Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History

Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History

by Michael Grabell

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ISBN-13: 9781610390095
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Grabell has been a reporter at ProPublica since 2008, producing stories for USA Today, Salon, NPR, MSNBC.com and the CBS Evening News. Before joining ProPublica, he was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. He has twice been a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Recession

1 File Your Unemployment Electronically 3

2 The Ditch 17

3 Let's Make a Deal 36

4 Follow the Money 61

5 No, Thank You 82

Part 2 Recovery?

6 Shovel-Ready 99

7 Recovery Inaction 119

8 One Man's Waste 140

9 Cash for Clunkers 160

10 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs 180

Part 3 Reinvestment

11 The Green Economy 209

12 "The Carrot That Feels Like a Stick" 239

13 The Shellacking 266

14 Connecting the Country 293

15 Sputnik Moment? 314

16 Magic Bullets 339

Notes 361

Credits 373

Acknowledgments 375

Index 377

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Money Well Spent? 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
The economy is improving, but the recovery is not as robust as it could and should have been, contends journalist Michael Grabell. The biggest economic recovery act in history – with an estimated cost of more than a trillion dollars – brought various economic solutions into collision with Washington, DC’s tough political realities, producing middling results. Grabell argues that taxpayers got their money’s worth because the act saved millions of jobs and forestalled another Great Depression. But political miscalculations and poor management hobbled what could have been an even stronger recovery. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, a fan of Barack Obama, a member of the Tea Party or an overseas onlooker marveling at the swirl of American politics, this detailed, intelligent overview can help you understand exactly what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accomplished and failed to accomplish. getAbstract recommends Grabell’s reporting to anyone who participates in America’s slowly reinvigorating economy or has felt the impact of its ups and downs.
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