Cost/benefit (of the stimulus)

June 2, 2009

I’ve been seeing these signs pop up all over the place (how much do they cost?):
stimulus sign

But I haven’t seen anyone working. And I haven’t seen any of this:

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If BO is spending my money, I want some fucking beefcake.

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5 Responses to “Cost/benefit (of the stimulus)”

  1. kate Says:

    That’s goddamn funny. That’s what that is.

  2. superdave524 Says:

    Yeah, but the Egypt speech was GOOD!

  3. John in IL Says:

    I so hope you are not serious. From BOs speech:

    Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed — more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction — or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews — is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

    On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people — Muslims and Christians — have suffered in pursuit of a homeland

    What the fuck is that? “On the other hand”?!? Are you serious? Comparing the two situations makes me sick.

  4. superdave524 Says:

    Context, John. He’s speaking to the Arab world and trying to begin a peace process with people who have considered us their enemies. The president of Iran has sided with a lot of people in the Arab world (and people even in Europe) who have publicly denied the existence of the Holocaust. It seems incredible to me that so many people could deny what we, in America, take for granted, but their are lots of people outside of America that either have not seen the pictures and biographical reports of the attempted genocide of the Jews in Germany, or who have decided not to accept their authenticity. Obviously, this makes Jews angry and not so much wanting to make any kind of deal with these deniers.

    But Palestinians feel marginalized, too, by America. Carter made a serious attempt to reach out to the Arab world, but America really hasn’t been much of a friend to the Muslim world. America’s staunch support for Israel has left a lot of folks in the Muslim world feeling distrustful of us. We spend many millions of dollars supporting Israel. Bush used the word “Crusade” in the context of fighting terrorism. Lots of Christians liked it, but it would certainly could not have made Muslims- even those who didn’t support terrorism- feel warm and fuzzy. To acknowledge the pain of the people who were displaced by the creation of the country of Israel, is a decent start to allay some of fear and inequality the non-Israelis in the area have felt about America over the past few decades.

  5. kate Says:

    What Obama said was spot on. And now I hope we can see some action to back it up.

    It was a great start and most Jews I know were happy about the speech. And everything he said. And the way he said it.


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