Are you ready for 'Stimulus: The Return?'

It wasn't big enough? 

There are Democrats who are already saying that the $787 billion budget disaster that was just passed isn't going to do the job, that we have to come up with an additional unnamed hundreds of billions in order to save the economy:

Despite the enormous size of the $787 billion stimulus plan, some economists worry that it won't make a big enough dent in unemployment and that lawmakers will have to work on another stimulus in short order -- something members of Congress are loathe to discuss.

Yeah - I'll bet.

"That's possible," said Alice Rivlin, a former Clinton administration budget director. "I think the economy is getting worse quite rapidly and this may not prove to be enough."

Even with the stimulus, most economists believe the first half of the year is likely to be miserable with businesses continuing to slash production and jobs. The unemployment rate, which is 7.6 percent and historically continues to rise even after a recovery begins, could get close to 10 percent, analysts said.

For you latecomers to this debate, Obama thinks the stimulus bill will "create" 4 million jobs. Despite the fact that even in a recession, the economy continues to create jobs, any impact the stim bill will have will be impossible to judge. Which jobs were created by normal economic activity and which as a result of the stimulus? How many?

The stimulus got "less stimulative," Rivlin said, as it passed through the Senate and some of the things that offered "the biggest bang for the buck" were scaled back, such as more money for food stamps.

Nigel Gault, an economist with Global Insight, was among several analysts who cited the addition of a fix for the alternative minimum tax as one of the bill's disappointments.

"Telling people you're not going to impose a tax increase on them they weren't expecting in the first place is not stimulus," he said.

Gault and others estimate the stimulus will create about 2 million jobs, while President Obama's economic advisers estimate it will create or preserve 3.5 million.

Keeping track of whether the stimulus meets the administration's goals -- and hence whether another stimulus may be in order -- will not be easy because there is no way to know how many jobs were saved, analysts said.

"The point is to lose less than we would otherwise. It's very hard to measure that," Rivlin said.

Can you imagine what the Democrats will load up a "Stimulus II" bill with? 

As long as Obama and the Democrats keep up with the fear mongering and economic Armageddon talk, they will probably be able to get what ever they want.



It wasn't big enough? 

There are Democrats who are already saying that the $787 billion budget disaster that was just passed isn't going to do the job, that we have to come up with an additional unnamed hundreds of billions in order to save the economy:

Despite the enormous size of the $787 billion stimulus plan, some economists worry that it won't make a big enough dent in unemployment and that lawmakers will have to work on another stimulus in short order -- something members of Congress are loathe to discuss.

Yeah - I'll bet.

"That's possible," said Alice Rivlin, a former Clinton administration budget director. "I think the economy is getting worse quite rapidly and this may not prove to be enough."

Even with the stimulus, most economists believe the first half of the year is likely to be miserable with businesses continuing to slash production and jobs. The unemployment rate, which is 7.6 percent and historically continues to rise even after a recovery begins, could get close to 10 percent, analysts said.

For you latecomers to this debate, Obama thinks the stimulus bill will "create" 4 million jobs. Despite the fact that even in a recession, the economy continues to create jobs, any impact the stim bill will have will be impossible to judge. Which jobs were created by normal economic activity and which as a result of the stimulus? How many?

The stimulus got "less stimulative," Rivlin said, as it passed through the Senate and some of the things that offered "the biggest bang for the buck" were scaled back, such as more money for food stamps.

Nigel Gault, an economist with Global Insight, was among several analysts who cited the addition of a fix for the alternative minimum tax as one of the bill's disappointments.

"Telling people you're not going to impose a tax increase on them they weren't expecting in the first place is not stimulus," he said.

Gault and others estimate the stimulus will create about 2 million jobs, while President Obama's economic advisers estimate it will create or preserve 3.5 million.

Keeping track of whether the stimulus meets the administration's goals -- and hence whether another stimulus may be in order -- will not be easy because there is no way to know how many jobs were saved, analysts said.

"The point is to lose less than we would otherwise. It's very hard to measure that," Rivlin said.

Can you imagine what the Democrats will load up a "Stimulus II" bill with? 

As long as Obama and the Democrats keep up with the fear mongering and economic Armageddon talk, they will probably be able to get what ever they want.