January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Pamela, Atlanta GA

    Who are the republicans fighting for? Do they not understand that the majority of Americans voted for President Obama to make these changes? I think the Republicans are acting like cry babies and using whatever method they can to block all of President Obama's ideas. The Republicans are not telling the truth when they say they want President Obama to be successful.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  2. Martec

    I think the stimulus has its pros and cons. I just hope this plan has americas best intrest at heart and just wasnt rushed threw becouse something needed to be done. As a 20 year old i can say if this plan flops he can kiss his 2 term goodbye!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  3. Warren Rowley

    Giving schools more money won't make for better teachers (unfortunately). Throwing billions at big lenders , banks and any organization guarantees one thing; only a fraction of those billions will be used for the intended purpose. Leave the system alone , hold lending institutions accountable and let the cards fall as they lay

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  4. Ricardo

    Republicans voted against this bill, so maybe its good one

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Jerry Weber

    How are the banks going to give out loans to unemployed workers?
    Credit crunch comes from not being able to get by. Savings blotted out by circumstance. Honest hard working America living pay check to pay check have been losing ground ever scince "trickle down theory" took hold and endorsed the idea that the one with the most toys wins. No care to right and wrong. Capitalism needs to make room for all of us not just the "haves" but the "have nots" too, especially them. Give the working class the money to re-grow America. That's real hope.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Richard

    please...does Mr. Belia not realize we have millions loosing homes and jobs...and he seems to think its ok as long as obama is transparent? come on! where was the tansparency when he signed the abortion order, when he refused to answer questions by the pool reporter who questioned him about political appointee...apparently our republicain congressmen and 12 democrates are not blinded by the "LIGHT" of obama...how are the million-billions spent in the stimulus package going to stimulate our economy. Give this money to those who need to buy gas, food, medicines, their homes, etc and that will stimulate the economy...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Margie

    For the last 8 years our government did things the George W. Bush/Republican way, and doing nothing is maintaining a quiet consumer. If it does nothing at all, it just might stimulate some confidence in the public and in business. Shame on the Republican party for already looking for a power struggle. Where were they for the last 8 years of billion dollar spending. Sounds like the same old hypocrisy to me.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  8. Therese McKinley

    A couple of weeks ago Obama did a "read my lips" thing and said there would be no earmarks in the Stimuls Bill.

    The Bill stinks like a pig sty there is so many earmarks in it!

    Research for the global warning. 50 million to the endowment of the arts. I am an artist and usually will defend anything for the arts, but not at this time. That will not create jobs. The money to the arts, while a husband and wife kill themselves and their 5 children yesterday because they both lost their jobs. This type of story is becoming a every news story.

    We need to create jobs and that is what Obama promised. People are hungry, they need a job to put food on the table. Being financially dependent on a service oriented society is not working. We need to manufacture products again to help produce jobs, set up alternative energy to create new jobs and to spend less overseas.

    Help Anderson!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  9. EJ (USA)

    What alternative plan are the Republicans offering?

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

    Well we've seen the failure that happened when the Bush administration was in charge of the economy.....so let's give this administration a shot....no one can say "for sure" whether this stimulus plan will fail or succeed before its been tried. People are at this point making educated guesses (or sometimes uneducated guesses) We should at least give it a chance to work. We gotta do something 🙂

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Lenore

    The Republicans have forgotten so quickly the mess that the Bush administration's mismanagement. left us with. Why weren't they complaining about his policies at the time when they could have done something about it? Why should we believe that they have the answers now? I willing to try a new breath of fresh air. We need to think out of the box. The Republicans are in a coffin and can't seem to find their way out.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Miriam C

    We still havent ventured into this field and we are sure to have plenty of jobs.
    Where does the cotton grow in US?
    Who is the manufacturer of our clothes?
    Who is making the dresses for these doctors?
    As far as I know, Banana Republic/Saks/Ann Taylor/Tabot...etc which caters to the middle, higher income crowd is all from outside US and almost everything in Walmart and Kmart catering to all levels of income is also from outside US.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  13. sharon from Indy

    We don't have a consumer driven economy, we have a debt-driven economy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Hi Anderson, does anyone remeber the trillion dollars given to the banking and financial sectors the last administration spent to get nowhere.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Susan

    I have read all of the comments and I am very surprised that no one is even questioning what is in this bill. I am disgusted that we just think because Obama says so that we all fall into line like zombies. I am not happy with the bill. There is way too much money being given away. I don't see any relief for the average American. Obama is not doing any better than any other politician. Why can't we just spend money on things that count to jump start the economy. Thank goodness that he took out the family planning. What is wrong with the people on your show... they just keep fawning over Obama, but again CNN is a very liberal news station. No one really knows how to fix the economy and it will just be more money after more money being thrown away. Millions for the arts.. give me a break. Wow that will be helpful for the average person.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  16. Lori from IL

    David Gergen -

    Thanks for your wise counsel. Interesting note that no republicans voted for Clinton's bill either - and we all know that Clinton was able to "fix" the economy.

    Paul – interesting to point out that President Obama is willing to give up things he wants in the spirit of bipartisianship -

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Kevin

    I am very disappointed in this bill. It is more of the same politics of Washington. Democrats and Republicans are all the same and if anyone thinks that President Obama is above this, they are sticking their heads in the sand. I was really hoping that President Obama would be different. Leaky bucket?? I can't believe the stuff I am hearing trying to justify this. It is disgusting. I can't believe these politicians can look at themselves in the mirror.

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

    There's been a lot of commentary about the House vote tonight, and the infighting there that really bogs down progress. I'm glad the bill passed, even though none of the Republicans had the guts to cross party lines and vote their conscience. I haven't heard anyone comment yet tonight about the Dems. Eleven of them voted against the bill. In a somewhat perverse way, it's actually progress that they didn't vote along party lines. Maybe the Republicans can follow their lead.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  19. EJ (USA)

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

    There have already been 2 extensions (longer in states with high unemployment). Did you call to apply for extended benefits?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  20. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Of course, I don't know if all bills are as large as this stimulus package, but this one was over 600 pages long. With all the media printing it out to show it in their broadcasts, I think we killed a few trees too!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  21. Monica

    LOVE DG's shout-out to us bloggers....

    What happened to that beautiful moment last week where we all united? It's time for people to start looking at the issues and not red vs blue. I think even the business world can teach these politicians the art of negotiation and creating win-win situations.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  22. Jean

    Belinda is right on! I support the stimulus package though I would like more going to energy and clean green. What the Republicans call "wasteful spending" and pork are simply those things (clean green, health care, education) they don't agree with.

    My question is: do the House Republicans have a (political) death wish?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Gary Wright

    If they keep spending inflation will be 20% or more in the next two years. Where does the money come from to pay this all back? I bet it is called the taxpayers. It is such a shame that we will become a third world power because of our leaders unability to do the peoples will. Shame on congress, shame on the president and shame on America for not standing up for what is right. We reap what we sow......debt for our great, great grandchildren.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  24. Susan

    I have a different read on the politics of the vote today. I don't think anyone - Republican or Democrat - in the Legislature wants to vote for this bill. Voters are against it or don't understand it. And, all politics is local. I believe one of the major reasons the Democrats voted for it despite this was to show loyalty to the newly elected President Obama.

    What are your thoughts?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  25. Angie

    No one knows if this plan will work or not. Can't we give President Obama the benefit of at least deligently trying to follow through by putting action to what he campaigned. How easily the "experts forget when Obama continuously campaigned that relief will not be over night, maybe even 8 to 10 years.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  26. Corey

    Hi Anderson and folks. I personally think something is not right with this stimulus plan because not one Republican voted in favor of the package,

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  27. Ron, Indiana

    What's with all of the 'partisan politics' over the stimulus package? What happened to the recent pledge of bipartisan cooperation to get the economy going again?

    We ARE back to politics as usual.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. John

    It seems to me that some of the stimulus money should be spent to encourage U.S. companies to bring back to America, the jobs that they are sending out to China, Canada, Mexico etc. Get those jobs back here in America. What are your thoughts?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Deena

    A bipartisan government is a more democratic government. Wouldn't it be nice if we were not in a dire need to act rather than respond. Because of this need for a fix yesterday, the past experiences with the TARP bailouts, it is not a surprise that republicans responded as they did. However, there is no doubt Obama is trying to include them and I hope that by approving this, there is still much room for collaboration with the details..

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. Harris

    Is action needed on our economy? Yes. However, this spending legislation is just so irresponsible and matched to no long term goals for the country. It's just spending on programs that politicians have been wanting to spend money on for years. While Congress may want to do something, any and all spending isn't the answer. How about reducing our debt and deficit?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Michelle , fonthill ontario canada

    The welfare system is abused they need job training and help with government programs I feel sory for these poor people it's so hard to make ends meet.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  32. Clarence Albuquerque

    I think the economy sure brings out the bloggers.... thanks for the commentaries from 360

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  33. Barbara Cosby

    Give $100,000 to each tax payer and watch the ecomony be stimulated.
    We could make our house payments, buy a car, food, clothes.
    Let us help big business, instead of waiting for big business to help us. After all, it is our money. And we need it now.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  34. Tom of Philly

    Inappropriate is cutting tax and going to war, never was done before, this is like taking a loan to rennovate your home, not go on a drinking binge, no one else is investing right now, this needs to be done

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  35. Rekha AC

    Hi Anderson,

    I'm glad the stimulus package has been approved by the House. This is all for now. Take care. And don't forget to njoy.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  36. Kevin Duckworth

    From a historical economic stand point, every dollar that a government spends in the economy, they get three in return. This happens every day in such programs as the GI Bill. Also, the stimulus package is not that large considering what we spend in Iraq. I think the draw down in Iraq will help give money back to repay this debt.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  37. Jeff Mayer

    I find it incredibly disappointing that our politicians cannot put their party beliefs aside, and work together. They need to know that the American public is not happy, we are fearful, and we are sick and tired of nothing being done. They need to do whatever is needed, to fix the economy, and they need to do it NOW!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  38. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

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

    Joe N., how right you are. We've already proved that with the last "package."

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  39. Robert, Exeter, NH

    While I believe we have to do something, I'm concerned about the lack of vision and cohesiveness. I sounds like a pile of "stuff" thrown together to get something done. While I'm encouraged by President Obama's bi-partisan unity, I'm more concerned about vision and leadership.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  40. Joy in Seattle

    Some of the parts of this bill are good. Unfortunately, too much of it is spent on pet projects. There is too much money spent on family planning, health care, global warming, NSF, etc. The cost of this package is too high. It won't give enough stimulus.

    I am a Republican and I'm proud of the House Republicans for standing up against this wasteful spending. It's not partisanship, it is just costs too much and will do too little.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  41. Ray

    Hey Noreen!

    You are the one who sounds crazy. If the president does not spend, then your ATM shuts off, and your money is gone, and you get laid off,and you lose your home, and you are standing in the soup line like millions of others. Then who looks crazy?

    Grow up, Noreen. Educate yourself woman. We have to spend to stimulate.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  42. Mike, Vermont

    This is 800 billion dollars. It would be great if some news program spent perhaps a full hour on it and outlined the items. Just reading over the bill you can tell it is a mess. There doesn't seem to be enough attention on this and enough time from the sponsors, both congress and the President, defending each item. How can someone defend contraceptives, grass on the mall, STDs, etc. as stimulus? Just the debt interest, 300+ billion, and the money they allocate to salaries to manage the projects is obscene.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  43. Nikki

    Hey AC,
    I think the stimulus is great! My only question is how do I get in touch with "Joe the plumber"? I want to be the first in line for his share since he was very adamant about not taking government funds!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  44. Heather

    President Obama's plan might not be the best answer but I don't see anyone else coming up with anything better. Something must be done so why not give him a chance? He has the job now let him do it!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  45. Mike Evans

    Most folks objecting to the bill don't seem to realize that when the government spends money, it buys goods and service from Americans. Money coming to my school district isn't thrown away–it will keep us from having to lay off teachers and aides who would otherwise be unemployed because our city and state tax receipts are down. Tax cuts are likely to go into savings. Mine will.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  46. Timothy White

    This stimulus vote makes the Republicans look like spoiled brats. They had 8 years severely partisan politics. They ran up the biggest deficit in history. Pork and tax cuts, and more pork and more tax cuts, and more tax cuts. The Democrats won a resounding victory in November, and yet the Republicans continue to stomp their feet and demand more tax cuts. They still think they get to call all the shots. How arrogant! This illustrates that Republicans have nothing but contempt for American citizens, whose plight is insignificant. Only partisan gamesmanship counts for Republicans.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  47. Kevin

    This bill is a complete joke. Since our children are going to be paying for this are we going to relax child labor laws so they can get a start on paying for this?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  48. George Cleveland TN

    Stimulus Package is nothing but a JOKE . The American People will never see the money and they will still be in dedit and lose their Homes and Jobs. It never changes . They should have given each person in the US and equal share and let them Bail them selves out of dedit.,

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  49. renard

    I think it's wonderful that the President was nice enough to ask the Republicans to help, but what I really love is he doesn't really need them to pass his agenda.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Megan, are any of those Boeing cuts layoffs?
    David in IN
    Yes, it will have cut layoffs of course about 4,500 people including dreamliners 15 cancelation......

    January 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
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