Quick hits on deficits, stimuli and the economy

There are so many stories I wish I could go in depth on, but unfortunately my time is short so here goes:
Also, just a quick note. I saw Speaker Pelosi on the news yesterday while I was eating dinner. She said that "we cannot afford to make the perfect the enemy of what can be done or what is effective." Not the exact quote, but pretty close. My response is: when did it become acceptable for our legislative leaders to basically say that yeah, we know it's no that good, but hopefully it will work. Since when is mediocrity okay?