Puma PAC has embarked on a giant group reading project. Volunteers are each reading 10-20 page sections of H.R. 1 of the 1st Session of the 111th Congress (yes, that IS a lot of 1′s). H.R. 1 is also known as the Stimulus Package, or more formally, “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”
H.R. 1 calls for Congress to appropriate $825 Billion Dollars to be spent on everything from more Head Start Programs to renovating government buildings for greater energy efficiency to buying easements in floodplains to rebuilding military barracks. Many of the projects seem like excellent ideas. Many of the appropriations and earmarks are troubling, vague, and seem to include no set goals or oversight.
So, rather than let the So-Called-Free-Press tell us what to think of the Stimulus Package, we’ve decided to read every page of it together and decide for ourselves.
In comments, please post your half-page summary (around 125 words OR LESS, if possible) of the 10 pages you read. As part of your summary, please include any and all links to outside sources that you consulted. So, if your section was about Head Start and you looked up the Head Start web page to find some background info, please post the link to the website. The summaries with the most links will be the most useful. Also, everyone should feel free to post supporting or back-up links or references or insights.
Let’s see if we can figure this pig out.