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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Stimulus was actually Quite Stimulating

I love graphs and data.  And since I'm reality based, I also appreciate that real world data is consistent with my view of the world.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities offers a graphic look at the effects of the stimulus package, along with some speculation of what would have happened without it.   Find it here.

The bottom line is that for being too small, partly wasted on totally ineffective tax cuts, and, one might argue, poorly targeted, the stimulus package probably prevented – or at least deferred – a collapse into GD II.

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