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January 29th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 1/29/09

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  1. Tom of Philly

    Ok question if your child asked you for $350,000 bucks, and you were dumb enough to just hand it over and they came back for more in 6 months, would you investigate before you handed over your money again?? you would ask the first time, This is why the government and people have a right to demand limitations on pay and bonuses unless and until they are independently profitable again, (period)
    I want to know how the folks that think this is ok, feel when they go to the grocery store and see someone useing food stamps then see that person get in a cadillac or lexus outside the store, please explain i want to understand if you have different reactions to the two situations

    January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  2. Allison

    What is the deal with haggard? I mean come on this is getting ridiculous in my opinion.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  3. EJ (USA)

    C’mon Anderson! Make them honest! Pulled Pork is always better!!!

    I looove pulled pork. It's been a long time since I've had that. Darn this economy. I want some pulled pork, steak fries, and baked beans.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  4. Sharon

    Yeah back to the real news!
    Why are there no layoffs in congress or Government?

    why are they not taking pay cuts? No bonuses?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  5. Ted

    Hi, instead of bailing out the backs and wall st. How about bailing out the little guy and forgive everyone credit card balance and mortgage. That would be like hitting a reset button and then everyone would have the money to spend on new items again and get the economy going. This would work great. Ted, Flushing,NY

    January 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Genevieve M, TX

    Oy! Haggard and Blagojevich are both trainwrecks!

    You know, the kind where you tell yourself you won't watch as it happens, but you do it anyway...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  7. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yeah David in Indiana...
    I wonder that republicans won't vote that bill package for people..... I am concern our money to lost or lose our homes like that........

    January 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  8. Lee

    I'm pretty sure I heard Obama at least once, saying that he wasn't going to allow lobbyists to influence him, well this bill has "Lobbyists" written all over it, and I haven't even seen the half of it yet.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  9. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Haggard is a phony! Give me a break. I have news for his wife, he's GAY!
    Next story~

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  10. LisaL - Canada

    i wonder what it would be like to be in Mrs. Haggard's position. whatever the details of his sexual orientation and activities, it appears as though they had a strong, close, intimate relationship. they are still together as a family unit. they have obviously worked through some very difficult issues together. interesting.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  11. Maureen

    PS Can i apply for a Bailout?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Bridget, Cypress, TX

    @Craig, I think government should step in when the private sector has turned to the government for bailout money. If they had handled their problems without thought turning to the govt. for our money the govt. wouldn't have a say.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  13. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Your a heterosexual with homosexual "implications" and I'm a Democrat with Republican tendencies (independent). LOL!!!! Oh, Lord. This guy is so messed up.

    I can't believe (in the U.S.) we're so "open" that we can now talk about "masturbation" on primetime broadcasts. My God, I MUST be getting old! 🙂

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  14. Jane

    It is all good the president signed the pay-equity law, sends a good message. But how many women out there dont have a clue what their male counterparts earn. People dont go flashing their pay stubs.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  15. paul blackwell

    a guy runs into your office ,the banks need 800 billion, this is the same guy that worked for the banks that paid him $400000000 ,, will they take a cheque?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse NY

    I think Obama is sincere in trying to be bipartisan. Pelosi and Reid however don't want any of it, and are loading this bill up with what THEY want. Obama will have to draw the line and keep his promise of no pork, or accept that Congress is the real President for the next 4 years. This is his first big test.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  17. claire-wichita, ks

    Mike–even though the recession started in 2007, it is what went before that created the enviroment for the recession to occur–it didn't just marterializeww the minute that Dems took control of congress.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Fay - California

    Ted Haggard and his wife are in SERIOUS denial about his sexual identity and his therapist seems to be encouraging it.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  19. Naissa, Deep in the HEART of Texas

    UGH, Ted Haggard aggravates me in ways that I never knew could be aggravated!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  20. Jana, Indiana

    Jo Ann you are right, they are both in denial. I am sure their are others out there that do the same thing.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  21. Jean

    I don't get the Republican objection on the federal buildings - the idea is to improve energy efficiency. It creates jobs now and has a long term payoff by reducing future energy costs. To me, this is a smart choice!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  22. Sharon

    ok I have to say this I really don't care about some corrupt preacher and his sex addictions!

    Really there are more important things going on in this country!

    This guy has to deal with this on his own!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  23. EJ (USA)

    I don't want to hear about this Haggard guy masturbating.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  24. Maria

    How about the trickle up theory? We'd all be better off...except for executives who give themselves massive bonuses.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  25. Adriana

    Why does Haggard struggle with not being gay? Either you are or not...and it's OK...I don't understand this denial...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  26. Clarence Albuquerque

    Ted, I think the main concern should be what you like or don't like about yourself.... not what you like or don't like about any other person.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  27. Renee

    Can someone explain to me what a heterosexuals with complications is? Does that mean a straight man that reads/watches porn? Clueless here.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  28. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Have a good night everyone 1
    Anderson Erica and 360 team always a pleasure to blog with you.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  29. Jesse Reyes

    Mr. Haggard, Denial isn't a river in Egypt.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  30. julie

    It might be interesting to calculate the cost of removing Blagojevich's name from all the public places it is plastered in IL like the Tri-State Tollway open road tolling. Since any elected official is only in office temporarily, (some more temporarily than others) we tax payers do not need the expense of feeding an ego or promoting the next campaign. Maybe stopping the practice nationwide would be a "change" we need.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  31. Jennifer - Michigan

    Ted Haggard, how can he engage in sexual acts successfully on drugs? You'd think that the drugs would considerably diminish performance. Obviously, I don't know......

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  32. Yvette, Louisiana

    C'mon Anderson! Make them honest! Pulled Pork is always better!!! Please don't cave like the mainstream media!!!! Make Pelosi, Dodd, and Frank honest for a change!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm |
  33. EJ (USA)

    @Mike, between 2000-2006 the economy DID grow. The recession just started in 2007. Hmmm, who took over Congress then?

    A recession just doesn't hit out of nowhere without any previous signs or troubles in the economy. It got worse in 2007 but you don't have to be an economist to know that isn't when the troubles started.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  34. Ron

    My 41 person moving company is down to 8 part time workers. If we don't get money from the stimuls plan into the housing market problem I won't be able to keep those 8 people employed either. Real money must go to real people!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  35. Marvin

    how about the other end of the working mans pay scale, how can some janitors (read-essensial service) get payed 23 bucks/hr yet others get only minimum wage. Same with maintenance mechanics, some get 40/hr at the big three, yet at tier 2 & 3 plants they make 15 to 22/hr. additional benefits are another topic

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  36. Karen C

    Daniel, absolutely. We've already seen that businesses either sit on tax cuts or take it an invest it for their own benefit. Tax cuts have some place, but what I hear from republicans is that they are the answer. If they were the answer we would not be where we are now. Have people forgotten that?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  37. Adriana

    I bet that everybody has friends that lost their job in the last couple of months. I wonder what's going to happen with these people in the next few months? It's going to be very tough for all of us...

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  38. matthewbenzor

    smart by obama to play nice cause it looks like the republicans threw us under the bus

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  39. Noureddine Dahhak Boston,Ma

    Anderson,
    Why till now there is no lay off in senate house and congress?!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  40. Brett

    Hi Erica,
    Please report on Manufacturing,
    This will bring back jobs

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  41. Pati Mc

    Thankfully Jeff Toobin answered my inquiry. So IF they find Blagojovich gulity he MAY lose his benefits? At least there is that.

    Thanks Jeff.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  42. Kathy, Chicago

    The job market looks dismal. I was hoping that the stimulas package would help my kids to get jobs. I'm talking to them about grad school instead.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  43. Renee

    @ Gary in Canada: Let the mob run the credit card business. I thought they ran the buy here, pay here stops and pawn shops already.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  44. Anna

    We will not stimulate our economy if we send all jobs to India and China. Every store in this country sells only Made in China stuff. If you want to buy something Made in USA you have to spend hours to look for it. I bet that when you go to store in China you will not find that many consumer goods that are made in USA. What king of fair trade is this? We have this global crisis because our consumers do not have money to buy this junk made in China. We need to buy made in USA products only and keep our jobs here.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  45. kd kathleen

    i do not think any bonuses should be given to anyone in the companies that are accepting bailout money which is paid by taxpayers. my entire retirement is invested in stock market and at present time i have lost over $100,000 dollars in the past year.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  46. David, Indiana

    Hi Megan, i don't think my first comment got through. I don't think Obama is taking Republicans to task about the bonuses, mainly he's looking at Wall Street compensation practices.

    I wonder if Catepillar would be poised to hire more if the stimulus package passes soon?

    January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  47. Doug Russell

    More than anything, they need to be held accountable. That should include paying back ALL bonus money since it actually belongs to the American people. They make more money in 1 hour than I do in a week collecting unemployment since my lay off. Plus they get a yearly bonus that is more than I can even pray to make for the rest of my life.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  48. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Caterpillar's business model is going south because of the slowdown hitting international markets more than anything. There is virtually no (major) business that is insulated because we're in a global decline.

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  49. Minou, New York City

    There are no work hours in retail! A store gives its employees work hours according to how much they make each day (simplified).

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  50. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Oh boy more layoff people all companies!!! Ouch!!!!!!!!

    January 29, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
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