Where is the 2009 Stimulus spreadsheet? Or do you call it the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 spreadsheet?
The White House has recently created a website named Recovery.gov that has the full text of the signed 2009 Stimulus Bill and simple graphs of monies to be spent. But no detailed Excel spreadsheet of the bill.
Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, it's nice to see a timely attempt at explaining the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I certainly commend President Obama at making this information available.
But for transparency, give me the actual detailed spreadsheet. I'll crunch the numbers myself.
One of the categories of the 2009 Stimulus at Recovery.gov is named Protecting the Vulnerable. The category will receive 81 billion dollars. I don't think that the phrase Protecting the Vulnerable is very transparent. Just give us a detailed spreadsheet so we can analyze it.
Analyzing a government spreadsheet isn't rocket science. (It's coming to agreement on the bill that's hard.) Earlier this month I analyzed the U.S. Senate Stimulus Spreadsheet after the Senate created their plan.
So if President Obama can instruct his website team to provide the 2009 Stimulus spreadsheet and post it to Recovery.gov, those of us who understand spreadsheets can get that "transparency thing" moving for him.
If you'd like to encourage the White House to provide a detailed Excel spreadsheet of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, go to the White House Feedback Form, fill out the request form, and submit your 2009 Stimulus spreadsheet request to the White House.
In case you're wondering, the 2009 Stimulus was an unfunded bill that is owed by every American, sometime in the future. Government debt will be issued and sold to cover the bill and your federal taxes will go towards paying the interest on the debt and paying down the principal (we hope).
The 2009 Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) will cost every man, woman, and child $ 2624.34 . How do you get that number? Take 787 billion dollars and divide by 300 million which is the approximate population of the U.S. Your calculator may not be able to do it. You'll need a spreadsheet.
Your bill for the 2009 Stimulus will be $ 2624.34 as of today. Since the U.S. government just "charged" you $ 2624.34 for the 2009 Stimulus, you and I will be paying for that Stimulus as the years go by, with interest.
Thanks everyone. (In case you're wondering, I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I'm an Independent.)