Friday, January 23, 2009

Stimulate this

It’s looking likely that the new Economic Stimulus plan will be passed and signed by President Obama very soon.

I did laugh when I watched the “war of the words” unfold over the past month. Is this an “Economic Stimulus” plan or the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan”.
Congressman Barney Frank had a great comment on this re-framing effort at a breakfast last week:

…Congressman Frank mentioned that it was supposed to be called a "recovery" package, rather than "stimulus." "I don't know why," he said, "I'd rather be stimulated than recovered."

Whatever you call it, let's just get it done!

[UPDATE] Just read this great quote from House Minority Leader John Boehner during his meeting with President Obama today that fits in nicely with this theme:

“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?” Boehner
asked. “How does that stimulate the economy?”

Hmmm....I'm sure someone can explain this to him. It sure stimulates something.

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