Eugene Robinson. “Roll over the Republicans”. Real Clear Politics. February 10, 2009 – Nobody said it would be easy to spend so much money in so little time. Obama’s plan was criticized by some Democrats for including a heavy component of tax cuts; that’s the Republican prescription that helped get us into these desperate straits, and voters made clear in November that it’s time to try something else.
Barack Obama. “We Can’t Afford to Wait”. February 9, 2009 – We can no longer posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place – and that the American people rejected at the polls this past November. You didn’t send us to Washington because you were hoping for more of the same. You sent us there with a mandate for change, and the expectation that we would act quickly and boldly to carry it out – and that is exactly what I intend to do as President of the United States.
“Getting Tough in Washington”. New York Times (editorial). February 5, 2009 – Unhappily, there are many Republicans who have not learned the lesson of this last campaign — that Americans rejected their arguments that government is the enemy and tax cuts answer all economic questions.