“The Great Restoration” by David Brooks (TIMES, 10/18/11)


     At the present time, most Americans who discuss the state of the economy favor    government spending in order to stimulate a recovery.

     Moreover, the notion that government spending “is only a temporary solution” is simplistic to the point of inaccuracy.

     The people that would be put to work by a massive federal jobs program would quickly pay taxes and next would spend money that could resuscitate the economy.

     Brooks is being overly pessimistic in his assessment of the stimulus.

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