This is an interesting opinion about public services and what they could mean for our way of life, courtesy of Matthew Yglesias. Highlight:
"...you could really go nuts with this stuff. Smaller buses could run more frequently. Libraries could stay open longer. Playgrounds could be better-maintained. Not as 'stimulus' but as a permanent decision to say 'hey, we’re a rich country, we should provide public services at a reasonable level.'"