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Obama's Stimulus Package Set to Happen Before Presidents Day?

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posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:25 AM

JANUARY 23, 2009, 11:52 A.M. ET
Obama: Stimulus Bill on Track

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama conceded Friday that his administration and lawmakers disagree on some of the details of the $825 billion economic recovery package being crafted in Congress, but said the legislation is on track to be completed by Presidents Day weekend.

"We are experiencing an unprecedented, perhaps, economic crisis that has to be dealt with and dealt with rapidly," Mr. Obama said in brief remarks to reporters before a meeting with Congressional leaders from both parties. "Frankly, the news has not been good. Each day brings, I think, greater focus on the problems we're having, not only in terms of job loss but also in terms of some of the instabilities in the financial system."

In addition to the stimulus package, the White House is hammering out its plan for the Treasury Department's rescue of the financial sector, which could exceed the $350 billion released by Congress last week. The administration has said it will devote $50 billion to $100 billion to addressing foreclosures. It is also considering ways to purchase banks' bad assets.

Mr. Obama also took aim at companies that receive government assistance from the Treasury, saying that accountability and transparency will be critical in his administration's approach to the financial crisis.

"Some of the reports that we've seen, over the last couple of days, about companies that have received taxpayer assistance then going out and renovating bathrooms or offices or in other ways not managing those dollars appropriately, the lack of accountability and transparency, in how we are managing some of these programs, to stabilize the financial system, and a recent GAO report that speaks to some of the problems of waste, in our government, those all have to be part and parcel of a reform package, if we're going to be responsible in dealing with this economic crisis," the president said.

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posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:37 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama said he expects Congress to approve a massive new package within weeks to help stimulate the battered U.S. economy.

President Obama met Friday with top Congressional Democrats and Republicans. He cautioned that the U.S. economy is facing an "unprecedented" crisis - but said he expects his new recovery plan to create three million to four million new jobs. And he said Congress is "on target" to approve the stimulus package by mid-February - President's Day weekend.

The President also stressed the need for increased accountability and transparency to ensure that government financial "bailout" money is used appropriately.

I am quite excited to see this stimulus package be a top priority, we can only pray that the transparency is not just hype, because the money is not intended to send executives to vacation spots outside the US, nor to be used to remodel restrooms and lounges.

It would be good to create one specialty unit to have an ongoing investigation on the recipients of the stimulus and how they spend the money.

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posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:53 AM
It makes no difference. If the stimulus package was released tomorrow, then there won't be any impact until at least 2010, about the time this recession will be over anyway.
If they start working on the infrastructure, building bridges, highways, etc, that are "bucket ready," then it will take a minimun of a year to get every thing started, due to permits, environmental impact surveys, etc.
If the money that was sent out to each home that actually paid taxes, then the money would be spent and economy in 2-3 months. (I have several projects here at home that I would like to start on if I had the money.)
This stimulus package is not going to work. It didn't work with FDR and it won't work now.

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by kettlebellysmith

Sounds like you have put some real thought to this challenge and if I may ask, what are your resolutions?

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 07:22 PM
Is there someway that money could be used to encourage business to open back up in America that have left for overseas? More jobs, more money in the economy .

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 07:33 PM
reply to post by kettlebellysmith

but if they sent it to the homes of taxpayers, then it truly would flood the nation with dollars causing inflation.

Cramming down the debt, making bad banks and companies default and reorganize through bankruptcy is the ONLY thing that will make the recession shorter.

At this point, it's gonna be tough and ugly no matter what, the question is how tough, how ugly and for how long?

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 07:38 PM
reply to post by ametrine

I would like to see a stimulus which allows each American citizen the opportunity to have debt relief for credit cards, taxes, and mortgages.

I loved the idea sparked here on the forum last year where we do a trickle up theory rather than a trickle down which never works.

If each citizen was able to file for debt relief, through a government application process, that alone would set the economy in the right direction.

Not only would it help boost the economy and create government jobs, it would also enable people to begin to putting their lives back in prospective.

For those that did not fall from the last 8 years and are not in need of a stimulus relief, they could apply for up to a certain amount for business expansions and upgrades.

In other words place the stimulus where it can truly benefit our efforts to save the economy, create jobs and keep American businesses open rather than closing in record numbers.

One thing we have have learned from the last administration and bailouts is that placing the money in the hands of the criminals and expecting it to benefit any one is a hazardous mistake of monumental proportions.

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 07:45 PM
I just don't believe that this package will do anything. It has failed for other countries, it has failed for FDR. Nowhere has it worked.

I understand the need for speed but I also think time must be put into researching the best methods.

Now know one has a solid answer, this economic situation is unprecendented, which is why there are so many questions and twice as many solutions.

But I think a little more research and thought has to go into it.

Now,the only little grain of hope I have is that Baraks father was supposed to be an economic genius, and that the stories are that Barak is not too shabby himself, so he maybe putting some twists and turns into it that may make a difference.

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 07:50 PM
Ok this 800+ billion stimulus package...just where do any of you expect the majority of this money is going to go to?

You?...Me?....Heck no!!!

We..the ones who REALLY need it, will get but a FRACTION of it each...600 to 1500 at most. Not even enough to pay off overdue bills, much less spend any of it on extras that would help the economy.

The rest, will go to big buisness, corrupt corporations and their CEO's.

Unless EACH of us gets a nice fat 50,000 dollar check...this so called stimulous deal wont stimulate a darn thing..but the already fat cat's overbloated bank accounts.

Think about it.


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posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 09:53 PM
As for FDR, I am afraid you are correct. I received a wonderful u2u from a member that broke it down to me in a way that left me seriously rethinking my position on this stimulus. I have asked that they post here, but we will see.

And also the idea that President Obama's father being a financial genius is promising. But how many twists and turns could the President pull off with congress still so connected to the vested interests? I mean to say that they are always indebted to someone for campaign contributions and have the right to fight him all the way.

What do you suppose would happen if he did nothing? Just let the chips fall as they may?

posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 09:59 PM

Originally posted by kettlebellysmith
If the money that was sent out to each home that actually paid taxes, then the money would be spent and economy in 2-3 months. (I have several projects here at home that I would like to start on if I had the money.)
This stimulus package is not going to work. It didn't work with FDR and it won't work now.

Indeed, yet do you really think that they want people out of debt and living stress free? Seems so much gets invested in keeping people on the edge of their seats and in constant survival mode.

posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 08:18 PM

posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 12:11 AM
Just an FYI - total cost of this package now sits at $1.15 TRILLION.

And you guys think this thing is necessary??

President Obama and his chief economic advisors Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner have had many weeks to plan out part two of the TARP program and the broad outlines of the stimulus package. The market clearly has rejected the Pelosi version of the stimulus as a giant giveaway to special interests that does little to reinvigorate the housing industry or bolster consumer confidence. It needs to be overhauled in the Senate, and the president should move quickly to assure investors that a trillion dollars won't be wasted.

Here's a good reference site for the Stimulus package:

posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 01:03 AM
I kind of like being able to kick back and relax, play a little guitar, and not have to worry about whether I can pay off the the credit cards and still eat.
If the government will just back off, calm down, and let the market run it's course this thing will correct itself. Hoover did much the same thing that Bush did when the Depression hit. It didn't work. (For those of you who don't know, Hoover was a "progressive." What we now call a liberal.)
When FDR was elected, he was elected in much the same way that Obama was. There was a lot of rhetoric, but no real substance. He promised a New Deal for America, but had no real idea what he was talking about. He was just one of those men who felt like he had to do SOMETHING.
What he did was creat an alphabet soup of government projects, none of which provide permanent jobs (sound familar) and put people to work. There was the CCC or Civilian Construction Corps. They cleaned up parks, and built lodges, cabins and such in state and national parks.
There was the WPA or Workers Progress Administration. (Those who actually worked for the WPA had another name for it: We Piddle Around.) They built schools, and public buildings. I actually went to grade school and junior high in one of these schools. If you've seen one, you've seen them all, because the same plans were used for them. Only one in my area was different. It didn't have an auditorium. I asked the principle why. It seemed that the men knew, the day the school was completed, that their jobs were over, so they conspired to burn it down that night.
Roosevelt also commissioned writers, photographers, and songwriters(ever hear of Woody Guthrie?) to travel around and photograph the depression, to get peoples stories, and to write songs about it.
That sounds great, but again, no permanent jobs.
Your don't end a recession/depression by throwing money at it. You let the Market work.
We were unable to break the hold the Great Depression had on this country until Great Britain became involved in WWII. FDR and Churchill worked out a "lend-lease" program that would bring money and goods into the country. (Stalin was included, but we managed to put him off for quite some time.) While the lend lease program helped the economy, it was not until America was attacked by Japan that we entered the war and began breaking the hold of the Great Depression. Why? Because people went back to work. Men were in the service, or using skills they had to build weapons. Women, for the first time, left the home and went to work in factories.
And thus began the true recovery.
It needs to be noted here that only in America was it called the Great Depression. In Europe, it was simply the depression, and was over in a relitively short time.
There is an excellent book on the market, "Roosevelt; A Traitor To His Class", by HW Brands. While I feel the author is a little biased toward Roosevelt, it is a biography, and is well worth the time it takes to read.
Basically, we need to quit giving money to banks, let the business cycle run it's course, and realize that this is normal.
Yes I think people got too greedy. Yes I think the subprime mortgage brokers are low lifes. But the people who lied to get into those houses deserve what the get. Folks this is economic Darwinism. The strong will survive. The weak will be eaten(absorbed) by the strong, and the cycle will start all over again.
And in this time of adversity, there will be some innovaters out there, someone like Bill Gates, or Steve Jobs, who will come up with the next big thing. Why? Because they have too.

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posted on Jan, 28 2009 @ 01:56 PM
reply to post by kettlebell smith

OP *Applause*
Now KBS the only problem I have from your insightful views is the fact that those same jobs no longer exist in America, that the massive outsourcing of the past 8- 24 years has finally left an indelible mark on our progress into the 21st century.

Even Farming, agriculture has become the greatest fatality of the past century. They have always been the cornerstone of our countries ability to stay at the helm.

How to over ride the FDA and the government contracts and make it possible to supply at least our own food? Canning factories sent to Mexico and beyond, distribution warehouses that only accept government contracts for their products on the shelves. Not to mention our lumber, steel and rock sent out only to be distributed back to us.

I am greatly concerned that we place back in the hands of the American worker the ability to control its own destiny. The American farmer to raise crops untainted by chemicals and pesticides which are only allowed by produce grown in other countries.

That our livestock not be feed grains which are grown with GMO and animal by products which are against nature.

posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 04:23 AM
This is an area in which I am well aquainted with. I was raised on a working farm, and spent a lot of time getting my hands dirty. I would love to see what I refer to as "Megafarms" broken up and returned to people who actually love the land and want to raise quality crops of all sorts. I want Tyson out of the chicken business, forcing farmers to feed caged birds antibiotic and Growth Hormone Laced feed.
The same goes for any livestock industry.
I cannot comment because the rules of civility and decorum will not allow me to adequately discuss the members of that august body's parentage, lineage, origins, and probable destinations without getting me permanently banned from the board. Suffice it to say, they are allowing drug companies to take our hard earned money, over and above what the insurance pays, simply because the made minor changes in the the molecular structure and put it out as "new and improved."
If we want to take back our country legally then we must start with the legislature and get bills introduced that make it difficult if not impossible to take food out of the country, process it and send it back. We need to ride the backs of our elected officials like we would ride a bucking bronco, holding on for dear life, and digging the spurs in at every chance.
That is, if you want to do it the legal way. I believe the TOS forbids us from discussing the illegal ways, does it not?

posted on Jan, 29 2009 @ 12:56 PM
Last night, on the way home from work, I heard a great radio show. I listen to Lars Larson on the way home every night. Some things I agree with, some not. However, he and one of his callers came up with 2 fantastic ideas for a truly stimulating package that would help both individuals and businesses get over their slump.

First, FICA Freedom. For one year, no individual or business pays a FICA tax. No matter how much you make, you would see a significant "percentage" increase in your weekly pay. Businesses would see a large percentage decrease in quarterly taxes and everyone would benefit from the gains. Since the gov't is hell-bent on borrowing $800 billion, let that money go directly into the Social Security system to more than offset the cost, propping it up for well over a year.

Next, increase the depreciation rate for small business owners. Instead of a 7-10% annual depreciation rate that takes 10+ years to overcome, let there be a flat 20% depreciation rate. All items owned by a small business would be paid out of their annual taxes in 5 years and they would be more inclined to increase purchase and marketing accounts across the board.

Combined, the gov't gets to prop up SS for a year, plus use the overhead to offset the tax loss from depreciation, keeping the SS institution from going bankrupt. As well, the combined cost savings to business owners increases their ability and willingness to spend in the market, as well as opens up options for increased wages or hours to deserving employees.

It creates a self healing wound, rather than a self inflicting wound. Put more money back into the pockets of the small business owners, entrepreneurs and individual wage earners and you will see an economy fix itself. People will invest more, spend more, save more, and get a general sigh of relief at being able to safely pay their rent/mortgage while not worrying about the lights going out and the food disappearing.

What do you think?

posted on Jan, 30 2009 @ 08:57 PM
There has been talk of an income tax holiday as well. However, what they don't tell you is that you will still pay those taxes at the end of the year, when you file your return.
If they don't get you coming, they will get you going.
Obama is not going to cut taxes for the middle class. Unfortunately he his going to increase government control over every part of our lives.
And the MSM is going to let him slide. See my thread "The Worst Ice Storm In 20 Years: Where's FEMA?


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