If I understand the Economic Stimulus Plan, we are supposed to regain economic stability by spending money, i.e., spend our way back to wealth. Well, to see if a plan like this would really work, I decided to go down to Wal-Mart and spend $100.00. I didn't have $100.00 - only $20.00 so I had to borrow $80.00 from the wife. The US had to borrow the majority of the money to make this Stimulus Plan work so I figured, what the heck, it will make my stimulus plan work. I gathered up my $100.00 and off to Wal-Mart I went. I shopped for nearly a hour and purchased stuff that I really didn't need - much in the same way our government spends money. When I was leaving Wal-Mart I had $3.89 left from the original $100.00 so I dropped it into that little charity barrel that you see in just about all the Wal-Marts. This was my "foreign aid" gesture. I came home totally broke. I had spent my entire $100.00. Well, it's been a month now and still I have not seen any increased wealth like I felt I was supposed to see. That's the promise our government made. If we spend this money, we will become economically stable again. So far, nothing. I'm still out the $100.00 and only have a hand full of crap to show for it. To add misery to this experiment, the wife is now demanding her $80.00 back and she wants interest. China is going to want interest on the money they lent to us too! I think my economic stimulus experiment failed. I think the Economic Stimulus Plan for the country is going to fail too, if it works out like my Wal-Mart experiment did. I made exactly "zero" in increased wealth by spending my $100.00. I came to realize that you cannot spend yourself back into wealth. Think our government representatives will ever recognize this principal?