In Retrospect: American Recovery Act Anniversary Reveals Flaws

Today marks the five-year anniversary of the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.  But Obama’s $830 billion stimulus package, aimed at curbing unemployment and jump-starting the economy, doesn’t have much to show for itself.

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In an editorial for The Wall Street Journal, James Freeman criticized the Act from numerous angles.  First for its ineffectiveness (unemployment rate still increased) second for its high government spending ($830 billion drove government spending to $3.5 trillion in the Act’s debut year, 2009), and finally for its indescretionate, unnecessary funding (projects requiring upwards of $200,000 and $700,000 accomplished little more than study the habits of youth, malt liquor, marijuana, and college “hookups”).

Freeman said the government would do better to create incentives for citizens to work, save, and invest and to reduce taxes and regulatory burdens for America’s job creators.

Read the full article here. 



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