Regardless of the inability of the Democrats to sell their most successful policies, along with the inability of the Republicans to tell the truth about all of those check-cashing ceremonies they're attending, the recovery act has worked.
There's been a lot of rhetoric about the Recovery Act, but there is no question it has saved or created millions of jobs. It's one of the main reasons the economy has gone from shrinking by 6% to growing at about 6%.
The federal government is both privileged and cursed with the capacity to impact the economy. A federal "jobs bill" that is more reminiscent of a state-level mini-stimulus package would just be election-year white noise.