John Judis of The New Republic, has written a piece also arguing that Barack Obama's plan does not go far enough, and that he needs to think bigger than investing in roads and bridges.
I believe Judis is correct and that Barack Obama needs to do something massive with this stimulus package, the economic equivalent of war.
In his article, Judis writes about the need for high-speed rail, the kind they have in Europe and Japan. The Amtrak train from DC to Chicago takes 24 hours, but if we had a French-style TGV connecting the two cities, it would take less than 6 hours. We are falling behind in regards to our energy grids, use of solar and wind power, and use of the internet.
The United States is no longer number one in far too many areas. Barack Obama has an opportunity to change this, but it seems that the stimulus package being discussed will miss the boat.