In a spirit of bipartisanship, President Obama met with Republican leaders today to listen to their concerns about the proposed $825 billion stimulus package, which will hopefully create between 3 to 4 million jobs. While Obama may listen, there's no indication that he feels obliged to implement GOP suggestions. Politico reports that during the talks Obama pointed out "I won."
Some of the Republican concerns include:
- The amount being spent on the package.
- The inclusion of tax credits for those who do not pay income taxes.
- An inadequate amount of middle class tax cuts.
Despite Obama's assertion of his political capital, GOP leaders did appear somewhat content with the course of the meetings. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said that Congress would likely meet the mid-February deadline for passing the package.
How seriously should Obama, and the Democrats, take GOP concerns?