Alright, I know that this is pretty much all that the pundits, politicians, and talking heads on the networks have been talking about for about the last month or so, and I'm probably just beating a dead horse here. Regardless, I figured that I should put my thoughts out on paper for people on both sides to know. I have friends who are for both sides, Democrat and Republican, and many who are neutral, who don't identify with either party or who simply try to stay out of political debates.
However, my general opinion on the stimulus bill is this... shut up. Seriously. Both sides are making claims that simply aren't true, either exaggerating flaws or exaggerating projected results. Neither side is completely wrong or completely right, though they have the right to hold their own opinions, and that is what makes the American political system what it is today. However, exaggerating facts and manipulating data is irresponsible, and damaging to the American people.
Factcheck.org, probably one of the best fact-checking sites on the web, recently did a pair of articles about exaggerations from both sides and the realities that they are concealing, or at least overlooking. I highly recommend that you read them before leaving a comment here.
Stimulus Bill Bravado:http://www.factcheck.org/politics/stimulus_bill_bravado.html
GOP Stimulus Myths:http://www.factcheck.org/politics/gop_stimulus_myths.html
The one thing that both sides can agree on, though, is that Obama is at least trying. He may not be doing it exactly the way that you think he should, but it's a heck of a lot more than most politicians have been doing lately with all the bickering, name-calling, and finger-pointing. The stimulus bill is not going to be a silver bullet for the economy, but it's not going to be kryptonite either. Whether you agree or disagree with how Obama is trying to fix the problem, at least give the guy the benefit of the doubt. Only time will tell how well the stimulus will work. Until then, people should quit with the dire predictions of economic meltdown or quit singing the praises of the bill, claiming that it's going to save the country. It's getting really irritating.
That is all.
/End rant. Feel free to leave comments, though please, be civil. No name-calling, cursing, or otherwise berating others. Be lucid, polite, and considerate, unlike Limbaugh, Olbermann, O'Reilly, and Matthews. Thank you.