For some this is proof that Obama is destroying the country laugh

Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked. Letís say this bill had started spending money within a matter of weeks and had rapidly helped the economy. Letís also imagine it was large enough to have had a huge impact on jobs ó employing something like two million people who would otherwise be unemployed right now.

If that had happened, what would the economy look like today?

Well, it would look almost exactly as it does now. Because those nice descriptions of the stimulus that I just gave arenít hypothetical. They are descriptions of the actual bill.

Housing starts have now risen 21.1% in the past year, the largest year-over-year increase since April 2004. Building permits are up 16.9% in the past year, the largest year-over-year gain since May 2004.

U.S. Economy: Factory Production, Home Starts Exceed Forecasts. The 0.9 percent increase in production at factories, mines and utilities followed a 0.7 percent gain the prior month, according to the Federal Reserve in Washington. Figures from the Commerce Department today showed housing starts climbed to a 591,000 annual pace, exceeding the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.