January 28th, 2009
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  1. Steve P.

    Seems that the House succumbed to Obama's "charm". They've now loaded us down with more debt and spending, with precious little real economic benefit. Our children are now the ones who will suffer for this reckless fiasco.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Shaun

    Republicans had their say when Bush was in office for last eight years, give Democrats a chance to offer their policies and ideas. Tax cuts will not work because no one is willing to spend in this terrible economy, but long term government spending will aid in infrastructure and create jobs now and in the future.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  3. Cristina

    I'm beside myself with this pathetic display of paralyzing non-action from the Republicans. Our nation is in a dire place and all they want to do is protect their interests. Most top economists are already weighing in... Tax cuts don't work in a recession as this one. Obama needs to just move ahead and leave this party behind. They are truly myopic and out of touch.

    HE WON!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Carlo

    I'm hopeful that the Senate can make adjustments to get a more broad support. When it comes to the "People's House", they should understand that Obama's suggestion to "put away childish things" is aimed squarely at them.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  5. kalkrish

    i think cnn is doing good job for obama and supporting all his plans and i donot know what they gain.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  6. tina

    oh please,republicans have been screaming tax cuts since i was 15years old,now i am 45 and they still have no solution other than ideology.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Gerard

    I don't understand the opposition to the census spending, since that's constitutionally required next year. Anyone protesting this is just grandstanding!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Pati Mc

    I try to be open minded about all of this, but being one of the many unemployed, it makes it rough. I need all the help I can get, but yet, some of this may not be fair. At least I got a call today about a possible job. WooHoo!

    Frankly I think Whoopi Goldberg has it right with all of this. The govt should send questionaaires to the unemplyed and those on welfare. They would then match up people's skills with what needs to be done either with growing companies, or govt programs. If people needed training, companies or the govt would be given incentives to provide it. Match up want with need. Works for me. Maybe too simple, but still a good idea.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. jeff spriggs

    APPROPRIATE, you sit around and close your eyes while the govt steals 1 trillion from our pockets and you think im not appropriate,

    your insane

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Frank and Bootsie

    I am sure the Republicans felt that they had to vote against the Democratic plan today – – they know better than the Democrats, they have been doing a great job for eight years and our nation needs to thank them. Give me a break!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Veni

    I am wondering why the Republicans suddenly decided to be so responsible, and didn't say a word against, as they say, the same policy in the 8 years of the Bush presidency?
    If they have done so, their words today might have been justified, but instead they vote "an bloc" against the only plan to fix the economy. Is it good or not we don't know, but we know that it's the only one. I don't see anything coming from the Republicans.

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

    How is NASA going to research climate change is what I want to know? They are getting a substantial amount of money, so I hope it's worth it.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Luke

    As a strong supporter of Obama, I have to say I'm saddened that this is how it has begun. I think we all like his idea of bipartisan cooperation, but this made it seem like Obama doesn't have the tools to successfully work across the aisle.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Robin

    If all we ever did was cut taxes every time a politician promised to cut taxes, nobody would actually pay any taxes at all. What do you think that would do to the deficit?

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

    $50M for the National Endowment for the Arts is money well spent. The Arts create more than 5M jobs!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Joe N.

    The stimulus package is not going to stimulate the economy. Rushed legislation is usually bad legislation.

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

    I don't know that government size is particularly the issue at this juncture. And there isn't a quick fix available for such a massive problem. I think Obama's plan is very solid, but certainly flawed in places. However, by looking at the division of funding, one can see a strong agenda behind it. While I support the agenda and feel it will prove a huge step in the right direction for both the economy and culture of America, especially in regard to education, those who oppose his worldview will be much less impressed.

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

    Well just let me say I seriously doubt the people who REALLY need the stimulus will see any part of it at this point all I see is our money going down a very long drain and I see no end to it!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Vicki Williams

    Why are we caving to Replican demands? The public has overwhelmingly put their trust in the Democrats, and we need a solution FROM the Democrats.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Michael Curran

    Republicans are appearing bitter and uncooperative. They need to get on board or they will get left behind. Obama has the countries interests in the palm of his hand and Americans will back him and his plans with or without Republicans. He hs shown his willingness to work with them, what have they shown him? As of this vote: nothing!

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

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and Fellow Bloggers -

    Glad to hear that the House passed the stimulas bill. A little disappointed, but not surprised that no republicans voted for the bill.
    (Sounds to me like both parties in the House are more interested in their re-election campaigns than working together for the good of the country.) For the good of all of us - I hope the final stimulas plan works, but only time will tell.

    Funny to hear Candy refer to the republicans getting back to their Reagan roots - did they forget about "Reaganomics?"

    January 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  22. Noreen

    This President is crazy! We can't afford more spending! He should be ashamed, as all democrats that support this rediculous package!

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

    Hi Anderson, Erica, Hi Megan, everyone. Yep that is some bad news about the Boeing and Starbucks job cuts Megan. There were other annouced cuts to over the past couple days, couldn't keep track of them. I guess one silver lining is the President's stimulus package made it through the House of Representatives, No Republican votes though...

    Megan, are any of those Boeing cuts layoffs?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think Obama is slowly being forced to recognize the difference between fantasy and reality, the hard way.

    This is only the beginning; I think we will begin to see him slowly back off of many of the things he promised during the election and voters will be disappointed to find out that "change" was nothing more than a campaign slogan.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Maureen T

    Good evening Andy! It's hump day and it appears as if the right and left are still somewhat apart!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I agree with President Obama's plan to save our money!!!! Congrats Obama........ Hellooo Michelle.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Michelle , fonthill ontario canada

    The bill was passed so what it's a no win sitauation for Obama

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. John

    I'm a Democrat and believe in President Obama's desire to make the country better, but this stimulus package seems to be full of fluff. I agree with the Republicans that the stimulus package doesn't incorporate enough programs that will stimulate the economy and put people back to work.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Any "stimulus is stimulus. Food purchases, financial support for schools and unemployment benefits DO stimulate the economy. It keeps the money flowing and not just trhough those three areas. There's this thing called the "trickle down affect."

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  30. Mary Plante

    plan passed by House is too heavy on tax cuts–light on spending especially mass transit spending

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  31. Mike

    The stimulus bill is too heavy on both spending and tax cuts. You can't spend money you don't have!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  32. Kathy, Chicago

    If we have this ace economic team, shouldn't they have the job of writing the stimulas package, not a congress known for pork?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  33. Fred Kopp - Washington PA

    Regarding the economy, I know as much about the subject as anyone else, and that is absolutely nothing. Good luck with that.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  34. sam

    I am a laid off worker. But I don't support this pork laden bill. Hooray to those 11 democrats who voted against it. I hope the Senate has more sense than Pelosi led congress.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  35. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    I watched Ali report today and can't find anything wrong with the stimulus packet. But silly me, I'm worried about those who have lost their jobs, homes and don't know what they're going to do tomorrow to keep their families afloat.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  36. Ken in NC

    WellI am a Democrat and I have some serious reservations about this 819 Billion dollar bill. The sad thing is that Republicans cannot say that the President didn't reach out to compromise with them. Now while the two parties banter back and forth Americans are going to continue to lose jobs, homes and more.

    These guys, DEMS. & REPUBS.,need to be locked in a room and not let out until they reach an agreement.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  37. Abby

    Too much wasteful spending, driving us further into debt. I'm an Independent who mostly votes Republican- this is not a "party" driven comment. This does very little to create jobs. It only creates jobs for a small sector and does nothing for the hundreds of thousands in the real estate and finance sectors who lost their jobs first, not to mention all of the other sectors affected.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  38. Kwame

    It's not the Congress spending that concerns me..it's those who have to implement these economic packages...there lies the big problem....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  39. Wendy Hill

    I think the Repubs are still stuck on stupid politics. The majority of americans want Pres. Obama to be our leader and we trust his judgment.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  40. Vanessa, TX

    I'm glad house passed stimulus..but I do think it needs to have a better spending plan

    January 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  41. Sharon

    Did You have to tell us about the Porn Thing?

    I really need to stop watching news Ha Ha! This is getting way out of hand!

    Just who is going to stop all this madness?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  42. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Nice segway from porn to Haggard, Cooper. I got a nice chuckle out of that.

    Seriously though, is anybody else going "Huh?" at this porn thing. I know it's a stimulus package but come on....where is the accountability!!??

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  43. Clarence Albuquerque

    150 million (for a museum that remembers how it used to be) seems so trivial compared to 150 billion for education (for a process that looks how things could be) if we really try.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  44. Maria in CT

    There is a certain negative tone to Ed Henry's reporting. This whole thing is being cast as a loss to Obama. He failed to win over Republicans? Republicans got us into this mess! They are the losers. Their politics and economic policies were REJECTED on Nov. 4. They have NO bargaining chip.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  45. Marium, New Jersey

    It's so refreshing to see how Obama makes a point to show there are no grudges against Congress members, no matter how they vote.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  46. Kat Sarracco

    So let's add it up... a 7 year high for the jobless rate. Thousands of job cuts announced this week.... and the Republicans are debating whether the stimulus package will generate jobs? Any job which gets created will stimulate that person's community and economy. Why are we debating and looking for guarantees for numbers of jobs created? The Republican House watched while GW Bush burned this country to the ground, and they're not used to moving quickly.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  47. MaryBeth

    I agree that there is some pork in the bill, probably more than has been posted online, but they did get rid of some of it. Maybe the Senate can get rid of more.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  48. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This bill should have been 100% stimulus, not hundreds of millions of pork.

    Actually CaseyJ, many economists are now saying the 'do nothing' option may be painful in the short run, but much better for the economy in the long run.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  49. Dulcie - Denver

    Sadly, I feel like the Republican don't support the stimulus plan because there's not enough tax cuts for their rich political contributers.

    Republicans = Same ole, same ole.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  50. Lauren--NY

    Evening, everyone. Anderson, I like the tie, as usual. Good taste.

    Mindy, that's what I was thinking–he might as well not have taken the family planning stuff out if the Repubs weren't going to vote for it anyway. Of course, we're just looking at the House now–I think we're going to get some Republican senators, and maybe we wouldn't get as many had Obama not at least tried to compromise. Regardless, I think it will pass. I also agree with you, Belinda: the stubbornness is really just making the Republicans look bad.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
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