Friday, August 7, 2009

Stimulus to Create Jobs?

Fire departments throughout Massachusetts are getting $20 million in federal stimulus funding to help stem budget shortfalls and rehire firefighters.

The state will receive $26 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding on top of the $45 million already awarded to police and fire departments across the commonwealth.

“These funds will help local police and fire departments keep professionals on the job, and the public’s safety preserved,” said Gov. Deval Patrick, in a prepared written statement.

About 112 firefighters have been laid off in 12 towns across the state and another 118 police officers have been laid off in 11 communities, according to the state.

Area fire and police departments need to apply for the funds by Aug. 21.

I know all government is local and we need fire and police, but I thought the stimulus was to create jobs? This is winding up to be just another tax. Tide goes up all boats rise.. Tide goes down just some boats go down??? Too simplistic?


  1. It's to pay off some groups and keep others in the Democrats' pockets (unfortunately).

  2. The problem with the stimulus money is that it's earmarked to "hire and train". Once the stimulus money is gone, there isn't anything in the tax base that will MAINTAIN these jobs.

    The only way to stimulate the economy is to promote PRIVATE ENTERPRISE that generates TAX INCOME. Reaganomics worked. Socialism (as Maggie Thatcher said) has only one problem. You eventually run out of other people's money.

    Obama's solution is always BIGGER AND MORE GOVERNMENT. It's a simplistic solution that simply doesn't wash. We can't keep borrowing trillions of dollars as a nation. There is an end of the road to borrowing and printing paper and it's not pretty.

  3. I believe a homeless shelter got 40-million of stimulus money, to which I ask the same question. What jobs have been created? For as I can see it, none have been.

    Not even part time jobs, which are not sustainable, just my money feeding, clothing, and housing bums.


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