A lot of that sh*t in the list I just copied and pasted, so I don't necessarily agree with all of it, and I took out some of the things that NC biscuit has in his because I agree with them. My issue with the list is relevance and necessity. A lot of that sh*t just needs to flat out wait until we can afford some of these fringe amenities and government programs.
I'm actually going to put effort into this response. I don't know why, because no one will give me the courtesy in return. however im doing this in good faith because you seem like someone who actually wants to be informed and doesn't just parrot talking points, unlike low information posters like sea monster, venom, jase or hatr.
...50 million is an absolute pittance, it should be more.
sucks but it has to be done.
Like I said, I don't necessarily disagree with those things in theory. I am not a "Global Warming is FAKE!" guy; I would love to see us as a nation become "more green."
I took out some of the bullet points from my original list because I agree with them, particularly this one:
$53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs.
because that could open up the possibility for a huge technological boon in areas that were previously too expensive to upgrade infrastructure.
Some of the points you've outlined I could agree with. It's hard to really say as neither of us are macro economists. But IMO, when you have an economy heading into a depression, whatever positive effects can be achieved by something like
$335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases
is a long term goal at best. We as a country have a limited and dwindling amount of liquid cash to use. And what we have is weighted by a hefty interest rate from the Chinese, so if we have it, we better spend it on things that create jobs immediately and get people off the nation's dole.
$400 million for research into global warming
needs to wait unless it is creating loads and loads of blue collar jobs. If it does that, then I'm all for it. Same with this
$2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere.
. If it means new equipment is needed and workers can get back into factories immediately, then I'm for it. If not, put it on the back burner.
As they say, it's time to get "lean and mean." I deal with the realities of this all the time at work. There are certain things I have to get used to now that were never an issue in the past. Everyone is tightening their belt. Non-necessities are non-negotiable right now. Things that don't have immediate return are discarded
$75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking.
I can't see how this is a necessity right now at all.
You make very good points, but I think perspective is needed. A lot of those things are nice, but not necessary, and as it stands now, my definition of "necessary" is "will this create jobs?"