Democratic senators are still emerging from their closed-door briefing with Obama economic adviser Larry Summers ... but a senior Democratic senator, Iowa progressive Tom Harkin, just gave me a dire buzzword: trickle-down.
"There's only one thing we've got to do in this stimulus, and that's create jobs," Harkin told me. "I'm a little concerned by the way Mr. Summers and others are going on this ... it still looks a little more to me like trickle-down."
Bob McIntyre of the respected watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice:
"Obama wants to re-create the Bush stimulus package for business," said Robert McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, a liberal-leaning tax policy research group that generally is critical of corporate tax breaks. "It's sort of backwards: Businesses aren't investing because nobody's buying theirs stuff."
We still need to see the final economic stimulus package - right now, it's just broad strokes. So I think it's important to withhold judgment.