One of many victories for Republicans over the past year has been to convert the word "stimulus," in its economic sense, into a term of abuse. In ye olden days, it was a neutral description of public spending used to offset a fall in private demand. Now it's shorthand for government excess and waste.
For a primer on what that will mean, see this special dispatch for the Atlantic, by the veteran economic analyst Robert A. Levine. He was the deputy director of the Congressional Budget Office during the Ford and early Carter Administrations, has been associated with RAND for years, and wrote this article for the Atlantic about Bill Clinton's anti-deficit efforts. Digest of his argument -- which, conveniently, is also the headline of the article: "The United States Can Prevent Economic Disaster, But It Won't." Useful policy background.