Byron York — It’s Battle of the Stimulus day

One year ago today, Barack Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus. At the time of its passage, the White House claimed the stimulus would keep unemployment from rising above eight percent. By late summer, when joblessness was moving toward 10 percent, a Gallup poll found that 57 percent of those surveyed felt the stimulus had either no effect or was making the economy worse, and slightly more than half felt Congress had spent too much on the recovery bill. At a time when the president was gearing up for a fight over his proposed national health care bill, he found himself on the defensive over the stimulus, as well.

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