"The government's economic policy message is still not getting through to many Finns, despite an early-year communications operation.", YLE
So are you the one who is still confused about the government stimulus plan?... "the Stimulus", what's that?, well it's not a bone, so what is it? here a definition adapted from the "Big Picture site"
Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Yes and No, they are borrowing it from Institutional investors: Pension fund indirectly you, and others.
Q. The government will be able to maintain good job level?
A. you can dream. They will never replace the private sector.
what they can do at best is to replace job that will be lost, especially in the construction sector hence they will build bridge and obviously Opera (Politicians don't lose job)
Q. So the government is selling debt, who will buy that?
Anybody in fact, You can buy debt(Bond), if you have lost sense of reality. government bonds that gives you 2.4%/year until 2012 - needless to say it will be the worse investment at this moment.
Pension funds have big liabilities and need to have secure investment, thus they will probably be pushed, because of regulation, to purchase those bonds hence indirectly it's your money that will be used to fund part of the debt in this case. (-correct me if I'm wrong here-)
It might as well be country such as china or even Russia (though I doubt since they have their own stimulus to kick in), so any country that needs to have Euro exposure and put it in a country that won't default on its debt.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, the latest gadget and travel to Thailand, keep paying high rent... thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn’t that stimulating the emerging market economy?
A. Shut up.