the stimulus can’t have failed, because it never happened. Once you take state and local cutbacks into account, there was no surge of government spending. Here’s total (all levels) government spending over the past 10 years:
Years ago –decades, actually– I read David Hackett Fischer’s “Historians Fallacies,” in which, as I recall, he cited one “happy monarch” (Charles II perhaps?) who liked to call his advisers together to ask such questions as why it was that a live fish placed into a bowl of water caused it to overflow, while a dead fish did not. Charles would happily watch as his council twisted their arguments into pretzels around a non-existent fact.
And here we are, sometime later, with all the president’s men arguing why the dead fish did not cause the economy to overflow.