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January 8th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/8/09

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  1. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Good evening Erica Hill. Great to see you on the blog as always.

    Why is Palin even bringing up that horrid interview again? Is she THAT afraid that she'll be forgotten?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  2. John Bergquist Newtown, CT

    The police shooting in Oakland is appalling. The police need to be held accountable for their actions.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  3. Ryan Wraight

    Sure i pay more taxes but i'm fine. Canada is great

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

    Tech problems? Did the other shoe drop?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  5. Jen

    Will Palin ever stop making these silly excuses and "oh poor me, they're picking on me" accusations? First she was constantly trying to pull the gender card, now it's the class thing. Caroline Kennedy has been criticized plenty by the media for lack luster oratory skills, and for not talking to the media enough. The media has actually shown more ease criticizing Caroline's speech patterns than Palin's. They were constantly at pains with Palin to show they were criticizing the substance of her speech not the style of it. Also Palin herself pumped her speeches full of folksiness on purpose, and she was running for next in line to the president not senator.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Bruce in NY

    What is Obama thinking?

    I'll take as much 'stimulus' as he's willing to dish out but l'm not going to be SPENDING it. I don't think anyone will.

    I agree with the other blogger here, better make it $10K or $15K.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  7. ericacnn

    hi, everyone. so great to have david gergen back, isn't it? always a treat to have andy serwer with us, as well

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  8. xtina, chicago IL

    Obama's "plan" is not what he promised. CHANGE would be cutting spending, wouldn't it?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  9. Mindy

    @Mike –

    That's what that original 700 billion was supposed to do – buy up the bad mortgages. So what happened? Have the banks given any account of how they used these funds? Apparently, they decided NOT to use the money for its original purpose. So here we are, after a 700 billion bailout that did nothing. That's because we made the mistake of just giving the banks, insurance companies and financial institutions a blank check. God only knows what they did with the money.

    That's why Obama still has a mess on his hands. So we start from square one all over again. I don't know if any of that 700 billion has not yet been spent, but if any of it is left, then make the government require the banks to use it for what it was intended – to buy up the bad mortgages and free up credit.

    I don't need an extra $20 in my paycheck. I want the money to be put to good use to get this economy back on track.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  10. deborah s., oh

    David, it's really great to have you back–our calm voice of reason–& someone who talks 'plain language'.

    And, Good Luck to Sanjay!-but what are we going to do without him?!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Ken in NC

    Sarah Palin has to blame some one for her failed run so that she would not be seen as the reason for the failure.

    Many love her but to many she was a good joke. To many, she is still a good joke. She is seen by many as a not so smart person but I see her as a person that is as smart as George Bush. Oh tht is the same as a not so smart person. She needs to go away and stay away.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  12. Kim

    Alternative Energy and Education and that's great ! Then we heard we'd be getting IOU's for tax returns ? At what point do you have to laugh because it's free ?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  13. Joel Sparks, Indianapolis

    RE: Ron Heigl

    and also pay off those outstanding medical debts......

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  14. bob

    just goes to show the only ones that shouldn't be allowed handguns are government employees.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  15. Jeff

    The video's on the riot's were all kids smashing windows and destroying everything, all over an ACCIDENTAL shooting clearly shown in the video not race! I am sick of hearing about race!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  16. Clarence Albuquerque

    Thank you Isabel for putting life into a better perspective.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  17. Essabbar

    hi everyone, Israel will not care what the UN says as long as they have the US blessing and as long as Israeli lobbyism is still very powerfull in the US.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  18. Ryan

    if we do get health care, Dr; Gupta will be great, but we aint never gonna be able to afford it!!!
    i hope Dr Gupta, a brain dr, doesnt screw his career!!

    obama and clinton LIE!!! WE CANT AFFORD GERGEN SAYS?
    all that primary debate about healthcare, what a joke!
    i hope one day americans study eastern religions and philosophy.
    i am catholic, but i think asian philosophies make sense in some areas.
    karma can bite you in the rear end, just when you least expect it!!!

    healthcare and economy go hand in hand!!!
    HA!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Pati Mc

    @ EJ (USA) – Good call! If you need assistance with that, give me a holla. LOL. I love NYC.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I don't agree with the rioting.

    However – if that had been my friend or family member who had been needlessly killed, I would probably have a different opinion.

    It's easy to think logically when you're not emotionally involved.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Ryan Wraight

    Leabonan better be ready to go all the way cause israel always will. Oh being canadian i think the better thing for the U.S. is to be like canada and move more to the left on the political scale. It's not a bad thing we have free health care

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Bernie Madoff needs to go to jail where he belongs.
    I agree with you too Bernie Madoff will go back to jail, and he is so bad man to steal our money!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  23. Tara-Round Lake, NY

    Hi Anderson and Erica,
    love your show. i am currently a nursing student. the electronic health care is a must, record will streamline client records and help prevent errors; it could also be one of our first steps towards health care reform.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  24. Maria, Texas

    Hi Anderson, Erica, Randi and bloggers and welcome back David and Candy:)

    We as a nation are suffering financially, and those who aren't are worried that their day is coming, so it is very hard for me to understand why anyone democrat, republican or independent will not give PE Obama's stimulus plan a chance. Fighting for the sake of fighting or to remain caught in the old days are not what we want or need.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  25. bob

    you guys are kidding right? only government can fix the economy by MORE spending? hhhheeeelllllllooooooo, how did we get here? hey anderson, why don't you bring ron paul on to debate your economic "experts"? personally i hope obama gets everything he wants so come 2012 we can get real change.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  26. earl

    new to blogging, and a fan of anderson, and cindy! I will keep watching as I learn more about this.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  27. David, Indiana

    Am I being told that 500, 1000 is not a useful amt of money? I do see Andy Serwer's overall point.

    Spending on infrastructure, long neglected, is solid, I think details can be worked out, that's a huge business for businesses who win those contracts. I feel PE Obama is moving the government to look more toward the future, focusing on domestic priority. Re David Gergen's point, Obama can lay the groundwork and perhaps is laying the groundwork for working on healthcare and energy efforts.

    Erica and Andy 500.00 is about 1000 cans of cat foot isn't it at 2 cans per dollar on sale.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  28. xtina, chicago IL

    Why don't they cut the federal gasoline tax. What's wrong with these people on Capitol Hill?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Bea

    I saw an interesting sign the other day: "better schools, lower taxes." That sums up what's wrong with some folks in this country. They want everything but they don't want to pay for it.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Jesse A. Segovia III, Lubbock, Texas

    Very sad to see what tose cops did to that young man... Hope we get some justice out of this tragic scenario.....

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  31. Minou, New York City

    "our wealth defines who we are"..that's especially true for men! ever been chatted up by "rich guy" and been told about his masion in bel air, yacht and 5 cars within the first 5 minutes of the conversation? men need to stop identifying themselves with their paychecks.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  32. Janine Phx, Az

    Too many trusting in money, commit suicide. Obama..TOO inexperienced to be head of USA in this 200+ yr legacy of lunatic spending. Israel – needs prayer and USA help.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  33. Clarence Albuquerque

    Suicide is not a pleasant option but it is not a surprise in contrast to the financial stress of the depression. I believe it just aint an alternative.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  34. Alicia Myers

    I believe the deficit and our current recession are directly related.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Anderson,
    The bleak news from Gaza, and see the children crying and cann"ot do anything, left me sad. They seemed that cried for a hug. And I desired to give this hug! So hugged my son.
    Very sad! It hurts the heart!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  36. CurtisJo

    I think these tragic suicides simply illustrate how messed-up society is for putting so much emphasis on money and not healthy realtionships. I am convinced wealthy, greedy people will die VERY lonely.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  37. Debbie

    It amazes me that Madoff could do such a thing. It's sad that his actions have caused people to take their lives because of all the money they have lost.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  38. EJ (USA)

    Apparently only he can make off with all that money and still be living in his fancy Manhattan apartment! Where is the justice there??

    I'm available to house sit for him while he's in jail.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If people are killing themselves over money their priorities are in the wrong place!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  40. Ron Heigl

    Here is an Idea to stimulate the economy, give every taxpayer $250,000,.
    a coupon for $30,000 to be used to buy an only American made auto.
    This would allow people to buy or save a home, invest in stocks, buy a car, send their children to college,buy the important things needed, and bring our economy back to where it should be.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  41. Ken in NC

    If I had done what Madoff is accused of doing I would have been in jail so fast that the ink would not have had a chance to dry on the paperwork. But a rich guy is different I guess. Money talks. Even when it is someone elses money.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  42. Michelle Brown

    That boy in Oakland was face down on the ground, not floor Anderson, and handcuffed.

    What the hell? Either the office made a horrible mistake which he should have immediately apoligzed for, or he lost his mind. Either way he was wrong. But no need to riot, what does that solve?

    Madoff, funny, in the hood if you have a house and people are thought to be selling drugs they will tear up your property, but no one is going after Madoffs relatives which they know have benefitted from his criminal actions?

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  43. Sandra Robertson, Ga.

    Good evening Anderson. Welcome back David and Candy. I hope the cease-fire really happens this time. Such senseless war and disregard for human lives. I hope and pray we will have better news in the days to come.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  44. Dinesh Bhojwani

    My thoughts on Preseident Elect Obama's plan is that unless American people are urged (by him) to be selfless and think what they can do for the country, nothing much will happen. People also have to be made to understand that it is a bad idea to spend money that they do not have (by using credit cards). Instead, people need to work hard, pray more, conserve energy, and educate their kids to do the same as well.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  45. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Bernie Madoff needs to go to jail where he belongs.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Pati Mc

    I cannot believe that Maddof is still free! What the heck is up with that? So he is free to wreak more havoc? Nice.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Don, WA

    I think Dr. Gupta is another good choice in the beginning by Obama.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  48. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Mindy. The money needs to be targetted to fix the cause of the problem. This all started with subprime mortgages, yet I haven't heard Obama say they should buy up the bad mortgages. That would free up banks to lend and people to borrow so they can buy capital goods like cars. It all starts with the mortgages. Getting an extra $20/week in paychecks won't do squat except drive up the debt. Many Dems are saying that too!

    January 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  49. Lorenzo Caltagirone

    The Obama economic stimulus plan needs to be agressive as he is proposing. With that said, his small tax rebate check idea didn't work before with Bush and will not work now. Giving Americans a small allowance to spend money on things made in China is not going to help the economy.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  50. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Doesn't have enough experience? I'm feeling a personal rivalry, not a legitimate complaint. Gupta would make an excellent surgeon general. To cite "lack of experience" seems ludicrous.

    January 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
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