This article describes many of the projects paid for by the stimulus, and how those projects will have a lasting impact on the United States. Recovery Act: How Obama's Stimulus Is Changing America - TIME The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 â€” President Obama's $787 billion stimulus â€” has been marketed as a jobs bill, and that's how it's been judged.... The battle over the Recovery Act's short-term rescue has obscured its more enduring mission: a long-term push to change the country.... Yes, the stimulus has cut taxes for 95% of working Americans, bailed out every state, hustled record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families and funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more. But in the words of Vice President Joe Biden, Obama's effusive Recovery Act point man, "Now the fun stuff starts!" The "fun stuff," about one-sixth of the total cost, is an all-out effort to exploit the crisis to make green energy, green building and green transportation real; launch green manufacturing industries; computerize a pen-and-paper health system; promote data-driven school reforms; and ramp up the research of the future.