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Monday, February 16, 2009

Cliff Notes on the Stimulus

The scramble for free money starts tomorrow with the President's signing of the stimulus bill, but the picture of John Boehner holding up hundreds of pages and wailing, "Spending, spending, spending" lingers on.

The grain of truth in Republican howling over the largest government outlay in history is that few Americans, let alone Washington politicians, are familiar with the details of what is supposed to save the economy.

It will take weeks for the measure to sink into the national consciousness, but the New York Times makes a start today, along with a cheat sheet to bring us in on the main expenditures.

You don't have to memorize them, but there will surely be a test later in the year.

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