At the beginning of the year, infrastructure projects around the United States were all the talk. Billions were allocated to these projects, but have the infrastructure exchange traded funds (ETFs) responded with performance?
President Barack Obama and Congress prescribed a $787-billion dose of tax cuts and spending increases six months ago, reports David Wessell for The Wall Street Journal. Today, U.S. citizens seem doubtful that the plan is working, but it was never intended to hit the economy as quickly as possible.
Roughly one-third was tax cuts, which were quick-acting. One-third was aid to state and local governments and individuals, which were only slightly slower. But one-third was infrastructure, education and other spending that won’t show up for many months, or even years.
While it’s still relatively early in the game, the stimulus effort is not without its critics. David Frum for National Post reports that the stimulus package is not being used as quickly or as responsibly as it could have been. Banks also tightened lending in the second quarter, rather than picking it up.
The United States also had the biggest stimulus package, as a percentage of GDP, but has so far seen some of the fewest results, Frum says.