New Deal spending did work and work very well. It was retrenchment back to attempting to balance the budget at the wrong time that delayed recovery.
We have a problem with spending that is designed to maintain the status quo that is the bankers controlling the monetary policy and the currency of the United States as their private profit center. We know that the general welfare of the American people is not served best by putting bankers first and foremost. The tax dollars assigned to the bailout and stimulus should have been issued directly by the Congress (interest free) and spent directly into the Main Street economy only.
At the very least, and this is Biblical, the people of the United States must bring back United States Notes and do away with the Federal Reserve Notes (Debt) and Federal Reserve System. They need to dissolve the power of the privatized central banks. After that, they can move on to a moneyless, interest-free economy.