After much sturm und drang concerning the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), all one needed to see was a new incoming crew of Columbus, Ohio police officers being inducted to understand the entire reason we are doing this. These men and women would not have been inducted at all due to Columbus financial constraints were it not for funds released in the ARRA. That would have meant more folks out of work and the streets of Columbus less safe.
Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been quoted saying something to the effect that we will let no crisis go by without making it an opportunity. He is right on the money. For years we have made excuses for why we can’t have a good health care system, for why we have crumbling infrastructure and inadequate schools. When all is said and done and we emerge from this crisis, we will finally have implemented long overdue imperatives. Anyone who wanted the country run by a Herbert Hoover clone should look back at history and see how successful that was.
And now, the President of the United States of America: