Money, money, money
I’m no economist. Balancing the checkbook is about the extent of my financial wizardry. But am I the only one who thinks we might not need the currently contemplated economic stimulus package if we hadn’t spent HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars on the war in Iraq? Imagine how stimulated our economy would have been if we had taken those billions and spent them on a massive program to rebuild our country’s crumbling infrastructure. Thousands upon thousands of jobs would be created, from those doing the actual construction to those making the steel and other materials needed for such an undertaking. Perhaps we also could have spent some of those billions on alternative energy programs so that we could end or at least reduce our reliance on foreign oil and other fuels that foul our environment. Those are just two areas where the hundreds of billions might have been better spent. I’m sure you can think of more.