In an article in Politico, Joshua Zeitz discusses the question of making the stimulus work. He writes:
Sweeping in its ambition, the (CARES ACT) package endeavors to infuse hundreds of thousands of small businesses, tens of millions of individuals and families, hospitals and health care systems, as well as the nation’s largest employers, with cash and liquidity.
But passing the bill was easy. Making it work is the hard part. Massive stimulus packages don’t just need votes. They require expertise, professionalism and skill to execute, and it’s not at all clear that the Trump administration has enough of that to make this program work.
Will the money get to the right people and will they use it as intended to stave off depression? Will businesses use the money to retain employees who are unable to work? Will individuals stuck at home spend money on goods and services as intended. There is reason for doubt.
Joshua Zeitz is an American historian. He is the author of books on American political and social history He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Dissent, and American Heritage.