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February 17th, 2010
06:17 PM ET

Has the Stimulus Worked?

Has the government's stimulus plan worked?

Instead of "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," it's easier just to say "stimulus package."  What's not easy to say is whether the controversial plan has been a success; it really depends on whom you ask.

Well, we're asking you.  President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus plan exactly one year ago (its price was recently recalculated at $862 billion).  Its goals included saving or creating jobs, keeping the economy from getting worse, and helping the economy grow down the road.

Has it worked?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Jeremy

    I do not think the stimulus plan has worked, and perhaps it might not for awhile. What i think we should do, is to do what Thomas Jefferson did, and that was limit government spending as much as possible, to prevent massed debts.

    February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  2. Joseph

    It may take a while for the stimulus package to work if it ever does.

    February 17, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  3. Emily

    The stimulus doesn't seem to be working. Many people are still unemployed, the economy is still iffy, and investing in the stock market is risky. Yes, the stimulus might have kept the economy from getting worse but now we need help improving it!

    February 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  4. Mitchell

    I don't have a huge world perspective but I do own some stock with my dad and it has started to increase over the past 6 months, so I guess it has worked

    February 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  5. micheal

    I think that it is roge to just let pepile let thes kids have this thay have to go throw it thar hole lives lest stand up and do someing

    February 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I don't think its worked because the US still is deep in debt and yet we keep giving money away

    February 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    I don't think it worked because we still don't have alot of money!

    February 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  8. Vicki

    I think the true question is, "How long will it take us to recap the $862 billion dollars that this stimulus package cost us?" Once our economy improves, will we ever really know if it was this "package" that turned us around?

    February 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  9. Spencer

    I would have to give the government some credit for trying to create more jobs and that is happening in some areas but, it could go a little bit faster.

    February 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  10. Jessica

    I personally think that President Obama's Stimulus package hasn't haelped our economy. He says it saved us from another depression, but I don't think it did too much. Our country is still in debt, and it is gunna be for a LONG time. It's about time the government starts thinking about the effect of the actions they plan to take...

    February 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  11. Stephen

    The stimulous is just taking jobs away to give them to different people.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  12. Melayna

    No the stimulus package hasn't worked yet. Obama really hasn't done much to effect the middle classmen like my family. He keeps spending the governments millions and millions of dollars on projects that just aren't working out for us Americans. Not only does this package not work, but Obama is borrowing the money. We owe China pretty much our lives. The Governor of California has gone through the same process as Obama is doing for us. California is now bankrupt.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  13. Benny

    It's probably just luck, the economy probably just got back on its own.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  14. Cindy

    I don't think the stimulus package is working. There are lot of people don't have jobs. The stimulus package would help but it won't going to work in awhile. I think the economy will eventually be back to normal, soon.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  15. joe

    Obama made a really bad choice. The simulus!?! Really Obama, Really?

    February 17, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  16. Devan

    This is President Obamas first year in office. We have not seen the stimulus package working and i think it has been a waste of money. with that money that was spent we could have done many other things and i agree with Melayna that we should owe China our lives. It is creating a bad reputation for us and we are having a hard time finding job. If the stimulus was to help americans to find jobs well it isn't. It was hard enough for me to find a job in this economy.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  17. Roberto

    no the stimulus paln hasen't worked like it was intened but also obama isn't doing much to help enther

    February 17, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. cory

    No, i believe the stimulus package has not worked and might not for a long time. If the package has not worked then it will not work any time soon, and of course everyone knows it has not worked since a YEAR so far and the problem still continues to rise. Unless president Obama finds another way to fix this problem we are staring at dead water right now. Either way, Obama has not done a good job money wise, i mean 862 billion dollars is alot of money to spend on a something that has not worked and a pretty good amount of that money was borrowed from others as well.

    February 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  19. jerica

    i believe if we just wait and give some time the stimulus can work..we need people to just pray f for those who do or if not wish upon a star or something

    February 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  20. courtney

    no it has not worked! i disagree strongly with whoever says that it has. Do more people have jobs? Is there a lower percentage of unemployement? no! the percentage went up, and less people have jobs. And what jobs has HE created? I honestly and truly dont think that he's doing that much, and i sure hope you guys who read this agree with me, but if you don't agree with me, then please tell me WHAT obama has done, cuz i dont see any improvement.

    February 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  21. Tobster

    I dont think the stimulus package has helped our economy because President Obama said it helped not cause another depression but it still didnt help the economy.California is bankrupt because of the process and I dont want my state to get bankrupt because of what the governor does as the same as Obama.Its also taking away jobs from people and its hard to get a job if you dont have one.

    February 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  22. Maria

    I believe the stimulus plan is working, but it still has a long way to go. I hope in a few years the economy will be back to where it was before the recession.

    February 17, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  23. Kirstie

    Well, it definitely won't HELP the economy if Obama continues to tax us more. His plan is to create more jobs, but there are a few problems with this...Firstly, he's not even sure these job plans will work out. Secondly, all of this extra money he's taxing us–well, most of it isn't even being spent on the creation of new jobs. Thirdly, yes it is nice to help out our fellow Americans, but the solution is NOT to hurt those of us that our fine by taking our money and giving it to people who need it but haven't earned it. There's no point in that, other than that we will become worse of. I say we stop all of the unneccesary taxes!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:21 am |
  24. Claudia

    I definitely think the stimulus act is working!! I mean, 2million Americans are getting employeed and unemployment is what we got to deal with, first of all. I just don't see the harm. People really tend to think that the stimulus project will solve the problem of national debt but we have to wait for a while cause this national problem won't be easily solved. People should wait for a while before it actually works.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:07 am |
  25. T.J.

    The stimulus plan has not worked. Our unemployment rate is still around 10%. The plan has given billions of taxpayer dollars to rich corporations such as AIG. This money should be used to help small businesses across the United States.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  26. karina

    I think it worked so the president must probably be really lucky.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  27. Joyce

    i dont know about it yet, but i think a yes and a no for the stimulus plan. but i hope it does work soon for our econmy.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  28. Melby

    No it didnt work. The ecomomy is still bad and i hope it'll get better. People are loosing jobs and have knowhere to live. President Obama shouldnt just say that he's going to fix and make everything better. He should show it with his actions.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  29. Bincy

    I guess it is keeping it from getting worse but we need to improve it. I don't think that it is helping that much because people are losing jobs and they are being given to other people. They need to think about everybody, the poor and the middle class people. The stimulas didn't help the economy that much. We need to think of ideas and ways to help everyone about losing their jobs and really need to work on our economy.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  30. michelle

    i dont think that the stimulis is working .it may be working in some parts of the us but not where i live. i have seen so many people who are unemployed and are desperate to find paying jobs so i dont think that it is working

    February 18, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  31. Zippy

    i don't think it has worked because the economy is supposetly getting better but out of the friends my mom and dad have 2 of them have lost there job or were relocated to a different state

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  32. David

    No the bill hasn't worked yeat because Obame is just spinding all the
    money for millitary supplis. Also he is just spinding all the money for his owen needs. So that is way the stimulus bill hasn't helped the economy its only made it worse.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  33. Zach

    i don't think so.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  34. Brock

    No it didnt work. Because still many people are out in the blue with no jobs.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  35. Connor

    I think it worked but it might have been luck.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  36. david

    no i dont think that it worked

    February 18, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  37. Jeong

    No I don't think the stimuolous plan has worked. If we do good I think the stimuolous plan would work in a couple years.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  38. chief

    its cool

    February 18, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  39. desiree`

    ..... the stimulus plan hasn't worked yet but over time it will but it depends on the economy.....

    February 18, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  40. bailey

    The stimulus hasn't worked! I mean have you seen any less people on the streets? Have you seen anyone get job yet? No....I think the government needs to do something important that WILL help now.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  41. Alysa

    I think that every since the stimulis plan we have had less jobs and a lot of employment, But it is the beginning so we will see.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  42. Ty

    I think that the stimulus is working but not at its full patentioal and we are wasteing about a third of the money on thing we don't need. As have been seen in my state.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  43. Alexes

    If it is working i haven't seen it yet. No one is getting jobs in my area. It needs to get better fast!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  44. will

    i think it may work but it needs alot more time

    February 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  45. bailey

    Why cant the government help people! they are hurting people an dI think that something should be done now! They think that they are helping but they are just hurting!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  46. Spencer

    I think its going to work, people willl get jobs and we will eventually get out of debt. Its going to work in the long run, I didnt expect it to work right away.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  47. sAm

    i dont think the stimulus package will work because it has been a year now and people are still low on money.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  48. Ashley

    I haven't seen anything change for the better. I see schools closing, people loosing jobs, and jobs moving away. It hasn't worked so far and I don't think its going to.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  49. joey

    i think that the stimulis package isnt working because our governemnt just spent all that money and jobs are still being lost and schools still being closed and now the government has to pay for unemployment wich isnt helping our economy at all

    February 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  50. Derek

    i think it really hasnt worked yet because we all still dont have alot of money, jobs, or even good heath care for the poor.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  51. Dan

    I don't think it worked because Detroit still has hardly any jobs

    February 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  52. nic

    I think the stimulus bill is a wast of time and money.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  53. Hank

    hey! hey! hey! its time to get rid of it!
    it has only made things worse!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  54. Matt

    As far as my family is concerned, the stimulus has worked. My mom, a teacher, would have been layed off if not for the stimulus. I'm sure it is the same for many other teachers, police and firemen. The class I'm sitting in right now would be much more crowded if all those teachers would have been let go.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  55. Mrs. Schulte's Class

    It clearly hasn't worked because a lot of people are still losing their jobs. The money is basically being wasted since it's not working. Some of our parents are still laid off and don't have jobs.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  56. trevor

    The stimulus package has had its affects on some of the pressing issues in our country do to the huge deficit at which we are currently in. Yes, the unemployment rate is large, but since the federal funding to create jobs in certain ways, over two million people are back to work. The stimulus still has some bugs, but in the long run it will have helped us out. As for now the changes it have made a small and have large gaps.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  57. Maddison

    In my point of view the stimulus has not worked at all and will not work

    February 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  58. Sabrina

    I don't really think it has worked so far yet. But that can change in the future it might. I think the president is trying to help Haiti but they should be sending way more planes so they can get the people heal from their injuries.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  59. Jake

    I don't know if the stimulus bill has worked yet because it has created jobs but it still hasn't created as many jobs as it was said to, and it is also very expensive and if it doesn't start creating more jobs and it the gov't keeps spending money on it then people aren't gonna like it.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  60. rachel

    I don't think the stimulus plan worked yet,

    February 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  61. Mitchell

    I would have to say i don't think it has worked. Well not yet at least.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  62. ghost

    I think that the stimulates bill is not working but still is because they are creating jobs but they are also losing jobs at the same time. The bad thing about this bill is that they are trying hard but nothing is getting down. When they make jobs they are probably short time at the least and they are not probably worth only a short time job in the long run.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  63. Alexander

    No. The stimulus plan has not worked!!!!!! I think this because there are still millions of people in America without money or without work. Like my aunt has just lost her job that is not a stimulus plan that is like negative stimulus plan. So that is my reasoning on the stimulus plan of not working.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  64. Derek

    I think the stimulus plan has not worked it has only taken jobs away. One of the ways I think we could get jobs back on the market is quit paying the bills on line so it will give back jobs to post offices

    February 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  65. Samantha

    What we should do is all us teens should do good in school, get in yo college and then go in to government and fix our horrible economy.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  66. Nick

    I think that it has worked because people that were in risk of loosing their jobs now know that they aren't going to get laid off or fired and they will have a income that they will be able to live off of or even support a family.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  67. Dani

    I think it possibly worked in other states but I don't believe it has worked in my state at all.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  68. Jack

    You know I really don't know yet if it is working. My mothers jobs is not holding up for her like it was, she just recently started looking for another job, however it seems as if the economy is at a kind of neutral position. I haven't seen very many jobs LATLEY get lost and I haven't seen any jobs gained. We are trying to start a new business, but the banks are being very stubborn. All I know is that my dads job isn't looking too promising lately. Only 2 or 3 out of 60 workers are there. Hes been job less for almost a year. I can tell you this we sure don't live like we used too. But I don't know if the package is going to work out yet.. hopefully the president will come up with something out of the blue.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  69. Jordan

    I think the stimulus package has worked in places but not country wide. I'm sure it has saved some companies from going bankrupt, but again only a small majority.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  70. Dennis

    I can't really tell yet. But it is also hard to tell when our President says it worked. If he says it worked don't that mean it worked? It may have put 2 millioon jobs out there but none came to were i live. Michigan and California need it the most. Those 2 states have the worst economies in America right now. Unemployment is helping but not like people think it does. Unemployment don't pay for all your needs. Home payments are hard to pay on just unemployment. Then you got food and bills on top off that.
    -Thank you

    February 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  71. anel

    The stimulus money is not being used properly and obama hasnt done anything he just keeps wasting it,and its not being used properly.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  72. cody

    The stimulus money isn't being used properly. Obama needs to spend the money properly. Every one wonders why the economy is so bad. Its because Obama isn't using the stimulus money properly. I think they should take the money and buy more food or grocierys to take to the super market and then they should lower the prices on the food since there will be so much more food.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  73. kiddo

    i think its going to do us no good

    February 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  74. michelle

    i don't know

    February 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  75. Maurice

    I don't get any of the info so i can't say for sure, but i just think Obama is doing his best.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  76. Kelsey

    I think he wants to give the illusion that he is doing something to help the US, but is actually only raising debt and making the economy still go down.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  77. mathew

    I think that it is working somehow so Obama is making new jobs for Americans and makes America THE MOST EMPLOYED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, no but we are doing better.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  78. Devi

    I think the stimulus package hasn't worked, because of the fact Obama hasn't done very much to effect it. So we all need to let time tell! 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  79. KIRA

    STIMULUS PACKAGE . I think the stimulus package is a
    good idea because it will help the community with money.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  80. savannah

    I dont think it helps anybody. It just caused people to lose their jobs and not get a new one. Also it made the economy worse.

    February 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  81. Taylor

    no the stimulus hasnt worked because our economy is still bad. People still dont have jobs and jobs arent hiring people either.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  82. Steve

    I don't really think it worked. The country should be able to reduce its debt first in order to start the stimulus program. Despite the stimulus project, my OWN SCHOOL shut down!!! I'm getiing impatient. There should be another way to grow the economy.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  83. Tori

    The stimulus bill i think is never going to work and everytime i turn around it seems like something bad is happening to the economy. They say it is a trillion dollars but really lets face it no theres not.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  84. Mike

    Remember that much of the stimulus money hasn't been spent yet. Assuming the government does spend the money AND the economy rebounds this year, the true impact of the stimulus bill will have been felt. And that is simply reelection material for the democrats. When spring turns into summer and more dollars are spent on projects, the democrats in power will have earned their keep. GREAT TIMING, DEMOCRATS!

    February 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  85. Hunter

    i think that the democrats did the worst they could do by putting in the bill. it has only hurt our country

    February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  86. Paxton

    The Stimulus Project is in some ways a good descion in some way a bad one. It is President Obama's first year in office he is trying his best to have the Stimulus work but it will take time. It has helped many people get jobs but has put the country in tons of debt. The Stimulus Project

    February 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  87. Anonymous

    Honestly, I believe that we would have been in a much tougher spot if it were'nt for the Stimulus Bill. Though the Obama Admin. did make it seem too "rosy" and made the public belive it would have a larger impact, it has created many jobs and has kept America from suffering more so than this time last year.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  88. Paxton

    The Stimulus Project has been helpful for many Americans but has put the country in debt. It is only President Obama first year in office but he should be able to figure out how to get the country out of debt because he is the president. As must people know the Stimulus Project is a work in process.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  89. Martin

    Obama quotes "Change we can believe in"But what he really means is, After all of these stimulus packages, the only thing left will be change. We need to smarten up and spend our money more wisely without any stimulus packages.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm |
  90. Moaaz

    i think the stmulus plan is failing because most people are getting layed off. yesterday my dad got lucky and was about to lay him off.they should stop this plan

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  91. Grace

    I don't think so. All it's doing is trying to make Obama look good, and it's not doing that good of a job on that.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  92. heather

    i really do not know. putting all that money into it can hurt us even more. maybe it will help us on the bright side. it may not. it is up to us to decide that. i can not wait to see results

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  93. Samm

    I really do not think the stimulus plan is going to work. We are already deep in debt, but yet we keep spending money on things we should not be. Also, the economy is never going to get better if we do not have enough jobs for everyone which is what we are currently lacking in.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  94. allison

    It's like the government doesn't care! They need to act now, or our government will get worse! I don't think anyone want's more bad things to happen

    February 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
  95. Dillon

    I don't think that the stimulous package has worked, I think we have just ended up rewarding the banks for ruining our economy. Plus, it feels like we are in so much debt to China they are going to own us soon enough. The U.S. is roughly in about 12.4 trillion dollars of debt, which come out to be some 150,000 dollars per person.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  96. Katie

    Personally I do not think the stimulus plan is working, because I don't believe throwing more money at the problem is the answer. But raising import tax might help.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  97. Annabell

    If it really worked, then why is our the unemployment rate still basically the same? Were just throwing money away. We need to get people jobs, not give money to people that don't need it.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  98. Nathan

    I think that the government is doing the right thing, while still making the people happy. citizens want jobs gov. is giving jobs, but does anybody want to work for free, i don't think so. we have relied on the gov. before and they have came through and i have no doupt that the gov. will let us down now. there has been improvements to the economy in such little time, you just have to give it a while.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  99. Nathan

    when someone starts a business they useally don't see a brofit intell the second year so why do you think that the economy is soppast to fix it's self over night

    February 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  100. Diana

    With the news that I've been watching, I don't think that the stimulus has worked because if Obama signed it a year ago, shouldn't it have worked by now?

    February 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  101. Katherine

    It seems like more people are getting laid off then getting more jobs. It may start working, but right now I don't agree with the stimulus.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm |
  102. Zach

    Plans whack. If it'd have worked, I'd have a job right now

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 am |
  103. bre

    i dont think this is turning out good. I mean HE is pres.but doesnt mean that he cant add the right spices to a stimulus to mak it so we can be happy with but no he doesnt ask the american people h does wut he thinks is best which is not and wasting our childrens money on something srupid

    February 19, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  104. mackenzie

    i really do not know why they are putting to much money to the government so they can fix roads but obama wasn't them to fix the roads but we will not have any money left if he keeps doing that to the community.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:36 am |
  105. Keisuke

    I think the stimulus plan is working at the moment. You will see it from the various economy indexes. They showed us that American economy will be getting better. Though the only stimulus plan is not the cause of the recovery directly,but it somehow contributes to end the recession. The better American ecomoy is,the better the world economy will be. That is not the problem itself!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  106. Lindsey

    The stimulus package has not worked. It doesn't seem like we're getting to see any of that money. We as a nation are still in debt so where did all that money go? I definetly would like to know.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  107. Rachel

    I don't think the stimulus plan is working. I have been looking for a job for 2 months and still haven't got hired anywhere. For some people it may be working but for some (like me), it's not working. I don't even think it was a good idea to borrow money from other countries. We are in major debt and it's going to take us a long time to pay it back. Borrowing even more money wouldn't help anything.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  108. Cody

    I think that the stimulus plan is working so far. We are very deep in debt, and we keep spending money on things that we really dont need to be spending our money on. Then again, it might work better if we spend money. Who knows? I mean if someone did know, our country would be striving. So yes i think that the stimilus is working, it is just taking a lot longer than what people would like. So I say give it some time, and things will start to get better.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  109. Melissa

    I believe that the government stimulus plan has only made small-small changes. Prices on goods have gone down substantially from the unrealistic prices during the recession, however there are still changes that need to be made to actually better the economy. I know that the government is doing all they can by giving stimulus money to people but this will only go so far. By making more concrete changes, the economy may prosper. All in all, the government is doing what they can but I have yet to see a dramatic improvement.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  110. Megan

    The stimulus package hasn't made a huge impact. There isn't really noticable change because of it. I think it might have helped a little, but it's cost wasn't little. We spent a major amount of money to have little, if any, change. Overall, it just put our country further in debt and the positive aspects of the package are hardly there.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  111. John

    I don't Think it is going to work because the economy is already in debt. then we are going to be in more debt if we do the stimulus plan. we need to the get the economy going then think about the stimulus plan. if we don't then our empire might become like the Roman Empire.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  112. Jillian

    I'm not sure really how well other countries are willing to load out money to the United States. We haven't proven ourselves very responsible in financial situations. Its gonna take time and money from the U.S. in the long run to get money from other counties. For example, if a civilian goes to a bank and applies for a loan it takes a lot of time for the civilian to apply and the bank to approve the use of the money. the bank wants to make sure they a responsible and have a good credit they can get back the money that was loaned. However, the U.S. may struggle at first to succeed in getting a loan but I believe it will happen eventually we will see what becomes of it. Hopefully this will help build up our countries credit.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  113. bethany

    It's obvious that there are still a lot of Americans unemployed, however, had Obama not passed the stimulus bill, there might have been an even higher rate of unemployment. While the stimulus may have helped in some aspects such as lowering the cost of certain products and possibly creating more jobs, I don't think it made a big enough impact to justify the fact that it increased our deficit by billions more.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  114. wesley

    Well even though all the money has not been spent yet I don’t think the part that has been spent is doing anything I for one have put in over 15 applications with no reply. I think if we stopped trying to create new businesses and strengthened the ones we have it would do a lot better.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  115. mark

    i think the eco stimulus package isn't going to work, we are deeply in debt and if we keep on barrowing from other countries. Another note is his stupid stimulus bears a similar resemblence to Johnsons "great society". His "jobs" are temporary and most don't pay that much or do very little and are useless in general, in his first few months he spent about 800 million on useless projects and where they were aimed actually hurt the people because they gotta pay taxes to keep up maitence on stupid projects. and he needs to stop barrowing from other countries because we're in a habit of doing that now when we need money and not letting the economy repair itself. His Change hasn't changed much accept for are Tab's with other countries. The economy gets worse when presidents run up the bill on stupid issues that can improve themselfs or need no adressing at all. if you raise wel-fare standards, people get off the government aid then must get a job and jobs that need taken but most peopole are too lazy to do them or the pay is too low. it would lower government spending and raise employment.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  116. Sage

    I do, in fact, think it has worked. I understand that after our failing economy, people would want immediant results. BUUUT! Rising up from a failing economy is going to take time. If it's rushed, it has the potential to not work at all!

    February 19, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  117. Ms. Miller's class

    You cannot just throw money at a problem and expect it to be fixed. When a new president comes into office in a difficult time you cannot expect a fix in just one year. You need to look at this situation from a variety of viewpoints.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  118. Brett

    Hopefully in time the stimulus plan will take effect and be noticed more. But, for now, I can't see any changes. My Dad, a single parent, still can't find work. Nor can I, even though I am only [a teenager].

    PS. Carl Azuz is Awesome

    February 19, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  119. Scott

    I don't think the stimulus is working yet and I don't know if it will work. It is getting off to a slow start but if it is like any other government program, it will fail.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  120. Austen

    It will get better, it takes time to fix a problem this big. You can't expect it to change overnight.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  121. Khriz

    I haven't seen any major changes but I do believe many people have been saved from being laid off. I hope in the future everyone can have a job.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  122. Luke

    I think that the stimulus package worked because i see a lot more workers on the highways. They are making roads for us to use and i think that was because i havent seen them on the roadbefore the stimulus package was started

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  123. Jacqueline

    Why are we spending more money?! Aren't we in trillions of dollars of debt already?! My Dad said the last stimulus package will take generations of taxes to pay off, which means Obama's descisions aer affecting MY grandchildren! How is that helping anyone?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  124. Sheryl

    I think that Obama is doing everything he can do to help our country and even if the stimulus bill doesn't work, he will definetly think of something else. I actually do think it is kind of working!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  125. Melodie

    I don't think that the stimulus plan is working. They should like stop the plan and people are in serious jeapordy. People don't have enough jobs and people are losing jobs. I don't think that it is working.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  126. Cory

    I think that everyone is jumping to conclusions on the stimulus package, just because they dont like oboma or they think it should work right away. They need to give this huge economic problem some time to work and get everyone back in the swing of things. Nothing happens right away and you United States citizens have to start being americans and start working like american's and get back to work and start making america what it was. To get to the future you have to start here, in America!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  127. Reid

    I do not think the stimulus worked. My dads business hasnt been good since the economy went down and it still hasnt picked up.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  128. Dallas

    Its hard to say whether the stimulus package has worked due to it being signed only a year ago. I feel that the stimulus package needs to be in affect for a while longer before people start running their mouths about it.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  129. KJ

    The stimulus plan is too new to fully tell if its going to work. It has started creating jobs but some people are still out of work. The stimulus package is only a year old. I believe it will work in the long run. We just need to keep creating jobs for people.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  130. Tabor

    I think that it's hard to say that the stimulous package has worked at this point because it's only been a year that its been in affect. I think down the road the stimulous package will create jobs and make the economy much better than this moment in time.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  131. John

    I do not beileve the stimulus plan is not affecting the areas it said it would.Many people are still losing there jobs and the economy is not growing or improving.The plan should be rethought out and give people money for the right reasons.Companys are still recieving huge bailouts but their workers are still getting docked pay or getting laid off. If the republicans would cooperate te stimulus plan would be able to work to its expected standards

    February 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  132. John

    The stimulus has good potential to work. the republicans said when Bill Clinton was in office, "do it the republican way". Then when Bush came to office the republicans brought us into the deepest recession since the 70's. Now, once again, the republicans are saying "do it the republican way" and are refusing to sign anything the Obama administration proposes. If the republicans would cooperate with the democrats the stimulus would work to its potential.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  133. Evan

    What Stimulus?

    February 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  134. Mrs. Largents Student

    I have not seen the stimulus plan working yet, and if they have the money and are creating new jobs, why don't they just lower taxes and hold off on the spending for around a week. That is what I believe will help the economy pick back up again.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  135. Jay

    I think that the stimulus plan is not working, because the unemployment rate has not gone down and there is no change in our area.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  136. Jay

    No, because we haven't seen any more jobs, and we still owe 11 trillion dollars to China.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  137. Melia

    It seems like the stimulus has work in different areas. I think it will work in all areas it will just take some time to incorperate it in all areas. I will adimit that there are a lot of people whom don't have jobs. But while this stimulus is being reinforced in all areas there are part time jobs they can find. There are a lot of jobs out there but some people are really paticular about what they want to do, I say take what you can get until the right job apears.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  138. Jessica

    So far I say no. I still see ALOT of people unemployed. We are aleready in so much debt, but we just seem to keep spending money.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  139. Lauryn

    This stimulus has really effected my family. My grandmother has been out of work for over a year, when is this supposed to start working?

    February 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  140. Carlton

    If the stimulus keeps working at this pace, we will still be in a recession 100 years from now.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  141. Carlton

    What stimulus?

    February 19, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  142. Carlton

    The only "change" i have seen is change for the bad, Mr. Obama. all the stimulus is doing is getting the United States in more debt.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  143. billy bob

    So much for change Mr. Obama!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  144. billy bob

    If we would just get out of the wars, we wouldn't need a stimulus or be wasting millions of dollars a year.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  145. nash

    the stimulus will not work we are in deep dept spending money on things can not be helping the usa in jobs.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  146. Ms.Warden"s class

    the stimulus plan has not worked i still see people on the street asking for money hopefully the new nuclear powerplant will work but what i've seen so far it has not worked.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
  147. Katie

    In my small city..the stimulus plan has been working. My mom got a job. The country is in great debt. So I dont know for the rest of the United States.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
  148. Bre

    I believe the stimulus plan may work eventually but I haven't seen much change yet. I watch CNN daily in my history class and you guys talk about it a lot however I still do not see change.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  149. Dhruv

    The stimulus may have kept jobs in short term, but what happens when that money runs out? We'll be right back where we started, and even more in debt.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  150. Jena

    i really do not think that the stimulus plan works. we are already deep in dept, but we keep spending money on useless things. The unemployment is really bad for people.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  151. Matthew

    The Stimulus plan hasn't worked, clearly because alot of people I know have gotten laid off and still don't have a job. President Obama needs to do something!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 20, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  152. Matthew

    It hasn't worked mainly because only 1/3 of it has been used. I guess the third went to government spending.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:00 am |
  153. Rafin

    President Obama's stimulus plan has not worked yet. There are still many people I know who still want paying jobs no matter mow much they get just so they can have some food or pay the rent.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  154. Savanah

    I think us putting more money into the stimulus plan is going to put us farther and farther in to debt. This could get really messy and possibley get us into trouble with anther country's. It shouldnt be up to the government to decide it should be up to everyone in the United States.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  155. justin

    I think the stimulus plan has work pretty well but im not so sure that it will work in the future

    February 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  156. chelsea

    yes it has my moms work has more emploeys

    February 20, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  157. Quinton

    I think it has worked in rural areas just not in populated areas.

    February 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm |
  158. alyia

    i think that its not working because all there trying to do is make obama look good and it is not working

    February 21, 2010 at 3:28 am |
  159. Rachael

    According to a lot of people i know, the stimulus hasnt worked. We thought the stimulus would help us in the future....... a of now, t probably wont

    February 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  160. Sanjay

    I believe the stimulus bill is yet to take effect in our economy. I haven't seen many improvements on jobs but that doesn't mean it's not there.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  161. CAMERON

    Of couse not! But it will. It shouldn't have worked yet. The idea is that some people get jobs, which will slowly make the economy improve. For everyone who is angry at President Obama, do you have a better idea? It's like the Health Care bill. It's not a perfect solution. It's the best one.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  162. Taylor

    People around here are still losing jobs and the country is in more debt, ya it worked....

    February 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  163. Sage

    I think that the Stimulus plan is not working. Obama is putting the money in the wrong places. People need jobs. We need to be putting money to businesses to hire people. If people don't work, then the don't get any money. When people don't have money, they don't buy things. When people don't buy things, the busisnesses don't have money or go out of business. When a business goes out of business, they can't hire anybody. It is a continuous cycle that needs to be broken.

    February 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  164. Sage

    The stimulus plan is not working now, thats a fact, but if Pres.Obama figures out that it isn't , he can possibly fix it. Besides, the U.S. is in so much debt, it is going to take years to get out of.

    February 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  165. Foy

    Of course the stimulus has worked! Thanks to President Obama, our economy has stopped freefalling and begun the long arduous road to recovery. Keep in mind that the stimulus was only supposed to stop the economy from getting worse, and that the president has said before that it is up to companies and the American people to take upon themselves the task of rebuilding the American economy.

    February 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  166. Grace

    I believe that the stimulus bill hasn't worked. I agree with alyia and think that it's only making Obama look professional. Hello?!? America's wasting time here!

    February 21, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  167. Jein

    What has worked in our country is being able to lose more money. Although some hope is showing up, it will be long since our economy recovers.

    February 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  168. Ophelia

    People are still loosing their jobs and our country still owes a lot of money. If the stimulus plan worked, then this wouldn't be happening!

    February 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  169. Kathrine

    I cant tell if stimulus has worked or not because there have only been 5 job openings in my community. Their are 30 people still unemployed.

    February 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  170. Taylor

    Seriously though, the stimulus bill was for creating jobs and help get everyone out of debt but the government gets their money from the taxes that help put people in debt in the first place. It just will put the whole country in more debt.

    February 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  171. Abby

    I think the Stimulus plan is working and we can tell because less people are losing jobs and the stock market is going back up. If the plan weren't working then the stock wouldn't be going up.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:02 am |
  172. Will

    I think the stimulus package has worked and hasn't worked. The package has worked because some people are getting jobs. The package hasn't worked because there are many people who are still not unemployed.

    February 22, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  173. Mark

    I think it is not working, but its effects is yet to come. In my opinion I think that the stimulis will help that country in drastic measures

    February 22, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  174. AlEx

    I think it has not worked at all.

    February 22, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  175. TOM

    i really dont think it worked because for that much money so much people are still jobless. there was really no inprovedment. and present obama should not have spent that much money he needs to to something and make a CHANGE!

    February 22, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  176. Dylan

    I think the stimulus has worked so far, but I think the government has to keep the streak going and gives jobless americans more jobs and make the country more complete with more jobs.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  177. Sean

    I do not think it worked. It takes time for this kind of thing to work. Maybe 3 years or more until we will really see the results. Its just like the health care bill, which even if its passed, will take a long time to work.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  178. Gabby

    No, it didnt work. In my neighborhood everyone is broke and jobless. Everywhere I go most buildings have the for rent sign on the door. So people are selling or loosing their property because they cant pay. Why the probably cant pay is because they are jobless. Also, I know lots of kids who's parents are jobless. They sometimes tell me that they might loose their homes because their parents cant pay for it.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  179. joe

    It seems like a lot of good has come from the stimulus, but still tons of people haven't gotten jobs. So many people are still in poverty that it is ridiculous. We still need to work on getting the country and economy out of the reccession. peace out

    February 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  180. Austin

    I dont really know if the stimulus has worked because I dont work, and so i am technically always unemployed, but I think that it just hasnt had time to work yet.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  181. Kayla

    I don't know yet maybe if they give it more time.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  182. Angel

    I think the stimulus plan will work, but it will take time for it to take effect.

    February 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  183. Jake

    The stimulus is still bad because people are stillin debt.

    February 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  184. Jimmy

    I think it was bad because it added a lot of debt.

    February 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  185. Treyvon

    People are still losing there jobs i think it worked.

    February 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  186. Frankie

    NO THEY HAVE NOT WORKED THEY ALL STINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  187. Barri

    i think he shouldn't have gave that big amount of money away because there is a lot of people in need of help.

    February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  188. jordan

    I don't because the US is still losing money.

    February 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  189. Louis

    If the stimulus plan has had an effect, I fail to see it.

    February 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  190. Bobbi

    I think it has worked to some degree in certain areas but for people in the areas where it didn't help, lots of people are angry.

    February 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  191. Tyson

    In my opinion the stimulus hasn't worked. It has simply been a big waste of money. The government is giving away money that we simply don't have. If we want to survive as a free nation we need not be slaves to our debts. The government is just creating more debt for us–the younger generations–to pay for in the future.

    February 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  192. Hannah

    No it has not worked no way!!

    February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  193. Allyson

    I think that it has been pretty good, but people are still losing jobs and some haven't gotten them yet. Also there is a lot of dept owed so I guess it's good and bad.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  194. Juliette

    I think that some people don't wear seatbelts because it is usually children they either forget to buckle themselves or believe it is not needed or point less .Adults are more sure of death or getting injured if you don't wear a seatbelt if somehow their would be an accident .some adults may just hop into the car and not buckle themselves this is because they are rushing and think if they buckling themselves it will waist time.

    February 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  195. Jordan

    I think most people don't wear seat belts because they forget or don't notice them. They should make them more noticeable by making it a brighter more noticeable color that also looks good. Some other people might not think they are cool or think they don't matter. But they will be really cool and matter a lot when they are saving your life!

    February 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  196. Brennan

    At this time the stimulus pakage has not been used right. I think that the goverment has put alot of money into it and the US has not gained but has lossed stuff fromit.

    February 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  197. Kevin

    So far i think that this stimulus bill hasn't worked since the day it started. apparently all the gov. wants to do is make our economy worse by spending more money and making us pay more.

    February 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  198. Jane

    I don't think the plan has worked yet, if it has then it's not occuring in the area I live in. Maybe it will occur in the long run.

    February 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  199. Mark

    I believe that because the stimulus taxes the rich(who earned it),and gives money to the poor(who haven't earned).It was also designed to put money in the hands of the government.I personally think the money Congress is spending is being wasted.

    February 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  200. Ethan

    I think that the stimulus plan is a good idea because it taxes the wealthy and gives back to those who are less fourtunate [ people who lost jobs, houses, ect] But the government is spending money like mad men, they're already thirteen million dollars in debt. Calm it down a little!

    February 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  201. steve

    I personally think that the stimulus has worked. I say this because the biggest recession since the Great Depression did not become a depression. The unemployment rate is only 9.7% which is not that much above the average. The stimulus did what it was supposed to it gave people hope, and confidence.

    February 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  202. Palmer

    No. Nothing is changing that really makes a differance. If it were working, it would be noticed.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  203. Tori

    It hasnt worked. Unfortunately taxing the wealthy gives them less incentive to create jobs and hire people/give raises. What we need is across the board tax cuts and limit government spending as much as possible as the government expands our liberty contracts.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  204. maggien

    i think it will work becuz the u.s.a in in serius need in money! i mean give the goverment a break

    February 24, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  205. Lastan

    all i have to say is that it kinda worked and it kinda didn't at least that is what i think

    February 25, 2010 at 1:43 am |
  206. Anthony

    The stimulus has not worked, even more people are out of work and the only jobs the bill created were government jobs

    February 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  207. Emma

    I do not think that the stimulus has worked. I believe that even more people have lost their jobs during this last year so it must have the opposite effect on the economy. I think that it should be rewrote or something because I certainly have not noticed a change yet.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  208. Kylie

    I dont think the stimulus plan has helped, I believe that this has just put us in even more debt! Sometimes people use this money for the wrong things and dont understand the real reason they are given...

    February 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  209. Kayla

    I think it hasnt worked yet.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  210. Sahand

    The truth is that nothing will be changed overnight. I think it's too early to predict the stimulus's future impact. People just need to be patient and realize that the Gov't is trying to do all they can to save this economy.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  211. lara

    one word...NO!!!!!!
    who is it helping? all it is more debt that america doesn't need

    February 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  212. connor

    i don't think the stimulas plan has worked because in my city I have seen more homeless people.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:21 am |
  213. Marisa

    i don't think its working because you still see people lose more jobs.

    February 27, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  214. bryce

    no i dont think it is because of the economy and the amount of job's lost in the united states.

    February 27, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  215. John

    I haven't seen any of the effects, but I'm really starting to see the effects of the bad economy. College is looking very much too expensive, and why should I go to college when most of my friends older brothers and sisters have moved back home because they cannot find a job and cannot afford their loan payments?

    February 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  216. DJ

    i don't think the stimulus plan has worked. I feel that we should stop GIVING our money away to help Haiti (Now Probably Chile) PEOPLE IN AMERICA NEED OUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY GRANDMA IS SICK AND CANT GOT TO THE DOCTORS BUT WE SEND MONEY THAT COULD HELP HER AWAY! AMERICA WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 1, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  217. Carter

    I don't think the stimulus plan has worked, it's been over a year and the unemployment rate hasn't gone down miraculously. I think the government needs to focus more on the plans we've already borrowed money on before spending more money on new plans.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  218. Adam

    I dont know if it really worked or not. but it is going in the right direction. without the stimulus people would not have had that extra money to spend. so with the greater spending businesses were able to stay in business.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  219. justin

    I dont know how well it has work every thing is the same were i live so i think it hasent

    March 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  220. Talley

    i think it has worked

    March 8, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  221. griffin

    so far the stimulas bill has done nothing i havent seen any improvements and i cost america tons of money and it hasent made a diffrence. hopefully sonner or later we will maybe see some change.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  222. Thomas

    i dont know

    March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  223. amanda

    I really dont know but i do think the goverment reallly need to wacht what the do our countrys really in deat.

    March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  224. Mausam

    I think that it gradually worked, but then it didn't, and it's starting to work again. However, with more things getting worse, it probably will fall down again and we don't wnat that to happen.

    March 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  225. Beth

    Nope. It hasn't worked one bit. Obama spent billions of dollars on things that Americans should be smart enough to do themselves. Obama should help, but not that drastically. It's way to much money on a crisis that can be fixed without it.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  226. Jessica

    I think that it is working because so far it has given over 3 million jobs to people. Just because nobody is becoming richer than they were before doesn't mean that it isn't working. Some people are saying that we shouldn't be giving money to other countries to help save jobs in America, but I disagree because ood to help other people and it is good to become allies with the other countries. The people that say that the stimilus is not working have not looked up the facts and seen how many people have gotten jobs because of it. They think that everybody should have a job by now but that is not true. It will start to take effect later this year.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  227. dustin

    The stimulus plan isn't working.

    March 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  228. hank

    I think that the stimulus plan has worked

    March 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  229. Spencer

    I KNOW the stimulus plan hasn't worked because people are still loosing their jobs and getting hired to jobs just as they had been before the stimulus plan passed. So far, this bill has put our country's poor economy down even more and now the government has EVEN MORE debt to pay off. That means, more taxes!

    March 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  230. Cade

    That was one of the stupidest things he did in office since he was brought in, but when he did sign that the bill it put this country in more ecomic trubble now he' trying to pass a bill saying we should make it to wear the limit of govnerment spending is up up up but thats just gonna be worse beacuse that package will just keep coming around untill we see it again in another two years to up the government limit. in all the package is NOT WORKING

    March 9, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  231. shantay

    i think that everyone should be able to do what ever they feel they want to do with their life

    March 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  232. Kayley

    Dont think it has worked and dont think its going to work

    March 9, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  233. Cathleen

    Has the stimulus worked? Are you kidding? Not to be rude or anything but of course it hasn't! I know that spending money is to pay the companies to hire people but that's not helping. Isn't it common sense to do less spending when you have less money? I'm not sure what I would do to give people their jobs back, all I know is that I wouldn't use the stimulus.

    March 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  234. Ribs

    I do not think the stimulus package has worked. The unemployment rate is 9.8%, the highest it has been in years and I have a few family members that have lost their job and have had no luck finding a new one. I do not think the money is finding it's way to the businesses that need it. The banks are not working with smalll businesses to provide the funding they need to keep their employees. Many companies are also not providing any type of pay increase but all of our day to day costs are increasing, leaving us less money to spend and stimulate the economy.

    March 11, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  235. Noel

    I dont think it has worked yet no money has been brought back in and millions of people are still jobless. Even though he said it will take time and will help in the future no money has come in yet and he has spent more than he ogriginally put down. If you make these big promises you must be able to keep them or get close to accomplishing them.

    March 11, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  236. Erin

    Has the stimulus plan worked? Many people think that it is definitely not working, some say it is working, and some say that they don't know yet, that it might need more time to start working. In my opinion it has helped incertain places and not in other places. For example, in Sacremento, California a grant created 50,000 jobs even though it cost about 4 billion dollars to create these jobs. Unfortunately in some places no jobs have been created for those who are unemployed and the stimulus plan spent money to create those jobs and it didn't work. Also many people are blaming Obama for the problem with the economy and I don't think it is his fault at all. This problem has been building since, I think, Reagan's presidency. Obama was just the one who just happened to be getting into office when everything started to fall apart, and he knew what he was getting himself into. In conclusion, the stimulus has and has not worked. It has helped in some places while it hasn't in others.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  237. Johhny

    I do indeed believe that Obama's stimulus package has worked and is currently doing its job. If you just watch the stock market numbers on almost any day you can see the stocks increasing. For all I know the recession could have just already ended before the package and just took a little bit to show, but when you look that the stocks over a two year period you can see the economy steadily declining, then around March the economy started increasing. Unemployment is also desreasing and because of this package I believe we are almost out of the recession.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  238. Soo

    I do not think the stimulus plan has worked well for far include. I think taking extra taxes to pay the companies to hire people wasn’t much helpful. Many people are still unemployed, the economy is still iffy, and investing in the stock market is risky. The stimulus kept the economy from getting worse anyway, but it didn’t seem to improving the economy.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:09 am |
  239. Patrick

    I think people dont wear seat belts because they dont think it will happen to them. They think its just a statistic and they couldnt possibly be one. As well as the usual excuse that they forgot or it takes to long

    March 12, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  240. dakota,Connar

    i think they should have some kids go to a different schools

    March 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  241. Gayathri

    The stimulus plan hasn't exactly worked because lots of peope are still losing their jobs and can't find one. There are so many people in this country who are unempoled right now because of the recession.

    March 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  242. Lily(:

    i dnt think it'll work because you see everyone loose there jobs and there is tons of homeless people around the u.s.a. i think they should keep helping.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  243. corey

    I think the stimulus package just wasted money and brought us further in debt. The government is spending to much money.

    March 15, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  244. carl

    it is a wast of money!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  245. thomas

    no i have not been on a feld trip scnice decmber

    March 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  246. Sydney

    No, the stimulus package has not worked. Obama keeps spending money on this bill and that package, saying that eventually money will come back our way. This has not worked so far, and I personally think it is a waste of money. If we're already in debt, should we really keep spending?

    March 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  247. Zach

    I think it has cause many people have earned money, but some haven't and I'm concerned about them

    March 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm |