Stimulus or no: Debate rages over government intervention

Has President Barack Obama's $862 billion economic stimulus ultimately helped or hurt the nation's economy? That's the subject of hot debate among economists and politicians, and a decision over a second stimulus package is hanging in the balance. Stimulus advocates say the injection of federal dollars strengthened a sick economy; stimulus critics say the country must face down its rising deficit or be confronted with crippling interest rates later.

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