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Stimulus Package Requests

posted by Scot McKnight

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Let’s put in our orders, before this gets out of hand, for funds from the stimulus package since it is really “our” money we are lending out. Chrysler and GM are already asking for more, a mere 21.6 billion dollars, so I thought we’d open up the lines for requests. What do you need that will stimulate your economy?



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Dan

posted February 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm


How about a fiscally responsible government. That would be my request.



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Scott Eaton

posted February 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm


It’s very simple – pay off my mortgage. I have a modest home and a modest mortgage by today’s standards. It would free up the money for me to spend on other things (like a badly needed new car) and to save for a couple of college educations. This would stimulate the economy and it wouldn’t cost the government much at all (especially considering what they are givng banks and auto makers).
Does President Obama read this website?



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Leo

posted February 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm


Well…forget the modest home and car! I’m shooting for a 1.5 Mil home and a new Ferrari…oh, and wife NEEDS a new, red Mercedes 560SL…been thinking of going into debt to obtain these necessary items, and considering my pastor’s salary I might have trouble meeting the payments…
Sorry…is that too cynical…



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Travis Greene

posted February 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm


How about paying off my library overdue fees?



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MatthewS

posted February 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm


Paying off my student loan would free me up to be more involved and helpful in the community, which will make me hungry, which will help support Subway and other such high-class eateries. Win-win-win (me, the community, restaurants).
Also, I think it would improve the quality of life for everyone in the community if we all had a free coffee per day, so some type of coffe certificate would be good.
On a more serious note, I think someone should build a new car company from the ground up that can actually compete. Let the existing behemouths fail. Let the workers who would be impacted by such failure have hiring preference at the new company (or companies). I would like for us to avoid unnecessary misfortune for the work force but not so sure that propping up companies that essentially failed is a good idea. Do people and companies really change unless they have to? Perhaps like a co-dependant spouse we are just enabling them, not really helping…



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ChrisB

posted February 18, 2009 at 6:58 pm


What’s wrong with cold, hard cash? Not $15 dollars a month but real money — like $700 billion divided by 300 million people. That would be stimulating — much moreso than most of the garbage in that bill.



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Norm

posted February 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm


Agreeing with Dan for sure!
Unfortunately, as they say “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!!!” Welcome to what somebody has labeled democratic socialism.
Is that something like democratic communism?



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Michael W. Kruse

posted February 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm


Missouri has entered the worst NFL football depression in history. Its two (Chiefs and Rams) had a combined record of 4-28. We need some serious talent investment. We clearly need a stimulus … but not of the A-Rod and Bonds variety.



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RJS

posted February 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm


Put it all into research…NIH, NSF, DOE, DOD,…



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Joey

posted February 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm


S T U D E N T L O A N S



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Kim H

posted February 18, 2009 at 10:46 pm


Yes, most definitely student loans to pay off my increasing Wheaton grad school debt so that when I graduate, I can begin living out the psych dept.’s mission of “serving the underserved” without having to worry about a monthy student loan payment!…And a little bonus at graduation for a fun vacation to celebrate 5 yrs. of hard work would be nice, too! :)



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Diane

posted February 19, 2009 at 8:38 am


I see us heading towards either a limping-along “business as usual” or an ultra-right wing dictatorship, not the feared socialism or communism, as those voices are not at the table at all, except to be derided, even in the face of the massive failure of unregulated capitalism; however, I’d like to see the administration act boldly by getting a viable universal health plan in place and not be spooked by the “socialism” taunt, nationalizing the banks temporarily, figuring out to let people retire with dignity (it’s not too much of stretch to picture masses of 80 and 90-somethings trembling to work with walkers and hearing aides and facing verbal abuse and humiliation at the hands young managers) and offering more in the way of subsidizing higher education (in fact, getting us back to the affordable educations that we lucky folks from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s had.) I am very seriously concerned and frightened that commonsensical community-oriented answers to the current crisis are routinely shouted down as “socialism” while libertarian answers are treated as credible.



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anona

posted February 19, 2009 at 9:03 am


I ask for a mere $50,000. I could get my house out of the danger it is in, pay off a car and put a little away.



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Janet Earnest

posted February 19, 2009 at 9:34 am


I am glad congress agree to the stimulus package. But to stimulate my economy I would definitely need money to pay of debt that has racked up through the years. Being unemployed for almost two years has took us back financially. It is hard trying to play catch-up on bills when the economy is down,jobs are hard to find and your family still needs to eat and bills need to be paid. I love for the stimulus package to stimulate my house hold so we can get ahead and breath and enjoy life without all the stress.



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Deborah

posted February 19, 2009 at 10:58 am


Paying off our student loans would add about $750 per month into the economy. On a selfish note, grants for our daughter in college would be appreciated as well.
Our church could use stimulus $ to hire more staff…two more people what we could do with two more people…perhaps not stimulate the economy, but would definitely stimulate Kingdom Building!
Unfortunately I fear staff cuts instead…sigh…



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NancyS

posted February 19, 2009 at 11:15 am


Money to pay college tuition for my two kids would be welcome. But needed more is money for our inner city church to continue our food program. We have more people coming and less food available.



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Mark Baker-Wright

posted February 19, 2009 at 12:17 pm


I’d like my credit card debt paid off, please.
And my student loans…
Oh, and while we’re at it, my car could use some repairs.
And I’d like a new house.


and a pony!



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Barry

posted February 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm


Student loans would be nice. I’ll work for everything else.



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m

posted February 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm


1.5 million total
400k to pay for current church expansion project
500k for one staff hire and community assistance programs for the financially at-risk
600k to send to India, Nepal, and Zimbabwe.



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Barry

posted February 20, 2009 at 10:21 am


This puts things somewhat into perspective….
If a million dollars had been deposited into a pot every day since the birth of Christ, it would still not be enough to pay for the proposed stimulus package.
2,008 years x 365 1/4 days x $1M = $733.4B
The present estimated present US population is 305,857,118.
The stimulus package is $787,000,000,000.
Why not give every man woman and child $2573.00
This means that most families in the us ( 2 adults and two children) would get $10,292.39 TAX FREE,
Now tell me that would not stimulate the economy and I an sure that the majority of the money would be better spent than what the government is doing today.



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Matt

posted February 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm


Is this the new ‘Christian socialism’ hotline?



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