January 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/29/09

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  1. Roger Rutschman

    Taylor, I agree that the 8 years of Bush economics has been a disaster. I hope Obama will continue listening to Republican's. If he does and they don't react positively the American public will notice and through them out in two years.

    Roger Rutschman

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  2. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    I have a 4 year college degree too...and I'm quickly learning the value of it! The best part is that when I was in high school we were told that there would be a plethora of jobs that would be waiting for us we graduated and they would all want to hire us North Dakotans!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  3. Shellee Hogan , Saskatoon, SK Canada

    Perhaps the government should take over the banks. Seems to work pretty well here in Canada.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  4. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I have still to hear anyone point out the details in this stimulus plan that will directly affect these unemployed workers besides tax cuts and food stamps.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  5. James Burch

    As a businessman, the credit crunch is primarily the cause of the ecomony being stiffled at this point. There is no money being lent by the banks which have used our tax money to bail them out. The banks are using the funds provided by us to purchase other banks , (Wells Fargo / Wachovia) rather than lending to keep the businesses moving. We must convince the lending instuititions to do thier part in loosening the credit requirements for private projects.

    I also was forwarded directive from the Department of Defense / NASA postponing the requirement of all workers on Federally Funded projects to be cleared through the E Verify program. So Much For the Protection of The American Taxpaying Citizen!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  6. Sharon

    Um I have to say that when you cut millions of jobs but then turn around and purchase a jet that does not say anything to me but GREED!

    one jet might help your town but all those people who LOST their jobs hurt their families, children, schools and the whole state!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Mac

    hey erica

    how about that endowment to the arts – thats a great idea

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  8. kim-chicago

    Blagojevich is not the hero he is trying to make himself out to be...trust me...But I still feel that Fitzgerald's high profile press conference might make it more difficult to get a conviction.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  9. lisa

    Anderson, We need to support our country & pray that this stimulus
    package does the job!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Don, WA

    "The People" are living on "Pork and Beans" because the government and big company ceo's have been stuffing themselves with "Pork and Bonuses" for too long.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Girard LaFoe

    I stand behind our president and I'm sure he means to do well by this stimulus package;
    However myself who has studied vast and deep into this economic situation for a long time can tell you that this 650 page stimulus package which I have actually read will do very little to bring any relief to "We The People" anytime soon enough to be of real help.

    In other words, it's a bit like trying to bail out the Titanic with a bucket
    ( with several holes in it ! ) Help ! S.O.S.

    Girard, Rochester,NY.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  12. Zanetta

    2/3 of stimulus package? Wasteful while we're losing jobs/homes. I applaud Pres. Obama for his crackdown on CEO's. Don't stop there. We're scrimping/saving while oil company execs/employees are using limos, expense accts, dinners, etc. to jet company execs around the world, while gasoline prices are going up daily from pure greed. Frugality needs to be an American team effort. Bring Jack Welch on board.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    @Taylor: If the Republicans are going to act like this when a concerted effort for bipartisanship was made by President Obama, I say its time to just ignore them.

    The Dems DID ignore their suggestions. That's why the bill got no Rep. votes. Obama asked for suggestions then said they wouldn't get what they wanted because he won. Is that bipartisan?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Duane Beachey

    Suddenly conservatives are alarmed at the deficit the stimulus package would create. Where were all these conservatives when Bush was running up the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars every year for the war in Iraq, during a time of tax cuts for the wealthy? Those tax cuts didn't dig us out of the hole then during a growing economy. Why would they dig us out now under a nose-diving economy?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  15. CurtisJo

    @Minou, BLAGO reminds me of Dan White (and he looks like him, too). Seemingly coherent and in control but open up that mind and there is trouble inside–a time bomb ready to go off.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Robyn

    You honestly think a politician is going to admit their mistakes? Good luck on that one. I would like you to find me one politician who actually read the whole plan. Just one.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  17. craig

    Even though the bonus's on wall street were paid at the wrong time .... i.e. in the heat of a recession and gov't bailout syndrome. I have very serious reservations about any branch of the gov't dictating paymemnts tmade in the private sector. As Ed Henry said "socialism" . Be careful some day it may be your check that is dictated by the gov't.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Jerry, TX

    I'm a republican and voted for Obama. The congress needs to get their head out of the sand, and especially the Republicans. They need to be a part of making decesions and not just sitting around like a bunch of cry babies.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    Hi, Erica!
    Good night!

    The day isn't the most encouraging (at least for me), but we will move on!

    PS. You look great in green! Super stylish!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  20. angie

    What I don't understand is why people aren't "outraged" about how congress has/or will try to spend our money..... Everyone is sooo outraged about ceo bonuses etc..... But why aren't they upset about Congress and how they are trying to spend "our" money??????? Government hasn't "Ever" been able to go a good job with our money so why do you think it's going to work this time????

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  21. Gino

    all the money the world lost, is a payment for things to come.
    they didnt want to tax us openly, so they got it this way.
    what a joke.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  22. Jim Mefford

    We are moving forward with a stimulus packabe that I believe was flawed from its inception and contains spending that will not add jobs. The congress should seperate the bill into two catagories, one that adds jobs and one that is normal subsidies. This package even contains money for Amtrac who has never made money in 40 years and requires a subsidy of about $290 everytime someone boards the train. It is a pitty that at a time like this we have a bill written by the speaker of the house and not by a bypartisan group.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  23. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    @Cherry B, I love all the CNN analysts but David G. Roland M. and Ali V. are my favorites. I love how all three tell it like it is but explains it on all levels. They're not #1 for nothing:)

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  24. Bill

    I have faith that President Obama will get these folks that is getting bonuses with our money.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  25. demetrios

    what is all the uproar about?? the bonuses the wall streeters received was possible because the TARP basically said (between the lines): "go ahead, take as much of a bonus as you like; don't sweat it, it's not a problem" and now the people who wrote the TARP are "outraged"??

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  26. Jeff F.

    I am, as most are, appalled by the bonuses Wall Street is awarding its own this year. Point-of-fact, however: Roland Martin is wrong to claim that these bonuses represent a betrayal of the public trust by investment banks that voluntarily took public money and then stuffed it into their own pockets. The major investment banks were, as is well known, compelled by the government to accept bailout money so that the weak would not be made weaker by being singled out for help in the bailout process. What the banks have done is irresponsible, but where there is no choice whether to take government money, the taking of that money cannot be the primary ground of criticism concerning the business decisions made by still-private firms.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  27. Anura

    did the past few years of tax cuts creates jobs

    January 29, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  28. claire-wichita, ks

    Blago–I almost feel sorry for him...of course my husband always says I could find something nice to say about the devil...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  29. Clarence Albuquerque

    4.8 million claims (not including the currents stats) ... It seems the pain is just being felt by farmers, workers, and the unreported claims.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  30. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Erica, there will be that and so much more. I'm with EJ, talk show has to be in the works.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  31. Dave

    Hey Erica,
    Why don't we hear how education is covered in the stimulus package?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  32. Sharon

    Yes Erica,

    I feel in the end they will all be eating a lot of crow! LOL!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  33. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Hi Erica! cow,steak, pork, crow, will there be any spinach?
    Barf~I'll take the veggies. i just hate eating my friends.
    Are you going to do the story with Gary Tuchman and the anti-Obama state of Texas? That is so embarrassing! I love pres. Obama

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  34. Kevin, Henerson, NV

    This stimulus package is the biggest joke I've ever seen. Millions of Americans investing their hard earn (tax) dollars in something that will never pay off in the end. Mr. Madoff has nothing on our politicians, this bailout is the biggest Ponzi Scheme ever......

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Jeff, Thanks for the Blago info on the webcast!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  36. Michelle Brown in Los Angeles - Love Obama

    Cute , real cute Erica

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  37. Ashwani

    ex-governer of Illinois is the crow....

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  38. LisaN Barnwell, SC

    Can we make it mandatory that some of these politician and CEO's have to "life swap" with an ordinary person for 6 months. They can't use their money, friends or contacts but work within the real world. Make them find a job in a high unemployment area, work within the system to get healthcare, find assistance to pay a delinquent morgage, bills,etc.. Do you think it would change anything? I wouldn't mind playing CEO.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  39. Carol

    It is unbelievable that Republican politicians don't get it . . . their way of doing business has not been good for America . . . it has certainly been good for them personally, but it is so obviously not good for America, the average American worker and the majority of American taxpayers . . . in my opinion, the type of behavior that they insists on continuing to display is downright unpatriotic

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  40. Maureen

    They should enforce the remainer of the monies fall under the new rules what will be setup under President Obama and /or those who are extreme, request the money be returned; it is appearent that the money was not needed in the first place if they can spend it on all the bells and whistles and not use it for what it was intended.

    Bravo to Roland!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  41. Doug

    I voted for barack but this stimulus sounds like somebody let nancy pelosi loose with the federal checkbook!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  42. Joe

    Hi Erica....... Love your show..... keep up the good work !!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  43. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Erica Good to see you on the blog tonight Why is it called pork? and the ceo's should eat crow

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  44. Joe Mazzilli

    Thank you Roland, for clearing up the nonsensical criticism that oversight of how the banks spend our HARD-EARNED tax dollars is socialism. We've already allowed them to privatize the wins and socialize the losses, at THEIR request, but they–TRUE TO FORM–decided to steal our money (it IS ours after all), instead of using it to fix the problem THEY caused. I enjoy Anderson (we share alma mater), but as a staunch liberal, Roland, YOU THE MAN!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  45. Stefan Barber, Ohio

    There will be a lot of crow. The more partisan these republicans become, the more they disconnect from independents and their soft-base.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  46. Clarence Albuquerque

    The feeding frenzy seems more a media blitz than an historical epic.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  47. Darrin

    I'm not sure i understand what the problem is. With the exception of the 7.7b Federal Building Upgrades (which literally means sound construction projects) the total of the projects in Tom's Report comes to a staggering 0.39% of the entire package.

    If that report outlined what House Republicans are seriously pointing to as "flagship waste" then CNN and everyone else should laugh them off the island. They're simply nitpicking and grandstanding. After 8 yrs of far-right leadership, the realistic republicans have no idea what they are supposed to do. I guess it feels natural for them to just be oppositional.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  48. sylvia, chicago

    Haggard...seriously....who r u kidding? someone should tell this guy he is gay. its difficult to watch

    January 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  49. Jackie- Iowa

    Hey Erica love the way you and Anderson lighten it up every now and then..Helps us deal with this depressing news we get all the time

    January 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  50. Maureen T

    great plug for D.L. Hughley's show! I'm a fan of the show! That should be an interesting interview with D.L. and Rob Blagojevich!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
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