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.