February 6th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

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  1. lynn

    It's good to have a president who is going out to talk directly to the voyers and not having his message "filtered" by the media!!

    This whole process has just begun and if there are not 60 votes the Republicans will just filibuster!!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  2. Miranda

    Mr Gergen 🙂

    For a compromise both sides would need to give some stuff up.Of all the places education?! That sucks! Of all the places to cut in a considered first rate country we tend to cut children out first and leave the money to adults?!I do not get it period.


    February 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  3. Stacy

    @David Gergen: I'm relieved it sounds like this bill is finally getting passed. I don't blame House Democrats for being mad about some of the cuts. To think that items like Pell Grants were up for debate is ridiculous. Part of my education is due to Pell Grants. Obama and the Democrats are thinking what's good for this country long term, Republicans are playing politics.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  4. Renee Y

    Hello Anderson, Erica, and best bloggers.
    Anderson you sound a bit stuffy, hope you are able to rest this weekend.

    As far as the stimulus, i don't agree with the education cuts. We need that to launch into the 21st century. That is one area definitely worth the fight, cut out some of those tax cuts.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  5. EJ (USA)

    What percentage of tax cuts were in there before?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  6. patrick michigan

    anderson how they figure building schools isnt stimulus last time i remember schools mdont build themselves

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    850 million goes to Amtrak....and don't get me wrong, I like Amtrak. But they chose to cut money from the future of this country?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  8. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The Gop wnts tax cuts to hepll buisness creating jobs i don't think it will benifit the poeple who make less money during the year .

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  9. Tina

    There shouldn't be no such thing as a stimulus.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  10. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Why is education considered pork?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Mary Y.

    I just heard on CNN that the government isn't in the business of building schools...however, they are in the business of providing welfare to big business!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Cessy, Chicago

    Good evening, Anderson and the AC360 team! Happy Friday!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  13. Tom of Philly

    I guess it depends what the tax cuts are and if they will actually hit the economy, even as a liberal i saw there was part of the agenda in the bill.. thats just a sign of the house being the house... but we need to start injecting money into the economy or this free fall will bring us all down. We all need to keep in mind the forclosures are just the tip of the iceberg before we even talk about the million people who lost jobs in the last 60 days, there were 9 people in line to be forclosed on for everyone that already was.. so the markdowns further credit freeze as the banks try to value their assets. it is a scary time truly and i dont think this will be enough, another trillion or two in the next year will be necessary

    February 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  14. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    Exactly what I was thinking Ashley-Hamlin, NY. When does education qualify as pork? I'm a student as well.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  15. Jasmine- Spokane

    It is horrible that there are so many jobs lost, especially in one day! hopefully we can get some stimulus checks because i need some new technology for school! That will definately make more jobs, i am of cousrse a shopoholic.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  16. Paul

    I think that if cutting education from the bill will get it passed so be it, because I don't beleive the Presiden Obama will forget about education just because it will not be on this bill.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  17. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Diane...honestly, it would seem more logical to hand out thousands to the poor and working class–those who are more likely to spend it promptly.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, David, and bloggers (Meghan D, Pati Mc, Glenn, Ashley H., etc)!

    David, I am disappointed with the compromise, to say the least. I am told, and according to my sources this information is accurate, that the current version of the bill allocates 42% to tax cuts. Top economists seem to agree that infrastructure spending results in nearly $.50 more on the dollar, rendering this version of the bill quite a bit weaker than previous versions.

    As Rachel Maddow so uniquely put it, "We should inform the American people that they are being 42% punk'd."

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  19. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    The school cuts are about consturtion what does that include bilding of them or cuts to programs and teachers levels of education given in the classroom @ David Gergen

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  20. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Gergen, I think Democrats have made much compromise to meet the bipartisan levels set by the Administration, why are republicans so stingy in working to pass this? Do they think only of themselves, average Americans need this stimulus to be approved as quickly as possible. And one person's pork is another person's key to improving the economy. We are moving at the rate of the republicans.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  21. bill

    another advisory panel? only jobs are for the washington crowd, what a joke!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  22. Greg, Austin Tx

    Wow it looks like they removed a few nickels and dimes from a bag full of twenties by removing some of the pork. At least that might get the bill passed.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Thought of the opposition: If you can not help, dessarange, after the important is participate.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  24. Sam, Ewa Beach, HI

    I don't like the fact that they are taking away a big chunk from education. Big mistake I think. It might be a temp. solution but I think education is a subject they will have to return to later.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  25. Dulcie - Denver

    David Gergen,

    I'm disappointed to hear that education spending has been cut, but we really need this thing passed. Perhaps in the future they can get those education things passed.

    But it's most important that we pass *something* so I'll take it. I'm pretty disgusted with the Repubs, though. Certainly no friend to the average American citizen.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  26. Mike, Syracuse NY

    David G. Cutting $100 billion is better than nothing. There's probably at least that much left in non-stimulus items.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  27. Lisa Griffiths Benalla Australia

    Wow Dana, Ed and Ali sounds like a serious show tonight.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Candace from Canada

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica and 360 bloggers!



    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Michelle

    Thank goodness the some Senators have seen the light.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Ashley - Hamlin, NY

    Good evening Cooper, Hill, Gergen, correspondents, contributers, panel, bloggers, staff, crew, and team!

    Gergen, thanks for your question. I think there is a lot more pork in that bill that they could have taken out. I'm a student and I am offended by one senator's comment that this new bill "trims the fat." Since when is education fat?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  31. EJ (USA)

    It sounds like they put a lot of the education funding back in right?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Stimulus plan, bad with him, worse without it!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  33. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hello David G.
    Wow!!!! I agree with you!!!! I think that Democrats have to right angry at Republicans take tax cut....... I am disagree with Republicans take tax cut tonight!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  34. Jasmine- Spokane

    looking at the ticker, there are only three GOP guys aboard? At least there could have been more of a response; an understanding that jobs come in all forms and shapes...

    February 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  35. diane

    Any version of the stimulus plan will work 6, 9, 18 months from now. People need help now to buy food, pay mortgages, pay for gas. Give a stimulus check to taxpayers and you solve the immediate crisis overnight and save BILLIONS. Even if every man, woman, and child was given 1M (that would be less than 350M), or even 500K, as little as 250K, the taxpayers problems stop. We then have time to get jobs going, new energy programs started.... Only one way to stop the bleeding now, get the money to the people. There would also be 100% approval rating by the taxpayers.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  36. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    How is cutting money from education a good thing? That's VERY disturbing. Republicans don't have an eye on the future?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  37. lynn

    The president's original request was for 775 billion, so that is pretty close; the leadership of both parties have been through too many "wars" to get away from the same old fueds...there needs to be time limits on Congress...too many are still living in the twentieth century.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  38. Vanessa, TX

    Hello Anderson, Mr Gergen, AC360 crew and fellow bloggers...

    Mr Gergen what made them cut down on education? What do you think the reason would be? Isn't it one of the most important of the bill?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    T.G.I.F Anderson,Erica
    HI to Megan Dresslar , Pat Mc ,Brandi
    Yeah deal is almost done great !
    Only 60 votes neded to pass it's getting so hard to wait.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  40. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    Hey Gergen, Anderson, Erica and ACBloggers, tonight's show is going to be good one

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Esma

    Hey, everyone! So, this stimulus thing...looks like a compromise is in the works. Just remember that a true compromise leaves everyone unhappy.
    I'd like to say, David, that in a stroke of irony; one of my old college friends is currently living on food stamps, so I'm sure that she is going to be oh-so-thrilled with the cuts being in education.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  42. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Seems "Drama" is synonymous with "Senate," doesn't it? Good evening bloggers!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Paolo

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if Obama actually got to read the contents of congress' stimulus package to see if it meets what he wished was in it.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    oooooh, education cuts, i imagine there are going to be many upset educators out there.

    you go the first comment tonite Mr. Gergen! Yay you! lol

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Jasmine- Spokane

    Hey all! Just postin up what a miricle it is that there was an actual compromise!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Hi, Anderson, David, AC360 team and bloggers!
    Evening for everyone!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Paul

    Where can I find a copy of the bill as it is to read?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hello Anderson, Erica, David Gergen, David in IN, Brandi, Michelle D.,
    Rikki, Ashley, Minou, Chris S, Pati, Glen up north and best bloggers!!!
    That is good news for everyone, I heard that $ 780 billion doing down from $ 900 billion, I hope that stimulus plan will pass soon this weekend!! I am begging the senators will yes that stimulus bill pass!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey Anderson
    Sleepless in Germany.Oh what a week,all this bad news,I think its time to get fear about our future.Tthank God its friday.I wish you a verry good weekend,enjoy the silent.Hardworkers get some rest.
    Thank you for your work
    Good night from Germany/Bonn

    February 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - Would love to hear what you think of the compromise stimulus plan that has emerged tonight in the Senate.

    It cuts some $100 billion in spending from the House bill (a big chunk apparently from education). This looks like a big enough compromise to get a few Republican Senators on board and win approval in the Senate. The President embraces it, but Speaker Pelosi and many House Democrats are angry about the cuts. What do you think? Thanks, D

    February 6, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
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