January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Belinda

    Infrastructure is a great place for the stimulus.

    Anderson, the question is can we afford NOT to fix it. We talk about leaving debt to our grandchildren, but shouldn't we also worry about the poor infrastructure (ie schools, levees, bridges) to our children?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. carole

    To hear the new administration and the news media talkin about how the country demanded these changes left me wondering who ia anyone was left who would represent the 48% of the American people who did NOT demand these changes.. The House answered that for me today by voting representative of those of us who realize you cannot borrow your way to prosperity no matter how good your intentions or how you cry 'the sky is falling'

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I think that this stampede to do something immediately just ensures a bad bill like the last one. They need to take a breath, slow down, and do this with well thought out consideration. None of these non-stimulus items should be there. Why not build a huge windfarm in the midwest? How about a few nuclear power plants? Too much of this seems like liberal payback.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Rey

    Joyce if democrats don't care about our economy. We would still be in deep recession. By the way, who was the president in the 30s that revived our country from leizes faire GOP. Thank you very much.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  5. John

    We should be spending twice as much on Infrastructure and Renewable Energy. Bottom-Line, they're the big job producers. WHAT IS GOING ON?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Maureen, Georgia

    Pres. Obama will never be able to please everyone, but I can only ask for everyone to give him a chance before being so critical, after all no one really knows what the fix is.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  7. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Anderson, you hit it on the head. We just need to make infrastructure sexy. 😉

    Maybe then people will pay attention. Who knows?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. Andrew B

    people with money will stimulate the USA

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Olga

    I'm extremely glad that no republicans voted for the stimulus plan.
    This way they will not be blamed when everyone's taxes go up.

    The plan is filled with pork and goodies. The best way to stimulate the economy is to cut taxes for people who pay taxes....these are the people who make the economy run.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love Tom Forman touch his hand on magic wall and look like grades on the road to fix!!!! That is so awesome keep them honest!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Sunny

    I think the stimulus package is a great thing for schools, roads, energy and etc. However, my husband makes $100.00 too much for assistance and when I lost my job a year ago unemployment a joke at best. This package isn't going to help folks like us who make just a hair more than the mininum, but still aren't able to make ends meet. Just because it's supposed to stimulate the economy, doesn't mean I'm guaranteed a job.....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. carla

    Can we help those that decided to purchase homes that they could not pay for. Everybody is wondering where is my money. Like tomorrow .....u got yourself in all this mess, some I know could not help because of layoffs. You all did'nt get in that mess in a week, since Pres.Obama been in office and you won't get out that soon either. .....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Jim M

    The infrastructure problem in this country is major. It is about time that Congress seperate transportation improvements from the current Stimulus Package and place it as a stand-alone issue, to be paid for through an increase in the Motor Fuel Tax.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Kathy, Chicago

    Infrastructure sounds a heck of a lot better than sod replacement or birth control pills.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. sharon from Indy

    Rottening from within? Ya mean, our infastructure or our government?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. David


    Some stimulus Plan!

    I hope the Senate has better sense/

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Clarence Albuquerque

    As poor a grade as the infrastructure may get.... the worse the grade the more the need for fixing it. rotting from within.... doesn't sound sound.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Mike, Vermont

    Imagine for a second a country that focuses on reducing the deficit, saving instead of consumption, investment at home, smaller government with less spending, keeping more of what you make so you can spend it how you see fit. In such a place you could actually see spending 800 billion on all these wonderful programs because you would have it in the treasury and not have to borrow it all and pay 300+ billion in interest. There needs to be some long term planning and vision for the country insted of all this crisis management. What if we are listening to people no smarter than us and we would all be better off just working through the recession and saving the trillions in wasted money that will get us later on.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Jackie

    On the stimulus pkg, the presi should start with the students who will be graduating soon. Extend their student loans because the jobs won"t be their. Let the old workers get a chance at a new transitional job without worry about being put on the streets.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Alice doesnt live in Oz

    this so-called stimulus is ridiculous!!!

    it sounds counter-intuitive, but if you spend a trillion it wont work but if you spend TRILLIONS it may work.

    once again, we are making the same mistakes!

    the Big Dig cost how much?
    a trillion is nothing!!!

    LOAVES AND FISHES!!! hahahaha

    We are destroying our country from within and we dont even know it!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Tracy Brown - Ontario Canada

    Whether the stimulus pacakage will be effective or not depends on your point of view on the length and severity of this crisis. If you believe this downturn is only something that will last the next 6 months to a year, the package doesn't have enough immediate impact.
    However, if you believe that this crisis is severe enough to be impacting the economy for the next five years, this type of stimulus has far reaching, long term effects

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    I love this screen, and the comings and goings in the images. It's sensational!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  23. Mark K Illinois

    I find the senator who complained about the 600+ pages of new stimulus documentation to be missing the boat. An initial 5 pager was what was released before the first vote on initial bailout vote and it had no details at all. The reality is neither party has ideas about a balanced budget today. Stimulating job growth and growing tax revenue is the inevitable step.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  24. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    That report card Gary Tuchman reviewed is really a wake-up call. This is why I fully support infrasturcture programs at the federal level. Just like FDR, isn't it?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    What happened during Katrina should have been a wake up call about our deteriorating infrastructure and the repairs should have started then and there.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  26. Yvonne

    What there are 1million voters, in the U.S. They should give 1 voter per family $500 thousand to pay off their homes and credit cards, medical bills, etc. No one now has the money to buy a car, or anything else. Giving money to the Auto/Banks is not the answer. Twenty homes on one block in one of our community have been forclosed. A second family of 7 dead because of the lost of there job and home. The American families, need the REAL help...that would put spending back into the systems.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Paul

    The Dems plan will pass, and if the economy is still in the tank, Obambi will be one and done.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  28. mike bake

    bailouts,closings,unemployment...fewer people working and the answer is raise taxes and spend more ,sure that's the way I budget my household

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. james lay

    i think that since the president only gets 8 years in the white house that the same should apply to the congress,the senate,and the house of rep.becausethere is way too many of them that has been there for over 20 years and they are getting richer and the people of the united states is getting poorer

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  30. Lauren--NY

    You're correct about the terrifying condition of the roads and bridges–I don't know about the rest of the country, but last year I read a report on the conditions of the bridges in the tri-state area and it was one of the scariest things I've ever read. The Tappan Zee is going to fall down any minute now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  31. Abayomi, Florida

    As a Civil Engineer...I know what goes into the Different between a Road, "that has NO SIDEWALK", and one "that has SIDEWALK".
    A sidewalk, represents, Codes put in place, Possible Public Sewage and Drinkable Water System, and a Cleaner Environment.
    Florida I believe has a third (1/3) of nations SEPTIC SYSTEMS. While working for the Health Deptment...so many Residence were Drinking Water, that was very UNSAFE.
    SOMEONE PLEASE WAKE UP THE GOP – PEOPLE ACTUALLY NEED HELP...and they want to Play POLITICS. Wake Up, before the Republicans Loose it All. Americans are dying and losing Jobs. HELP THE PEOPLE.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Paul

    So, the republicans voted NO on the stimulus bill, what i want to know is, Why did they vote NO when they haven't come up with a alternitive, when americans who don't make over 100,00 dollars a year need a stimulus, where is their proposal for it seings how they didn't like the bill, and NOT one that gives money to the rich?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    "If we can spend 10 billion dollars a month in Iraq, we can spend 10 billion dollars here in America!"

    There you go!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Stacy

    The status of our nation's infrastructure is truly frightening. We talk about it every so often, but nothing is ever fixed.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Minou, New York City

    saw cartoon in which Osama bin Laden said:

    "we need to destroy America's infrastructure before it collapses.."

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  36. David, N.Y. (USA)

    I am not surprise with the infrastructure failure because politicians are only holding those position to pass bills that benefits them and find loop holes so they can make more ($) out of it.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Clarence Albuquerque

    RE:porn ; I said this on another blog...
    Government spending pays for war, bad banking, frivolous projects…. why not entertainment? Too bad this is a reality. Who will monitor it?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  38. Linda Greig

    Curious–Do you not think that perhaps President Obama's stimulus package is full of many options, some of which he does not think will fly, but is willing to give up to the other party who needs to make a statement? It seems that reporters will go with whatever will make the news and not really deal with the realities of the political maneuvering.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    I don't understand why people are so terrified of this stimulus package! If we want to fix the massive problem we are in right now, we need to spend big, too. Sadly, these last 8 years have not been A grade and not we need to fix them! How dare the Republicans vote against something that can potentially fix us. It's mainly their fault we are in this mess in the first place!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Michael, Springfield Pa.

    One man's pork is another man's stimulus package. I guess it depends on your viewpoint. Personally, I would have preferred spending 200 mil on re-sodding the National Mall then giving billions to AIG. The Asia Markets seem to like the Stimulus plan. The Hong Kong market is up 6%.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Tony (in SF)

    Gimme a break. Why is the GOP suddenly becoming concerned about the budget? Do they think we've forgotten abt the last 8 years? Its alllllllll politics......

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Hap

    The blind leading the blind... How is this stimulus package going to be paid for and when? The Pres and Congress need to sit down with business leaders who are running productive, dynamic companies and find out where the business opps are – create more jobs, more opportunities...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Charles in North Carolina

    Anderson, I am wondering why the republican party is not working with democrats. President Bush and Paltsin spent over $360 billion dollars that no one knows where it went. And the Bush really did not do anything while the economy was slumping. A little bit of the too little to late theory. Just like the disaster with Katrina and other things that we can think of. I am glad that Obama is being pro-active and is trying to stimulate the economy. Doing nothing will help the US to continue to go downward. I would like to see the government regulate more with the banking industries and force some lending with the money that was given out in that $360 billion dollar give away from the last administration. How can you give out that much cash without any regulations? I applaud President Obama and his team. Lets give hime time...we gave the last administration 8 years of nonsense and unfairness to the US and the world.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Larry

    So President Obama wants to do away with the 2nd Amendment, good for him. I had wondered why he wanted job applicants to say whether or not they own a gun

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Rey

    But Jon you gave tax cuts to people that did not creat jobs. Chill out. At least those people that don't pay income tax would spend the money that the government will give them and then eventualy it would revive our economy. Be Optimistic for once.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I think this stimulus package is only going to stimulate a depression. Or, exacerbate one.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  47. CarolineG

    David Gergen: As a graduaet of KSG I really look forward to your insightful comments each day. You are non-partisan and offer a view based on experience and knowledge. How do you feel about sometimes being on the panel with others who are party (Dem or GOP) spokespersons and who do not have much experience and often not very much knowledge about the issues being discussed (for example, the details of the stimulus package, the COB report, etc.)? Would appreciate your honest answer. Thanks.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  48. Trisha

    I work for privately owned medical clinics that have been investing millions in online medical records for years; how do we get this stimulus money?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  49. georgia in virginia

    why is Ted Haggerty news? Who gives a flying flip about what his sexuality is???? please get this off the air waves.....please

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  50. Jim M


    It might be worthwhile to clarify if the $800+ figure includes the original $350, or are we talking about an additional $450 added to what ex-President Bush requested and what was approved by Congress pre-Obama.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
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