It's only $875 billion dollars and counting. But don't stop rushing and ramrodding unread or not thoroughly analyzed bills through Congress!
WaPo has some of the dissent.
In testimony before the House Budget Committee yesterday, Alice M. Rivlin, who was President Bill Clinton's budget director, suggested splitting the plan, implementing its immediate stimulus components now and taking more time to plan the longer-term transformative spending to make sure it is done right.
"Such a long-term investment program should not be put together hastily and lumped in with the anti-recession package. The elements of the investment program must be carefully planned and will not create many jobs right away," said Rivlin, a fellow at the Brookings Institution. The risk, she said, is that "money will be wasted because the investment elements were not carefully crafted."
Someone silence this woman! She is speaking common sense!
Peter DeFazio is also piping up, as he did on the bail out.
"Every penny of the $825 billion is borrowed against the future of our kids and grandkids, and so the question is: What benefit are we providing them? What are we doing for the country? It's the difference between real investment that will serve the nation for 30, 50 years and tax cuts, and that's a very poor tradeoff," said Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-Ore.). "I go to my district and people say, 'Yeah, I can use 10 extra bucks a week, but I would rather see more substantial investment.' We've gone through a couple bubbles that were borrowing and consumer-driven. We want a recovery that's solid and based in investment and productivity, and that points us at building things that will serve us decades to come."
Note this quote. It's not the GOP leadership screaming tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts like some supply-side dead religious mantra they cannot stop chanting...
Republicans too are talking about effectiveness:
Even some Republicans echo the call for more infrastructure spending, saying they would be more willing to support the bill if it showed more tangible and focused benefits, instead of being scattered across an array of existing programs. Rep. John L. Mica (Fla.), the ranking Republican on the transportation committee, called the proposed infrastructure spending "almost minuscule" and expressed regret that the administration had not crafted its plan around an ambitious goal such as building high-speed rail in 11 corridors around the country, which Mica said would cost $165 billion.
So, why can't Congress, the House specifically, take a week or two and do this right? Why is it so hard for anyone in that town to quit the politics, special favors and just be good managers, effective legislators, thorough analysts and efficient administrators?
Not nearly enough fluff and drama for cable news but it sure sounds like the American people would greatly appreciate it.
Anybody listening? Anyone want to bother to make sure it's money well spent or does Congress just abhor crafting good legislation, the job they were elected to do?