Summers: Stimulus Is Starting to Work

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 10:51 AM CDT
National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, left, and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner attend a White House event.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Larry Summers sounded a note of cautious optimism today about President Obama's stimulus plan, the Washington Post reports. While it's way too early to assess its "broader economic impact," Obama's chief economic adviser called it "moderately encouraging" that consumer spending appears to be back on track.

"Since it began to take shape, consumer spending in the US, which was collapsing during the holiday season, appears, according to a number of indicators, to have stabilized," Summers told the Brookings Institution. He also warned of an "excess of fear" hampering recovery. "In the past few years, we’ve seen too much greed and too little fear; too much spending and not enough saving; too much borrowing and not enough worrying. Today, however, our problem is exactly the opposite.”