Let's examine how likely these will turn into permanent government programs..
Let's look at those "lib" pet projects.
The $2B in child care subsidies as an example. That money would go to people who have kids, who then pay child care centers to take care of their kids so they can go work. The child care center can pay their employees. Now you have paychecks going to a multiple of low and middle income people who will, statistically then spend the money on consumables. Isn't that what the stimulus program is suppose to do?
Once the subsidies are given, yanking them away suddenly does not seem plausible given the dems are in the driver's seat. I would say high likelihood.
Now, same with the National Endowment for the Arts. Monies go to radio shows, Educational TV programs, video, producers, editors, directors, photographers, museum workers. They cash their checks and infuse money into the economy. Isn't that what the stimulus program is suppose to do?
High likelihood unless the monies are replaced by private donations
Global warming research: That money goes to Universities which pays researchers, teachers, labrats, technicians who all cash their checks and...
Almost guaranteed to be a annual funding since these are medium to long term projects
Amtrak is part of Infrastructure, that puts lots of people to work either building train cars or laying rail or rebuilding stations. They get paychecks.
Medium to long term projects given the length of time these projects take e.g. env studies, arch reviews, etc etc. So at least for the next decade.
Only one I don't really get is the digital TV conversion coupons and I have two thoughts on it. First, the feds are selling the frequencies at 20X what the coupon program costs so it is not a burden program and Second, with the coupon folks would buy the box which I would assume would churn the economy at some level. I would think they might hope folks will buy a new TV since they get the new digital conversion box. Churn. Money. Stimulus.
The DTV coupon is a one time stimulus.
Overall, the above "stimulus" programs result in an expansion of government budget (and deficit
) over the next decade.