January 28th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. Greg

    There's nothing stimulating about the package. It's all for "entitlement" stuff that's got us partially into the mess we are in now. The government could buy everyone a home instead of paying for programs that have continually failed over the years. More unemployment and food stamps just keeps people from getting out and looking for work. The only thing different about this administration will be the name on the President's check. He's already tainted himself by letting Geitner even consider hiring a lobbyist. WTH is THAT all about ?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  2. Marvin

    Hello Anderson.. If were the Republicans who seems not to interested in supporting the US. President Obama may get the final laugh soon.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  3. leah

    Mike in Ny: Money to unemployed people and in food stamps go directly into the economy; Bush giving billions to big banks didn't work and certainly giving huge tax breaks to the rich and money to corporations who were shipping jobs overseas didn't work.

    Time to give breaks to middle and working people to see how they can move this economy. Time to move awayfrom an economy motivated by greed.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  4. penny

    "The Republicans have a "THIRD WORLD Mentality and attitude just like Gw Bush who did not have the intellect or communication skills to explain his comparisons or contrast. If they have ideas please explain to the AMERICAN PEOPLE what they are.. By not doing so it makes them display ignorant demeanor with out any honor!" They literally do not count their faces are not on any dollar bills nor do they own the monetary system or Federal Mint. Obama has to restore confidence in our Economy as well as jobs. It appears they do not have any ideas to do it. Obama was not the last president."

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Hugo

    Once again the Republicans disappoint us by exhibiting "herd behavior." During 8 years they have spent irresponsibly while oil companies earned record profits American families lost in excess of 50% of their wealth and became cash poor, yet they vote against the stimulus plan after President Obama showed flexibility to include their proposals. Republicans need to know that the American are capable of discerning what they are doing. We need leaders with political acumen and our best interests at heart


    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  6. kathryn

    I think 100% of the stimulus should be devoted to rebuilding the infrastructure of America!! We need to start to renew the aging water systems, bridges and power grids right now. If not, we will no longer have a GNP to borrow against the next time we get into a tight financial mess. It's like owning a home and not keeping it up. In less than a lifetime it's worthless because there is no viable place to start to rebuild it. Even 'Flip this House' has some that it won't touch.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Lorrie Wood

    Why doesn't the government temporarily lower the federal income tax percentage withheld from our checks? Seems to me even a modest 1% reduction would be fair to everyone and affect almost everyone in the country and could be done immediately, take affect immediately. Every one would immediately have more $ in their pocket to spend immediately. It may even cost less than the "SPENDING" bill just passed and most definitely would have an impact the citizens of this country not business, whom by now we don't trust to spend it wisely!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  8. Raj

    The Govt. has bailed out all the banks to help people. Why the banks refused to lend loan. We should ask them to return now as they squander our hard earned money to top exec's and does not help needy people. All top executives should answer before senate for their irresponsible behaviour and return the profits they have earned.

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

    America will see 64 percent of the stimulus in the next 18 months? I guess it took 8 years to mess the economy up; it will take a few years to recover. To be honest, though, 18 months seems like a lifetime when you are on the unemployment line or don't know if you are going to be able to keep your home.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  10. Todd in Bloomington, MN

    I voted for Pres. Obama hoping for change. Unfortunately, between Geithner's appointment and the ramrodding of this stimulus package with a "don't look, just say yes" approach – it appears the more things change, the more they stay the same. Canada is looking better by the day.

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

    Keep it simple–If the stimulus package don't produce sustainable JOBS-ITS PORK people.

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

    People would be better having Analog right now. Should the government be pushing to spend $625 billion for people to buy these boxes when people really dont want the change to digital?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  13. Jim Overland Park KS

    We had 8 years of Republican tax cuts and landed in the worst recession since the Great Depression. So now the Republicans think more tax cuts will fix it?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Kevin

    The Republicans need to wash their hands of this mess. Let the democrats own this bloated spending package that won't work. The electorate voted for change. This is classical liberal democrat spending at its finest and is not change. If this is more to come than I see the democrats losing power quickly. The country will not put up with big tax and spenders.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Susan Carey Long Beach, CA

    Congress wants to give us the largest spending & borrowing bill in the history of the USA? And less than 10% of this 800+ billion is about creating new jobs by shoring up our infrastructure? And taxpayers are supposed to run scared and support these idiots?

    This is not what the President was asking for. Or was I not listening to him closely enough?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  16. Jason

    It is so weird to see the republicans talking so assuredly about there plans for the economy.When they are mostly to blame for the recession. "Where is their credibility on this issue?"

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    LOL, Ricardo, that was funny!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  18. Jane

    I wish all stimulus money could go for infrastructure rebuilding. However, I salute the Democrats for coming up with their plan. God knows, something needs to be done NOW. As usual, the party that got us into this mess is thinking about their political gain for being against this bill. The Republicans have been running the show for decades and look where it has gotten us? Obama tried to work with the Repubs. but they rejected his efforts. I hope everyone remembers this in 2010.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  19. Bill

    Why do the democrats think that these pet projects and benefits are going to create jobs. All Barney Frank was talking about was unemployment benefits, and medicade. We need J O B S! Not STD prevention. We need manufacturing jobs, like the ones sucked away by NAFTA.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  20. Rose

    I think the Democrats should not worry about the "No Republican votes" today on the House vote for the Stimulus Package. Remember, Republicans handed us this dreadful mess in the economy and that just shows they know nothing about the needs of Americans. They controlled all three arms of the Federal Government when this mess of overspending started and the stupid war was ginned up that sent so much of our money to Iraq, etc. So we saw clearly that all sensible approaches to curbing the financial meltdown was stalled by the Republicans and especially by the veto pen of President Bush. Now they have the nerve to think Americans have confidence that they will feel compelled to help bail us out of this gigantic financial mess they have made? Nope, we already know exactly what the Republican record is. Like France of old, their mantra is "let them eat cake" no matter how dreadful the financial meltdown is for families and especially for children and the elderly. I was a Republican until Bush's Administration convinced me Republicans could no longer be trusted. So now, Democrats will have my vote.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  21. biba, philadelphia

    Anderson, do you think the republicans's decision is mainly based on politics? It is just odd to me that they would all vote no.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  22. warneka

    Has ali given thought to burning his back pin stripped suit ??

    I am getting sick of seeing it !!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  23. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    @Jim, I think Candy and Ed Henry are looking at this from the wrong angle, it's not about P. Obama's failure, because honestly he did all he could and lived up to his promise to try to work together and reach across the aisle. It was the Rep in control when the economy crashed, they were in charge when unemployment hit 7.2 and millions of homeowners lost their homes are were facing foreclosure/.It was the Reps who were arm twisting the rep who saw the light and wanted to vote for the bill rather than working on helping the situation. Gawd, I can't believe i was once a republican. Live and learn.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  24. Richard

    I remember hearing an old politician say one time that he remembered a time when elected officials went to washington and worked for the people who elected them...he went on to say that we've now elected a generation of politicians who now arrive in washington and believe the people are working for them...anyone disagree?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  25. Stacy

    I don't have any big problems with that spending breakdown. It looks pretty good, actually.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  26. joy

    Hi Anderson,
    Based on the republicans behavior today I feel as though they are anti-american and pro-self.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I guess our government employees have too much time on their hands.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  28. Lawrence Denver

    The president has done good, he also wants his administration to be held accountable! Something Bush would never consider! This bill is the start to recovery.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  29. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That is a great point, Ashley! We let Bush get away with a lot...and now there are so many thinking that President Obama is doing something terrible when he is just trying to get America back on track! I must admit I do have my reservations about the stimulus but I don't think that we can do nothing!

    Ali Velshi is always great to watch, he explains things so that I understand them...I can't wait to see his Money Summit on Friday!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  30. Mark

    It's my opinion that by the time any bail out or stimulus package gets injected into the economy, it would be too late for the many americans. I'm a homebuilder in South Texas who has struggled and leveraged myself in the hopes that this economy will turn around. In trying to buy time with National banks to ease debt service requirements , I hear the same response which is that they're limited to what they can do because they are afraid in not complying with federal banking standards imposed to them. This is nver talked about by anyone. It would seem to me that this would be a great place to start in helping the american businessman. If government would allow banks to be more lienent in dealing with their customers, it would help us stay alive and and would eventually stimulate the economy. It seems that banks are so afraid of federal regulators forcing them to write off loans for not complying that they simply shutting the door to the american public.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  31. jarrod

    we have to be careful we get to precariuos they will take the internet oh that's right if we can't pay for it we won't have it!!!!! or cnn, msnbc,fox

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

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

    Hellooo Mathew!!!
    Welcome to Live Blog!!!! enjoy join blog!!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  33. Len

    What do conservatives have against poor people. One third of the stimulus package is for tax cuts, it is just that these cuts are for poor and middle class people. These people need the money and will put it into the economy. People who are already well off will keep some, invest some and put much less into the economy. If we want poor and middle class people to benefit from this package, the government needs to direct the money to them. and not into more tax breaks for the rich.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  34. allison

    Yep, the same old stuff....Dems want to spend, spend, spend. How much to Hollywood? Perhaps Mr. Pres. should ask his friends in Hollywood to take a paycut so they can hire some more acotrs.

    Loved the Rep from GA who has lots of "shovel ready" projects in the countys he represents – not going to help any of the jobs we're really loosing in this country, but he'll surely be re-elected. These folks in Washington are so out of touch.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  35. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Rikki – I agree. Thank Gergen for giving us small players some credit and airtime!!

    All right, I'm a student at a university and I have to admit that I am quite pleased that the majority of the stimulus is going to education. I am in no way convinced that universities and high schools are doing all that they can to initiate and encourage education.

    I know I said I love Cooper's tie, but I'm not sure if anything can beat Velshi's suit!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  36. Sandee Eiduson

    Anderson...really do we have to look at those Porn sites? We believe you. Stop showing them please.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  37. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Bill, the Republicans did offer alternatives. Obama told them they weren't getting what they wanted because he won. Hardly a bipartisan statement. It's great he asked for suggestions, but if he doesn't use them, it's all for show.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  38. Bonnie Crawford

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica & fellow bloggers. I'm glad the stimulus package passed because it will help people who are doing the most suffering in our country. I'm sorry to see that not one Republican supported our new President but when the plan works they won't be able to take any credit for it. Congratulations President Obama. Thanks for doing a fine job.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  39. Belinda

    Also, to be honest any tax cut I get will go to savings and paying bills. How that stimulates the economy is beyond me. Create more jobs, please! Case in point, lower gas prices did not increase gas consumption.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  40. Sejal

    My son had a good point. He said that if Obama wants to stimulate the economy all he has to do is give money to college kids. lol. They def know how to spend it.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Rex D

    I support the stimulus bill, because I need money for my business, but has anyone taken in consideration how much of this money and what little money that is left in this economy will be sent out of the US by both legal and illegal citizen that are sending money out of the Country to support their families in their home lands instead of re-circulating the money in this economy.

    Rex D,

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  42. Sharon

    Well putting more money into medicaid says it all for me! Welfare shall flourish as it always has and the working class will suffer as usual.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  43. dennis andres

    The stimulus spending bill is outrageous...I can't believe that any educated American would be in favor of this bill!!! Doesn't anyone remember their high school econ classes?

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  44. Marcus

    This bill is a joke. The only thing I care for in this bill is the new website that lets "the people" see where the money is going. Don't get me wrong, there are some really good things in this bill, but overall there is too much waste.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Connie


    I am watching your show tonight. I just can't believe what is going on in Washington. The American people need HELP, we can't keep living from paycheck to paycheck, or should I say no paycheck. The last 8 years have been so bad, why don't they get it. Who are these people we have elected????? I think President Obama is trying to do a good job, but he is dealing with children in the house and senate. Put the American people first for a change. Quit picking everything to pieces. Just get it done.

    Trying to live in Iowa!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  46. Beth

    Did I understand that those unemployed Americans will now get medicaid benefits? Why work??? How about the disabled Americans that don't qualify for medicare without exhausting all their assessts? Will they get this benefit as well?? I see many unemployed Americans remaining unemployed with this benefit added to the other welfare perks!!

    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  47. steven


    is their anything in this plan that will extend unemployment benafits to persons returning to college that could last upto 4 years ?...

    couldn't the income collected from taxes go toards creating new currency dollar for dollar, to be used to help this nation ?...

    why don't the irs issue bonds in stead of tax refunds ?...

    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  48. Alice doesnt live in Oz

    you people are nuts!!!!
    if you dont spend massive amounts, it will actually make it worse!!!
    it must be MASSIVE, or it will fail and result in a massive failure!!!

    there is only one consequence of this obscene waste and nonsense!!!


    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  49. Rey

    I don't see nothing wrong of government helping 95% of its population through tax cuts. If I remember, former president Bush gave the 5% tax cut, but it did not help our economy. As a matter of fact, most sports players recieved that tax cut i bet, but did they created any jobs. I doubt that–Charles Barkley for example. He recieved Bush tax cut, but he did not create any job at all.

    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  50. maryanne

    I can not believe that a bill was proposed, in this economy, to dig our debt deeper, for ANYTHING that is not necessary. Why are we being told to watch every dime, limit our credit debt–just so our country can go deeper in debt? Which, if any of these programs will affect our economy before 2011? Exactly WHO wrote in $$ for the Smithsonian, WHO are the legislators responsible for adding the pork???

    January 28, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
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