There is a lot talk about "shovel ready" projects related to infrastructure where the stimulus money needs to be spent, and where it can quickly be spent, in order to get the economy moving ASAP. I am all for rebuilding our infrastructure and it is probably long over due. God knows we need to get this economy moving and large numbers of our citizens need the work.
I would argue that healthcare and education are infrastructure projects as well, although admittedly perhaps not something we can quickly throw money at. That said, both need to be high on our list of things to do. A sick nation is not going compete well in the 21st century. Non only that, our current healthcare system is not helping us get well for reasons I highlighted here. We need a healthcare system that competes to create value for the patient, period. Ditto for our education system and our students, especially K-12.
If we love this country and if we love our children we need to fix this mess. This is not a question of right versus left. This is a question of our own survival and of creating lives worth living, in our country and on the planet.
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