Stimulus: How Porky Is It?

President Barack Obama speaks to the media on Jan. 27, 2009 in Washington after meeting with congressional Republicans for support to stimulate the economy. Alex Wong/Getty Images

John Maynard Keynes famously suggested that paying people to simply dig ditches and fill them in again would boost the economy because at least wages would be pumped back into the system. There was plenty of ditch digging, road building, and other construction projects in the Obama Administration's stimulus plan that passed the House on a party-line vote Jan. 28. But as debate continues on the $900 billion stimulus package in the Senate, critics are pointing to a raft of projects they say would be wasteful spending and won't help the economy recover.

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