January 28th, 2009
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  1. Allie

    The Republicans are the one who got us in this mess in the first place and now they are trying to stand in the way as the president tries to clean it up. Cant wait till 2010 when we can vote even more republicans out of office and vote in people who will listen to our call for change.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. gayle mccauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to all of you!I think that the package is a good idea.I see it as an investment in the countries future, and as we all know investments take time to show "dividends".At least I feel that his efforts to help us is sincere.That's more than I can say @ the last 8 years.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Mike Holton

    This needs to be solved from the bottom up. Take a review of all the troubled mortgages in the us. Calculate what it will take to bring each one current. Send that amount to each mortgage company requireing that they apply it to all the troubled mortgages. That cures all the bad mortgages, and HELPS THE LITTLE GUY. Now all the banks are solvent and can begin lending again, which will of course create new jobs in all sectors of the economy. If you give the money directly to the banks it only helps the banks to buy new $50 million jets.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Ali Saad

    The Stimulus Plan,

    Plain and Simple. This is 1..I repeat 1 solution to a huge problem we are facing. There was more than 1 issue that brought our economy into the situation we are in and it will take more than 1 solution to get us out of it. The question shouldn't be is the stimulus good or bad for us and our children...but will this aid in America getting back on it's glory feet again. We need to support our president and give him a fair chance.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Michael of HB Ca.

    After all I have seen about this bill, it seems to me that the Dems are trying to include anything they've ever wanted, under the umbrella of "stimulus". Whatever you may think of the previous administration, more debt is not the way to go, simple! Hellooooo!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. Alex

    Pathetic response by the republicans. Obama did more expected by anybody with the ammount of tax cuts he included to bring in the republicans, but it shows you this guys are nothin but just throwing roads blocks. The tax cuts of bush played a role in the housing bubble.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. jimmy

    Two years from now when our economy has not been stimulated because of earmarks and wasteful spending (i.e. 200 million to resawd the national mall) the President will think twice about compromising with Republicans because he is going to need them when they take over in 2010

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Abhay

    Hi everyone,

    I was just wondering, why were the Republicans so fixed against the bill?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Galen Van Kooten

    This is a bad bill-when we need help now we get a bill that only gets 5% of the money in the economy the first year and only 50% by year 2. Also this bill has to much pork. This is according to the CBO

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  10. jim t

    i ran out of the unemployment exstension in january will there be a further extension

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Rebecca

    The republicans need to put aside their party differences and work with the democrats. Something needs to get done fast to help pull us out of this economic crisis. Everyone has been hit by this especially teenagers like myself who plan on going to a first rate school out of their home state. It's tough for all of us and the republicans need to wake up and look around them to see who is suffering the most and not be partisan and selfish.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Margie

    It's great the stimulus package has passed. Republicans need to soften their fists; we've tried their way for 7 years. It's time to re-invest in our domestic infrastructure rather than focus on Wall street. Even though I am self-employed and a small business owner and would like the government to offer more incentives for building self-sufficiency, I feel the shift in where we're spending the tax payers money from private companies to public projects will be refreshing. Godspeed Obama -those of us in the 'trenches" need a life support now!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Evans Stepanov

    The stimulus package is pork barrel spending. If the democrats really wanted to create jobs, give the people more money to spend. To their credit they are doing that in the forms of tax cuts. Renovations only creates a limited amount of jobs. When people spend they spread their cash out creating different jobs.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    @Marybeth, did you read that there were some republicans that wanted to vote for the bill, didn't because they were pressured by the republican party to vote with the party. It is hard to believe they're actually playing games with our lives.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  15. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Mike, I don't lilke the plan either, but it's reality and I AM somewhat skeptical. Waiting for something to happen isn't going to work. However, you could always make aliving shorting stocks. And, I agree with ACs comment that it's the way we spend (and track) it.

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

    Why do they have to throw a cocktail party in order to do their jobs?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  17. Guido

    Bailout approved in the House? I lost 37% of my 401k last year, so when should I expect my check in the mail...Mr. Oh-bomb-a?

    Way to go House Republicans! You told Oh-bomb-a to take his stimulus package and shove it!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Renee Y

    Hello Anderson, Erica and the Best Bloggers.

    I can't believe the Republicans. They are just sore losers. 8 years show that tax cuts don't work and even with that Obama gave them a nice size. They were not going to approve it anyway.

    I think President Obama should make the stimulus as he promised-infrastructure, tax cuts for 95% of working families, etc...

    Forget the Republicans and show why he was elected. He has offered his hand to them and if they want to be babies then give them milk!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Tom

    As someone who voted against Obama I think he's doing a great job. I get the sense that mature adults are now running the government. As a Conservative Republican I'm getting embarrassed by all the gimmicks the Republicans pull. They need to start behaving like adults.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Monty in St Pete

    Whose mess is this? Just about two months ago, the Republican administration and its congressional leaders demanded in a 3-page memo “immediate” “swift passage” of their $700 Billion bailout package “without strings” “within a week” and threatened economic collapse if passage was delayed or denied. Now, suddenly, when most economists, etc., agree that a second equally large stimulus package – this time containing specific oversight and regulations – is essential, those same Republican leaders are “against” excessive expenditures! How stupid do they think we are? Have they forgotten so soon? When will they remember it's their mess and stop being obstructionists?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Patti

    I don't think all the republicans voted against this for any other reason except that they are playing games. I'd vote them out and give the people their wages.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Pat

    I don't understand the ones drawing unemployment receiving medicaid? I am 53 yr old widow living in ND and can't afford any type of health insurance. So what about ones like me? I make only 14,000.00/year!! Live on that.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  23. Maureen, Georgia

    The only way to please the republicans is doing what they want, the package was tweeked for them but they wanted more tax cuts which experts say wouldn't have much impact on stimulating the economy. We have to give this stimulus a chance to see what happens, because it's said this is a crisis of epic proportions and no one really knows if anithing they do is going to stimulate the economy. Pres Obama is trying to reach across the isle but the epubs. can't expect the President to do everything they want. I feel like they want to make it as hard for Pres. Obama as they can, they don't want bi-partism

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  24. Keleti

    If my voice was admitted as a Registered voter in the house, my words sound like all i care about is getting to the root of the problem... And, this unemployed scientist is left in the mercy of my father's pocket book..so, how can i help repay all the things i've tried to live and support the dream of World Peace? Is our hands too far deep in the cookie jar?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  25. Charles from AZ


    I truly believe that Republicans want to work together with Democrats, but they can not say yes to something that does not make good economic sense. There is just way too much wasted spending in this bill that we will be paying for a long time from now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  26. Amy, Rochester NY

    I think the economy is in far worse shape than they are willing to admit. There is spending in this bill that has nothing to do with job creation but they are forcing it through. I am an Obama supporter, but do not agree with the monies spent on programs when we need job stimulus. What is really going on.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  27. Tracy Brown - Ontario Canada

    I'm not sure I really understand the Republican point of view, less tax all the time, let the free market decided everything, government should not interfere.

    Maybe I'm "too Canadian", which tends to be a bit more left and a bit more welcoming to governement intervention when necessary...
    but... isn't tax cuts as a way of dealing with the economy, not enough regulation of banks and the market place and the very ideology that the free market should decide everything , the very things that created this crisis in the first place?

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

    How many jobs did Bush and the GOP create during the last 8 years?
    Whle giving Tax Cuts from left and right


    and leaving behind a Recession

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  29. David, N.Y. (USA)

    Hi Anderson,

    Good Evening, I am still shock about companies that are looking for models that look alike the Obama girls. They need to back off because no matter what they do, the Obama are not going to be the next Hannah Montana/ Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. They are not a business deal!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  30. Wendy

    What about a family of 6? Dad works full time $50k a year, mom works p/t and has 18 months left on an R.N. degree. Ran up credit debt to make mortgage pmts over the last 2 years. Now we're tapped out and just need help up out of this mess. We work hard. What about those of us without huge incomes and savings accounts?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  31. Linda Lou - Colorado Springs

    I'm afraid we're setting ourselves up for another identical cycle as the one we're in now down the road. Millions of people out of work, defaulting on their loans and their credit; facing potential bankruptcy, people who once had great credit now damaged for years to come. All of this will weaken the bank borrower/lending pool whereby, in the future, banks will once again "have to" revert "back to" making risky loans; which is where we're at right now . . .

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

    i don't think food stamps and unemployment benifits are going to stimulate anything but those people's ability to survive that are diminishing are going stimulate either it is going to lead to survival in which people are going to post on their porches with weapons of the wild west and what choices are they given?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  33. Judy Sedgeman, Morgantown, WV

    Congressional republicans had 8 years of tax cutting - didn't help us much. I am really discouraged that all the naysayers only had tax-cutting to offer as an alternative, and really had no basis except generalities for their objections.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  34. Daniel

    Why don't they bail out the middle class. And in return we pay our dept back to the banks. Thats a win win.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  35. Rebecca Turnbull

    It is interesting that "No" Republicans voted for the stimulus package. I would believe the Republicans were voting their convictions rather than their "Party line" ("you can't spend your way out of a recession"!) if even a few R's voted with the President.

    This is like students in a class who all drop their books at 10 AM and look innocently at their teacher, "But, I just dropped my book".

    The President showed some good faith to open the conversation with the R's...it is like they don't want to allow his approach to be successful. Can't we just please have some dialogue in Washington and some give and take?


    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  36. brian mcnulty

    How does 150 billion in spending towards education "stimulate" the economy in the short term?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  37. jim t

    i ran out of the unemplyment exstension in january will there be a further extension

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  38. Clarence Albuquerque

    Is the only focus of the US government to make the economy work?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  39. Orland C

    Hi Anderson, I am happy that the bill passed. Sorry the Republicans instructed members not to vote for it. Each should have been able to vote thier concience they are playing partisan politics.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  40. Leon

    Every hour that we wait to take action leaves more people out of work and scared for their future. I have too many friends laid off and scared of what tomorrow will bring. The Republicans just want to delay and defeat Obama where they couldn't in Nov.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  41. Tom White, California

    OK. So the Republicans have decided to re-invent themselves as fiscal conservatives. Fine. Why did it take a landslide loss to motivate them? They had 8 years. Why must they play the role of a recalcitrant now? I am not convinced.

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

    The Republicans are not going to be happy until they can drag this country down further. It is amazing how all of a sudden they are against spending. Try the last 8 years for some really vigorous spending and you have the disaster we are now in as a nation.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  43. David

    So the Repubs got the concessions they wanted and still decided that the American people need to take a backseat to their idoicy. The Repubs should all be impeached for conduct detremental to the success of the country. They have always been about the rich and today just proved it. Just a stupid party!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  44. Hank

    The Republican minority had better plan to remain so. All they have to offer America is bluster and old ideas. They just don't get it!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  45. Jerry, Oklahoma

    Forget the tax cuts, use the money on infrastrure, will have much more meaning for the long term, either way not nearly enoungh to do what needs to be done.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  46. Rannald

    Accountability is a yes. More please.

    But no to more Republican failure!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Marc Huestis

    Why is the coverage exclusively about the Republicans? Last I heard they lost the election- BIGTIME. BTW- as a working artist I am offended by the argument that the National Endowment monies would not be stimulative. In these hard times, arts are more needed than ever
    and artists are taxpayers as well.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  48. michael

    Not 1 vote for the president stimulist plan from the GOP.

    The republicans still don't get it. The Americanshave spoken once they Will speak again in the next election and there will only be a handful of republicans left. they are shooting themselves in the head.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Soroosh - Ontario, Canada

    I support Pres. Obama and his plan but why not offer consumer rebates instead? If you want to stimulate consumer spending, offer something back to the average American spender. More shopping = more jobs, more jobs = more money, more money = more shopping. It would probably cost the Government less than $819 Billion. And it will definitely stimulate the economy, and if it doesn’t at least the Country won’t be in more debt. it’s a Win / Win situation.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Mark

    11 Democrats voted against the stimulus package, unbelievable! The President has the majority of America on his side, why don't our representatives represent us for a change?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
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