Given all the haggling over the stimulus bill and an administration that has socialistic tendencies, it might be good to remember some very wise words from 150 years ago.
"You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing from them what they could and should do for themselves."
-Abraham Lincoln, 1859