"When it gets rough out there, a lot of business leaders get out of the car and say, 'We're OK with minor reform.' I'm challenging you today, we're going to have to do big, serious things," Rahm Emanuel said, speaking to The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council, a conference convened to elicit corporate opinion on the challenges facing the new president.AND:
Mr. Emanuel promised that a major economic stimulus would be "the first order of business" for Mr. Obama when he takes office Jan. 20. The focus of spending will be on infrastructure, specifically "green infrastructure," which he said would include mass transit, upgraded electricity transmission lines, "smart" electrical meters that allow consumers to save money by using electricity at off-peak hours, and universal broadband Internet access, which he said would encourage telecommuting.Hooray, hard-charging enforcer Rahm is telling off those fatcats! The rest of the Obama team is not so aggressive, but this seems as good a window as any into what the first couple honeymoon months of the Obama presidency will be like. Soak the rich! However few of them remain! We demand blood! Or at least health insurance, that'd work too!