Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hey Obama, Stimulate This!

"Nowadays, people can be divided into three classes--the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-Not-Paid-For-What-They-Haves."--Earl Wilson

There's talk of another stimulus bill, mostly because the first one didn't work as advertised. The United States government of late has held the opinion that if a thing doesn't work the first time, then putting more money into the same thing will fix it. Redesigns of the thing are not sought after, desired, or used. Any suggestions of that ilk are shot down immediately, and at maximum volume.

It's a sad state of affairs. During the space race, new ideas were constantly tried, and the path to the drawing board was well-used. However, even some space-race ideas were just plain stupid. There's a quote that my company likes to show at every staff meeting. It may be apocryphal, but it's sage advice: "The Americans spent millions of dollars inventing a pen that could be used in space. The Russians used a pencil."

The quote is a reminder to search for the simple solution, and not make things needlessly complicated.

Which brings me to all the legislation proposed so far by the current administration in Washington DC.

Americans need jobs. Regardless of which statistic you read, a lot of people aren't as employed as they want to be. Energy is a big money-sink for the average household. Terrorists are getting the money we spend in petroleum. Wouldn't it be great if we could solve all those problems with one solution?

It would be great, and here's the kicker: we can do it, but the Administration isn't letting us. See this article: Drillgate: Internal Emails Shows Obama Team Lying to Public. A magic bullet-one that would create hundreds, if not thousands, of real, private-sector jobs that will actually grow the United States' economy; one that would keep money within our borders instead of going overseas to fund groups that don't like us very much; one that would lower the price of oil worldwide, allowing Americans to keep more of their paycheck, and doubling down on the keeping-money-out-of-terrorists' hands argument.

Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your Congressman and Senators. Tell them how you feel about this, and demand that they do something to actually stimulate the economy.