||[Feb. 7th, 2009|01:40 pm]
I've been out of touch for a long time. An update is greatly overdue.|
In the meantime, here are a couple of political spams that are timely, so they won't wait. I am on lots of political spam (i.e. click this link to send message X) lists, and I actually respond to maybe half of them (because lots of things that liberals support are frankly soft-headed). I rarely forward them, though, or post them because they are large in number and relatively low impact.
But things are different right now. Not only is there a new sheriff in town, but there's this stimulus bill. The quality of this bill is going to have a lot of impact on how, or if, the US recovers from the Bush years. In particular, I think it is essential that the bill be no more short-term focused than absolutely necessary to avert disaster, and that it make substantial commitments to long-term investments in energy and infrastructure.
To those who complain that a stimulus bill should be focused on the immediate disaster, I answer that they are fixated on the lesser threat -- of economic dislocation -- in the short term and failing to see the much bigger and long-term threat of a country that has lost its ability to produce things of actual value to itself and the rest of the world. In my mind, the current crisis is the first installment in that unfolding disaster. It's been a long time in making, so it will require long-term investments to counter.
That said, please sign this petition to show support for renewable energy in the stimulus bill: http://tinyurl.com/cmfxfk
And if you're just pissed off and want to see a few of the people got us into this mess suffer a long with the rest of us, encourage Congress to make RETROACTIVE the pay limits for executives at financial companies that take taxpayer bailouts: http://pol.moveon.org/bonus/