This is too narrow a forum to answer this question. Tough one, not to mention that the biggest advocates of trimming the deficit also demand that tax cuts be extended without finding a way to pay for that difference. It all depends on how the money is being used. hard to argue that the tax credits for home buyers, cash for clunkers and energy efficient appliances weren't all successful. they were and they stimulated demand. they were never intended to pull the economy back to growth but to help give a push to a private sector that for a variety of reasons remains unwilling to invest and hire. Offering more tax cuts won't do much if consumers continue to pay down debt and are afraid to spend. Complex issue in complex times. Lot of rhetoric being thrown around but truth is there are no easy answers for what ails us.