Did the Stimulus Hurt the Economy?

Although the stimulus money may have helped the economy in the short run (1-2 years), in the near-term it seems to have exacerbated problems by bloating state government spending and postponing necessary cuts. “As part of the 2009 stimulus package, Washington gave the states $150 billion. The states became dependent on a higher level of…

Anti-depressants and Fiscal Stimulus

Conventional wisdom holds that physicians can use anti-depressants to treat long term depression.  Many patients, however, spend years or even decades taking these drugs.  Is this how the inventors of anti-depressants believe they would be used? Author Robert Whitaker believes not: You find that even with major depression, in the pre-antidepressant era – and this…