February 17th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Stimulus created jobs, controversy, backlash

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/02/17/economic.stimulus.2010/t1larg.construction.gi.jpg caption="Road construction workers collect cones on a project funded by federal stimulus funds in Littleton, Colorado."]

Ed Hornick

As members of the Obama administration on Wednesday tout stimulus successes across the country, they won't be highlighting its other effects - the death of bipartisanship and the rise of the Tea Party movement.

The $862 billion economic stimulus package "was never intended to save every job," Obama said on Wednesday at the White House marking the anniversary of his signing the bill. "Businesses are the true engine of growth (and) always will be. But during a recession ... what government can do is provide a temporary boost."

The program, he said, has "run cleanly, smoothly and transparently."

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  1. Tim Gibson

    Our leadership brewed the tea, now it is time they tasted it.

    February 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm |