Obama claims the stimulus legislation will do all sorts of things.

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  1. Revmitchell

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    In recent weeks, in his pitches to Congress and the public on the need to pass the economic stimulus bill, Obama has made several claims about what it would do. (Republicans, too, have made stimulus boasts of their own.) But these pronouncements are not a sure thing:

    * Obama repeatedly said the plan "will save or create up to 4 million jobs." Obama downgraded that estimate to 3.5 million once the House and Senate agreed on a less-expensive compromise bill. The projections come from at least three economists, but all say there is great uncertainty in their estimates.

    * Republican House members claimed their substitute legislation tops that, creating "6.2 million jobs." But their calculation is even more fraught with uncertainty and is not backed up by independent economists.

    * Obama said the bill doesn't contain "a single earmark." But whether one calls them "earmarks" or not, the Senate certainly added items that will benefit particular states. For example: $50 million for programs under the California-Bay Delta Act and $500 million for National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Md.

    * Obama claims that funds in the bill will result in "every American" having health records computerized "within five years." But experts doubt it can be done that quickly.

    * The president also says electronic health records will save billions of dollars. But the Congressional Budget Office says that even a decade of expected savings are unlikely to pay back the government what the government will spend on health IT.

    * The president said the bill will modernize the nation's electricity grid, reducing consumption by 2 percent to 4 percent. That's optimistic. Industry reports say that a new grid could reduce energy consumption by up to 4 percent, but not until 2030 and at a cost much greater than the stimulus bill would cover.


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  2. JustChristian

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    I suppose we could do nothing as you seem to support and let the country go down. Wouldn't you LOVE that. It would die under a Democratic President.
     
  3. Steven2006

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    Oh it will do something all right. Cause inflation.
     
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    You may get your wish. Atlanta is probably a ripe target for terrorists.
     
  5. Pastor Larry

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    Doing nothing is by far the better chance of recovery. The economy will recover by itself. This spending will hurt it.
     
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    I thought the last administration ended. Instead, we end up with Barorge Bushama. Geithner has no specifics. The market tanks. And Bushama wrings his hands like a 16th century poet if we don't accept his brilliant copied schemes yesterday.

    My baby girl turned one yesterday and I told her I'm sorry...sorry for the proliferate deficits/debts Bushama are leaving her. So you're right...the stimulus package will do lots of things...like yoke our grandkids with Bushama's spending sprees......
     

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