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The House and Senate are on recess this week. Congress will return to normal business on Monday, Feb. 23.

By editors  |  February 17, 2009; 7:39 AM ET
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I understand from your news that the Republican Governors like Jindal and Barbour and Stanford and Perry DO NOT wish to accept the stimulus money to improve the living conditions of their people. If the Obama White House has any sense, they just should let these States fly by without any help from Washington. Let's help the States that are willing to improve the energy delivery, school improvement, infrastructure building etc.,The state givernors who are stuck on a lost idealogy have an obligation to their own people, and explain to them two years down the road why their states are sinking economically. Why should we care? S.K.Ballal

Posted by: skballalandkathy | February 20, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If I had just spent the budget for the future generations, I'd be 'in hiding' too for at least a week. There are some good items in the stimulus bill, I'm sure. Unfortunately, Congress probably isn't taking this week to READ what they just passed and are preparing to make needed corrections when they return. My apology to those elected to Congress who did make a diligent effort to get the rest of Congress to 'slow down' on their spending spree and think about whether the items were necessary and helpful. Help for the BEES is necessary. Without them we can't grow food or eat; and without food we die. Many of we people thought we were getting something like the depression-era WPA and we would have new roads, schools, public buildings, and bridges by the time the monies are spent. By 2010, if we don't see some 'tangible' outcomes, we may send new people to Washington, who understand that under our constitution, WE THE PEOPLE, still are the BOSS. Now, will 95% of the people get out and vote in every election! We need to let 'them' know we are going to show up and decide who gets to represent us. Even if you vote for the "lesser of two evils." It is the SHOWING up that wields the power. Its not hard. In Oklahoma, you can sign up once a year and all the ballots are mailed to you weeks in advance. A couple of stamps and the POWER OF THE PEOPLE is demonstrated.

Posted by: LindaJoyAdams | February 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | February 20, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad the government can't set the example for the people on how to stay out of debt! Charge, charge, charge. Mother can I have some more money?

Posted by: shuttdlrl | February 22, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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