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    Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Amid stunning new job losses and yet another bank failure, key senators and the White House reached tentative agreement Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's recovery plan. Two officials said the emerging agreement was for a bill with a $780 billion price tag, but there was no immediate confirmation.

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    Officials strongly suggested that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's vote would be needed to assure passage. The Massachusetts Democrat, battling a brain tumor, has been in Florida in recent days and has not been in the Capitol since suffering a seizure on Inauguration Day more than two weeks ago. The senator's office did not comment.

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    At $780 billion, the legislation would be smaller than the measure that cleared the House on a party-line vote last week. It also would mean a sharp cut from the bill that has been the subject of Senate debate for a week. That measure stood at $937 billion.

    Beyond the numbers, though, any agreement would mark a victory for the new president and would keep Democratic leaders on track to fulfill their promise of delivering him a bill to sign by the end of next week.

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    Democrats in Congress decided to add additional huge sums for the states struggling with the recession, as well as billions more for favored programs such as parks, the repair of monuments in federal cemeteries, health and science research and more.
    It will be interesting to see what stuff survived the cuts.
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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Democrats in Congress decided to add additional huge sums for the states struggling with the recession, as well as billions more for favored programs such as parks, the repair of monuments in federal cemeteries, health and science research and more.
    Of course. 'Coz that's all about stimulus.
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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    For those of you who argue that this is a spending bill as opposed to a stimulus bill, I offer this from Steve Pearlstein, who I personally think is incredibly smart and savvy when it comes to money issues.

    "This is not a stimulus plan, it's a spending plan," Nebraska's freshman senator, Mike Johanns (R), said Wednesday in a maiden floor speech full of budget-balancing orthodoxy that would have made Herbert Hoover proud. The stimulus bill, he declared, "won't create the promised jobs. It won't activate our economy."

    Johanns was too busy yesterday to explain this radical departure from standard theory and practice. Where does the senator think the $800 billion will go? Down a rabbit hole? Even if the entire sum were to be stolen by federal employees and spent entirely on fast cars, fancy homes, gambling junkets and fancy clothes, it would still be an $800 billion increase in the demand for goods and services -- a pretty good working definition for economic stimulus. The only question is whether spending it on other things would create more long-term value, which it almost certainly would.

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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Where does the senator think the $800 billion will go? Down a rabbit hole?
    Where'd the $700B voted on in October go?

    The point is, this is being sold as something that has to be passed NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW! Because this IS AN EMERGENCY!!!! DON'T DEBATE IT!!! PASS IT!!!!

    Sound familiar? Like, say, the Patriot Act?
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    Oh, and for the record, I'd RATHER the money be spent on cars, homes, clothes, and all sorts of things. By the people who would normally do that sort of thing.
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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    For those of you who argue that this is a spending bill as opposed to a stimulus bill, I offer this from Steve Pearlstein, who I personally think is incredibly smart and savvy when it comes to money issues.
    Johanns was too busy yesterday to explain this radical departure from standard theory and practice. Where does the senator think the $800 billion will go? Down a rabbit hole? Even if the entire sum were to be stolen by federal employees and spent entirely on fast cars, fancy homes, gambling junkets and fancy clothes, it would still be an $800 billion increase in the demand for goods and services -- a pretty good working definition for economic stimulus. The only question is whether spending it on other things would create more long-term value, which it almost certainly would.
    By that logic, wouldn't a tax credit for rich people to buy additional homes have the same effect?
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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    This strengthens my belief that our country is run by monkeys in suits.
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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    By that logic, wouldn't a tax credit for rich people to buy additional homes have the same effect?
    They have gotten enough tax credits to last them a lifetime.

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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    By that logic, wouldn't a tax credit for rich people to buy additional homes have the same effect?
    But that just wouldn't be fair.

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    Re: Officials say tentative stimulus deal reached

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    They have gotten enough tax credits to last them a lifetime.
    But it would still have the same "stimulus" effect that that guy is claiming the current bill has.
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