The United States Stimulus Bill Goes Live: Could That Mean More Money For You?

Now there is a Government site that apparently monitors the Stimulus money, complete with a timeline. You can watch over time as the Stimulus money is being eaten up. Even by the Governors of Louisiana and South Carolina, who apparently didn't want all the freebies from the Government in the first place. Here is an introduction.

Welcome to is a website that lets you, the taxpayer, figure out where the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is going. There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors. As soon as we are able to, we'll display that information visually in maps, charts, and graphics.

You can see if you are able to get your hands on any of this free money.[If you want to call free.]

Also, each state may have it's own link. So type in your Since this Stimulus bill is barely a week old, don't expect miracle money. But it for the smaller states it should pound some money into this recessionary economy. I say "should", because as far as the Democrats and Republicans are concerned, they really don't know if this will put jobs into American hands.

-Courteous Navigator.

The Stimulus Plan: A Valentine for American economy?

On Feburary Friday the 13, 2009, the final draft of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act had been finalized. President Obama is set to sign it on Tuesday, Feburary 17. You can see a summery of this report here:


I suggest you take a good look at the summery of this Stimulus Bill, as well as the whole text. You have about a week and a half?


Now, I am taking this from the Democratic website, so any summery you may see could contain some bias. I say "may" to give you the opportunty to think objectively.

Now, this stimulus bill is hot, real hot. It's a political gold mine for the Democrats if this nation rises up out of the recession and Americans are put to work. And if it sinks, Republicans will shine once more. The reason I say all this? My basic concern is that this Government will not come together. With Judd Gregg making back tracks away from the commerce secretary position, the bipartisan spirit this administration was aiming for, is slowly (and seemly) eroding.

I could see what the President was trying to do. He wanted as many aboard this ship as possible. This would bring some needed confidence in our government which had been sorely needed. Judd Gregg for whatever reason(couldn't handle all that liberal spending?), it just symbolizes the problems this Administration faces.

What I hoped for was pretty simple: That a common goal for all parties in Washington: A) To alleviate the burdens that many unemployed Americans now face. And, B) Soften the blow of those eminent unemployed in 2009 through 2010.

So, only time will tell if this Stimulus bill helps the unemployed, and even more importantly those long term unemployed waiting their chance. So take a look at this bill before all the blogger and pundents decide for you, either for or against it, it is here. A grand folly from Washington or a sweet Valentine to us all.

Courteous Navigator.


I know I am straying from the subject of making money online. But this is also a blog about unemployment and all that it encompasses. While I wait patiently for my few websites to make any money at all, and learning as I go, I am, you, perhaps, trying to survive in this rapidly declining environment.

Yesterday, While the United states government fought over a 789 billion dollar stimulus bill, I sat in a make shift Employment agency office filling out a application that at least two hundred others did in this very offce.

Next to me sat a one armed man.

Next to him sat another man. He had both his limbs. I have no doubt that both men had what I never really did. A higher education. And has that happened to you? A dud walks into a Employment Agency and there you are struggling with yet another application while this guy talks to an agency associate and tells them he is a electronic engineer.

"And what kind of job are you looking for?" the associate asked the well educated man.

"Anything." he says.

Sad. Not for him. But guys like me. I have been living on the fringes of this country, relying on the minor blue collar jobs that come along. What luck do I have when the well educated are looking for my jobs?

But more importantly, what am I to Employment Agencies? Not much, when they got so many unemployed rolling in. The newly laid off. The long-termed unemployed. I use to love Employment agencies. Some use to just get me a job with out even a interview with the company. Just plug me in! Some were excellent opportunities, so not now. But because of the climate, the unemployment, the economic nose-dive, I have to stand in line. It is the Client that the Employment Agency will gravitate to. We are just packaged meat. Raw hamburger to be shipped out.

Some of us smell fresher then the others.

But it is not for us to decide where we can be employed. It is the client that now holds the winning hand.
My best,
Courteous Navigator

No Stimulus?: Americans for prosperity

A organization calling itself Americans For Prosperity has stolen some of President Obama's stimulus thunder. And whileTreasure Secretary Tim Geithner's long awaited outline of what is now called Comprehensive Financial Stability Plan that turned Tuesday's stock market into hamburger helper, this organization rose up and clicks to their website made it crash.

Now if you are one of the currently unemployed 10 or 11 million Americans, or one of the 598,000 Americans tossed onto the street in January of 2009, well how can a logo saying "No Stimulus!" go over well with you?

But let's be fair. I love capitalism. I have tried it myself and liked it. Yet could they be rather "Prosperous" Americans that had never experienced real down-and-out poverty? Or even worse: never had a moment in their lives where they actually lived check to check; where unemployment only happens to one of their own workers. Mmm. Well, I am not one to be too judgemental--actually I can be judgemental. But let's look at what they are saying.

Who Are These People?

This Wikipedia tells us:[Americans For Prosperity]. . . is a non-partisan Washington D.C.-based political advocacy group which describes itself on its Web site as "... an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels."

Well, I am not saying I am right that, A.)they are rich white people worried that they will be some how crushed by the poverty of the lower orders. B) They are a residue of the George Bush era, whose only requirement is total lack of empathy. Now I am being a little harsh. Well, who is the mover and shaker involved in this organization?

Tim Phillips: President. Has a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech University. Helped to co-found Century Strategies with Ralph Reed, political and corporate consulting firm that, according to National Journal, "has raked in millions of dollars by mounting grassroots lobbying drives and other campaigns. . . " And perhaps in passing it is worth remembering who campaigned for Enron to reduce any backing for energy regulation.

By itself, this doesn't mean that Tim Philips and the Americans for Prosperity is insincere. But the campaign feel of this movement is not based on how to help the Americans that are now unemployed but how to keep the rich people. . .prosperous? Where on their site do they talk about people like me? I have been unemployed for 4 months. For man that has been working since I was a teenager, I do not need political whip lash coming from an organization that seems to care only for conservative employed Americans. If this group had reached out with more even handed view of of the Stimulus Bill, I would look at them with a more favorable eye. How is this organization helping someone like me? I saw their talking points. And they take the most obscure points of the bill and splash it on.

Yet they failed to mention one thing. Their is NO bill yet. It still has to be compromised on by both houses. It appears to me, in my one man's opinion that they are relying on the gullibility of Americans. Now I consider myself an objective resident of the United States and because of that I will not point out the suit-tie-members of this organization. But I ask you which one among them has lost a job. Which among those that run this organization would benefit from a stimulus package? Why should they support something that would make no difference in their private economic well being? It comes down to a organization that has made the woe of America a political football. Tell me, when you see the pictures of these suit-and-tie protesters,tell me if you think any of these men or women are unemployed. However, look at the site yourself. Please decide for your self. Even sign the petition if you want. Here is the website


I go even further. Here is a sight that explains what is in the Stimulus Bill. Let's go to a more mundane site with no political after taste, again Wikipedia:

The reason I ask you to go there is not to trust what I say. But to think for your self. I am one man: one opinion. That is it. I wish others could do the same.

My best, Courteous Navigator

Just another way of making money?

At first glance, Xomba is not much to look at. Well, ugly really. And I have mixed feelings about presenting this website. Mixed because I am still experimenting with it. And yes trying to promote it at the same time so I can make money online. Strange sort of bipolar attitude I have. Any, I present it too you because it does give advice for newbies like myself. Here is just a clip of what they consider themselves to be.

Launched in August 2006, Xomba's mission is to create a thriving community of members who earn profit from posting articles(Xombytes) and social bookmarks(Xomblurbs). Combining key elements from social networking sites, weblogs and contextual targeted advertising we have created a community that is a nurturing environment for anyone willing to post and share their own ideas. It is our hope that our members will develop into successful contributors to the publishing industry.

You believe this? Could they make you money online? There is so much spam on that site it makes my old computer huccup. It's sort of annoying. It is up to you to decide. It does provide you a place to store backlinks(bookmarks) and small blogs to further sites you are working on or write your knowledge up in a tight blog. You can add it into your adsense and make money that way. They also provide a weird Twitterish messaging with other people. There is another reason I bring this site up. Don't be fooled by it's simple-looking homepage. It's net worth is over 700,000. The site pulls in over 9oo USD a day. So it is worth looking at what Xomba is doing, just to get your own ideas on how to make money online.
My best, Courteous navigator