail in return for right-of-way for the electrical grid.
My wife and I love your show (and Kent Jones ROCKS too), please keep up the GREAT WORK!
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The best way to set context for the Rachel Maddow Show segment I'm discussing is to go to rachel.msnbc.com and play the video for yourself if you missed last night's show.
The segment is third from the top and entitled: "Elephants in the Room".
After her lead-in about the 'Bipartisan Cocktail Party' in the White House she introduces Republican Congressmember Don Manzullo (R-IL16) to the audience and discusses why he voted against the 'Stimulus Bill'.
I went to his House website and found more video of his proposal.
It can certainly be improved, but it's worth considering versus tax cuts to corporations or more bailout money for Wall Street criminals.