Economists: Stimulus Didn’t Contribute to Economic Rebound

Economists: Stimulus Didn’t Contribute to Economic Rebound

April 27, 2010
Originally published in Opposing Views

“The recovery is picking up steam as employers boost payrolls, but economists
think the government’s stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the
rebound, according to a survey released Monday” by the National Association of
Business Economics. “Economists: The Stimulus Didn’t Help” is the headline from
CNN Money. The vast majority of economists shared that conclusion.
Nobel Prize winning economist Gary Becker says that President Obama’s policies
are delaying economic recovery.

Obama falsely claimed that the $787 billion stimulus package was needed to
prevent “irreversible decline,” but the Congressional Budget Office admitted
that it would actually shrink the economy “in the long run” by driving up the
national debt. The stimulus package has since destroyed thousands of jobs in
America’s export sector, and subsidized countless examples of government waste
and corruption.

Unemployment has skyrocketed past European levels, as big-spending countries
have fared worse than thrifty ones. As the Washington Examiner notes, “If his
stimulus program was approved, Obama promised, unemployment would not go above 8
percent . . . The reality is that it passed 10.3 percent.”

“How is stimulus money allocated? Unemployment isn’t a factor, but politics
is,” found George Mason University researcher Veronique de Rugy in a recent
study.

Districts where people are struggling and unemployment is high are not
receiving any more money than those in which unemployment is low, even though a
stated purpose of the $800 billion stimulus package was to help the unemployed.
But politics mattered in doling out federal funds. And “Democratic districts
also received two-and-a-half times more stimulus dollars than Republican
districts.”

There are three trillion dollars in tax increases in Obama’s proposed budget,
yet it would still borrow 42 cents on the dollar, resulting in colossal
deficits.

Obama’s policies would raise the national debt by $9.7 trillion, noted the
Congressional Budget Office.

Earlier, one of Obama’s own advisers worried that the “barrage of tax
increases” in his budgets could harm the economy and prevent a “sustained”
economic recovery.

In 2008, Obama promised a “net spending cut,” but as soon as he was elected,
he proposed massive spending increases.