White House: $787 billion stimulus bill was good for economy

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 18, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    Just words!

    Is there a list of bridges, and roads that were improved from this stimulus package?

    What happened to the shovel ready jobs? Seems the stimulus package was spent in Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard, Spain, Air Force One fuel/maintenance, and Vail Colorado.

    If we don't cut the deficit in half,--than it's a one term presidency.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    let's not forget that a big chunk of this stimulus was tax cuts for business and industry, always a favorite among conservatives... Wall Street is booming right now, companies are making significant profits, but they refuse to hire domestically. So much for helping the free market out of the Great Bush Recession.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 18, 2014 8:14 a.m.

    "President Obama’s time in office has been marked by political payoffs to the donor class and layoffs for the middle class. "

    Thats funny. I thought ALL presidents and congress's time in office is marked by "political payoffs"

    Some people only seem to call the "other side" on it.

    And those are usually the same people who applaud Citizens United and the Koch brothers while bashing Unions contributions and George Soros.

    I find that Soros money corrupts just as much as the Kock brothers money, and corporate money corrupts just like union money.

    How about you Mountainman? Are you for changing the rules so our Democratic President and Congress does not spend their time paying off donors? And would you want to apply those same rules to the GOP?

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    "I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America ". The White House ie Brack Obama said this also.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    Well that's an interesting story. This happened early in the first term of Obama. Now they are coming out with a story about what a success it was? Talk about not having any relevent or current good news to report. Much less truthful. This White House........... just keep playing golf for the next three years, and let us sort out this mess in the next two elections, thank you. In the meantime hopefully Obamas pen will run out of ink, or the battery on his phone will die.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Feb. 18, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    President Obama’s time in office has been marked by political payoffs to the donor class and layoffs for the middle class. He showered his friends in the UAW and public sector union's coffers with stimulus funds and sent millions of taxpayer dollars overseas and calls that a success? If the "stimulus package" was a success, then there is no such thing as a failure!

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 18, 2014 5:35 a.m.

    "Where's the money coming from? Thin air? From the Dear Leader's golden goose? No, it's coming from my children and grandchildren. The Dear Leader is spending this country into an economic crash."

    If only the "patriots" would ask that question all the time.

    Remember the Iraq war? Eager to engage in war, and eager to pass on the costs.

    Remember Medicare part D? Totally funded with debt to our "children and grandchildren"

    Was this writer talking about Obama or Bush? Hmmm

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2014 4:07 a.m.

    Well the article says "We spent to much and got to little"

    I wonder if that same logic applys to the Iraq war? You know that war that everyone here seemed to love in the beginning.
    Yea that was the one our political leaders and news media including the Deseret News in my opinion did not exercise due diligence in supporting it.

    "We spent to much and got to little"

  • Idahoan138 Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 17, 2014 11:14 p.m.

    Don't you get it yet? It isn't about saving the economy - it is about destroying the economy so that we have widespread rioting similar to what Greece had a couple years ago.

    Can you say "martial law"? "Suspension of elections"?

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Feb. 17, 2014 11:03 p.m.

    The White House also said : If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it and if you like your Doctor You can keep it. -- Period -- We can not rely on any thing they say except when they say they are going to raise taxes .

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 10:34 p.m.


    We blew a trillion dollars we did not have to do stuff that produced almost nothing in the way of beneficial results, unless you count buying off gullible "low information voters" who thought Obama cared about them. Well, maybe if you were one of Obama's cronies in some worthless green energy scheme you took home some megabucks.

    Detroit's unions got bailed out, but had we let bankruptcy laws play out, the resulting shake out in Government Motors and Chrysler would have left those companies financially stronger.

    But, think of what economic benefits might have been achieved by and for American citizens if our children and grandchildren had the Trillion dollars (and accumulated interest they are obligated to pay) to invest or simply spend over their lifetimes. That is "opportunity cost" and it can never be restored.

    Despite what liberals may tell you, you can not spend your way out of debt.

    Ask yourself, are you better off now than you were in November 2008?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 10:23 p.m.

    You mean the 787 billion that Barack said would keep unemployment from reaching 8%, only to have it soar to over 11%?

    Sorry Barack, we aren't buying it

  • G-Day-M8 WVC, UT
    Feb. 17, 2014 9:12 p.m.

    mr. obama, representatives, senators, governors and local municipal elected people.

    My very good friend and personal banker told me many years ago.

    "Debt is not Equity"

    The reality is that the bush and obama administrations with the help of congress started the exponential expansion of wealth distribution, the exponential expansion of creating fiat money, the exponential expansion of debt burden of every American, the exponential devaluation of the dollar, the velocity of the looming train wreck and the moral degeneracy of a once wholesome people.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Feb. 17, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    Where's the money coming from? Thin air? From the Dear Leader's golden goose? No, it's coming from my children and grandchildren. The Dear Leader is spending this country into an economic crash.