So much for a quiet President's Day ? There seems to be a lot going on in the world... OR at least in the Huddler's mind.
The STIMULUS PACKAGE is the talk of the nation today, the questions are flying and everyone has their opinion. Will this package save our economy? The Huddler was hoping for MORE job creation language. The HUDDLER subscribes to the old chinese proverb. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".
Education, job training, unemployment assistance, housing, infastructure improvements, healthcare, new energy solutions, law enforcement, so many areas that need attention. But at the end of the day, the only thing that will revitalize our economy is the creation of jobs. GOOD JOBS. An interesting quote from CNN today, one good paying manufacturing job creates enough buying power in the economy to support 4 other non manufacturing jobs.
The Huddler was at Church this Sunday, and the readings and gospel talked about leprosy. The Priest in his homily talked about how the unemployed often feel like lepers. Father went on to talk about how we need to treat EVERYONE with the same love and kindness Jesus gave to us. He included those with different religous beliefs, different sexual orientations, and so on. (The Huddler wishes there was a transcript.) It was one of the better homilies the Huddler has experienced in recent years. During the homily, the HUDDLER could not help but over hear a man and women discussing the homily in an adjacent pew. The man was very "NASTY" about President Obama's spending plan and voiced his disagreement with everything the Priest had to say. (which is no crime the Huddler has been there often) This man said it was a waste of money. Imagine the Huddler's surprise later on when the HUDDLER noticed the man was wearing a U.S. Postal employee jacket ? Here the HUDDLER was expecting a "SUIT" type... But no this guy was "CLIFF" from "CHEERS". The Huddler imagines that there are alot of "CLIFFS" out there.... The "CLIFFS" of this country that have a good job need to wake up. How can "CLIFF" bad mouth using taxpayer monies to create jobs? Feed children? House the homeless?
Father asked the congregation to pray for the stimulus package, that it would CREATE JOBS, that the monies would be used responsibly and effectively. The Huddler said a special rosary for all of the above, and for all of the "CLIFFS of the world".
BUT where will these monies be spent? How will they effect Pennyslvanians?
(Post Gazette Early Returns)
(Link to the readings and gospel from yesterday)