January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Same-sex attraction or intimacy is NOT DARK or IMMORAL, thank you. This is how God made me. This is the way I was born (same for Haggard.) What a pathetic, self-serving, ignorant, brainwashed, insecure, AND immoral excuse for a human being. Immoral because he thinks it's acceptible to treat or refer to others as less than he is.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Maureen T

    Ted Haggard wants it all but he has to admit one thing and that is that he is gay! What does he mean the shrink advised him he was heterosexual?!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  3. Polly, OH

    A "heterosexual with homosexual attachments." That sounds like a car. Can I get homosexual attachments for my Jeep? I think it'd run smoothly.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  4. Joy, Pittsburgh, PA "Go Steelers"

    Are u HOT or COLD? Ted Haggert either u r or u ain't the creator made everything on heaven and earth that means u the devil and humans and he loves us all the same but you are luke warm and u will be spit out

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Kevin

    Three steps Americans can do in these times.

    Step 1: Pay off the credit card.
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Belinda

    What does it say about the church he created that they could not forgive him????

    I'm not even going to touch whether he is heterosexual or homosexual. If he can't figure it, sorry for him.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  7. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    The FDA should be ashamed of themselves selling this tainted Peanut Butter. Upton Sinclair and Teddy Roosevelt are rolling over in their graves right now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Larry

    Haggard is just a distraction, let's stay on the REAL topics; where is all of this 'stimulus' $$ going? Let's see a line item document. The government owes us at least that much transparency.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Why do we need to rush the entire stimulus in the first week, especially since the spending won't occur for months? Give the tax credit now (although I would prefer a tax benefit for all) to people and business, extend the capital gain relief to encourage investment in business, and set aside another large sum of money to be used for infrastructure – with a national group to prioritize projects, as discussed. Other items can be added in a bipartisan fashion over the coming months.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Tracy Brown - Ontario Canada

    The economy is sort of like a diet, only in reverse. A quick fix never works, long term good health is created by investment that pay off over time... the new energy plans, infastructure, education, health care, things that build a better future over time, not a few bucks in every family's pocket to go and spend at Wallmart. Investment, real investment requires time.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Ray - VA

    With the unemployment rate going up and increasing daily, its sad to see people like these scientists take for granted their jobs.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I love peanut butter Jiffy..... I always eat sandwich with peanut butter and jelly!!!!

    NO comment for Ted Haggard!!!! I am tired of him to hear over and over again!!!! Ewww!

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

    Oh, Haggard. Once again you are the cherry on top of my Palin Blagojevich sundae.

    Heterosexual with homosexual habits? Really? Isn't that just saying: "I'm gay but not nearly as interesting if I admit it?"

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I don't care if Haggard is gay or not, but what bothers me is that he lied to his wife and his congregation and preached intolerance against the gay community. That is his real sin.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  15. Abrar

    Please have a civil engineer act as an expert on infrastructure instead of a national security expert. There is no possible way to technically rank the worst 100 bridges in the US out of 150,000 in need of rehabilitation. This is not how engineering is practiced.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  16. Georgene

    Hello CNN, AC and Bloggers – I'm in Faribault MN.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  17. Ernest Davis

    What would it do for our economy if the stimulus package gave every adult 18 and over $100.000 people i think would pay off that house they are about to lose which would help the lending co. or they would buy a new car , which would help the car co. Pay off student loans , you could go on & on which would put people back to work .You could even roll that
    back to people under 62 years of age . I think that would do as much for the economy as if given to say the auto company or who ever . Say the car co. they would get it in the long run .

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  18. Sharon

    Well we do have computer software which most companies have installed in their computers to see where their employees are searching and it can detect and not allow anyone to go to porno sites!

    So maybe all agencies that take money from our Government including our Government should be required to install this software to insure what and where all the employees are doing on the company computers!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  19. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I kind of feel sorry for Haggard after that interview. While his wife seemed like a bigot, Haggard seemed like a weak individual caught up in the whirlwind of Evangelical denial.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  20. will

    question: Who knows how to spend the money the best.? Give us a tax cut. Least government, governs the best. This idea didn"t work in 1933, why do we think it will work now?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  21. Chipster

    Hi Anderson, all the discussions and hand-wringing over our crumbling infrastructure is terribly sad in retrospect. I recall how much ridicule Al Gore suffered during the 2000 election for advocating investments in repairing bridges, electrical grids, highways, and more. He was called an alarmist (or worse) but his predictions are now reality. How different things would be today had Gore won in 2000!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  22. Monica

    I worked in the mortgage industry. And I worked hard. I made six figures, while paying a ridiculous amount in taxes. I am now currently unemployed, collecting next-to-nill unemployment checks that barely cover my COBRA payments. (for a single person!) It su@ks but you know what.. I'm ok with it. All I wish for is that the govt provides help to those that have families and are making the same amount in unemployment but paying even higher in health insurance – AND after that, they have to have money left over to put food on the table for their children. Please stop wasting time and help these innocent people.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  23. Paula Vergara, Boston, MA

    James Lay – I absolutely agree that there should be term limits for the house, senate and house of reps – fresh perspectives are desperately needed.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  24. Brian

    C'mon people, this is American taxpayer $$$ were talking about here. All this is going to do in dramatically increase YOUR tax burden! You, your children, your children's children and beyond will be paying for all of this. If this type of spending happens too much more this country will surely collapse. Then what...utter chaos?
    I for one don't want that.
    Besides, the money in this "stimulus package" is nothing more than a way to further the continued growth of an already to bloated and wasteful government.
    It ain't gonna help YOU at all.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  25. Alice doesnt live in Oz

    ted haggard is weird.
    why is CNN obsessed with him?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  26. bsalley

    with the stimulus package being approved, are we getting a check this time?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  27. Minou, New York City

    Haggard has no importance. Why are we still getting him shoved down our throats?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  28. Jane

    Please stress that the state of our infrastructure did not "just happen" since Obama took office. How could we have been so neglectful of our country's structures. We have talented engineers, architects, builders, and workers. We simply did not exert any will nor did our Republican leaders lead the way. The only thing that has mattered were the bankers, CEO's, and big oil rigs. We are not in very hot water. This came to light during the Katrina fiasco. You were there CNN.

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

    Hey Anderson,

    It's really disgraceful that the Republicans did not support the stimulus package to help boost the economy since they created the mess to begin with. I thought it was disrespectful to the American people who are losing they homes and jobs. Something is better than nothing.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  30. Jim M

    If the post office reduces mail delivery by one day, will those entities receiving payment via mail extend their due dates by one day – I think not.
    Look at the banks raising credit card interest on non-delinquent accounts just to get a greater return for their faulty mortgage returns. The Feds lower the lending rate to practically -0- and not the banks are milking the public by increasing their credit card rates.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  31. David, N.Y. (USA)

    I am sure that there are more government funded programs that have a lot of employees that are spending most of their time on Porn!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  32. jeff whitley

    hello anderson, erica, and all

    i do believe that some sort of stimulus package is required but why rush into things before really thinking about how to do it.

    i would like for you to ask david, paul, and others what they would think about a plan that would allow individuals that have a 401(k) to be able to withdraw funds one time, tax and panality free, in order to pay off their mortgage.

    I believe that allowing individuals to do this will put cash back into the banking system for loans to others, allow individuals that have piad off their mortgage the capability to work at lesser jobs if they are layed off since they would not have a mortgage, and its a stimulus that would not cost the taxpayer or government anything.


    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  33. Deloris

    Earlier on Campbell Brown's show, Ali mentioned something about $480 in connection with the Stimulus pkg. for the disabled. I can't find it on CNN.com. Can you help me with more info?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  34. Joe

    Does the year 2010 mean anything to the GOPers? I find it interesting that after 8 years of being in charge, 8 years of driving this country into the economic toilet bowl, ignoring the disenfranchised, ignoring calls of regulation to the housing and banking markets, that the GOPer's have the audacity to say this bill does not amount to anything more than "pork barrel spending." It was even more interesting to hear a Republican Congressman refer to this bill as "the worst case of abuse of power...." he should tell that to all of the families who have lost their homes, their jobs and their loves ones to a failed republican agenda of the past eight years.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  35. Shannon


    While no one wants to acknowledge or admit to goofing off at work...everyone does it. Actually, I remember a segment on CNN not too long ago where Jeffrey Toobin was goofing off while on the air! At least the manager only used 20% of his time to goof off. That means he was at least 80% effective.

    La Mesa, CA

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  36. Charles A. Bowsher

    Why doesn't all the stimulus money go to all Americans equally and let each of us decide how to spend it. All kids get a vote in some regard as well. Each American gets an equal portion in their account unless they made over $250,000 year in any of the last eight years. We vote via our accounts what gets funding and what doesn't. We have the technology today to do this. Now is the new massive paradigm begun. cab

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse NY

    David Gergen, thanks for pointing out that the people who voted against this bill have legitimate concerns with how the money is spent and whether it is real stimulus or not. Republicans know all too well who won the election, and are not just trying to hand Obama a defeat. Adding a trillion dollars to the debt will not help us in the long run.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Sarah

    This plan seem reasonable to me. If this country does not have a good foundation, how are we going to move forward? O.K. ...everyone didn't get exactly everything they wanted in this one 800 page piece of legislation. It's a start.

    So stop whining! All the disenting Democrats and Republicans, do the American people a favor and create additional bills that will improve the condition of you constitutes quality of life and give your people hope. Be productive not destructive!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  39. lee

    anderson's webcam is so annoying, he is just down in the corner.

    can't you straighten him?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Maureen T

    Hope all the children on the school bus are okay!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  41. claire-wichita, ks

    Can someone tell my why food companies are not required to show test results to the government? It was bad enough with all the China scandals–but here in the good ol' USA I thought the standards were tighter than that....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  42. Tracy Brown - Ontario Canada

    Maureen – I'm not sure there is a real way to eliminate the short term pain, perhaps only ease it slightly. This is a massive, global financial crisis and the downturn may be very extreme. Suzie Orman(sp?) talks of a very long time for assets to regain their value, years and years. The impact to the economy is huge, really huge! John, who was seeking for long term investment, like infastructure and energy, I think is on the right track. The investments that provide some short term relief but have long term benefit and development will be the real things that pull your economy back on path... patience is required, though.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  43. Clarence Albuquerque

    Thanx to 360 for all the different perspectives into what is going on all around us. It makes my head spin sometimes.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  44. Lori from IL

    I knew the President Obama/Single Ladies video would make it's way to 360 - looking forward to "The Shot" tonight. We can all use a good laugh.

    Good show tonight, Anderson. I can't believe how fast this hour is going by -

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  45. Frank and Bootsie

    In my State, like in all 50 States, legislators are preparing to cut jobs in order to balance budgets. Sounds familiar – like layoffs happening all week. If the President & Congress focus on placing money in the hands of the locals that run our cities and counties two things happen. (1) No one will be laid off, & (2) Work will begin immediately to upgrade, repair, or replace roads, bridges, and infrastructure. All they need is money! Come on guys and gals! Vote with your brain not your politically oriented butt.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  46. Lauren--NY

    I have never been so happy to be allergic to peanut butter. You guys are right; the FDA needs such overhaul I don't even want to think about it.

    Erica, you look gorgeous as usual–you better tell me where you shop one of these days. 😉

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  47. Bob

    The stimulus is a pretty big document and I think its unfair to ask the average American what he/she thinks of it. Over 600 pages. There is a summary at the appropriations website to give an overview of expenditures but it is very vague. To say you approve or disapprove is more a statement of ones political slant than actual response to what the money will be spent on. I recomment all blog users get ahold of the actual document or start with the summary before making a bad or good decision.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Tony - Florida

    I would like to hear someone argue on behalf of homeowners who's home value dropped significantly due to lack of regulation, oversight, a flawed system of asset backed securities and unregulated credit default swaps, corruption, etc. Why shouldn't the banks be called culpable and be forced to renegotiate mortgages to at least modify interest rates? They have supposedly been getting all these billions already...where is it going? With more cash flow from a modified loan, i would have more to spend..."stimulative". There are a lot of people in this boat...which seems to be the root of the whole economic problem. (sorry so long)

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  49. Joy, Pittsburgh, PA "Go Steelers"

    What is wrong with the FDA I mean what is more important a company get rich off of peanuts or innocent peoples lives.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  50. Eva in Idaho

    Hi all

    I am glad all repubs and some dems said no! While there are some good things in this package that could help in the long run there was a tremendous amount of our money going to be spent on wasteful programs that will do nothing to stimulate the economy! I for one am tired of giving so much of my own money to pay fot things I don't believe in or wouldn't waste my money on....such as several billion set aside for org like Acorn who engage in illegal activities...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
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