Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My letter to the editor - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Since the Rep never publishes my letters anyway, here is the letter I just submitted regarding the economic stimulus package winding its way through Congress.

The letter -

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Many of the opponents of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are finding obscure provisions that they find objectionable to use as an excuse to object to the entire economic stimulus package.

To be sure, the package isn't perfect, and there are facets of it that I don't like. However, taken as a whole, it is a very good bill.

- It will create thousands of jobs in "green" energy production, including in the Arizona-friendly field of solar energy.

- The package's education funding will stave off the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers (at least in schools not controlled by the Arizona Legislature).

- It creates jobs in building, improving, and maintaining our transportation, energy, and water delivery infrastructure.

Congress shouldn't let the naysayers nitpick them into doing nothing while searching for the perfect course of action, because doing nothing to address America's cratering economy is surely the worst course of action.

Better to implement an imperfect first step than to be intimidated into immobility.


While I truly do think that the package is far from a perfect solution, it is better than no solution at all.


1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...

If the Democrats are unwilling to improve an admitted imperfect bill whose imperfections are known then why should any legislator vote for it?

I would be impressed with an administration willing to fix problems (even if I disagree with the basis for government spending as catch all solution to any and all problems) before they are processed through the sausage factory - I'd just as well not have any admitted problems made into law.