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Vin de Napkin - Bailout

If you haven’t (and chances are you haven’t) looked through the $787 billion dollar package, I would encourage you to do so.  There is no way to comprehend spending at this level.  The board game Monopoly is going to have to change the numbers on their funny money currency to keep up with trends.

You can find the stimulus package at this link.

I did do a search of the stimulus package searching for three words—wine, grapes and vineyards.  Alas, I came up with nothing.  However, a search for “agriculture” turned up investment projects that give pause.

If we were outraged at misappropriated funds after Hurricane Katrina or to Halliburton during the Irag conflict, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Now, this isn’t a political blog, and I don’t prescribe to a particular party line, but $6 billion to the nebulous Rural Community Advancement Program is interesting.

There has been much talk about Obama being our “Wine President” and while it is difficult for anybody to identify specific cash to specific programs, I really hope that viticultural extensions in each of the 50 states get a slice of cash because this is a really good opportunity to truly turn the U.S. into a nation of winegrowers with quality at its core.  Nothing would please me more then to see research, staff and marketing for state and local wine industries.

And, for fun, I enjoy observing new phraseology enter our lexicon—who can forget such recent gems like “coalition of the willing,” “weapons of mass destruction” and my personal favorite, “war on terroir,” er “war on terror.”



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