Magazine article The American Prospect

Stimulus Wars. (Networks)

Magazine article The American Prospect

Stimulus Wars. (Networks)

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WHEN, IN THE WAKE OF the September 11 attacks, conservatives pushed a $100-billion economic-stimulus package that favored their corporate allies over laid-off workers, a coalition of more than 60 groups, spearheaded by the Institute for America's Future, built a nationwide campaign to expose the bill's corporate profiteering and promote a counteragenda that actually addresses the problems of recession.

A Greenberg Research survey (sponsored by Democracy Corps) helped flame the effort by revealing the public's antipathy toward a "stimulus" that amounted to little more than throwing money at corporate opportunists. With the assistance of Citizens for Tax Justice and Fenton Communications, the Institute for America's Future co-sponsored full-page ads--headlined "Sacrifice is for Suckers"--attacking the bill in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Soon thereafter, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) passed along to Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott a critique in the form of an open letter that was signed by nine Nobel laureates. …

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