After about 2 weeks of this stimulus controversy, I was relieved to realize (so I thought) that these clowns are more inept than we gave them credit for. I mean from the surface, it seems as though like they're up to their same old tricks - STD research as economic stimulus !?!? But wait. Does the stimulus plan need to do anything, or does it just need to look like it's doing something. After I realized this - I started getting worried again. What was the key to 2003 - 2006 "boom"? Among other things, unrestricted lending. What are the banks doing right now? Holding back. You have to wonder why. Aren't they in the business of lending? If so, what are they waiting for? Maybe the opportunity to make one new president look awfully good. Could that have been what was discussed in the closed door - no one is leaving until it's signed - bailout meeting between the banks and the Fed? Man, I hope not. But think about this scenario: Stimulus was passed (today actually). Tomorrow or next week maybe, the banks start lending. Six months from now, the economy looks like it's coming back and who takes credit? Our messiah/president. Wait! It get's better... The newspapers and talk show hosts throughout the nation praise Obama's "genius". Key financiers editorialize about his savvy. Millions are added to his legions of devotees. Then - Congress passes an amendment to abolish term limits. Terrorism strikes again. And Obama is voted "Emergency Powers" and his Chancellorship is secure.