The new stimulus plan is designed to replace the loss of private sector spending as that sector attempts to reduce debt and increase savings in response to excess mortgage debt, falling asset prices, and the nearing of retirement for the largest segment of the population. It also puts the government in the role of “borrower and spender of last resort” to complement the actions taken by the Treasury and the Fed to stabilize the money supply. According to The Wall Street Journal, the plan amounts to $1.4 trillion of new taxes, $5 trillion in additional debt, and $1 trillion in new entitlements, on top of the $9 trillion of combined “rescue efforts” already put in place through previous stimulus, loans, and guarantees.