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January 8th, 2009
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  1. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    The problem with the individual stimulus package is that a lot of Americans are in debt. Serious debt. And unless they get a substantial amount of cash then they aren’t going to go out and go on a shopping spree. They’re going to pay off bills and store it away.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Cheryl , South Africa

    Morning all, AC360 interrupted by news of cease-fire on CNN international. Lets hope this cease- fire is more than just a break to regroup for more fighting...which it normally is.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Paige

    Surgeon General would be awesome – but Dr Gupta would be giving up what I ,as doc in the trenches , consider a dream job at CNN

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Peter Jacobson

    Why not give the rich tax deduction on NEW second homes. puts builders, brokers, plumbers, etc to work.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. xtina, chicago IL

    Sarah Palin is one of the few state executives who gave tax rebates to her people. She puts Obama to shame, financially speaking.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Daisy21

    We should feel sorry for those poor children in Gaza. It's unfortunate that the terrorist government their parent's have chosen to elect have put them into such danger. It's too bad that their leaders chose to put weapons in neighborhoods.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Joel Sparks, Indianapolis

    Anderson –

    I have rarely seen a mention about giving the money to the people, maybe twice tops from a public official. Is there something that I am missing, why isn't this being talked about? To me it seems like giving people 5 – 10K (or more) would greatly improve the ecomony and resolve both banking and auto industries problems at the same time.

    I and others need $$ to pay for the homes and cars that we now have. 🙂

    Regards,

    Joel

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    No one should criticize what is proposed unless they have a better plan. If they don't have a better plan they have no business complaining.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Najia K.

    I believe that both sides of the conflict in Gaza need to stop fighting. It is obvious that fighting for the last 60 years is not working. Both sides need to sit down and actually try to understand each other as they have done before Israel's creation. They used to live in peace many years ago and both sides want this. As a Muslim, I understand the oppression that is felt by those in Palestine, however the acts of Hamas is against the laws of Islam. This is being an oppressor and not following the teachings of Prophet Muhammed. Both sides need to discuss and reach an agreement. All 3 faiths are involved and all 3 find the land equally as important. We need to settle our differences and fight for peace, not war.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Clarence Albuquerque

    Obama's speech was effective because it was a thought out response.... as differentiated from an automatic shot from the hip. I don't believe he has a silver bullet and should rely on the experts he has in the background.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  11. Dave Hollister

    The key to the stimulus is to start the process of creating the new energy economy so that there is a lasting effect on developing the manufacturing and execution infrastructure which will be the foundatrion of our economy in the future. It's a solid investment...mush better than propping up out dated financial and industry models.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  12. Clyde

    I agree that the initial financial "bailout" was nothing more than panic and throwing money at a problem, without thinking it through and with no controls on top of that.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Thomas Lusciatti

    I just want to see the tax cuts on the wealthy repealed and I really don't want the few hundred dollar tax credit.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Candace from Canada

    Anderson – great to see you back in the studio.
    🙂

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Gupta for Surgeon General, thats incredible!

    Yes! Jana in Louisana...... He is great doctor!!!!! he will choose as soon as possible.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Bea

    Bloomberg said something important today: he said the money has to go to cities (and I'll add towns) not to state level folks. He said it's the cities who really fix and maintain things.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    Good evening Anderson and Erica and all Bloggers. I think David gergen is right on the SPOT about PE Obama's intentions.

    It will be a big battle but we as a nation will have to pull our selves up out of this hole. No other country is going to come to our aid

    January 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  18. sam

    the un voted to stop the fighting in the middleast,yet israel have no respect for the whole world and keep killing the women and children.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  19. Ryan Wraight

    I hope Lebonan knows that Israel has nukes and not afraid to use them. Lets hope they don't have to use them.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  20. jorge A.

    its so good un can find a solution, welcome david gergen and your good comments. this is a good broadcast!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  21. Dulcie - Denver

    I think that Obama's got the right idea, but I'm afraid it's going to get bogged down in Congress for a long time. And I think it's going to take much longer than anyone thinks for things to turn around in any meaningful way.

    As far as Palin is concerned, is she just now realizing that she was participating in her own mocking? I guess she's even more naive than I thought she was. Accusing others now, after the fact, just sounds like a lot of sour grapes.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  22. xtina, chicago IL

    Anyone can propose spending more of the American peoples' money. How about cutting stupid gov't programs and wasteful spending and cracking down on welfare fraud. Why is Obama afraid to say these things?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Maureen T

    Great to see David Gergen back on the show! His words of wisdom are always welcome!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Mike

    I agree with the stimulus and President Elect Obama. I voted for him, and I feel that he is the only one who could possibly get us through this difficult time in America. At the same time, I am so skeptical that this is going to work because the economy seems so far gone.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Anthony, Dallas

    Hopefully the new stimulas will give something back to the people, not the corrupt corporations that are responsible for the mess we're in.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Hey, Anderson! I'm glad you have chosen to continue the focus on the Gaza situation as I've noticed the tone has become more relaxed from many sources in the last couple days, in spite of the fact that the war and suffering is still ongoing.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Obama is not going to be able to make everyone happy in regards to the economy so the best thing he can do is to do what is best for the country and let the chips fall where they may.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  28. Brent Phillips

    Ok here is the deal. No matter how bad Obama's proposal may be. There is no way that It can be worse than the plans of the last 8 years. The reason he won the election is to move this country in another direction. I think that we should just give him a chance, and ANYTHING that he comes up with has to be better than Bush's plan!!!!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  29. jim

    Anderson
    We need your voice if spending is 2/3 of the amer economy..... WE are deep trouble ..... PLEASE we need a shot in the arm... and not 500 dollars....... we need 5- 10k ASAP..... tarp like money

    come on A/C

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! Though a Mid-East cease-fire doesn't erase the conflict behind the damage already done, it is good news. I hope progress for a peaceful resolution continues, in spite of it all.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    I think PE Obama will have his hands full of know it alls in congress and elsewhere. I doubt whether anyone will have the 100 percent correct solution. And that includes Obama and his team.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Anonymous Joe

    It is a shame what Is happening in Gaza. I hope the conflict is resolved soon. The world has a way of working itself out.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  33. Imani from Maryland

    Lizzi Davis I agree... in the end is it really that serious, i mean if you really think about it.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Rania in VA

    I am sure the un would take more of an active role if the US didn't block any criticism it may have of the IDF's tactics

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  35. leah

    PE Obama and his team doen't expect to get everything they want. They are looking for a bipartisan bill and Congress is doing its job by reacting to it. It's called democracy and working out differences and analyzing the components.

    Perhaps the Congress could make a symbolic gesture by turning down their $5 000 raise especially those against giving some tax relief for middle class and working people no matter how small they think it is.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  36. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This recession is not anywhere near as bad as the one under Carter. Unemployment, inflation ans interest rates are all lower. It seems there is a mob mentality and panic that is causing us to just throw money at it, rather than letting things take their course.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  37. holly, overland park , ks

    i dont have any faith in the UN either. I think perhaps Egypt needs to be seriously involved seeing as the weapons for hammas are being brought in from there. I also dont think we need to recognize a terrorist group to negotiate a treaty, there has to be a better way.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  38. CurtisJo

    The only "class" issues pertinent to Sarah Palin are those related to her diatribe and treatment of some Americans as second class. Treating others as less than you are is low class.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  39. Minou, New York City

    I know a cease-fire is needed to get the people of Gaza humanitarian aid. But I doubt that either side will cease the fighting. Both are too stubborn.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I thought we saw Candy yesterday.

    EJ,
    Candy was there yesterday....... of course.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  41. xtina, chicago IL

    Mike is Syracuse is also right.. Quit throwing OUR money at problems; just give us back our money from the git-go

    January 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Lori from IL

    To me it seems like Obama can't win these days, not matter what he does or doesn't do - critics on all sides. Let's give the guy a chance. He's not president yet.

    I like the fact that he has a plan - whether all agree with it or not, at least he has a plan. And he's talking to us and explaining himself. What a refreshing idea!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  43. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, everyone. Sounds like that three hour window for humanitarian aid is not enough, obviously. Don't armies have to attend to civilians who are wounded or in distress?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Bea

    Palin is so funny! She doesn't want to say anything is sexism. But she'll complain about everything else to keep herself in the news. Too funny!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Clarence Albuquerque

    Why would Sarah Palin even be concerned about what the current political bantering? She's not set to be in the limelight for another 4 years.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Imani from Maryland

    Oh noo...please not sorry Pahlin... just when i think shes out they pull her back in !

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Jana; Louisiana

    Gupta for Surgeon General, thats incredible!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  48. xtina, chicago IL

    Rikki in ND is right. Government spending won't help us; only lessening the tax burden on all people and all businesses will solve this crunch

    January 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  49. Mandy

    Hi gang! David G is a superstar!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  50. Pati Mc

    PE Obamas speech was awe inspiring. He made sensible points and had thoughtful solutions. He already sounds much more competent than what we have been dealing with IMHO.

    Aw, there's David Gergen! Hi David!!!! *waves*

    January 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
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