Translation: We knew we couldn't fix it but we needed to throw money at our voters so they'd stop complaining until the next election.
The stimulus failed, we all know it failed. Even lefties know it failed. The indicators may be turning around but that has fuck all to do with anything this Congress or President is doing or has done. The only thing government can do to an economy is throttle it. Up or down. They can lift the yokes of restrictions and taxes and watch it grow. Or they can pull harder on them and shrink it.