Monday, February 09, 2009

Preaching to the choir

Doubtless, Dear Gentle Reader(s), we are of a similar political bent.  That being established, you might wonder why there is so much of a political nature here.  Perhaps it’s because there’s a hope that a comment or a phrase will enlighten or might be useful in a discussion with someone who holds a differing view.


It’s a wonder that some people who are opposed to the current stimulus/spending bills currently under discussion in Washington, D.C., keep repeating phrases like, “This program doesn’t stimulate,” especially when discussing educational stimuli.

Spending stimulates.  Of course it does.  When education funding is increased the money flows into the economy in many ways—teachers’ salaries, aides’ salaries, increased supplies, which gives us more--much more spending.

For instance, just consider the number of workers it takes to get a single Ticonderoga pencil into the hands of a 3rd grader:  The miner who retrieved the mineral (not to mention the prospector who found the lode), the truck driver who drive the graphite to the factory, the woodsman who harvested the tree; the electrician who strung the power wire to the factory, the factory worker who ran the machine which crimped the metal which holds the rubber eraser, the box manufacturer who produced the container in which the pencils were shipped (more truckers) to the warehouse (forklift operator), and you get the drift.

If money is put into a tangible product, there is spending.

Tax cuts may or may not end up “spent.”  Much of it goes into savings, which eventually will go into the production economy, but not as quickly as will money spent on tangibles.

Sometimes the opponents of the President’s plan just don’t exhibit an encompassing view. 

You, DGR(s), on the other hand, are enlightened.  Go forth.  Spread the good word.

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