In keeping with my post from last night, I see that President Obama has lumped long-term policies in with the stimulus plan. Not just allowed the House to have its head, but is doing it himself.
I would prefer "change" to include an honest and open debate that does not conflate responses to the current economic crisis with broader beneficial policies. While now may BE the time both for quick, dramatic, stimulative action *and* for long-term economic benefit from energy-efficient buildings and health-care reform, I deserve and demand a reasoned debate on each. "Change" and "tough choices" and remaking "the way Washington works" means truly leading us to the adult world of honest debate.
As someone who bristles every time he sees Sudafed sales regulated and monitored pursuant to the Patriot Act, I'm now disappointed that President Obama has not only tolerated the conflation of the debate by Congress, but is engaging in it himself.