Well, the news is that a compromise has been reached - God help us.
I remember, in college, my advisor, Dr. Ramos, explaining how Hispanics thought of compromises. In English cultures, compromise means "I give a little, you give a little, and we're OK with not being wholly happy".
In Hispanic cultures, compromiso means "you get your way this time, and you owe me", a completely different concept.
The national animal is PORK - and every hoggish special interest is at the trough.
News flash, peeps, using your future capital to fund welfare payments - to both poor people and to corporations and social service entities - is REALLY stupid budgeting. Even the CBO - the Congressional Budget Office - thinks this bill will NOT stimulate the economy. The trouble is, we'll have already spent all our cash by the time even the liberals have figured that out.
At that point, what's our alternative? Socialism? That's not paranoia, BTW, that's the Cloward-Piven Strategy. That strategy aims to overwhelm "the system", with the goal of forcing the government to cave in, and ultimately be replaced.
I've read Piven, in college (I attended a notoriously left-wing college). I know Frances Fox-Piven's thinking. The suggested goals are consistent with her mindset.
What if the stimulus DOESN'T work? What then? We'll have spent all available cash, and won't have a back-up plan. It's going to take the rest of my life just to dig out of this mess, and I'm not one of the people who spent like Mardi Gras drunks.
I paid my bills. I saved. I deliberately DIDN'T spend money I didn't have.
So, why should I bail out those who did?