Monthly Archives: February 2009

Stimulus Package

OK, so the banter of today is "Say No to the Stimulus Package!"

No one likes it.  No one.

The counter banter is "We *have* to do *something* QUICK!!"

In my opinion, the Government needs to be more transparent and take to their constituents what THEY think needs to be cut/added.  What is the President saying now…$800 Billion?  That is too big of a number to NOT have some transparency.  I don’t want a check in the mail, I don’t even really need a tax cut–I just want transparency into what they are doing with my CURRENT money.  If the Government mandated that the tax cuts could only be used to pay personal debt–I’m all for it.  Our cumulative debt is what is breaking us.  If we all paid off our debt, we’d be fine. 


I was flabbergasted when I found out some of the things that were *IN* the package.

The following were CUT:


Stimulus cuts

Items cut

  • $5 billion for energy-efficient federal buildings (original bill $7 billion)
  • $75 million for Smithsonian (original bill $150 million)
  • $200 million for Superfund (original bill $800 million)
  • $100 million for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (original bill $427 million)
  • $100 million for Law enforcement wireless (original bill $200 million)
  • $300 million for federal fleet of hybrid vehicles (original bill $600 million)
  • $100 million for FBI construction (original bill $400 million)
  • Items eliminated

  • $55 million for historic preservation
  • $122 million for new Coast Guard polar icebreaker/cutters

    So…where did *YOU* think the money was going?


    $5 BILLION to keep the politicians warm in the winter, cool in the summer.  So they can "Go Green".  $5 BILLION.

    $75 million for Smithsonian.  Must keep Fonzie’s jacket shiny and Archie’s chair stuffed.

    $200 million for the EPA to clean up hazardous waste sites

    $100 million to give names to hurricanes

    $100 million for the cops…(they should have left that one alone and not cut it)

    $300 million so that the politicians can have hybrid vehicles

    $100 million for the spooks


    EVERY single DOLLAR mentioned above (except for the cops) is for the GOVERNMENT.  NOT ONE DOLLAR for "Main Street"!!  $6 Billion in pork.  How much more is being spent on things that don’t help us?  I would like to see a list of where every dollar is spent.


    I will stop here.  I’m hyperventilating.


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    Why does Life get in the way?

    I love to blog.  Really, I do.  I also love being a consultant.  A lot. 

    I’ve put on many many miles between my last post and this one.  Too many.  It seems the busier I get, the less I do.  I don’t get it.  Why/how can I do more and less at the same time?

    So what have I done vs not done since my last post?


    Spoke at SharePoint conferences in Iceland, The Czech Republic, and San Diego


    Bought a house


    Am writing an article for REDMOND magazine

    It’s crazy!

    So….I am committing to blogging more and facebook-ing less.  I will say Facebook does suck up some time and not any of it is necessary.  I want to spend more time here and my two technical blogs.  Be less social.

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