President-elect Barack Obama’s topic for this week is the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.” When the bailout plan was on the table for Wall Street and the investment banks, it was chop-chop, quick quick or our economy’s toast. In all that hustle, I didn’t hear “strategic investment,” “long-term,” “oversight” or “accountability” in the discussion when the package went to the vote. Any lessons learned? Individuals have to practically go through a bureaucratic “strip search” for a government grant or government assistance. Why not Wall Street? How long will it take lawmakers to recognize what’s the better investment for the country? Visit to keep up with the Obama transition team on this and other issues.