October 6th, 2009
06:37 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Putting Americans Back to Work?

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Stocks rallied on Wall Street today and gold hit a record high, but what has the Obama administration worried is growing unemployment. That's why it is considering new measures to help put Americans back to work.

Here's the reality: unemployment is at a 26-year high of 9.8 percent. Pres. Obama and his economic team are considering possible solutions. But the White House has said it should not be called a "second stimulus". Instead it will try to brand this as a small economic recovery plan aimed at enhancing the first," a source close to the process told CNN. Though, that's not stopping Republicans who say a "second stimulus" would imply the first $787 billion stimulus plan failed.

Do you agree? And, do you think new measures are needed? Share your thoughts below.

Tonight we're also following the fallout over Sen. John Ensign's extramarital affair. Did the Arizona Republican break Senate ethics rules by helping the husband of his mistress get a lobbying job? The senator talked with CNN's Dana Bash on Capitol Hill today. Hear his response to the question tonight on 360°.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. nea

    Yes the employement rate is high but lets face it a lot of people are getting unemployement benefit and some are not trying to find a job because they are getting Government money im not saying all of them are not trying to find a job but most are. So stop blaming the Obama Administration for not having a job the truth is that most people that are getting benefits dont wont one!

    October 7, 2009 at 1:04 am |
  2. karen

    you morons.

    when are you fools you can't stimulate this economy with dumb stuff like stimulus checks and cash for clunkers.

    You can't pump your way out you fools.

    October 7, 2009 at 1:03 am |
  3. Noodles

    Want to stimulate the American economy, it's simple, support American Companies that orginated in the United States. Everyone that owns a foreign automobile needs to turn it in and purchase an American vehicle. Jobs would be restored and more jobs created. It's time we support our Country.

    October 7, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  4. RD

    First of all, I am no fan of Obama, but I must say that investors at Wall Street are no fools either... If the smartest of them did not see a rare opportunity for a handful gain during the 'currently week', but slowly rising economy, the current upsurge in Nasdaq/Dow would never have happened...It is true Wall Street gains are 'short term', but still provide a relative/major boost to the economic thrust...which eventually has an avalanche effect for a long term economic revival (according to Economic pundits).....Brace up for for a ride to another slanting high ride!!...

    October 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  5. urbanlotus

    Geroge Bush set Obama up for this. The current unemployment rates are not Obama's fault and anyone with half a brain can figure that out. I have been unemployed for almost a year. I have worked temp in some places and mostly I do contract work which is helpful. Stop blaming Obama. He got sucked into the Bail out package pre-election. Anything he said he would do was clearly based on information that was not fully given to him at the time. NOW we all know what the truth is. Watch the American people, not the politicians. There's a dance coming up.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  6. charles

    I estimate over 1/2 of unemployed do not want to work. Why should they? Free money from the government. I see people, age 18 through 40 that could be working at something.......not CEO's but something they are qualified for. They all seem to have a car, fuel, a cell phone, and stop to eat out. Why? No they don't have a large savings account. They are spending the "free money". Now, the administration wants to give them more. I say, most could find a job, but of course, either they are not qualified or don't wish to work for a minimal amount, until they get something better. Of course, they could be going to school, getting themselves prepared to work at a better occupation. But why? Money is free from the taxpayer. Yes, we all may need some help along the way, but don't take advantage. Get out and get a job or an education that prepares you for one.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:31 pm |
  7. robert white

    when is the senate going to work on the unemployment bill the house has already passed.? checks stopped as of the first of the month. with unemployment over 9 % we still have to pay rent and maybe have food on the table. we should freeze the congress paychecks for two years and health insurance and i bet something would happen real quick.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Ann F (Chicago, IL)

    So tired of the run around. So far everything the dems have done hasn't helped my family at all. I see the "Re-investment Act" money being wasted paying the same construction companies to re-do their substandard work of last year. Where is the wate going to end?

    October 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  9. Raymundo

    Realizing that there has been so many jobs lost. keeps me thankful to God. An ex-con – ex-addict i work everyday with over time and have two job offers both in Administration. Government needs to help but first we must help ourselves.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  10. Cecil

    First we should try to spend the money appropriated in the first stimulus in a way that will create jobs.......like roads and bridges and other non-political projects.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  11. Henya,

    Yes unemployment is high the banks still want modify any mortgage's, but lets not forget that our President inherited all the mess from the last administration, and it is only 9 mo, give hem a brake, I also think is is doing a wonderful job considering all the problem we are all facing. and yes the stimulus is working it takes time we all need to be patient and let our President do is job,
    and tank you James for sporting our President.

    October 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Linda Welcome

    I am nearly at the end of my rope. My husband was let go from his high-level banking job exactly one year ago. I immediately found a job paying $600. less taxes, no insurance. We had to go on Cobra – expensive for two diabetics but necessary. Then I got laid off 90 days later.
    So that left us with a total of $677. a week between the two of us. Hardly enough to pay the mortgage and utilities. In six weeks there will be no more unemployment. Neither of us can find ANYone to hire us despite enough skills between the two of us to run a company.

    How many more people just like us are out there?

    October 6, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  13. Daniel

    This is yet another attempt to correct a failed solution to our serious economic crisis. Let us hope that our elected leaders will focus more on getting a more refined and viable solution to our issue and not continue to throw money at our economic deficiencies. We cannot, and certainly will not benefit from wasted funds of this magnitude.

    Doing something to fix a problem is always good, doing the right thing to fix the problem is always better....


    October 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    Why is it such a horrible thing that our president is trying to take action and lower the unemployment rate. Either way we pay for it if more people are unemployed or if they have to take action ("second stimulus"). Why not try something to lower the unemployment rate. I am sure that those people who do not have a job would like the president to take action. People get so angry about the situation already and try to bash Obama saying he does nothing about unemployment but then they get upset if he tries to do something. It is definitely ok to keep an eye on the government but come on, give Obama a chance to do something.

    October 6, 2009 at 9:48 pm |
  15. Linda from Dallas

    I hope they figure out something. I have been looking since April. I couldn't even get a job at the college I graduated from. Yup, I am calling you out University of North Texas! I also went to the career center if you want to call it that. I mean everyone says have one 1-2yrs experience. Does anyone do training anymore. I am almost at the point of saying President Obama can I get a job in Washington DC in your administration? I doubt that would happen.

    October 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  16. alex lyrics

    We need a new stimulous, how about giving a check for a million dollars to every poor un employed & person in the us.

    We could have solved this economic problem by adding this stimulous instead of the other one.

    People would invest, buy homes, buy things, the money would circulate.

    That would be the best stimulous ever for this country.

    October 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  17. Annie Kate

    It doesn't matter what its called as long as it works. Without getting jobs into the recovery its no true recovery nor can it sustain itself for long. So I hope the administration has some good workable ideas – ideas that work faster than 2 years too.

    Good grief does anyone in Washington NOT sleep around? Cozy deal to get a lobbyist job for the husband of your mistress – sounds like the Senator is "renting" the wife from the husband. Only in Washington or perhaps I should say in politics......

    October 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm |
  18. Cindy

    OMG..double talk indeed for sure!! Obama and his cronies are nuts. If they do "a small economic recovery plan aimed at enhancing the first,” then honey they are doing a 2nd stimulus plan just like the Reps are saying! No matter how you wrap it the deal is that it's going to cost us more money that we do not have to spend.


    October 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm |