I heard on public radio (All Things Considered) during my evening drive time today that the Missouri Dept. of Transportation got right out in front of the anticipated Stimulus Package. They had four (no doubt very well deserved) road projects in the queue before the bill was passed and signed into law. The news report said that literally within minutes of hearing the bill was signed into law, they launched the road construction projects! Kudos to MO D.O.T. for being right on top of things! (Here's a link to the All Things Considered story with audio available by 7 PM midwestern time.)
It is absolutely wonderful that at least one construction company mentioned on air said they have re-hired forty workers they'd had to lay off. Wonderful! I can't wait to hear more details of jobs created by the stimulus package! (Let's collect those statistics as fast as we can, hmmmm. For all our Republican friends who love to say the Stimulus Package won't create jobs and is a disaster!)
However...is it not ironic that the state that could not seem to tip itself over into the Blue (Democratic is blue right? Geez, I can never keep it straight!) column when it came to assigning electoral votes on Nov. 4th should be apparently the very first state to begin spending Stimulus roads projects money!! Yes, by December the MO D.O.T. was laying its plans and work is getting underway! (Double check me if you listen to the audio later...I THINK Missouri is first, but Arizona and Washington state are mentioned too and I could be wrong! I did have my eye on traffic!)
I just think it is a hoot. I'm from Missouri (born and raised) and we may be the Show-Me state, but we sure aren't slow! Once we are shown and see the light, we are all over it! I love those pragmatic, irritating, Missourians of the 'wrong' political persuasion, right along with those who see things my way and vote Democratic!
Look sharp, now Missouri. There's lots of goodies to be had in the Stimulus Package. Dig 'em out! Go! Go! Go!