The added burden of government debt will be a drag on our economy for years, though no one will count that as an effect of the stimulus. Shortsighted (and cynical) politicians will (and are) claiming credit for the short term and largely illusory effects of added government spending while carefully evading accountability for the long term cost and damage. Their credulous claques (such as yourself) add to the noise and distraction by touting their deception.
Sorry to say that I trust the word of professional economists over that of partisan posters on a message board, George. This is a political position you've taken, not an informed economic one. The effects of the bill certainly were not 'illusory' as you've written here; surveys of economists, like the one I posted above, contradict this idea. Not only that, a simple google search provides dozens and dozens of current articles about construction projects which are being funded by the Stim bill. Construction is probably the weakest area of our economy at this point and these monies are definitely helping companies stay afloat. One of my former employers, a sheet-metal bending company in Houston, is definitely staying in business due to the Stim bill.
It's easy to call these things illusory and unnecessary when you're a rich dude who doesn't give a **** what happens. You've stated here before that if things go south, you're just as likely to move to Ireland and live out your days in quiet comfort. That isn't a luxury that most have, so pardon us if we like our government to take steps to try and keep a worse recession or depression from happening.
I would also add that tax cuts and debt-financed wars add as much long-term drag on the economy as the Stim bill, yet none of you so-called deficit hawks gave a **** back when Bush was enacting these policies. This is another reason why your newfound concern rings so false.
I think you're still a little pissy about being wrong on the healthcare issue, personally
You may want to wait a little longer before declaring your opponents dead next time.