February 25th, 2009
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  1. Uli, NY

    I'm so glad Ware is still filing reports. After the piece I read about him in "Men's Journal," I wondered if he'd chosen to lead a different career path.

    I'm excited for his report- he's very, very talented.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Clarence

    I've heard that many of the problems in Mexico are the result of the Russian Mafia infiltrating.... I wonder if it is true... or if it is just a native Mafia at work.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  3. Minou, New York City

    I love Stevie Wonder!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Mary Beth

    Did the guys waiting for hours for Obama's speech take a vacation day to do that or was that on the taxpayer's dime?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Gerry in Toronto

    Looks to me like President Obama is trying to solve all of America's problems in his first year. I guess it really needs to happen after 8 years of total neglect.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  6. Lauren--NY

    It's amazing how much the black market can turn supposedly peaceful areas of the world into war zones.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  7. Minou, New York City

    Jeez, Michael Ware is looking for danger! Don't mess with those drug cartels!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Tom of Philly

    @clarke before reagan it was like that you couldnt make more than 100K after deductions because the rate was so high, and ceos made 25 times the workers wages not 500x, and now they sit and whine they pay all the taxes, duh they make all the money.

    I will exercise the do unto others principle, when bush was racking up debt waging war cutting taxes and doing his other irresponsible presidential tasks. Whenever i complained any republican in earshot would tell me to leave the country if i didnt like it, So guys dont like it? Same back at you. Its obama's time to either suceed or mess things up I think hes intellegent and has a shot at making the country a better place.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I'd like to see more reports by Gary!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  10. Clark Guelde

    "The F-22 is essential to our nations air dominance. "

    Maybe a decent monetary policy, healthy industry, a healthy population, and a stable economy with a strong middle class is important to our "dominance too. Mark my words if we don't get our act together we wont have to worry about any of the issues that come with being a superpower in a generation.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  11. David, NY

    There is no dangerous place in the world for Anderson... He is awesome!!!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  12. tim

    i hope that these sub-prime loans become a thing of the past. who in their right mind would get an adjustable rate mortgage in the first place

    February 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Clarence – Well, it's a pretty bleak situation at the moment. Certainly a crucial time and sobering decisions need to be made. Think he's just trying to reinforce the seriousness.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think Timothy Geithner might want to get some advice from the Gate City Bank CEO. He looks like he could use some help.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:43 pm |
  15. Michael

    I have a quick fix solution for the economy. Why the government give every married tax payer $100,000 and every single tax payer $50,000? I almost guarantee that would stimulate the economy.

    I know there will be some that blow it. However, the vast majority will pay their bills and make major purchases that would help the economy.

    But instead we give it to the greedy banks that raise our interest rates and cut our credit limits. Go figure???

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  16. Minou, New York City

    senators actually don't make that much. I think their salary is around 170 k...and their schedules are usually brutal.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  17. Tracy Brown - Ontario Canada

    Good for N.D. and their banking system. They should be applauded.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  18. James

    Sarah A – North Dakota.

    Just to help with the facts, you may want to look into how much the drug companies give away every year to the needy. All one has to do is apply and confirm that their finances warrant the help. I guarantee that you would be quite surprised.

    As for commercials, they are not all bad. Many diseases, such as osteoporosis, were overlooked until the public starting learning about them. Docs just told women that shrinking a couple inches was normal with age. We as a society say we want people to be educated on healthcare and that education comes from several sources.

    Maybe you should step back in time many decades, see how long you live and what diseases take you out, then come back to today and tell us how you feel about drug companies.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  19. Miranda


    Yay me I thought they made a movie there a while back...saw the poster in the piece well I'm glad for them...now if we can only restore the rest of the nation.


    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  20. Ana

    that racoon is so cute! bring it back!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Sharon S

    Well just to comment on the tax raise for the wealthy let me say that NOT all people who are wealthy were born that way, some of them actually WORKED for all that money! So it is NOT fair to them to take their hard earned money and just give it to those who refuse to do the same thing they did to get there!

    That is Pathetic! People you are responsible for your own lives not me or anyone else! Don't you get that?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Uli, NY

    No sub-prime mortgages because no one moves there...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  23. Sabrina

    I wonder what the population of Fargo, ND is, I bet that makes a difference on how they are doing. Goof for them!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  24. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Wow, that's cool about Fargo. Excuse me while I pack my bags (I wonder if they have raccoons?).

    Gary Tuchman always looks good wherever he is or whatever the time of day. Gosh he must have a lot of frequent flyer miles–what a cool job!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  25. Josh from Maine

    My father works for the company that builds the engines for the F-22, so personally we don't want to see the program cut. But more than that, the F-22 provides for America air superiority now and into the future. The fighters we have in the skies now are old and have been in production since my father started working for the company in the mid 1970's!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  26. david a.

    I live in Toronto, Ontario. I think the idea of aquiring more Raptors is pretty cool, but it's definately not a smart idea if you're looking to stimulate the economy and create sustainable employment.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  27. lynn

    So Mike no health care for millions of Americans, no health reform to allow small business owners to expand and hire but billions on military toys that even Senator McCain says is full of billions in waste.

    So many experts who can talk with their huge salaries, medical plans and pensions about a budget they haven't even seen???

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  28. Amanda

    Well I bet Erica.. Senator Engel lost track of the days after sitting down All day yesterday waiting for President Obama...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  29. James in Midland Texas

    When will this spending madness end. Everyone has their hand out with no one willing to pay the bill. I guess my kids or future grandkids will have to pay. This is sad day in America.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  30. James

    The F-22 is vital to the nations defense strategy, and one thing this study did not take into account is indirect jobs that the Raptor and Lockheed Martin aid in creating, while 36,000 may be a direct number for each job the F-22 creates, it most likely creates 4 others that support the program or the individuals that work on it.
    The Air Force has had Generals retire over the fate of this important defense project, in an attempt to show the importance of keeping production of this aircraft! It is ignorant and improper to think that the F-22 is not relevant, a ground war is not won with out air superiority. Let's keep the Raptor in check yes, but let's continue to fund the project as it is vital to keep people's jobs and to our nation's defense strategy.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  31. EJ (USA)

    It's not such a bad thing to be jaded – especially if the jaded person is cute. Sometimes being jaded can bring out honest reactions that make people think.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  32. David, NY

    I would love to move to Fargo

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  33. Josiah F

    I support buying F-22, but the question is how many do we need? What would be a reasonable supply on hand. One problem I see is it is cheaper for a potential opponent to not try to go toe to toe with the U.S. in the air, instead they can buy anti aircraft measures.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Isabel, Brazil

    Despite being an isolated case, by what I have heard here, is very good to know that somewhere things are going well!

    Better than nothing!

    Beyond what can learn something from the success of them!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  35. Colin - Canada

    Hey Erica,
    Will Bush's first speaking tour stop in Calgary make any waves in the U.S? It's bound to cause a firestorm up here in Canada. But will anyone in the States care?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  36. Michelle

    @sabrina- I agree- the former government helped run us into the ground. Which is why we truly needed something different. However what did we get but another president and government that are just uselessly spending our money. There were millions/billions of dollars worth of earmarks in each of those bills passed- yet we just shrug our shoulders. Now we are adding even more taxes to successful people just because they make more than we do? How about those of us that don't make us much- go to school to improve our current situation. Instead of robbing from people who worked hard to get where they are.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  37. Steve - southern Illinois

    Was it just me or did it seem like half the country was here on the AC360 Live Blog last night?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  38. Uli, NY

    Eh. No matter how well Fargo is sustaining, I wouldn't want to live there.

    It's Fargo.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  39. Rob

    Regarding the congressmen waiting all day to see Obama, sure they're probably worth mocking, but you have to understand that not all of us had mothers who could buy us front-row seats. Back in the day, I waited 3 hours for Bowie tickets and all day for Springsteen tickets. I think Obama's critical speech was worth the wait.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  40. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Goooo Gary Tuchman! Goooo Fargo, North Dakota! ya darn tootin'!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  41. David Gergen

    Hello everyone - thanks for joining up again, Last night was a triumph for the President with most Americans (not all, to be sure). Now we are starting to face some hard choices. One item we didn't get to on panel: is it really a good item to reduce tax deductions to charities by affluent citizens? If you run a church, a local shelter, a college or many, many other non-profit institutions, this will be a huge concern - donations are already drying up because of the economic crisis. Will look forward to hearing from you ... now and in the nights ahead. Thanks. p.s. agree– AC was right to take on that Congressman who spent a whole day sitting on a bench so he could have his picture taken with the President.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  42. Michael K.

    I cant believe people are even considering the fact of haulting the production of F-22's! These are the most advanced planes in the world! They are Generation 5 aircraft! This (other then the F-35) is the only generation 5 aircraft in production right now! This plane makes thousands of jobs, and keeps our country that much safer!

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  43. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    @Jennifer...once the reps are elected we're invisible.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  44. Clarence

    Obama painting a bleak picture.... followed with the we will rebuild a dream speech...

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  45. Steve - Mich

    The F-22 is awesome. However, its electronics are so sensitive, those are the reasons it hasnt been put into use in the middle east yet.
    Its not just that it has no fighters to dogfight with, its that its sensors get scrambled from all the individual generated waves from the ground from IED jammers, to Radios, to general communications equipment and ground sensors.

    its basically blind flying over the Iraq combat zones because of that.

    In all honesty, we could likely get continued great use out of much more advanced silent attack helicopters, or more A-10 warthogs.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  46. Lori from IL

    Good Beat 360 tonight - I think all of IL would like to wake up and find out Blago was a bad dream. Perhaps Joey read in the Chicago Trib today about Chicago's Snuggie Pub Crawl!

    Anderson - are the raccoons in Dick Chaney's cave?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  47. Brandon

    Here is what you do about the F22 fighter jets.

    You take the 100 something million dollars that you use to build the jets and you open a new factory, such as a recycling plant. Therefore you do not loose the jobs that you would loose if you shut down the F22 plant, and the recycling is doing something for the earth. The defense secretary himself said we did not need more of these fighter plains so why keep building them if they cost so much?

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  48. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Geez~ I want to be a senator. They make a lot of money and just stand around~

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  49. starr formerly known as vincent

    I grew up in the military, my father was a career man.

    The logic re: building more planes for billions of dollars that we haven't even Used One yet, it typical "military intelligence", yawn...

    we need the billions to go somewhere else –

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  50. Dick Brice

    The F-22 is a jet looking for a threat. It does not talk to the future, in 20 years it and its technology will be obsolete. Use F-22 funds to reopen the A-10 assembly line. The A-10 is well suited to the ground threat we face in Iraq and Afganistan.

    February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
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