Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Help Me Out Here

What's wrong with this sequence?

1. We absolutely have to pass an $800 billion stimulus package without really looking at it.

"With the stakes so high we simply cannot afford the same old gridlock and
partisan posturing in Washington. It's time to move in a new direction.
Americans know that our economic recovery will take years -- not months. But
they will have little patience if we allow politics to get in the way of action,
and our economy continues to slide." (Obama, 1/31/09)

"... we can't afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right. And the time for action is now.Because if we don't move swiftly to put this plan in motion, our economic crisis could become a national catastrophe. Millions of Americans will lose their jobs, their homes, and their health care. Millions more will have to put their dreams on hold." (Obama, 2/7/09)

2. Now that we pass that, we positively have to have $200 billion more for additional things.

3. The President threatens mayors and governors if they waste any of it.

4. Now that we've committed a trillion dollars we didn't have to begin with, we're going to cut the Bush-era deficit in half.

I'm missing the logic behind this.


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