Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Volcano Stimulus

Predictably, people are jumping on Bobby Jindal's comments on spending in the "stimulus" package on volcano monitoring -- which was really an excuse to make a play on words -- saying volcano monitoring is important. Of course volcano monitoring is important. As the article notes, it will even allow people to keep jobs making such equipment and installing it. But really, it has no business being in an emergency stimulus package. That's the point. There are many such things in the package that have nothing to do with stimulating the current economy. Most of the package, in fact, falls into that category. But nobody's going to note such nuances, but instead will falsely claim Jindal is opposed to volcano monitoring.
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