There is a lot of buzz about the fact that US payroll taxes will rise back to their usual 6.2% level from 4.2%. That will slice 1%-1.5% off of GDP this year, according to most economists. Given the limited boost (if any) to the economy from all the stimulus poured into it in the last 4-years (much of the spending went to keep public-sector employees on the payroll while paying lip service to infrastructure improvements), it seems as thought there will be more pain from the withdrawal of the medication than there was benefit in the first place. A worst of all worlds outcome.