Stimulus Response : Planet Money An economist from the Obama administration thinks the economy still needs stimulus. Will the Republican tax and spending bills provide it?

Stimulus Response

Jared Bernstein has a dilemma. He's a liberal economist, and he's been saying for years that the U.S. needs stimulus — some combination of higher spending and lower taxes — to drive up wages for workers.

Congress and the President recently passed bills to raise spending and cut taxes.

These weren't sold as stimulus packages. They are not Jared Bernstein's dream come true. But they are going to mean lower taxes and higher spending.

Today on the show: How is a liberal economist supposed to feel about these Republican bills that are — sort of — the thing he's been saying we need?

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