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January 25th, 2010
08:08 AM ET

Are you for or against the federal stimulus plan?

Almost three out of four Americans say at least half of the federal stimulus money has been wasted, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll. 63% say they believe projects in the plan were included purely for political reasons.

Are you for or against the federal stimulus plan? Why? Leave your comments below. We may use some of them in the CNN NewsRoom beginning 11am ET/8am PT.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. David Cheeseman, CO

    The only peice of the stimulus I've seen is the replacement of a low traffic intersection with an equally low traffic roundabout. As a general rule I'm against government spending, especially do-nothing projects like that.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  2. Jason Smith, Fort Worth, Texas

    I'm middle class and I support the stimulus plan. When your car battery dies, sometimes you need a jump start.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  3. Shawn

    It's so hard to really know where the money went. But so much of it went to helping state employees employees and others keep their jobs. I would hate to think how it would have affected our already ridiculous unemployment rate had these people lost their jobs, not to mention the affect it would have had on many state programs. Maybe "stimulus" was the wrong term for what it really was. Either way, it was needed, in my opinion.

    January 25, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  4. Stephen

    At first I was totally for the idea. However, now I consider it as a good idea with poor implamentation, lacking both check points and safegards. I think we figured out the need for such things as banks failed to open more credit options and boards and eexecutives rewarded themselves. Many companies opting to use the funds to open new jobs in other countries with cheaper work forces.

    So as I said, good idea with bad rollouts and checkpoints.


    January 25, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  5. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I'm lower class receiving social security and I got a $250 check which at the time was needed and helped me through that month but to give money to banks or corporations to help them get by is wrong when there are so many people in need! They received bonuses that could help many in the lower class! That is where the stimulus should go, to people in need!

    January 25, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  6. Lisa

    You may not want to read this opinion, but ... sorry CNN, nothing in your report makes me believe that Bin Laden is still alive/at large. This may well be an old tape contrived to provide conviction to the American public to remain in Pakistan/Afghanistan/Iraq, until the next war breaks out in that region. I find it nearly impossible to believe that Bush & Cheney (not that I am a fan of either), both Texans, would not have turned over every single rock, from the planet s core out, to find Bin Laden. The reason his capture/death could never made public, in my opinion, is that the war would lose all support here at home. The saddest part of this is that we as a country need the drama, war is the only industry we have here in the US, without which our unemployment rates would shoot up dramatically.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  7. Eric from Pembroke Pines, FL

    The Stimulus is only as good as its direct effects on the employment situation, projects etc which the country desperately needs. Its like a tire hitting the cant get much traction unless it actually touches the road. Here we dont have traction and with that lack of traction little faith by the American public as it relates on it actually having an impact. There is too much corruption, backroom deals, and special interest influence. Added to this, the actual measurable traceability of the funds toward either saving or creating jobs. I think the time has come for not only transparency but true proof of where the funds do go and how they truly are used. Is it easy? no, but we have reached a new low where now whatever government tells us is too little too late. This is tragic and we will be paying for this gamble for generations to come.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  8. Bill

    It's really not fair to ask this question now.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  9. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Being on S.S.I. I support the 250.00 dollars coming to me and every bit of that will go to the blood sucking electric company on top of the government stimulus they will get for a bogus global warming threat our Utility companies are no more then Mafia run loan sharks black mailing the poor to feed there lies and run the rest of the economy into the dirt .

    January 25, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  10. Laura

    I'm for economic stimulus spending for PEOPLE- individuals and families – stop throwing money at corporations that just give it to their CEO's or put it in the bank! If we stopped making war all over the world – there would be more money for people and we could aid other folks around the world who need help. Peace makes economic sense.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  11. Dan Ferreira

    Government spending our money wisely is a oxymoron in it's truest form.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  12. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Thousands if not millions are suffering from high utility cost put a muzzle on the utility dogs the American people cant afford giving there whole monthly paycheck away we have other bills to pay also not just the electric companies.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  13. Ralph Patch

    I'm beginning to think we should have skipped the stimulus and let the country slip into a second Republican caused depression. If you don't like the way things are going, by all means vote the Republicans in for another eight years.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  14. Ed Mullaly

    Re: Augusta, ME Smart Meters

    Duhhh... let me get this straight:

    200 jobs are being created when the economy is trying to revive, and 140-odd jobs reading meters are going to be lost down the road

    This is a bad thing? The meter readers could always get a job at airport security, except they're probably over-qualified.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  15. Charlotte Goodson

    You really missed the important question in your just-finished interview of Jeffrey Meyers. His view appears to be that tax cuts help stimulate the economy more than spending. Yet earlier on another overview of the stimulus program, you reported that the lion's share of the stimulus spent so far was on...wait for cuts.

    So he should be in favor of the stimulus bill. It's ivory tower "experts" from Harvard who got us into this mess in the first place, so why should we listen to them on how to get out of it?

    You really should have challenged his statements in more depth.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  16. Jerry Daniel

    The government does absolutely nothing efficiently. Our tax money has been wasted both up and down the line. That's the nature of government. If you want businesses to be kick-started, put the money in the hands of the American people directly. The best way is to give a moritorium on personal income taxes.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  17. Ray McGunigle

    The 9:30 Monday segment was simply moronic. It cites the arguement that we should not use stimulous money to upgrade the nation's vulnerable and staggeringly wasteful powergrid because that could result in meter readers losing their jobs.
    1. Maybe we should have kept gas lamps so we could keep lamplighters employed.
    2. Surely a huge economy like ours, once recovered, can find better uses for workers than having them go door to door reading clocks. (I'd bet they'd make sharper news analysts than you've got.)
    3. Please try to get the point: Stimulous is an EMERGENCY MEASURE once the economy recovers the long term job problem will take care of itself.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  18. Dennis

    The stimulus funds have helped keep many teachers, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel in jobs, and have helped prevent the Bush Near-Depression from causing the complete collapse of the economy. I'm sure there is some waste involved, but most of the critics of it were supporters of the multi-trillion dollar Iraq war, and we know that 100% of that spending was unnecessary. I only wish CNN had monitored Iraq spending as closely as they are now monitoring stimulus spending.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  19. Slim

    I believe the stimulus package was a good idea. But as it took shape and took on the typical government wrapper, the money became impossible to get and use.
    Our government, who wants to put people back to work, put so many conditions on the money that it cost more money to get and use than the value of the money itself.
    For instance, I'm a contractor in Southern California. there have been some jobs come up for bid that are paid for by stimulus money, but one job required that I only hire people who live in Section 8 housing. Nice idea to get people back to work and get them off of government assistance. BUT, the reason many of these people are on welfare is because they do not have any job skills. So to use exclusively these people I would have to hire three times more workers. Well, Government jobs also require I pay them prevailing wages. So I would have to pay people with no job skills $32 an hour, have to hire three times more workers due to lack of experience, skills, and turn over. This makes the job not even worth bidding.
    I understand putting conditions on the money to assure it is used currectly, but first, let;'s put the skilled workers back to work, then we can start adding in the unskilled workers. Maybe if the job only required 25% Section 8 people, it would have been doable.
    Well, not a single contractor bid on the project, and the project went away and the money was not used.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  20. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This thing about using the stimulus to lower the utility bills is a lie any body who believes that is a fool the electric companies are a bunch of thieves thinking of way's to screw us without breaking the law right now clean energy cost more then fossile energy there a bunch of crook's
    dont believe them .

    January 25, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  21. Robin Lee Riddell

    I'm questioning when you examined George Bush and anything he had done, although not much, to see if it was two wars , like providing tax breaks to the wealthiest of americans. President Obama has been in office for one year and I have never seen such scrutiny...but hey maybe if you had examined the Bush administration while it was happening, President Obama wouldn't be working his ass off fighting an uphill battle to dig us out of this mess!

    January 25, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  22. Ralph

    I support the stimulus. At the end of 2008 we needed to do something to hold the job count or if possible improve it. It is not perfect but nothing is. I sure was against doing nothing and leaving it in the hands of comapnies. The economy is moving upward at a slow but upward pace.

    January 25, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  23. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What is the yearly profits for all the electric companies in America if we have to give them stimulus money the people needs to know .

    January 25, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  24. D Lee

    As much as I like the government handing out fishes, I would rather they have taught us how to fish or opened spots along the pier. The new buyer home credit is a good start and I believe more programs and plans like that would be more helpful. More tax incentives to stay American or financial support to cities/states that increase business would be helpful. How are citizens expected to save money when its own government doesn't save? How are citizens expected to be financially responsible when the government can't even provide a good role model?

    The plan is a good idea, but I have yet to see any good implementation of it or any history or awareness of where it goes. I'm not sure I see the effectiveness of it. Yes things might have gone worse, but things might have gotten better. I have mainly seen taxpayers dollars wasted and no means of fixing it or reporting it effectively. I have seen government jobs cut due to budget cuts and the BRAC, and the only sign of any growth are the hundreds of job openings in completely different fields.
    Create a long term stimulus that provides people with a means of income. Give people money so they can spend it back in American businesses. We owe more money than ever with no clear vision on how to fix that. We are in the same place we were a year ago. I still see no change.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  25. Scott

    I love the idea of CNN investigating the Stimulus $$$.....Its very interesting to see what my local gov. reps are spending money one that you dont really hear about....makes you really get to know how honest they really are about what they are doing with our tax money...

    Almost really makes me think about where my vote will go next time be continued...

    January 25, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  26. NEAL

    I'm Unemployed ! getting extended benefits soooo it's helping me- I'm for iit.....

    January 25, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  27. Carlos J

    It is very clear to me that we needed something to impact the economy and get things going again. The problem is the fact that the bill has not created jobs in my community. I reside in Atlanta, GA, and I've seen tons of people go on the unemployment rolls in Georgia. This bill has only really saved government jobs here. As for new jobs... nothing. I am in favor of such a bill, but I want to see the money show up here. This is the largest metropolitan area in the south. There is no reason we shouldn't see more money end up here.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  28. Rita

    Tony– you're right to remind us that a year ago, all the experts said we needed some sort of stimulus ASAP. I think it's important to remember a year later that regardless of the successes or failures we see now, the stimulus plan had an important stabilizing psychological effect at the time.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  29. John

    Tony, keynesian economics didn't work during the Great Depression. It is not working now. It is just waste and politicians trying to fund their pet projects. It is amazing how politicians can no longer feel shame.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  30. Jennifer L. Harrison

    I'm against the economic bailouts. We need to cut spending during difficult times forcing Corporate America to spend wiser not throw good money after bad at a problem. Throwing money at a broken system does not fix it, rather it makes the economy worse. Look at history, learn from history, and don't repeat it!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  31. Dave

    I would all for the stimulus plan, if we all knew that all of the projects were going for creating jobs and improving our current times. I been out of a job for 2 years now and none of the projects around me are projects that are creating jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  32. CAT

    Yes, I am definitely in favor of the stimulas. Americans expect things to turn around immediately, but that isn't how it works. It took 8 years to get into this mess and it's going to take time to see the result of what's being done today.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  33. Alex

    The idea of the stimulus is great, but what's the point in giving 5 billion for plant fossil research? Our money should be going elsewhere to actually boost the economy, something we will immediately benefit from. How long will it be before we see the benefits from this research package?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  34. Stimulus....

    Tony, lets be impartial here. If you are going to show us examples of wasted stimulus money...windfarms made in China, etc...and some pub us also examples of where the stimulus has worked. There must be examples of that as well.


    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  35. Donna

    CNN should have applied for some of the stimulus funds and hire 20 or more people to go through those binders and review where all the funds went.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  36. Paul M.

    I for one am against this whole idea of Obama's so called "stimulus" plan. If you really want to "stimulate" the economy, if you really wish to save or even create jobs, then you need to spend the money. Put $50000 into every taxpayers hands. (I have read that is what every taxpayer would have had instead of using "bailiout" money).

    Then if those people then USE that money (i.e. SPEND) the products will get sold, thus saving the jobs of those selling it. You would need to replace those goods that were sold, thus saving and/or creating jobs in the manufacturing field. Why can't Washington get it? According to Obama's plan for 2010, we get 400 bucks per person which amounts to 7 bucks a week. OOOHH. Where we gonna spend that money?? His "stimulus has FAILED. Put the money with the people and I bet you the economy would get stimulated....Andn quickly.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  37. Jason, Co

    Stimulus plan is a big waste of money! After hearing about billions and trillions in the news and only make like $100 a day... (BEFORE taxes)... Trust me, i'd know if billions were being spent... Its clearly not..

    January 25, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  38. David

    A Stimulus plan is great if used for the good of the people. Does it provide new jobs? Does it help people in trouble with home loans? We still have big problems with banks! They refuse to help people before they loose their home!! They don't care!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  39. Chris Bruno

    You don't fix a broken window by throwing money through the hole.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  40. Paul

    The stimulus has saved jobs of police, fireman and teachers We all are too quick to say it only worked if it helped "ME" but the fact is it was necessary. It takes time to turn around a run a way train but it is starting to turn.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  41. Venkat

    I am for the stimulus plan. However, what is worrying is the fact that we do not have a clue of what is happening to our monies. Isn't transparency and accountabilty a foundational element of modern day governance?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  42. Danny

    The federal stimulus plan is nothing but a bad attempt at a quick fix. It doesn't address the real issues of the economy which is the offshoring of our jobs. The American Middle Class is being sacrificed so the worlds emerging economies can succeed and Corporations CEO's earn 8 figure bonuses.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  43. Daniel

    I am definately against the stimulus plan or any future stimulus plan. Both administrations have scammed the American public and to my surprise why arent we demanding it to stop? Unemployment is still very high, no real jobs have been created, small business and large are failing left and right, yet somebody is getting all this so called stimulus money what a bunch of chumps we are !

    January 25, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  44. khalil

    I am wondering why the most basic questions go unasked or unanswered. Looking at the pages of documents at the "Stimulus desk," there seem to be hundreds of thousands of pages of earmarks for where money goes. Congress obviously had no idea what they were voting on. Who wrote the bill?! Better yet, who even READ the bill?!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  45. CJ

    Without the stimulus plan the U.S. economy would collapse. And one person's waste is another person's job. The way to pay for it would be to increase taxes on capital gains to at least 50% minimum of those gains, with a few exceptions: retirees to $100,000 per annum, one-time home owners, etc. That is, pay for it by doing as we did in the 1950s/60s–by soaking the rich.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  46. Nelson Robinson

    I must disagree with Tony this morning. There have been many, many economists that previously said that the Fed "Stimulus" was not needed, and that many experts also agreed, to let the GM, agressive Wall Street Firms, and Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac FAIL! Many "free market experts" still agree that while the failure of these firms would have slowed and hurt our economy, all agreed that other financial firms & Wall street Banks would have prospered on the failure of these "financial loose canons", and a "faster recovery" has been delayed. It is apparent that the billions earmarked and paid out by the Obama Administration were done so as political favors and posturing with "liberal simpathizers!!! SO don't remind us that there were NO economists saying, NO STIMULUS PACKAGE REQUIRED....there were many! I haven't watched CNN in months....and the one time I tune in to hear about the passing of Robert Mosbacher.... I hear this!
    WAKE UP CNN!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  47. jason NOLA, LA

    Its no wonder that 3/4th of the American people say at least half of the stimulus money has been wasted, that's the only reporting that I've seen on cable news. Is anybody reporting on stimulus money that was spent wisely?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  48. Buzz

    The earlier report on the slow progress on the winterization stimulus project should point out that the Texas' Republican governor Rick Perry has resisted the Stimulus Plan at every stage. Last week he blamed the Stimulus Plan for the loss of jobs in Texas–in a completely counterintuitive statement. You should investigate just how many of these projects are being sandbagged in Republican states because of the politics of "no" and the Republican stated belief that the failure of the Obama's administration is good for Republicans, no matter the effect on the country.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  49. Angie

    The vast majority of Americans who claim half of the money has been wasted has done so on misinformation. I hear people say that they have not personally felt the effects of the stimulus and that they disagree with it. They actually have felt the effects. The stimulus package kept this great recession from turning into a great depression. Americans are so quick to point fingers and so easily forget what would have happened had that money not been spent.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  50. Chris in NW lower Michigan

    Big money is difficult to manage – maybe it was too much too soon? I will say this, I live in Michigan – we were in recession long before the rest of the country. My elderly mother has benefited from the energy-saving portion of the stimulus package. She has had a new energy-efficient furnace and hot water heater installed with stimulus money. She two old heat-leaking doors replaced and some insulation added to her attic. Three young men worked on her home, and did an awesome job. She is very grateful, and has seen a big drop in her propane bill. So, please focus a little more on what IS working – ok, maybe shark fossils and projects in other countries slipped through. But, how about some airtime for these projects that are really making a difference in the lives of people!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  51. Tom S.

    I don't realy know if that bill sved jobs. I dont know if the gov is going in the right dirretion or not. What i do know is that we came within a hirs breath of a 2nd epresstion insie of 100 years. How many of the recovery eforts in the 30's worked? mabey we need to use those efforts as a odle and forget the spicel intrestes. Th way o ave or mk jobs if for a direct contract to do center jobs like the new deal in the 30's . its tie we get ride of all of congress d reeat 100 % ew people

    January 25, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  52. Arley

    What a waste, if you give away anything you get nothing back. All this adminixtration does is take from those who have worked for what they have and give to those who haven't workedl If they spent some time in the workforce rhey would understand the real problem

    January 25, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  53. marie rogers

    I am for anything that will help this U.S., we have been running on a thin line of ice for many years and something has to be done. President Obama is doing his darnest to help this world as I see it, nothing I have seen of many others, especially the oil barrons who are so uncaring of us. You can't please everyone, but you just have to do what you see fit in your heart to rule out the evil of the world and try to leave self fulfillment out of the strategy.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  54. Richard Gosche

    I am against the so-called "stimulus" give-a-way, mainly because it is a government project. Need I say more? Much of it is obviously wasted, going to meaningless pork barrell projects or lining certain peoples pockets. It is a project rife with fraud and worthless civic "improvements" that do nothing to create lasting jobs. All that money could have gone to badly needed infrastucture improvements creating REAL jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  55. Nat Taylor

    Tony, while some are arguing over the wastefulness of the stimulus, many economists, like Paul Krugman of the New York Times, have argued all along that the stimulus is insufficiently large. Problems with the stimulus are blamed on wasteful spending, when in reality the problem is that the stimulus just is not big enough to work.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  56. Ron Quick

    Hi Tony,
    No Stimulus...All spending should go to AMERICAN Manufacturing! If it does not Employ Americans, on United States soil it should not be spent.

    Many Companies have thier Headquarters or Corporate Offices here but thier Factories are in Mexico, Malaysia and Thailand...etc.

    Also I pay $5,400.00 per month on Worker's Compensation Insurance, General Liability Ins. and Payroll Taxes. I had 34 Employees in November of I have 11. We have also lost both of my Son's Homes and they live with us in a 3 bedroom house w/ 2 Bathrooms! Thats CHANGE!!!

    Ron Quick Flush Washington!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  57. J Harmon

    I believe that the stimulous program is a total waste of taxpayers' money. It is impulsive, poorly thought out, and a simplistic attempt at fixing a complicated problem. Careless spending by the government will only compound the problems facing our country.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  58. jeanette

    For stimulus! Know someone who has job directly due to it. They need to put down those shovels used to dig US into the ground for last eight years. Its good to finally have a thoughtful leader.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  59. Lonnie Barnett

    The stimulus package is created mostly for political purposes.It's just a coverup for needless spending of our tax dollars. Washington is full of this. One thing I have never understood, we the people vote these people into office and those voted in have access to SUV's, wasting our money, excellent health and dental insurance etc..., while we are left out in the cold without,not even able to go to the doctor if we need to. When are we going to vote someone into office that changes this? Someone who truly cares about the people and that will turn down all of the unnecessary gifts that are showered upon them and take the government "back to basics" like the government has been forcing us to return to.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  60. carmine


    Dumping dollars onto a sinking ship will not fix the economy. Businesses have been taxed to death, and now why would people risk their money to start a business that would create jobs, when they HAVE everything to lose. With very little reward for the risk.

    Manufacturing has left America and until congress starts to tax imports American companies can't compete with $30 DVD players from China. Where wealth employees make $20 a week. Our lowest paid employees in America make $7.15 an hour.

    In addition, Congress needs to start to tax imports more and lower company taxes to make it more beneficial for companies to create jobs here. It seems our government wants the cake and expects to eat it... They need to realize that lowering the taxes on the few that create jobs, allows them to tax the employees that work at those companies... But it seems they want to tax both sides... and we see the results of that.

    Which is why business people here are sitting on the sidelines. All I know is hold onto your seats, cause its going to be a hell of a ride...

    January 25, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  61. Donna

    I think the government needs to organize the $ by category and then send it out to best efforts.
    Wind turbines froom overseas might be necessary because we aren't geared up to build them.
    Stage 1. use overseas turbines to install [immediate jobs]
    Stage 2. retool small machine shops to build turbines [long-term industry & sustainable jobs]
    The same can be done with other green industries

    January 25, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  62. Bob K.

    The $787 Billion stimulus plan is nothing than pork barrel spending led by Speaker Pelosi. It was not specifically targeted to create permanent jobs that this economy desparately needs - instead it has provided spending to those "well-connected" to the liberal (a.k.a. progressive) Democrats as a reward for electing a liberal President. Also, the Obama Administration has "egg" on its face trying to defend how many REAL jobs have been created. This has been a true waste of taxpayer money!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  63. grrace

    Tony, of course I support the Stimulus Plan. It's easy to do the math. During the Great Depression, unemployment was 25% right? We were certainly headed toward that when losing 700,000 jobs a month for several months. Without the Stimulus, unemployment would have reached 25% With the Stimulus we've held unemployment to about 10% We saved 15% of the jobs right? How jobs have we saved? Millions.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  64. Janet

    I am for the stimulus plan. It saved several jobs including my sister-in-laws' who is a teacher and her sister's job who is a state employee.
    Had it not been for the stimulus they would have lost their jobs. As it was, because of the stimulus, they kept their jobs and many people who had been laid off were called back.
    It also helped my son, who is in Colorado. He was unemployed for many months as there were just no jobs anywhere but, because of the stimulus, he is back at work and making a decent salary again. There is some light appearing at the end of the tunnel.

    People forget that we were on the brink of the worst depression this country has ever seen. If not for the stimulus we would have continued losing jobs at an increasing rate. As it is, President Obama has turned that around and we are heading in the right direction, out of that hole and towards prosperity again. We are headed in the right direction.

    There is one other point. Not all of the stimulus is out yet. Before making judgements we have to give it time to be distributed and time to work. There are already positive signs and we need to keep going in the right direction instead of heading back down that hole.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  65. larry

    In my hometown the stimulus has saved the job of my daughter's teacher and 44 other teachers. It has put people to work renovating a train station. It has also given middle class families a tax cut. The stimulus is definitely working for me.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  66. Dr Richard Thornton

    I think the stimulus plan is working but is not being implamented
    fully or fast enough.

    My stimulus plan would put money into the economy quickly and without any inital cost or administrative cost to the goverment. The goverment could allow a one time withdrawal from retirerment plans
    say up to 10,000.00 without tax or penalty, providing the money is used for a major purchase within 30 days of withdrawal. The money could be used buying anything. Examples would be a home, a car,
    TW's or home appliances. The states would benifit from the taxes on the purchase and it would help the job situation because of increase demand.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  67. Randy

    This so called stimulus is a total joke and so much of a joke that they try to change the name and call it recovery. This has been nothing more than a liberal wish list, and where are the greenie wenie three to four million jobs that were going to be created. If you defend this stimulus joke you are the joke.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  68. Regina Dungee

    Hi Tony,

    I am against the plan because the money isn't where its needed. I would like to see Obama, who I voted for, provide securties to the banks for us who are trying to get a loan to expand or start a small business to create jobs.


    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  69. George in Austin

    The stimulus has unquestionably saved jobs for local, state and school employees all over the country. Teacher layoffs are still happening in the hardest hit states. Texas avoided the harsh downsizing it saw in 2001/2002, because of Obama's stimulus. I personally would have lost my home if not for the Unemployment Insurance extension and COBRA subsidy. Job well done.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  70. Kristine

    I question how many jobs have been created when they can't consistently give us a ballpark number. Everytime you see an interview with Axelrod or such, they go from thousands to millions back to thousands. How many of the jobs created are government jobs? I think most of the job creation is in increasing government . I know in our state they have hired hundreds to audit it's citizens in hopes of collecting more Tax to help pay for all the careless spending.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  71. Pete Boelter

    I am looking for a balanced evaluation of the investment of dollars spent and to be spent. Too little attention is being spent to measure the benefits produced by the stimulus effort and the consequences of doing nothing. Respectfully, Pete

    January 25, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  72. Beverly M. Glenn

    Dear CNN c/o Tony Harris:

    I am in favor of the economic stimulus plan of President Obama. Bush bailed out Wall Street, and Obama is bailing out Main Street. I am a certified teacher who's retirement was forced due to the economic mess partly created by the Republicans and President Bush. Of course I am for the stimulus plan. Obama cannot erase in 1 year what mess that it took 8 years to create!!!! I pray to God that we receive another and larger stimulus check. We still need help. The common people need help. Not the greedy rich!!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  73. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What kind of bonuses are being handed out to utility companies.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  74. Carrie Stewart

    Tony, I am definitely for the federal stimulus. However, there should be more group success stories per the new media, for most people (I live on the internet) do not get to check online for this info. Rather, they need to see the visuals on CNN and other media sites that are positive. The misusers should be terminated from receiving anymore funds-–show this reality too--because the anger and hopeless is being fueled by this abuse.

    Keep up the good work of showing where the Stimulus dollars are going, but please maintain a fairness while doing so. Thanks a million!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  75. Jack Davis

    My experience time in the business world is for over 60 years – over one half in banking. I have learned that many people do not understand the business world. I firmly berlieve that we would have suffered a great depression #2 if it had not been for the stimulus plan. Not only all business, but everyone would have suffered greatly. It bothers me that people have not understood this, and given credit to those who did.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  76. Karl

    For more than a year the Administration and Congress has repeatedly emphasized how small businesses are the economic engine for our economy. Yet when it comes to Federal Contracts under the ARRA, most have gone to existing contract holders, predominately large businesses. Evidence of this can be found on and looking at contracts awarded. Over and over again you will find the statement "This opportunity is available only to those holding contract number xxxxxxx". Part of the big sell for the ARRA is how it would benefit small businesses. The reality is the rich get richer, and those less fortunate continue to struggle to make ends meet. At what point will Congress address these spending policies? The answer, when all of the money is gone and the Congressional hearings begin. By then more Americans have lost their jobs, small businesses continued to fail, and there still won't be Healthcare reform which is what Congress is more concerned with.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  77. Rocky Buldo

    There are two types of spending , Public or Private.. It's pretty clear by now the captains of the private sector believing they hold all the cards have decided not to lend OR spend. They have drained all the capitol out of the system hording both public and private funds, thereby taking the ball and bat leaving the field with only one game to play.

    Yes the public sector has to spend there is no other game in town there is no choice..

    January 25, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  78. grrace

    I agree with Donna, if we were too stupid to be tooled be geared up for wind turbines in the U.S., buy them for over seas to create immediate jobs here, in the meantime, we need to get our green jobs act into gear. Of course, Oil companies don't want that, THAT is the evil we are fighting against. Hey Texas Republican, enjoy your oil spills while they last! Ha!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  79. Peter Lokke

    I believe that the stimulus package has helped the US economy. If all the economic indicators/ facts were accurate a year a go the US economy today would be in a much more dire situation. Was all the money in the stimulus spent wisely? I have to say no to this but when any government decides to spend the amount of money that the US government has over the last year there will always be a % of that money that is not spent in a wise manner. The media and opponents of the stimulus package will do every thing they can to find every last penny that was not spent wisely. What I suggest is that CNN do all they can to find the good and bad in the stimulus and not just focus on the items that my not be the best way to spend the money.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  80. Marshall Drayton

    I dont agree with federal stimulus plans because it doesnt help who it was initially geared to help. I own a small business in South Carolina and to find stimulus and grant money is a uphill battle into the wind. All of these programs have been set up but the money is not being used as it was intended. Somebody has got to vouch for the money and where its going.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |

    For the most part I approve of the federal stimulus spending plan, however after looking at various projects on I have a hard time understanding why some of these projects have been approved to receive funding.

    For instance, at Barksdale Air Force base in Shreveport Louisiana, $214,360 has been allocated to repair/replace the lighting on the running track at a gym. Nearly 1/4 of a million dollars for lights on a running track? Really? This is just one of 6 projects totaling $4.8 million for this military base. Why are military instillations even eligible to receive stimulus money when nearly half of all federal taxes collected are funneled to the defense department?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  82. John D

    The stimulus was a political payoff to Obama's union friends and other political supporters. And, yes Tony, there were lots of people speaking out against the stimulus when they were doing it a year ago. However, we were all fooled by Obama's rhetoric. He does have the "gift of gab", but not much else. He is incompetent. His advisers, when speaking publicly, all appear to be arrogant. Just clear your mind and listen to David Axelrod or Gibbs. You will see what I mean. Deep down you do not feel that you can trust anything these guys say. Just like Obama. And Tony Harris, are you an independent voice? I watched your temper tantrum at the begining of your program today. You appear to be a spokesperson for Obama, and not an independent news person. Too bad, because I like you.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  83. grrace

    Of Course I support the Stimulus. If unemployment was 25% during the Great Depression, we were certainly headed toward that when losing 700,000 jobs per month. The Stimulus held unemployment to about 10%. How many jobs have we saved with the Stimulus? 15% or millions.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  84. Jimmy Limo in Vegas

    TONY ! I found where all those stimulus jobs are .... there's been 10,000 jobs created for staffers just to read through that MOUNTAIN OF PAPER !!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  85. Greg H

    You are right in saying the nation was behind the president when the $787 bil Stimulus Bill was passed. It was a love affair. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Now that the honeymoon is over the nation realizes that Mr. Obama cannot govern. Fool US once, shame on him. Fool US twice, shame on all of us.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  86. Allen

    Come on, is the gov. or other world rullers keeping you guys from the real point??? The President gives million airs millions of dollars, they give it to each other as bonus money and WE GET TAX BREAKS!!!
    What is the point of news if it is not focused on the real facts,
    I guess it's not really a free country.
    put this on tv.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  87. Cynthia

    I am a Republican in Virginia and I am whole-heartedly FOR the stimulus bill. What works for me? The "Making Work Pay" credit, the "Car Buyer Tax Deduction", the "Higher Education Tax Credit", the "Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit", are great programs designed to help put and keep hard-earned dollars in my pocket.
    Great work Mr. President!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  88. Douglas R. Ewart

    A good part of the stimulus package monies should have gone directly to the poor, not to the same crooked bankers, car manufactures, etc., that placed us in the current international economic crisis that we are in. The money was given to the same cooked elite. We talk about free markets when it behooves us, but there is no real free market at work here. I don’t understand why a substantial portion of the money was given to the poor because they would have funneled the funds right back into the economy. The concept that one is too big to fail is illogical. Even RED WOOD trees die. We should have allowed the big banks to fail and have a lot more small banks that catered to the people, rather than have colossus banks that constantly fleece their poorer costumers with all kinds of fees.
    Douglas R. Ewart

    January 25, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  89. David

    The word "Stimulus" has been used to refer to a number of different Government programs including:1) the Banks/Insurance bail-out 2) The 1st-time Home Buyer program, 3) the cash for clunkers program, 4) low interest rates etc.

    These programs, although probably less than perfect were much needed to avert a complete world financial melt-down. Had the government not intervened, most people's 401K's would have turned into 101K's.

    The root cause of the near financial metl-down was the loss of U.S. manufacture jobs over the past 15 years to slave labor countries thanks to politicians who passed the bad and unfair trade deals.

    Abuse of labor also led to the Great Depression of the 30's

    January 25, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  90. Darrell

    The stimulus did what it was exposed to do whether it was one job or 1 billion jobs. People don't think it helped because they did not get any directly. Everyboby needs to realize that the people, groups, states, or companies that got stimulus money needed it just as much as any. Tony I think you guys are asking the wrong questions. Instead of just asking what they don't like about it and if they are against it. Ask what would they have done better?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  91. Jerry

    I am for a stimulus package that I can see, not greedy business owners. I once heard of a rebate program that gave up to $4000.00 to homeowners to add solar panels to their homes. The contractors were charging each homeowner exactly $4000.00, even though most of the projects were only half of that price. This is just wrong.

    CNN should hire more people to go through the stimulus package, then it wouldn't take so long to study.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  92. Zarn

    Against. Too much money is being wasted on short term jobs some of which will eliminate existing permanent jobs.

    On green jobs, how about instead of Cap and Trade we provide incentives for CO2 producers to partner with algae farms which use CO2 to produce renewable resources? An emissions tax will just be passed on to the consumer. What are we going to do, plug the hole in the ozone layer with dollar bills?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  93. Luke

    If you owe any kind of federal debt, they will seize your stimulus check and send it to them.

    To me, it's not helping the economy, but corporations.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  94. jetyler

    I believe the working middle class needs some type of stimulus. We are losing jobs and bearing the brunt of everyday price increases of food and utilities. Our children are told to go to college and increase their earning potential but upon graduation many only find minimum wage or part time jobs with no benefits. Many are deep in debt for their college education and can't make the payments. They can put the loan in forbearance and that just puts them deeper in debt. To stimulate the economy the government should bail them out on an as needed basis. They would then be able to by products get married and this in return would benefit the rest of the economy. If the government would help them pay off their loans it would also put money back into the banks. These graduates are the future of this nation and shouldn't be forgotten.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  95. Jonn McDaniel

    How can jobs saved possibly be measured accurately? Only jobs created can have any meaning with a "stimulus" plan. (It's not a "sustaining" plan.)

    So, when is there enough taxation? When everyone has a job? Public employment can't be sustained if everyone works for the government!

    Requiring more money from the American people in the form of taxes will not create sustainable jobs. The government only creates public employment. Private money makes sustainable job creation possible. Returning more money to the American people (lower taxes) is the only sustainable stimulus answer!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  96. Ray

    I wonder just how many jobs that were claimed to have been saved were jobs the illegals are getting. If this money was controlled better or was at least tracked it could be a good thing but, these politicians cain't even control their own lives much less try to help out with ours!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  97. GBen1

    The stimulus package has allowed the big banks, big buisness and financial industry to keep their big salaries, homes, cars, planes, vacations,parties, and outrageous bonuses while middle America continues to lose their jobs and homes. The financial industry continues to make big dollars at the taxpayers expense, while giving the public nothing in return...AGAIN!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  98. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Im for being able to turn my lights on and my heater on when it gets cold I live on a fixed income and the electric bill was more then my check last month .

    January 25, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  99. Johnnie from Florida

    Iam Against the stimuls plan,because the jobs wont reach the masses. look at all the money spent already and the common folks havent even got a promise of a job

    January 25, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  100. JimPhilly

    Its a waste – the way to create jobs is to reduce taxes – let the people decide where to spend – not some government bureaucrat .That has never created a productive jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  101. Caroline Meers

    I am for the stimulus but honestly there needs to be more focus on creating real jobs for real people. The middle class has always taken a majority of the hit when the economy stumbles. There hasn't been enough of an improvement to really help the middle class get back on its feet. I think the President is working hard to accomplish this but there is such a long way to go. Will we ever get out of this? I really wonder.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  102. Betsy Thompson

    I am directly affected by the Stimulus Package & of course wish it could extend past the June 30, 2010 deadline. I have a part-time job that is just from the stimulus package. I make minimum wage 20 hours a week. It is specifically for seniors. I could not be more grateful .

    January 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  103. michael

    The Stimulus plan hasnt worked, thats why Obama wants a second Stimulus. The website says about 600,000 jobs have been saved /or created, but the white house keeps claming 2 million! So, which is it? If The Stiumulus was working CNN wouldnt have to do any reporting, we would see its results!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  104. Dennis Nigrelli

    I believe some of the stimulus money ought to be directed to individuals , who could put the money to use changing over to green technologies in their home. The Govt seems to be throwing money at large corporations with no thought to the homeowner drowning in outrageously high electric and fuel bills.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  105. Bernie Freeman

    Tony, let me get this straight regarding the Wind Farm research. CNN called the CEO of the company and others who are benefiting from the stimulus $$ and got THEIR SPIN on the situation????

    That's what CNN calls REPORTING? No offense, but that has no credibility. CNN's job is dig deeper, to challenge their spin and get to the bottom of things...that's NOT going to happen via a phone call with inexperienced research staff.

    I'm sorry but you have to do better.

    Bernie Freeman

    January 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  106. Mary

    I think the stimulus plan is great. We are not seeing much result yet because 1) We can't see how many jobs were saved, 2) It takes a long time for many of these projects to be set up and 3) Many projects are stalled due to lack of qualified applicants for the jobs. Once people are trained for the new jobs, we should be seeing some big results. We need to hang in there.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  107. David

    You are reporting this wrong – the stimulus bill was about putting the economy back on its feet which would then create jobs, which are a lagging indicator and always follow a recovery – its the way economies work. Even the arch Conservative Heritage Foundation economists say the stimulus package has improved the economy. Stop thinking like Fox News!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  108. Dan Bowens

    As a true small business federal contractor, I am against the ‘current’ Federal Stimulus Plan.

    It seems to only benefit large corporations and neglects small business.

    The current Federal Stimulus Plan is being used to divert federal contracts from small businesses, minority-owned businesses and veteran-owned businesses to large federal contractors.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  109. R.J. Flynn

    Informed citizens cannot and should not be for an ungoverned stimulus plan. Without adequate checks and balances, greed, the very issue that got our great nation into this mess, will continue to run rampant. The stimulus CAN be largely effective, provided sufficient oversight is maintained.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  110. Kathy

    For the stimulus package....anything that will create jobs has got to give the economy a boost. However, I was appalled when I heard your story regarding the fact 70% of the wind turbines being made from use parts manufactured in foreign countries. Thank you for following up on it and providing more information for viewers. It's encouraging to know more companies are being created to provide US parts. Especially in the area of green jobs. Let's get Americans back to work! Love the stories about the stimulus package...follow the $$$$.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  111. Allen

    It's all the rich keeping the money between themselves.
    Even more drastic, look at the global weather and catastrophes.
    The gov.gave Wall St. millions and it was given out as bonus money,
    millions of Americans lost all or most of their money and the bail out went backwards, are all people under a spell???

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  112. Betsy Thompson

    Since I benifitted from it, I am for it.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  113. Dave Whipple

    This month the Obama's Administration awarded a $25 million lucrative No-Bid contract to a Democrat Donor for work to be done in Afghanistan to give them better Legal Services.

    Will the money be used to train Afghan-Taliban's to ask for Miranda Rights when they get caught killing American Solders?

    Who would endorse this crony-capitalism?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  114. deeeman

    I was liking your investigation into where the stimulus money was going until I saw how the reporters were doing it and their parroting of CEOs baloney.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  115. Barbara Kane

    If the stimulus plan requires that all items are manufactured in the US, with nothing offshored, I will be for it. The problem with that Cash for Clunkers plan was that people were buying about 80% foreign manufactured cars. How does that stimulate the economy? It doesn't. We have thousands of empty factories in this country and millions unemployed, so please, all stimulus packages should have a requirement that everything be manufactued by US owned companies and US citizens in the USA. We don't need to stimulate the Chinese or other Asian economies anymore by greedy US firms who are shipping all US jobs offshore. It will lead to our implosion as a country..

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  116. Charlie Gifford

    The Stimlus is simple math. If the population is not spending money, no increase in inventory, no increase in manufacturing, supply chain or retail so no new jobs. American have a net 0 saving between debt and saving. Most State governments are bankrupt. So Fed. govenerment must spend and banks must lend to increase spending. Tax cuts do not work since most real people are in debt and 30% are un or under employed so no tax revenue to cut. Most of the G 20 have large infrastructure projects. Why? new roads and trains provide means to trade most effectively. Da.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  117. Porfirio Gutierrez

    Re: Stimulus. It takes money to make money. (Old captalist proverb)

    January 25, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  118. Nick

    I am strongly against the stimulus plan! All this plan has done is add a more debt to the already huge federal deficit that we have. History shows that stimulus plans from the government do not work. Eventually we will all have to pay higher taxes to pay this back, no matter how many times President Obama promises he won't raise taxes. It's like when he promised open transparency about health care reform and we all know how that has gone. NO MORE STIMULUS!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  119. Dan, Reston VA

    The Stimulus Plan was absolutely the right decision. It is simple macro-economics, i.e. The Economy, any economy, is an artificial construct. Manipulatuing it to make it work better is essential. One cannot apply the micro-economics that most peopole know well, i.e. their own financial world, to issues of macro-economics.

    TARP was a different issue because it was done for and by the wealthy Wall Street interests that ruined Money & Banking in this country and then begged to get bailed out.

    Dan, Reston VA

    January 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  120. Doug1

    I'm and independent. I think the stimulus plan is mostly democratic party pork and wish list spending, rather than having been maximized to create the most jobs possible with the money for American citizens as it should have been. It wasn't bipartisan. Far too much of it is specifically targeted towards female jobs after the lobbying of NOW, whereas it's by now well known this is heavily a mancession. Further far more family breakups occur after the husband loses his job and stays unemployed for a long time as is occurring, as opposed to when the wife does. Yet that's never mentioned by CNN or considered by this administration. Further most of the green jobs spending is wasteful. It provides a tiny return. Upgrading the electric grid and higher speed internet would be useful but too little on that.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  121. David

    Tony, we all know the stimulus package has helped, how much it helps and who? Now thats the real question.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  122. Joseph P.Bragg Sr.

    I Think We The People of this country should get more of the money!!!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  123. Larry R. Doane

    Larry from Copperas Cove, TX. – I'm against any more stimulus that cannot verifiably save or create jobs. None of the previous stimulus package went for anything except politically correct plans that could not be verified to have saved any existing jobs or created any new, permanent jobs. Temporary jobs are worse than useless, as they go away in a few weeks to a few months leaving the situation even worse than it was before.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  124. Judy Gorski

    Not only did all economists agree a stimulus bill was necessary, they also warned the recovery would still take much longer than recessions of the past. It seems everyone has forgotten those warnings.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  125. David Nice

    I think that much of the stimulus program has been helpful. The economy has stabilized, by and large, and some parts of the economy seem to be rebounding gradually. We need to make more progress in job creation, though.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  126. George

    Is this a way to get projects paid for or to create jobs? 42 million spent in PA on a wind farm – nice project – but only 6 permanent jobs created. Thats 8 million per job, not very efficient to me.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  127. Joseph

    The stimulus package has saved a large number existing jobs...The people that say that didn't do anything are fools...The banks are not trying to use the money they have received for the right purpose...The millions they're giving each other in bonuses could have been used for the people that have allow them the opportunity to keep their jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  128. amanda

    I don't exactally have an opinion on the actual stimulus as I've been out of the country for six months for work and wasn't able to closely monitor current events and goings on... However, I want to chime in on CNNs lack of visual representation of alaska and hawaii on their neato map with the dots of where they were looking for information about the stimulus money... No wonder most of the continental united states don't realize alaska is part of the US. Of course putting alaska on the map may remind many Alaska exists and there was a gas pipeline proposal made whatever happened to that it just dropped off the radar talk about creating jobs and finding solutions for utilities.
    Bottom line, start including the WHOLE nation in your studies.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  129. joyce

    i am against the stimulus becauses i believe the dems.are only helping big corporation. i think the government should give every american between the ages of 21 to 65 one million dollars.thats only 200 million . we would buy new houses,new cars,furniture,remodel are homes,take vacation and put money in the banks,and start new business.the crises would be over and please don't force me to buy health care. and pass laws to stop lobbiest.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  130. sharmon zehr

    I'd like to see you provide a metric of $/job created. For example, there was a story about 700 some thousand dollars to hire 3 cops in Colorado. That means that each job cost the taxpayers at least $233K. I don't call that a good investment.
    Also, I'd like to see you be much more specific. Sounds to me like your researchers are letting the companies that are getting the money wiggle out of specific numbers of jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  131. George

    Only for it, if the money goes directly to the people for the people. Who better knows where the money is needed than the people themselves. Not giving it to the people and to the States or local governments only lines the pockets of the corrupt officials. As you know by your investigations. Case closed..

    January 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  132. Max from St. Thomas

    Tony –

    Two quick points: 1) We have about 350 million citizens in the US. (Maybe a lot more, we'll wait for the census), and $787 billion spent. Why didn't the government just give each of us $2 billion? I GUARANTEE that would have resulted in money getting into the economy. 2) I just watched your piece on the wind energy stimulus. I am a staunch renewable energy advocate, but not an idiot. $42 million of which ~70% goes to foreign suppliers, and with which fewer than 100 jobs are "created" (really sustained). This is NOT a good return on our "investment!"

    I think your investigation is great, but you seem to be trying too hard to put a positive spin on it. The stimulus was ill conceived and poorly directed. BTW, I'm an independent.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  133. Hal Buhr

    Tony- I guess we didn't really need the stimulus. You know, we were in a similar pickle in 1929. President Hoover didn't believe in using a stimulus to arrest the downturn in the economy after the stock market crash. As a result, unemployment soared from 9% to more than 25%. My hunch, though, is that those who are complaining now with 10% unemployment would be a whole lot unhappier with 25% unemployment. What do you think?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  134. tim

    the stimulus has been a big left wing lie. Jobs created yea right. you said at the start of newsroom that what else were they suppose to do and you said everybody wanted it then. Those are both not true many republicans wanted a real stimulus one that gave nice size payments to familys struggleing with paying off there home and putting food on the table instead we got a left wing give away bill. Oh thats right i get 8 bucks extra a pay check. No joke toni this thing is a disaster and we wont allow you to keep pumping how good it is. And the more you try to "change public opinon" toni the more cnn looks like the stimulus network this thing is a joke.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  135. Allen

    Against it !!!! the people need the bail out !!! Cash to each family making less than $100,000 a year, Stipulations like pay up or off home loans, pay up or off credit cards, then buy stuff !!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  136. Drew Johnson

    I think the feds stimulus is trying to help the people of America, but people seem to forget the fact that America it self is a free enterpirze country and goverment intervention and stimulus push us away for what are founding fathers wanted for this country. People seem to forget that the money we have is fiat money, so by the goverment flooding the market with money it just kicks dirt over the problem. Im only 18 and i have already figured it out.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  137. tracey barton

    Can't make "Pretend" jobs with The Peoples Money,you can fool some
    people some of the time,but not all people all the time...America is waking up,making jobs that are not a REAL jobs,taxing us to pay for it, and then spending our money to fund frivilous jobs is futile, You have to make REAL JOBS FOR REAL WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. The government cannot absorb all the influx of fake jobs and the added absorption of money not well spent. doesnot sustain the economy, and using the paper trail to make another papertrail job funded by the working class,doesnt work, using our money for stimulus bailouts for CAR COMMERCIALS IS A PURE EXAMPLE & having 8 people on a work Dot project that requires 4,just to "MAKE" A JOB,doesnt work.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  138. Janet Dempsey

    I'd be all for the Stimulus program......but, I live in Idaho...rural America. I have seen NOTHING in my community that is any kind of economic stimuli. I am self employed and I did not recieve a stimulus check like many of my friends and family who are employed by someone other than themselves. The community and state I live in is ripe for alternatives (like wind & solar power plants) to agriculture which is dying in this country faster than anyone can imagine. For over a decade my community prospered and seemed to flourish but that was all due to a false economy built on bogus home loans and the promise of the good life for those who could or at least thought they could be a part of the American dream. There are NO JOBS here to speak of. My husband and I are surviving day to day on the good graces of our friends who are providing us with small jobs...I don't know how long we can sustain ourselves living this way. WE NEED JOBS IN RURAL AMERICA!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  139. Linda Christie

    I am in favor of the stimulus projects but I think that the money is not being directed appropriately. My son is a project manager for public projects including highway projects. He has told me that much of the stimulus money going to highways is for paving because paving projects can be schedule quickly and are very visible to the public. That way, the public ses that the money is being spent. Unfortunately, many of the roads that are being repaved are deteriorated to the point that they need to be dug up and reconstructed and that the money for paving is being wasted since the substructure of these roads will not withstand prolonged use. "Politics" is dictating these projects and paving contractors are getting rich. The potential for jobs that could be created across the entire road and bridge construction industry which would also enhance our infrastructure is not being realized.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  140. Mike Fedor

    NO to another stimulus. Let the free market work and gov't can stimulate by cutting spending and acting resposibly in financial matters.. Stimulus 1 was to be shovel ready and create millions of jobs.Most jobs created cost more to make than the return. Gov;t can't estimate anything correctly-re: amount of TARP needed VS used: # of flu shots available VS # actual. The list goes on!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  141. Jeannie Vawter

    We own a small business. Customs homes built and designed by my husband. We are now bidding for jobs against a large developer who is not building developments now so he has come to the independent housing sector. All his sub contractors are in house. So he has the resources to bid lower than us. Our sub-contractors are all out of work. My brother is in the same business and in the same position. I thought our future was more tied up with the lending situation but its hand in hand. We bought our house with 20% down and a normal loan and we pay our payments. We pay our taxes, we pay our out of this world liability insurance. So you know, my politics lean liberal. My husband is turning 60 and we are living off what should be our retirement. Many of our employees and subs are younger. They have no savings and they have kids. None of us qualify for assistance as we are all self-employed. We hardly hear people talking about the building industry. Its not just us, its our suppliers, our subs... What do we do? My friend's husband lost his job, he has unemployment to draw on for a while. We don't. I'm going to be 50, uninsured and living with my mom in a year if things do not change. We have played by the rules, made good decisions. Again, what is there for us as a small business owner?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  142. Sandi

    My husband and I are retired. All the stimulus did was cost us a raise in our social security for 2 years. We were not told about the raise in social security until after the stimulus was sent out. Also, instead of getting a raise in hubby's pension this year, he got a reduction saying they were taking out more federal taxes. As far as using some of the money to fix up low income homes...let them get a job like the rest of us. Most of those people receive food stamps, get energy assistance and are on Hud. Thsy take from us and give to them. Sorry, the stimulus package stinks.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  143. Doug1

    Yes and too much did go to state employees. Whereas what should have happened is that some trimming there should have happened, to finally get rid of some of the incompetent ones as almost never happens with state employees, and/or (hold onto your hat and take a deep breath) - most state employees should have taken salary cuts to keep more from being laid off. Then the stimulus program should have gone to new infrastructure construction jobs, etc. Maybe merit pay for outstanding teachers while other teachers take PAY CUTS and a lot of the low intelligence ones are let go, regardless of race. There should be absolutely NO affirmative action for teachers ever. It's more important to underperfoming minority kids that their teachers be smart of whatever race.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  144. Roger from Horse Shoe,NC

    I think the stimulus money wastes money rather than creats jobs- We should not be asking towns to creat projects that that they think would be nice to have but not necessary enough that they would do it with their own local tax-payer money-
    We need to stop wasteful spending-Give businesses an accelerated write off for new equipment purchases-
    Clear the air on taxes or costs to be incurred by small businesses in the future so they can budget and get on with it-
    Why not start drilling and developing our energy resources so we get energy independence? That would creat plenty of jobs, and cut down on our foreign dependence on oil.
    Stop Stimulus spending on Wish Lists-

    January 25, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  145. Tom

    In Florida they are paving thousands of miles of roads that were just paved in the last 5-10 years, many roads that were not in that bad of shape. There are only 6-20 jobs on the crews doing the work, so where does all the millions of dollars for each of these paving jobs go? Some of these roads do indeed need paving. However this newer process they use to scrape up the old pavement and repave it with the same "re-cooked" pavement maybe less in the landfill, but doesn't last as long and costs us more in the long run.

    Also, I have data that proves darker pavement attracts the sun and causes ambient heating of the air coming off these darker, freshly paved roads, up to 29 degrees hotter than concrete paved roads. Could this be a contributing factor to global warming? When you add up millions and millions of miles of asphalt paved roads globally – you bet it's affecting global temperatures.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  146. Dawn Sinnott

    Gosh Tony, If only you had been so eager to find fault when Bush was President we would not have had 9/11, the financial services ripoffs, or the war in Iraq or torture of prisoners.

    I wrote Obama telling him to throw the media a bone, telling them he was doing one thing and then let the media do their 'what a terrible idea Obama has' job on it. Then he can tell the media what he is really going to do and see them switch positions as fast as they can in order to oppose whatever it is he said before.

    Our local community has benefited greatly from the stimulus plan and China is roaring ahead with a stimulus plan for China. With your terrier-like nipping at the administration's heels, the current administration is now going to try tax credits, which were promoted by the Republicans because tax credits have been proven not to work. CNN had better show me the stimulus plans that have worked as well as the overly dramatic questionable ones the Republicans have paid you to do a job on.

    I want our country to do well even if there is a Democratic President. Clearly you are out to steer our public in a wrong direction and be snide and sarcastic. Look at your clips during the Bush years and see if you were the one who caught the Bushies parroting the same line everywhere- Oh NO, that wasn't you that was Jon Stewart. You do seem to think it is your job to point out that the Obama people don't parrot the same line as if some numbers one way or another really proved they must be lying. They probably aren't, but the Bushies were. Where was your sarcasm then?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  147. Andy

    I'm all for working people keeping their jobs but is this the best way to spend Billions of public money? Police, teachers and constuction guys-all union-what about the other 92% of non-union working Americans? I smell a rat and so do most other taxpayers.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  148. mblake

    Great we have plenty of cops on the street, plenty of outsourcing and let's not forget the banks who ultimately created this mess. It does not surprise me a bit because the government always gives and takes care of others rather then their own and they spend our hard earned money the way they want. I am sick and tired of the taxes that we give to others and frivilously spend on things other then to take care of our own. What about the people in their 50's out of jobs close to retirement with no money. The healthcare bill is a real joke when people like OUR household with a 27 year career who is unemployed going on a year. I am fed up Obama's WE NEED TO WORK together crap it obviously did NOT include him as part of the WE. He is great for pushing the blame to someone else and I do not see him sacrificing a bit. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE CLOSE TO RETIREMENT YET NOT ON RETIREMENT WITH NO JOBS ????

    January 25, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  149. Marcie A Rosenzweig

    It's not as simple as for or against a stimulus especially in retrospect.

    It would be easy to berate anything that is not a blue collar construction job as "pork" but scientists, scientific instrument makers, clerks and administrators in universities need work too. So do artists, cops, parks workers and all the cafes, dry cleaners, coffee shops, florists, hair salons and other support businesses that stay alive when ANYONE keeps or creates a job. Be careful of cynicism. After all, CNN hired some folks to look at stimulus money so...

    Unfortunately when the stimulus was passed a lot of press went to the "shovel-ready" projects in infrastructure improvements and projects that would soak up out-of-work construction folk. The problem with that is we have a very long history of ignoring infrastructure until it falls apart. To be " shovel-ready" a project would have to have been planned for something we're not good at as a society. Also infrastructure projects are necessarily public projects which have built in timelines related to competitive bidding, vetting of previous projects, sourcing of materials, and weather delays.

    It's too bad the only time infrastructure gets looked at is when there is a pot of federal monies to be had. As infrastructure projects come on-line this spring, you'll see more "stimulation.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  150. Lisa

    Hi Tony... I work for Verizon Wireless in a (leased) call center in Columbia, SC. This email isn't go much about being opposed but simply questioning why the Wall Street Journal, as an example of one media outlet who picked up the's why they would describe that over 1500 jobs were "saved" when all that's really happening is that we're having a zip code change becasue VZW has decided not to renew the lease on our current building but instead, building itself a call center. To say that our job were "saved" somewhat upsets me and misrepresents that were were on the chopping block at some time unless we were bailed out. In my opinion, that's part of why there are so many discrepancies with regards to the numbers of "saved" jobs out there.... Can't save what you never lost

    January 25, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  151. B.A McDowell

    Against it...when the first package was done it rewarded the big business and banking for Failing the American People When It should have Been Aimed at the Small business who is the Back Bone Of The Country and more should have went to the people ( consumers ) who would have spent the money and put it back into the economy...but the government forgets the small people who are closing their doors ...leaving a lot of Americans jobless and homeless... forget rewarding Big business and banks for Failing, Help the Small Business people Washington has became a joke and a bad one at that

    January 25, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  152. Tom Schilling

    At this household we wrote to our congressman (Shimkus) and the White House last spring to give help directly to the middle class instead of the big banks or the auto makers. The CEOs of these super groups caused their own problems. We suggested giving each married US citizen taxpaying couple a $250,000 bailout. Cars, tractors, houses, appliances could be bought to help the economy. Paying off bills to free up household money would have helped much more then the feeding of corperate leaders who are out of touch with the consumer.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  153. Valerie Page

    Dear Tony,

    What I would like to see you do is take this survey after this week's segment 'where the stimulus money went' is over. The reason, you will absolutely see a shift in popularity once the American people are given the facts. Your viewers will then be well-informed as to the truth of where the stimulus money went. So many or your viewers have been misinformed from other sources. For example, some believe a large portion of the stimulus went to bailout Wall Street. The truth is the stimulus that was LOANED WITH INTEREST to the banks and represent only a small portion of the stimulus. And, please emphasize the money was lent with interest to the banks, not given. To date, a large portion of the lent money to the banks have been returned with interest. That cannot be emphasized enough. Tony, thank you for creating this weeks news segment on tracking the stimulus. This is long overdue!

    Thank you,
    Valerie from Florida

    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  154. Dr. W. E. Moore

    Do you remember how this all started? Rahm Emanuel gave Nancy Pelosi the green light when he said "Don't ever let a good crisis go to waste". Such callousness!! Then she dredged-up all the old Democrat favorite projects that they had not been able to get past Bush, and called it "Stimulus". Remember "shovel ready"? What nonsense! Over 2/3 of the money still hasn't been spent, and hasn't provided many jobs yet!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  155. tom c.

    my family and friends and myself haven't seen one Penny of the so called stimulus money.
    President obama speaks of job creation? i need a job six months ago.

    our government seems to have money for War,wall street,nasa,
    foriegn aid,nuclear bombs,nuclear aircraft carriers,nuclear submarines,Corperate welfare,Cia,black op secret projects and on and on with who knows what.
    Funny how there's no money for the common everyday people
    funny how the government won't feed the million plus homeless in the USA? funny?Sad and true.

    I do know This the American working class,working poor,poor,needy,
    the homeless have been left out and sold out.
    those in power had better Wake up, When you have nothing you have
    nothing to lose.
    America is lost and no one in power has a clue, how sad.

    A word to the wise. Every Super power through out history Falls,fails.
    here we go.
    All those that have control of america fiddle while America burns.
    their all to crazy to know their Insane.
    good luck all.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  156. Luiz Baptista

    Of course I'm in favor, the problem is that the stimulus plan is not well understood by most of people. If he majority of people knew where and how the stimulus is being applied, or how they could be helped by it, maybe we all would be able to pressure our local and federal representatives for changes. The thing is only corporations and law firms that represent them, meaning the sharks that already have power of investment, have access to this information, making it a easy way for them to make more money, so the stimulus stop way before creating the number of jobs it was supposed to create, or helping small business to keep going so they can hire more people. Your example about the Chicago University is small, one million dollars generate a few jobs of course it does and student jobs as well, but I think the stimulus should be advertised, explained locally to communities, small businesses, students, to everyone that could have some benefit from it. I don't think the stimulus is the wrong way to go, is actually very good, but it would be better if the population knew what it is for, and how they could take advantage and actually get helped by it.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  157. Paul March

    the stimulus along with tax credits are 1930 solutions to 2010 problems.
    The government needs to do the following:
    1.Eliminate 80% of the tax code
    2. Increase the tax base(everybody pays) but lower the income tax rates dramatically but make it MORE (30-50%) progressive.
    3.Enact a 2% Federal sales tax on ALL goods AND services at EVERY stage of sale.
    4 Lower the payroll tax by 50% but use 20% of the the above federal sales tax for social security and medicare.
    5.No income limit on who pays FICA.
    6.Increase depreciation rates and allow businesses to deduct dividends on their tax returns.
    7. End tax abatements in all 50 states.

    If all the above is enacted the US will enjoy stable growth and employment and reduce the debt and social security and medicare wil be shored up for 75 years.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  158. Dave Konze

    Albeit the Englewood, CO story tells a success tale of the $787 Billion Stimulus package, it's the exception rather than the rule when judging the effectiveness of package. Positioned as a Keynesian Bill to invigorate aggregate demand through job creation and deficit spending, I consider it a complete and utter failure and waste of our tax payer dollars.
    When the best estimate is that the price tag for every job saved or created is $250,000 of our tax payer dollars, enough said. This administration's Fiscal Policy baffles me in their seeming belief that more government, in a literal as well as a figurative sense, is going to solve our nation's employment problem.
    Don't even get me started about Washington's criticism of Bernanke, there's plenty of blame to go around and Congress out to start by looking in the mirror.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  159. Manny Alvarez

    While bilions of dollars have gone to big banks and auto companies, nothing has trickled down to us working americans. I am 57 years old and have been working since I was 16 years old and now I have been un-employed since August 2009 and collecting unemployment for the first time in my life.The same companies that got billions of dollars from the goverment are now haunting me for payments and have not been wiling to help with the payments and/or the rates, I am paying 29.9% interest rate to my bank for my credit cards and my car finance company has threatened to repo my car. The goverment bailed them out, but they are unwilling to pass on the same consideration to us, so who is benefiting from this trilion dollars debt "we" are eventually having to pay ?????

    January 25, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  160. Rose Mare Aus

    Dawson County High School in Glendive, MT had a three year plan to replace old windows with energy efficient windows. The stimulus allowed the district to do the whole job this summer. Many young people were employed for five months. The window supplier in Billings told me that the contractor, from Sidney, was very pleased with the quality of the workmen. Looks like great plan to me.

    Dennis Rehberg, Montana's sole representantive, has protested the cost of the signs at projects that identify stimulus money.

    Rose Marie Aus

    January 25, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  161. Hal Buhr

    Some here said "tax cuts" were the panacea to recovery. How so? Just because some dumb politician tells you that, doesn't make it so, fool. Think about it for a minute. When Congress started cutting federal income taxes under JFK in the mid-60s, the marginal rate on the top bracket, those earning more than $400K/yr., was......wait for it...........91%!!! Today, the top rate is just 35% and that amount doesn't even cover the expenses of the 2 wars that were hidden from the budget during the last administration. Do you honestly think it's OK to leave the bill for current spending to your children and grandchildren? Also, keep in mind that the strongest period in our great nation's history was in the 80s, AFTER large tax increases under Clinton and the Gingrich congress. So, there you have it, there is absolutely no correlation between higher taxes and prosperity. I would welcome paying the top income tax always in exchange for earning what the elite earn here in the U. S. of A.

    January 25, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  162. Pete Reeves

    ABSOLUTELY all these analogies I'm reading here are the stupidest things I've ever heard. Why don't you people just talk straight???? What's happened isn't like a dying battery or a tire with no traction or the government giving out fishes instead of fishing poles. It's just NeoProgressives buying and paying off their next voters!
    Pete Reeves Altoona, PA

    January 25, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  163. Woodrow W Bowling

    There does not appear to be any ongoing enforcement, and likely, as has usually happened, Congress will wait to see which way the wind is blowing before they rake the crooks over the coals...after-the-fact and after the damage. I am discovering that cases such as my own are the norm, 99%, not the rarity. I was.destroyed after American General offered me a Loan Modificatio, and turned me down. The entire process was a sham! There is no recourse. Its there decision 100% without appeal! There is no one to enforce the regs. Its business as usual and they scammed everyone. Probably in 5 years after administration changes, they'll investigate and slap them on the wrist for screwing 100's of '000's of Americans. Why doesn't the government watch the money they give these crooks before instead of head-hunting later. The local loan officer promised he would take my home before starting the process. At least he was an honest crook! But still a crook!

    January 25, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  164. ron.

    IT will never work just another hand out there is over 10 millon out of work its not going to them thats for sure.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  165. LeahJ

    Of course the stimulus was a WASTE! Anyone with half a brain would know this! I saw the gushing report about the windmill's, 156 jobs under a forty two million stimulus pkg! WOW, omg jobs galore! YOU are being funny, right?!

    January 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  166. Hal Buhr

    Someone here said the government never does anything effectively. What nonsense. I remember when the Post Office was trashed by conservatives for it's inefficiency. That was when first class letter cost 3 cents and deliveries were slipping to 2 days from one. Fed Ex was the great private sector company that was supposedly more efficient. Well, at $15 per letter, I would hope they could deliver a letter overnight! The spin that the private sector is always more efficient is simply that, spin. Do you remember WorldComm, Enron, Tyco, Bear Stearns, Lehmann Brothers, Countrywide and AIG? I could go on and on, but let me just say that there is at least as much greed, inefficiency and corruption in the private sector as in the public sector.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  167. Audre Lopez-King

    As a concerned parent, I volunteer for budget committees at our local California schools. I have witnessed stimulus money being used to retain teachers and purchase school supplies that would have been lost due to massive budget cuts aimed directly at California’s educational system.

    I believe the plan was a good one, and has created hope and opportunity for many who have none. I also believe that it’s success or failure depends upon the behavior of those who apply for and receive the monies.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  168. steve

    I am for a stimulus but what president Obama calls a stimulus and what most Americans call a stimulus are two different things. Most Americans don't consider giving Acorn money helping our economy. I don't believe giving a window company five hundred thousand dollars ( the owner of this window company is married to president Obama appointee in charge of home weatherization) an economic boost to our economy. They don't even sell the best windows.
    What most hard working, tax paying workers in America see president Obama doing with our tax dollars is using it for a general fund to support his own agenda. This administration is full of self serving , lying, and low lifes that are detrimental to our economy and our country. This administration is by far the worst in the history of our country. That is why what happened in Ma. is just the tip of the iceberg. Just wait until November..

    January 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  169. John Selman

    I am for the stimulus but against the way the so called government is using the money. To stimulate the economy, the people need the for god sakes give a million dollars to each American tax free,so they can pay off their morgages, which goes to the banks, and they will start up new businesses, instead of giving it to the banks with no accountability and loop holes. It gets recycled. Not Horded. There are 7 billion people in the whole world. How many in the U.S.?????????? you figure it out.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  170. Kate in CT

    At this point I am not for the stimulas package. I have yet to see any major changes locally. I do feel however, there could've been a better way to distribute the monies. Had the money been equally distributed to the taxpayers of this country with strick stipulations that they pay off credit card debt, pay down on mortages and loans, purchase AMERICAN made cars only or other big items made in the USA ONLY. I believe this would have helped stimulate and support our economy. I understand major corporations need assistance also but, if you help out the little guy first putting him on his feet it will eventually continue up the ladder to help those at the top. It's pretty insulting to think the "Big guys" are still going home with these huge paychecks and bonuses while the average American is struggling.
    It's almost impossible to figure out how to request assistance for home mortgages or credit card debt if your in a jam. What are the legitimate websites the average person can go to ? I tried to assist a cousin who unfortunately has fallen way behind on his mortgage due to lack of work, but there are so many websites that tell you to take advantage of the stimulas money. How do you know which ones are legitimate ? Thanks

    January 25, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  171. E. Laurence

    I am against the current stimulus package. Current politicians are not in touch with what is really going on in this country and are way too focused on their pet projects rather than what is good for the nation as a whole. If they had listened to their constituents initially, they would be aware that their direction was wrong.
    One of the only things that will improve our economy and nation are getting the legal citizens back to work on useful and rewarding jobs that pay well enough to cover all the costs imposed by government regulations.
    If they had invested in removing the illegal immigrants and stopped all the support we provide for them, it would have more than paid for the stimulus package or if they had stopped the flow of all our jobs going to other nations and kept us productive, we would also have already more than paid for the stimulus expenditures.
    There are so many things they could have/should have been paying attention to in the past – we are only in this situation because our politicians were trying to be everything to everybody and they have failed miserably.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  172. Jeffrey Lane


    I noticed in the segment there were signs stating that these 59K projects were funded by the stimulus act. I wonder how much money was spent on signs to let people know that these projects were funded by American Stimulus.

    I imagine that money could have been invested better than that.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  173. Greg

    Any and all program money that finds it's way into the hands of working or un-employed Americans is money well spent. Far better than all that was squandered on Corporations (banks) that give NOTHING back.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  174. Matthew Lee

    We own two Funeral Homes in two different cities and in both cities have seen the federal stimulus money at work. Hwys 82 in Columbus,Ms and hwy 45south in Macon mississippi have both been repaved with these federal dollars. If money is being spent in rural mississippi I have to imagine larger cities are seeing even more improvements.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  175. richard barnette

    the stimulus so far has been a wasted just another phase of firesaleing americas financial stability money given to cities and states for jobs was used to pay their own bills the obama administration is like a room full of preschoolers with ajar of pennies heres another billion dollar brick throw this one through the hole in the side of the ship and see if it will plug up the hole/// what is needed is to build a massive rapid transit system city to city town to town state to state as each segement is completed open it to use with a reasonable fee passengers could stage a car at each desired stop home and work area more trolleys could be added when needed large parking areas with modest fee this would save huge amounts of gasoline,diesel and traffic congestion it would provide employment for vertually every trade each city county and state to have their own crew to be managed by the army corps of engineers to keep large companies from syphoning off large amounts of the money as proffits hiway and bridgework should also be managed by army corp of engineers for the same reason

    January 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  176. Gene Caddes

    I have to be in favor of the stimulus until someone can convince me that our nation would be in better shape today without it. I haven't heard any of the anti-stimulus folks talking about just how bad the country would be suffering right now without the stimulus. But, that wouldn't help them make their point, would it?

    January 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  177. John Landers

    The economey will grow only when demand increases. The beat way for that to happen is for more jobs or keeping the jobs we have.

    Construction jobs in the stimulus will work just as they did in the 30s.
    To the people who will say it took the war to reduce unemployment they need to look at the decreas in spending projects that happen in 1936 and that is when job loss increased again.

    Only a non thinker would beleive that a busniess would hire people when ther demand is not up and they just stand around.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  178. Roy Smith

    Your report this morning said that some was spent on keeping teachers and firemen from being laid off. Our regular taxes has accomplished that for hundreds of years. Why stimulus money? Hollywood streets have been repaired, also infrastructure of our highways. That's what gas taxes are for. Why the stimulus money? It doesn't add up, it doesn't make sense. We're being fed a lot of bull, where is our stimulus money REALLY going???

    January 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  179. George Blinov

    Instead of trying to tally up the stimulus money, I've got a bigger challenge for you. Tally up all the money that's gone into the Iraq campaign. The trillions there make the billions in stimulus money look like pocket change.

    And the stimulus didn't cost over 4000 US lives.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  180. Ernest Smith

    The stimulus number one did nothing. Please not a number TWO.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  181. Howard Rosenberg

    What is it with Americans? Don't they understand that without spending money there is no economy? The general public spends money on consumer goods and that is good. Whom do they think will spend money on general services, ie roads, police, fire, infrastructure, etc.? Let me help. It's the GOVERNMENT. The government (the largest employer) stops spending and the economy gets worse. The government spends more and the economy gets better. Those in favor of the economy getting worse please raise their hands.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  182. Maggie Stewart

    Tony, love your show!
    I think the president has done a marvelous job with the stimulus money.
    Given he had so little time he managed to put the breaks on a disasterous economic failure from years of greed. He has begun replacing jobs with new green jobs all over this country and saved the banks all at the same time.
    There will always be skeptics of any administration but this president has managed to ignore the negativity and go forth to restore our country.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  183. tracey barton

    The working class is not about "Image", the working class, needs Real Jobs made, not Fake Jobs that phase out in a month or so. The Band Aid affect does not work, it ooses out from all sides. Some jobs for Dot may have been ligitamate,but most I have seen are Non necessary roads being made or repaving, with a large crew of workers with little work being done. Commercials made to fund the Car industry will not work now because we DO NOT TRUST WHERE OUR MONEY WAS SPENT,in that area, I have never bought a new car in my whole life at all, middle class people really work and they want real jobs made for real people.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  184. Jan Van Pelt

    I believe the stimulus project was important to the economy as a whole. I'm struck by how many say it hasn't helped them, yet it has helped the economy. How shortsighted is that! If the economy is helped, it helps me. If others retain or gain jobs by it, it helps me. It's all interrelated. Wake up, people. Think beyond your own navel.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  185. Janet

    I am for the stimulus. I personally know several people who owe their jobs to the stimulus and many more who would have lost their jobs but for the stimulus. My son lost his job in Colorado but, because of the stimulus. is now back to work. I live near Wichita, Kansas where the unemployment rate had been 10% but now is down to 7%. The stimulus is working. Give it time. Without it, we would now be in the worst depression in the history of this country.
    According to a Republican strategist, Bush deliberately ruined the economy. Republicans hate social programs and their plan was to use the destroyed economy as an excuse to cut all social programs and entitlements, including social security, medicare, unemployment compensation etc. If they take over again, expect this to happen.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  186. Rob San Diego

    The stimulus was just a big smoke screen to give the wealthy back all the money they lost on wall street, the only ones who made out were the banks, chrysler and wealthy people. We got handed the beads and they got the island.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  187. karen

    Tony, I enjoy your news presentaions. I think Obama has tried his best to difuse a terrible disaster he inherited. I know people are suffering and our country needs to pull together for the common good. One year can't fix what 8 years did, but like it or not the stimulus kept us from a worse disaster. I do hope Obama will implimint some of FDR's actions through groups like the conservation corps and get jobs moving on infrastructure. In Nevada we need to become the solar energy state for the country as one example. Cross county aquaduts to divert flood water from the east and mid west to the south west to help with our drout as another example. The government seems to forget they work for us and need to listen. Write the bills in lanuage for the everyday person in 100 pages or less. But over all I feel we should cut Obama some slack and the Republicans need to step up for the American people and work with him to solve the issues and not their own selfish agenda. So quite the BLAME GAME and lets move forward working together to rebiuld America.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  188. Betsy Thompson

    I am so for it because I am a senior with little income. The Stimulus Package allowed me to add to my income with a 20 hour a week job that pays minimum wage. This was orgianally the Older American Act of 1965 (of Congress.)

    January 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  189. Venita

    When broke, who in their right minds would go on a shopping spree with their own money??? So if the Gov professes to look out for our interests, why does it feel it is OK to spend our money so readily and lavishly?.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  190. Michael

    Yes, for the most part it is working. Though, the administrators could do a better job in finding troubled areas. People are impatient. They want the turnaround to be instant like technology and it just does not work out that way. There is still a lot of fear.

    As well, our economy is changing to a 21 century economy where many businesses will be geared around technology and the web. The typical tech job has a higher skill set than a manufacturing job or a retail job. The gap is widening.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  191. Jackson Brock

    Without the stimulus, we'd wrapped around a tree rather than stalled in the ditch. Which car wreck do you prefer? I am concerned that the same entities that caused the wreck are receiving the stimulus packages, rather than the local economies which need it the most. And the politics are pathetic–when the ambulance arrives do you ask for their party affiliation before accepting help? And what happens to you if they're the wrong folks? Come together DC, now.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  192. anthony wimbish

    dear tony harris i live in san diego ca i work for the sweetwater union high school district. we received stimulus money in our district and it has helped here all employees were going to be effected by job cuts because the state budget. the govenor left us out to dry like a lot of other school district through out the state and the state and other like minded people would love to make schools privitized basically cause they say there is no equity in public schools . public schools are the back bone of america. they have to be protected for many reasons so do police fire dept etc.. stimulus money is helping this economy you have to spend money to make money and invest in our citys it saved my job as a custodian one guy was transfered so me and another guy are taking care of the night shift. but basically i am running the school at night because of the budget

    January 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  193. grrace

    Oophs! I guess we learned something by the FIRST GREAT DEPRESSIOIN. Duh. THAT is why we have the Stimulus now. We fended off 25% unemployment , to about 10% (let's just round the numbers). We were losing 700,000 jobs per month.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  194. Ed Sullivan

    Tony, I love your stimulus tracking. You did something very right this morning. You asked the data presenter to slow down. He tried to slow down, and with some success. Information delivered is not as important as information received. Folks all over this country are mentally editing everything every politician says. The inferred "facts" would be ludicrous, were they not so important, and so wrong. If is absolutely essential that the stimulus package be understood. The simple factthat because "shove lready became a catch phrase for "well we were going to do it eventually" on the part of the participants slowed the response tremendously. Some of the money isn't even committed yet. Hell, I care about this, and I haven't even got it straight yet. Please, Tony and editors and so on, please keep us fed on facts. Maybe even facts fat. Make everything completely clear, then repeat it clearly over and over and over. Advertisers know that the "facts and benefits" they're promoting with their commercials must be simple, clear, and repeated many, many times. They're just trying to sell a product or service. You, on the other hand, are in the business of finding the truth and making it clear to us so we can base our decisions on that truth and decide which politicians to keep, and which to throw out. If you guys don't get it right, we won't get it right.
    Tony, are doing an excellent job. Also, I liked the way you worked with T.J. this morning.
    Ed Sullivan

    January 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  195. Josh

    I support the stimulus I don't know what else Obama could have done except for more oversight of the dollars. To answer your question earlier if my math is correct $787B would span 18217 and a half, football fields assuming all bills are hundreds.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  196. Marty

    What does each job that is created costing the taxpayer?

    January 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  197. Alex Woehlke

    To get some perspective we should look at how well economic growth money is being used in other places around the world. Growing up in post communist Eastern Europe I am used to absurd amounts of international "stimulus" vanishing in thin air. People will always try to abuse the system and unfortunately some will get away with it. This situation reminds me of a saying, "don't let the best be the enemy of the good." I think we Americans always forget how good our system actually works compared to just about every other place in the world. It's healthy to be critical of the status quo and you guys do a great job at showing us how this money is being spent. We should not forget though that other countries could not afford a stimulus at all

    January 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  198. Geri

    I think the stimulus package is a fair option. What I’d like to challenge is what are the solutions being provided by those not supporting it?

    January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  199. Ingred Leacock

    I received no stimulus money The money was aplied to defaulted student loans since 1985 . This loan was dissolved via bankruptcy 1999 yet the igher Education Services refuses to accept the court decision on this m to the loan grew from !$14.000 to 40,000 ( fees paid to collection agencies by Higher Education Services
    I feel that stimulus funds will be better spent if funds are given to individuals like me who wish to open a small business and need basic equipment A new computer and a little start up funds . would help me to move forward but the stimulus. will be taken by the Government and does not benefit me . 212-580-3898

    January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  200. Egberto Willies

    CNN thank you. This project is long overdue. It should silence rhetoric over facts on both sides of the argument. Solid reporting is necessary for good goverment. Factual reporting helps deter politicians and taxpayers from stealing the taxpayer's money while preventing the rhetoric of those who simply want to withold spending to allow bigger tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  201. Bob Harris

    One need only look at the history of the Great Depression to see the effects on no stimulus. After the New Deal the government cut back and in 1937 the country sank back into depression. The heavy government spending of World War 2 finally ended the depression. Sure there's waste in the stimulus money but look were we might have been without it. Government by its definition is waste.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  202. Akber Ali

    Absolutely – why they don't give this money directly to the people who really need it to feed their families, and pay rents.
    When it comes to job – this stimulus package can't create job, 80 % of the jobs are attached to manufacturing, and service industry. The manufacturing is in China and Service Industry in India.
    I have just been laid off and my job was outsourced to India.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  203. justin san diego

    AMERICA...of course the gov is spending our money like its theirs...for instance when they did the bailout for the banks instead of giving to the people that robbed the middle class and lower class. the government should have givin a bigger stimulus to the working people with stipulations like pay of debts etc...then people would star buying thing and put money back into the system

    January 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  204. Todd Miller

    Unfortunately hindsight is 20/20. However, I feel that most of the money has been very ineffective at actually restoring jobs.

    I would like to see a program under which the government hires private sector management and marketing consultants to go out and make our nation's small and mid sized business owners be smarter and more successful in the new and global economies.

    Our nation's businesses do not need more operating capital which will ultimately only dig them a deeper hole. They need to be developed so that they are better prepared for today's world ... so they can create the jobs our nation needs.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  205. Venita

    Its like Banks and Corp CEOs going on lavish SPAs and giving themselves bonuses ( like politicians with their pet projects ) all under the guise of benefiting investors (taxpayers in the case of politicians) in the long run. Who are they kidding? Are they telling the students that once they join the work force they and their children will be hit with America's debt?

    January 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  206. Tom

    Heh. To those who say give a tax break to the people- guess what- statistics show that most of it goes to big banks to pad CEO's wallets. Why? Most people use it to pay down credit cards. That doesn't create jobs or improve our infrastructure.

    And to those who moan about wasting money- I see how it works. It's waste if it doesn't directly benefit you. People will always look out for their own self interest. Instead of saying, asking hey- how does that specific project help that community- they look at the title and say "that looks stupid. It doesn't benefit me. It's pork and it's waste." Typical knee-jerk reactions.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  207. Mike Breyer

    The Sunset Beautification Project is money well spent, especially on the roads. As a resident of West Hollywood and living above the Sunset Strip, our infrastructure needs this face lift. In addition, tourism is a huge source of revenue for our city and it needs to stay at the forefront. More tourists equals more jobs. Moreover, this is money that is not hidden but used for all to see around the world.

    Mike Breyer
    West Hollywood, CA

    January 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  208. Ron.

    i live in Shelbyville, Tn. they got there money here in this small town
    and they blowed it on pet prodjects now they are crying not enough money we got to cut this and that it was a totaly wast of money.
    Goverment be better served if they give money to the people to spent on there homes \,cars and ever day life things.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  209. Margaret

    I am for a stimulus, however it seems to be aimed at construction work for young men. I think it should also include women, in non construction jobs and all less physically robust people like the older population. What about increasing social security a bit this year for fixed income elders and the disabled? that was frozen.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  210. Jerry - Birmingham, Al

    Stimulus plans in the form of federal works projects were used during the Roosevelt administration to provide jobs and purchasing power for average Americans. This reduced the 25% unemployment rate while putinng money in the pockets of average Americans to purchase goods and services from the private sector which further stimulated the economy. The entire focus was to stablize private enterprise, not to create a government run economy. The same lesson applies today. Furthermore, the taxes raised from the increased employment and economic activity provide needed revenue to fund public municipalities, reducing their debt and overall government debt. President Obama is rright on in his approach.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  211. Elizabeth

    For. We need the services, and it helps unemployment. Tell your commentators to slow down their speech. They're talking too fast for the viewer to comprehend what they're saying. It's important that people UNDERSTAND these projects whether they are for or against. SLOW DOWN your speech!!

    January 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  212. Ernest Smith

    Here in north west florida, the stimulus has done nothing. We have thousands of condos/townhouses/and homes just sitting. Sales are dead and have been for two years. PLEASE not a stimulus number two.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  213. Vicki Brown

    I don't trust people who are complaining. Why? Because we have become a nation of whiners. We won't take responsibility for our actions. We want the government to help when we say it's okay but stay out of our lives when our "civil liberties" are at issue.

    We put more faith in Rush Limbaugh, who is a big bag of hot air, than we do in our president. Why? Because Rush speaks to our whiny side. We would rather point a finger than lend a hand.

    Recovery won't come over night. It may be years before our economy is strong and stable. But we've become a nation of people who want everything NOW.

    Throwing money at the American people won't solve the economic problems. And money given to banks and other financial institutions, should be repaid. I don't care what arrangements they had made prior to the recession. The rules have changed. Get used to it. We all need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. And whining gets us nowhere.

    Suck it up Americans. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you are guaranteed a mansion, a pricey car, expensive vacations, and more electronic gadgets that anyone could possibly need.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  214. Roy

    What happenned to all the talk about a stimulus for senior citizen that are on Social Security? We did not get a COLA this year and now we have less money due to more coming out for medicare.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  215. Tom Langford

    Every major priority for this president is anti business, I have owned my business since 87. The real problem is Cap & Trade, Card check, and mandated health care with the threat of higher taxes. We employers have no idea what it will cost to hire or try to fire once Obama's plans are enacted.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  216. Jose263

    Give it to the people (us citizens) not the banks or corporations. We are all broke, and many unemployed. It is our tax money or our childrens' debt. Pass it to the people and it will circulate – we can't afford not to spend the money.
    And by the way, why did our Senators and Representatives give themselves a raise while denying social security and federal employees?.
    Vote the bums out.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  217. Ladd

    Stimulus Is a method for the people in power to buy votes and more power. Stimilus has no good effects. No common sence.
    Back in the 30's Rockefeller stands on the street corner passing out dimes. Next day gasloine price increased 1 cent per gallon.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  218. Max Diamond

    I am convinced that the stimulus is far more productive then the Tax cuts for the wealthy

    January 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  219. nicholas kellough

    of course anything the government can do to help americans today is a blessing by all means!!!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  220. Bill Peters

    Okay, I can understand why we shouldn't spend a dime on the working class Americans...when there are congressmen in Ohio who desperately need oh say $92,000 for greens fees at 5 golf courses.
    How about for your next project looking into the $1` trillion they have no idea where it went or what happened to the supplies lost in Iraq?

    January 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  221. SV

    Don't send the money directly to the people like Bush did and it did not thing for the economy! Only send it to public projects! This should keep some people working while the financial and banking gets it problems fix because the economy will not fixed until then.

    Our House is almost finished being weatherized! Great Plan and I've seen 10 different people on the job working in different specialties. I fully support the weatherization program because it also reduces electric and heating long term cost, reduces Global warming gases and reduces our dependency on foreign energy imports!

    January 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  222. nicholas kellough

    of course anything the government can do to help americans today is a blessing!!!!!

    January 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  223. Ed M

    Tony, I appreciate your coverage of the WH policies and exposing the government waste. You are doing a great service to the American people. Most American's do not have the resources to investigate these matters. Keep up the good work and "fight the good fight" or all the average Americans who feel bullied by Washington lawmakers. Keep showing where our money is being spent.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  224. Ron Fields

    I am a Disabled Veteran. Do you know that we did not receive a raise this year. Last year, when the Republicans were in office we received a big raise. Now we are told that we will not receive another raise for two years. Stick the stimulious Pay. The Government takes from one hand a gives to another. Giving to the bankers was a wrong plan. They didn't need the money. I just give them $2000.00 Dollars, two months earlier (in September 2008), it was a penitly for paying off a loan early. I paid off a loan early and had to pay an additional $2000.00 Dollars. The banks have stolen more money than the bank robbers could ever, dreamed of.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  225. James Allen

    I suggest you at CNN who are commenting on the Stimulus Plan enlighten yourselves rather than demonstrating your economic illiteracy. You have yet to articulate WHY a stimulus was necessary.

    Consumer expenditures represent nearly 70% of the American economy. With the recession, consumers are not spending leaving the government the spender of last resort. Further, like those dolts at Fox, you are wont to identify "projects" the merits of which you question. Have you ever heard of the economic term "multiplier effect" which means ANY expenditure carries an economic effect. For example, every dollar spent on food stamps $2.38 is added to GDP.

    You need to read the CBO reports on the economic impact of the stimulus so you don't display your ignorance.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  226. Ed M

    I would like to address the Sunset strip "face lift" story by Ms. Winters. Her interview with bar owner Mr. Maglieri does not appear to be fair and balanced. The story interviews two people who are both in favor of the project. As a business owner Mr. Maglieri is probably thrilled with the idea of improving the sidewalks outside his bar and the possible benefit that to help to bring in more business. Of coarse he is going to say good things about it, it is free to him. Anyone who owns two bars must have plenty of money. Perhaps he could chip in and help pay some of the cost out of his own pocket.
    New Hampshire resident

    January 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  227. Christine jones

    I live in Ky. The stimulis money reminds of a another project that our local government "got there hands on". It was called the Empowerment Zone. Millions of federal dollars were given to poor counties in KY. the idea was for the local Empowerment Zone Board to use the money to bring jobs to local areas. This was in the late 90's. The locals who got their hands on the money put it in accounts to gather interest. The local jobs? Houseboat factories 3 of them. All of them have now closed and have not employed people for years. However the "managers" of these factories are living quite well and don't have to worry about money. If the goverment lets the locals in these small counties in KY. get there hands on ANY stimulis money only a few will benefit. My county has a population of 15,000 people, there are 2 factories that have full time work. I would advise the Mr. Obama not to let Mitch Mcconell get his hands on any stimulis money. Special interest groups are in charge the government in Ky. From the top to the bottom. Examlple Humana/Blue Cross Blue Sheild cover ALL government workers in KY.

    January 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  228. grrace

    Are we still losing 700,000 jobs per month? nO. Why? BECAUSE of the STIMULUS, you pathetic oafsss!

    January 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  229. Angeles

    Am I for or against the Feder stimulus package?

    I want to know where is the outrage of the Republican Surpeme Court Justices voting yes on giving Corporations our individual Civil Rights.

    I want to know where is the outrage on the majority if not all of those Corporations that have foreign control or foreign owned getting our individual Civil Rights.

    I want to know where is the outrage on where is the outrage with the Republican GOP for selling our Civil Rights to the highest bidder.

    At least the Stimulus package reversed the recession.

    But the action taken by the GOP in selling our citizen's Civil Rights to the highest bidder will cost every citizen in the USA the highest cost of all.

    It will cost us our individual Civil Rights.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  230. Venita

    Diluting the dollar by printing like there's no tomorrow – is that the solution? No wonder foreign countries now prefer to trade in Euros.

    People also forget that today's culture of happily accepting handouts was not that of our ancestors, nor during the last Depression nor of the great Founding Fathers. This kills the hard work = success and reward spirit and makes people lazy and dependent on other people's labor. This mentality is short sighted, and sets up the future for failure.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  231. Joseph Scott

    I am for the stimulus 100% people need to stop letting news people think for them. No matter what channel they are talking on, its the owners that decide for them what to say. Not one newsperson expresses their own opinions on anything they reports. After reading through the opinions written in this blog, there nothing that says the majority of people are against the stimulus, in fact my take is the majority are for it. However, they seems highly confused. I am sending this in because my last one was not posted. Instead, I received a message that I was posting too fast.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  232. tim

    you seem very upset that people are rejecting the stimulus. Maybe its time for you to man up and admit that cnn is a big fan of stimulus and the american people are not. we view yourself, ali velchi, and the rest of you who provide finacial advice to us as in the pocket of obama.although this network fancy's its self as in the middle we dont think thats true. we feel like cnn highlights the positive atributes of the stimulus bill although the real results have been a joke. if cnn wishes to regain the publics trust you need to do a fair job in the way you report news are you real reporters or just an obama mouth piece. By always trying to hype results by obama you lose our trust and you will not regain it. You need to change course now please dont burden your viewers with financialk advise that is motivated by politics. You have alot of work to do re-gaining our trust or we will flush you and find a network that is capibale of doing this. you act like the rescent speacil election was a big surprise. only to the people who are out of touch did not see this comein thats why the day prior to the election your bottom scroll read "brown pulls even with coackly" even though he had surpassed coakley in every poll that existed accept for one the one you happened to cite.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  233. Gene Lucas

    I worry about the temporary nature of the job retention features of the stimulus plan. What is going to happen to those teachers, firepersons, and police officers when the stimulus money runs out? Are we just delaying the inevitable?

    January 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  234. Sandra Mailloux

    Ali: regarding stimulus plans. Many like us have save all their lives for their retirement but now have seen their saving reduced by up to 50%. In addition we have seen the value of our homes drop dramatically.
    Perhaps, regarding losses in our savings/retirements accounts, Obama should consider tax legislation that would allow investors who have lost so much to apply those losses agains ordinary income rather thatn against capital gains (what capital gains ???). Obama has done very little to help senior citizens (retired people). What do you think?


    January 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  235. william ryals

    The stimulus has provided a temporary respite from a depression but the economists are wrong on this issue. We will not come out of this because we do not have any thing to recover to. We have always , in the past been able to rebound with manufacturing but the manufacturing is no longer here. The housing boom provided an artificial leg to hold the economy up till the boom collapsed. We must force manufacturing back to this country and the only way to do that is to cap imports form countries who are undercutting our manufacturing. This is primarily China who is using our demand to build it's economy. If we do not reestablish manufacturing in this country then the unemployment rate will never return to a more normal 5%. For this reason the stimulus will not succeed but it is certainly better than the idea of cutting more taxes and making the deficit even bigger.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  236. Dawn Sinnott

    Reading the other comments shows me many have the same complaint. Where were you when Bush invaded Iraq? Never have seen such negative scrutiny as this against the current administration. After the Supreme Court decision we will get to listen to corporations telling us how to vote during commercial and then we get back to Tony and get the anti-government, pro-Republican, pro-business tirade from him. Are you owned by a corporation or what?

    January 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  237. Tak Cheung

    We have been in the deepest recession due to the sub-prime loan problem. America is deep in debt, both private and public debt. The economy is de-leveraging and without the stimulus package, it may be spiralled into a great depression like the of 1930's. The problem of the stimulus package is that it is too small. Chinese economy is 1/3 the size of American economy. There stimulus package is about US$500 billion versus $787billion (about 2/3 of the size of American stimulus) Hence, based the size of the economy, Chinese is twice as big based on stimuls $ per GDP. Therefore, Chinese rebounded much faster. Moreover, China has no opposition to stand against stimulus. They do not have Goverrnor Perry of Texas and Gov. Stanford of S. Carolinas to stand as stimulus.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  238. Andy Concord MA

    If 787 billion dollars actually created 1 million jobs. Each job would cost 7.87 million just to create. Doesn't seem like too good a return on MY investment.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  239. Max from St. Thomas

    Oops! I just read my posting. I meant $2 thousand, but the concept still stands.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  240. CB

    Good Morning Tony or Ali
    Stimulus packages have never been a sound economic or accounting practice. Reason: They do not work. There seems to always be "Big Wig" payoffs and the poor resident continues to go without.
    I said at first mention of this deal "..I cannot understand how they expect this plan to boost the economy.." I still have not seen any real benefit for the average citizen. 100 million for plant fossil research must be the ultimate in ridiculous.
    In the long run – the debt is going to keep the people economically crippled for a long time to come.
    The greatest benefit is to the Islamic Extremeists who wants the USA to fail. They see the USA being streatched out very very thin both money wise and militarily.
    Beware; we are sliding on a slipery slope; in my humble opinion.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  241. Hal Buhr

    Janet sez, "According to a Republican strategist, Bush deliberately ruined the economy. Republicans hate social programs and their plan was to use the destroyed economy as an excuse to cut all social programs and entitlements, including social security, medicare, unemployment compensation etc. If they take over again, expect this to happen." You've got that right. This cynical strategy started under Reagan, when Stephen Moore of Club for Growth fame argued that since the Republican policies are so unpopular among middle class Americans, the GOP should simply cut taxes without any corresponding cuts in spending, thereby, bankrupting the Federal coffers and forcing Democrats to accept large cuts in popular programs like Social Security and Medicare. They reasoned that there was no way to win the legislative process through arguing the issues since the Republican party was on the wrong side of almost every one of these arguments. He called this strategy, "Starve the Beast", beast being government. As a European friend once said, "you in the United States will never have good government until you stop bashing federal institutions". He's right, of course, but good luck with that one. The GOP cannot win the legislative debate on the merits of the issues in a truly democratic process. Only the elite and privileged would support them, but with talk radio and other corrupt vehicles like FOX News to disseminate propaganda, they have succeeded in fooling a lot of people into voting against their own self interests and the interests of good public policy.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  242. Sonora

    I somewhat disapprove of the stimulus package. I have a son headed to college and he cant seem to find any money to help pay for school. Our buiness has suffered this year and search government and private sites for stimulus money. What we found is endless stacks of paper and registrations. Where is our stimulus?

    January 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  243. Vondra

    Stimulus...Let's go and let President Obama work his plan! It takes time and cooperation to turn things arouned, just as Obama said. How in the heck do people think that all will be peachy after 1 year of President Obama's term, especially following what has been. People more often than not sicken me.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  244. william ryals

    I noticed that a couple of posts have asked why the stimulus money has been used to keep firefighters, policeman, and teachers working noting that local taxes have always payed for that. The reason is too fold. First a recession reduces local taxe revenues and secondly local people are very reluctant to raise their local taxes to pay for those things. It always amuses me how those in socalled red states never want to raise their almost ridiculously low property taxes but are more than happy to use money from the federal government (in this case tax dollars from blue states) to finance their local budget shortfalls. The sad thing here is that very few of those complaining know anything about taxes and government budgets. An uninformed electorate is one that is easily exploited and misled.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  245. Jill Lockey

    When I hear the president or economists speak about the economic stimulus plan, what I hear them saying is "Let them eat the stimulus bill." The cost of groceries and goods has doubled in the last ten years, while people's wages have not risen to match the increase. People are not seeing a change in the things that impact them the most. It costs twice as much money to buy groceries today and we are having to make choices in how we eat. We are removing items from our diets because we can't afford them. There are people that are making choices between paying bills, going to the doctor, buying meds and food...while Washington is talking about insurance and retirement funds; tax credits, green projects that temporarily employ people as if the future of America is certain and very rosy. That's not how it feels here. Creating temporary jobs so a few newly employed, low-paid persons can afford food, doesn't help us. It does help store owners stay open, so once again, I see this as a perk for the corporations. The money goes to big business. All the money that they are dumping into America are quick fixes, while all of America is struggling with the long term burden of the Bush years that excluded cost of living raises and did not report increases in food prices and goods as if it did not occur. We are people that did not necessarily lose our jobs, but we are weary and crestfallen as we continue to lose more income as each month goes by. And our anger is growing as we Americans fall further behind in our daily lives. No one is addressing that issue. So "Let them eat the stimulus bill," is all I am hearing from Washington while we continue to tread water.
    – Jill Lockey ,
    Janesville, Iowa

    January 25, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  246. Lonnie

    800 billion should be divided between every taxpaying citizen in this country. That comes to (roughly) 2700.00 per (TAXPAYER). Give us this money back on our taxes this year instead of spending 20 million to save some turtles in Wisc. or whatever they are wasting it on and that should help stimulate the economy. (But what do i know i'm just a legal american, taxpaying citizen).

    January 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  247. Chris

    Be careful about making pronouncements of whether stimulus money is well-spent or wasteful; what may be targeted, well-planned stimulus spending may seem wasteful to the lay person who knows nothing about the particulars of an industry. To say stimulus money was spent on fish "food" will seem silly to that lay person, however people in the aquaculture industry know that farmers have enormous amounts of money swimming in inventory in their ponds that need to be fed during peak growing times. The fish farmer has a large investment up front and often needs to get credit for the feed to grow out their inventory of fish. Only when they are market size can they be removed from the ponds and sold to a processor. When credit dried up in the midst of this recession, farmers, like many other business owners, were having difficulty getting the credit they needed to grow out their inventory. The average person cannot image having potentially several hundred thousand dollars of inventory wasting away, potentially to be wiped out with no options to salvage it. The stimulus that provided feed credits for these farmers saved countless farms, families and many businesses along the supply chain from going under. It kept the feed companies producing, the raw materials being purchased, the farmer meeting his obligations. It was a well-targeted way to keep these businesses going and ensured that the money was spent the way it was intended – to keep businesses afloat and save jobs.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  248. Daniel

    I am defiantly for a stimulus plan to assist in the rebuilding of our economy. I do feel just from listing to a small bit of where the money has been spent or allocated, that our government could spent our money in a better manner.

    I feel that as any individual does in their everyday life, our government should of allocated the money to get the best results with the money. I think that the government should of given the money to businesses or cities that were going to get the best use of the money as in creating the most jobs possible, assist the industries that are going to help the economy the most the highest return possible on stabilizing the economies long term growth. I do not feel that allocating over a million dollars to rebuild the holly wood strip is the best way to create the results we need. I feel that responsibility should of been solely on the city. I also feel we would get a greater return allocating that money to a city or industry that is creating hundreds or thousands of long term jobs rather then twenty jobs.

    With all this being said I am for the stimulus money, I just feel we should have a better plan of action approving where the money is spent.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  249. marvin

    for the simulus. we would have been in a whirllpool Depression otherwise. find successes,not failures. or do failures make a better story. or is failure what your bosses want. geez louise help this nation get out of the quagmire that was left behind by Gingrich, DeLay, Bush & Co.

    January 25, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  250. william ryals

    I can't stress strongly enough the idea that we are not going to rebound from this recession using the repuublican plans or the stimulus. It is true that the stimulus will help keep the country functioning for the short term but like the housing bust it will come to an end and the result will be a depression.
    There is only one way to save our economy and that is to restore our manufacturing base. The idea that we can just train people to do more technical jobs and pay them less to compete with other countries is just plain fool hardy.
    We must cap imports from countries who are not competing with us on an even playing field. This is primarily China which is using our demand to build it's economy. We must make it clear to these countries that they must either increase the imports they recieve from us or see their exports to us capped or even reduced.
    Capping these imports will force companies who want to sell here to build here and thus employ american workers. This plan would have no effect on countries who are trading on an even playing field or who import as much from us as they export to us

    January 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  251. Sarah H

    "..., the problem is that the stimulus plan is not well understood by most of people.", an insightful remark by poster Luiz Baptista, is absolutely correct.

    The ones complaining are the ones who don't understand it. It is working. Quite a few posts here describe how it has directly affected their schools, roads and people they know. Much of its benefit is still to come as construction projects in the works begin to break ground.

    Another part of the stimulus has been the tax credits for renewable energy which has created jobs that never existed before. I've seen the effect first hand and know that quite a few people have been hired by companies installing solar, wind and geothermal systems in my area.

    These credits are not just for corporations, they are for ordinary individuals like me. And, I'm grateful. They have allowed me to be able to put in both a geothermal system and a solar electric system, neither of which I could have done otherwise.

    The money I spent for them was spread widely. It went not solely into the pockets of the well drillers and the heating and solar contractors, but it went to their employees, the office staff, technicians, plumbers, electricians and laborers they used, and to my lumber yard, along with several plumbing and electrical supply houses. Plus, it went to the manufacturers of the geothermal and solar units – which were both made in America, one in California, the other in Indiana – and to manufacturers of several add on items – also made in America.

    You can't tell me the stimulus isn't working, because I know that it is.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  252. Hal Buhr

    If Republicans are opposed to illegal aliens getting a job in this country, why does their proxy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sue to prevent the use of eVerify to positively restrict employment of illegals? Could it be that the GOP position on the issue is fraudulent? Could it be that big business likes cheap labor? Could it be that big business doesn't want to pay benefits? Does the sun come up in the East? DOH!

    January 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  253. mblake

    Ok Tony I am hearing healthcare jobs, hotel, consulting etc. What about manufacturing jobs. Most people in manufacturing are out and have been out for a year at least. people in these fields have had these careers for 20-30 years. Outsourcing have taken these people's jobs. Healthcare is fine but if people are not working they can not afford ANY healthcare. Saving or adding to retirement and 401K if they aren't working how are they expected to do this. People in the 50's certainly have no children and no student loans what does that do for middle class people close to retirement. THis is totally ridiculous. This is all a joke

    January 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  254. Barry

    Hi Tony , I think president have the right idea about the stimulus.But the problem was how the money wasdistribute to company's and how they were going to use it.There's a way to create jobs by restructuring the pay and bonuses of Ceo's and upper management.You could use the money for research of new products and hiring new employees.Make a better America for everyone. Thanks God help America

    January 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  255. Hal Buhr

    If we want to resurrect manufacturing in this country, we need to provide tax benefits to those manufacturers who keep jobs here. It's really that simple. Instead, we have historically provided incentives to either hire undocumented workers or take the whole business offshore like the pharma industry or Halliburton. What's wrong with us?

    January 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  256. Ron

    The Stimulus? What happen to the cost of living raise? Social Security and Veterans did not get a raise this year. AND WILL NOT get one next year. This would of stimulate the economy.
    Remember. When times get tuft break out the "Regan Cheese?"
    Sign us Rats.

    January 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  257. mblake

    MANNY ALVAREZ- 57 years old been working since she was 16 now she is unemployed for the first time in her life and the banks who caused that are haunting her at 29.9% since they caused her to lose her job with what they did to the economy and the finance company for her car is threatening to repo her car. PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHERE THE MONEY WENT!!!!! Obama what do you think about your CONCERN for the middle class while you bailed those sleazy banks out? He is PATHETIC. I think he should donate part of his salary or sell some of those expensive Michele Obama clothes and help her out and then he could convince me of his worthless concern

    January 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  258. Venita

    Marvin let's not forget Barney Frank and the Dem Congress during Bush

    January 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  259. Leob

    would $35 million of stimulus money that created 0 jobs be of interest to anybody

    January 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  260. Bob

    Anyone who is shouting "Obama's stimulus package has done nothing for jobs, he and the Dems have just wasted $786 billion" is showing their bias AND their ignorance! I would just like to ask those loud and obnoxious anti-Americans "If it had not been spent, don't you think the economy would be ten times worse?!" Please, stop and think and stop repeating the blowhards who get paid to say controversial things! Just because they say those things doesn't mean they are true. Use your head. And just because you may not have benefited directly from the stimulus, doesn't mean others haven't. The country has, and for that you should be grateful. Instead, you are showing your true colors, just like all the naysayers are.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  261. Charles Brandenburg

    I'm against the stimulus program. It seems designed for short term sucsess with much of OUR money being wasted. In the poor and rural county of Mendocino where I live the biggest "shovel ready" project to be funded was the repaving of the Little River Airport for 1.3 million dollars. The Airport only serves rich people who own vacation homes on our coast. How much assistance do people who own private jets need?

    Charles Brandenburg
    in Mendocino

    January 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  262. Eric Bradley

    For, if it is used for the right purpose. Like creating more immediate jobs. Or helping those that are losing their homes. Not those gas guzzlers. Forget health care reform at this time, when 1 in 4 Americans are under employeed. we can afford health care anyway. Let alone food and or gas to look for more work.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  263. caroline korman

    Hi Tony,
    I am very happy that CNN is looking into this. My husband 2 1/2 months ago was given a job that was part of this stimulus. According to how it works companies are given money if they train and hire people. They are hired at the pay rate of $10 an hour for the first 3 months and then the company after the 3 months can increase their salary. Well I found out that my husband at the end of the 3 months will be laid off!!!!!!!! from this company because it is not "in their budget to keep him So it looks like he will be back on unemployment. And from what I have been hearing from the unemployment office a lot of companies are doing this which is pure fraud and goes against what the stimulus is all about. So they take the stimulus money saying they are giving these people a job and at the end of the 3 month period they let the people go!!! Not what they are supposed to do! He is a marketing Director and has been laid off for 2 years. I think what they are doing is disgusting. I hope that CNN looks into this. Thanks!! Caroline Korman

    January 25, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  264. Jack Davis

    Tony, I favor the stimulus plan. CNN is doing a marvelous job reviewing the jobs created by the plan. What I think would be an interesting documentary is the Great Depression beginning in 1929. What caued it? What happened to the people and banks? What they did to correct it? Thanks for your reporting.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  265. Marie

    Hey Rick, First ,I love your show...and I agree with you ...why didn't they give the money to us the people...instead of giving all the stimulus to big comp. banks, state &cities development projects, & etc.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  266. Lawrence Diggs, Bel Air, Md.

    Stimulus spending is a useful tool to restart the economy, as per the Keynesian theory, however, we must purge our system of government of the "vending machine" method of administering taxpayer dollars to the communities. Entrenched government bureacracy, pork barrel spending, greed of political officials, and lobbying, have also contributed to the destruction of "government by and for the people".

    Lawrence Diggs
    Bel Air, Md.

    January 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  267. Glen Copper

    We all have a pretty good idea of what the economy is like right now after the bail out and the stimulus; I wonder if you could ask some of your financial experts to study carefully where the country and the economy would be right now if we had allowed the banks, insurance companies and auto companies to fail, and then not passed the stimulus. I wonder if we would judge so harshly if we had some idea of the alternative. Chemo-therapy is horrible, but in light of the alternative, we usually don't criticize the oncologist.

    January 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  268. Rad

    The job loss is a result of years of government subsidies and biases towards industries that have comfortably sat on the status quo and are now no longer sustainable.

    The job growth will come in industries that are sustainable. That is, industries that change are geared to compete with the new competition that will come in a global economy.

    The stimulus has been targeted at the general economy and is primarily designed to induce the calm necessary to allow us to attack the real underlying systemic problems. We either all wind up working at McDonalds to feed a continuous stream of Wall-Street-Like bubbles or we pull together to restore the competitive force that has been torn down by a narciscistic culture of greed mongers. Even those greed mongers have a stake in the game. There will be plenty more time for them to feed once the economy itself is back on its feet and can support the excesses that they feed on.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  269. Stephanie

    I'm for the stimulus plan. I know that it did help to save many teaching jobs in New Jersey. I have seen road work and bridge expansions being done. There were at least SOME people back at work which meant they had money to spend at least on necessities. Those necessities bought had to be produced, harvested, sewn, etc. by someone, therefore it did help to flood more money through the economy. It's either we pay for it now through a stimulus plan or pay for it through unemployement checks, food stamps, welfare, etc. I'd rather see our money being spent for productive reasons.

    January 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  270. sandy veillette

    Dear Tony, alot of people aren't getting the help they need with there homes because they make to much money,check out the income levels for the state of Washington. I wish the stimulus would help the people who need it. last census there was 305 million, they could have given everyone one million dollars, They would stimulate the economy. Thank you sandy

    January 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  271. jchamberland

    So, what about the state governors who pledged to oversee the good use of the monies given to them? How have they done monitoring the good use of the funds entrusted to their states?

    January 25, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  272. Jimmy L Porter

    I am against the Federal Stimulus Plan as it takes money from Peter to Pay Paul and no money really does anything but change hands. It also gives false directions to our economy. There is no benefit to this kind of a program and is simply flim flam to snow the public who are misinformed or not informed at all.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  273. Harry Applin

    I've been watching your reports on the stimulus and I notice that you are only reporting on direct jobs. The "Microsoft" bridge report was a bit deceptive. Why didn't you report the people that made the steel and concrete girders? I also don't see anything about the diners and lunch counters that feed those workers. And what about the fuel and time that is saved because workers and others don't have to take an alternate route. What about the maintenance of equipment? I am sure that parts houses see some in flow with filters, lubricants and such to keep the machinery running.

    You are making the stimulus look shoddy. Why not also look at what would happen if the stimulus wasn't there? Also point out that it is the states that are in control of the stimulus money. Don't blame Obama for something that a state government decides is important.

    January 26, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  274. Gail Giacobbe

    I was very disappointed by your biased negative coverage of the Stimulus plan on this morning's show. Your commentary implied that funding road projects (bridge project in Redmond, WA), the arts (puppet theatre in Minnesota), and public health research (NIH study on college students) was a blatant waste of taxpayer money. Each of these projects created and/or protected jobs and clearely benefit society. Why the negative bias? What is your political agenda here?

    January 26, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  275. teresa

    Why aren't the politicians who added this wasteful spending to the stimulus package being mentioned when CNN is reporting these abuses?

    January 26, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  276. Paul

    Please make sure you tell both sides of the story when covering stimulus story. For example, this morning, you were reporting about stimulus spending $25 grand for puppets??????? It created ONE job. Talk to the person that is "making a living" with that 25 grand. It is easy to make fun and "diss" the spending but at least interview the person whose job was saved. That is fair reporting.

    January 26, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  277. J N Falk

    The stimulus package seems to be an attempt to help things get better. And there seems to be at least two basic ways of looking at it. Those that say "It's too much!". And on the other hand, those who say "It's not enough!".
    Talk, as it has been said, is cheap and actions speak louder than words.

    So far, I believe Mr Obama has been trying to find a way to help things get better. I want to hope this is true.

    But I know this we did not get into this economic mess in a few short months neither do I believe we will get out of it very soon.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  278. Henry Lawrence

    There is no such thing as "wasted" spending in the stimulus program. Every dollar buys something which is produced with wages for someone. For instance, the signs along the highway that have been criticized has been made and installed with labor, whether in a government sign shop or from an independent sign company. Every dollar spent for wages multiplies as the recipient spends it for everything from food to a new car.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  279. shawn fierro

    If 15.9 million creates 10 jobs. How long will those jobs last for that 15.9 million? If it is the lifetime of the 10 workers and they are half done. Well that's not too bad is it?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  280. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Theres a great amount of money being spent and just a few jobs the American people are getting screwd again.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  281. Julian

    The bottom line for me in regards to the stimulus, and Obama is that a year ago when he took office we all were afraid for our pocketbooks and job situations. Today, a year later, whether it is because of the stimulus or not..... we all feel much better and are more hopeful about the future. The President holds all accountability for the country, and so to me... Obama is doing alright.
    Julian Austin, TX

    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  282. John Sereno


    I have yet to see a stimulus project that will contribute jobs on a permanent bases. So the jobs we are buying are only temporary. I am not sure how we can even have a serious conversation about jobs being created by the stimulus.
    Of course there will be people who are glad for the work. But this is an expensive way to make a very few people happy.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  283. Devon Chapman

    I agree with the stimulus and I understand that it was put in place to give some stability to the falling economy, but I do believe a chunk of this money will be wasted and not allocated to the right resources. My question is how can we shovel out $787B and only give Haiti $100M? Seems like we could have gave them at least 1 of the 787 billion that's being used or not being used on this stimulus project.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  284. Miles

    The Stimulus was necessary. But take even the California "clean up" creating 11 "new" jobs... are they long term jobs ? Or will these people become unemployed in weeks, months ?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  285. David

    Regarding the discussion about spending stimulus money on funding research into the fossil record, remember that this science has been critical to our search for oil reserves. Our geologic knowledge is highly dependent on palentology. This funding is being used to educate the next generation that will find oil for America.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  286. Curtis Cline

    If the government was really concerned about the economy they would get on the private American companies about sending jobs out of the country. The only way to get the economy back on track is to put the jobs back into the hands of the American citizen. I know that it would coause products to be a little more expensive but if Americans have the jobs they have the money to put back int the same companies that are taking their jobs away.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  287. Shannon F.

    This is ridiculous. No one can run their personal finances this way. I am appalled at the waste resulting from this so called stimulus. $15.9 million should be going a lot further than 11 jobs.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  288. Stephen Keyes

    All this talk about the millions of dollars/job created, and at first glance it seems INFURIATING. Gotta ask, though, how much does a large business invest in capital/up front costs per job created...say, GE, GM, Xerox, IBM, Apple... It sure would help to get some perspective on this.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  289. indysmd

    I'm in favor of stimulating the economy. I'm in favor of many of the ARRA awards although I can't say I'm in favor of all of them since I'm unaware of all of them.

    Are we looking at a sufficient success metric by looking only at "jobs created"? How many jobs are being preserved? If the money did not directly create a job within the award recipient, was the money spent elsewhere that indirectly created or preserved a job(s)? I would think we need to look at the trail of the award monies to determine its full affect.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  290. Tim

    It seems like there wasn't any research done before the government started to freely hand out our money to "stimulate" the economy. I understand the money that is given out for fixing roads, bridges, and such but if that is creating any jobs, they are just temporary ones. So when those projects are complete, those people that were hired for temporary positions are going to go back to being unemployed. What then?? Another Stimulus package??

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  291. Tom Parker

    Stimulus package would be good if they used a trickle up plan instead of a trickle down policy. Reganonics never has worked and never will.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  292. Paul

    Let's just say there are 300 million men, women and children in the US. While we are printing all this money why not give everyone 1 million dollars . That's a lot cheaper than 787 billion and would undoubtedly stimulate the economy

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  293. Sean

    Wow Tony,

    "Whether the money given to Boeing is working depends on who your asking? The people getting jobs because of it would tell you its working great."

    Well, me and the millions waiting for this white house to keep its promise would disagree. Almost $16 million for 11 jobs! Even if it is only half way into the project, how many more can we expect. Another gross misuse of our money as far as I am concerned. Unless your one of the 11, how do you disagree?

    Sean – Lancaster Pa.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  294. Vakaas

    Research does not create a lot of jobs immediately but contributes to a country's intellectual and economic progress in the long run.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  295. Jamie Langston

    I have been watching the show this morning and It seems Those at CNN are unaware of how such things as a resort town or government building project get done. The money is spent on building products which people have to make as well as tools and equipment for the job. Not to mention the construction workers who can feed their familys working on these projects. The number of workers that will work at the project when it is complete is only a small part of the projects effect on the economy.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  296. shannan

    I am for the stimuls package if used for right cause a tennis court for 50,000 is not the right cause there are a lot more things that need to be done with that 50,000 than repair a tennis court that will not be used and will be in bad shape again in 2 years and 50,000 seems high to hire 4 man for 2 days to redo a tennis court that should only cost a few thousand dollars to repair .....and Tony as for this S.C. governors comment was he talking about the bankers politicans and the people on wall street ? cause thats the way I seen the animals he was talking about I am a diablaled american I broke my back at the age of 17 and was denied SSI disablity for 21 years I worked very little and over the years have piled up a lot of hospital bills it was not til 2 years ago I was approved for SSI disablity and medicare I only recieve 689 dollars a month to live off of thats to pay all my expenses I know that man was not talking about people like me cause if he was he needs to be removed from his seat as governor

    sc morrow Springfield IL

    January 26, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  297. Dee

    Our nation is on a run-away train when it comes to "stimulus". We say in the last few years big corporations not having to be responsible for their own actions. They run their companies into the ground (GM Auto and the banking industry) and do not have a concern; America will bail them out.
    Ayn Rand introduced the dog-eat-dog rule in her book, Atlas Shrugged. So, fair competition is the corporations in industries that make it and the ones that don't. Besides, why give more? That is our money people!
    However, we cannot spend money on health care reform without coming up with an ad hoc, half-hearted plan. Education spending goes where, exactly? So when are we going to have a plan that goes to effect?
    I am against stimulus, somewhere something has to give.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  298. Pedro

    I am a Postdoctoral Fellow conducting cancer research and am in no position to determine if the stimulus plan has been "waisted". However, I do know that projects under the umbrella of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act–such as the plant research example given earlier–does employ/create jobs for many postdocs, graduate students, technicians and grant-paid faculty who pay federal and state taxes, giving back to the economic engine. Not to mention the taxes paid for purchasing research supplies off these grants and possibly even providing potential clues for new therapies and drugs, which stimulate the healthcare industry.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  299. Kadar Harris

    Hello my name is Kadar and I am a resident in Harlem. I believe the stimulas is working and there is more than enough evidence to support that fact. Secondly to all the sceptics out there naturally the effects are going to vary as u look at diffent parts of nation as the are diversified needs. President Obama never said the Stimulas was going to be a CURE ALL. The bottom line is the Stimulas Project has and still is accoplishing it's goal. And alot of these people talkin
    negatively are probably mad that the president is
    BLACK and/ or they just want reason to talk...not to mention probably uneducated. Really is ashamed the one President who's actualy interest is to help people is not getting the love he WARRANTS just because of the color of his skin. Stimulate On OBAMA has got mine and a whole lot of other peoples VOTES for 2012 better believe it!!!!!!! Ps.. funny how no one has talked about how much they hate healthcare reform this far that is

    January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  300. Edrita

    We have a plan that will solve many of the problems Americans are facing and we can’t get anyone to hear us. Our project is shovel ready and will put 300+ to work for 5 years and then pay for itself.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  301. Wallace

    I was not in support of the 787 billion dollar stimulus plan, u look at all the projects that's out there,no real jobs have been created.. The gov't gave money to banks,car companies & who ever else of tax payers money & mean while us the tax payers can't get a dime of that money to help us out in a serious time of need...

    January 26, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  302. Shawn


    Could you please ask the powers to be the following?,

    I worked in the good old fashion Manufacturing market, making Industrial products the products that built America!?, I’m not a Scientist, and I don’t build homes or roads so how does this stimulus package help me, what can I do?

    I’ve been out of work since September, I’m a Mid-Level Executive and my official title was Global Sales Manager. I was making 100K+ per year and essentially running this division for a 400 Million dollar company and have had no luck finding job and moving across industries is not working, I don’t have a MBA or Masters degree, I’m just a hard working 40 year old with 15 years of Sales/Marketing experience out of work and don’t know what to do next!?!?!?

    I need help!!

    Shawn S.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  303. Leslie Roberts

    Consider what the overall effect would have been if: we gave a quarter million to all whom lost their jobs. Would they have paid off those bad mortgages, bought new cars, spent on energy upgrades, invested in the stockmarket, taken a vacation, paid taxes, bought food etc.. That would stimulate the economy and create jobs as a result of marketplace demand. Easier tracking of the spending and no bridges to nowhere.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  304. jClaude Henschel

    great series–certainly needed. It verifies to me that the best approach would have been ot issue checks of $2,600 per every man, woman and child in the USA, and that money would have "spent" us out of the depression by now, with a whole lot less waste!!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  305. Roger

    Yesterday, Monday Jan. 25, during one of the Project Stimulus reports, a chart was displayed which compared the current $780+ Billion Stimulus Plan with the cost of the New Deal, The Marshal Plan and one more recent "project". There was no reference to inflation adjusted amounts. It would be very helpful if some sort of balancing was applied to this kind of reporting. Please use either inflation adjusted Dollar amounts or have the funds experssed as a percentage of GDP.

    Using GDP as a measure is potentially faulty as all the "projects' spanned several years, so some further balancing must be applied to the GDP method

    January 26, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  306. Tom Schaub

    One reason the government can't seem to find good uses of stimulus money is because our politcians and coprerate leaders, weren't smart enouth to sell the Goose that laid the golden egg they gave her away to other countries.We no longer produce products we consume we have created our own demise. So know wonder we are now using stimulus to promote a puppet show, and to study plant fossels in another country. We lost our ability to compete. Our government and our President are fools to throw away borrowed money to try to creat jobs that are useless. When the money and these foolish jobs are gone please tell me what we will do then.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  307. Don

    No one is reporting what these created stimilus jobs are specifically paying or anticipated length of employment. It appears in too many cases these jobs are costing over a million dollars on average to create, which is ridiculous. Are these people being paid $9/ hr or $99000/yr. A million $ job sounds a lot like a $3000.00 hammer.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  308. fred davis exile az

    why are president obama's programs being so widely scrutinized for trying to solve problems created by the previous administration. No one wants to question the absurd amounts of money spent on the military and two wars that have done nothing to reduce terrorism. WHERE is the accountability especially toward all the private corporations and contractors involved. GET ON IT. There's the real story of tremendous waste and corruption.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  309. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I think that the big rich companies getting the stimulus should be made to pay it back just like the banks .

    January 26, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  310. Stevie Willett-Shaw

    Tony & TJ:

    I've been following the Stim Bridge to MicroSoft and would like to get a question answered–the number of jobs in ratio to the stim cost there was listed–but, what I would like to know now and as you go forward is–How much of that is salaries? I would want to know this because if the salaries are 200K or 1M makes a LOT of difference as to how much benefit the surrounding community, and the ripple effect to the general economy would be. Some of the expertise gained in the project could translate to upcoming projects in the community...Thanks

    January 26, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  311. Steve Rein

    SIDEWALKS TO NO WHERE. Wasted stimulas money,my money. Several hundred feet of new sidewalks in 2 towns with very , very small ,spread out rural populations. Both towns, Drain, Oregon and Beatty, Oregon are just 2 towns I 've seen. Both sidewalks end up going to NO WHERE with pasture and no buildings for miles beyond.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  312. Tom

    Just watched the piece on the Microsoft bridge, and the ambiguity it raised on 1200 jobs created by the project. Instead of counting jobs, maybe it should be looked at in terms of man hours or man years of work created. And to go a step further, maybe measure the man hours for the actual project, and the man hours for the ongoing operation once the project is complete.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  313. bzwizval

    Why is Rocketdyne receiving stimulus funds for the Simi Valley clean-up? I live in a nearby community with a similar problem - that clean up is being funded the the firm's insurance company - not federal dollars.

    PS The clean-up will help the local economy; nothing can be built on the site until it is cleaned - so no economic value will flow to the community until the work is completed - funded by the corporation who fouled the site!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  314. Ralph

    I am for the stimulus package, however I have been watching your show this week, not constantly but enough. I wonder if you could put on some positive reports about jobs. What I have been seeing is mostly negative; which seems to me to be picked out on purpose. I know we want full time, long term jobs but a job is a job and construction jobs typically are short term, depending on the project, but I can tell you that no matter how many days or hours a person is hired the money he makes comes back home and into the economy.
    My family was helped by the WPA (a dollar a day for horse and man) and we were happy to get that.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  315. Tom Schaub

    Against the way we are spending money we don't have. Show me a refinery being built, a nucular power plant, a steel mill, a dam to produce power, But, a puppet show, and a plant study in another country?
    Tell me what the plan is when the borrowed money is gone, and the foolish short term jobs dry up, then what Mr Prwesident?
    We neen to get serious about Fair trade, and to define what is fair? We need to do something about our borders. More and more people are killed in Mexico over drugs, than in the Irac and Afganstan wars combind. We still have companies moving their plants out of the US.
    Does any body have balls in the White House?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  316. Jamie Langston

    To add to what I said before, "Stimulus" means that the projects inject money into the economy not a long term support of the economy. The projects will stimulate manufacturing of building materials, tools and equipment as well as support contruction workers, truck drivers etc. for a short term that will jumpstart the economy when those people begin to spend again if only for the length of the project. Creating longterm jobs is great but not "Stimulus" more of long term economic support. I feel our economy can support itself with a good shot in the arm to get it going. I am sure some of the projects are wasting money but they need to be looked at more carefully then just "what does fixing a road or remodeling a building help" attitude you see a lot of people have. They must not understand the materials equipment and labor that goes into such a project.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  317. Marc Gross

    This stimulus plan is a joke. I am an accountant who has been out of work for a year. This brilliant plan has given money to banks and auto-makers and has ignored the 10% of the people who are unemployed...that 10%, in realtity is probably closer to 15-20%. These stimulus projects may create engineering and construction jobs, but very little in finance. The banks and car makers can have all the money in the world, but there will be no one to lend the money to for cars and homes until we are back at work. The middle class is also in dire need of their own bailout for unsecured debt. That will free up money for people to start spending again. Until the administration does this, we will remain in economic gridlock.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  318. Vakaas

    Ali Velshi, is your five feet of Stimulus Data printed single-sided? Also, what are the font size and margins?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  319. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The American people are not getting enough jobs for the money being spent this is more government waste .

    January 26, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  320. Paul in Ohio

    Obama's stimulus program is simply hundreds of pork-barrel earmarks he so campaigned against. Some of your examples compute the cost to be a half-million dollars or more per job. What a waste! It would have been better to have used the money for no or low interest loans to small businesses to expand since they create most of the jobs in our economy rather than these one-time pork barrel projects. And the taxpayers would have gotten their money back to boot!

    January 26, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  321. Cheryl Pastika

    I love the fact that 17 students can study fossils and become future scientists with the money that my grandchildren and great-grandchildren have to repay. My granddaughter who is 24 worked 2 jobs ,got her emt license still works and is attending nursing school. No help from anyone but herself and a little from her parents. Give me a break

    January 26, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  322. Steve

    SIDEWALKS TO NOWHERE. Two very small towns Drain, Oregon and Beatty, Oregon have several hundred feet of new side walk that no one will use because they end up in pasture along along a road with not development and nothing ahead for miles. Just 2 examples I've seen in my limited travel. Yes wasted money.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  323. John in Mancos Co


    The first part of the stimulus bill was meant to "stimulate" the economy. CNN is dissecting it as if it was only meant to pay for employees. A byproduct of stimulating the economy is that jobs are saved and sometimes created. If you give 5 million dollars to a project that only takes 5 people to implement, you have not spent. 1 million dollars per job as CNN keeps insinuating. Lets say each person receives $100,000. per year for a 2 year project. That is 1 million dollars. The other 4 million gets spent in the US. Let's say 2 million for equipment. The people who sell the equipment benefit, the people who make the equipment benefit, the people who sell and make the materials to make the equipment benefit so on and so on. All the people down the line who benefit pay taxes on the money and they spend the rest. everywhere they spend money (food movies clothes etc),people benefit, pay taxes and spend the rest and on and on. This "STIMULATES" the economy in ways you cannot dissect so simplistically The jobs creation part of the bill is just getting underway. Please quit confusing the two as well as the American people

    January 26, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  324. Beth Parker

    Wouldn't the money be better used if they paved roads or built bridges instead of putting rubber on tennis courts?

    January 26, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  325. Joyce


    I am for the stimulus plan but we need the money here on Main Street. People are against it because they can’t see any results. The old programs did not work! Welfare fraud weather it Wall Street or Main Street should not be tolerated. Healthcare and jobs are both necessary. President Obama, please say to HELL with the Republicans they have RAPED this country enough.

    Mr. President, you promised to listen to us (Main ST) and now that you got our vote, many feel you’ve kicked us to the curb. I know that you are working hard but many don’t. In the upcoming elections if you don’t listen to the people Democrats will get the BOOT! GOD knows we will all sink in the Republican black hole.

    “We the people,” don’t give a damn about bi-partisan politics that’s why we voted for a support team for you. Mr. President we think you are doing a great job! Stay true to the mission, “CHANGE.” We all know the problem so I have some answers. Email me I got a great job creation idea that will help the people.
    Joyce TX

    January 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  326. Richard Latour

    I have a thought about the $15.9 million dollar cleanup project that is creating 11 jobs. Give one million dollars to each of those 11 people who have new jobs. They have money to spend and invest in the economy and the government saves $4.9 million.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  327. Tom A

    Using stimulus money to clean up Santa Susana, CA won't help create jobs and it will let Boeing & Rocketdyne off the hook. $15+ billion is not nearly enough to clean up Santa Susana. Unless you live near this site you have no idea of the scope of the damage. The cancer deaths in the surrounding areas are very high due to toxic waste released into the atmosphere and ground water. Of course, all of this is denied by Boeing and the government. I worry that the clean up may be worse than just leaving the site closed off to the public. They should do it right and make Boeing share the cost. Boeing had to know what they were buying back in 1996.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  328. Parthenia

    I’m for it. The stimulus was necessary to save jobs, create jobs, keep industry going, and at least do something to provide for people in desperate need of food and other necessities. It also kept our country from undergoing a devastating depression.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  329. Scott Stodden

    I believe Tony that there is alot and I mean alot of wasteful spending in this stimulus package or plan if you will and in the end after all your investigations as to how many jobs were created, how many jobs were saved, what was wasteful and what wasn't the only question the only fact is this and I think most would agree that before this stimulus was passed unemployment was at 8% which was high enough then but now after the stimulus was signed into law unemployment shot up to 10% and in my eyes that is unacceptable for that to happen when the Obama administration said this package would stimulate the economy, create or save jobs and put money into the pockets of everyone. Hey Tony here's a question and Im your biggest fan of all time but how has the stimulus benefited you?

    January 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  330. Phil Cameron

    Tony, break the jobs to cost per job per hour. You did a piece on $50,000 tennis court for 2 days for 2 people.: 1562.50/hr. Not bad when you can get it.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  331. karen

    The states that have received stimulus money need to be greatful. I live in Nevada and our Republican Govener has decided he wont accept any money from the stimulus. Instead he is forcing a special session (that coast tax payers a lot of extra money) so he can cut out state medicaid to the people that are disabled and desparetly need it. And cut more from our education. As everyone well knows we are at the bottom in education and our teachers are the lowest payed in the nation. And yet again he wants to cut in education. Larger class rooms ect. This is his solution to balance the budget. In his 1st tearm he has been as disastorous as Bush was to our country. And he has the nerve to state he will run for a 2nd term. Our state will not recover if this happens. We are sitting on the capital of Solar Power and nothing has been done. One problem I see is it takes to long to get the money moving and choose the proper area to spend it. The people of each state should vote on the projects most neede before their assymbly people can spend it they see fit. Which isn't alwaly the best solution. So the rest of you suck it up, or move to Nevada and help us fight to have the quality of life, jobs, education, health and welare that are the right s of all Americans.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  332. Val

    HI Tony,
    I have a wonderful plan for not only our stimulus program but also for Haiti and their rebulding and getting paid for it. They can then loan $ so they can buy what THEY build. d
    We could send our people over to Haiti, pay them to rebuild, send most of their pay home to families so they could get out of debt here. I would want Anderson Cooper to head this and keep it honest and not line pockets.


    January 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  333. John Weigel MD

    Dear Madam, Thank you for all of your new show. I appreciate every minute, which is rare in am broadcasting fare. Please have someone look at FDRs stimulous results to see how they compare and to see if "sleeper" programs gave good results 20 years later. One thinks of the wonderful Diego Rivera murals! Thank you again, JJW .

    January 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  334. Ralph Marcovechio

    What is the actual description of "Jobs" as included in the stimulus packages? My description of Jobs refer to a job someone goes to 5 days per week and is considered a "permanent" job.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  335. fred davis exile az

    Come on now. show some guts cnn and rest of the main stream media . Do a major investigative story on the military budget. the money spent per YEAR is comparable to the whole stimulus package spread out. I'd bet you would find some very informative stories of obscene misuse of extremely large amounts of money dwarfing anything in your stimulus stories and find some very high ranking officials involved especially since the beginning of the two wars.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  336. L Adams

    Hey Tony, why not include in your research, some places where the stimulus has been well spent also in your criticism of the government, also maybe the truth along with the "facts" sometime would be nice. These people have no clue about the stimulus, most believe what they hear and see from the media, never finding the truth as well you know, most of you people would not have a job if not for the Government had not interviened, wake up and think for your self for a change, instead of listening to the "BS" from the likes of FOX,MSNBC,CNN, you all LIE!!!


    January 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  337. Kaea

    I could have hired more than 2 people to help serve domestic violence victims in this nearly-poorest county in Colorado, for a heck of a lot less than it cost to fix a tennis court! Sheeesh!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  338. paul

    How do you buy your way out of debt? We need to vote them all out!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  339. elaine

    A year ago, everyone wanted the President to do whatever it took to fix the economy, now that it's working, they are nit-picking all of his decisions......

    January 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  340. April Guido

    Stimulus is a great thing for this country. It's too bad that some folks in local governments are not using it effectively! Need to remember who these people are come time to vote in local elections.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  341. Matt

    The stimulus so far has been a waste of my money and my future childrens money. Keynesian economics do not work, and have never worked... why then do we still follow the idiotic teachings of a "blind" economist. Thank you President Obama, and your cabinet for wasting money we do not have. Thank you for continuing to bankrupt our economy. Thats right America, we are bankrupt with no sign or care of every paying back the debt.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  342. mackay

    I disagree with a comment I saw 'Jennifer' had posted while watching your show. If we look at history, part of the reason why the 'great depression' was so devastating was because the governments resorted to protectionism over stimulus spending. It was necessary for Obama to spend money to stop the crash, but in order to keep this pattern from repeating it is obvious changes are needed. i.e. greater regulation of the financial markets ..etc

    January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  343. Phil Corryn

    There is a BIG difference between handing money out which doesn't produce new jobs, and INVESTING money into job producing projects or facilitating loans to small business in a TARGETED fashion. The current and proposed stimulus bills do NOT produce new jobs the right way. Otherwise, this is a really expensive way to make people MORE reliant upon the government for handouts.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  344. Stephanie Steffen

    I am wondering how much the large signs cost that advertise that a certain project is part of the stimulus. Why do we need to spend money on these large signs? They seem like political advertising more than a necessary expenditure. I would love to know how much of the stimulus has been spent on this expense, which I consider frivolous.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  345. Jay B

    Tony, you're not reporting accurately about there being some sort of consensus among economists that there needed to be a federal stimulus. 350 of America's top economists ran an ad in the NYT last year at this time opposing such a plan.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  346. Wayne

    You guys are totally missing the point. Any economist will tell you that it's not what the money is being spent on, but rather that the money is being spent and creating jobs. There is a "ripple effect", with the initial investment multiplying as it moves through the economy. If over $100,000 is spent on picnic tables, then that creates work for the people making the tables. They spend the additional income earned on other things, and so on, and so on ...


    January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  347. Nicole Manning

    I am for the stimulus, but only if it's helping the youth in America(especially in the state of California/ county of Sacramento). The state of California is flushing our kids down the toilet, no education funding, no funding to prevent youth from becoming juvenile deliquents, and no laws that stop our kids from running away from home......HELP!!

    January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  348. Pam Ogburn

    I am for the stimulus plan but with really strict oversight on where the money is going. By the way, seems to me that the stimulus is working, in a round-about-way, at many extra people did CNN hire, or give overtime to, to examine all the info on stimulus expenditures?

    January 26, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  349. Danny Brisson

    What the government needs to do is put the money in the hands of the people who will spend it. instead of giving it to the banks, car companies etc... they should have given it to the taxpayer. If you have been PAYING taxes over the last say 5 years, as a couple you get a debit card with $x on it and if a single $y. The card is void after 90 days. So you must spend. you cannot get cash. Also, if you are one of the many people who are behind on mortgages, that money goes to get you caught up on back mortgage first. In my case we are not behind but needed a new A/C, puts people to work. I go out to dinner. I put money down on a car. I buy clothes. I buy electronics etc... after 90 days all money left goes back to the government. Simple, too simple for our legislatures because they cannot do pork projects or give benefits to special interest. it would be amazing if the taxpayer was put first for a change and not last.
    The funny part is this, if we did this, do you know where all of this money from mortgages, A/C, electronics ultimately ends up? Banks. Giving it directly to them did not help me one single bit. I cannot refinance my mortgage at a lower rate now because they want me to do so much more, spend so much more with money that i the taxpayer gave them.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm |

    Tony could you find out why there is no programs to train people to drive trucks with stimulus dollars i know people myself included who want to,.thank you .

    January 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  351. C Ann

    Do you think the majority of the people you survey know the difference between tarp and stimulus? Last year regardless of your “yellow-journalistic” approach the stimulus saved hundreds if not thousands of public school teachers (that’s just one sector). Not to mention stimulus money saved many of programs that parents and students demand. But, once again here we are only to face the same budget short-fall this year…and most likely we will be looking at a budget shortfall next year and for many years to come that is what graft and corruption does, or miss-management of funds…creates a strain on society and destroys our core values. So one would have to say our problems are systemic perhaps due to a failing two party system and the lack of regulation by both parties…You (those we elect) have forgotten the most famous words ever spoken “we the people”… What will save us now... (Wall-Street, Corporate jobs, Globalization…I don’t think so, oh I know “Charter Schools” that will fix the problem). Remember we are talking about the first line of defense to our economic, political and social prosperity is public education – for the masses regardless of who you are? Is it fair for everyone (rhetorical) – no look at the resources, the more resources the better the school, the less resources the worse the school (performance). I vote yes for another stimulus, but this time congress must relearn to work for the people and for the future of America and not for themselves. Remember what the populist movement (progressive) movement was about! Restoration of the government for the people by the people. And if that does not work let’s have a congressional lockdown no food and water until they agree.


    January 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  352. Mr. S

    After working on the Hill for five years, I know there is a hidden agenda. Elephants continue to take prozac and donkeys seem headed for tricyclics. Over five years ago, the research arm of the Congress, the Congressional Research Service was ordered to get rid of the Economics Division. Go Figure. Throwing money away to buy picnic tables for bears only works if you are "Palinized" as in a bridge to nowhere. What we need is money provided for jobs such as the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit in the 1980s. It is a win-win situation.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  353. Ray Morrison

    Tony your doing a great job.
    Concerning the Boeing money and any other stimulus of similar types. Where is this money actually going, I think it's great that 11 people are working, My concern is how much are the workers getting paid and how much are the supervsors getting paid. I think these companies that receive these funds need to be accountable for what they receive.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  354. Prof Wordsearch

    Hi Tony,
    A General Stimilus could work this way Give everyone a Check for $250, cashable only at a Retaier that has a Federal I.D. Number. Not only would it be efficient but also trackable as the retailer would have to submit it to Fed. Govt along with his I.D. Number

    January 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  355. suo Marte

    Contrary to your reporting...

    Not all "experts" advocated stimulus spending. In fact, in Feb 2009, over 200 academic economists wrote an open letter to President Obama expressly stating this approach would do more harm than good. Why doesn't CNN report this?

    Further, a group of distinguished economists led by Stanford Professor John B Taylor demonstrated the errors in the assumptions used in the Romer model which is the basis of President Obama's estimate of jobs saved & created. And they demonstrated using the Smets-Wooters model, after correcting for these errors, that the number of jobs saved & created is significantly over stated. Why doesn't CNN report this?

    The President's plan said 90% of the jobs saved / created would be private – NOT state & federal govt. This is clearly not happening. Why doesn't CNN report this?

    And why doesn't CNN report the cost (including interest cost on the borrowing) of each job the Govt says has been saved / created so the American people can see that it is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per job the Govt claims it has saved / created?


    January 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  356. Beth

    This stimulus package was the worst idea ever. I find it funny that we bailed all these banks out and after a few months they were able to pay it back. How did they manage to get that much so quickly? I don't understand what they did different. I think they probably saved it and made money on it. It's amazing they were able to pay back just in time to get the government off their back and get their bonuses before end of year.
    What's the criteria to qualify for these stimulus handouts? I'd like to know, I'd like to have a new picnic table and tennis courts for free. The puppets, you have to be kidding, 1 job for 25 thousand. This country just thought it had problems with Bush, Obama is putting us in the Titanic and watch us sink.

    January 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  357. L Adams

    Do any of you people work, or just take the social security, unemployment, retirement programs, fought for buy unions, and civil rights groups, you people are short sighted, and narrow minded or plain DUMB, check your history and find out who did what for who, what you have came at a price paid for by the people we ignore, like my 90 year old mother her 89 & 92 year old brothers ask your grandparents or parents who lived through the "Great Depression about the "Government"


    January 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  358. Jim Bennett

    Please consider using cost per US household when CNN talks of hundreds of billions or trillions.

    This makes the impact a little clearer.

    Jim Bennett

    January 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  359. Mike

    How did individuals spend there stimulus money?

    January 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  360. Sara Baker

    In my hometown the Stimilus saved teaching and other public jobs right away. Stimilus money has been awarded to Mobile County to build one new school and to renovate a crumbling high school. However it took some time for the money to be handed down from the Federal to the State, from the State to the County and then to the local School Board to decide where to use the the Stimilus funds.
    Construction has not started on either project but hopefully will be starting soon.
    These projects must be put for bids and that process alone can take months, so you can see why it may take some time for the Stimilus to have a full effect and create jobs. There are other projects that have been announced or underway in our county as well as our neighboring counties.
    Hopefully the stimulus will work as hoped and will create the jobs needed soon ! Hopefully in Bama !

    January 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  361. Maria A McMiller

    The stimulus package(s) approved are a step in the right direction. However the decision makers in some cases appear not to be making the best decisions to fall in line with the objective of creating more jobs,decreasing unempolyment, and making a difference in the total economy.
    Has anyone ever considered tax credit for finance charges being charged to consumer for credit debt, as the goverment allowed years ago?

    January 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  362. Betty, In Californina

    Tony, I have had the opportunity to observe many road signs stating
    " Your Stimulus Dollars at Work". These signs reassure me that my tax dollars are being spent two-fold, one it provides jobs to men and women
    working on the roads and second the roads are improved. Unlike the stimulus money being sent to the financial sector I can actually SEE the my tax dollars at work. Sometimes average people like me, need these visible signs.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  363. homer a woods

    greed is what is wrong with this country, i put up the first windmill for electricidy over 30 years ago in palm desert and tehatchapy and and the power companys and big oil put a halt to it because it would hurt their profits whats up check it out creed is killing us

    January 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  364. elaine

    I like what CNN is doing in their investigation of the stimulus funds, it does show that there have been positive results, and that many people have benefitted from this program

    January 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  365. fred davis exile az

    If the mainstream media would have examined and dissected Bush's policies and connections as much as they have president obama,s , then we probably would not be in such an absurd mess as we are now.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  366. Jerry Sherman

    I am sorry, Tony, that you see this week's focus on the stimulus as a debate. It is not. Josh Levs, Christine Romans, Ali Velshi and a multitude of offscreen contributers work their asses off to find where our money goes. I watch CNN for their contributions. I avoid the CNN bignames who twist and hype the stimulus story and others, leaving the viewers with an atomic wedgie.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  367. Mary in Michigan

    We need our jobs back in America, instead of giving our large corperations tax incentives to send our jobs overseas and allow these companies to evade taxes and hide their profits., not to mention the low cost of labor their paying and getting away with.I,ve seen this before ,and this
    does not work for the people of America., and it is making our nation poor and dependant upon other nations. To the rich, QUIT BEING SO GREEDY.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  368. Glen Copper

    Seventy-two years later, I am still using and enjoying almost everyday the stimulus money that FDR spent putting my father to work building the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee with the CCC, and I still attend concerts at Memorial Hall in Racine built at the same time with stimulus money from the WPA. I expect our grand children will be able to enjoy that tennis court, puppet theater or other project, as a result of the stimulus money spent under this president. And if, a generation later, I had to pay taxes to settle that debt, I didn't mind doing it.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  369. Leslie Ackerman

    Everyone's talking about the financial crisis that is affecting the world. The Stimulus Plan was supposed to stimulate the economy in the US, not stimulate those in the upper echelons who are doing just fine, thank you very much!

    It would have been better to give every American a slice of the pie. Mr. Bush tried to do this in the form of throwing a few $600 crumbs here-and-there. And what did people do with this tiny bit of money? They saved it – instead of spending it – which was not the intention of the hand out in the first place.

    A far better plan would be to give each US taxpaying citizen an amount of money that could actually make a difference in their lives, and let the IRS tax this income. What do you think the average Middle Class citizen would do with say, $25,000 or so? That's right, we would pay down our credit card debt and student loans, make a down payment on a house or car, buy that high-def TV we've always wanted and, yes, save a little bit, too.

    Mr. President, THIS is a Stimulus Plan that would actually stimulate our economy and help us get back on track! (It would stimulate your approval rating, too). Everyone's a WINNER!!!

    January 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  370. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    From what I've seen of the 'stimulus', it doesn't create any permanent jobs. Contractors can – and will – hire just for the project(s), then lay the people off.

    From what I've seen here locally in Lowell, Massachusetts squandered money on replacing a guard rail on Pawtucket Boulevard which traverses the north side of the river, when, just up the river on the same road, there's a 'temporary' bridge, the Rourke Bridge, that has been here since 1979. It's narrow -with absolutely no space to pull over – and, since it is a vital route for emergency vehicles, it endangers every vehicle that crosses it each day.

    The bridge is vital to the health and safety of our community as it is currently the northern-most of six bridges which span the Merrimack River here in Lowell. With its proximity to one of the two hospitals in the city, it reduces ambulance arrival times by at least twenty minutes – vital for someone in extreme life-threatening trauma. The same time savings are vital to the arrival times of trucks from a nearby fire station, too.

    There was apparently no attempt made that I can determine to place criticality weighting on any projects I've seen. Perhaps the guard rail project was an 'afterthought' to use up the funding, but there were also many projects that include more cosmetic – non-critical – improvements, such as repaving good roads and replacing good sidewalks and curbing.

    Politics played a big role when a pedestrian bridge across the highway near billionaire Robert Kraft's New England Patriot's stadium was proposed as a project, but got a lot of press and was subsequently rejected. "Krafty" gave a big sum to Patrick for his gubernatorial campaign and expected a big payback.

    It's scandals like this that swayed our recent Senate election, too.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  371. L Adams

    Hello are any of you standing in bread lines, are their riots in the streets, totally broke, are your kids still going to school? Wake up people, maybe thank the god of your choice, or the Federal Government!!


    January 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  372. hhadley

    Bush did give cash rebates in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 – $600 per person/$1200 per couple for most households. This obviously didn't prevent or lessen the Great Recession did it? One third of the 2009 Stimulus had to be tax cuts to appease the Republicans, who then all refused to vote for it. 95% of working Americans received a tax cut in 2009, but it was not largely stimulative – tax cuts rarely are. That tax cut is hardly ever acknowledged even by those who got it.

    But millions of unemployed workers have had their benefits extended, thereby letting them stay in their homes and eat. And thousands of teachers, fire fighters and police officers have been kept on the job, thereby benefiting them and their communities. And our family, and thousands of others received a direct benefit of about $1000 a month for 9 months from the COBRA subsidy, without which we would have not been able to keep our health insurance. Or in order to keep insurance for our asthmatic child we would have had to sell our house.

    Our breadwinner is a highly paid, 30+ year IT specialist who was out of work for 12 of 14 months. So all of you who think this just happens to other people – those who don't work hard, don't save, don't contribute to the general welfare – you are dead wrong. The stimulus has brought this country back from the brink. It was just too small to get the job done. Keep trying to enlighten the unfortunately uninformed, CNN.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  373. melvin north

    stimulus package I haven't seen anything benefiting from this stimulus package sounds as though they have found a way to screw everybody where are the real crooks I mean books Obama Obama Obama he's a fine man and pretty good President who's been flimflamed bamboozled swindled they played three card molley with him find the pea,bottom line is some people did some good things with this money but the majority probably just lined their pockets this money just gave people a reason to cry wolf If the economy was collapsing because of a few big wigs or bad practices which probably was illegal then so be it you made your bed now lie in it is what the President should have told them It took years to get into this mess it should take years to get out there are no quick fixes to anything i bet the people who through the economy into a spiralling downfall lives haven't changed one iota and ironically they were rewarded for it they suckered the nation

    January 26, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  374. heath

    I'm irate over all of this wasteful spending of our money, we already pay taxes to repair roads and bridges, as well as make new ones, this tax is seen at local,state, and federal levels, it's embedded into our gas/fuel surcharge tax,and taxes paid when you register your vehicles. Obama hasn't done much at all, other than simply put on a mask, sure he sounds good, and he's very articulate, much improved over most recent president, but all of our government officials are blinded by their own greed and lust for power, that they're destroying our beloved nation, you know Mel Gibson's character made a good statement in that movie The Patriot, when he said why fight a tyrant 3000miles away, just to have one as his neighbor, that's how people are starting to feel, it's more than just defining people by their socioeconomic status, it affects all of us, and we're growing much more closer to a real social uprival, a real revolution such as nobody in our times have ever seen, when an animal is backed into a corner, the fight or flight mechanism takes over, same thing happens with people, we're reaching the very point where we have nothing to lose, so we will fight back, it's time to change our government, set term limits on supreme court justices, and term limits for members of congress, these entities as well need to exercise their constituional power to check the president, remove all of his "czars", it's not one of the power's that a president has, he may create is cabinet, but those individuals are accountable for what they do or don't do. I look across our country and see so many decent folks loosing everything they have, people living in shelters and under bridges, yet there are boarded up houses all over this country, we must be a truly ignorant society, and how will history view us as we are now.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  375. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Lowell and other municipalities in Massachusetts have a crisis in problems of homelessness, hunger and poor treatment for the mentally ill, yet our Governor expended little, if any, of the 'stimulus' to support programs to deal with these issues. Instead, the problems were off-loaded to churches and other charities.

    This doesn't make any sense, especially as the Governor made huge cuts in the budgets for those programs at the same time as he seemingly threw away many times that amount on frills and was perfectly willing to give his 'pal' Robert Kraft a 'free' bridge across the highway near the Patriots Stadium in Foxboro.

    There's more scandal to the story of why Martha Coakley lost the recent Senate election.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  376. Cornelia Hall

    Of course I think the stimulus is working! Without it, this economy would really be stagnant. I don't understand how we as Americans don't understand that this process takes time and patience. This mess was not created in one year and won't be solved in one! CNN and MSNBC would serve us better by explaining the intricacies of this huge undertaking rather than pandering to our emotional responses that show little thought or reflection.

    January 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  377. Janice

    I lost my job and would have lost my house had it not been for the Making Home Affordable program. This is under the Stealth "leg" of your Stimulus Project. I am very, very grateful.

    I think it is wonderful what CNN is doing as far as looking closely at where the money is being spent. The Stimulus Program is so huge, that the government needs input from the people (via CNN) to learn what is working and what is not.

    What you are doing is productive. Other networks tend to simply criticize and complain which gets us nowhere.

    Tony – your questions and focus following the Haiti crisis was exceptional. You asked every question that I wanted answered. Great job!

    January 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  378. jim g

    stimulus bill is good for the country. News casters and most people love to say no . People say no because they want more , news caster say no bedause it helps there ratings good things dont help ratings and they know that. Get out of the gov. news and just report dont try to act like you know what your taling about

    January 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  379. Fightingforsurvival

    Good series so far on the Stimulus funds, The only thing that might be missing is a correlation between those companies receiving funds to political contributions.

    January 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  380. dutch

    Well Obama says on one hand he wants to cut waste but the facts show a different result the continue hand out of billions to military / corp/complex ( we would not even have an oil problem in this country if it wasn't for the military,the speaker of the house alone uses a 757 air force jet to fly to san fran & back every week to the cost to taxpayers of $60,000 a month JUST FUEL COST NOT CREW& PLANE MAINT.COST).The dems have plans to add millions (people)to medicare but @ the same time they say its broke,how is adding people going to work when they want to "cut waste" in medicare?
    I feel the stimulus has heleped some "conected"people not the avg.person as usual,all we get is the bills I see accorn is back feeding in the public trough.I'am just an american not dem/rep & I know I'am wasting my time here this will never make it as large multi-national corp.would'nt let something NOT PC be put out there!

    January 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  381. Ken Hewitt

    You make fun of the funding of scientific programs but in doing so you only prove how little you know about science. Go to and look at the article about the mollusk found 2 miles deep at a vent site. It has an unusually strong shell. It may very well lead to developing stronger load bearing materials and better surface protecting articles. I am sure that that was not the stated goal of the originating grant. When you are doing basic research, you never know what will come out of it.

    January 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  382. Chris J.

    I'll get right to the point, I have no problem with stimulus, I think its doing alot of good things for alot of deserving people but what I do have a problem with is companies like boeing (which I love) gets 15 million dollars for a clean up that is only going to employee 11 people??? Is that 11 people on top of people that already have?
    I worked for a company that employed 300 people that operated on about 3-4 million a year. What kind of clean up is this?? Please tell me that a contractor couldnt be found that could do the job more economically?
    If they want to create new jobs, here is one for ya.....
    Our government should make a position(s) that should be sending every tax paying american a monthly report on were our money is going, whos getting it, and how its being spent down to the dime. On top of that, all the (real) contracts for bid by our government should be made available to every American to view. I would find that to be more worthy news than what Pitt/Jolee are doing.

    January 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  383. Eric Bradley

    I am 'for' the stimulus

    January 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  384. Dawn Sinnott

    This is the Republican's deficit and I don't remember much media attention to the deficit when Bush was building it. Why does a Democrat always have to rescue the country from a Republican's wasteful spending? Clinton had to rescue the country from a huge deficit also.

    January 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  385. Ann

    Why can't you also focus on what IS working with the stimulus? I'm so tired damn tired of everything being negative and "sensational." There's no hope for hope if the media is the medium...

    January 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  386. melvin north

    The fall guy is Mr. Barak Obama. These people of congressional statue all need to be imprisioned, hung out to dry and raked over hot coals. Sorry to say. Money ,man and opportunity doesn't go together. These people that are making theses deals behind close doors are really screwing us all. The law of unintended consequences. Maybe their intentions are not to hurt us too bad well not to the point where we will notice or say leave us ie suspicious. Congress is full of greed hungry thievery manipulative individuals who will fulfill their own personal agenda first then maybe the rest of us later all of them. corruption to its highest level and unfortunately they need a fall guy. Mr Barak Obama Blame Barak for everything Well I sure hope Barak makes a nice profit off this. The wheels are turning and Barak is getting left. Find that money cnn. You all are going to send a lot of people to jail. Go Cnn I applaud you

    January 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  387. Samantha

    The stimulus was essentially a good idea; the problem is that few Americans have been able to take advantage of it because the small number of businesses who received stimulus dollars have hired illegals to do the work. There's been little oversight to make sure that Americans are hired and not illegals. Additionally, companies are still offshoring jobs and there's been no discussion of halting tax-breaks for those companies that send jobs overseas or prohibiting them from obtaining federal government contracts. No one seems to want to discuss these issues and yet expect the President to create jobs with some stop-gap measures focusing on the above.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  388. robert

    i think the best thing the presadent could do at this point is to get industry restarded in this country it not a fix but the economey is so unstable all around the world i my self prefer to not relay on foren supply to here. ppl want things cheep so it all out sourced well that is not a way to have a stable econamy with in your own country.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  389. john w

    We had best wake up to the fact that President Obama does not have 'a plan' to develop Jobs. And he isn't supposed to, either.

    If we don't let the private sector work as was intended--and that means the banks MUST begin aggressive loaning to small business (and clean up the continuing foreclosure mess) then our recession will surely erode into the worst economic and social conditions in our history.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  390. Jane Best

    My question is this? Wouldn't health care cost less if every insurance company in this country could compete for customers in all fifty states?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  391. Rod Mortensen

    Im opposed to it. Someone is making billions of dollars in profits, but is isnt the working man who it is supposed to help. For example the clean-up of a nuclear waste site, got $ 1.8 billion for 800 jobs. Thats $2.5 million per job. Where is the money really going?

    Also who was origionally responsible for the waste site and what is there responsibility?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  392. Paul

    Tony the only thing I want to say is everyone is beating up on President Obama and all he is trying to do is fix the economy and putting people to work,after eight years of the Bush administration with two wars and trillions of dollars in debt,I know what he said before he became a president but the blame is not all his he inherited all these problems ,now he needs time to fix all these problems handed to him ,he needs more than one year.As all ways the other party is all ways for the big business not the little man that is trying to survive,Because we are the ones paying the taxes the business people find all kinds of loop hold for not paying taxes.

    Thank you


    January 27, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  393. Lottie

    Jobs created by government are hard to get.. What about those people who need a job and they can't qualify to get a city or state or government job? Its still all about the rich getting richer and the poor staying poor.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  394. Patty Hoben

    Unfortunately, the federal government has proven itself to be irresponsible in overseeing most (if not all) of their spending projects, therefore, I am completely against the stimulus. Printing and spending money only gets us deeper into the black hole of debt, especially when there seems to be no 'checks and balances' for how the money is spent. It seems to me that we keep throwing 'good money after bad' and thinking we'll get a positive result! Why give more money to those who have proven they cannot manage what they already had? That is insanity! It angers me that our representatives continue to put the American people deeper in debt. The only way out of the problem is the long, slow, hard way which requires patience.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  395. robert

    the siimulus is being abused by some countys and city goverments wher i live in long beach wash state ther repaving a road that was just rebuilt 3 years ago that was a primary access for a rod run during the tourest season and adding a street light wile laying off several teachers i think the schools and our future in our childern are more important no it is not working at all thers to much room for abuse

    January 27, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  396. Charlie Hartman Asheville NC

    At first I was totally for the idea. However, now I consider it as a good idea with poor implamentation, lacking both check points and safegards.

    Now Let Me See.... Does this sound like :

    A: The Miss approperated funds and implamentation of NewOrleans
    B: How long it took us to get to HAITI, and how much has American Goverment Done ??? I think it is the People of America that have done it all including KIDS as old as 8 that have done more.

    Please Please Please

    Wake up America all the GOVERMENT DOES is WASTE MONEY....


    Charlie Hartman Hendersonville, NC

    January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  397. Denis in Delaware

    I think it is important to note that in turning around a bad economy the much revered Ronald Reagan got to a 10.8% unemployment rate with a situation that was much less severe than the financial collapse we got in late 2008. I think the recent 10 to 10.2%% unemployment rate has been a near genius outcome considering our dire depression type circumstance.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  398. Fever

    This whole conversation is so stupid. Of course stimulus spending money will create jobs no matter how wasteful that spending is. The problem is, every dollar that gets spent needs to be paid back. So it's ultimately a question of who is most likely to spend that money more efficiently the Government or the taxpayer? The correct answer to that question is the taxpayer. In other words, when the Government finally starts to repay it's debt it will erode way more jobs than it creates. Especially when you factor in costs of collecting taxes, interest paid on Government debt and poorly spent stimulus monies.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  399. Pamela Diaz

    The stimulus money is not being wasted if the money is finding its way into the hands of American citizens for use and consumption of consumer goods. Even an irrevelant research project feeds an American business or person – office supplies, leases, telecommunicaitons, salaries, benefits – health/social security contributions – or even payment of a person's mortgage or support of their family. Unless your stimulus project proves the money was sent overseas – why the labeling the money as "wasted."? Waste is big banks and big companies getting bonuses from gleaning from the money they are entrusted to protect and invest or the laying off of mass number of personnel to "increase profits for investors". That is true waste an unconsionable yet overlooked as the true problem with this country's economy – not Washington trying to help – but Americans slicing and dicing our own – bloodletting.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  400. Ann

    Dear Tony:

    Do you think the Stimulus money is being misused on purpose to score political points for the right?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  401. Steven Mingus

    I can't speak for all of the stimulus money, however my Americorps Volunteer position was funded through the stimulus. In that way the stimulus has given me a job and through my work is benefiting Columbus, OH.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  402. helpserve

    I'm against large federal government. I cna't can't run anything effectively. Preident Obama's wife has 23 assistants at $45K each. A trave company would pay about $25 to 30K, far less. Managing the medical plans would cost triple because they pay twice the salary and federal employees get speical medical and retirement plans. Their people fly on private jets instead of commercial airlines and stay at only the most expensive hotels, just to name a few.
    – Example how out of touch is the reductions on taxes that are onl;y based on working people!
    The money needs to go to private industry for equipment upgrades, double the child care tax to better cover the child care services for parents to go to work and get off welfare. The government should give out the money that would have been wasted on new government salaries to offest the medical insurance cost for
    small businesses, so they can affort hire more people.
    – Use the bailout to allow seniors to retire earlier. This would open up tens of thousands of jobs for the soldiers coming back and the youth of America. Employment of the youth also reduces crime since it is the only many beieve they have to make money and survive.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  403. Bonnie

    I am Canadian. President Obama has inherited a huge mess. I fail to understand how Americans expect him to clean it up so quickly. He is a honest intelligent man who truly cares about the people. Can you imagine where you would be if Bush was in power. Give him a decent chance. We would gladly adopt him here in Canada. Americans are always looking for the quick fix.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  404. george granger

    Do you know that we give 10 billion to Isreal every year with a 10 percent increase agreed to for the next 10 years?That means over the 10 years that we are in this agreed to aid we will give to the Isreali government more than110 billion in aid.I believe we are in our seecond year of this agreement.Why not track what the Isreali govt. does with this money?What are they using this money for?.How about suspending foreign aid altogether until our budget is balaqnced and the nationl debt is retired?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  405. matthew

    the stimulis package should have been payed to the taxpayers that way they could payoff debts or spend that money when debts are payed and products are bought companys grow or stay in operation
    no brainer

    January 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  406. Kyle

    I disagree with Christine Roman on your last Jobs Report, when she stated that we preferred the Private Sector to create jobs version the government.
    To me, that is an old business model created by those who support facilitate Private Sector Jobs where the fat cat draw their income, and fear that well paying government jobs would be a major source of completion.
    The facts are that the government is creating jobs that simulate the economy and Big Business is cutting jobs to increase profit. Big Business goals are in many cases in direct opposition to what is best for the Average American.
    Healthcare is a prime example where Big Business over charges for services and then lobbies to prevent a government intervention that would lessen the cost and relieve the strain of the American Public.
    A government solution would be Universal Healthcare, which could give jobs to the unemployed sector, and could lessen the burden on the taxpayers (if implemented correctly).
    Chief opposition comes from “Big Business”.
    Let the government create the jobs where needed, and lets do what is best for American.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  407. Joshua

    Im glad CNN is looking into the stimulas, I tried reading it when it was made public record. I wonder though, many comments on the "tax" portion of the package are being bashed, but did any, or even 1 tax cut help the middle or lower classes?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  408. O M Patrick

    How does the government expect the economy to move forward and real growth to start in the public sector when we, as working class people have no extra money to spend. Tied up from paying credit card debts, and dealing with greedy bankers and lawyers the middle class in unable to move forward. Cost of living raises become no good, when gas and health insurance prices are steadily rising.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  409. Paul

    Tony the biggest problem that President Obama made is that all that Stimulus money given to wall street and banks as usual they lined their own pockets ,what he should have done was to give it to main street because the small business is the ones that hire people and the economy flourish by people paying taxes,another words if the wheel gets the grease it will move faster. I hope that the remaining of the stimulus money goes to the main street.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm |
  410. Jim Carson

    The general lack of effect from the Stimulus Plan seems to show that our highly paid Economists do not have a good model of our economy. Maybe research on our our economy works would be a good place to spend some money.

    We and American companies have forgotten that the Worker is also a Consumer. As jobs have been transferred out of the country we have diminished the ability of our population to request goods and services. After enough years of this it does not take much to destroy our ability to to maintain a health job market. I recommend that some stimulus money be used to encouraged companies to bring jobs back.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  411. Toebin

    The American public is amazing. All they want is a quick fix, more of the ME generation with instant gratification.

    Of course the stimulus package is working. The economy was in free fall when Obama took office. It's stabilized now but there is still much work to be done. This problem won't be solved with a twitch of the nose and a blink of an eye. It may take YEARS ...

    The 60% that feel it isn't working need to grow up, suck it up and realize we didn't get into this mess over night, and it won't be fixed over night either.

    We also need a Congress that is willing to work FOR us rather than playing the political game and keeping their personal income flowing in from special interests and lobbyists..

    January 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  412. tc.morrow

    Tony why want the president just give the money back to the people . The banks will get the money back anyway. And We will stimulate the economy. Cause we will spend the money and that will create jobs.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  413. Andrew Axelson

    You have got to be kidding me. You guys just did a peice on a company that wants to make electric cars and received 100 Million dollars to create 50 jobs. That is 2 million dollars per job created.
    At $50,000 thousand a year, 2 million dollars would give someone a job for 40 years. When you report this stuff cant you atleast put it in perspective that these jobs created claims are crazy. How many employees does this business have right now and what is the CEO making from that 100 million dollar loan. It is this attitude that is breaking our country financially. Then to show we just added to the stimulus because of unemployment and food stamps worries me as to how the President and Congress our balancing our countries checkbook.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  414. Laura

    The stimulus plan is a plan to make the rich richer. It has done nothing for the middle class. If they had split up what they gave to banks and companies and given a share to every US citizen, the country would be in much better shape. The worker/US Citizen is the consumer. Stop all the out sourcing of jobs, tax companies that out source jobs. Stop bringing in none US citizens for jobs until US citizen have jobs. If they need training – train them.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  415. Brian

    Tony, Enough with blaming Obama for all the economic problems which were mostly brought on by his predecessors and their corporate welfare bums, cronies and lobbyists that have had a sweet time exporting jobs and closing companies in North America, while living a financially lucrative and lush lifestyle, while the rest of Americans are struggling. These same people have the gall yet to explain all this to Americans like if “we the people” were all stupid with our heads cut off. What should Obama do? Arrest all these corporate welfare bums, cronies and lobbyists and jail them with stiff sentences for treason? Because that is what he will have to do to stop this insane and immature behaviour of these people who have sold and exported American jobs while closing down companies in small town America for profit. As the song goes Democracy needs to come to America. Why do "we the people" I have to hear and listen to American people via the Media blaming everything on Obama instead of blaming the real culprits who are benefiting and who have benefited from this with excessive salaries, bonuses and retirement packages while exporting North American jobs. Why are corporate CEO'S, their lobbyists and certain sold out corporatist senators and representatives being let off the hook? Learned helplessness or an unhealthy belief in a capitalist myth and an immature one-tract mind system (Ignacio Ramonet) that believes in an invisible hand of the market that will save their derrières? North Americans need to become mature in what is an authentic American Dream and way of life instead of the addiction version. North Americans need to learn how to ask the right questions instead of living a life of denial while corporatists continue to bleed this country dry while laughing all the way to the bank.
    Take Care,

    January 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  416. SHELAH, North Dakota

    Hi Tony,

    I hear about entitlement programs, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, Unemployment taking up most our nation's budget, but I do not hear about any enabling legislation or resolutions to help decrease the spending for these program. It would seem beneficial to include in the stimulus more employer job enabling incentives. Attractive Stimulating Incentives that would enable and attract participants on these programs to safely transition from these programs without jeopardizing the individual purpose of them. Now this may sound like more spending, but if you can enable people to no longer need these programs and be able to eventually afford to pay for them, would then the savings not outweigh the expense? For example Medicaid and Food Stamps, having healthcare and access to healthcare, food and income are related to enabling. They both contribute to a person that participates to be able to fully participate in our economy, so then should some of the stimulus money be spent on more solutions that are entitlement program enabling incentives (JTPA, TJTC, WOTC) stimulus solutions aimed at participant transitioning without loss of benefits that would discourage and create participant failure.

    Thank you for allowing me ,and maybe many others, time to give you an opinion, and to simply tell you how and why we involuntarily contribute to this nation's debt through entitlement programs. To conclude, It's simple , when you are in a participant in program cobweb, who will be enabled enough to take the risk to get you out, and is it worth the risk of immediately losing a program that keeps you enabled.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  417. Debbie

    When the stimulus money was used to repave our deplorable roads, signs were posted marketing the "Obama Administration's stimulus policy at work". It was a great improvement to our infrastructure, but, what about those those jobs, now that the work is completed? Roads were repaired, however, the economy was only given a band-aid. We need to create lasting jobs....not temporary work.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  418. Priscilla

    I'm not sure where I stand. I know Cummins is receiving a 40 million dollar grant, part of the stimulus money, this should create 6000+ jobs.I, along with100 from my factory,not including the other factory they've closed, just got laid off so they can manufacture their product in Mexico.Are all those jobs going to Mexico?How is this stimulating the U.S.?

    January 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  419. Billie Elliott

    I am an independent voter, with no illusions! I don’t vote for parties, but good working ideas; good thinking forward people. President Obama has a hard and long road and I am willing to give him a chance.
    In my opinion people should take ownership of themselves. Too many people are under educated in this country and refuse to go back to school. That is not the Presidents problem or fault, although many so call intelligent Americans are trying to make it his problem.
    I look at the classifieds everyday even though I am retired just to see if there are jobs out there and guess what; there are jobs just unqualified workers. The government can’t make these people jobs there are jobs. Go back to school or take up knitting and sell your products.

    We can blame the government for bank give a-ways, but who is blaming the homeowners for taking loans that they knew they could not afford?

    Who is blaming the unions for paying people more money than what they were worth and they started to believe it; well I blame them and our laws that permit this kind of disgrace. Unions were designed to protect and help give a fair wage not $47.00 and hour to someone who finished 9th grade because their family worked at the plant.

    Yes, this is the kind of thing that makes me mad. People don’t seem to hear or get mad about the things that are really wrong.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  420. Billie Elliott

    No, I just wish the money would have been freed up sooner than later!
    I am amaze at the people who receive Social Security, Medicare and other social programs who are so upset. Not wanting to help others, some of these people have out lived any money they ever put into the system. Yes, I am a new retiree and glad of it. I understand working for the next generation and so on, but it appears many American don't understand the concept. Unfortunately the lack of education in this country will not be leaving much for the future. So let's not blame the govrnment . but ourselves!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  421. Olivia

    Why didn't they make the banks lower the Interest Rates on existing toxic loans that are current? Banks have all finacial information, why make people re-qualify? Drop interest rates and then give them the money. They got the new money, and refuse to qualify people at a lower interst rate. How is that helping us? I want President Obama to do well, I voted for him, he gave us hope. But he started backwards, he should of helped the people first not the banks. We are still stuck in this mess and banks enjoying it all, from our end and the Goverment.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  422. Denise Husbands

    Two of my daughters are employed through stimulus money. One is employed at a local bank and is part of a team working to refinance 90,000 mortgage. A second daughter is part of a research team at Emory University. The problem with stimulus is the dishonesty and lack of integrity of local governments who continue to award major contracts to cronies. Check of governor Crist in the Florida where I live. Check your data files regarding the proposed, unnecessary bridge in Palm City, Florida. A lot of older people in Florida, where I live, sit on planning boards and block transportation projects because public transportation would be unwanted people to their communities. This is first information.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  423. nick

    my company berry plastics of Franklin, KY received 21 million in stimulus to save jobs which was a lie they used the money to purchase new machines that are going to cut jobs have not created new jobs addding to company plus they have been laying off workers and hiring temps in their place and the city of Franklin use stimulus money to buy brick cross ways on main streeet and that did not help local citizens with jobs just help the downtown look more pretty pl us the contractor where from out of town no locals got to work with the new brick cross ways.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  424. gary williams

    JOBS how power lines with the rest UNDER GROUND be over 10mil jobs get this 2 the pepole bye

    January 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  425. Hal Buhr

    Maria Emata- you are confusing the 2009 stimulus, the ARRA, with 2008's TARP, bank bailout, which was passed even before Obama won the election. That was called for by Hank Paulson, former CEO of Goldman Sachs (convenient, huh?) and Bernanke. Don't get all bent out of shape by Bernanke's involvement. He was about the only Republican who "got it". If it wouldn't have destroyed our entire economy, I'm pretty sure Bernanke would have let AIG and the banks fail, but he knew it would have been like pouring an accelerant on a small fire.

    January 31, 2010 at 1:05 am |