The Obama stimulus plan included significant infrastructure spending, but critics on the right think it was a waste, critics on the left think it wasn't enough. We discuss whether greater infrastructure spending can be a job creator, or a debt creator.
30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The necessity of borrowing to initiate and maintain essential infrastructure projects. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
Michael Grunwald, senior national correspondent for Time Magazine and the author of The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era, writes in his new book about how the stimulus package was far more effective than acknowledged.
Michael Grabell, who covers transportation for ProPublica and is the author of Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History follows up on his ShovelWatch reporting with a book about the stimulus plan and what it accomplished.