Ban this is directly out of the report you posted "The effects of ARRA on output peaked in the first half
of 2010 and have since diminished, CBO estimates.
The effects of ARRA on employment are estimated to lag
slightly behind the effects on output; CBO estimates that
the employment effects began to wane at the end of 2010
and continued to do so throughout 2011". Now it also said that things might have been worse if the stimulus had not happened. The fact is they spent the money on the wrong things and it did not have the desired effect. Also when it comes to the republicans accepting money I agree if you didnt want the stimulus then dont take the money, or at the least only accept the money if you can use it in a way that you were lobbying for. I also agree that if you are a dem. and are agains the bush tax cuts then dont take the tax cut, pay up sucker. If your against capital gains, then Kerry better be paying tax on all of his invesments, I doubt he does..
Also when Maddow claims that Obamacare WILL bring costs under control she is sharing her opinion and passing it off as fact. She has no idea what will happen, as you said.