February 6th, 2009
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  1. EM-Fort Wayne, IN

    politics vs. stability is the vote taking place in the senate, democrats have already voted for stability...republicans have yet to vote on this

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Kelly, SF

    Thank you for having Willie Brown on tonight, the voice of reason!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Janine from PA.

    Good evening :
    I forgot to add I think $500-$1000 is nothing for the people. How much would cover anything?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Jim from Fresno

    @Anderson : Small businesses cannot get capital even through the SBA. The lender must approve and the SBA provides only a guarantee. Lenders don't like to do because the SBA/Govt. takes too long to cover bad loans when they happen. Guess what, nothing for the good operators of small companies who truly employ people.

    No stimulus for those of us that actually provide jobs.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  5. CharlesJ

    I think Pres Obama has gone further in reaching out that any president has done in the last 24 years. He is really reaching out. It is not his fault that the republicans can not see the light of day. As far as I am concerned they can fire them all.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  6. patrick michigan

    anderson will senator ted kennedy make it to cast his vote for the dems

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Senora, NC

    Hey everyone,

    Okay the talking needs to cease. Compromise...really...stop playing??? Call it what you want...people need jobs..stop playing and passed the darn thing and let's get moving forward.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Lalita

    Bingo! It is done! Congratulations, Mr. President.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Don, WA

    Cutting education funding proposals never really sounds like a good thing, but is nothing new. (I suppose you have to keep an eye on over-priced leather furniture in administrative ed. offices too though). But good school programs will be cut because of lack of funding.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Stacy

    You know, bi-partisanship is a two-way street. President Obama has continually reached out and gotten nothing from the Republicans. That's their fault, not his.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Joyce

    We are buying a new home this year I heard that in this plan they are going to double the tax credit from $7500 to $15,000.00 for 1st time homebuyers under the FHA program is this true????

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  12. Isabel Abreu, Brazil

    Hi, Erica!
    Good night!

    The show is excellent … and everyone is talking slooow today!

    Your foreign friend thanks!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  13. Elisa V

    The economy has gangrene the amputation should be cutting social security supplemental income effective December 31, 2009 all those who currently have this benefit to be continued but ending it this year immigration has to be involved too. Because illegals are not contributing to taxes and are sending US dollars abroad. It's an insult to our efforts for working hard abiding by the laws and having people come in to the country and feel entitled to receive and not give and I am Hispanic by the way!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  14. Christine

    $500 for people with salary under $250,000 – what a joke. How about $5,000 for people with salary under $50,000. I have a Masters degree and I have worked 60 hours a week, and never made over $48,000 a year. I always have more cost of living bills then income. If I made over $100,000 I would not need a hand out – come on!!! Also – unemployment compensation needs to be raised, and extended. There is also a need for low cost health insurance for unemployed. Cobra is horribly expensive. There is a lot more people with no health insurance, with the high loss of jobs....and not just kids...hard working working poor/unemployed people.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Melinda

    Times are not great financially, but I say we all just PREVAIL. Let us be problem solvers.....

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  16. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    compromises must be made by all to get this done. im surprised the coast guard cutters were cut. or did i read that wrong?

    coasties protect our shores and play a major role in fighting drug trafficking. $122M didnt seem like much next to $15B. i would think they would want to keep that funding.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Tom of Philly

    it all becomes clear, REAGAN was in the 80's, clinton was in the 90's, there are a bunch of different indicators too many to mention, but we are off the charts in so many of them. certain ones yes equal the early 80s but some go back to worse than when records began, one today back to 74. but it hasnt bottomed out so the trend lines point back to what we have records of during the depression..

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  18. Martina Ilstad Germany

    Hey David Gergen
    Thank you for your work.I wish you a verry good weekend.Enjoy the silent,take some rest. Good night.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  19. Michael, Pittsburgh

    I am sick of those GOP senators. They had eight years to do what they are requesting and they failed to do so but rather to misuse the country resources. I see some of them lossing their jobs the next election. As much as I like the dems and the president, I think some of what they had in the bill did not make any sense. They gave the replicans a weapon to use against them.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  20. vanessa from silver spring, MD

    I am sick of the talk from the republicans about tax cuts. We've tried tax cuts and they don't work.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  21. Lee

    Wouldn't the numbers of jobs lost as a percentage of our population be a more accurate indicator when comparing today with historic job loss figures?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  22. Eric Honeycutt

    Everyone said if we did not do the TARP it would be a disaster, but look where we are at with that package...half spent and nothing good has happened. Banks did not lend, they bought or planned on buying planes, renovated offices and got bonuses. We need to invest in our national infrastructure that just got a D by the Society of American Engineers. This is a National Security issue, and infrastructure improvements benefit the nation. I fear we may have another failed bailout plan because all the pork that keeps getting inserted.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  23. Jasmine- Spokane

    if there is no motivation to do any work, i know plenty of people in Spokane that would love to have a job. In this part of the country there is a great uncertainty about the economy because we haven't been hit as hard. But as the situation gets worse the problem becomes more apparent, thus Spokanites aren't used to this problem. They only hear about it. Anderson, you should seriously do some yelling and get people to work. 😉

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  24. ericacnn

    Happy Friday, everyone – not a day too soon! I think our colleagues in Washington will be working overtime this wkd

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Charles

    Shame they took out some of Education my county here in NC just cust over 7 million from Education and that will be a loss for our children here and now that can't be made up. Worse since we are expecting them to pick up the bill at least we could give them the tools.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  26. EJ (USA)

    Honestly – this bill should probably be twice as big.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  27. Renee Y

    RE Amy Holmes-anything, even $1 is better than what Bush every did for this economy. The critcism of the bill takes the focus off the author of the crisis.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  28. Harry Brown

    Hey Anderson, You want to stimulate the economy, give every family 6,000.00 to spend. Thats something you can sink your teeth into. You'll see a lot of consumer spending then. 300.00 or 400.00 is just enough to pay the light bill and the phone bill. Those kinds of things don't stimulate the economy. Harry in NC

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Carrie in Virginia

    This bill is a govt stimulus package not an economic stimulus-even the CBO says it;s not likely to work. It doesn't address housing or banks and is full of special interest and partisan projects. What a waste of money, goodwill and opportunity. This is discusting!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Aida Spradlin

    Hey Anderson, who do we talk to, to put these good Senators on unemployment compensation until they get something done.

    It is real easy to delay passage when your still getting your paycheck.....

    I want a straight up vote and I want to see the names of those opposing it....

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  31. lorraine

    what about arts and culture grants???? or is that under education?
    We need the arts....and help for our artists?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  32. Vic S. Shahid

    I have a daycare business and for 22 employees in 2 centers I pay about 7000 in payroll related taxes. A cut in Payroll tax would allow me to immidiately hire another 3 to 4 or more people, and 18% increase in employment. At this time I would do that just to help the economy.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  33. Dallas Trayer

    These Senators are severely out of touch with the real world. Why in the world would you cut/ remove any spending for Education?? A lot of schools are largly outdated and need construction for either repairs or new ones need to be built to replace them if their beyond the repair stage. Which stimulates the economy if you look at all the blue collar jobs that would be brought in to either fix the schools or build new ones.

    As for the G.O.P. Senators who are trying to slow down this stimulus package...this is not the time to play games, we're suffering and trying to keep our heads above water.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  34. Ken

    They say they see the urgency and understand it, but do they really. I think the both, the Congress and the Senate should be denied their salaries and health insurance benefits till a bill is agreed upon and passed. Let them get a taste of the urgency first hand.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  35. Rich Renouf

    The best use of any Federal stimulus monies must be directed at lowering existing mortgage interest rates. If every homeowner's mortgage were given a lowered rate, the economy would feel the impact immediately. The middle class would be in the position to make purchases that are now being delayed. Every consumer oriented corporation from automobile manufacturers to the local coffee shop would benefit for the long term. An extra few hundred dollars each month would keep on giving.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  36. Bridget, TX

    David, I don't like that education is one of the things that got cut and I was shocked to hear the senator say on our local radio that Head Start was pork.

    I am sure that there is plenty in the package that could have been cut that is truly pork but, you know what I'm thrilled that both sides are talking. A bipartisan bill entails both sides giving and taking, if the gop wants to cut education to come on board so be it. I'm sure the dems cut something or didn't add something the gop wanted.

    Maybe just,just maybe P. Obama's speech last night hit home to those who were in their own little world. We are suffering and we're they're constituents, we don't care about party lines we want a life saver line.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  37. jarrod

    since when did they start calling a buglary a stimulus package

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  38. Renee

    Hi Renee Y. Never knew another Renee until I was in college.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  39. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike Syracuse, NY...BUSH Sr. was in charge when the market took a nose dive (not Clinton), and when my home's value plummeted 50%. Clinton was in office during propserity...and don't forget, Gore invented the internet (yeah, right)!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  40. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    With all the effort put into refining the stimulus bill this week, I hope it passes in the Senate. It would seem more productive for the bill to move forward–and to work further from there.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  41. Keith

    Wasn't it John Mccain during the presidential campain who said he don't know much about economics ?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  42. Michelle

    I hope we really come back later and do something
    about education. We are not preparing kids for today's
    world with a top notch education. China, South Korea
    and Japan offer college students money to go and teach
    people english.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Curtis LeMay

    I'm disappointed that money for education was removed from the bill. Why do Republicans think that investment in people is pork?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  44. jim

    i am afraid that we do not have anyone who can extrapolate stimulus directly to level of recovery. i would think as each month passes and 500,000 more jobs are lost the stimulus should ratchet up. note our national debt is 10b which equates to $30,000 per american. i would like to see the stimulus referred to in these terms as well – cost to each american.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  45. Pam

    Did the $15K tax credit for new home buyers along with the tax credit for auto buyers make it into the bill?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  46. Bryan

    There is no guarantee that this stimulus bill will work! With that in mind we need to limit the amount we're on the hook for! There's no reason to allocate $900 bil. right now. We only need to spend where it's needed immediately!

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  47. Stacy

    @CharlesJ: I wondered the same thing. The Republicans act like the Democrats want to thrown the money at silly things. Coast Guard Cutters seem like a good thing to invest in.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. David, Indiana

    Hi Anderson, Erica, Megan, everyone blogging. Yes Megan, I think the Senate is working hard to work out compromises to get passage of the stimulus bill.

    Dana Bash's report lays out the education provision in and out of the bill quite well. Question is school repair energy eff left in? Would like to see both sets of provisions on the screen side by side. (oh energy eff fed buildings...)

    Listen to Ed Henry. It occurs to me that it is essential for President Obama to reach out to the country not just Washington and so I can see why he's visiting Indiana and Florida.

    February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Obama;s getting fusttrated .At least he went out for the evening to let off some steam how nice ?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  50. JR

    What happened to the $15,000 homebuyer tax credit?

    February 6, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
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