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--to paraphrase Freddy el Desfibradddoro
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Who's Stimulated Now?

Well, Spot, when I asked Uncle George about that, he laughed and called it 'banker porn'. He said, "Where of you been, boy? Don't you know that a big chunk of the general population is so broke they have to sell their retirement funds for pennies - just to survive." "Yeah," I said, "the economy is, like, really really bad, so why...? Hunh HEY!" Uncle George had slapped me on the back of the head like he used to do whenever he thought I'd said something extra stupid. I still hate it and I said so, but he just sit there sipping on his Scotch and looking at me like he was disappointed about something. After a minute he sighed and said, "Bad for who? It's a GOOD rich man's economy, it's a buyers market economy, it's a get-anything-you-want-for-damn-near-free market economy. IF you are truly rich. The only thing that could make it better would be about a trillion dollars of other peoples money, and a nice fat tax refund, so you could buy up even more property while the prices are down. Look," he said, trying to slap me again, "a big chunk of the general population still has stuff to sell at bargain prices. If they all got good jobs and started feeling prosperous they'd quit selling their futures, now wouldn't they? The bargain basement economy would dry up - and The Only Ones That Matter do not want to see that happen!"
I just don't know, Spot, I suppose Uncle George is right. But, if this is what it's like when 5% of the people own 50% of the property, what's it going to be like when 2% of the population owns 90% of everything?

> what do you think of this list I found at Glenn Thrush's Blog
>A list of programs cut (actually reduced proposed allocations) from the House/Obama bill by Senate negotiators, put together by a Republican leadership aide:
>$40 billion State Fiscal Stabilization
>$16 billion School Construction
>$1.25 billion project-based rental
>$2.25 Neighborhood Stabilization (Eliminate)
>$1.2 billion in Retrofiting Project 8 Housing
>$7.5 billion of State Incentive Grants
>$3.5 billion Higher Ed Construction (Eliminated)
>$100 million FSA modernization
>$50 million CSERES Research
>$65 million Watershed Rehab
>$30 million SD Salaries
>$100 million Distance Learning
>$98 million School Nutrition
>$50 million aquaculture
>$2 billion broadband
>$1 billion Head Start/Early Start
>$5.8 billion Health Prevention Activity.
>$2 billion HIT Grants
>$1 billion Energy Loan Guarantees
>$4.5 billion GSA
>$3.5 billion Federal Bldgs Greening
>$100 million NIST
>$100 million NOAA
>$100 million Law Enforcement Wireless
>$50 million Detention Trustee
>$25 million Marshalls Construction
>$100 million FBI Construction
>$300 million Federal Prisons
>$300 million BYRNE Formula
>$140 million BYRNE Competitive
>$10 million State and Local Law Enforcement
>$50 million NASA
>$50 million Aeronautics
>$50 million Exploration
>$50 million Cross Agency Support
>$200 million NSF
>$100 million Science
>$89 million GSA Operations
>$300 million Fed Hybrid Vehicles
>$50 million from DHS
>$200 million TSA
>$122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use
>$25 million Fish and Wildlife
>$55 million Historic Preservation
>$20 million working capital fund
>$200 million Superfund
>$165 million Forest Svc Capital Improvement
>$90 million State & Private Wildlife Fire Management
>$75 million Smithsonian
>$600 million Title I (NCLB)

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