Poll: 57% Don’t See Stimulus Working

I’m sure a large portion of that 57% is either out of work, working part-time due to no full-time work being available, working at something they normally wouldn’t do just to have some type of job, or has a significant other who falls into one of the above categories. And the reality is, the stimulus hasn’t worked, and won’t work. Government can’t create wealth, and none of the jobs created or “saved” by the stimulus is anything more than taxpayer subsidized busywork. These jobs are nearly all of relatively short-term duration and the work being performed doesn’t lead to the creation of other jobs. It is now acknowledged that FDR prolonged his Great Depression; I believe ultimately, Obama will do the same with his depression by trying to follow FDR’s failed programs.

From ABC News:

WASHINGTON – Six months after President Obama launched a $787 billion plan to right the nation’s economy, a majority of Americans think the avalanche of new federal aid has cost too much and done too little to end the recession.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll found 57% of adults say the stimulus package is having no impact on the economy or making it worse. Even more 60%  doubt that the stimulus plan will help the economy in the years ahead, and only 18% say it has done anything to help improve their personal situation.

That skepticism underscores the challenge Obama faces in trying to convince the public that the stimulus has helped turn the economy around. It also could complicate the administration’s plans to overhaul the nation’s health care system.

“This is a wake-up call for the administration.” says House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. “People see the stimulus hasn’t worked, and now you want to lay on over $1 trillion in a health care plan.”

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