From the White House to Mar-a-Lago, the Recovery Act's effects are inescapable.
It's a debate over what Obama accomplished -- and what he didn't.
At some point, the economy will fall into another recession or even experience another financial crisis. When either or both occur, policymakers must be ready to use the resources of government to restore a weak economy to health, not stand aside.
Federal Medicaid funding -- which makes up close to half of federal aid to states -- will rise in coming years, partly due to health reform's coverage expansions. But federal support for most other state and local activities will likely continue shrinking.
In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.
Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.
"The fact that the United States has been one of the best performing economies in the wake of the crisis supports the view
When the stimulus was kicking in, adding significant demand to the economy, real GDP and job growth quickly turned less negative, with GDP turning positive later in 2009, and job growth beginning in early 2010. Moreover, as the stimulus flattened, so did they.
To prevent another Great Depression, Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act less than a month after being sworn into office. Since then, we've seen eleven consecutive quarters of GDP growth, and thirty straight months of private-sector job growth.
Unemployment is stuck above 8 percent, and many of the jobs that have come back are lower level than the ones lost. But Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to hold that post, is optimistic.