You may be right, Robert Gentel---It is not important to listen to or quote anybody even if they are Secretary of the Treasury or Secretary of Defense or the President of the United States.
But, you say that you would like to look at the data itself? Very good and admirable. But which data would you look at?
Would you look at the data provided by President Obama which says that his stimulus package will create four million jobs? Or would you like to look at the data from the Congressional Budget Office which says that between 1.5 and 3 Million Jobs will be created by the stimulus?
Would you like to look at the BLS data that says that we now have a 7.6% Unemployment rate? Or would you like to look at the data which says that if we include U-6, we now have a much higher Unemployment Rate than that because U-6 includes "discouraged workers"?
Which data would you look at? I will be happy to provide you with data which will often show your data to be skewed.
Numbers and data are fine, Mr.Gentel, perhaps the best proofs to use, but I am sure you are aware that they can be manipulated.
And, You may think that the comment of the Secretary of the Treasury(Morganthau) "doesn't matter".
FDR would not have agreed with you since FDR thought that Morganthau was the only man who could handle the massive spending in the 1930's.
Your comment indicating that FDR should have spent more( to achieve his goals) is interesting. It is like the thinking of the warhawks who thought that Johnson should have spent more in VietNam to win the war.
Both FDR and Johnson saw a much higher level of spending as politically unwise.
Politics does drive politicians, you know!