How much infrastructure for how much debt?

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.

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30 Issues: Borrowing for Infrastructure

Thursday, September 27, 2012

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.

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New New Deal

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Michael Grunwaldsenior 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.

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Stimulus Money Well Spent?

Friday, February 03, 2012

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.

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A Year in Infrastructure

Monday, January 23, 2012

Andrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, looks at the ups and downs of transit and infrastructure politics through a chart of presidential word usage with WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark

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Did it Work? The Stimulus

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

But again that's kind of a defensive thing, saying it's not as bad as it could have been, and yet we still have 9.1 percent unemployment and the misery index at a high not seen since 1983, so all of this stuff is not quite comforting.

 Roben Farzad, senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek

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Interstate of the Union

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the "Transportation Nation" blog, talks about Obama's plans for transport as laid out in the State of the Union address.

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