The stimulus package that is geared toward the average American household is certainly one that needs a better sell. For years it has been declared that any government funds that are distributed to individuals are considered welfare and that any money given to corporations is called stimulus or an investment toward future taxes.
Never mind the fact that the unemployment money given to those who, unfortunately, lose their jobs is money that is paid into the account. Never mind the fact that money given to individuals for their mortgage is an investment for future taxes on the house. And never mind that the money that is "given" to you is money that you paid in taxes. Most forget that taxes are collected not for the government to enjoy but for the government to distribute and maintain a lifestyle so Americans can enjoy a better life.
The question really is, where were the Republicans when billions of federal, state and local dollars were spent on the Alaskan bridge to nowhere, Route 43 (the road to nowhere), the Big Dig (Boston and Pittsburgh-style) and, last but not least, the beautiful sports stadiums that dot the country?
Perhaps we need to respect ourselves, accepting that the money that most will be getting is a withdrawal from years of payments and an investment in our beloved country.