Debate Club

Does Stimulus Spending Work?

With unemployment stuck at 9 percent, Americans are clamoring for the government to do something about the economy. President Obama proposed the American Jobs Act in September. Among the proposals in the $447 billion bill is a slew of new stimulus spending, much of it targeted towards modernizing schools, improving transportation infrastructure, and funding teachers and first responders in local communities. The bill has critics who are skeptical of the effectiveness of stimulus spending to create jobs and jump start the economy.  Here's the Debate Club's take on the stimulus question.


The Arguments

#1
238 Pts
Government Spending Shrinks the Private Sector

No – Government Spending Shrinks the Private Sector

Veronique de Rugy Senior Research Fellow with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

#2
91 Pts
Stimulus Can Work, But Not During a Debt Crisis

No – Stimulus Can Work, But Not During a Debt Crisis

Chris Papagianis Former Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President George W. Bush

#3
-89 Pts
Stimulus Works, But Only When It Is Big Enough

Yes – Stimulus Works, But Only When It Is Big Enough

Dean Baker Economist at Center for Economic and Policy Reasearch

#4
-95 Pts
Politics, Not Stimulus, To Blame for Slow Growth

Yes – Politics, Not Stimulus, To Blame for Slow Growth

Tamara Draut Author of "Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead"

#5
-99 Pts
Government Spending is Just What Our Economy Needs

Yes – Government Spending is Just What Our Economy Needs

Heather Boushey Economist at Center for American Progress


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