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NY Times Reports: Stimulus Package Rewrites Social Contract – No Stimulus There

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“We won.” ~ Obama
“No apology” ~ Pelosi
“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” ~ Rahm Emanuel

And now the New York Times reports that “For Democrats, it (trillion dollar stimulus plan) is also a tool for rewriting the social contract with the poor, the uninsured and the unemployed, in ways they have long yearned to do.

54% to 46% or so – those “rich” people who never really understood Obama due to the press’ obfuscation are about to get a brutal lesson in politics and “organizing methods”. No wonder the stock market and credit markets are so unsettled- it’s not every day that a country “rewrites a social contract”.

The stimulus bill working its way through Congress is not just a package of spending increases and tax cuts intended to jolt the nation out of recession. For Democrats, it is also a tool for rewriting the social contract with the poor, the uninsured and the unemployed, in ways they have long yearned to do.

As Congress rushes to inject cash into a listless economy, it is setting aside many of the restraints that have checked new domestic spending for more than a decade.

The economic stimulus bill prevents states from enforcing a means test. … Republicans said this proposal would take a big step toward federalizing Medicaid. For their part, Democrats said the changes took a major step toward their goal of coverage for all Americans.

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