Conservatives have been claiming for years that Obama’s stimulus was an abject failure while liberals and the Obama Administration have claimed that the stimulus either worked well or (as Paul Krugman believes) needed to be even bigger. New economic research indicates that conservatives were right.
the stimulus created or saved 443,000 government jobs and 92,000 non-HELP [that’s Health and education, leisure, and business and professional (HELP)] service jobs. But it destroyed or forestalled 772,000 HELP jobs and 362,000 goods-producing positions. That’s a net loss of 1.042 million private jobs.
It is impossible to “prove” anything beyond a reasonable doubt in economics and other studies claim better results, but the idea that we needed bank bailouts and stimuli lest America’s economy crater into a second “Great Depression” is just silly.