"Don't come to the table with the same tired arguments and worn ideas that helped to create this crisis," the president said at the House Democrats' annual retreat in Williamsburg.
Obama rejected calls for more tax cuts and significant slashing of the bill's more than $800 billion price tag, and said complaints the package was a spending bill rather than a stimulus bill were off base.
"They did not send us here to get bogged down with the same old delay, the same old distractions, the same talking points, the same cable chatter," he said. "They did not vote for the false theories of the past, and they didn't vote for phony arguments and petty politics, and they did not vote for the status quo."
I agree with some of his points, like phony arguments and petty politics. But he must understand, this is a HUGE amount of money that is going to be spent, and at least our elected leaders in the Senate are properly debating the bill. I don't want this debt shoved down my children's throat, much less mine.
I don't like the idea of the stimulus, but I understand that something really needs to be done to correct the economy. But building a bunch of dog parks and frisbee golf courses is not the answer.