Thursday, January 28, 2010

On With It!

"Ideally, the stimulus should also patch the potholes in the decaying infrastructure...And Congress should...alot $5 billion in tax credits for green manufacturing...If the Democrats wish to improve their prospects for November, they'll need many such incentives and a public jobs program to boot."

Harold Meyerson, "No Time to Think Small," The Washington Post, January 27, 2010

"Job creation depends on a vigorous private sector,..which means fewer taxes and lower regulations...

Michael Gerson, "How he Polarized Our Union," The Washington Post, January 27, 2010

State and local fiscal relief, expanded, extended benefits, inclusion goals and requirements, incentives for innovation, small business support, and flexiblity -- that's what we need in another stimulus. Do we need more training dollars? Probably not. Can the Congress and the feds get themselves together to legislate and implement a public jobs program. Probably not.

Encouraging small businesses to thrive requires more than a few tax cuts and incentives. It will require a lot more certainty and stability about where we are going, and credit, credit, credit. The continuing recovery will take care of some of that, but much more needs to be done.

I would also suggest that we rein in the Obama talkathon and focus on action out there around the country. Maybe it's also time to "give permission" to the Obama movement to get active and creative -- all on its own.

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