Interesting topic to read through.
As always on these issues, everyone has an opinion, but no one has much of a clue about how to fix the problem.
My general take on the bill is that it combines a mix of mechanisms to help stimulate the economy.
(1) There are some tax breaks, which is good -- it is the simplest way to put money in people's pockets. Problem is, the money tends to stay there, not get spent.
(2) There is some infrastructure spending (including spending on schools/ education, which I would lump in there). This is also good -- it takes a little longer to get spent, but the nice thing is that it actually does get spent.
(3) There are mechanisms designed to help people that really need it (more foodstamp money).
Now, I am no expert on public finance or macro economics, but I do like that there is a mix of things that are being used to battle the problem. Are there other things that should be in the bill that aren't? Are there things in the bill that shouldn't? Probably. But it is a start, and it is a FAST start, so I say hats off to the President.