January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Tim

    I just turned 50 and have worked in semiconductors all my life. This industry is leaving in America. Why bailout banks and not industry? How am I going to be helped by the stimulus? I am too old to build bridges and too young to retire. Both my spouse and I are on expensive medical treatment and can't afford COBRA.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  2. Pati Mc

    Ha ha ha ha. I KNEW Anderson would see that Obama/Beyonce Single Ladies video! Called that one, I did. 🙂

    I have to admit I am stuck on that song as well. It is infectuous. Check out the soundtrack to Slumdog, it is awesome!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. Ralph B

    3% Government refinancing for all primary dwelling home owners with no fees.

    Keep the tax breaks... (How will we generate enough money to repay our national debt if we reduce taxes??)

    Encourage purchase of 'Made in America' goods.

    No bailout for banks, Ins. companies or the Auto industries. (If we have money in our pockets, we'll buy their cars, take out insurance, save our extra cash, etc.)

    Keep republicans out of Government in the future.


    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  4. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    The President doing Beyonce's song. HA! I saw the video on youtube earlier today. Funny. The spoof of her video on SNL was funny with Justin Timberlake.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  5. Mark

    Regarding today's stimulus package; I'm a fiscally conservative democrat and a big fan of President Obama. The current bill has content that has no business being in there. The business as usual Democrats should know that there are lots of people like me who are just barely happier with them than we were with the neo-cons that just left office. President Obama has a mandate, but their politics-as-usual don't. Message to Dems? You have a great opportunity to make real change; don't blow it!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  6. Damon

    I made $40,000 last year, thats 'bout 28,800 take home. Would someone please devise a plan where I can donate $2000 to the executives of AIG. Give $750 to GM and Ford. Spend $1000 for the iraq war. I would also like to send some to Obama for woowing the republicans. Can I give $1200 to national health care to take care of those that eat at McDonalds everyday and don't work or exersize? I know that the good folks in washington are smarter than I and heck my family can do without a vacation for a few years anyway.
    America I beg you to fire them all!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  7. David, Indiana

    With that report card, the economy is grounded.

    The national science foundation, studing anatomy. I think it's something of a no no to be surfing porn at work but did that guy have to get fired? Couldn't they have disciplined him?

    Megan, will some of those laid off be able to go back to work at some point? Will they be called back? I hope the dreamliner goes fully into production.

    Mike in Syracuse, I thought the stimulus checks last yr did have some effect on the economy, maybe prevented some more slippage in growth. I don't think you can count the 700B as stimulus, that was a bank bailout, a rescue in essence.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  8. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    Wow! Is anyone else appalled by this report? I have a hard time putting my head back and closing my eyes for a couple minutes when I'm on company time. But when the taxpayers are paying your salary?

    Ok so I can understand the legality of the whole peanut butter thing but they are opening themselves up to a huge amount of civil liabilities because they knowingly sent out a bad product that would hurt people. I've never understood why companies do that.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Ling

    1. I want to understand why Republicans are now concerned about spending when for the last eight years they have spent billions of dollars on a war in Iraq that never should have started.
    2. I also want to understand why it always seems okay to help out the large corporations, the finance companies, the rich, but its a terrible thing, "socialism." when money is spent towards trying to help the people in desperate need at this time.
    3. I especially want to understand why the U.S. continues to send Israel millions of dollars every day when our own citizens are without jobs, losing their homes, have no health care, and are in terrible despair. Yet, we send them money we do not have instead of helping our own taxpaying citizens. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  10. Kathy

    Why do you guys have to keep showing porn graphics? My 8 year old is wondering in and out of the room... It is 7:41 pm on the west coast.. Please....and then the story about that preachers sex life.. is this news? Who cares? I love the political stories but have to switch the channel when the other stories involving porn and sex come on – especially all the graphics and graphic language about sex and porn...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  11. Roger

    It was more like a pork plan with a hint of stimulus added

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  12. david perrine

    i want to know why they keep giving money to the millionairs for bailouts to help the economy,we are the economy,we work hard everyday pay taxes ect. why cant they give each tax payer example 30,000 dollars,people would buy things like cars,homes ,clothing,and if you ask me that would start jump starting the economy and help banks for the ones to choose to put it the bank,i just find it hard to believe the gov keeps giving to the wealthy and we work hard for what to hope we can house and feed our children,please tell me how you find justice in that.!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    After seeing Ted Haggard on Oprah today, I officially can NOT stand the man. He is in such denial and is the epitome of a religious bigot!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  14. Paul

    There were 10 Democrats who voted against this stimulas package. How come they weren't interviewed? Do all of you really know whats in this package and how it will turn our economy around? If so, please let me know.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  15. Belinda

    Where did all the adults go in government?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  16. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Hill, I love your attitude about the FDA. "Somehow that's wrong." It IS wrong. In every way. I thought the government was supposed to PROTECT us??

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Alice doesnt live in Oz

    I may be crazy but i get a bad vibe from all this nonsense.
    All this money being spent on nonsense!!!

    I wish Obamas parents were alive.
    Theres something unusual about Obama.
    I always get the feeling he is hiding something from us.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Marian

    The Republicans are acting like children – all lining up and voting one way without showing any individualism, all while Rome burns. More jobs are being lost daily throughout American. How can any of these people without jobs be so concerned about tax cuts. They are virtually without income.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Sharon

    We actually have computer software that can detect any sort of porn being surfed or for that matter anything being surfed by anyone at the said employment!

    So maybe our Governement and all other places who are given our money should be assured of this type of software so that we are aware of what exactly they are doing while on the clock!

    It can be done and it is not that expensive!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  20. Ray - VA

    Its sad to see just how far people will go to make a quick buck. Sending out tainted peanuts, trying to find sasha and malia look alikes...What has this world come too...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  21. maria

    hello anderson
    I am a democrat and was a vonlunteer for the Obama campaign
    however, this stimulus package is ridiculus. energy and fixing road
    and bridges is a most. plus do something about this mortgages.
    I opose this bill. this politians are robbing our children and grand children. i also feel there are expending
    50 million for the national endow. for the arts. give me a break
    nothing change....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  22. Ron

    Stimulus money for Electronic Medical Records in our hospitals?

    Next steps?

    I am a health care technology executive eager to move on this - it will save us billions per year...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Steve

    I'm surprised about the Medical part of the stimulus package. It includes alot of money for Medicaid and I like that. Workers, who are out of work, would be eased to know they can still get good health care while they are trying to go to work.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  24. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Will the porn surfing employees be required to return their paychecks back to the government? I think we'd get a treasure trove of money come back into the piggy bank.
    It should be no work, no pay.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  25. Esma

    This is why I prefer almond butter.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  26. scott butler

    I trust Obama but I am concerned about this $825B.

    I support true stimulus- govt spending on infrastucture to turn economy around. But I am concerned that house democrats view this as their big chance to spend on everything that's been blocked for the past 8 years. Is Obama in charge or Peloisi?

    If this is perceived as just big spending without discipline or focus on real stimulus, Obama will forfeit all the political capital he has in store. Then the battles will be just like they have been the past 8 yrs.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Jim,California

    What did the LAST stimulas plan do? I didn't get any of it, We lost our Burger King,Donught Shop,Chineese resturant, & They are talking about givng I.O.U.'s what would happen if we sent the State & Federal Government I.O. U.'s because we don't have any money?
    It looks like it's Bussiness as usual to me.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Joette

    More infracstrucure, Yes, and less talk and battle over the tax cuts. I certainly am disappointed that the guys and gals on the Hill can not seem to work together and get this started now!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Maureen T

    Surfing porn at work?! You wouldn't believe how common that is!! If you want to surf porn, do it at your residence on your own time! The taxpayer has to pay for enough, don't you think?!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Unbelievable! What kind of people are we hiring to work in our government? This is why nothing gets done in this country. They should be feeding their porn habit on their own time.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  31. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I love peanut butter but in its place i use chashew butter. yum!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  32. David

    How come your numbers don't add up in explaining the $550 billion in spending proposed in the stimulus package? You've only disclosed $485 billion in spending. How is this full reporting? Does Ali Velshi not know math?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  33. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hi Erica: With the loss of jobs where they are at today, I'm surprised there are those who have the guts to watch porn at work! Makes upper management look like fools! They need to tighten up security on those work computers to stop people from even going to those websites to begin with.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Eugene - Detroit

    I support obama but this plan shows the pork barrel spending that Mccain was talking about i have a question how many people are american citizens? how much is the stimulis package? Divide how much money by how many people and start handing out the checks this economy will be stimulated. I can see it now forecloser rates drop, banks get there money back with interest and the big three sell enough cars that they have to give back there loans because there gonna make it after all.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Dale

    I appreciate the need to help the US get out of this declining economy.
    Something needs to be done. Massive Free money will help.

    What I miss in reading the bill is where does it say the materials for the roads, bridges, computers, 2st1 century class rooms, smart electric distribution systems have to be MADE IN USA at leaast a percentage of the materials. Is it not important to invest the 'New Deal' money within the USA manufacturing sector?

    The other important area I see missing is the help for Joe Saver. Joe who works, pays his taxes, invests, and saves his money in commercial banks via savings accounts and CD's. Where the money goes to pay for Mary's mortgage and Charle's car loan. What does Joe Saver get from the $885 Billion Dollars other than a saving interest of 1%? What don't Joe get a special interest rate say a Bailout Rate or a New Deal Rate where more Americans save to help shore up the US banks the old fashion way, they save it!

    At some point many years form now when I am hopefully sitting around the table with my grandchildren and great grandchildren and they ask why did the US Government spend so much money in 2009, how do I answer that?

    Dale Wake Forest

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  36. Dulcie - Denver

    Hi Erica!

    Man, NSF keyboards had better be handled as biohazards! Eeeek!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  37. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Welcome back, Erica!

    Small handful of employees? Bet the actual number of individuals surfing porn at work is quite a bit higher than a "handful" per business.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  38. EJ (USA)

    I have Jiffy peanut butter which is not involved with this plant.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  39. Deena

    It sounds like the Porn problem in the gov't is just another stimulus package? NSF? Science research? perhaps? or not?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  40. Melinda

    The term "shovel ready" is not accurate as most of these projects are at least 9 months away from breaking ground...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  41. Paul

    I'm pretty disappointed at Candy C rowley's characterization of the stim bill vote as the Republicans not wanting to "roll over". While I would like to see acleaner bill, and hope that one will come out of the Senate and Conference, the real question is whetehr or not Republicans are willing to bend a little on failed policy approaches or not. Seems they want to play to the hardliners back home, to the detriment of the greater good.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  42. Larry

    Hi Erica, is Campbell treading on dongerous career threatening waters by calling out President Obama on lobbyists?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  43. Sally

    What are all these comments about rich? What is rich in this country??I don't know where you live but a family of 4 is not rich on 250K where I live. You are making this class warfare. Who do think will pay for this package? We will and our kids will and on and on. This is just big spending...how about some accountibilty and taking responsibilty for not taking care of these things in the first place? This also sounds like BOs way of getting his agenda pushed through. Time will tell. But I ask who will fill the construction jobs to build our roads, repair our schools?? I am not sure either how 50 million to the arts and 150 to the Smithsonian stimulates the economy?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  44. Tom of Philly

    ok the 168 billion proved tax cuts dont stimulate the economy effectively the 700B proved that richfare is more expensive than welfare This will put money in the economy. anyone that disagrees with non federal tax paying people (ssi only)gettin a tax rebate needs to know were overpaying social security by about 20% the illusive trust fund that doesnt exist, there are just theoretical federal bonds there, so we are overtaxing those undder 100k to give lower rates to those above 250k, or at least we were, oh- bah- ma is going to correct that so think twice before you slander him. The whole social security PONZIE is just another example of republican rich fare, its currently set u to take from the masses and give to the rich WAKE UP

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  45. Lauren--NY

    Welcome back, Erica! We missed you.

    Oh, Lord, the porn music is back! 😛

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  46. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    I love the porn music to bring us back from commercials...

    Evening Hill. How was your Wednesday? Looks like quite the busy and interesting news night...

    20% of his work week? My God! That's a lot of porn....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  47. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    I was just reading on the 360 blog that Texas is the most anti-Obama State. How embarrassing but true!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  48. Pati Mc

    Welcome back Erica!

    Ok. Govt employees are watching porn? Lovely. So why are these sites not blocked?

    I say they fire these miscreants and give their jobs to people like me who need one and will actually sit there and do their work. Good Lord! What is this country coming to?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  49. Kevin - Alaska

    The GOP is bunch of phoney's. All I have heard for the past eight years is tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts. The top 1% have gained the most with all of these past tax cuts, yet we have examples of the result such as this past "Bloody Monday" with the lost of 70,000 jobs. The working class have paid their dues and it is now time for the "working poor" to reap some of the benefits. Corporate Execs and Investors have been the ones who have gained these past eight years. It is time to reverse this trend. Also we need passage of the EFCA. The President needs the opportunity to see if his policy/plan will work. If the GOP wants to vote against his plan, let them and pass it without their input.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  50. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    Oh my gosh. This porn story is hilarious and creepy at the same time.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
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