Responding to the Global Financial Crisis, What We Did and Why We Did It – The Fiscal Response to the Great Recession: Steps Taken, Paths Rejected, and Lessons for Next Time. Jason Furman, September 11, 2018, Paper, “The fiscal response to the Great Recession started when President Bush signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 on February 13, 2008 and finished when the payroll tax cut enacted under President Obama expired at the end of 2012. Congress enacted at least 18 different laws that explicitly included discretionary fiscal stimulus totaling over $1.5 trillion during those five years, with about half of that coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law by Obama on February 17th 2009.2LInk