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The 50-Year Recovery Plan

By Al Kamen
The White House is pledging to make sure all taxpayers know exactly how the money in that nearly $1 trillion stimulus plan -- also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- is being doled out. To that end, they've set up a Web site,, featuring a short video explanation from President Obama saying the site "will be the online portal for these efforts."

The site will "provide projections, based on the planning that went into the legislation," he says, and "once the money starts to go out ... you will be able to see where and when it is spent." Obama urges us to "take a look now, but come back often," because the site "will changing and growing a lot in the weeks and months ahead."

Or maybe the years ahead.

There's a handy "Timeline" at the bottom to chart the milestones.

For example, on March 3, federal agencies were to "begin reporting use of funds." In May, the agencies are to report on "allocations for entitlement programs" and begin reporting on grants and contracts. On July 15, recipients are to start reporting on their use of the money.

After that, the dates are not filled in, not even a date for an annual report. But the timeline goes on and on. And on. And on. All the way to at least the 50th year of the Obama presidency. Exhaustion prevented us from scrolling further, but it looks like this economy is going to need stimulating for a long time to come.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 10, 2009; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , In the Loop  
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Obama and his cabinet should all be issued clown suits and given a small car they can all ride around in. At least we could get some entertainment for our trillions. Pelosi is ahead of the plan as she already has the clown face.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 12, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Isnt Obama Great.. Wow I love this guy.
Has anyone seen the GOP latest attack Campaign vidoe.?? They are attacking Obama on his White House Partying.

Heres the link to the video.

Posted by: crimesw | March 11, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"With interest tag"? As I recall, the media kept count how many billions the war was costing.

Posted by: JakeD | March 10, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Nice how the author of this post picked up on the talking points from the Republicans and Limbaugh, calling the 787 billion plan a near trillion dollar plan. Are we now rounding up to the nearest trillion on every govt expense? How come we never heard the MSM talk about the Iraq war costs in this manner? Or the cost of the Bush wealthy tax cuts? And that with Interest tag is even more laughable.

Posted by: calvinav | March 10, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

View source on in your browser ... the timeline data currently goes to Jul 15, 09. The infinite scrollable timeline is dynamically generated. Pretty nifty!

Posted by: xnsn | March 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was funny! Just because I volunteered and donated throughout the last year to elect Obama president (and am pleased as punch by how well he's doing) does not mean I have no sense of humor.

Lighten up, people! It's an amusing little observation in a lightweight piece in the online Post, not some vicious, McCarthy-like attack, as your reactions would suggest. We won't keep a solid majority of public opinion if we act this thin-skinned and huffy all the time. I enjoy Al's sense of humor.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 10, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"Didn't the Dems want GWB to fail in Iraq?"

No. That would be absurd. Only Republicans play games like that with the country's future.

You'll note that Democrats voted for every funding request Bush made for the troops in Iraq, even though Republicans used that as proof that they supported the policy. We did not support the policy. We supported the troops and desperately hoped that there was an honorable way out of the incompetent mess Bush had made of the war. Because anything less would be a disaster not for Bush, but for the country.

When the current economic calamity began to turn dire and Bush asked for billions of dollars to avert disaster, did the Democrats vote against the spending because they hated Bush and wanted the President to fail? No. They acted like adults and voted for what the country needed, without cheap grandstanding like their Republican counterparts, who voted against their own leader to score political points. Again, the Democrats voted for the country, not against the President, because the stakes were far too high for games.

Now, as the bad economy plummets into a disastrous one, the Republicans rise up and . . . make cheap easy political points and hope the President fails. Their number one goal, according to the leadership is -- to help America recover? No.

"Our goal is to bring down approval numbers for [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and for House Democrats. That will take repetition. This is a marathon, not a sprint." Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

Posted by: nodebris | March 10, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Al, don't try too be a sardonic jerk at a time like this, thanks.

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | March 10, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

American Recovery and Re-Investment Act?


Sorry LOL! :-D

It is already the:

Plan! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 10, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to be one of those cranks writing comments about the commentator
being an idiot:

The timeline uses the MIT Simile open source timeline to quickly and cost effectively build a site. Open source code is free and quick to implement. Unfortunately, it does not support hard time limits.

I really can't believe that a minor technical limitation of some free software has resulted in a front page headline criticizing an entire economic recovery effort intended to head off another great depression! Perhaps the “I” word is appropriate here...

Posted by: dc_mark | March 10, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Of course I don't want Obama re-elected (almost 60 million of us didn't vote for him the first time around either). Didn't the Dems want GWB to fail in Iraq?

Posted by: JakeD | March 10, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I know from JakeD's comments that the prevaricating independent is hoping that Obama fails. The only thing that separates JakeD from the Republican's is his word, his positions are identical.

Posted by: Gator-ron | March 10, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The timeline goes back and back to the future as well. Luckily, even Obama has admitted he won't be re-elected if the economy doesn't recover by then.

Posted by: JakeD | March 10, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse


You seem desperate for material today. Here is something to start asking your sources about (do you know any firefighters or EMTs or retired public safety officers out where you live?)...



* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have transmogrified the IRS into an instrument of "social cleansing."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Al,

My Google Calendar Ap. does the same thing. Does that mean I'm going to live forever?

Hey - I still have checks! I'm rich!

Thanks to the logic of Al Kamen I'm going to live to infinity and never run out of money!

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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