Friday, August 21, 2009

Green Reviewers

"A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 57% of adults say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Even more --60% -- doubt that the stimulus plan will help the economy in years ahead..."

Brad Heath, "Poll: 57% don't see stimulus working," USA Today, August 17, 2009

I'm one of those wait and see folks. But I'm never comforted by the "things would have been worse" argument, although I understand that just saying we're going to have a stimulus probably had some positive effects. Anybody who has been out driving this summer, however, must have witnessed the increased construction delays and observed the unusually ambitious bridge and road replacements. Economic stimulus flashed in my mind as I drove along the scenic Schuylkill Expressway.

Of course if you're anywhere near DC you've been caught in the ARRA swirl and talkathon about just about everything. At some point, hopefully not too far into the future, some of these great ideas will hit the streets.

On the green jobs front I understand there is a severe labor shortage of reviewers for the tons of proposals that will soon be submitted to Washington.

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