Republican criticism of the stimulus package that the House will vote on tonight has focused on its soaring price tag, but some Democrats on Capitol Hill and other administration supporters are voicing a separate critique: that the plan may fall short in its broader goal of transforming the American economy over the long term.Barack Obama
Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) said that he was heartened by the abundance of energy investments, but that he had been hoping for something even bolder and more transformative, such as more money toward developing lithium batteries for automobiles. He hoped that the package would be followed by further investments, but worried that this may be the last shot for a while.
"We need to think of it as a first step," he said. "The question is: Are we going to step up to the plate to sustain this effort?"
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Jay Inslee among Democratic stimulus skeptics--"Some See Long-Term Goals Going Unmet"
WaPo (page one):