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Why More Stimulus Now Would Pay for Itself—Really!

contributors@theatlantic.com (Matthew O'Brien)

The fiscally conservative case to borrow and spend -- and feel good about it

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What if borrowing money made you so much richer over the long-term that it paid for itself? It's not crazy. Millions of families make such a decision every year when they take on debt to pay for school. Indeed, investing in yourself is an bet that often pays off. But can the same be true for an entire country?

Which is to say: When people offer you free money, don't say no.

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