Stimulate Me!

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STIMULATE ME!….We have a long, hard recession ahead of us, and monetary policy has already done about as much for us as it can. That means we need fiscal stimulus and plenty of it. But what kind? Mark Zandi from Moody’s Economy.com provides the answer and EPI makes it into a chart for your consideration. Basically, they suggest that the money is best spent (a) on low and middle income workers who will actually buy things with it, (b) infrastructure, because the recession is likely to be long and infrastructure projects take a while to get up and running, and (c) aid to states, who would otherwise have to cut back spending and thus blunt the effect of the stimulus package. Works for me.

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