Local Economic Stimulus Plan

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  1. padredurand

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    An economic stimulus proposal

    Deep in the heart of New York State is a little cluster of small villages in what is called the Kuyahoora Valley. Kuyahoora means "leaping waters" in the tongue of the good folk who lived here before. The Kuyahoora Valley is one of many so-called bedroom communities for the nearest city of Utica (population 50,000 or so). People sleep here but, because our unemployment rate has been over 8% since the 1970s.... but I digress.

    Here is my proposal to stimulate our local economy and eventually the economies of several communities along the way. What is great about this proposal is that it will cost no more than one dollar per person. Yep, a buck. Not trillions, billions or even millions. Just a buck.

    My church owns 5.4 acres of land bordered by a lovely trout stream on one side and a state highway on the other. We want to build a church on the property. We have neither the money nor a printing press but we want a church building of our own.

    Now if every member of BB was to send us a buck (one dollar), contact all their friends and family and get them to send us a buck (one dollar) and get the friends to contact their friends.....

    Once we have 250,000 folks send us their one dollar this is what we will do with it:


    • Hire Jean and her crew to do the excavating and install the septic system. Jean will in turn pay her employees, buy materials from local vendors, who will, in turn, buy stuff from their suppliers.
    • Hire Kyle and his boys to be our general contractor. Kyle will hire Doug to do the electric, Jim for plumbing and the other Kyle to handle the HVAC.
    • Kyle will be following the plans drawn by Jim the architect (not to be confused with Jim the plumber) who gets his insurance from Jim and Tim the insurance guys.
    • Jean's crew will be running a lot of equipment so they will get fuel from Tim the fuel guy and the nephew of Tim the insurance guy.
    • At any given time, hunger will strike the workers so they will break and go to Carson's or the Westside, or the Blue Rose for lunch. If their car or truck breaks down they can spend some of their wages with John and Frank at the garage their Daddy built.
    • Along the way they will all pay their share of taxes and pocket enough to keep the roof tight and the cupboard filled.
    • When we're all done we'll invite all them folks to the dedication. Of course, while they are all working, we'll be around sharing Jesus with them, hoping and praying that some will get saved and just stay on at the church.


    You see how simple that is? Just a buck and a whole lot of folks with stimulated economies. I know Kyle (the contractor not the HVAC guy) is due for a new truck and his oldest daughter needs braces. Kyle the HVAC guy been married just a year now. Could be a crib in his future.

    Now, if I could get y'all to send me a buck....
     
  2. LeBuick

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    Chuck the preacher thinks it's a great idea and will see if Missey the wife will okay the donation. Send your address so Jamie the mailperson will know where to deliver the letter the donation and softly place Fred the donation check on sam the wooden table.

    Does Joe know Jim took his title?
     
  3. windcatcher

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    Padre.... I think I understand your point.

    And you present the picture very simply and understandable.

    If our government had made the stimulus moneies available to businesses and small competitive industries..... which are located, employ, and supply Americans with goods/ and services.... we would have experience MAYBE some of the sustaining ....if not growth.... from what you just ventured.


    However.... every person employed in your story..... has to either have or have a means to obtain equipment to do their job. The efficiency and cost will depend not only on sweat equtity... but the suitablity of equipment to the size of the job.... a power saw, and table saw for instance as opposed to a hand saw: A power or cordless drill as opposed to the sepentine anvil.

    Either the products, such as lumber, nails, drywall, will have to be paid for an brought in from elsewhere.... or manufacture within the community.... which requires.... raw resources, equipment and labor. As one project is unlikely to sustain these industries, credit an possibilities for similar projects must be recognized by both those in the business and those wishing to expand their business.

    The capital which stays in the community is what allows for these continued investments, growth, and employment. With taxes remove what the man needed for power equipment, what the trucker and the broker needed to haul in unavailable on-site supplies, and tax the property for the expected assess value once the work is finished... and stick prices and penalties to inspections and repeats along the way..... and, soon you have too much government interferring with what could have been successful private enterprise........... IF the government kept out of it.
     
  4. billwald

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    Sounds like the P. T. Barnum economic plan, "Sucker born every minute."
     
  5. padredurand

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    I take it you won't be sending a dollar.
     

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