Stimulus Nation: Pump It Up

Everyone says we need a huge stimulus package. Fine. But let's not pretend there's no cost

Illustration by David Gothard for TIME

So, we're all agreed. The minute president-elect Barack Obama takes office, if not sooner, we must have a gigantic stimulus package of federal spending or tax cuts to get the country moving again. Wait. Better make that a humongous stimulus package. In fact, what's bigger than humongous? We'd better have a gargantuan stimulus package. Ordering up solutions to this economic crisis is getting to be like ordering a latte from Starbucks: On second thought, we'll take the bigger one.

But what about that $750 billion we already gave Hank Paulson, the Treasury Secretary, to clean up this mess? Oh yeah, that....

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