January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Deb

    I'm really irritated with the House Republicans (this is an understatement). The fact that not one of them voted for the bill clearly suggests that they are being obstructionists and ideologues. I obviously support voting your principles but when they all vote together as they did today they are acting in bad faith.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  2. Maureen, Georgia

    Richard I agree with you, they don't think they are accountable to us.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  3. Janine from PA.

    I don't trust either party to do anything right.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. biba, philadelphia

    Bonsoir Erica, welcome back!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  5. Charles from AZ

    Infrastructure should be a more important piece of the stimulus package. If Congress is serious about fixing the economy, then it should focus more money towards our aging infrastructure.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  6. jarrod

    any money offered in this stimulus package that leaves the united states any person responsible for this crime should be tried under our treason act this money is for stimulating our economy not others and should be under strict scrutiny the world economy will better for it being that we are icon or so thought

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  7. Michael Mineff

    This economic plan is to grate of a finical liability to our already huge public date. We need to be more fiscally responsible by finding alternative ways to stimulate the economy such as getting rid of the capital gains tax which would result in the privet investment that we need to jump start the economy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  8. Joseph Dragon

    I believe the GOP made a grave mistake for not voting for the reinvestment plan this year and they will loss more seats in 2010. I hope DNC target the 11 democrats who voted against the plan in 2010. By the way, your CNN anchors, correspondents, and some of the so-called political analysts need to stop disrespectful ways of calling the president by his name without using his rightful title "President Obama". I am positive CNN will not allow this insult of the president if he was white. Additionally, the president plan will succeed regardless of your negative reporting’s.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  9. MaryBeth

    This guy is totally right! More of the money should go to infrastructure. Maybe if we get some E85 pumps at gas stations, people will buy E85 dependent vehicles and stuff like that.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  10. Lisa L

    Dear Anderson,

    I value your commentary and understand economic policies can come from different eras.

    You are doing a great job keeping me informed.


    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    P.S To Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA), hopefully global employment will pick up and I can see that:
    * infrastructure e.g labour intensive can create jobs
    * reduce taxes e.g. payroll tax can free up money to employ people
    * if the interest rates are kept low enough people can borrow money
    * link education and employment so that people can be prepared in the workforce

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  11. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Hi Erica!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  12. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    EJ (USA), That still doesn't answer my question. They should just concentrate on doing their jobs without rewarding themselves before the accomplish anything.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  13. Sunny

    I meant to say– unemployment was a joke at best.....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  14. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Hi, Erica!

    I was feeling your absence! 🙂

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  15. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I miss my peanut butter. I can't believe the peanut butter companies shipped out peanut butter that they knew was bad.

    People are going too far. Sasha and Malia look alikes! People will do anything to make some money.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Rey

    Bill we are now in global economic age. If you stayed locally, your business wont survive. NAFTA is not the problem, it's the policy that is not fair to hard working Americans like you and I.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Erica!!!
    Welcome back!!! yeah!! finally see you blog!!! 😀

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  18. maureen

    I feel we need help today and not 2 years from now. I agree with the Republican's give people a break on their taxes. Who has any money to pay capital gains tax because we need to use retirement money or college fund money to live on now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  19. Lawrence Denver

    Great job, Anserson kee Anderson,keep keepem

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  20. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    No Shock about the infrastructure, most of this stuff has not been touched since inception. Funny, people are blowing it off, when every home owner knows you have to put money in R&M or your house will fall apart. Same with the Infrastructure. This stuff has totally been ignored. You know what they say about charity, it begans at home. SELF PRESERVATION FIRST. We are so busy jumping into other peoples business, we are ignoring home.

    Subject change;
    Sasha and Malia are so beautiful, well mannanered. Funny how critical President Obama was about the cancellation of school today.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  21. denise

    Why wasn't Stephen Flynn brought on when all the loud-mouthed Republicans and reporters were mocking the president's focus on infrastructure, particularly his mention of "shovel-ready projects"? They clowned the president about it before he even took office (as if any of you have his intelligence)...fast forward to today's official report from engineers and now all of a sudden CNN is "concerned"? You all are becoming a joke and disappointment with each passing month.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  22. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    How can that peanut butter shipment be legal? That is insane....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  23. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    I'd be livid if I were Barack and Michelle. Exploiting children is sad and makes you question how far some people will go for money.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Look, we gave Bush eight years of our confidence and we had no clue about the direction in which our country was headed! Now we have a president that is willing to keep us abreast of his plans and his every move, that alone is a stimulus for me. The republicans are "butt heads" and if they have a better answer to this mess let's hear it ! What do they want this country to do, fold up and die? You go Mr. President

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  25. Gigi

    Everyone seems to be looking for a quick fix, and that is NOT going to happen. This all occurred over a long period of time and with bad choices. Now these are the steps to recovery and it won”r happen overnight. It seems to me people should get out of the way and step aside and let Obama fix it. This is what we elected him to do—Obama has been President, for how long, a week- give him a chance. It is very complicated, many things need to be restored--so I repeat–IT IS GOING TO TAKE TIME AND THESE ARE ONLY THE FIRST STEPS! REMEMBER GEORGE BUSH BANKRUPTED THIS COUNTRY IN MANY WAYS.

    The Republicans should hang their heads in shame for what they did to this Country.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  26. Janine from PA.

    Fixing our infrastructure is needed and should have been started long ago. However, how can somone layed off from home depot or Merrill Lynch be qualified to fix a bridge?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  27. LisaL -Canada

    porn at work. hmm. i think if more people had interesting, satisfying sex lives, fewer people would be looking online or elsewhere. just my opinion.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  28. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Thanks for joining in again tonight. It is interesting to read through your comments - frequently, your views point in a mostly similar direction. Tonight views are splintered - some extremely supportive of the President and angry at Republicans, others cheering on Republicans, a few saying they support the President's efforts on stimulus but are growing concerned about the contents of the package.

    I am in that last group - we really do need a major jolt to the economy, and the President is right to fight for it (and good for him for reaching out to the GOP), but the more I read about the bill, the more concerned I am whether enough of the money is targeted to creating jobs. The Democrats in the House, I am afraid, have larded it up with a number of social policy initiatives that deserve longer consideration. But again, you speak for the country so it is always best to hear from you.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  29. Kent

    We should be spending twice as much on Infrastructure and Renewable Energy. They're the big job producers, aren't they?

    North Georgia

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

    Thanks for having Flynn on. He provides excellent info.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    So out of this failing infrastructure, what will the current stimulus plan address? Seems like the States will be arguing over who gets what and how much. Doesn't surprise me that we don't have a process around understanding what parts of the infrastructure need to be addressed first.....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  32. Pam

    Hey Anderson,
    President Obama is planning to give money to the private corporations like IBM. I can't believe he's being bamboozled by Sammy (IBM CEO) as the layoffs continue at IBM (Americans First)!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  33. Jessica, Missouri

    Many jobs could be created to fix our infrastructure. Federally created jobs built a few of them. Is congress exploring this idea?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  34. ericacnn

    whew! finally on the blog. hi, everyone.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  35. Chris Anna

    Kind of ironic how the GOP is outraged by big spending. This is, of course, following the last seven years of Bush spending a trillion dollars in Iraq. It's about time Americans get some dough.!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  36. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    Too those who are saying the bill has too much pork, will you list for me what items you consider to be pork? P. Obama has said repeatedly he doesn't have ownership of this bill if there are better proposals he's willing to listen. But the GOPsare same old boys and girls, who have their jobs, their families are living life as usual, so they can afford to play games with the president.

    Let me say, I'm also disgusted with the dems. who didn't try to incorporate some of the GOPs suggestions in the bills.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  37. Marium, New Jersey

    Rebuilding infrastructure is going to be expensive and I do think more of the money should be put towards it. But it will create so many jobs and get more people opportunities for employment. A "D" is not an ok grade!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  38. William Hall

    Why do none of us find it incredibility tiresome that we all apparently wish to ingore History? Don't the truly enlightened ones amongst remember that it was our entry into the European War that finally led to economic recovery–not the economic policies of FDR?

    Therefore, why do we assume that spending ourselves into oblivion THIS TIME willl result in a different outcome?

    P.S. I've never voted for a Republican in my nearly seven decades of life. Moreover, especially after the last eight years, I'm loathe to give them credit for ANYTHING. Yet, I do wish the Media might consider that just perhaps, some of the House Republicans, having principled objections to the current Stimulus Package, may've voted NO–not because of Party or Ideology, but because (wonder of wonders!) they remembered a smidgen of History!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  39. Jimmy in KY

    This is why they are trying to take away the guns, the government knows that they are in a downward spiral and want as few people shooting as possible.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  40. leah

    Maria in CVT: Ed henry always has that tone and it was the same as Campbell Brown and Erica's sarcasm this evening questioning the sincerity of his motives ; to frame this attempt of Pres. Obama's to change the tone in Washington as a failure because the Republicans didn't vote for it en masse at the order of the leadership is pathetic.

    The Republicans knew that the journalists would frame this as his shortcoming!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  41. Sher

    I am a small business owner in Elkhart County, IN where my newspaper headline today read, "County Unemployment at 15%". Regarding IN Rep. Mike Pence's statement concerning the stimilus package content of funds for the NEA and his decision to vote against the bill: I know many unemployed factory workers who will not be well served when artists and artisans also lose their jobs. Does he not get it? One in six persons in Elkhart County is unemployed–there are a lot of fine art professionals included.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  42. Buford

    What about $350,000,000 for STD prevention. That is part of the stimulus package?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  43. David, Indiana

    Getting on that infrastructure not only stimulates the economy but saves money in the future too. Avoids accidents like that sludge spill in December.

    Did I get that right 64% of the 800 some billion spent in the first year? That is a lot of bang for the buck so to speak. A massive infusion into the economy in the first year, this year of the bill.

    Yes, Erica, "on the upside it's good to see you!" just nice thing to say after economic discussions

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  44. EJ (USA)

    Personally, I graduated from college in May of 07, had a job, lost it, and am struggiling to get by right now. My unemployment is running out, my loans are due.

    You need to get an economic hardship deferment or forbearance. And if you don't have a job or income when those deferments end – apply for another one.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  45. Sharon

    I will say I am glad and sad at the same time to hear the truth but we all need to know what is going on!

    This package is as usual a joke by Congress to spend money for no real good reason they are NOT addressing any problems they simply throwing money at States and saying here you deal with it!

    Sad very sad day in our country!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  46. Alice doesnt live in Oz

    why did the media want Obama to win?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  47. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    ...All right, I just want to pause a moment to wish that everyone in that 13 car accident with the school bus walks out of their vehicles.

    "Rotting from within." How right you are, Cooper. It's incredible. I have been reading a lot recently about the incredible amount of clean drinkable water we are losing at an alarmingly fast rate.

    Considering we're this country that embraces capitalism, what about creating governmental incentives to helping strengthen our infrastructure? Corperations can sponsor highways and bridges and help to de-pollute clean water sources in term for tax breaks or other incentives.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. Jean Reed

    This stimulus plan should embarrass everyone who says they are a democrat. The Washington Democrats are treating the American public as if they are stupid and not paying attention. Rise up America, Democrat or Republican, we as a people need to take Washington back. Please Mr. President. Don't fear Washington. We will support a man who supports the will of the people and not special interest groups. DEBT is a four letter word. Please stop the INSANITY. Stimulus should be stimulus. Many economists do not feel a stimulus bill is the answer. The Federal Reserve is busy at work. Be patient. Bills necessary to help poverty and other wonderful causes can be supported and passed, but put them in the budget and don't lie to the American public and call this bill stimulus. Let's take charge of our future for our children. They shouldn't pay for our mistakes. Wouldn't it be nice to pass down our successes, such as no debt. We can do it. Let's get back to basics.
    We need to get started. Do not pass this bill as is.
    Jean Reed
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Jean Reed

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Wow this story is a little bit scary. I knew we had infrastructure problems but I never would have thought that our report card was that bad!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. CindyR

    I have to agree with Camille and Mke Anderson. I do not like the fact we are adding to the debt, but to do nothing would be worse.

    As for the Republicans I have to say I am very disappointed in them. For eight years they did not perform oversight, they pushed tax cuts during a war when we were not in a ressession and helped put us in this mess. For a year prior when some tried to tell them this was coming down they kept saying the fundamentals of the economy where fine.

    Now when our President is putting his hand out in the interest of our country and the citizens, the Republicans, are full of scorn and act like this mess was not created under their watch. It is unbelievable to say the least. I would be a tragic comedy of errors if it was not so painfull for so many in our country.

    I went to Thomas and read the bill, it has wide ranging oversight and rules to prevent fraud and waste. It tells us where the money will go, the tax cuts and sets time limits and requirements that companies doing the work use American products.

    I suggest CNN go through the bill and let Americans know what is acctually in the bill. Could there be improvements, you bet. But doing nothing or more of the same that got us where we are will not change anything except put more people out of work.

    Why is it alright to invest in infrastructure in Iraq, pay all their citizens health care benifits, build and supply and support their education programs, and Republicans voted yes to the Billions of that Recovery package but when it is American Recovery the answer is no.

    Makes you wonder doesn't it.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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