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January 27th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

State of the Union

President Obama's first State of the Union speech is tonight.
What do you want to hear on jobs, the economy?
Leave your comment here. We'll air some of them between 11a-1pET.
Be sure to watch the president's speech on CNN.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (218 Responses)

    I hope President Obama NOT only speak on the popular events in the economy, but how these AUTO INSURANCE companies don't live up to contracts with poilcy holders and while and the popular things are heard daily the injuried victims of accidents go unheard and left with BILLS, BILLS.... NO LIFE

    January 27, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  2. ken

    I would like obama to honestly tell the country WHAT as president he has to do with creating jobs other than federal jobs. Jobs are created by the private sector not the government. Banks and wall street have received 23 trillion in 0% loans, tax deductions for sending jobs oversees, 15% income tax rates for ceo's, and still no jobs. Why because the corporate world is greedy. Obama needs to take care of the 13 trillion national debt which he does control by cutting defense spending 10%, eliminating all tax deductions for greedy corporations, raising the top tax rate to 90%, and making medicaid recipients pay for health care premiums just like seniors have to pay for medicare $108. per month for part B plus $265. supplemental. Obama can only talk about jobs he cannot provide one job in the private sector.

    January 27, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  3. John Tyler Pennsylvania

    For the sake of the American middle class I want to hear about bipartisanship between the President and Congress. If this can be achieved the middle class will not become extinct.

    January 27, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  4. Carlos a Cruz

    I want to nominate mr.Sanjay Gupta for his efforts in Haiti his hard work as a doctor an as a journalist. It's been just heart warming to watch him in action. CNN hero of the year is Sanjay Gupta...

    January 27, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  5. mblake

    BOY all the money the government spends on education and there are so many stupid people. Here he goes again with the WE thing. He is a joke and he THINKS he knows why the americans are angry and frustrated? He stole from the poor and gave to the rich. Instead of helping the people who were victims from these incompetent banks He gave to the banks instead of helping the ones that were hurt by these banks . The most powerful positon in the world and he thinks he is doing a decent job. I say get him out of office before he puts everyone on the streets. I personally like the word impeach. People get fired everyday if they don't produce

    January 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  6. Victor Medina

    After watching and listening to your negativism about our president and the stimulus package for the last two days, I am switching to Fox News for a while; they are not nearly as biased.

    January 27, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  7. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    State of the Union: The same old same old, you wash my hand I'll wash yours and all the while political talk to make America look good while the poor get poorer and the rich get richer! What has happened to our Judea/Christian nation that cares about all people, mostly the sick, poor and elderly?

    January 27, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  8. ronnie patrick

    I am looking forward to the President's speech tonight for the President has a lot to say. I just know there were a lot of behind the scene discussions went on after the election last Tuesday. I just know lots of lessons have been learned and planns have be made. It is going to be interesting to hear this great stuff from I think an amazing President who came in on the worse of worse. I admire him for trying to fight the mess the last 8 years brought our country. Yes Clinton left us financially secure in the budget but that Bush left this Country in a real mess and this young President is getting the blame for this terrible mess. Loss of jobs, housing, health insurance, banks, two wars, poor relationships around the world, and the list goes on and on. What person would not blame Obama because we all are looking for miracles and that is a fact. It is normal to have someone to blame for what we all are facing terrible times. Our President is the one in the hot spot and he will prevail just wait and see. Just think what would have been the real chance of an African American being President of this great free world. You have just got to be smart enough to know that it had to be devine intervension and when that happens it is going to be a successful story in the end. I know for a fact if he was not to be successful he would have been taken out during the two years he ran or in the Senate, or Congress. This is for sure where he is suppose to be and the rest is history. For me and my family and friends we will praise the Lord and pray for him to make sound decisions and to change things around for the good for all.

    January 27, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  9. mblake

    OMG poor poor Obama working his fingers to the bone and still blaming it on past presidents. He lied to people, he wanted to be president , he does not get to blame. He is doing the exact same thing he claims the others did to create this mess. What sacrifices has he made? So easy to say so many things when you are not feeling anything. . He has the gift of gab, He talks a good game. The only change is the change he is putting people through what change is he going through. First off Americans who are on budgets and money is low don't go out and spend frivously. Didn't stop him personally and on behalf of our money

    January 27, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  10. sean lamb

    hopefully Obama makes good choices

    January 27, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  11. mblake

    The only thing that would change my mind about how he feels for the middle class is 2 things. EVERYONE who was affected from what these banks did should get their mortgages reduced to the lowest interest rate out there until they get jobs regardless of any rules. That does not mean extending their loan either .Let the banks give back to those they affected Those terms of extension are a slap in the face as if to say the people with those loans did something wrong Banks have to be held accountable and monitored for making future loans. Second give huge credits to small businesses so they can hire more employees. For every employee they hire, they are entitled to a huge credit. Until he is willing to do that he is just talking a good game.AGAIN.

    January 27, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  12. Lilarose in Oregon

    I expect Obama to admit he is responsible for all of my problems.

    I expect Obama to find a job for every one of us who is jobless.

    I expect Obama to save my house from foreclosure.

    I expect Obama to grant me and my family medical insurance.

    I expect Obama to do all of this in the next twenty-four hours.

    Snap to, Obama! Git 'er done!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  13. Patricia Lite Hickman

    Thank you Tony for being the voice of reason today,, when you said the people want everything fixed tomorrow. Absolutely! President Obama said on the night of election "the road ahead won't be easy..." I cannot understand the mood of the people. They've completely forgotten who and what party got us in this big mess in the first place! There is no quick fix to something that took us eight or more years to get into.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  14. Rita

    President Obama has the tough job of representing American people while having to work with politicians who refuse to play well with each other. It's a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance – she had to do the same dance only in a long dress, high heeled shoes, and backwards.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  15. Pavel

    Hi Tony! I am currently visiting Boston from Belarus. In Belarus we have a dictatorship and there is a growing sense among the democratic opposition that somehow Obama is doing much less than his predecessor to support democratic activists around the world. As some famous person once said, "A dictatorship anywhere in in world is a threat to democracy everywhere". For many years USA has adhered to this principle in its foreign policy. Now things have changed and a lot of good people around the world feel betrayed. What's your take on this? Thank you.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  16. Flavia

    I want to hear what he's going to do to try and turn this economy around. I also want to hear him give a good talking to congress and the senate! I believe that he's doing the best he can, the problem is his plans are being slowed down by the politicians on capital hill.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  17. mblake

    Gibbs is a joke. THAT IS BLAME. If an employee does something and gets fired and another is hired they WILL NOT KEEP their job saying I inherited this so its ok I make so many mistakes. HE SHOULD NOT have taken the job. You don't get immunity for what someone else does.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:12 am |

    Hi Tony,

    We need to hold our state and local politians accountable as well. The President has made billions of dollars available to the states to put people back to work. Isn't that what he said he would do? Let's bang down the door of our state and local officals and make them hear us !

    January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  19. Jon

    I would like to hear the President talk about rexaiming the Fiat money system that we currently are under. It seems to me that we have given it a try for almost a hundred years and it does not seem to work.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  20. Tim

    I would like to hear how all parties, Republican and Democrats are going to fix this mess for the good of the country. They should forget what party they represent and remember the people who are suffering.
    Then come up with a solution for the best of the country and not the special interest groups. My son said, if they gave out all the money they gave to the banks and morgage companies to the taxpayers, wouldnt that stimulate the econony? Seems like he had a better solution than giving it to the comapanies that aren't helping the people.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  21. Hector Vallenilla

    Networks are spreading pessimism across the nation. One year is not enough time to solve problems that took years to create. Obama is well-intentioned individual. The anger of those posting here should be aimed at those who continue to put up barriers to his agenda. Thanks. God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America (all Americans regardless of race and creed).

    January 27, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  22. Dexter

    I would like to hear President Obama speak about the space program and the goals President Bush set. The impression I have is NASA does not have the budget to accomplish those goals, so are the goals changing or will NASA's budget increase to help meet those goals?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  23. Mehrdad

    I would like him to talk about banks. Why did the banks make so much money in the last parts of 2009 while the American people were suffering. This is while the Federal government helped thae banks. BFederal gov. did not charge banks any interest and banks made interest by buying treasury bills.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  24. Annonymous

    It would be good idea to understand the composition of the people unemployed across timeline as under:
    By Age group; By Education; By Student loans o/s; By Race;By Region
    This statistic would give viewers the depth of the problem & the hard reality facing our nation. The more unemployed the educated are, the worse off the nation will be from a real recovery.
    I expect the President to highlight the composition of the unemployed including people who have stopped looking for jobs to demonstrate he gets it. Then lay out a plan how he is going to approach & hope to solve the problem. Anything short will just be a bogus & a sham on "Change is Coming".

    January 27, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  25. Harold Lashier

    There's little the president or congress can do to increase the number of jobs available. It really depends on people feeling secure enough to spend money.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  26. Sandy

    I would like to know if welfare will be exempt from spending freeze? It should NOT be exempt. In fact, in my opinion as well as most other tax paying citizens it should be the first program cut. This is Obama's chance to cut welfare without singling it out. There are many people getting a free ride for a very long time and it needs to stop NOW! We are all struggling and there is no reason some people should get a free ride including free housing, free food, free utilities and free healthcare on the backs of the uninsured taxpayers while the rest of us who have been paying taxes and working all our lives and recently lost our job go hungry, cold and homeless with no healthcare. Besides the fact that a huge percentage of people collecting welfare are working off the books or have nothing keeping them from working. I personally know MANY people doing just that. In fact, I can give a list of names and have given names and info to "welfare fraud" just to be told, "We know it goes on, it's hard to catch these people". Why doesn't the government beef up the welfare fraud departments and give good people jobs, trim the fat, so to say. Additionally, how is it racist to give welfare recipients drug testing when many of the people who work and pay the tax money which provides for the welfare recipients must take drug tests to keep their job. Why should we who take drug tests to keep our job be forced to continue to support Welfare recipients who are doing drugs! That is NOT to say they all do drugs, but it is a fact that many do. They, like the employed who support them should have to take drug tests to keep their free support. The taxpayers supporting them have the right to know if a welfare recipient DOES do drugs and clearly has no interest in getting back on their feet, they also should have the right to report these people abusing the system and see results.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  27. Andrew

    Obama needs to tell everyone to calm down, and let him do his job. The guy has been in office for just one year after being handed a giant mess of a country, and so many people are angry that the problems aren't solved yet. He told us from the very beginning (even before he took office) the road to recovery would be a long one. He got elected for a four year term. Let him finish his time, and then we can judge him on election day.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  28. Charlie Hartman Asheville NC

    A president dose NEITHER
    a] create jobs nor does he b] make law
    The president has four years and a limit of 8 years but we have over 200 house and senate members with over 20 years, and THEY are the one that truly run the country, WHO VOTED IN THE STIMULAS not the PRES. he did sign it yes but had the House and the Senate HAD NOT MADE IT ..IT WOULDD NOT HVE BEEN ON HIS DESK ..
    Also they are the ones taking SOFT MONEY not the President

    So lets start throwing all that are in OFFICE .... vote THEM OUT of OFFICE

    Starting TODAY....

    Charlie Hartman Hendersonville, NC

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  29. Jess

    I would like the president to tell my where my fathers (a baby boomer) savings in investment of the stock market is. I would like to know why when all these baby-boomers are supposed to be getting a payout at this exact point in time the money is gone, and why he is putting my dads money in the pockets of already rich people that got us in this mess! I would also like to know why these people that are swindling MILLIONS from investors are only getting punishment of 3 years in jail. I saw on oprah a couple weeks ago a woman whose husband was some big shot on wall st. that swindled 12 million from investors and his only punishment was 3 years!!! I don't know about anyone else, but the message I got was that 3 years is a very small price to pay for 12 million....I am sure many big shots on wall st. got the same message.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  30. mblake

    Where did you get your figures with the american debt. Does anyone realize the american debt is being reduced because banks can NOT collect from consumers or businesses and as a result of that the banks are taking pennies on the dollar from people to pay accounts outstanding who can not pay, thus reducing the american debt. Please keep that in mind before fooling the american public in thinking things are getting better.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  31. tom

    hi i just want to say i have lost all hope in my gov. it seams they were more interned in saving the big banks with leaving us middle class people in hell i lost my 401k money i lost my job and then i lost my house. the programs that were suppose to help are a joke....we should have never bailed them out we should have let them crash.

    i think are president need to forget health care for now you should be on save my job but instead he putting all his energy in health care that will never work how am i suppose to pay for it when i don't have a job.

    the unemployment rate in michigan is 14.5 and i am fixing to run out of unemployment and there is nothing out there.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  32. Don - Vegas

    1) I would like to hear from President Obama that he will honestly discuss issue bipartisan and televise them on CSPAN as he promised he would in the campaign.

    2) I would like to see President Obama provide me with the EXACT SAME INSURANCE that Congressmen get in Washington JUST AS HE PROMISED in the campaign.

    As with all politicians, Republican and Democrat ... he lied his way to power and now has fallen to the needs and power of Special Interest. He needs to apologize to the American public for the lies he has perpetrated on the population. Then get on with business and do the right thing and I will vote for him again!

    Don – Vegas

    January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  33. Lawrence West

    Let us not forget it's only been a year. It's been 8 years of screw up. We as americans have to stop asking what Mr. Obama is going to do for us, but what we can do to help his mission. Anyone that voted for him should continue the mission. Start leaning on your congressional leaders in your state and your senators to. They play a major role on what goes in this country. And they're only mission is re-election. If your not working you should be at your congressional or senators office everyday asking why. Remember it's the private sector who donates money to there campaigns. Wake up america keep in touch. Keep your focus Mr. President your doing just fine in my book.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  34. Danielle Santopietro

    Tony, how about fix the banking system, prohibit them from charging fees to all of Americans and then they will have to lend moneys to small business which will then create more jobs and financial growth. I am amazed by the simplicity of the solution if our government was just doing their jobs. "protect the people". Just stop allowing big banks to destroy this beautiful country.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  35. Liz K

    The President acknowledges that most of the jobs created in this country are created by the Private sector. Why then has most of the stimulus money gone to the Public sector? Until businesses know what roadblocks are soon to be implemented by Washington – like the public option & cap & trade, paralysis will continue. Freeze FICA payroll taxes ( 15.3% ) & continue Bush tax cuts for an immediate bump up. The faster the President gets out of the private sector, the faster the recovery. Also, raising discretionary spending in Dec. then freezing further increases in Jan (& not effective until 2011) is a shell game & the American public is getting a pretty sharp eye

    January 27, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  36. Mark Scholfield

    I think Obama has to be BOLD and lay out a plan to move ahead as a Nation. The voices that allowed Obama to win the election do not and probably won't have the ability to give him the spark he may need to get D.C. moving What Americans want is action when needed and restraint 100% of the time from their government, not an easy task. I truly believe that we fell far enough in this economy to warrant some BOLD actions.
    Obama should stand up and say
    This is what I want!
    This is what I will Sign!
    And give the Congress its mandate from the people for action, because that is the sentiment coming to Congress in future elections, out with the deadbeat 'old' members!
    I think if the world leaders meeting today provides a voice for real Financial Reform he will be able to elevate from their that task.
    Healthcare is truly getting ridiculous and has been dirty worse now with the SUPREME COURT RULING this week on political ads.
    I wonder where we are heading in next 8 years or so.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  37. Bruce

    I had a great job in '09 manufacturing equipment for oil drilling,I want to hear Obama say the U.S is going to stop buying oil from overseas and drill HERE so I and many of of my friends can go back to work!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  38. ana

    I think, that because we live in a society that wants instant fixes to everything, that we expect an instant fix in our economy. People, wake up! It took 8 years to get here. Change doesn't occur overnight-what occurs in the previous presidency always reverberates to the next administration and it takes a minute to turn things around. Jeez, I find it simply amazing how UNREALISTIC and almost fantasy-like my fellow American's mindsets are.....the ignorance is astounding–it's like no one has ever read a book on economics and how government functions. I know unemployment is painful, heck, I'm unemployed. But if you recall, he laid out what would occur when he came into office. He clearly stated that things would get worse at first but then the markets would improve and then the general economy. How short our memories are....I think Pres. Obama obviously cares-who else in the world would want to take on the job of saving a sinking ship....

    January 27, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  39. Donna R.

    Tony–our president could make the greatest speech of his life, have the best stimulus ideas ever, but his opposers will never allow him to be successful. This is all about making sure he fails, with no consideration for the people. All of the Dems. need to acquire some kahunas and let the Reps. know that the people come first.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  40. Joseph RODRIGUEZ

    True, are comment stated previously ABOUT the private sector creating jobs.
    What the current Gov SHOULD do is require all USA car makers to hire, produce,and manufacturere a 100% american product.
    Offer a massive tax break to all companies who hire this year and then reduce that tax break in the following years. Incentives will make the big and small businesses reinvest and hire people at a much rapid pace.
    The Gov needs to act record speeds .
    Joseph RODRIGUEZ

    January 27, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  41. Jerry Klein

    I find it facinating that the President and congress tried to control the outrageous behavior of banks with their huge interest and penalty charges. Yet (as usual) the loopholes worked to the banks advantage and the consumers continue to be suffering with debts that cannot be repaid because of gouging interest rates. This problem is part of what should be the recovery and the federal control of banking.

    Furthermore, the banks who have received billions continue to delay refinancing of homes. Foreclosures are rising, people are suffering when banks could have and should have been there to help. The fed must now stepin and demand action to save people from poverty and further unemployment!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  42. Patty Hoben

    Mr. President,
    I do not believe that it is the government's responsibility to provide every citizen with a job, however, I think that government needs to be fiscally conservative and create a "friendly" climate allowing small businesses to grow and thereby create new jobs.
    Mr. President, the federal government needs to DECREASE.IN SIZE, ...STOP SPENDING... STOP ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS... AND STOP BAILOUTS!!!
    Thank you.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  43. Mike B.

    100 million Americans, who still have jobs, have decided to cut back on spending, and just buy the basic essentials. If an employer sells a product that people no longer want to buy, that employer is not going to be able to afford to hire more employees. Also, the Great Depression did not magically end in one year, and when I was looking for work during the 1983 recession, it took a couple of years for the country to start to turn around.

    President Obama and his Administration are putting programs into place that will help the country pull out of this recession. President Obama should not be blamed for a drop in consumer spending, and a loss, at the state level, of much needed tax revenue.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  44. Phil Cameron

    So far he has been the president of the liberal democrats. I look forward to him being the president of all of us. That means that he has to resonate with all of us and focus on the nations top issues: jobs, jobs, security, spending, taxes. He also has to find a way to get the Republicans on board. No easy job.

    When it comes to stimulus, give us the money in the form of tax cuts and let us spend it. We know what we want and business will supply it to us. It has been pointed out numerous times that the economy depends on us spending and spending and spending. Government spending on government projects means nothing, just more debt.

    You have been analyzing the stimulus jobs that are created, look at the cost per job. Pretty ineffective spending.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  45. wayne l green

    please tell president obama to give tne money to the people. eveything we buy creates jobs, it"s ower money. I mean everything we buy.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  46. Herb


    I think that President Obama will push the idea of creating jobs, once again, to Congress. This will have a big effect I feel, as Congress will realize that after the Massachusetts elections that their jobs aren't safe. So, Congress will press on and continue to create jobs.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  47. Beth

    The problems are not President Obama. He inherited more and as he took office, he uncovered even more. All the republicans that are choosing to point fingers need to remember as my late Dad used to say, "When you point one finger out, three point back." Everyone that is reporting the frustrations of the American people, need to experience it first hand. Prospective employers do not return calls or answer emails. If you do get a call back, they subject you to 3 hour interviews. Then another two weeks go by and you get an email stating that they are reworking the position and would you be willing to take it for 50% less! Meanwhile, you think you maybe getting the job so you hold off on applying for other jobs. I am sure Employers are just as frustrated by demanding candidates. What we all need to do is to take a breath...and remember to RESPECT one another.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  48. Willa Martin Bailey

    Our government does not get it!
    The SBA, ARC stimulus program is a joke...
    The banks are holding their money and are not lending or participating in the SBA/ARC program. Small Businesses have the greatest opportunity to add family sustaining careers (jobs) than the short term construction jobs.
    We, personally, have the capacity to add 4-5 employees, but cannot get financial assistance for growth.
    Unless you have had to make payroll on Friday, politicians, SBA, and bankers have no idea what it takes to manage a small business.
    If I don't hear about help for small businesses in the President's speech, then I will continue to be dismayed by this government.
    Willa Martin Bailey, President
    Professional Recuiting Firm
    Franklin, TN

    January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  49. Joseph RODRIGUEZ

    True, are comment stated previously ABOUT the private sector creating jobs.
    What the current Gov SHOULD do is require all USA car makers who received bail out money to hire, produce,and manufacturere a 100% american cars and products.
    Also offer a massive tax break to all companies who hire this year and then reduce that massive tax break in the following years. Incentives will make the big and small businesses reinvest and hire people at a much rapid pace.
    The Gov needs to act at record speeds to gain back the confidence the previous administration lost.
    Joseph RODRIGUEZ

    January 27, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  50. Chris

    I want el presidente to say "sorry" and "I long suckers"

    January 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  51. Bill Lane

    Tony why is everyone blaming President Obama because there are no jobs? He bailed out the banks so that they would have the funds to lend to the small businesses and put people back to work.

    But thats not what the banks did they use the money to grow themselves and to give bonus to their executives so why don't we put the blame where it belongs on the banks and the President move on to some of the other problems he is trying to fix.

    He is our President not a dictator he can't work with people who refuse to work with him all he can do is ask.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  52. john

    I would like to hear him say they are going to extend unemployment for EVERYONE through 2010 and hear him say he's not going to let the Senate make Americans wait months to pass a bill that does this. Last time people lost their homes waiting on the Senate to act.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  53. Quincey

    The private sector is better at creating jobs, they are doing a fine job accepting Federal Govt money (our tax dollars) and sending the jobs overseas. Obama must completely eliminate the incentives for a US based company to offshore work, period. If the company wants to offshore work, they should do so at their own expense, not the taxpayers of the US.
    Can anyone please tell us what started the job loss bleeding extravaganza ? People keep talking about how to fix it, but what is it exactly that we are trying to fix ? This all started with George Bush Jr - we the American people should have the right to pay the president based on performance - just like the rest of the working world. In this case, we revoke completely any pension or any further US funds to GW Bush Jr.
    Further, we need to stop funding govt programs that pay illegals. Also stop govt funding for people too lazy to go out and seek a minimum wage job. There are far too many programs that allow the American public to be lazy and live on the backs of those that are working and paying taxes.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  54. Lisa Rahon

    I would like for the President to stop taking the high road all the time. He needs to REMIND people that Bill Clinton left this country with no national debt, actually a surplus, and plenty of jobs, and George Bush and his ilk ran this country into trillions of dollars of debt over 8 years, and our economy into the ground. NOW the republicans are worried about government spending and Obama's supposed to fix it all in one year??

    But no, Obama's too nobel to point fingers and he's going to take the high road right out of power.

    If the republicans take over again it's because Obama won't get down and dirty like they do.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  55. Duane Milbrett

    Most Americans see the major pharmacuticals and health insurers as our Goliath standing in the way of reform! Most Americans also see billions of stimulus money being washed down a large funnel and no job creations at the top of the funnel to keep the money flowing.
    Flipping bugers and being greeters at large box stores will not keep the funnel full. The question that needs to be asked, the discussion that has not been heard in Washington is this, "why have we allowed all the high paying jobs to leave our shores, and what are we going to do to get them back and keep more from leaving"? A Change We Can Believe In has long ago become a fantasy. The reality we want is A Change That Works

    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  56. Robert Vaughan - Corona, CA

    I'd like to know what he plans to do about this overwhelming national debt and how he is going to pull out the trillions of fiat capital that was injected into the system without collapsing the U.S. dollar or sending interest rates back into the double digits. How do we borrow our way out of debt? We need to stop borrowing and start producing again.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  57. Paul Alleyne

    I am interested in hearing about the economy. Putting regular folk to work in long term jobs so that they can take care of their family and build some confidence in their future.

    I want to hear him talk about helping those that are considered by many to be unemployable, Training programs with jobs attached. Education improvements in the inner cities and improved access to healthcare in those inner cities.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  58. ana

    Stop with the polls! Americans don't read and because Americans don't read, the polls only reflect an ignorant, myopic, and uneducated perspective. I think the media and polling groups would better serve the American people by offering unbiased FACTS about how economics, politics, etc. actually work in this country and globally.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  59. Lilarose in Oregon

    Our parents and grandparents, who went through the Great Depression (which lasted for years), then World War 2 in two war fronts, who built a military road through Canada to Alaska on permafrost using unskilled labor and did it in eighteen months, and who gave up nearly everything and banded together to save our country, were successful.

    So successful that they became prosperous and raised spoiled brats the next decades who can't even take care of their own daily needs, let alone band together as a nation to solve our problems.

    I am ashamed.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  60. mike

    Border Security, Immigration Reform. Our borders are not secured enough; drugs are being smuggled through.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  61. Ian

    We are all suffering from long term memory loss. Where were we 16 months ago. Look to Wall Street. it's not over and based upon the condition we were in it would not be practical to expect that in 12 months anyone could undo the cataclysmic series of events called the Bush term.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  62. mblake

    Doesn't happen right away, WOW You think the jobless have years? Do you think the elderly have years? What did i say about the spending on education before?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  63. Jonn McDaniel

    This is critical State of the Union address tonight for President Obama. I'd like to see him own his & the DNC's "missteps", recommit to campaign promise of bipartisanship with GOP, explain a new plan attacking fiscal issues that do not require more public funding & a new plan for sustainable job creation.

    Also, I hope he will capitalize on what he does best; inspire hope, spark change, & herald a call for unity of ALL Americans.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  64. demetra funderlic

    We do not care about the deficit, just like the republicans did not care about it with their false wars and tax cuts to the rich. We care about the public option and jobs. That is why Obama was elected! Not to make nice with the jokers who got us into this mess, but to CHANGE and fix their mess!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  65. Clint from Idaho

    We had 40 Senaters that want the government to fail. Now we have 41. I think Obama should address the anti patriotic movement from the republican party. Health care reform is simply: insurance companies run our health care system and make profits by pushing on costs for the sick and poor to the government in the form medicaid/medicare. Tonight Obama needs to place the responsibilty on republican party and the insurance companies for attempting to break our public government.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  66. john gallagher

    Mr. President
    I want to ask you about people my age. I am approaching 60 and find myself unemployed and unable to find any work let alone in my field.

    I did what i was expected to do, I worked my way thru college, grad school, i always worked, always paid my taxes. I did what was right to do and like so many my age it j ust hasn't paid off. At this stage of our lives we did not think we would find ourselves in a situation of chewing thru what little we have in order to survive and looking for work. This is not the American Dream of my generation, what can you do for us?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  67. A.Campbell

    People need to stop and take a look at the big picture. Middle class people have been going through these problems for years. No jobs, losing their homes, no help from the government or anyone for that matter. I agree with Mr. Gibbs we must remember that president Obama did come into this with his cup running over, and just because he put his hand on that bible does not make everything better overnight. I think that we as a people are paying more attention to what is going on because it is not just the lower and middle class people that are feeling the pain of this anymore. No one seemed to care when it was just us "poor" folk (middle and lower class) that were in trouble. But now that the Upper class is also losing their homes and jobs and are forced to live like everyone else ( lower and middle class people) now its a problem. We as american people are Hippocrates. You want help now because your income is now 30, 40, even 50,000 a year when you were making 80,000 or more. Welcome to our world. Mr. Obama i think you are doing a good job. You still have a long ways to go.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  68. Jess

    I would like the President to admit that all the money he is spending to create jobs and further a persons education really has minimal results in that we are all just pawns of the "ELITE" kings plan. Even the smartest American will never make the "elite" group, president Obama isn't even an 'elite.' The 'elite' group has so much power that even Obama can't stop them...the Bush family is an 'elite' family. Obama wants to end the war over oil, why hasn't it ended? Because Obama isn't an elite, Bush is.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  69. Joseph Pamelia, Author and Publisher

    Wow. Well what I do NOT want to hear is any more LIES about how the Economy is "humming along", Real Estate Market is "humming along", and the ONLY thing we need worry about is jobs. This is pure B.S.

    The facts are:
    1) H1-B has destroyed our middle class by importing workers to REPLACE AMERICAN WORKERS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO LOWER THE WAGE SCALE AND NOT PAY BENEFITS.
    2) NAFTA has destroyed our middle class by allowing offshore manufacturing, eliminating jobs.
    4) With the previous 3 items, I think one can concur that until these CORE items are fixed or outright eliminated, the United States is a country in freefall.

    Shame on the DISGRACEFUL U.S. Government for destroying the Country that I fought in Vietnam for.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  70. Roger

    I would like to hear that both parties pledge to work together to solve the problems out nation faces. President Obama will have the first opportunity to break the ice, and the Republican response has a chance to respond. This will be the moment for the Republicans to show their worth. Will they agree to help, or – for the sake of power, continue to rail against anything that originates on the Democrat's side.

    Agreement on Health Care is only one way to start. Both sides can give a lot with this one.

    Movement on the economy and taxes is another.

    The last thing I want to hear about how the wars have been managed. That is G.W. Bush's legacy and we need to wind that down the best way we can. Republicans destroyed our economy with war spending and now both parties need to solve the economic, together, and then address the world problems.


    January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  71. Donna in SC

    I don't want to hear anything from President Obama tonight! All we will hear is more lofty words and empty rhetoric! Obama will make a strategic appearance of moving to a more centrist position but Americans will not forget that they would have continued their far Left agenda, unabated, if it weren't for the stunning outcome of the MA election! President Obama will never be able to convince anyone that he is a genuine centrist – not after what we have witnessed during the 1st year of his presidency! Won't be watching the address tonight. Can't stomach any more of Obama or watching Pelosi behind him!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |

    First the media needs to make clear that the President NEVER had a 60 vote majority in the Senate, as you can never count on Joe Lieberman. He is the one that torpedos everything in order to get his way. What we need is more real Democrats to step up and stop riding the fence. Also the President needs to make it clear to the world that he is taking charge from the ineffective Democrats in both the House and the Senate.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  73. Bruce

    I would like to know why NOT ONE SINGLE NEWS ORGANIZATION has addressed the issue of extending unemployment benefits again. I know that the government has done 2-3 extensions already, but we can talk about job creation until we're blue in the face, but unless the over 11% of us unemployed in Florida have some money to live about jobs is just that.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  74. Joseph Daniel"Brian" Lawlor

    I think the American Peoples as a whole should understand the President is fighting against two parties here in order to bring about the proper change for the wellness and betterment of the Peoples as a whole. Both parties under the influence of Industry and Finance to begin with therefore both parties in need of reform here.

    To create new jobs easy but to create jobs under the current system difficult when each party is serving Industry and Finance over the wellness and betterment of the Peoples as a whole.

    Yes, the win for the current President up lifting for a Peoples but after the win the work at hand must be done. With the mentality of the Parties working against the reforms the President is seeking why the jobs are not being put in place understandable from this perspective. A failure to administer properly does not lie on the shoulders of the President alone yet he will fell the brunt of the attack will he not by disgruntled Peoples.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  75. Tim

    In order to create Jobs and stop the destruction of what is left of the middle class, and also the decae of our infrustructure. The Obama adminastration only needs to create fair trade and not free trade with china. Which is only helping a few of our wealthiest citzens any way. I dont Know of anybody that is considered middle class who beniffitted from this free trade agreement, not one person. (well maybe my kid who gets to play with lead based toys) I only think that Obama's adminstration was bought off on this deal to, so he wont do anything but talk the talk. We out sourced our manufacturing jobs, then we borrow the money back. I'm not an econimist but hello!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  76. patrick from jacksonville

    They say that paying less taxes on paychecks will help the economy, how I don't know. Some of my associates where i work got there w-2's yesterday and only paid in very little
    . one was $1.12 in taxes on $13,000, another was $5 on $15,000 dollars how this helps I don't know when they are more than likely going to have to pay in more taxes now

    January 27, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  77. David Gutierrez

    The president needs to call out all of the banks who were brought back from the brink. He wasn't afraid to point out the problems the health care companies currently have-he needs to remind the banks who bailed them out. Now it's time to return the favor and invest in our countries' most precious commodity- the American people.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  78. Robert Gallagher

    I would like to hear a plan to bring back the manufacturing jobs from China,Inda and so on.I mean a man 54 years old dont have the time to retrain for another career.It will take atleast 4 years of schooling and who knows how many years after that will it take that man to dig his way back.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  79. Joseph Daniel"Brian" Lawlor

    Government securing upper levels while upper levels dismantling lower levels through job losses. What happens when you build upper levels while taking down lower levels=collapse...wise up America.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  80. john from indiana

    Hey, Tony!

    Who decided the deficit was our problem? The republicans and the corporate media? You guys did not go berserk over the deficit when Bush was driving us into the ditch with his false wars and his tax cuts to the rich!! MEMO!!!! The working class does not care about what you and the republicans think is important. We care about real health insurance reform and jobs!!!! Tony, who signs your check?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  81. mblake

    Sandy, good point about welfare and Tom sorry to hear about losing so much but NOW the banks are smelling like roses and Wall Street is back on their feet while the people are bankrupt. They lost their 401K and most had to take what was left because they also lost their jobs, but lets not forget wall street is doing good and so are banks. Loan money to small businesses??? They should be giving free money to small businesses after what they did

    January 27, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  82. Betsy

    I would like the president to provide in his speech tonight A WEBSITE where I can see documentation for The Stimulus Package(s) terms of who received funds, number of jobs created and over all long-term improvement for citizens relating to any specific package. Communications FOR REAL is what we need, so it's what we KNOW, rather than what we THINK.

    Is CNN posting this week's Stimulus investigation findings?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  83. t neider

    ok you want an ear full ill give you one i live right outside of cleveland ohio in the last 3 year i have slowly lost every thing i owned in this world after losing my job i fought with friends and famley to change there minds about obama and vote for him and they did now one year later there are still no jobs after 787 billion or now 862 .Now what i keep hearing from Mr Obama is well we had to get things moving realy fast when i got into office and put the stimulas in place ok i agree with that and then i see things in the stimulas like 30 mill for mouse research in cali so i guess those mice must be much worse off then i am right now And then i have herd Mr Obama say when this all started (well im not just going to give a bunch of ppl money) what about tarp you mean im not going to give the middle class money

    January 27, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  84. Shawn

    I want to know some details. I know why we need things like health care reform, but what does the bill do? I can read legal speak, especially when it covers 2000 pages. All I know about that bill is the mandate. As with many of the bills in congress, I know why. Tell me what.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  85. michael hoover

    The most important issues are jobs. I would give every possible help for the small business community including government loans if the private sector continues to refuse. The balance to this must be a large recovery act for the infrastructure in this country. My understanding is that we could spend a trillion dollars and then maybe we would have a modern and substainable infrastructure. Of course, this country cannot spend anywhere near the needed amount, but we can make a large start backed by prevailing union wages. This just might put money back into a stagnate economy. Without any question, the health care act complete with either a public option or preferrably a single payer plan is essential. Couple this with a very, very aggressive antifraud unit for healthcare and medicare could very possibly fund the programs. For the sake of stability, it might be time for once and for all to cap social secruity. The government of both parties has done a pretty good job of bankrupting this program. These are just a few ideas to begin to start a dead economy again. Adding a fifty percent bonus tax for the excesses of the banks and wallstreet might help us return to reality if not righting the moral compass.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  86. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I want to hear the president say that utility companies are going to go down on the bills and become economy wise .

    January 27, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  87. Vic Vreeland

    I would like to hear President Obama say he is ordering American manufactures to return to the USA. A check of the items on the shelves of big box retailers like Wal Mart should convince we are not making anything here. A Chinese citizen must be proud when he of she shops in their Wal Mart (there are over a hundred in Communist China) and sees most everything is "Made in China."
    To borrow money to fix roads and bridges as a way to save America, is actually unbelievable!

    I know I am wasting my time even mentioning this since NO one is talking about returning OUR lost jobs to America. This is a race to the bottom. China is approaching a point where is will no longer "need" the USA for technology or to sell it's products.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  88. Razorback Jack


    What I want to "hear" tonight is the exact truth,

    What I want to "see" is the President being focused and sincere. I hope that he has a look of determination, not concern on his face as he enters the chambers tomight. I would like to see him skip the high-5s and smiling handshakes during his walk to the podium. This is not a time to back slap each other, and such actions will be translated as insulting the American people who are struggling tonight. These people are not smiling, nor are they high-5ing each other.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  89. demetra


    Listen!!! You (the corporate media) are jumping all over this deficit thing. Where were you when Bush and the republicans turned a surplus into this deficit with their false wars and tax cuts to rich? What? I can't hear you, Tony!!!! You were nowhere!! The middle class voted for change. That means real health insurance reform and jobs. President Obama needs to deliver on what he promised, and you all need to become a free and independent press.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  90. Paul

    Tony, we need to put America first. What about all the jobs that big companies sent over seas and to Mexico. What is their responsibility to the American workers? Bring those jobs back, give these companies an incentive to start up again here in the USA. People voted Democrat because the Democrats stand for the middle class and we need to fight for the jobs and health care.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  91. Sheila Porter

    Of course this won't happen, but I would like the Poresident to address our Personal deficits...impatience, self-centerdness, inability to cooperate with one another and total ignorance when it comes to looking beyond our own wallets. We can react to a crisis and make ourselves feel food, but are incapable of putting the time and attention into understanding the origins of our own problems and finding solutions. The Supreme Court is now one more partisan group dedicated to eliminating the importance of individuals in favor of the greed that got us into this mess. The Republican agenda is to defeat Obama at all costs and the public is buying in. Dick Cheney and Karl Rove's tactics how outlived the Bush years...aren't we lucky?

    Sheila Porter

    January 27, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  92. Susan Cooper

    What I would like President Obama to say tonite is to emphatically remind the people of this country that he INHERITED this economic mess WHICH CANNOT POSSIBLY BE FIXED IN ONLY ONE YEAR.
    Why people think this President is a magician is beyond my understanding. The ecnonomy of the United States of America was saved by the President's quick actions this past year, and tho the jobs need to start coming at a faster rate, don't blame this President who inherited the last President's incompetent mess he left us with as he waved and walked out of the White House. A year is not nearly enough time, but the average American doesn't realize how our economy was in a freefall after 8 yrs of mismanagement. Give our President time, he is a brilliant man, but not a magician.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  93. Rick

    State of the Union: Don't try to fool the people with talks of bipartisanship. Neither party will play in that sandbox. They rarely ever have on important issues.
    Do lay out a plan to remove the barriers to smart lending, industrial capital investment and home ownership. When those three activities gain steam, the recession will dissipate and jobs will appear again.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  94. Jerry Hurd

    If our politicians do as good a job on healthcare , as they did with the FREE trade agreements , we are all doomed !!!

    January 27, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  95. Terrell Andres

    "The State of the Union" I wanna know if Pres. Obama can do anything about criminal convictions, Its really hard to be confident in looking for a job...Im a student seeking employment with misdemeanor offenses, trying to provide for my family. I find myself running into the same brick wall everytime I tell the truth on a job application. Ive took full responsibilities for my actions and now I just want an opportunity to show that some good can come out of pass mistakes..

    January 27, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  96. Rob

    People expect so much from our government, so much they forget to take responsibility for themselves.

    When banks were offering revolving loans instead of saving, people purchased big suv's.

    They purchased homes way to expensive for their means, and now they blame everyone other than themselves for situations they are in.

    Much easier to place blame on others that the accept the blame for ourselves.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  97. Thomas

    What I want to hear from the State of the Union speech.

    I resign from the Office of the President of the United States immediately.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  98. Paul

    WHY is everyone avoiding the 'REAL' problem with unemployment???? PLEASE get real!!! its all about Corporations OUTSORCING our JOBS to other countrys. Am i the only one that sees this? Until you start focusing on this and keep jobs here is the USA, we will never get out of this mess. KEEP JOBS in AMERICA ...TAX the hell out of corporations that outsource and then TAX their IMPORTS back into this country. Makes perfect sense to me. Its not rocket science.. PLEASE guys focus on this.

    January 27, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  99. Sara Jaramillo

    I would like to hear Obama spell out specific plans to create jobs. However, unlike most of his supporters, I have not lost faith in him and am incredibly frustrated at his disapproval ratings. It appears that everyone has forgotten the HUGE mess he was left with when he took office, did everyone expect him to wave a magic wand and fix 8 years worth of destruction in one year?

    January 27, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  100. Lornie- Aurora, CO

    We all wanted the President to do something last year because we were headed in very deep deep recession. We got to remember that it does take time to flow through the economy. When you have the Republicans always saying NO to anything that the Democrats propose, that is the problem. How are we suppose to gain confidence in our own government if the continue to fight among each other?

    Lornie – Aurora, CO

    January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  101. Ann

    Change we can believe in should get down to IT with setting TERM limits on the CONGRESS. Career politicians are just looking out for their own JOBS & Financiers (both private & business)..... Or as we've seen dramatically the last year the POLITICAL Parties hold us ALL by the throat!!! We need to kick out all of them that hold an office after 8yrs!!! to keep the country moving forward..

    January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  102. Richard Kennison

    It is time for the President, no matter who it may be, to start thinking about the " People " and have the courage to say to those who are really controlling the policy and law making of the Government, namely the special interest individuals, groups, foreign and domestic, that You/They will no longer control this Countrys Government, its' policy/law making and that I as President will only have the best interest of the Country and its " PEOPLE " in mind when signing any laws or legislation and will absolutely and unequivically " VETO " any law, bill or legislation that is not in the best interests of the " PEOPLE " of the people !

    January 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  103. Gee

    I really don’t understand why people and the media are not giving this President a chance to get things done, they were not as hard on Bush and he put us in this mess. I hear you all talk about polls and I don’t know how they come up with the polling numbers without asking me or my neighbors. I think President Obama is doing a great job and I expect him to say what is next on his list of attacks. I really trust that this President will put the people first, I trust him out of all the political heads in Washington – Dems or Repubs. He will always have my vote and I give him an (A) for all the work that he has done!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  104. Richard Day

    I'd like to know where the $250 stimulas is that President Obama
    was talking about for the seniors and people on disability? Seniors didn't get a C O L increase this year and it sure would help. Everything is still going up.
    Thanks Richard Day NY State

    January 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  105. Daniel Rutschman

    I would like to hear President Obama acknowledge that Americans do not like the direction he is taking us, and announce a major course change reversing his social progressive agenda, putting the brakes on Health Care, and committing to pursuing counter-terrorism as the war that it is rather than a police action in which enemy combatants are read their Miranda Rights and treated as common criminals.

    He also should recommend a spending freeze across the board, including entitlements and defense, and use the remaining unspent stimulus money to pay down some of the national debt.

    Finally, he should recognize that government is a problem, not a solution, and take steps to get out of the way so that we the people ourselves can get the economy growing again.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  106. Kelly cauffman

    The best thing about the state of union address is that DVD sales and rentals will increase for the night. Perhaps the best thing the administration could do is have an address everynight. Who really cares about the speech accept the media. The people want action. Not more talk!!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  107. Damon Jones

    It just amazes me how we can be so incredibly critical of a president who's had one year to clean up the horrendous mess of the last eight years. Sometimes you can get to your agenda until you fix some of the mess you inherited!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  108. Shawn

    I want to know some details. I know why we need things like health care reform, but what does the bill do? I can't read legal speak, especially when it covers 2000 pages. All I know about that bill is the mandate. As with many of the bills in congress, I know why. Tell me what.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  109. Mark A Sterling

    AMERICA one man cannot keep this Great Nation going strong. Whether it's jobs, homes or security. It Must be a combined effort by all. Thank you Mr President! Thank you! Be encouraged and continue to work hard, as I'm sure you will, at keeping this Great United States growing.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  110. chaun wilson

    I'm only 21yrs. Old and I voted for Obama and I want to hear a plan that's going to effect my age group because in dayton, oh the crime rate is high because there are simply no jobs!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  111. Charlie

    Everyone is concentrating on the portions of the stimulus that is being used for government programs which really do not help the common persons. I believe emphasis should be placed on the funds that were given to the banks. The fastest way to recovery is pretty simple. Force the banks to start releasing these funds for construction and business loans. That is the quickest way to put people back to work. The fact that they are posting profits and giving bonuses is uncontionable given the publics current status.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  112. t neider

    your telling me that out of almost 1trillion dollars after a year theres still no jobs out here and now your going to spend another 1.5 bil so when the rich ppl on wall street needed it oh we better give it to them but when the poor who used to be midd class needs it it go,s in to mouse research in cali to the tune of 30 mil $ when i say ive lost every thing i mean every thing i had to leave my apt put my stuff in to storage i found a new job for a while got layed off of that one coulden pay the storage bill they sold off every thing i had i now live at my mothers house got another job got layed off once more and this guy is tellin me to not to worry after i fought for him like i did when is some one going to fight for ppl like me who put him in office i feel betrayed the more things change the more they stay the same

    January 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  113. Larry

    Americans who want to sent Washington a message should send it to the Republications. They caused the great recession in the first place. For political reasons, they are now the party of no. They will do everything possible to block any constructive policies put forward by President Obama, hoping to feed off the anger of the public and to win big in the 2010 elections.

    Voting for Republicans to resolve the mess they created is an exercise in futility.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  114. Robin

    I would like to see more surveys aimed toward how the House and Senate are performing. While the President's performance is one indicator of US opinion, I think a more detailed approach needs to be taken so we can give a comprehensive view of how we feel about government performance.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  115. Don

    Tony on your show today, you stated 22 mil people are employed by the gov. does this include the retired gov workers. If not can you tell me how many of them are supported by tax payers, and let’s though in the people on SSI also. Now I would like to know from the president how 110 mil. Workers in the private sector can support that number since gov. employees average salaries are $30,000 more than in the private sector. Also remember 10 mil of the 110 mil. Are unemployed.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  116. Leslee in Indy

    For 3 decades Americans elected polticians whose stated purpose was to destroy the gov't and with it the nation. They had great success. Now voters expect BHO to fix it all in 12 months. Three decades of bad decisions may never be repaired. Actions have consequences America.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  117. Shaun

    Tony, I'll try and keep this short....

    It kills me when I read some of the comments, and realize that "some" live in a world that I don't. But let me stick to the topic. I believe in the President and what he's TRYING to do, but I don't believe in the history of American Presidents (and its clear why) there has been such a LOCK OUT from Republicans. I think President Obama will refocus his plans since it appears that Heath Care for all will be shot down by Congress. I'm looking to hear what the plans are for the Economy, and the Unemployment. More loss of jobs equals increase in crime (its normal/and it happens when people are desperate).... The last comment I would like to make is this – its so strange how people say this President is not for the poor when I have never seen it so easy to go back to school, to get extensions on unemployment, to get HELP from different resources if you actually act on them. I think many of us (American's) need to realize that the President isn't the ONLY one that has say so. He can't do many things without Congress / The banks needed bailing out to stimulate the economy / the economy needs "people" to stimulate it to improve the jobs / Jobs can't improve unless people spend money -- So where does the cycle start and end, because to me – we're recycling back and forth.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  118. Kenneth Coe

    I would like to know why the oil companies are untouchable. No one has been able to answer this for me satisfactorily. It was when the price of fule went sky-high beyond reason and the oil companies were making unbelievable profits that people began to default on their mortgages, and other bills because everything else was so costly. Truckers had to pay over $1000 just to fill up once. Yes, the financial institutions are to blame, but so are the oil companies and no one says a thing about them.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  119. Jamie Briggs

    Everyone seems to be pointing their fingers at Obama, at the congress, at foreigners, but no one seems willing to take any personal responsibility for the mess WE are in.

    Americans have become a bunch of spoiled brats. We want perfect schools, perfect healthcare, perfect roads, perfect security, perfect environments, but we DON"T WANT to have to pay for it, or give up any convenience. What a bunch of sloppy babies. We need to get off our butts. I hope Obama scolds us like the children we have become.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |

    The Fix

    There recently was an article in the St. Petersburg FL. Times. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on: "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
    I think this guy nailed it!

    Dear Mr. President,

    Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the "Patriotic Retirement Plan":

    There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

    1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed..

    2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.

    3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

    It can't get any easier than that!!

    P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress pay their taxes...

    Mr. President, while you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  121. Kenton

    I am sick and tired of President Obama being held responsible for the state of the economy and jobs. The Republicans in Congress is holding everything up. They are bent on using any method available to them to defeat the Democrats and the President.
    The Republicans are still, "Our way or the highway." They say they want bipartisan vote but it is bipartisan on what they want only. They will vote as a block on all that is Democrat offered.
    It is not the President it is the Republicans in Congress.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  122. Pam Buck

    Why is no one addressing NAFTA. Our jobs are leaving this country by the thousands. We can not have a healthy economy with no jobs.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  123. Ralph Givens


    Legislators should run with the Supreme Court decision that Corporations have free speech rights by extending Corporate citizenship even further.

    As it stands the operating officers and the board of directors for a corporation seldom have criminal liability for crimes committed by their company. Citizens who committed some of the crimes done by corporations would face prison sentences. My suggestion is to extend criminal liability to the people who run companies for crimes their corporations commit .

    In other words, if a corporation does something that would land an ordinary citizen in prison, then the operating officers and board of directors would get the same incarceration. Environmental laws could be changed to specify felony prison time for big polluters. Instead of anemic fines, the top executives and the board of directors would face felony prison sentences. A follow up law law preventing convicted corporate felons from holding executive or board positions for five years would remove them from the game.

    Since corporations threaten to overwhelm the election process, laws regarding honesty in politics can be passed that carry criminal penalties for people publishing false election information. If a company publishes slander and libel about a candidate, they go to jail. If a company runs a lie based ad, they face felony prison time. Rules that apply to all citizens can be enacted that keep corporate influence to a minimum.

    To protect ordinary citizens criminal penalties should escalate according to the amount of money spent in disseminating fraudulent information. Small amounts would be misdemeanors with small fines, but million dollar investments would call for felony prison time.

    After a few CEOs and Presidents of the Board of Directors go to prison, corporations will be much more obedient and submissive to democratic principles.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  124. Cheryl

    Our President needs to provide a reality check to the people of this country, although it would not be a politically 'correct' move to do so. The trend of job loss in this country started many years ago, long before the Bush era as companies who made decisions based on short term profits failed to predict the long term consequences of their actions which we are now realizing today. This is not a problem one man can solve in a year and probably not in four. The culture in this country of blaming others and wanting something now has led us to where we are today. Place that on top of a Congress that clearly is not willing to work together on anything, it is not surprising that we remain in an economic tailspin. I wish him the strength to perservere.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  125. Gene

    President is not listening to you or the people....JOBS FOR Production Workers are the the backbone of any economy....Do not worry about protectiing TEACHERS, FIREMEN OR POLICEMEN OR GOVERNMENT WORKERS.....THEY ARE OVERPAID ALREADY... Stop worrying about Wall Streets and start worrrying about the Producers


    January 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  126. Jim

    I think that President Obama needs to address the massive decrease in the average Americans house value. I know that I feel hopeless myself knowing that I am upside down by $75,000 in my 3 bedroom house. Americans don't want to spend, which is the foundation for recovery, when they have huge debt, pending bad credit, and no significant income to balance this.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  127. Paul , Manchester VT

    It is time for this President to start realizing that government can only create government jobs that cost money. Small business people (like me and millions of other Americans) create jobs and wealth for people. Until President Obama is forced to sign the front of a paycheck he will not understand that putting money in at the top of a Company does not create the customers that will sustain that company. Community organizers only know how to spend other people's money! He needs to convince us he is going to support the efforts of small business people who have been struggling to keep this economy going. Based on his performance these past twelve months, that is going to be a hard sell.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  128. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I want to hear the president say hes going to build more dams with lakes like Hoover dam this would create lots of jobs .

    January 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  129. Thomas

    Common sence is what needs to fix the ecomomy, Lowery my interest rate on my loan that I can not refinance due to my now lower income due to no work.! Help all the construction companys and home builders were is our bail out. You wasted a whole year on health care.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  130. ed frankola

    STATE of CONFUSION address i can t wait.... so soon after our newly elected gov kriss kross kristie attacked our econom crisis by taxing small business employers with a 1000 tax per employee help pay for unemployment benefits .... yes it might effect those jobs in the lower 5 figure range a bit more ...but they must know .. they are the government officials and employees ...more stimulus tonite.... i cant wait...

    January 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  131. Marcus

    The root of all the worlds problems stem from grotesque human over population. Until we begin to address this our problems will continue to escalate. The band aids we apply decade after decade will yield no gains for us until we acknowledge real issues on a global scale.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  132. Dennis Linville

    Obama has made a few huge mistakes with the American people that I see very little if any chance of him rectifying.
    First he ran on truth but yet all we have seen is lies and secrecy.10.2% unemployment one month, another 150k jobs lost and unemployment goes down to 10% ? created or (saved jobs),saved as in more didnt loose the jobs they already had? he makes big deal about less jobs lost per month.what about the %? I mean after loosing millions of jobs is it more so that there are not as many jobs left to loose?
    Americans are broke but yet we have 30 billion for israel,100 million for haiti and unknown billions for war in multiple countries? like the one city mentioned this morning( sorry didnt cath the town name) 5.5 million to build an open air walkway on the beach but 150k to winterize all the homes in the rest of the town?
    stimulus was supposed to help the American people but so far,the banks/lenders(the ones that created the situation in the first place) with no accountability what so ever which was a repeat of what bush had already done.The only thing Americans got out of it was the bill!
    There is so much more but bottom line is Obama makes a great speech but he is either totally incapible or just such an accomplished liar he doesnt know what the truth is.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  133. Mary

    The economy will start to improve when businesses feel confident again . . . right now as a small business owner I am afraid to do ANYTHING but bank all the money I can! What I want to hear tonight is that he is going to shelve plans on revamping ANYTHING -healthcare or the whole financial system. He gave a speech last week about limiting bank size and the markets dropped 500 points over 2 days! That kind of talk just scares people worse! please please please let us get some confidence back !!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  134. Toynia Anderson

    Hey Tony,
    I watch you everyday. First I like to say Thanks for the Diversity outlook you bring to the news. I want to hear President Obama talk about what he will do to help the Disbled Veterans that Where once a part of the Working Class. We need not to be forget to.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  135. Scott Harris

    I want the President to give us some hard truth – which is, that we as a nation and a people need to stop looking for the quick fix, the short-cut way to make everything "OK again".

    We don't want to repeat the mistakes of 1937, so the best thing would be to spend moderately, but also take real steps to straighten up the US government's balance sheet. We have to be able to pay for our expenditures or eventually we're going to suffer an economic meltdown that could undermine our nation's existence. The deficit and the debt are a drag on everything – consumer confidence, consumption, our foreign policy toward other nations, and so forth.

    At the end of WWI, the US was creditor nation – now we are a debtor nation. Where have our prudent values and financial sense gone?

    As for the President inheriting problems – hey, he wanted the job. Either he thinks he can resolve them or not, but I'm tired of hearing about all the inherited problems he has had. Stop making excuses and start fixing things.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  136. Michael

    Tony, One Question. How much money would each holder of a SS # receive if all of the bail-out -sitmulas money was given to SS # holders?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  137. mblake

    Hey Tony

    Please, ask Bill Burton what is urgent about healthcare reform when so many are losing their jobs by the thousands and losing their homes have no money anyway regardless of how expensive of healthcare. No way they can reduce healthcare for the jobless and almost bankrupt can afford. Is anyone thinking about this?. What is so pressing under those circumstances

    January 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  138. KENNY.E

    i think obama is doing his best to help put people back to work.alot of
    people lost their jobs lost their homes and its all becouse of our LAST PRESIDENT. i think the president will TRY and deliver a good address.
    WE HAVE TO GIVE HIM TIME TO DO WHAT HE SAID HE WANTED TO DO.(IT TAKES TIME) why is people giving obama a HARD time when BUSH put us here? no one wants to talk about what bush did (WHY).

    January 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  139. leslie Coaston

    We all realize that the private sector creates more than 50 percent of all jobs but the question that we small business owners are faced with is where is the help for us so they we may continue to survive and build.
    This country must invest aggressively in us and continue to oversee this American asset in order for this nation to heal.

    Leslie Coaston
    Seattle WA

    January 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  140. Lilarose in Oregon

    Apparently Tony thinks Obama is God.

    Sorry, Tony, he doesn't sit on the right hand of God like you must believe.

    Your questions to Bill Burton show me you don't know nothin' about how our government works.

    George W Bush/Karl Rove knew how to manipulate Congress, and look where we got with them.

    I would like to see Pres Obama tell the country to stick it.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  141. abibu jalloh

    this country has become so deeply divided by pollitical ideolodies such as left , right , center, conservative, liberal, etc. I think the politicians should foget about all these and focus instead on the real issues affecting the american people.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  142. Gee

    Sen: Kent Conrad is correct, there have never been a President that had to deal with a situation like this. We need to stand behind this President as he try to clean and fit the system. He must correct the mess that has been going on for years before moving the country forward or we will fall back into doing the same mess.

    Why did the country impeach Gov: Gray Daviis so quick, but they let Arnold have a second term as California economy get worse? This is the same crap that President Obama is going through. Gray Davis never should have been impeached and now they are suffering!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  143. ed frankola

    STATE of the UNION IMAGINE quick relief for working class people... a tax deduction for creditcard interest....

    January 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  144. abibu jalloh

    this country has become so deeply divided by political ideolodies such as left , right , center, conservative, liberal, etc. I think the politicians should forget about all these and focus instead on the real issues affecting the american people.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  145. abibu jalloh

    this country has become so deeply divided by political ideologies such as left , right , center, conservative, liberal, etc. I think the politicians should forget about all these and focus instead on the real issues affecting the american people.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  146. Vic Vreeland

    I want to hear Obama say he is brining our jobs back to the USA from Communist China. We have no jobs because we let them go out of this country. Are we such morons we can't figure this out? Why is the news media afraid to even speak about this fact?

    January 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  147. Cluade Wright

    I don't want to here about health care anymore until I see the President get serious about jobs! I'm a sixth generation carpenter who's been unemployed for a year!I can't even afford my child support! I don't want to here about small business or about all the government jobs that he is getting credit for saving! I dnt work for the govnt and I can't make a living working for a small business such as a t shirt stand or some other minimum wage paying small business!the stimulus plan has done nothing for new jobs! I want to hear him talk about getting the infrastructure jobs shovel ready so I dnt hve to spend the next two years retraining for another career! We have work to be done in the US that cld already be in ploying hundreds of thousands of people! That's how you rebuild an economy, you do it from the bottom by employing consumers,Not at the top by bailing out the banks!Banks dnt spend money!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  148. fred davis exile az

    My state of the union states that the republicans and the corporate propaganda machine have created great obstacles to any change that would benefit the american people. They created the problems that affected almost all of us.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  149. BobM

    I have several comments/question.
    – Can the president explain why his highly focused 'hot button' was on health care until he recognized that he lost his majority? If he was really convinced that it was essential, let him explain why he has backed off (other than due to partisanship)
    – Why is his new agenda going to be more effective than his cure-all health care? ("[we can't add jobs without health care reform]")
    – Can he explain why this recession is any different from any other? (i.e. – Can he really take credit for "beginning to show signs of coming out of the recession", or is it just normal ebb and flow?)
    – Like 65% (?) of the people, I would like to know why bank and executive bailouts are more beneficial than help for middle class.
    – Specifically with regard to the State of Union address – it is frequently insulting to me; it is strictly a sales job with partisan Rah-Rah; Stop the applause just because he/she is Democrat. If comments are worthy of applause, the response should be bipartisan. It hey are not – keep quiet.

    – Finally – while watching CNN, I noted that almost all reports made excuses for why the president has not been able to make changes and that the country should be patient – I don't believe that it is appropriate for CNN or any other news organization to editorialize; If you are not quoting someone else's speech/statement, these kind of supportin (or dissenting) comments should be eliminated.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  150. Cindy

    I will be tuned into CNN for the State of the Union address this evening. I want to hear how jobs will be created in many sectors, not just a few like government and union workers. A major problem I see is not only in creating these jobs, but making them attainable. If these jobs will be intended to help the struggling middle class get America back on her feet , Obama must realize that all those who lost jobs continue to struggle to find work, and their once good credit is probably now poor. As long as companies continue to view a potential applicant based on their credit score, I'm afraid many will never become employed, as they will be considered the least likely candidate. I support criminal background checks and drug testing, but please wake up because unless something is done to stop this our middle class will continue to be discriminated against in the hiring process.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  151. Vic Vreeland

    In the near future, the Communist Chinese will no longer need the USA to make it in the world. We better start making all the products they make for us in the USA NOW!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  152. Linda Nightingale

    President Obama knew what he was "inheriting" when he decided to run for President. No one forced him to run for the office – now deal with it. I love your show.


    January 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  153. Laura

    I want student loans over 20 years old are forgiven – not ones that they have bought and sold so the date is newer, but ones that they actually went to school over 20 years ago and still have the debt are no longer in debt for the school loan. SallieMae has already made more than the original amount owed on these loans. Interest rates should always be adjusted downward when the interest rate goes down on these loans. Now they are locked in so that they are still paying high interest rates if they consolidated years ago.

    Banks are taking credit card balances and switching them to personal loans, without the consent of the credit card holder. Business lines of credit are being switched to personal loans, even if the business is a corporation. This should be stopped. The banks and credit card companies have made a fortune on us.

    Home sales are up – no they are not – we take home from people and put them on the street. Then we take their home and knock the value down to something ther home owner could have paid and sell it to speculators or new home buyers. Where is the benefit in that except to the banks and mortgage companies.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  154. Chad

    I'd like to see the president speak on how and when the middle class will be able to get more jobs, for we need a lot more jobs right now not in 6-9 months. The only ones that are getting paid are the banks, insurance companies and congress; this congress doesnt cvare about the middle class or the poor or disabled. Also, I'd like to know what the persident is going to say about the people that are disabled that cannot work or the ones that can work and the employers will not hire for being in fear of the person's disability or their insurance going up for hiring a disabled person like myself, for i personally have epilepsy and noone will hire me because of it; it discrimination that is almost impossible to prove in court..

    January 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  155. Juanita Bend OR

    Why, when the country is apparently drowning in health care cost, are politicians receiving the best health care available ......FREE. It makes no sense. Politicians, past and present, can certainly afford to pay their way easier than most of us. Would politicians not gain more respect from the American voters if they were to agree to do this?

    Juanita Bend, OR

    January 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  156. Charles Johnson

    Tony, I would like for the president to tell the conserv talk Radio people to stop the lies that they"re spreading to the american people, some people are weak mined and will believe any thing sean Hinninty say, same thing over, and over every day, I really think that they should investigate or reorganize the talk radio shows, because they are having an impact on the administration based on lies, i have check this out myself.


    January 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  157. Pat

    I'd like to see the President cite the banks [specifically Wells Fargo], which took money for the Hamp program and hold thethem to some kind of deadlines and penalized them for malicious compliance. We have been trying, proactively at first, to save our Washington, D.C. home since April 3, of last year.We have more than $40k in medical bills and loss of income. We became delinnquent in our payments by October and this month, they offered us a 'modification,not under the HAMP, which is $68 more than our mortgage payment use to be. They could have modified in September or October. They will report our mortgage to the gov't as a mod., but it is malicious compliance by the bank. We have no alternatives to force the bank to work with us. No punch for policy or compliance with the $$$handed out, Mr. President!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  158. Saraid Schram

    My husband has been without work for 3 months. We planned on having another baby, but now that's impossible. America doesn't have the freedom to live their lives to the fullest anymore, we are in constant fear of what's going to happen next. It's mentally and emmotionally taxing and things are going to get worse. We're expected to help Haiti when we can't even help ourselves. The generosity is wearing thin and we're about to turn on eachother like animals to survive. When will Obama be the support we need instead of being the debt we will never be able to afford. He needs to realize he's not a king, he needs to get off his throne and let somebody else in office who can get things done. Because Obama, "No you can't!" It's been quite obvious the way you have failed in EVERYTHING you've done. If you want to save this country, step down. Let the red carpet go.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  159. BobM

    Gene (January 27th, 2010 12:13 pm ET) is apparently out of touch;

    I agree that production jobs are EXTREMELY important and without them, our infrastructure is weakened. However, production workers (more specifically Unions) have helped to push production jobs overseas. Unions push for more and more, and don't like compromise.

    He should also check facts on teachers/firefighters/...... These professions (in the public domain) are getting cut all the time. State. city, town budgets are all getting cut . Their employees are faced with losing benefits, jobs, pay, or all of the above – just like production workers.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  160. Dean Wilber

    I think the jihad generation is a result of epigenetic modification in a different way that the generation that created the constitution

    January 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  161. mblake

    I think Claude the reason they are pushing healthcare instead of what america needs is that they are thinking of themselves again as usual and Obama is right up there in the front of the pack. Healthcare reform makes history for the democrats. Creating jobs for many people like yourself won't go down in history books

    January 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  162. richard saalman

    I've been in the carpenters union for 25 yrs. wanting to retire but can't, because there no work, i have to have 2 more years age 55 before i can retire, where has all that money gone too.,stimulas bull.... liars they are called, we can't blame President Obama, Put your blame on the LAST administration for this economic disaster, we the people need a good leader or no leader, lets don't vote anymore., our economy was booming when clinton was the leader, why was he elected twice, we need a good person or none at all., the greed has to stop NOW, People are tired of standing in the unemployment lines, thousands of them, you better do it now or their will be civil unrest in our country, please lets get this country back on its feet again, not tomorrow but today. think about it.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  163. Monique

    I would like President Obama to help both the middle class and poor since he asked for their votes to be elected. Bring back all the jobs that have gone over the boarder and overseas. Close the door to any incoming immigrants until we have straightened out our economy. Freeze prices on food and utilities after taking prices down by at least 50%. Stop foreign spending not domestic spending. Bring our men and women home as promised from the armed forces they can protect us here and we can save money spent on this war. We need follow ups on the Stimulus money who, what, where, when, and why?

    Finally President Obama let us tell you how we are doing. Don't you tell us how we are doing.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  164. voicesfromalaska

    The Republican regime wants one thing, for Obama to fail. And that means for us as a nation to fail. They, with the help of the press, have managed to make people believe that the entire situation we're in is Obama's fault. The Republican base uses guns, abortion, and religion to hide their one true agenda – to move all the money in this country into the hands of a few. The problems we are now facing stem from eight years of all the money rising to the top leaving the rest of us broke. So what are we being told – it's our fault that we don't have money and if we don't start spending the little we have on stuff we don't need, we will continue to lose jobs. Instead of show after show analyzing what people think of Obama and where he went wrong, why not have a show that puts a lot of smart people together to come up with positive solutions for this country!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  165. kraines

    It seems to me that giving an explanation of just who this "middle class" really is would be necessary in order to explain what is to be done to improve the situation. I'd like to know the income covered, the age of those included, and similar items. To be honest, I always thought I was part of the middle class, but I don't really fall into any of the "fixes" suggested for it. Either I've been too successful to be included or too unsuccessful to be bothered with!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  166. tom

    hi just wanted to comment on aig and geithner
    why did are money go to go on vacation we gave them bounces WHY they are the one that put us in this hard times they had annalist that told them they where heading for a crash
    and to geithner why throw money at them when it's not helping you should have throw it to the people we are the ones that's going to pay for it not them

    January 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
  167. Laura

    On health care – give the US citizen the same package that congress and the senate have. We will pay the same premiums they pay. Take a look at their benefits. Something is very wrong!

    January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  168. mblake


    You are right Wells Fargo is right up there with the business as usual. Giving loans in the middle of the crackdown in 2008-09 to people who have histories of foreclosure and banruptcies and work in the mortgage industry a mortgage of more then 100% of the value of the house and no down payment. What smells about that FHA loan. The house could not have appraised for what they loaned those people with those histories. This is not just talk this is real. Also people in the mortgage business affecting the economy should not have ANY criminal backgrounds either. Your character affect your job performance

    January 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  169. Kenny G

    There are two things I feel President Obama must do.
    First, he should repeal the student loan payments for a couple of years. There are many students that have finished school, cannot find a job, and Sallie Mae is hounding them for payments. Thereby messing up their credit by putting them on collections.
    Second, unemployed workers have to be retrained for a new career. In lieu of extending unemployment insurance payments, provide us with funds to attend training. I am one of them. I have tried to get funding help, only to get turned away because of my unemployment. We cannot afford to pay for school to get retrained in the new "Green Jobs" sector, health care or any sector.

    January 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  170. Don Thomas

    I have no intentions to watch the State of the Union address. Nothing he says will be based on sound decision or intent to honor his word.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  171. Dave and Connie Amodie

    We want our awesome president to apply his God-given potential. that clearly exhibits why millions of us, continue to keep the faith in who and what we truly believe he is.

    He must appeal to each "individually sincere patriots" so that they might reject any tendencies to be "Plastic Patriots."

    January 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  172. KEVIN

    I want to hear the President finally step up. Tell the Republicans to get on board or move out of the way. He's tried to play nice, but they keep taking advantage of his kindness. The American people elected him off of the agenda he ran on. So get moving. No matter how many people may oppose him, they are not the MAJORITY and didn't vote for him anyway. If we wanted the republicans agenda we would have elected one. Step up Mr President and put your foot down. We are counting on your judgement.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  173. Harvey

    As a SES Provider under the No Child Left Behind.

    I would like to know what is going to happen to the funding. Is President Obama going to freeze the funding?

    January 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  174. Deborah Suarez

    I heard Tony Harris' remark that President Obama should get out the brass knuckles to force his will upon the American people. Tony, we live in a constitutional republic. Sure, there is gridlock in Washington, and the partisanship is sometimes detrimental. But my husband is a survivor of a concentration camp set up by Castro in Cuba (no, he is not a benevolent dictator- thousands of men did not survive that camp). He still has nightmares about the atrocities committed there- seven days with no food or water in the hot Cuban sun, prisoners called and executed on the spot, to name two. Our country was designed to give opposing opinions a valid voice in government. To silence that voice would be to lose our freedoms. Were you betraying your personal viewpoint with this comment? It certainly was not a responsible, neutral newscaster comment.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  175. Barry

    How about the next week you at CNN focus on what is it the Republicans have done in their first year, what have they offer to help the American people with their Health care, It seem unfair to focus on the President just because he is the commander in chief.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  176. Eve Mcsweeney

    Why is it that President Obama is to blame for the pitfalls of the economy? Let us not forget that the jobs have been and are being shipped offshore, why doesn't anyone mention that? President Obama just, just got into office, the same way if anyone started a new job, they would need time to get acclimated, let us not forget that President Obama is a first term President, he is on our side, we elected him, he needs our patience, compassion, kindness and empathy, it's not easy to run the country especially after eight years of republican rule of lower taxes, end everything else backwards, just like President Clinton needed time, so does Pres. Obama. I wish someone would stop bashing him and support him for a minute. Let us be wary of a Palin Whitehouse.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  177. Georgia from PA

    I would like to hear the banks who crashed our economy will finally be held accountable. CNN has covered thousands of workers on the Catepillar manufacturing line being given pink slips because the banks would not give the company a loan; there are hundreds if not thousands of businesses that are closed and laying off for the same reason. Being cynical I wrote for days not to bail the banks out sixteen months ago knowing the usery and duplicity in lending rendered by banks first hand; a criminal always justifies what they do! According to the banks it is Main Street's fault for living outside their means, not the fact people live on 1970s wages while the cost of living has skyrocketed over forty years. I am sick of hearing the GOP talk about taxes and I am tired of hearing Democrats talk about stimulus packages. Have the banks release their profits in loans to businesses as they promised when bailed out or arrest them for theft by deception of the American people!

    January 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  178. Georgia from PA

    I would like to hear the banks who crashed our economy will finally be held accountable. CNN has covered thousands of workers on the Catepillar manufacturing line being given pink slips because the banks would not give the company a loan; there are hundreds if not thousands of businesses that are closed and laying off for the same reason. Being cynical I wrote for days not to bail the banks out sixteen months ago knowing the usery and duplicity in lending rendered by banks first hand; a criminal always justifies what he does! According to the banks it is Main Street's fault for living outside their means, not the fact people live on 1970s wages while the cost of living has skyrocketed over forty years. I am sick of hearing the GOP talk about taxes and I am tired of hearing Democrats talk about stimulus packages. Have the banks release their profits in loans to businesses as they promised when bailed out or arrest them for theft by deception of the American people!

    January 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  179. Mr. D. Ramos

    I have over 20 years of technical experience and was making six figures on Wall St. and have been unemployed since 12/31/08. I have not been able to find a permenant job and have been left with no unemployment assistance due to an inaccurate hypothosis made NY Unemployment , gone thru all of my savings, 401k/IRA and left with no food, and now soon to be facing foreclosure. I have to go my township cityhall on Tuesdays and Thursdays for get a voucher to go to the nearest church to be feed.

    I don't understand all this money being allocated for previous stimulus packages and millions being sent to Haiti but what about us americans who have contributed and paid taxes well over 20 yrs as I did and I was left to starve with no assistance and not one stimulus package has been influenced towards white collar workers profession's Job Growth, furthermore when I hear the president speaking about jobs, his reference is always for building our roads, infrastrructure jobs and construction.......non of the above is my profession. I am a white collar worker and have lost everything and still my vote and hope on Obama has diminished inmensly and will soon loose my vote for a re-election term.


    Mr. D.Ramos

    January 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  180. Angelo Disante

    During President O'Bama's State of the Union Address this evening and after the Republicans stunning victory in Massachussetts I wonder if any Republican congressman will shout " You Lie" to the president?

    January 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  181. Tom Craig

    Once we will inundated with Pres. Obama blaming everything on Pres. Bush. Here are a few key facts:
    1) The housing bubble started with Pres. Carter who basically said that everyone should be able to own a house
    2) During Pres. Bush's first term, many members of Congress questioned Rep. Barney Frank (chairman of the House Financial Services Committee) on the status of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their loose requirements for getting a home loan (he said they were fine)
    3) Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate since 2006. Why didn't they do something in before the end of 2008 in regards to the housing bubble and runaway spending?

    January 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  182. Kenny G

    I believe President Obama missed the boat by bailing out banks instead of the common folk. Instead of handing the banks billions of dollars to do with what they want, he should have refinanced every home in America at the CURRENT value, at the current interest rate, 30 yr loans, giving the banks the difference in what was owed minus the current loan amount so they wouldn't have a default. For instance, in S. Nevada we are approximately 50% upside down. If I owe $300,000, but my current home value is $150,000 (new 30 yr loan), the bank gets $150,000 bailout from the Government (difference) and if for instance my payments are cut in half yet my income stays the same, do you think I would have discretionary income to purchase appliances, cars, entertainment? You bet! The economy starts to grow.
    For the unemployed, they also get to refinance, but they don't make monthly payments. They are added to to the principal while they are attending re-training classes paid for by the Government and as soon as they get re-hired, their monthly payments begin. This would stop the foreclosures, put people back to work and jumpstart the economy.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  183. Jamie

    I hope the president realizes that the economy and unemployment are far more important than his health plan. I think Obama is trying to get himself in the history books because he will be the first president in the USA to pass a health plan like his. Of course he had to push that before his popularity ran out. It looks as though a lot of people are not falling for it.

    Also I want him to force big banking companies to separate if they received a bail out. If they need a bail out than that means they dont know how to run a company this big. Make them separate. I lost my job as an office manager and a book keeper. Where was my bosses bail out?

    January 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  184. Don

    Tony the president needs to let the states take care of their own employee (teachers, firemen, police, and other state workers. All the stimulus money should be used to create jobs in the private sector not use to retain gov jobs. Otherwise state will never get their budgets under control. State Gov. wages and benefits need to come down. If these state jobs make so little, why are they so hard to get. WE NEED SMALLER GOVERNMENT. If state works can’t get by on their pay, they should reduce their back end benefit and increase their front end benefit, and also not be able to get their retirement until age 62 just like the rest of the nation. This could save taxpayers a great deal of money then maybe where their shorthanded maybe they could hire instead of laying off.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  185. Jamie

    I am making a second comment after reading some of the other comments. I see that everyone wants to blame one single person for the problems with housing. Let me just say we are all to blame. People are to blame for living beyond there means. You shoud not have taken the loan if you couldnt handle it. The banks are at fault because they made sure the loan was pushed through even though the person getting the loan coud not afford it. PLEASE STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE SO MUCH AND LOOK YOURSELF IN THE MIRROR. I MEAN DOES ANYONE READ THE CONTRACT BEFORE SIGNING? MY BUSINES LAW INSTRUCTOR TOLD ME TO ALWAYS READ THE CONTRACT BEFORE YOU SIGN IT NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  186. Hope Lindsay

    Tony, as we talk of jobs creation, I always find myself saying there is an elephant in the room that no one mentions. It is the downturn in available jobs because of outsourcing, the practice of low pay part time and temp jobs taking the place of full time jobs with decent wages and benefits, and corporations themselves folding or moving off shore. What is the solution? We can't really blame the businesses for seeking the bottom line, but that is exactly what we have. I still like President Obama's vision of green jobs, because our energy infrastructure is badly in need of repair, and we must find alternatives to oil based energy. But above all, we need to encourage innovation. I do not think government job creation is wrong, as long as programs are carefully monitored.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  187. Eve Mcsweeney

    I just read a bunch of posts and am a little fearful of the future of this nation. People need to go back to school and learn exactly what a President does, and what congress does, and what the "people"do. We are a stupid bunch of whiners, just be thankful we have what we have, try not to blame one person for the whole nations problems, and remember who you vote for when voting for congressmen/women, more everyday people should run for office, that is what our forefathers intended, not lifelong professional politicians. Look around you, we are the best place in the world, be thankful, give thanks to the troops and shut up with all the negativity.Thank you Tony, you rock.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  188. Charles Washington

    Tony, I want President Obama to acknowlege that he understands that the majority of americans want a health care plan with a strong Public Option, and understand that we expected that he would have informed fellow democrats that he would not allow them to blackmail the American people, Nor the Republicans "sit out" to stop the progress needed for the american people, and to have accepted that he was not going to get a bipartisan agreement and chose to utilize reconciliation and acquired the 51 votes and to have passed a strong health care bill with a strong public option for the American people.

    I love the intellectual reasoning that he brings to the serious issues of the American people, (which we did not have in President Bush) but feel that he needed to have also utilized some "Illinois urban cowbowishness", (which President Bush did exhibit) and taken the reigns and exerted "leadership" by taking ownership, and explained to the American People that he decided to impose the reconcilliation to insure that the American people, the economy and Small business get the benefits of a good health care program.

    January 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  189. C. Cris

    I seem to find people who totally oppose Obama's administration and people that follow it blindly. Where are the smart Americans that pay attention to details and support bi-partisan ideas for our benefit?

    People who follow Obama blindly need to start to also ask hard questions, and people who oppose him should start to work on better ideas than his if that is the disagreement. Obama is not going anywhere so let's all work together and stop pointing fingers!

    We are supposed to be the best nation in the world and promote diplomacy and democracy and look like children fighting over a volleyball.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  190. C. Cris

    I seem to find people who totally oppose Obama's administration and people that follow it blindly. Where are the smart Americans that pay attention to details and support bi-partisan ideas for our benefit?

    People who follow Obama blindly need to start to also ask hard questions, and people who oppose him should start to work on better ideas than his, if that is the disagreement. Obama is not going anywhere so let's all work together and stop pointing fingers!

    We are supposed to be the best nation in the world and promote diplomacy and democracy and look like children fighting over a volleyball.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  191. Mr. D. Ramos

    In response to Jamie comment.....about reading the fine lines before signing. I did before asumming responsiability of my Mortgage and put 70 percent down payment and my monthly mortgage payment was one weeks paycheck am now risking foreclosure ONLY because nothing has been done to stimulate the job growth. So dont assume that anyone risking foreclosure assumed a mortgage the could not afford.

    So on that NOTE......I am accepting contributions so I can buy some food to eat....thank you!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  192. sule

    I would like to know what happened to 700 Billion???
    I also would like to put my 2 cents in and ask why did our government give 300 mil to people insttead of 700 bil. to CEO's. We could have already jump started to Economy. Should have given 1 million to per household in US and see the Economy jump!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  193. Chivers

    The President needs to STOP the Bleeding ASAP by Abolishing ALL Visa's Like H-1B, L1, J1, TN and many other types of visa's which are being used to REPLACE American Workers with non-Americans All Over the United States.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  194. Teresa Acello

    Our country will never be on our feet if we keep out-sourcing our jobs. I keep hearing how many jobs we don't have, but not one time in the news do we hear that our jobs are going out of this country. I don't understand why that is not addressed. I have called a lot of companies that I deal with for one reason or another and without fail they are in another country. SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO KEEP OUR JOBS HERE! Our country is very aware of that, so why is it so difficult to understand why we are in this situation.

    January 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  195. Fleta Smith

    I hope the president will talk more of coming out of the two wars, Iraq
    and Afganistan- Also, What can be done to stop the bleeding of jobs
    rather than creating more jobs that may or may not last.I want to see
    more people involved in pushing this country forward than just the
    president and his team-A lot of businesses have lost their vision–

    January 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  196. Jess

    securing borders won't stop drugs, duh the government is the one who brings the drugs...anyone ever heard of population control?! and about the war, Bush printed money first to foreign countries for their that at the end of his presidency we have printed money for this oil but we used all the oil there is an unbalanced debt so what did Bush do to make it balanced – started a war! Everyone should read the book called "Behold A Pale Horse" by william copper. It says that some of his accusations are his alone, but they make perfect sence. This book was written years ago and talks about the swine flu vaccine injecting small micro transmitters into us so the govt. can keep tabs on us. Sound crazy? okay...if you don't think the govt. is full of dirty tricks...keep thinking that. its all about population control, survival of the fittest. we are all pawns, George Bush says "thanks for playing the game"

    January 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  197. tony

    some simple suggestions to help america

    1) deport all illegals to save tax payer dollars, as past presidents have.
    2) drill for oil(which we have plenty of) to get off foreign oil.this will decrease the deficit in a huge way.
    3. drop the medicare age to 62, more seniors will retire and job positions will open up and in turn drop the unemployment rate.
    4) stop all of the government frill spending.
    5) have the same health care plan for everyone.
    6) drill for natural gas, (which we have plenty of)
    7)erect more wind turbines to save energy.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  198. Don

    With tax revenues going down across this nation, how do we pay off the federal, state and local government’s budget deficits, when we keep giving all of these employees pay and benefit increases? The strongest unions in this county are from government jobs. (Teachers, fireman, transits, sanitation, postal, and many others). Solution: raise property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes and any think else politician can think of that affects the working poor. So we won’t leave all this mess to our children. And maybe they’ll get one of those government jobs with good health care. Also I’m looking for a career change. Can anybody tell me what kind of job in the private sector I can retire at 55 with full pension and benefits, with semiannual pay increases?
    I agree with Kari. How can any think get done right with lobbyists paying off everybody to vote the way of the rich. Politician should not be allowed to accept any money even for their campaigns. The people would be better served and it would properly even be cheaper on us if taxpayers paid for cable time on shows like CSPAN for all politicians running for office. This way a politician would only owe the volunteers for his or her campaign. Then we would have people working for the people. Not the rich.
    There are only two governors that stood up to the state unions. One was from Minnesota, he quit after his term. The other is the Governor of California and it looks like he will not run again. As long as we keep increasing wages 3 to 4% every year on government employees and revenues keep going down. Even if we raise taxes 4% a year it still will not be possible to balance the budgets. The point I am trying to make is we can’t afford not to have a public health care option. (With everybody on Medicare) If you want more get it on your own from a company like AARP. Plan on a 10% tax increase. Company would not need to cover their employees; intern these company could give a good pay increase to help cover that 10% tax hike. A family earning 50,000 a year with a 10% tax increase would pay about 5’000 a year.

    January 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  199. Jerry

    If we get some kind of healthcare , I hope they do a better job with that than they did all the free trade agrements !!!

    January 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  200. Elaine P.

    I have been unemployed since Nov 9, 2009 and have done everything possible to get work (aside from any illegal activities) due to the fact that my 90-day employer is denying me unemployment benefits. I had to wait 7-weeks for a Deputy Hearing with the Va Employment Commission and I finally had it 7 weeks after being terminated on December 30, 2009 during the holidays when everything was shutdown and was denied benefits. I then Appealed the decision on January 8, 2010 but today I called the Va. Employment Commission in Richmond and was informed it would take another 60-days to hear my Appeal. The clerk informed me that she is receiving over 200 Appeals a day mainly employers. I have no more money left in my bank account. Yes, I have all the education I need to include a Master's Degree in Sociology and completing another Master’s Degree in Counseling. I work as a crisis counselor and have been on 3 interviews (Virginia Supportive Housing (12/10/09), Indian Creek Corrections (01/15/10) and Chesapeake Community Services Board (01/26/10) since Nov. 9th after being termination. One of my interviewers, Indian Creek Corrections seems promising b/c I had fingerprints taken and my references were contacted this week and last week but things are taking too long. I am afraid I will be evicted, my car will be repossessed and I will be living on the streets.

    Are you aware of this? Please. I need help asap as I am sure others do also but maybe they are not in the situation to write about it and ask.

    Please respond.

    Elaine M. Phillips

    January 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  201. George Ferrell

    It was reported on CNN that the $50,000 to repair the Bozeman tennis court was a wast of money. Let's look at the tinnes court and it's potenial to stimulate the economy.
    The court is not used now as it is dangerous because of the pot holes and cracks. If the court was repaired the following could happen. As many as 500 players would use the court this summer.
    Some of them will buy tennis balls. shoes, rackets and clothing at the local sporting good stores. It may add a new employee at one of the stores or hepl to keep the ones they have. With an A-1 rating tennis court they could now have at least four tournaments through the summer. They would invite neighboring towns, cities and states players to attend, bringing in about 400 people at each. Some of these people will stay at local motels, eat at local restaurants, go shopping and spend about $80,000 at aech tournament. It will keep the local people working or may add a few new employs. The 4 tournaments could bring in $320,000 for the economy. This is a conservative amount that would stimulate the Bozeman economy.
    There is one more factor, the people, young and old, that play tennis keep fit, reduce body fat and are healther.
    Therefore I belive that money would be well spent.

    January 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  202. Richard Day

    I'd like to hear about the stimulas for seniors & disabled, as we didn't get a COL increase.

    January 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  203. Edrita

    It’s amazing that Republicans don’t want to take responsibility for the BIG FAT MESS they made. As always they have tied the man hands behind his back; tide his legs; propped his mouth open; blindfolded him; threw him in the water and expected him to swim.

    The Republicans had eight (8) years to mess up after all give him time as he said in the beginning, “It will take time!”

    For once in my life please think about the backbone of the country after all no Main Street No Wall Street. Let’s pull this country together and get us out of this mess.

    Let us see Helthcare and JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEALTHCARE and JOBS!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  204. Debbie C

    I would just like to say something to the republicans in the house and the senate, congress, whatever. Until you feel the pain, you will not understand. Starting today pledge for one full year, to live on maximum unemployment benefits for your state. You will be allowed $10,000 severance. And, the loss of their insurance after 90 days. You would not be aloud to pull from any existing assets and yet pay the same bills you had before you were laid off. See if you still have your house, car, or any of your grown up toys. Apply for a job at McDonalds and see how they treat you. This is even more than most Americans have when they lose their jobs. See how you handle getting out of that? They'll still have their same bills they had before. Maybe they would get a new perspective. Then you might see that what the President did in the past year wasn't so bad. Just a thought.

    January 28, 2010 at 1:27 am |
  205. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I was on the computer when he came on so I did not hear much but it sounded like he wants to work with the republicans to get work done and he promoted his stimulus plan or recovery as now it is called. It sounds all good to help small business to create jobs and help big business to save jobs but I did not hear anything about the sick, poor and elderly who cannot work. What does he want to do weed us out and not use some of that 867 billion dollars to help the poor, sick and elderly? We who have worked when possible but now are on social security will not get anything from the recovery plan! I thought that he was a Christian man well Jesus went to the sick, poor and elderly who were left out of society and he brought them hope. Will Obama have the heart to do the same or will he help the rich to stay rich while the poor remain poor?

    January 28, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  206. Brad

    I just would like to speak my mind for a minute or two. I went to school at first because I had epilepsy from when i was born to 26. I thought I could go and make more money then before and pay off my loan. I went for 3 years, I was 18 credits from graduating and Something happened where I needed to move from North Dakota to Minnesota. I accumulated approximately 19,000 in debt. I wasn't able to go to school for about 3 years until I moved from MN to FL. My grades would not transfer from state to state so I had to start from scratch.. I was going to south university and went there for 2 to 3 years and moved to AZ . Same thing happened and I had to pretty much start over. See the debt kept accruing but the credits kept diminishing as I move costing me more money for nothing. I still haven't got a degree yet and I racked up 50,000 in debt and interest that at this time I was unemployed since April 9th 2009 to december 2009 and claimed chapter 13. This is why I am all for student loan forgiveness so I can start over and get a education.

    I didnt hear much about student loans that would help those in need.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  207. Harley from Tn

    Congressional Reform Act of 2010

    1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

    A. Two Six year Senate terms
    B. Six Two year House terms
    C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension:

    A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

    The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  208. andy wittman

    president obamas speech was well delivered, it was very short on constructive specifics. He gets the massachusetts messaqe but stubbornly refuses to accept it.

    January 28, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  209. Mary Jane Hyde

    Jan. 28, 2010
    President Obama gave an excellent State of the Union speech last night. He covered the topics we wanted him to cover: jobs for the jobless; improving our country's infrastructure–giving workers jobs putting high-speed railroad trains into service in the USA and rebuilding our nation's roads and bridges; the economy; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; trying to balance the budget; the negativity and lack cooperation of the Republicans in Congress; eliminating the "don't ask, don't tell" rule regarding gays in the US military.
    The President gets A+ on this speech!

    January 28, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  210. Cybil

    Congress, Congress, Congress!

    The issue is not President Obama. He can't do anything without the support of the Congress. Both parties are to blame. The democrats are too far left to try to bargin. The republicans have been on the morning shows saying that once they take the house, they will begin to work, "the light will shine", and they will fix America. That's 11 months away!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  211. Andrew Smith

    I'm an independent, and watched the State of the Union and the response from the Republicans. For some reason I found the setting and theatrics of the response overshadow whatever message they were trying to get across. I watched the clapping and hand-shaking, back-slapping of this guy who runs Virginia rather contrived and a little ridiculous. Living in Washington State I couldn't understand why they were applauding this governor so much, like he was already president. His message was lost on me.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  212. Vic Vreeland

    The President made no mention of returning our lost jobs back to America. Apparently it is fine with Obama that everything we buy at the Wally Mart is "Made in China." The Communist Chinese must be proud when they go to their Wally Mart (there are more than 100 in China) and see 99% of the products are made IN THEIR COUNTRY! Obama's plans to borrow and or print up funny money for some make work projects is not a long term solution to our economic problems. HEY FOLKS, WE HAVE TO MAKE SOMETHING TO SURVIVE! Soon the Communist Chinese will no longer need us to make it in the world and if we can't make our own clothes, shoes, electronic gadgets, tools and yes, even Christmas ornaments, we are through as a great nation. That day may be closer than we think. To our credit, we are the largest debtor nation in the world and we export more raw materials than finished goods. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    January 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  213. Catherine

    I think it is irrelevant whether we heard what we want to hear. Speech is not action or a solution. I am a 30 year old unemployed woman with no health insurance, a bachelors and master's degree, 70,000 dollars in student loans with interest adding as we speak.

    I have sent out a minimum of 300 resumes and have had 3 phone calls, 2 interviews and no job offer. I am polished and professional. I am willing to work any type of job, I will even work as an administrative assistant (even though I am denied and told I am overqualified with every application). Half of my friends in their 30's are waiting tables to pay student loan debt while living with their parents. Who is going to bail us all out? Where and when are there going to be jobs for us?

    I cannot work a construction job and yet I cannot get an office position either.

    ps: I live in Texas where they claim there are still jobs. I cannot imagine what it is like elsewhere. Does the government consider 35 year old waiters drowning in debt a success story?

    January 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  214. Daniel M. Sr.

    What I heard is a politician’s knee-jerking response to a failed health bill that no one wanted. The President should have been spending all of his energy and resources on helping small businesses and new job initiatives; the health care issue would of taken care of its self.

    We had a small business, and because of the economy, we end up losing along with most all of our life savings. If we could have had the opportunity to receive bill out money, maybe we could have waded through this economic storm. Now, unemployed and at 60 years old, it appears to be too late for us to benefit from anything the President intends to do...talking doesn't do anything, doing something does.

    January 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  215. Bill Schnell

    Tony, you are my favorite news reporter. You don't quite until you get to the root of the problem. I am the third generation water well driller in the oldest family in the state of Mo. We have not had a call on a new water well for over 2 years. We are only able to hang on by the grace of GOD. The president didn't impress me at all, he is doing and saying what ever it takes to keep him looking good in the public eye. If he would look back to the late 70's when the construction stopped the goverment put tax benifits to the oil companies which put thousands of people to work. If they would do this now we could go to work in the oil drilling, of which i have over 10 years experence. He wants to go green, but until they can build a car affordable the average person can't afford it. We will need oil and gas for many years to come .cut the oil imports in half, so we don't lose the oil supply if needed . their is oil and gas in OK. I know of 30 wells drilled over the last 2 years that thier was oil and gas in all the wells. it makes no since not to get our country back on our own, where we can take care of our own people. thanks for your old fashion back bone to get to the thurth. thier is no jobs in southwest Mo. the goverment money has not helped here. Thanks Bill Schnell

    January 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  216. Jon

    If Obama can successfully increase nuclear power, then his presidency may have actually accomplished something. if not, well, who really expected anything from him?

    January 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  217. Tony Segura

    Hi Tony: I listen to you daily. What the problem is that majority of the employers are republicans and they won't do full employment until they get a president of their party. That is an old trick.

    January 29, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  218. cynthia

    Hey tony I think the real problem here is not who started this or that.Its like what pesident obama said we need to not keep point fingers at other people and make dicisions and actions that will benifite the american people

    February 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm |