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OK, I'm short on time, so I'll make this diary simple and sweet. I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek but I think I have a kernel of a good strategy here.

Most of us agree that more stimulus is necessary. Republicans won't pass it. What do we do?

We pro-rate 5 years worth of "tax cuts" (basically a lump sum) to small businesses that are actually creating jobs on the condition that they keep expanding their workforce.

So, let's say the "tax cut" represents $2,000 a year. The government refunds you that amount x 5. That's 10K in the pockets immediately in the pockets of small businesses

What's stimulus to a tax-paying company if not a tax cut by another name?  The difference is really that "stimulus" is tied to some tangible benefit to the society as a whole.

Reagan/Bush tax cuts blindly hope you invest in America.  Our stimulative "tax cuts" should ALWAYS be tied to results.

My second idea is equally silly, but I think it makes sense.

Obama tells the country that the future of security for the US is civil defense. Millions of Americans should be trained to identify terrorists and help in the event of national disasters and generally aid in the safety of the country.

So Obama proposes that we extend unemployment benefits indefinitely if you enroll in the National Guard or Army/Navy/Airforce reserve.

This would have a dual positive effect:  it would legitimately boost our security and readiness as a country.  And it would put money in the pockets of people that NEED it and that want to spend it.

Conservatives would have fits --- it supports the military and our general safety, but it's an extension of something they fundamentally hate (unemployment benefits).

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    kaliope

    "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

    by Jonathan4Dean on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 09:30:15 PM PDT

  •  Recruitment is up.... (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    The military is turning people away and discharging people who want to re-enlist   The teabaggers would scream anyway that Obama was creating his own army to wage war on "real Americans".

    And as far as that first idea goes where would the money come from?  The Republicans already want to cut every useful program under the sun.

    "Ich bin ein Dachs!"

    by PvtJarHead on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 09:55:16 PM PDT

  •  Tag abuse (0+ / 0-)

    Recommended bug

    How did you do it anyway? The soft ware is supposed to prevent that.

  •  does what for Carbon emission, Social security (0+ / 0-)

    income disparity.... ?

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Sat Aug 06, 2011 at 11:56:12 PM PDT

  •  Good ideas but why not (0+ / 0-)

    extend it into a Peace Corp...or Americorp and or Civil Engineering projects. Extend the unemployment benefits to those willing to teach in poor communities (not just reading writing and arithmetic but nutrition, physical education and exercise, health care, home education and family sciences etc, technology) public service, or rebuild infrastructure.

    The CCC's but for today's world

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