Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Economic Analysis by My Daughter

The recent passage of the economic stimulus bill designed to improve public parks, protect San Francisco field mice, semi-socialize our the American medical system -- sorry, I meant to say create jobs -- has been something I've been thinking a lot about lately. What is it going to mean for me and my family? How will we be impacted in the months and years ahead by what proponents continue to claim the bill will do and which I am not fully convinced will ever happen? And how quickly will the public's hero worship of the President collapse when they don't have a new job, a paid-off house, and more money in their pocket by June of this year?

My oldest daughter, on the other hand, boils it down to very simple terms. When I came home from work yesterday, A. said, "MB, tell Daddy what you told me about the stimulus bill." MB looked at me and said, "It's going to be very tall. It has a lot of parts to make it tall."

What fantastic insight from a child -- it will be very tall; a tall order...


rdl said...

I'm hoping that it will be a bridge over troubled waters til we can pull this country out of the downward tailspin we are in. Unforttunately i don't think we have the luxury to do nothing.

Ed G. said...

Your daughter's description sounds as good as any I've heard. Of course, given that confidence is everything, believing in the bill will help make it work. But I do think your post would be stronger without repeating that now debunked San Francisco mouse story.