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The stimulus is ready -- now, will it work?

   WASHINGTON -- So, finally, it's a deal.

   You, the American taxpayer, will invest $790 billion in undoing what Wall Street and the nation's bankers have done. You will invest $790 billion in government spending and tax cuts aimed at stimulating an economy that's as lifeless as a rock.

   Congressional negotiators agreed to the deal on Wednesday. The legislation will inject cash into strapped state and local budgets, cut taxes for most Americans and dramatically increase construction nationwide.

   The deal is aimed at saving or creating 3.5 million jobs.

   Will it work?

   -- Jerry Zremski



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