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Stimulus means brighter future

Posted: March 17, 2009 7:33 p.m.
Updated: March 18, 2009 4:30 a.m.
 
For the last 30 years, government has allowed the wealth of a few to grow dramatically at the expense of the entire middle and lower class as well as the country's infrastructure.

The Obama recovery program (like the Republican proposal) promotes immediate jobs, unemployment benefits and reduced taxes for most people. More importantly, but unlike the GOP ideas, it starts us down the road to accomplishing the things necessary to provide our children a secure future including reducing fossil-fuel dependency, promoting college or skill-equivalent education for all, moving toward universal health care, leading the development of global warming solutions and infrastructure investment.

Yes, our children will pay for it. Therefore, we must do things that will benefit them. By investing now, the long-term cost likely will be less and do the most to insure our children's successful future.

In my life, I have only seen costs go up. Who knows? The next generation may look back and wonder how silly it was for us to worry over this expense because it was paid off in a relatively short time and created a stable economic base long into the future.

For someone from the (baby) boomer generation, it's like the first house you bought in the 1970s and sold 10 to 15 years later.

When first undertaken it seemed so uncertain and difficult but proved to be a most rewarding investment - and you laughed at your initial timidity.

If the proposals are so onerous on the next generation, why are they such strong Obama supporters? One would expect them to be marching in the streets. Perhaps they know more than we do.

But the old-line Republicans (are) screaming loudest. Are they afraid the days of coffer-raiding and short-term profits are over?

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