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January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Jared

    This package isn't perfect, but the Republicans (I am registered as such) had 8 years to keep us from getting into this mess and they didnt! Instead we have record amounts of debt and an economy that's in the tank. Who doesn't get that? I personally have no problem with trying a different approach and this package has many different elements (long and short term) to try exactly that. It's far past time to put aside the partisan sniping and philosophical differences.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Barbie

    Repulicans know that the country needs this stimulus we have spent so much money over eight years on things especially in 2006 its just time to get real and face reality......

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Brian

    This so called "stimulus package" is nothing more than a huge spending bill to reward those who supported Obama and will do nothing but create more problems. Very few if any new jobs will be created with this excess pork waste. Very little in the way of infrastructure investment is in this package.
    This "recovery investment" is pure garbage designed to make the government even bigger.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  4. Jessica, Columbia Mo

    Marketing our presidential family reduces them to objects. How dare we even think about it, especially now when we desperately need them to be real.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Roger

    John, I agree with you, controlling the lobbiest including the congresional representatives will be the key to the sucess or failure of the stimulus package. To bad that greed is such a driving force in our ecomony and society.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  6. Liz

    I am saddened by the passing of this second stimulus. If the first one cannot be accounted for and where that money ended up? Who is watching the one that just got passed? This country is out of control. Who is feeding the hungry?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  7. Jessica

    We should all be grateful to be able to pick at diiferent things in this stimulus package since that last one the Republicans put together had almost no transparency!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Virginia

    $819 million is more money than I can conceive but something has to be done.Lets give President Obama credit for at least trying to fix this huge economical disaster.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  9. debbie brown

    Please explain why the republicans are requesting a tax cut. I don't understand how the debt will be paid back if we have more tax cuts.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Dave Theurer

    I will hold my nose and support this stimulus, but Democrats need to get back to pay as you go budgeting, much like they did in the Clinton years. Ultimately we need to get fiscal sanity back, or else the long term damage to our economy will be even more severe as other countries refuse to underwrite our spend happy ways.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Nita Stith

    While I detest the need for the "bailout", are we ready for what may happen if we do nothing. Is anyone paying attention to the streamers on the bottom of the CNN screen? Starbucks cut jobs and is closing 300 stores! Let's try something. It's all about taking a stand to stop the slippage.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  12. John, Tampa, FL

    Once again the Republicans have chosen to ignore the facts and they crisis they've caused this country. The American people made the right choice in the last election.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Abby

    Sorry- made a mistake- I'm an Independent who mostly votes Democrat and I am not in agreement with this package. The Republicans have brought up excellent points that need to be taken more seriously. I support Obama, but I think he just ran through this whole package without carefully considering the feedback from the Republicans.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Campbell, Rogina

    ...The earth is probably wondering who's for this new Stimulus package..I, for one, an urban dweller within the community/city of Saint Louis, MO, and have no problem with the new Stmulus package, in that, in appears to package everyone's needs at one point or another, and it will be a beautiful gift to its' benefactors...how could our government legislatures not honor something so richly esteemed to not only include a 'little extra spending', yet hold dear the democratic anthem of inclusion?...RMC

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Bob

    Nancy Pelosi has said it contains finances for family planning services. How is it really, that that kind of spending will somehow stimulate the flow of cash and promote business in America? This plan needs to be studied and examined to weed out things that do not spur growth in our economy.

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

    Sharon – it’s only his second week. Give the guy a break. He’s closed Guantanamo Bay, reversed abortion funding, among other things. We voted him in as a people to make the best decisions for us. Let him do what we selected him to.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Sandra

    Forget the Republicians. They don't know how to play together as they have demonstrated for years. Moreover, their economic ideas have landed us here. Time for a new direction, forget the tax breaks, and invest in jobs, jobs, jobs. All jobs not just infrastructure employment. We are losing teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, and much more.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Eric Rickford

    Hey:

    Why did the Repulicans not questions the billions Bush spent in Iraq. For the first time we are spending money on America for America...so what's up Repulicans...can they explain....are they more for Iraq than USA..........

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Faye Fellows

    Infastructure, Infastructure, Infastructure!!!! That's how it was sold, and that's what I want to see, at least at the end of the debt we will have nice roads and bridges.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. Maureen T

    Anderson,
    I may not agree with Amy Holmes but always good to hear her slant on things!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. David, Orlando

    The American People elected President Obama (and a Democratically controlled House) because of his ideas and his policies. While I appreciate his efforts at bipartisanship, if the Republicans are not going to support him, they will feel it in 2010. The nation has spoken – either get on board the Obama train or lose your place in elected government. Not one Republican in the House voted for the plan – pure insanity.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Jane

    Hello Anderson (and all)!! I have been watching CNN all day, and since this bill passed the various explanations and expectations of both democrats and republicans seem to be on the lines of their respective political positions (I suppose to support the President/ not), but no one seems to really know what is going to happen or what really will help. What DO we know? Also, I have noticed that AC360 specifically seems to play IAVA's ad "Alone" quite a bit, which I know is shown during donate air time. Did you have anything to do with that?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Matthew

    Hola, Anderson! This is my first on here! (Love your book!)

    Well, I'm personally glad the republicans did not vote yes. From what I have heard from Alan Greenspan I'm not so sure that the stimulus plan now is a good idea.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Gary

    I think the rescue package misses one important factor. Those who are unemployed, including myself, do not benefit from any tax cuts since we are not earning any income. Unitl jobs are created the rest is a moot point. Bring back the jobs that have been shipped overseas and if there are tax cuts for corporations and small business, they should not include any for those that have outsourced jobs to other countries. Congress should get real for once.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  25. barry

    The last bailout helped banks buy banks. What guarantee this one goes where its suppose to$$, mortage help, etc.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Jon

    It's nice to see ALL the media KIND OF seeing the light and reporting on the shortcomings of this stimulus package...a spending bill with my...OUR money!!!

    One comment...HOW DARE ANY POLITICIAN TAKE MY TAX DOLLARS AND GIVE ONE CENT TO SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT EVEN CONTRIBUTE/PAY TAXES!!!!!!!!

    Get a grip people!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Dan. St. Louis MO

    Let the banks whose poor choices brought about this mess go into bankruptcy that is what I would have to do if I made bad financial choices. Oh yeah and Obama, can we get a passanger magnetic bullet train?

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

    Anderson, my husband & I are retired. We live in a modest 3 bedroom ranch. Our 401k was decimated by wallstreet. We did what all financial experts tell you to do. We saved, we lived modestly & we're being taken down by conditions beyond our controll. Yet as a taxpayer we're to sit by while homeowners who purchased homes beyond their means are in foreclosure are bailed out? watch GM workers retire under 30 and out with 100% full pensions? watch our govmt. give wallstreet money they use for executive bonuses & corporate jets? all paid with our money?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Mike Anderson

    To all you Republicans out there screaming about this...where in the world were you the last 8 years? Did you have your head in the same hole as Bush?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Camille

    If this GOP agenda of tax breaks works so well, why has it not worked for them in the past? Look at where we are on the policies they have wanted and enacted in the name of their trickle down theories and hands off business practices. We must all take a look for ourselves at the information we can on the Obama websites and begin to contact our "leaders" and let them feel the heat of the American public. If not, we will soon be feeling helpless and hopeless again.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. Tim

    Why does it have to be so hard? Surley there are smarty people than I in Washington. Just pass the things both parties agree will create jobs "tomorrow" and fight out the rest later.Lets sart with say 100 billion and go from there.Maybe we shouldimpsoe layoffs in Washigton and that would get some attetion.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Hello Bloggers: The stimulus plan appears to have in it good things for spending but I think it's drawing a fine line on whether it will really create jobs or help those who are struggling. Is it really going to help the middle class or small businesses? But then again, I don't think anyone knows what will stimulate the economy at this point....

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Roy Heale

    Anderson,
    How can the Republicans say the new rescue plan from the Democrats is the worst spending spree they have ever witnessed? Just look at the last eight years of Republican rule and where it has landed the United States and the entire global economy. Republicans need to wake up and smell the roses and support the Democrats as they try to fix the mess Republicans created!
    Roy Heale,
    Calgary, Canada

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    @JoAnn, I think what the voters are going to relies as many already knew is that the those in government are too old or too dumb to change. We will see that although we want change and voted for change the old white boys want the same old crappy, incompetent, selfish, crooked government we've had for years.

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

    Our "leaders" can talk all the philosophy, history, and ideology they want but there are no benchmarks to the situation the world is in.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Glenn

    Greetings: I'm not liking this stimulus package at all! In a time when serious action is needed to get the economy back on track, we are once again shown just how unserious the congress can be. We don't need pork barrell spending, we need action that stimulates the economy now; not funding for pet projects and political paybacks. When is the insanity going to end?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. EJ (USA)

    I have to agree with Paul Begala.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  38. Tracy McCollister

    I do not understand how any intelligent person could vote for a bill that he/she has not read. Thousands of pages is no excuse. Does it really have $1.2 billion for ACORN, the very organization being investigated for voter fraud?

    TRACY McCollister
    Warner Robins, Georgia

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  39. Joyce Burger

    It seems like the Republicans have all the answers these days. Although, they seem to forget the reason we are in this mess in the first place is due to the Bush Administration. If they know what's best, then why didn't they fix the problem before Obama?

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

    Republicans need to get on board and help America by rising above their ideologic limitations. Get over the "tax and spend" misperception of democrats and realize President Obama is cut from a new cloth.

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

    It's good to see the bill passed in the House, but it's disappointing to see that not one House Republican voted for this bill. Obama didn't need their votes but he went out of his way to hear their suggestions and this was the thanks he got.

    This feels like a slap to the face ...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Linda Lou - Colorado Springs

    Where are the jobs, in this stimulus package, for the average single mom, single woman who won't be hired to dig a ditch and who doesn't have a degree? All of the job stimulus I'm hearing is all about construction; basically jobs for men. Have you looked at the statistics lately? Most households are single moms, women without a male counter part to help with the monthly bills . . .

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Jim Wright

    I am so sick of the out of touch government. STOP the spending NOW!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. sharon from Indy

    Barack Obama has been President for eight days. I think his honeymoon period was before he took the oath. Since the 20th, he has been very proactive and focused on getting the stimulus package through and re-connecting with the Middle East. I'd say that is quite an accomplishment with less than two weeks in office.

    In the meantime, I am looking for a job.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Ronnie DePriest

    I voted for President Obama, but I do not support his stimulus package. The failure of this stimulus package will result in him having only one term as president.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Karen (CRR)

    My topic the Obama girls Dolls. These children should be off limits just like any other high-profile family. Do you see dolls for Bill Gate's children – No. If anyone should profit it should be the girls who could then contribute the funds to some charity for under-priviledged children across the nation or just stay in the Washington DC area.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Guy Martin

    GOP actions were no suprize to me. GOP, what have you done for me latley? Cant here you!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. Michelle , fonthill ontario canada

    The change is coming slowly republicans are just out for the rich.
    i agree with you Dulcie

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. David, Indiana

    Keeping them honest, I bet a lot of people surf porn at work.

    I think the cocktail party is a good idea. I hope Obama keeps reaching out to Republicans. Working on infrastructure is a fundamentally sound idea. People have been talking about it for a loooong time.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Wow...did anyone else suddenly notice that hopeful and charitable mood a lot of people had on 1/20 suddenly go cold? People act as though President Obama did the unthinkable.

    And just think, we've let a former president idly go by and destroy human rights, the economy, create wars, and violate the Geneva conventions.

    What's wrong with this picture?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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