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March 29th, 2010
08:10 AM ET

Pres. Obama: What Should be Next?

President Obama’s top domestic priority, health care reform, is a done deal. So, what does he turn his attention to now?

A. Jobs and the economy
B. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
C. Immigration
D. Financial industry reform

We want to hear from you? Let us know what you think the administration should make its top priority and why. We’ll share some of your comments on air in the CNN Newsroom, 11am ET — 1pm ET

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (234 Responses)
  1. Ken Matthews

    Without Immigration should be next. If anything could be harder than Health Care, this is it.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  2. sandy creed

    Jobs and the economy (which should have taken precedence over health care) must be next. Helping those who have lost their jobs keep their homes is nice, but having jobs for them would be better. Also, the job market is 'for the young and maleable' , not for those who have been working for several years. The 40 somethings are in trouble and the 50 and 60 somethings are totally out of luck unless they want part-time retail jobs.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  3. Carl

    First step is to STOP being diverted into continued debate on Health Care. We won. The American people won its over. The administrations eye needs to be focused on educating the public on whats in that legislation, how it will affect them and when it will affect them going into the November elections. STOP the tabloid type reporting on device that the Republicans want to continue with. That goes for our liberal media that keeps that Republican party alive by still criticizing them. Let them die in peace without publicity and spend our time wisely on the benefits not their rhetoric.

    Financial industry reform, jobs & the economy should be a package worked on together. Tight reform first because these Wall Street moguls are already selling bad investments again that will cripple us again. Job creation needs incentives for business to bring back the industry they outsourced offshore. Create them in America!

    March 29, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  4. Brian H.

    Financial reform. The President should jump on this before the Democrats lose seats in Congress this November. The Republicans do not have (nor have they ever had) the will to clamp down on the worst abuses of Wall Street. Obama and Reid need to convince Sens. Snowe, Collins, and (and maybe even) Brown to join Democrats in an effort to strengthen the Dodd bill and ensure that another crisis like the one that caused the Great Recession never happens again.

    March 29, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    How about keeping the $250.00 stimulus promise for people on social security .

    March 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  6. Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D.

    It may seem counter-intuitive to some, but the first priority should be on Financial Industry oversight reform. Jobs and the economy won't have a prayer of real recovery if the same crooks on Wall Street and in the US Government are allowed to create new investment scams and Ponzi schemes all over again, without fear of personal consequence. Not ONE of the greed-crazed idiots and complacent fools who created the financial debacle of 2008-2009 has even been fired, much less thrown into prison as they deserve.

    Possibly half of the banks in this country are now insolvent due to the fact that 20% of all home "owners" are under water, owing more on their mortgages than their property is worth. The entire system is a ticking time bomb, ready to explode in our faces - yet our government does NOTHING to change the economic incentives. One may only speculate that our Congress values the huge campaign contributions of Wall Street insiders more than they value the well being of the citizens who incorrectly believe we've elected these bums.

    This is not to say that wars in the Middle East are unimportant, particularly in light of the economic consequences in further deficit spending. But reality is even larger and harsher than the daily losses of our troops to IEDs and terrorist attacks. Due to the spendthrift policies of the US government - and of citizens like you and me who have maxed out our credit cards and home equity loans, hoping the bills would never come due - the US is already no longer a super power. We can no longer afford to go on being a World policeman, and there is no evident alternative waiting in the wings.

    A question that remains to be resolved might be "how many of us are going to STARVE TO DEATH when the world economic order comes crashing down around our ears?" It can happen, and it quite possibly will. In the face of such questions, immigration fades to a distant last in any list of real priorities.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  7. michael armstrong sr.

    Jobs and economy that should have been done before health care or any thing else but with Al Gore around and Summer coming on it will be global warming stupid crap that can waite gets done first .

    March 29, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  8. John

    Carl, What did you win? Health Care is a bigger issue. Company such as ATT, Verizon and many other company's will cut back on health care due to cost. The employee cost Health care is going up in January too. You Dems don't get it. Nothing is free.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  9. Travis

    I don't want to be that guy, but what about number 5! The environment! We have huge issues we haven't even begun to discuss – issues harder to understand, but more dangerous than most! The change in the environment will not only be disastrous to our economy, but to our national safety as well.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  10. Cdidan

    Immigration should be next that way our economy will at least be at the top as it was before

    March 29, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  11. Josue Siurano

    Its the economy Stupid. Jobs should've been his number one concern. It would've made the healthcare bill easier to pass if he had made some inroads into creating real jobs.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  12. Egberto Willies

    Actually I think the President needs to tackle all of the above now. Too much was neglected over the last 30 years and he needs to prove that government matters, can solve real problems, and is necessary.

    A. Jobs and the economy, B. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, C. Immigration, & D. Financial industry reform must be handled concurrently. In many was they are interelated.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  13. Janet

    Jobs, Jobs, and more jobs. It's the economy. If you can't work and take care of yourself – nothing else matters. This one is a no brainer!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  14. Michael

    How about "E" – All of the above.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  15. Mark

    I believe Immigration Reform would help the economy taxpayer money from Immigrants that are willing to pay extra for fines, for avoiding taxes or even fines for working illegally.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  16. Jon

    Obama already got his liberal agenda covered with health care. If he goes after immigration, he's going to have even more Americans angry with him. It is his responsibility to take care of American's, not would-be Americans.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  17. david schmidt

    I think JOBS are the priority Obama should focus on if he wants to impress the American public. When people are working they are paying taxes and paying bills and purchasing. This will help many things.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  18. John B

    Mr. Obama should tackle all those issues at least two or three at a time. Start with immigration.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  19. Brandon McCrary


    Texas is making a mockery of the public school system with their text book revisions... The children of the nation really are the future. When me and you are in retirement homes they will be running the country... Obama needs to address the welfare of the Children and a big part of that is ensuring proper education.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  20. Doug Cooper Spencer

    Jobs and the economy should definitely be his priority. If he wants to continue his vision, he'll have to keep some weight on Capitol Hill. The creation of jobs will serve not only to help the economy, but more importantly, as the balm the nation needs.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  21. Pete Harris

    I have been in and out of work for about three years and really need a job.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  22. Anthony Tolbert

    The President needs to focus on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The hunt for Osama Bin Laden needs to be intensified and the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan must be dismantled completely. Iraq should be given back to the Iraqis and the troops there should be brought home or sent to Afghanistan.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  23. Minakor G

    Its right that the next step for the president should be Immigration, and yes we can, and will.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  24. HarryJHemphill

    Let Obama be president and decide his own agenda. I voted him as president. We do not know enough to decide his agenda. I appreciate his efforts to go to work daily as my president. Oh as far as transparency, he did not promise to show us nor tell us all. We talk to much as a society. Be quiet and keep still.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  25. SK

    Immigration is next. There are hundreds of thousands of highly educated and qualified Indian and Chinese immigrants – executives, doctors, professionals waiting for their greencards for more than 7 to 10 years. These are the people who have the entrepeneur spirit to turn this economy around. We spend so much time discussing illegal immigration and ways to legalize it. What about the hard working highly educated group people who are legally here, have been paying taxes, creating jobs but have not been naturalized yet! Many of these are products of elite universities in the U.S.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  26. chad jones

    I know this option is not on the list, but i believe the admin. should work on helping the homeless,poverty level, and struggling americans. We are truley in trouble here. I know they helped gm and big corperations like them banks. Please help the people who really need it. look at it for what it truley is and change whats going on at home.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  27. Maxim

    Priority 1) Keep Jobs growing by supporting finance to small business.
    Priority 2) Protect the borders, then fix immigration.
    Priority 3) Cut federal spending by 10% over next three years.
    Priority 4) Fix the financial industry abuses without more government.
    Priority 5) Finish the War and get out within 60 months.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  28. Mark Laurel

    I think the president needs to focus on jobs & economy. However, I don't think that is enough. We need financial reform.

    We can't improve our economy in the long term without financial reform. I am all for free market capitalism- but deregulation HAS NOT WORKED.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  29. Jim

    Tony, the number one issue should be jobs then he needs to tackle the "huge Goverment ponzi scheme" so hard working americans can retire and not have to work till they are 80. The sad thing about this is my children will have to pay for the past sins of this goverment.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  30. Santosh Dhakal

    I think he should go for Immigration reform. Everyday on average 15,000 people enter this country illegally. That should be stopped. Those who are already here should be given a very very tough path for citizenship. Those illegally here and have criminal record should be immediately deported. After passing the reform, any future illegal aliens should be barred from getting jobs, going to school, getting health care and any other benefit. Also, all the local law enforcement agency should have the authority to implement the federal immigration law. If this all happens, in future there would be no illegal immigrant in US

    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  31. Chris

    Immigration should be on the President agenda next! We need to enforce the law that everyone pay taxes so they can contribute to the growth of the economy. The only way we can accomplish economic growth is to provide immigrants the ability to contribute. Now lets approve this reform.


    March 29, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  32. Daniel

    It should be clear that Obama needs to focus on jobs and the economy next. In states such as Michigan with 14.1% unemployment, the economy needs to be reinvented, not just reformed. The person who has the most power to do that is Obama. I think that he needs to focus on getting the unemployment rates down, because that's the priority with the American people right now.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  33. Angela A.

    Financial reform is key to cleaning up the mess our economy is in. When the economy stabilizes, jobs will be restored and created. Americans will then be able to afford health care and can be self-sufficient. Financial reform, economy and jobs should be one package.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  34. Kate - New York

    It's time for an immigration reform. There are millions of undocumented workers who are living here – they should not be forgotten. This country was build on immigrants and we should not forget about that. Isn't America – the land of freedom ? Keeping all this people without any legal social status – is definatelly depriving them of what America stands for.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  35. Sue Ann Brogan

    Immigration reform should be next, as this will have a positive effect on the economy. An immigration bill that incorporates a legalization path for undocumented immigrants would raise a tremendous amount of revenue for the government coffers. This would be generated through requiring immigrants who want to legalize their status to pay fines and back taxes as part of the process. It would also raise tax revenue through an increased collection of income taxes, as illegal immigrants move from working "off the books" to legitimate employment.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  36. REB

    It's an election year. In the immortal words of the crazy Cajun James Carville, "It's the econiomy stupid!" Financial markets reform is a close second.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  37. Sonson

    The president doesn't need to do much more about the economy, let the stimulus money runs its course and the economy will pick up naturally. What he needs to focus on is financial reform before Wall-street messes up the economy again.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  38. Senceeble

    Wall Street got into a coma and took away jobs from so many hard working individuals. New undergraduates and graduates are struggling to find employment. People's morale has crashed. Creating jobs quicker and providing employment will be the sole answer for the turnaround and to boost confidence in people's way of thinking and reacting.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  39. Joash Mencias

    I agree @Carl. Economy and financial reform should be next. It's what the people want right now.

    @Michael Armstrong Sr. The climate bill is important and would actually create more jobs. The bill has provisions to create alternative energy sources and cleaner technologies.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  40. Mahendra Mehta

    Financial reform should be the next top priority. Enough of exploitation and abuse by wall street and financial institution in name of deregulation and free market system. jobs next in line followed by wars and Immegration, respectively.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  41. Eleanor Hall

    D. Financial industry reform - necessary prevent the financial industry from making mistakes such as those that led to the last meltdown. It's important to protect Americans' savings and investments.

    Also, from a political point of view, financial industry reform would help to end the perception that the government has helped Wall Street more than Main Street. After bailing out the banks, we should demand changes from them, a reversal of the deregulation of the past 20 years that was so disastrous. After the controversy of health care, Obama should do something that can get through Congress relatively easily. Those who oppose change would be seen as friends of bankers rather than the public.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  42. Ginette B.

    Education reform should be Obama's next priority. This is a topic that is constantly passed over for more "immediate" concerns. Education is the great equalizer, and yet it is given short shrift time and time again.

    Our school receive unequal funding, creating a separate and unequal educational system based on economic class. Our students attend crumbling schools with poor resources and, often times, no learning materials. Our teachers and administrators are over-worked, under-paid, under-appreciated, and under-resourced. Our districts operate in fear of litigious parents. Our school boards operate in fear of election defeat. Our parents are MIA from the school environment. Our state community colleges and universities are too expensive. The number of issues is great, and yet little federal attention is given to this problem. If we desire a competitive, global workforce we must take federal action now.

    If Obama is truly interested in being an agent of change, he must tackle this issue without delay. Our students and our nation require Education reform.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  43. Donna Phillips

    I am curious as to how the health care plan will help those low end middle-class couples $30,000. Our problem is that we are being crushes by much higher premiums, deductables andout of pocket prescription drug costs???????

    March 29, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  44. Hector

    I think the next prioridy should be C. Immigration
    because their have been lots of immigrants waiting to hear about this issuse for along time. I think its about time this subject comes up.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  45. Allan Levi C. Morales

    Financial Industry Rethinking should take precedence, starting with replacing Geithner, Bernanke and their ilk; filing economic sabotage and terrorism charges on the geniuses of wall street who brought the world to the brink of economic disaster; and, throwing a new and retroactive book at these economic criminals.

    Too. oversight of the financial industry must be taken out of the purview of the fed. And, given to a body peopled by persons of probity, known for their stand for the citizens of Main Street.

    It would be best if a cap on lobbying money and campaign contributions from wall street and big business should be more strict and strident (good luck on that, with the addiction of lawmakers to this kitty).

    March 29, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  46. Ty S.

    Jobs and the economy should our next top priority. Luckily our unemployment rate has remained steady at 9.7 percent, but that is still entirely too high. Personally, I have two family members that have lost their jobs in the past two months with plenty of mouths to feed. Its great to have good health care, but if you can't afford to pay your mortgage or put food on the table, your quality of life will diminish regardless. Its great to reform the financial sector, but if we don't find a way to keep our businesses open, we won't have much to finance.

    In regards to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, let the Generals make the key decisions. Micromanagement destroys operational synergy and mission effectiveness. He should just take the the advice of his Generals and roll with it.

    Immigration is one tree he shouldn't climb right now. After this Health Care debacle, that would just divide the country even more.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  47. Dan Lafayette,IN

    I believe that you have the list of priorities in correct order Tony, but since we have the Taliban and al Qaeda on the run we should pick up our military capabilities in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. The people in these two countries deserve a better life than what they have been going through since the Taliban and terrorists have lost power in Afghanistan. These extremists will not give in until they have become martyr's!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  48. bonnie

    Fianancial Reform is imperitive if we are to prevail. After doing research on the depression of the 30's the preventative measures that were put in place were undone by the republican congress as they have always come down on the side of big business and unrestraint of them. Senator Dorgan /...on youtube sa;y; in Nov99 if you pass this the banks will be too big to fail. that is exactly what happened as they passed theri deregulatory measures Dec 99 then all Hell broke loose. Protect our economy from these DE REGULATIONS PASSED BY REPUBLICAN CONGRESS

    March 29, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  49. Marcia L.

    I think President Obama should concentrate all his efforts on the economy including the 2 million long time unemployed who have been left out of any benefits which he signed on March 10th. What are we to do?? Nothing has been said by the Government (Mr. Obama) or the congress about us. There are no jobs out there and have been left out totally of any other TIER V or any other extension. But please if you talk about this situation on your show, ask them to give us an extension for the long time unemployed that will help us. Not just a bandaid type of help of six (6) weeks. If I haven't been able to find a job of any kind in almost two (2) years after sending out hundreds of resumes, applying for any job available and NO response, a six or 8 week what kind of job can I find in a few weeks. I am 62 years old with lost of experience as a legal secretary. I have applied for what I have been working and for any other job, but no one is employing people my age and even in their fifties. Go into Google and see how many people are asking, worried to death, that nothing seems to be in the works for people who have been long time unemployed. Please bring this issue to the attention of the government. This week is the LAST WEEK I will receive unemployment check. How am I going to survive?? Again, the long time unemployed are NOT included on the package of help the President signed recently? Has he forgotten about us??? Please help by bringing this issue to light. Thank you.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  50. Sam

    In this order
    A. Jobs and the economy
    B. Financial industry reform
    C. Immigration
    D. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    March 29, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  51. Maureen E.

    Jobs Program , definitely... A lot of anger I'm sure comes from those
    people who can't support their family, can't pay bills... and can't find a

    March 29, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  52. C J

    I feel JOBS are most important now to start the economy upward! It will take a long time to replace the millions of jobs lost in 2008 and 2009! Housing issues are finally being addressed, but our Gov't is a day late and a dollar short in helping all of those who went thru the hassle of Foreclosure already! Bailing out the American home owner should have been right up there with bailing out the banks! What an ironic payers dollars bailed out the banks and now the banks have to be told by the Gov't on how to deal with bailing out the home-owner/taxpayer! What's wrong with this picture?!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  53. ron

    Since there is nothing meaningful that a president can do about the economy short of starting a trade war (although stopping debt growth would help some), I think we should focus on halting immigration. The fact is we already have all the people we need, and our environment can tolerate, at 300 million. Let's just hang out the "no vacancy" sign.

    And yes, I know some of you will now opine on all the great things that can be done for the economy. Even if wildly successful, they would add up to a drop in the bucket.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  54. Jim Helbert

    I retired from AT&T and on Friday, AT&T announced they will be cutting retiree drug benefits due to the recently passed legislation. Way to go Obama and our Congress....

    March 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  55. Mike

    The next priority should be to repeal this nightmare healthcare legislation.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  56. Steve of Pacifica CA

    President Obama's next priority should definitely be Financial Reform.

    Jobs aren't going to matter if the financial industry pulls the same exact stunt for more money. The way I see it: Wallstreet banks might as well be terrorists.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  57. Derek Bennett

    President Obama,

    Has to work on immigration, because it ties into Healthcare. Every time an illegal alien goes to the hospital we have to pay for it and it raises our healthcare prices

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  58. Rick Miller

    Jobs and the economy need to be the main focus of our president. I'm glad he has started the process to address our healthcare issues.

    As for immigration, "Please press 1 for English, Press 2 for a map to Mexico"

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  59. Nils

    If we start to make the change to renewable energy it would solve the job problem as well as so many other problems. Also legalize marijuana and tax the hell outta it.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  60. Steve Metlak

    LIVABLE jobs! It's It seems that most new jobs today pay close to minimum wage. That's far from enough for anybody.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  61. laval

    obama next choice should be reform of the financial industry. the unisted states free markets in all aspects of the economy is what led to the recent crisis and is the main reason things are still moving slowly. However, any reforms done to the financial system would have to be duplicated by the leading nations in the world as well, otherwise reforms would hurt the U.S more..

    P.S. about time yall got healthcare. richest country in the world turning down their children with pre exisitng conditions? dosent that sound just a little insane?

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  62. TannersDad Tim Welsh

    Next on the agenda should be spending more resources to figure out real answers & Solutions to the Autism Crisis. Over 500,000 world wide are approaching Adulthood with no plans, infrastructure or resources to deal with the aging population. This is a big socio economic Deal. April is Autism Awareness month. Now 1 in 110

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  63. Raphael

    The wars are costing a ridiculous amount of bucks, we should start to scale back and take care of our states, cities and towns.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  64. John Cavataio

    Unemployment extention and Jobs!! Need this bad! everyone is talking about the slowdown in unemployment last month. Let's look at total unemployed over last 2 years. and how many verifiable of new jobs filled.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  65. Jackson

    This White House has already wasted a year, going to Mexico, blaming Americans for Mexican's drug addicts/dealers, giving money to La Raza and tap dancing for amnesty special interest-which is why the ONLY thing that he has really done in over a year has been Health Care and frankly, after a couple of months when Americans are still broke-no one will look at Health Care as a win. I am so sick of seeing these idiots in Congress who have jobs, take nice vacations on the dime of tax payers and attend parties every night-keep throwing illegal alien criminals in my face.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  66. Meshal Wilmington de

    I am a huge supporter of imigration reform o think it's so important however the president needs to do something about jobs because that is something most of us want. Healthcare was important and historical now let's do something less devisive

    March 29, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  67. Brent

    Jobs and the Economy should be the Presidents top agenda with the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan being a close second. Jobs create tax revenue and the wars create expenses. Therefore you have to look at both, but putting people back to work is what makes the people most happy.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  68. Cherie Spells

    Mr. Hall, the economy should be first, but yet and still immigration has been on the burner for decades, both seem very important. Multi Tasking would be their best method.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  69. Emily Lewis

    As a military wife there is soo much Obama needs to do. All he cares about his this health care crap. I mean this health care bill is ridiculous!! What he needs to focus on is more on the troops and the wars. Also another thing I heard is that if they pass the energy bill you would have to have certain energy standards just to sell your house!!! WHat a load of crap!! People can't afford this stuff!! Seriously I hope people who voted for Obama are happy! Cause we are screwed!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  70. Irah LaRoche

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs

    Let's vote for jobs!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  71. Gerald Tinnon

    Tony, it doesn't really matter what the President tries to fix or reform now. Why? Because the Republicans are going to fight anything he attempts to do, no matter how noble the idea or agenda. They have but one goal, to get back in power and extend their right wing agenda. I live in Alabama and I don't know one person that opposed health care reform because of what was in the bill, but I know hundreds that opposed it because it was proposed by Barack Obama. Read through the smoke screens Tony.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  72. Lee

    Jobs,gun control, and legalizing drugs

    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  73. tom

    If he goes for immigration next it just goes to show where his priorities are.Its not the American people as it should be.Its all about getting reelected and the democratic control of government. I find it very hard to respect him at any level.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  74. Karen

    The presentation this morning on what health care reform means to us "money-wise" did not feature ONE positive......not ONE.... It presented ONLY how its going to cost us more. You guys love to stir up controversy so you have something to talk about........I see this not just this morning, but every time I watch. That's why I like MSNBC better....they cover BOTH sides.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  75. Lucille Baskin

    Jobs must be the priority now. If more people are employed, the burden of the government to subsidize healthcare for those who can't afford it is lightened.

    I'd like to add that jobs aren't just created. There must be a need for a service or product. America must encourage entrepreneurship in America. So much of the stuff we buy from China can and should be made in America. A shift in this area will create jobs.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  76. Richard

    Get the unemployment benefits extension back in motion. I am 59 and have been in construction all my life and have businesses that want to hire me but there is still a hiring freeze on and my benefits will run out the April 3rd and after which I won't be able to keep my house.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  77. Heather

    Illegal immigrants living in the US should be made citizens. We graduate illegal immigrants every year from American high school who have lived here since they were babies. If they work here, the only home they know, they are breaking the law! The United States is creating criminals in their school systems–the US provides no options that are legal for these new graduates.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  78. Christine Schmidt

    I am soooo sick of listening to uneducated republicans,independents and Tea Baggers complain about healthcare. Ask any of them if they'd rather be paying for mom and dad's health or living costs? Well prior to the inception of SS and Medicare – radical SOCIALIST policies you'll need to remind them – you'd have to be carrying your parents and grandparents living expenses. And then ask any of these bright minds if they would now be willing to take away SS and Medicare? Of course after dithering about they'd have to admit that they would not want to pay for their parents or lose those "socialist" entitilements. So they are fakes and liars.
    Clearly jobs needs to be Obama's next fix and we should all wish him well but republicans won't. Ya lost – get over it.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  79. Steve

    Jon must be either blind or incredible arrogant to not realize that the President is taking care of Americans first and he did so by offering Americans better health and more affordable heath care. He does put COUNTRY FIRST. Which is only a slogan for the other party who if they really did care would have done more to help Americans to better their lives instead of just sating "NO" even to all their ideas, and sitting on their hands. Immigration has to be fixed. Especially for the legal immigrants. But it seems like everyone complain about it. And then when an effort is made to fix the problem. The complaints get louder. So nothing is done. And everything remains the same. Something has to be done.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  80. tom

    I agree with the take care of the citizens first agenda. If as a President or Leader of any country can say to himself, My Citizens,Their Children and families are not going to bed hungry too night, have medical care for chronic illnesses and safe affordable housing and the homeless are provided for, then IF and only IF you have a surplus of funds should you give away the funds to another nation or group of people that are not YOUR legal citizens when those funds can be used for Your Country and it's citizens. It is the Leaders responsibility to take care of his Country before others.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  81. S Weeden

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of
    Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn't pay
    into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from
    many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being all of its forms.
    Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is
    above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican,
    Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United
    States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or
    Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States."

    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  82. Mike

    The president has a mind That would do good on the immargration issue but the jobs are in need of support.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  83. Karen

    Jobs, jobs, and more's always about jobs and he must address this in a huge way......however this didn't just took the last 8-10 years to blow up in our faces......and .now the American people want it fixed in a few months........go figure.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  84. Rick

    The economy should be our priority however I don't hear anything about high-tech jobs growing or shutting down those loop holes that ship our jobs else where. It's because of this that students are reluctant to pick a major or regreting the major that they chosen.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  85. Kirk D

    Well I'm gald President Obama was able to get his health bill passed..But Now he MUST FOCUS on the ECONOMY, I mean if people are still losing their jobs by the thousands per week what is ALL that hard work for??? within a year if you don't have health care you get fined???!!! huh...?? what's that about...

    PRESIDENT OBAMA....thanks for making sure I'll be able to go to the doctor if I get sick....but does me no good if I have no JOB!!!.... we the people desperatelt,,immediately needs JOBS,,JOBS,,JOBS,,JOBS,,
    should be your next agenda. ECONOMY!!!!! Mr. President please fix...we know it was screwd up when you got in office...BUT you campagined that you can fix it....WELL....HERE'S UR CHANCE...

    March 29, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  86. Vivian Middleton

    I realize that there are some individuals who are upset about the Health Care Reform, however, I don't understand why there is not more anger towards AIG for the double dip that they owe the American People..If we got back that money and applied it too the Health Care, I think the American would be much less critical. I also think that all of the negative publicity that this has received, has got people thinking the worse..We need to give this a chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  87. Michael Brown

    I would think Immigration. I know as bad as the job situation is we would think that would be first, but if you have more people coming in the country than jobs being created than we will never have enough jobs. We are defeating our purpose if you create 500,000 jobs and one million people come to live in the U.S.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  88. Jesse B.

    I am sure that the polls do not reflect why democrats are not enthusiastic. Most of us think the bill which did not include the public option, did not reach far enough. And, in the interest of President Obamas' attempt to be bi-partisan, the bill was watered down over the course of the year long debate. If the poll included the question, "would you be more enthusiastic about the bill if it included a public option?", I believe the poll would reflect a more accurate depiction of public opinion.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    Good Morning TONY,
    I do believe PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA needs to continue looking into job creation. At the same time I do believe we need a National language. Perhaps the English languuage?! There is a lot of school children who are immigrants and do not know how to speak English. Thus they do not learn anything in school. Other older immigrants work in stores and do not speak English. A language barrier has a trickle effect and can create other issues.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  90. Lucy

    That president Obama will focus on immigration and is what millions of immigrants need those are working people just like americans and their "american" childrens are suffering and are in need of a better and peaceful life

    March 29, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  91. Ricardo

    People who believe America would benefit without illegal immigrants are incredibly mistaken. Many of these people perform jobs in unsafe environments for incredibly low wages, and people are commonly misinformed and do not know that these people are hired by corporations and businesses looking to save money and then they are deported by their employers before they are even paid! The undocumented workers aren't the issue. How can he take our jobs when the ones giving them the jobs don't want to hire Americans and deal with the expenses?

    March 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  92. frankie

    I trust President Obama's ability to consider short-term fixes and long-term solutions at the same time. His short-term financial help is being more effective than some want to admit (and he also set up health care reform with short- and long-term goals), and he also knows that we will never have long-term success in this country if inner-city kids are trying to go to school in a war zone, and we don't have enough primary care physicians, and big business is profiting from slave-type immigrant labor, and our energy sources are outdated. Etc. He also understands that the future is what we keep making it; no, health care reform is not "finished" it really depends on what Democrats and Republicans do with it as time goes on. We are fortunate that our President is very energetic and he is very capable of doing more than one thing at a time. He points out the political high road but he fights if he has to. Do I sound like an Obama fan, yes I am!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  93. Granny Pants

    Unfortunately, the divisiveness of immigration reform is also filled with propoganda that will be difficult to get past. The real truth is that immigrants are hear to stay, but until we make them legal, we cannot benefit from their full contributions into our system.

    In the future, our immigrants will be the ones who care for aging baby Boomers; they will be responsible for keeping Social Security funded; they will be responsible for increasing local and federal tax revenues such as DMV fees, etc. But none of this can happen when they are not allowed to contribute to the system because they don't have the rights.

    Look at the numbers! In California when Governor Schwarznegger took away the driving priviledges of immigrants, state revenue slid downhill with a domino effect that has been heading downward ever since as millions of immigrants continue to lose their right to drive & pay fees when their birthday comes up.

    We cannot find true solutions as long as we are denying an existent population that we are dependent upon. Illegal immigrants with legal status to pay fines, DMV fees, Social Security Taxes, local, state and federal taxes will give us the economic boost we need. They are just waiting to contribute to a system that is literally refusing their contributions while calling them a burden at the same time. Lift this burden by making them legal and reap the fiscal contributions these millions will bring. This is such an obvious win-win solution if we look at it from this perspective.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  94. Kevin from Vancouver Canada

    I watch all the health care news with great interest. Why is it that you seem to mainly report the things people dislike. I would like to hear more about what people like or would be beneficial that this bill contains. Also I would like to see interviews with people who are pro health care. I'm sure you could find someone that likes what is coming and whose lives will improve as a result of this historic leap into the 21st century.
    In Canada we have had universal health care for a long time now and we like it.

    Kevin Proud Canadian

    March 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  95. kent, NJ

    Since obama is the ceo of the federal government he should take care of government business. He can't create private jobs, run financial industries or run other countries until he first runs this country. The u.s. government is 65 trillion in debt counting social security and medicare. The Gross Domestic Product of the entire world is 60 trillion and our debt alone is beyond that. Obama needs to declare a financial state of emergency in this country and stop worring about what is going on in other countries. We are flat broke and our debt can never be repayed but obama is walking aorund like everything is just fine. Obama bailed out banks and wall street but who is going to bail out the federal government. Why does the federal reserve continue to loan money it does not have to banks and wall street at 0% interest . Earth to obama we are broke.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  96. amin yousouf

    I personaly admir Presdent Obama. He should definitely do some thing about Immigration, and jobs. We have problems seeing workers coming in to the U.S. from India taking jobs that we are waiting for (I.T jobs). They work for less and and less by doing that we
    change career and America end up with no job at the proficinals level.

    by the way I am all for healthcare reform and the presedent shoud be
    given the credit for it. I am not demicrate or repablican but American and very proud of it.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  97. patti beisha

    now that the health reform is a law...kindly check on the lopholes. MANY bling-y people go to ER on medicare/medicaid and the working class is paying for it..PARASITES!!!!
    MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are lookin at ways to suck money from the govt. even WIC. these illegals would enrol at diff sites and collect checks and shop for the Wic products and sell them at a much lowr price to their own kind.
    these illegal immigrants drain us from what is due to the american people. they dont have insurance, they dont pay taxes..dont u know bt this, Mr Prseident???? people are angry now bec of the parasites of society that you keep feeding .... reform!!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  98. catherine

    The President should multi-task, because he's smart enough to do so. He should concentrate on Wall Street Financial re-regulations, Public Election financing, immigration, and last but not least, media reform.

    Corporate media is lousy at informing the public; they are only good at influencing the public. The founding fathers, when supporting a free press, didn't have in mind what I see that passes for news on cable, certainly not a CNN working so hard every day manipulating the public's perception on just about everything. Considering that they are owned by Time-Warner, why should I trust a corporation only concerned about bottom line profits as an organization that's on my side? I don't even know how Tony can get up each morning to face his teleprompter! Must suck after going to school thinking you'd be doing real journalism, hey Tony? The money and health benefits must be pretty good, cause that's the only thing that could explain the total lack of ethics that now passes for journalism.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  99. Yetkin YUCE

    Immigration should be the next because US has a broken immigration system not only for undocumented also for documented people. I have been in the US for 6 years came to improve my English skills and then graduated with MS in Media Management. I am working under H1-B visa. As an educated person, I would like to continue staying and working in the US however the immigration law makes it hard for me to stay legally. Should I become illegal to get proper papers?

    March 29, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  100. Guy

    The President does not have the luxury of only one priority; he needs to tackle all of those matters. I think he'd be wise to push some things to sort of "call the bluff" of the never-say-yes GOP side. Their strategy is to try to deprive Obama of any wins. So I think it might be good were he able to present them with some plans they'd have a tough time opposing. A tough anti illegal immigration bill would be one.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  101. Lisa Smith

    Barack Obama stated while he was a candidate that he can MULTI-TASK when John McCain called 4 a halt on their campaign during the financial crisis. Barack Obama should STRONGLY MULTI-TASK w/IMMIGRATION & JOBS ASAP because Obama is EXTREMELY BEHIND on the ISSUES & PROMISES that Obama made during his campaign & time is just ticking away. IMMIGRATION & JOBS should be Obama's TOP PRORITIES RIGHT NOW & RIGHT AWAY. Thx.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  102. Judi

    The clip you showed of candidate Obama in July, 2008 – stating that he wanted to put immigration reform 'first' on his list – does not take into account that in November, 2008, the stock market crashed, and our country faced the possibility of another depression. So, you cannot hold him to what he said in July, when the U.S. suffered an economic catastrophe 'after' he made that statement. When you look at all that the President has had to deal with from the moment he took the Oath of Office, I think he deserves a lot of credit, for all that he has been able to accomplish.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  103. patti beisha

    illegal immigrant dont pay taxes and they get health care for free that the wprking people pay for it..UNFAIR!!!! then they keep multiplying and get into wic programs at different sites and collectr checks equals draining the american resources. PRES OBAMA, pls look at te loopholes of your laws. many parasites are into this. they shd not be here

    March 29, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  104. Cherie Spells

    I am glad that the weather is being taken into consideration on the serious note, that some research has been done, and the effects that the earth reformation has and probably will hit places unsuspected it will be interesting as it ha sshown to be.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  105. finella shane

    PRES OBAMA, kindly look at the loopholes of your laws. parasites look into it and they use it to their advantage. many BLING-Y people arein medicare/medicaid and the working class are paying for their healthcare. UNFAIR!!!!! the illegal immigrabts are draining the US govt of what is due for the american people. it's time to SOLVE THE ISSUE OF PARASITISM

    March 29, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  106. james

    As a person who would love to unload trucks at local warehouses,and can't , company that controls this only hires spanish speakers, and a friend of mine who speaks spanish was informed that if they hired him his health would become bad very Quickly Qoute(they only want to work with their own people) those who are born here are not safe.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  107. kevin cherry

    Jobs,jobs and more jobs. most people that are gainfully employed do not have an understanding of what it's to nolonger have a pay check but still have the bills . our politicians are so insensitive that they went home for break without extending benifits for thousands of people who voted them into office. mybe they should lose their jobs ? I'm not infavor of anyone loosing their job , but politicians are almost as bad as lawyers, oh most are lawyers !!!!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  108. Jose R. Carrasquillo Sr

    Say Tonny,
    Will it be possible for you or CNN expend some time explanting the viewers exactly how Short Sale
    Works. Does the home owner have to pay anything ? and what else the home owner have to do.
    The banks are not going to help you on this and maybe you can. We need help on this, but no one wsnts to help.
    Jose R. Carrasquillo Sr.
    San Antonio, Texas

    March 29, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  109. Robert E. Molina

    Finally Pres. Obama got his healthcare reform through, now it time to move on to wall street reglutation , green clean eco energy , jobs , the economy , winning the wars in Iraq and Afganistan bringing our troops home , and Education these are the things Obama needs to do if he wants my vote in 2012.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  110. Greg L.

    Financial Industry reform should be the administrations top priority after improving what we get in return for our health-care dollar.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  111. Glenda

    I feel that the President should work on lowering the rising gasoline and utility (heat, electric, & water) costs. I don't know about the rest of the country, but my utility bills in Detroit have been an average of $480 per month this winter, which is outrageous! If these costs were lower, I would have more money to spend – which would help the U.S. Economy.

    The next item on the President's Agenda should be to find an expeditious way to end the "Never-ending" war and bring our troops home.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  112. Glenda Mitchell

    I feel that the President should work on lowering the rising gasoline and utility (heat, electric, & water) costs. I don't know about the rest of the country, but my utility bills in Detroit have been an average of $480 per month this winter, which is outrageous! If these costs were lower, I would have more money to spend – which would help the U.S. Economy.

    The next Presidential agenda should be to find an expeditious way to end the "Never-ending" war and bring our troops home.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  113. Linda

    1. Buy 'Made in the USA" –
    2. Stop Ourtsourcing!
    3. WE do not need any more illegal Immigrants!
    4. Social Welfare system needs a total reform and strict monitoring!
    How we can take care of others if WE don't take care of our own first!

    March 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  114. Valerie

    Jobs JObs ,, and or Education .. these r the things that effect everyone not just a small group

    March 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  115. BarbN

    I am so proud of Presdent Obama for ram-rodding the Health Care Bill, and I hope he doesn't make too many concessions to the bill to appease the sniveling, whining Republicans. What we need to do is continue to take care of our "home" situations, that are a mess after two terms of GWB! It is difficult to decide what is the next necessary fix. I would put the various Congressional Committees to work to strive for conclusion to the Immigration problems we have, as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan's illegal wars.

    I would recommend we #1: Seriously concentrate on Jobs and the Economy, and #2: Financial industry reform - let's pass bills to bring the rich financial Barons under control and not allow the very people who have helped put us in these financial binds to continue their dirty little closed-door schemes. In my opinion, there are several CEO's of financial institutions who should be in a jail cell right next to Madoff. Let's put those bastards away and not give them another penny of our tax dollars.

    Let's not publish a deadline when we are going to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan - let's just quietly keep reducing the numbers of "feet on the ground."

    Wouldn't it be nice to see these CEO crooks being sentenced to Iraq and Afghanistan to put together their financial problems and provide the citizens of those two countries with a better economy?

    Love ya, Tony!!
    Barb N

    March 29, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  116. joyce

    The president should now concentrate on the economy and jobs, then immigration along with education because they all coconcide with each other.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  117. sherry

    I've been following what the president's agenda has been since the healthcare bill passed, and from everything I've seen .... he is focusing on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.

    Kudos to our president!!!

    March 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  118. Alex S. CA.

    Being the president is a tough job and it’s impossible to please everyone. I did not vote for this president but I understand that we the people elected Obama because we agreed this nation was in need of change. The Health reform is a perfect example and even though it will cost me more, we have to understand that this is not designed for individual instant gratification but to solve the problem on a national level. The cost for care of those who individuals who don’t have insurance eventually comes out of tax payers’ dollars. This reform helps minimize this problem by placing responsibility on everyone.

    The next challenge should be to strengthen our economy. This will be a difficult job. Our economy consist of many factors including Financial industry reform and the need for jobs. From my prospective, these items should be a priority. However, The President holds more information in his hands than any of us. I trust that he will continue to do a great job with America’s best interest at hand. Furthermore, I understand that if Obama decides to take on a different task, it is because his decisions are based on the information he reviews and analyzes. As my elected leader I will support his decision.

    It’s clear to me that Obama is leading this nation. He is delivering on his promise for change. It is unfair for any of us to expect miracles. Our issues are not simple. We are all Americans and should support his leadership and ideas. Kennedy said it best “is not what your country can do for you, it’s what you can do for your country”. We should stop fighting each-other, unite and embrace ideas that will strengthen our nation. Strength can only be found in unity and the United States of America have enough enemies who wait for our weak moments. We must stay united, strong and let the President do his job and lead.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  119. Izzy

    Immigration reform should be on this year's agenda as well as other critical issues. Our Government has the manpower. The President also said during his campaign that he could and would work on various issues simultaneously. Other Presidents have. Therefore, working on more than one issue at the same time is nothing new. It's the norm and part of running a country. Immigration reform is essential and in the best interest of our country not only from an economical view point but also to help restore faith on what our country stands for (a humanitarian country). Our system is severely broken. People's civil and due process rights are being violated. Racial profiling against Latinos is on the rise. There is inhumane treatment taking place and not to mention the separation of children from their parents. I do not believe that our citizens would support these violations regardless of a person's immigration status. The lack of reform is also affecting Latino citizens (people on the ground) directly because of the racial profiling and disparate treatment. This is in addition to the hate crime escalation. As Rev. Martin Luther King said "Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere." In the 21st century and although racism and hatred is still alive when it comes to other racial and ethnic minorities, the main group being targeted are Latino immigrants. We make a big deal about other country's lack of human rights and civil rights enforcement. How can we as a country preach to other countries on these issues when our own house is not in order? I believe that the vast majority of our citizens want immigration reform. It's only a small but very loud anti-immigrant minority group that have been pushing the anti-immigrant agenda and use rhetoric to instill fear and anger upon our citizens. The militia group you have been talking about today is a good example of the types of groups. You may also want to look at the history on Ellis Island. Its sad but this is history that can help people understand why immigration laws came into existence.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  120. Arine Ward

    Awesomely Said Alex...

    Now that is True American Citizenship Speaking! Thanks for saying it just like that 🙂

    March 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  121. Ali

    Jobs and the economy, beginning with mandating the use of eVerify by all employers and starting the removal of the 7-8 million illegal aliens holding jobs that should go to Americans.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  122. Christina

    EDUCATION! We need to fix education and start really educating the next generations or all the above won't matter. We need and educated society or we will go no where in future generations.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  123. lweave

    Obama was elected to withdraw from The War of Error and turn around the economy with Green jobs. That's what he should do immediately.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  124. Jerry D

    I think the next thing the government should do is to respect the Constitution. The current administration seems hell-bent on marginalizing, ignoring or destroying the Constitution. It's obvious that the Constitution was put in place by far wiser people than are currently running our government.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  125. Cherie Spells

    Children have it hard now days. Figure how many kids are in broken homes, how many are Latch Key kids. How many fend for themselves after school when only one parent is running the household? Rotating, shifts or 2 to 3 jobs? Not having enough physical interaction with, but using more of these devices to communicate, I mean everyone now is even more a mess due to layoffs and such, on and on. The tremendous effects of pshyc, mental and emotional labor.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  126. Cherie Spells

    I would also like to add. That even before the economy was going over a cliff. Many corporations were already leaning more towards more work with less personnel, contracting out work, and paying out money to numerous consultants to make these things work. Major automation, , and out sourcing. Many of the immigrants are taking jobs Americans wont do. The Immigrants are also making a heavy show in the medical fields as well. even though we are trying to evolve from old resources and tactics americans have to become more creative, but one heck of a challenge due to tech and not enough demand for manual labor.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  127. Angel

    How many Republicans and Tea Party are going to allow the president to lower the costs that the private industries and utilities are charging? Wouldn't they call that unconstitutional.

    Even during Nion's time the Republicans fought hard against any restraints on the costs of anything. Remember that fake gasoline shortage in with those long lines at the gas station and the price of gasoline skyrocketing? Food prices and some utilities prices also climbed, yet Republicans fought to stop any cap or control the Democrats suggested at that time.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  128. Azalea Annie

    What an easy choice: It's the economy, stupid!

    Without jobs, people suffer; businesses suffer because people have no money to spend; government suffers because sales taxes and income taxes do not come rolling in.

    And it's not government jobs needed: we have more government than we can afford.

    We need manufacturing jobs. The jobs that are driving China's economy are manufacturing jobs. We need jobs here!

    Everything depends on jobs – real jobs, lasting jobs, American jobs.

    March 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  129. Dave B

    Economy, Economy, Economy. Or for those that don't understand,..... jobs, jobs, jobs.
    And for Congress, lighten up on the lending rules, it's what is strangling us to death. Then we'll have jobs.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  130. Geri

    There are no words in the English language to express my interest in job creation; I have been out of work for 1.5 years. This amount of time is in no way a reflection of my effort; I spend everyday searching for work-to no avail-there are too many people applying for the same jobs and every day more people are being added to the unemployment lines. It is so hard to keep your head up and keep plugging away, JOBS should be the number one priority.

    March 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  131. maxy wally

    I think Immigration and more jobs is what the president should focus on simply because legalizing the immigrants who are here and send back those who are criminals would boost the economy.They want to be legalized here so they are willing to pay the fines so they wont get deported.I also believe that there are some immigrant who have great ideas about jobs and businesses,would open businesses if they were given the chance.Immigrants help make this country as well,but nobody wants to acknowledge that but instead call them names they wouldn't like to be call.

    March 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  132. christy, Ohio

    Cutting the nation debt by REQUIRING medicaid recipients to be accountable and contribute of they,re time and talents in exchange for all the assistance they receive. If required something of themselves, many would rather find some way out of it.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  133. Marilla

    The focus has always been on the economy, they did what they were forced into by the past administration. They have focused on jobs, but getting Health Care passed, was huge. Of course it isn't perfect, no bills ever are, but now there is a place to move forward from. Jobs and the economy are both on the plate, as is immigration, and energy. Obama is not a person who begged to be president, he is a person who believed we needed change and hope, but when he is immediately told, we will vote "NO" on everything, he is doing his best to find solutions.
    We should be thankful to have someone willing to look at all the options, not just at saying, No thanks!

    March 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  134. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Getting people back to work is job #1. When people are working they spend money and pay taxes. This is a win win for American merchants and the US treasury. It's time to stop the current downward spiral.

    March 30, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  135. dennis

    what he should have been focusing on from the beginning..JOBS!!! Not the half hearted attempts that he's done so far....

    March 30, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  136. Kat

    First ignore the hateful Tea Party and have them go question their own European heritage.

    Next, go after Wall Street and the banks to help people stay in their homes and jobs.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  137. PGT

    Immigration is next! Protecting our nation from higher rates of disease, crime, and taxes is quite possibly the oldest American tradition. It dates back to blood spilled in The Revolution. Luckily this requires no measure of spilled blood. However, it does require a great deal of revolution.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  138. Mama Nikki

    Tony, I think all focus should be on the civil unrest here in America. All political parties are acting like gangbangers!! The blue and the red
    and now the tea party... What an example for the youth of USA.. So our President has a very full plate..oh, Tony, you are a class act and demonstrate control and balance with your topics. You make me proud.. Peace Mama Nikki

    March 30, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  139. Kevin

    Absolutely immigration. Can we please deal with ourselves first and then worry about the rest. Free health care for illegal immigrants and their anchors while the rest of us suffer. Build the wall already.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  140. Manny Sepulveda

    The war simple as that. Enough is enough everyone acts like the war is not important when the war end our financial problems will get better as well. Stop the war and then resolve the other issues that are not causing death to our troops. What ever happened to the 18 month withdraw after the Prisident took over?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  141. Brian

    Immigration, without a doubt...and I am not talking "amnesty." People need to start being held accountable for breaking the law. And with it harder to stay here illegally, neighborhoods, such as mine, would not go into the gutter. This in turn will make neighborhoods safer, more attractive, and stop those working and sending all of their money to Mexico or wherever they are from.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  142. Ayesha

    umm.. how about immigration?!!? legalize MILLIONS of people so they get off of their behinds, get a job and help the economy? or students, like me? who are WAITING for permanent residency so I can apply for a loan for school and get financial aid. not to mention the fact that I've been living in this country for over 10 years.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  143. Mattalicious

    Due to how awesome this country has been doing all these years and our continuing "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude...we need to focus on making Americans realize just how bad it really is.

    I wish the banks and others would have been allowed to fail so the tea baggers would understand just how bad this situation is/was.

    Reality itself will deal a blow to this nation, and allow them to start supporting some sort of change.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  144. Shree Gopal

    I think that President Obama should definitely focus on the economy and create permanent, sustaining jobs. The only way we can progress towards these other issues is if we focus on the American people first and enlighten their moods

    March 30, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  145. Ray Singh

    All are important...but priority to jobs and recovery so as to shut his opponents up, and get Americans feeling good about their country and lives!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  146. Amadi

    the president has done a great thing by the signing the health reform bill as well as the educational reform bill but now he should redirect efforts to the fimamcial industry reform. Those huys are really conny.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  147. Natalie

    The President is very articulate and can tackle more than one thing at a time but I think Jobs and Economy as well as Immigration should be his number one priority.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  148. Glenn Michael

    E. All of the above.
    The President has actually been working on all of these since he took office, even though Health Care Reform was the first to get completed. We're just not use to a President walking and chewing gum at the same time. Obama can handle it all at the same time, he is a smart man.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  149. Robert Mendozs

    I think the president should get Immigration out of the way first Because illegal Immigrates are willing to do anything to become legal.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  150. kraines

    The number of health care jobs should indeed increase. However, before we can train more RN's, we need to increase the number of programs and teachers. That is not an easy task. The teacher must maintain his/her own skills in the clinical areas. There is also the question of salary in the teaching area. The beginning level health jobs do not pay well. It is not safe to assume that they are part of a ladder leading to more education and better jobs for everyone. Maybe some of the prognosticators need to get down in the trenches and see the whole picture. I don't think they do.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  151. Ed Dominguez

    On the health care law didn't the GOP claim it will cost jobs, why not ask the leader's of the GOP what happen. Takes more staff to pay the Dr. bills, than it takes to deny payment

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  152. Martha Rowe

    Financial reform should be first, while he has the numbers in Congress to accomplish something.
    Then, I agree with George Will that to turn off the spigot of illegal immigration, do not grant citizenship to babies born on our soil whose parents are illegal immigrants.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  153. Sue Everts

    While it's true that everything on the list needs to be addressed by the President ASAP, it's frivolous to think that one man can, in the span of two years, can cure the ills of our government that have accumulated over the last thirty years, during which time another political party held the reins.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  154. Arine Ward

    Educate America!

    The first phase of this new Legislation doesn't go into effect until September 2010
    So if you have a Pre-Existing Condition you call the Insurance company will pay that portion can't blame the fact that you call a Insurance provider and be told of an amount when the Legislation isn't slated until September...come on everyone we have to read to make it work...
    September 2010 the First Phase of Healthcare Reform!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  155. Mark

    President Obama has been addressing all of these topics since he took office. This bright young man is perfectly capable of multitasking. Nice to have a President who can walk and chew gum at the sane time.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  156. Hope

    Are we that blind? Jobs and the economy should be the first priority. I know so many families that have had to resort to welfare or government runned programs due to the fact that there are no jobs available and they previously lost theirs.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  157. Natalie

    Immigration should be next, its really a hassle what 8mmigrants go through each day, from being accussed of taking american jobs to hidng in plain sight, they only take the jobs nobody wants and they generally pay cheap

    March 30, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  158. sarah

    Job and economy should be next bc of the unemployment rate. i am looking for a job in va which is hard to find since many people are applying for the same job across any age bracket.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  159. Mary

    A,D,A,D,A,D! Jobs need to be the primary focus and financial reform the second. Too many people (of both parties and independents) need work and the Republicans will only defeat themselves if they try to keep the issue healthcare reform. People want to work and want the banks to pay for the economic crisis THEY created! The other issues can be taken up when jobs and financial reform have been tackled!

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  160. Tony J.

    If you keep promoting healthy living, wouldn't that lower the amount of ppl going to hospital. Wouldn't we need less nurses, doctors, etc. So, in ten yrs.(about the time it would take to earn a degree in the field) there won't be a need for that job. Isn't that the "bubble" Tony was talking about? I wonder why there will be a law to pay for healthcare?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  161. Renelle

    I believe that the Obama administration is trying to hastily find solutions for America that may not be exactly what we need. For example, the Healthcare overhaul. Jobs and the economy are important issues to focus on, but the truth is all of the issue mentioned have an impact on our economy and they all need to be taken in stride with thought and concise planning instead of hast, which ultimately may make things worse. Slow down, and come up with a beneficial solutions. This is our future we're talking about.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  162. Dave

    The President should tackle these in this order A,D,B,C. First and foremost being the jobs and economy which goes hand in hand with Financial reform. Then having addressed these issues, it creates a dynamic to take on both the war and immigration which are drags on the economy.
    I don't understand why there is so much bipartisanship in Washington over these matters. Have our leaders forgotten what are forefathers put in place for "We the people" It isn't "We the big business". It appears that at the core of all these issues, is, how will it affect big business in terms of profits but big business isn't a person, its the people that make the big business the money.
    Those before us set the United States on track to better the quality of life for every individual and family. It was those actions that drove Americans to unite, drove our desires to improve, innovate and make what America is today. Now , it is greed that drives Big Businesses and those we elect to speak on our behalf. So I say this in conclusion to our elected leaders. "Drop your banners of Democrats and Republicans and take up the American Flag and become Americans first" We the people demand it.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  163. Yusun

    I am neither for the democrats or the republicans, but I mut say that the economy is a big issue right now. Securing the jobs of hardworking Americans is an urgent matter. Too many people want to argue about what his focus should be, or where should his attention be at, so I think that this is a good starting point. I am abosolutly positive that getting more people jobs would solve a lot of financial issues. Some of the problem with the job process is the inefficiency of the government tough. There are too many qualified people that can fill the holes sitting on the bench because companies are taking their sweet time in picking employees. As well, some are legitamitly held up because they are not receiving funding. There also needs to be help for people that lost their jobs and still have families, house payments, and bills. People should be willing to learn new skills; however, some of these people should be afforded more oppurtunity to learn these new skills. The healthcare field should not be the only field needing people. I'm sure that as long as it takes for Veterans education benefits for some to start it off, it is clear that there is a need for more people working in the Veteran's Administration, yet it takes forever to find answers of employment. More private companies seem to be laying off as oppsoed to hiring. I am not one to say this like I am about to, but "the economy is screwed up in the worse way" and this is me being polite about it.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  164. Monique

    The economy should be at the top of the list, including getting the federal extension of unemployment benefits pushed through Congress immediately. The senator from OK is holding things up, and
    Congress is now out of town now on spring break. Meanwhile, due to my benefits stopping in February, I am now homeless as of last week, with no money for food, rent and medications. Doesn't Obama and Congress get it about how bad it is out here? We can't wait even one more week for benefits to resume! Also, why isn't CNN shining a big spotlight on this?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  165. Virginia Hopkins

    Jobs are at the top of the list; particularly raising the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors if the news I heaar is correct or many of us seniors may be without a doctor.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  166. Don Lagasse

    The next issue should be, w/o any doubt, immigration. It's time to settle this issue (and not by just giving everyone here automatic citizenship – they came here "illegally"!) Not one member of the Senate or Congress wants to tackle this issue but it is one of the main problems in both our educational and health care costs. Le'ts stop this crazy "you can't ask someone for his Green card" as it's racial attitude. If we were in their country, we'd be thrown in jail, be lucky to see the light of day and even luckier just to get back home.
    This issue has to be resolved and let's allow the INS to do their job and protect this country in all ways.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  167. Mick

    Jobs is the answer to all our problems. We have to step foward and limit CEO incomes as 1 of the factors. Tax the heck out of companies that move our jobs to other countries. Paying cheap labor only puts money into the hands of corporate share holders. Use that tax money to reinvest on small business here in the US. Pay people here a decent wage, can you imagine paying a McDonalds worker $12.00 per hour to start, What would that person do with the money, save, invest, spend? How would that affect the economy? Bring back our manufactoring base and mills to the USA.
    Trouble is too much corprorate Greed. These are the concerns, When greed is out of the picture and monies are shared among employees instead of it all going to the shareholders almost all the nations probles will be eliminated! This is the jJobs Bill I want to see happen, Nobody has the courage to stand up for this?

    March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  168. Rache S.

    I heard the report on the Education Bill signed today and also comments on how health care jobs don't pay as much or replace manufacturing jobs. I think it would be good for people to understand that health care and health care workers can be exported just like a manufactured good. Many other countries are also going to be experiencing shortages in health care workers especially those that have aging populations like China and Japan. We can be leaders in providing top quality care workers to those countries.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  169. Nobama


    Ever wonder why CNN and MSNBC ratings are in the tank? You people hitched your cart to the wrong horse. Ya'll have a man crush on Obama and it's effecting your ratings bigtime.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  170. Carrie Ca,

    Hello Tony,
    I clouding be more prude of our President he is a very hard working President that we had in office in many years he is doing everything he can to work for the people, he is just awesome , I just hope the people see that, and appreciate this President Thank you President Obama,

    March 30, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  171. Oscar

    by dealing with immigration, jobs and economy will be also dealt with at the same time, as employers will be forced to hiring residents and citizens instead

    March 30, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  172. Carol

    The issues overlap a lot.... immigration relates to jobs, financial reform relates to jobs, but jobs are a priority because so many people are in need. I am not sure how they can be separated out. Related to that is an extension of health care and the millions of full time family caregivers who have no income, insurance, or help in caring for family members who have terminal illnesses. Sacrificing time, money, and much more is worth it. (I am full time caregiver for my 84 year old mother.) However, the backlash of putting student loans in forebearance, not having health care therefore not getting care, and having no relief so I can have breaks is difficult. Mom does not qualify for Medicaid, but not enough income for private pay. Not at the point of hospice, but cannot be left alone. So I have no paying job, no health care, and no help. How about tackling problems that impact our elders and their caregivers so more people will take responsibility to care for people at home, which will be a big help to health care costs and federal aid for out of home care going down.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  173. tracey

    I feel that he should focus on #1 jobs. Jam out of work and collecting unemployment at this time and has been for the last year and half focus on education daughter wants to go to college and I can't afford the money at this time. Press obama you are doing a good job keep up the work.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    Banking in America is now a criminal enterprise. From universal default, to 35% APR's, to fee, after hidden fee. It's not 'Banking' it's loansharking. It's about 'rape and pillage' not 'product service'. If these guys were called 'The Mafia' instead of Chase, or Citi, there would be a federal task force putting them in jail.

    The whole 'subprime' debacle was nothing more than a global Ponzi scheme.They should be doing time with Madoff

    March 30, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  175. john littlejohn

    i think it is funny that we talk about the lack of jobs yet we keep giving money to the bussiness, big and small to help them out . i think if you gave all that money to tax payers we would buy more and the companies would have to hire more people. seems so simple.
    give tax breaks to the people who will spend the money instead of
    putting it in the bank or wall street either one hires.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  176. mike

    All of the above.Start with the banks and put in reforms needed to not let what happen,happen again.No immergration Reform until drug laws require life sentences for dealers of herion,cocaine,and meth!and enforce laws on the books now!Also put a law into effect, a 2 year sentence for hiring illeagel's coupled with a 100 thousand dollar fine!Make e verify the law of the land for all buisness!And if you have any arrest in the us prior to the reform your outta luck!And treat home grown terrorist the same as bin ladin,these crazies need to be stopped now! Starting a war by killing the innocent in your country over religious beliefes should be the firing squad! It's called treason!Also make round about ways of calling for the assasnation of a sitting president or congress person a treasonist act,with double the sentence for people doing it for 15 miniutes of fame and profits!This applies to both sides of the isle!

    March 30, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  177. Shirley

    Since a random bullet landed in Congressman Cantor's office CNN has been reporting him as the only Jewish Congressman, not so, Congressman Gerald Nadler who is also in the House of Representatives is Jewish.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  178. Ghost_27

    What I don't understand is why this nation and our government haven't yet realized the huge potential for job growth in the "green" sector. Instead of building cars in Michigan, we should be building parts for wind turbines. We can again become the nation that other countries look to for innovation and leadership.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  179. George

    Financial Industry reform (and firm regulation, not just a bunch of rules that won't be enforced) along with jobs and the economy are my first choice. They sort of go together don't they? Next on my agenda would be energy programs, especially nuclear and alternative energy. When, not if, we begin to see ever lower energy supplies and ever rising energy prices on a scale much more severe than what we are experiencing now it might be too late to do much about it. Environmental and immigration issues can take a back seat for a while.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  180. Scott Stodden

    Tony I think President Obama is tackling pretty much all the ideas listed above except he could be harder when it comes to financial reform and Immigration! The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he's got that nailed, we're in the right direction! As far as jobs I really think things slowly are getting better for the country, reform takes time it can't happen over night but President Obama is working on to provide jobs for everyone everyday! As far as Immigration goes I would hope and pray that he'll respond this issue before 2012 because like the great Lou Dobbs used to say and I quote "To get control of immigration you have to start by patroling your borders" and that is so true, you won't solve immigration unless you patrol the whole U.S. & Mexican border, that is the only way you can stop immigration from happening and that's what needs to be done! And that's not only my opinion.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  181. Linda

    Your areas of focus and many more need attention desperately. Health care reform has only scratched the surface. Preventative care is the key and that was barely addressed since it is not profitable for drug companies and the medical establishment.
    Insurance reform should have included naturopathic, chiropractic, massage and other health practices that work for millions. Healthy eating, cooking, exercise and other classes and education overall is vitally necessary.
    A focus on the environment would lead to health through elimination of environmental poisons that are causing more and more chemically sensitive individuals, excess estrogens, and metal toxicities, etc. Our citizens are sicker each year and it is unnecessary and costly.

    March 30, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  182. Bill

    It is a shame that so-called protester would threaten our American politicians with death-threats, bodily harm and name calling. If I recall history correctly, this occurred in the 1860's and 70's following reconstruction where lynchings and death threats caused Republican congressmen and their supporters to run for safety. Too often we refer to the actions in Washington, D.C. as government as though it is separate from America. Maybe we should we should use the term American citizens so that it is all inclusive. How many Americans who did not have health care are against the recently sign bill?

    March 30, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  183. Natalie

    I think that president Obama should focus on all of the above except the wars because i think he wasting to much money on that matter , when jobs, economy, immigration,financial industry reform and the environment are all seem to be falling down the drain, because I hope this has crossed his mind that the environment is very important i was expecting him to do more as he said in his campaign, but yet all of these subjects are important.

    March 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  184. Carrie Ca,

    The government insured 80% of the student loans any way then they still give millions of dollars to the banks so this is much better they just cut of the middle man, it makes allot of sense this is a no brainier of course the Republi-CON and the Tea baggers don’t like it wasn’t there idea and they really don’t care about our people

    March 30, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  185. Diana Dolan

    Jobs and the economy should be next and don't forget that the health bill will also create jobs in the community health centers as well as increasing the number of people wll enough to work.

    Next should probably be fixing the Financia regulatory system. That could save some of the billions we are spending.

    Immigration should be dealt with but nothing will work without rethinking rhe war on drugs.

    Some positive stories about the humanitarian efforts of our troops would really help, CNN.

    March 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  186. Nobama

    E. Resign

    March 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  187. Nobama

    You people who call tea party teabaggers, which by the way was termed by CNN's Anderson Cooper, are being vuglar, if you know the real meaning of the word. Talk about hate.

    March 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  188. Lou

    I support the education reform legislation President Obama signed today. Community colleges are in the best postion to retrain our workforce for new/different jobs. The pell grant increase will be beneificial as well as it is becoming more difficult for middle income families to send their kids to college. Revamping the regulations to make more financial aid flow to students and not to lending institutions is long over due. Bravo President Obama!

    March 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  189. Bruce Cavenaile

    Tort reform. As a Canadian, I doubt that your health care system, whether "new" or "old", will ever be delivered at a reasonable cost until you figure out a way to cap the frivolous lawsuits generated by your ambulance-chasing legal community.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:57 pm |
  190. Jason Cook

    Now that the healthcare bill is over and done with I think that the President should concentrate on all these subjects. Immigration os a very important issue but keeping drugs from crossing our borders might help a little more.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  191. Sheena

    He should put every ounce of his being on the Economy and Jobs, America cannot survive without either. A whole year was wasted on Health Care that will cost Americans more in the long run, while he evaded the real problems in this country, Jobs and Economy.
    He should stop giving billions to other countrys for right now, when we very badly need the money right here to help our own people.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  192. Butch Jordan

    Tony :

    Paul Lamonica just hit the reason why the unemployment figures are still low. I agree, with the economy cooking once again, we should expect that unemployment would start to dig it's way out of the pit. Unfortunately, unemployment is still high and not "recovering" at a reasonable or acceptable rate.

    Paul Lamonica said that most companies are working their current employees harder. They lay people off and expect the remainder to carry the load and that means added hours and added abuse of employees.

    My wife suffers from this. She runs a very popular retail store and is working 12 hour days and getting paid for 8. Her employers comments were, "Go ahead and quit and see if you can get another job." Intimating that they would give her a bad reference and kill her hopes to find something with reasonable hours. This is happening and as long as big business can exploit their employees with Barack Obama closing his eyes to the plight of American workers, they will. There is literally no watchdog or enforcement for the Amercian worker. No advantage for them to hire more employees. For the average American sucks ...

    Butch Jordan

    March 31, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  193. kiran

    Certainly Jobs and Economy prevails first as its already delayed. Next should be Immigration.
    Mr.Pres promised loudly about immigration and he is expected to reform.
    Its heart breaking to imagine how people die in united states for living like a human, thats the fate of legal as well as illegal immigrants.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  194. william ryals

    jobs are not going to return with current policies. The ONLY way we will recover jobs is to require retailers to purchase a percentage of their purchases for resale to be in the form of american made goods.This subject seems to be taboo but it is the ONLY WAy for long term stability.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  195. Allan


    Not on your list... but what I think obama should do next is to convince the public that much of the information they are basing their opinions of him on is FALSE.

    Personally I could get behind some of the Tea Bagger's ideas except every time one of them opens their mouth, they tend to explain their opinions of Obama by quoting some of that mis-information they have apparently received from one of those blowhard polii-tainment clowns like Beck!

    March 31, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  196. Alpha Barry

    In my opinion, the president should attack immigration right away. Our immigration system has serious issues that need a full attention of this administration. It is taking a very long time for applications to be processed even though the homeland security has so many employees that should be doing their jobs to get things done on time. Now days, even a single passport application takes over six months. Although there are employee of the homeland security who are doing their jobs right and taking care of their customers applications, many of them just don’t care how important it is for customers to obtain documents they are entitled to. They are always unable to explain why two applications of the same type can have more than one year of processing time difference. Well, here comes the impact of who is processing an application.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  197. robert d

    Regarding the bullying and the young lady who committed suicide: Why was nothing done? Part of it is the culture, and the fear of severe retaliation if a complaint is made. It is just as much the lack of accountability and responsibility on the part of the school teachers, the administration, and Especially The Parents!! If they hold the bully responsible, they have to be held responsible for allowing this culture to develop and thrive, and it does. Then, of course, if the person being bullied does complain, they face the other common abuse (in fed govt as well), shunning. And still, nothing will be done because "no one is responsible." It's outrageous.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  198. JENNA

    President Obama’s top domestic priority, health care reform, is a done deal. So, what does he turn his attention to now?

    He needs to address the imbalance in media. He needs to have a new and improved Fairness Doctrine enacted so that ALL of our voices are heard across our tax payer provided airwaves.

    The hate speech and incitement to violence is one sided. If that is the ONLY thing heard (like it is in my area – Limbaugh on 4 radio stations here at the same time and NO progressive talk at all – it should be 2 & 2) then that is what people think is the "truth".

    These people can't hide behind the title of "entertainment" – there has to be responsibility for their words.

    This is something that could be addressed quickly so that Americans can hear what our president is really saying to the nation, not what others are scewing..

    Then he can address JOBS

    Roseville CA

    March 31, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  199. Ol'Bob

    Financial Reform.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    I know so many people who are unable to find a job of any kind or, like me, who are working part time jobs that pay less (adjusted for inflation) than the part time jobs we had in college 30 and 40 years ago. So, why do I want Financial Reform first?

    The current mess we are happened because regulations that were put in place during the Great Depression were systematically dismantled by the same interests who caused the Great Depression and the Great Recession. What happened has

    March 31, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  200. George

    Tony, The whole world needs job and Americans have become some of the most expensive workers in the world without any greater benefit. Why don't we reopen the steel plants in Pittsburgh, and become the leader in steel around the world? Because it would be the most expensive steel on the planet. We make $75/day, jobs are moving to workers @$75/mo. The next great ideas might be R&Dd here, they'll be manufact overseas. Let's have that discussion!!!!! Americans are kidding themselves, and Mr Obama has played into it.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  201. Ol'Bob

    Financial Reform.

    "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    –George Santayana

    The current mess we are in is the direct result of dismantling regulations that were put in place based on what we learned from the Great Depression thus proving Santayana's wisdom one more time. We can not hope to ever get our economy back on track strong regulation of the financial business. And, we must prosecute everyone in those businesses who by action or willful inaction lead to the collapse.

    Until we have a financial system that can be trusted by the common man and one that is structured so that it can only make a profit by making sure our economy grows we will not create the jobs we need.

    One other point if you don't mind. In many parts of the US no one can become a police officer until they have passed a psychiatric evaluation that proves they are not a sociopath. The same rules should apply to everyone who serves on a board of directors on any public company. We don't like the idea of having a sociopath giving out parking tickets, but we let them run out major corporations. Makes no sense to me.


    March 31, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  202. Bill Coakley

    Definately turn full attention to jobs & economy while still on a roll.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  203. g edwards

    Please check your research on Graves Disease. Graves is an autoimmune disease that can, and in most cases does, affect the thyroid. Graves can also flareup in many other areas, including the optic nerves. Many people with Graves have their thyroid glands irradiated (killed). This does not cure Graves. In fact, I believe Barbara Bush had her thyroid gland irradiated years ago; therefore, how could she have a flareup of Graves if Graves is only a thyroid disease.

    Please let your viewers know more about Graves Disease.

    Thank you.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  204. Bryant

    Are all the tea party'ers on government assistance(welfare, medicaid or medicare), unemployed or retired. Trying to figure out where they get the time to attend all these rallies.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  205. Rick

    [A] Jobs and the economy should be the next priority. Stimulating the the job market will increase consumer spending which will increase tax revenue and decrease spending on entitlement programs.
    [D] Financial industry reform.
    If we don't reform the financial industry, the thieves will put us into another economic meltdown and the taxpayers will have to pay for the bailouts. Then the Republican Party can complain about taxes being too high.
    [B] The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
    Lets stay there for awhile, we may get something done in this Country.
    [C] Immigration. It has been a problem for years, however the percentage of illegal criminals is too small to worry about. Let Law Enforcement worry about it unless they decide to implement a National ID card and fight the problem from the inside out.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  206. George Halsey

    It would be very enteresting I think if there were a poll of the tea baggers socioeconomic make up and their investment portfolio
    info. I believe this would reveal the majority of them have a very
    selfish BOTTOM LINE agenda.
    Also, when will people realize you can't get something for nothing,
    if we have to pay a little more in taxes so be it, if everybody paid
    their FAIR share I believe there would be enough money to do
    everything this president wants to do.
    To the Repubilans, Quit whining, suck it up and get the business
    done that you were sent there to do!!!!!!!!!!!

    Signed: A dedicated Independent

    March 31, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  207. Dr. Najla Dahan

    Heath care and MORE family medicine training programs
    I learned from the news today that the country is in short of 40,000 doctors. My son, American citizen, graduated from a medical school with a high grades and a quarter of a million dollar in student’s loan debt and it is the second year he could not find a residency program to train him as a primary physician we need the government help to help take care of people’s health.

    March 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm |
  208. Roger

    why is it hard for me to find any information on the Rancher that was killed in Arizona?

    March 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  209. Roger

    I mean, no information about that news headline on CNN.

    March 31, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  210. Rick

    Jobs,jobs,jobs, he should also try to pass the natural gas act.

    March 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  211. S.Harris

    I think the President should take a full two weeks vacation and then prioritize what he wants to tackle next. I believe drilling for oil at home is a good start and will add jobs, but I also think he should focus on ending these bogus wars and bringing our troops home to their families and let us prepare for the next really serious wars. I think the President should then focus on building up the economy and job creation as he has said and is doing. GREAT JOB PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    April 1, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  212. Terry

    Nothing significant will ever happen with jobs until trade policies are changed.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  213. Sam Moore

    I know it is easier to get dumb people to do what you tell them what to do, but it sure is nice to have smart people there to help you get it done.

    Sorry to see it was not on you list Tony.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    It starts with reform of industry, financial & otherwise. If the execs had been required to maintain a reserve instead of skimming all profit as bonuses, we could have weathered a recession without everyone getting laid off! Greed is the problem...

    April 1, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  215. Axtionjaxon

    The president can not just sit at his desk and worry about jobs. He can not tell someone to hire you. He can however get off his butt and start the chant for financial reform. Axtionjaxon in Atlanta.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  216. Orrin

    Creating jobs should be the #1 priority.
    Loopholes are not causing our jobs to be shipped overseas. It is the fact that people in other countries will do the same work we do for less money. So until we will work for less or educate ourselves to qualify for higher paying jobs we will continue to lose jobs to workers in other countries.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  217. CM

    Complete cop-out! Men are genetically inclined to mate with as many women as possible.

    Women are attracted to the best mate, i.e power, money, fame = stronger genes.

    Its nature, its how we have evolved...

    April 1, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  218. thomas

    i think he should concentrate on the jobs and economy and immigration at the same time cause there are so many illegal immigrants that are getting paid under the table that it is killing the economy but at the same time he needs to secure paying jobs for the working class in america it took 8-10 years to get this way and it gonna take a lot longer to get straightened out but if he can get it started by stopping illegal immigration and the one that are here illegally and ship them back then that would help the economy out tremendously

    April 1, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  219. jim

    immigration !!!!!! most of our countrys current problems are related to illigal and uncontrolled immigration ! they under cut the labor market , lowering wages and putting americans out of work ! they work off the books ,with no benifits , and dont pay taxes ! there employers dont pay the proper taxes , there landlords dont pay proper taxes ! they overload our health care system and pass the cost on to legal taxpayers , they over load the education , legal , jails ect.... while paying nothing and causing the rest of us to pick up the tab !!!! we need mass deportations , arrest their employers n landlords ,n prosecute them with jail time ! we need a national work card , n a major crackdown on the cash society !!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  220. Joe Trimarchi


    The President should focus on taxing companies that have out sourced manufacturing and technology jobs to China and India.
    Our manufacturing sector has not shrunk because of a companies being able to perform with less personnel. Instead they allow US Companies to go oversea and manufacture for pennies on the dollar and make bigger profits offshore. These jobs need to be directed back to the US. Instead China has sent inferior products to the US with out regulations and the US population suffers.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  221. Randolph J Dreyer

    E – None of the above.
    EDUCATION – specifically primary and secondary education should be a primary concern. With out proper educations this country will nave no one qualified to take any job – not even a political position.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  222. Mike Sroka

    Jobs needs to be and should have been the main focus of Mr. Obama. The stimulus was passed to pacify those clamoring for jobs and help but the reality is the majority of it does not kick in until the future. Saving or creating millions of jobs? Our job market is still bleeding. That has not helped us since it was passed and is not helping us now.

    What truly needs to happen is reform on the outsourcing of jobs but the sad thing is that will likley not happen now, or in the forseeable future. Uncle Sam wants to force people to buy insurance or else get a fine, why not fine or tax companies who do send jobs overseas? Creating jobs that pay chump change helps no one whlile good middle class jobs continually make their way off our shores.

    The worst thing about politics is once people are elected, their focus becomes being re-elected and doing as little to upset their base in the meantime.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  223. ameht

    if theres 11 million unemployed why hasnt no one talked about how many homeless there are now due to the econmy

    April 1, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  224. courtney

    Tony, it's got to be jobs! The unemployment rate is way too high! Without people working you won't have people spending money. And without that our economy will stay in the dumps! I'm in south Florida, and just in my community of 49 homes 11 are jobless. That's 22%! Our community is middle class America, and covers everything from construction to medical to engineering. Just heard today that my former employer laid off another 15 people. Job loss has to stop!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  225. Gene Lucas

    The economy is in the tank, and is not going to recover, because Americans are not going back to overspending on everything. Even if they wanted to, they can't because they are tapped out. Most Americans have maxed out their credit cards. So the problem becomes – what product or service can we develop that people need, or want badly, that they have the money to pay for? The present up tick in the economy is probably due to the stimulus funds. What happens when they run out? We just can't keep borrowing because very soon nobody will lend us money – even if they have it. It's a very bad situation whic needs priority attention.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  226. Dave Moore

    Nothing, after this healthcare(less) bill – an act that I firmly believe will both ruin what goodness our health care did offer while simultaneously devastating our country financially – I’d be thrilled if he would simply sit in the White House and never make another decision or utter another word. The nation has long distrusted politicians and has long debated appropriate actions. But for the first time in my life, I actually think we have a President that wants to hurt our country. To abuse the system the way he has, to lie about the costs, to destroy careers of fellow Democrats, to defy the constitution and defer costs to states and individuals in a pathetic charade to claim the bill is ‘deficit neutral’, and to commandeer the student loan industry simply because they needed the profits to trim their bill down to $1T (as if that’s anything to be proud of), after all this I’d be thrilled if he’d simply shut up, drink some coffee and do nothing until we can vote him out.

    Seriously, we just witnessed the government takeover of an entire private industry because they wanted the profits. Why is the country not terrifyingly outraged! This was an industry with employees and owned by companies with stock holders. There were certainly shortcomings and abuses but for the government to simply claim ownership because they wanted to is insane. And when pressed, they don’t argue the take-over on merit or from a legal foundation; they simply say look at all the good we’ll do. This is akin to me robbing a bank and then telling the judge to not focus on the law I just broke but rather the good I was going to do with all the money – and this argument from a lawyer no less. It seems as though we’ve reached a level of insanity beyond comprehension. And why isn’t CNN covering this better??

    April 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  227. Rich B.

    The President's focus should be jobs, the economy and financial industry reform. I was laid-off from a financial institution back in August and have been actively looking for employment since with no prevail. I have ample experience and I am more than qualified for the few positions available that I have applied for. Recently, I did get a lead and was subjected to four interviews due to the high volume of applicants. I still have not received an offer. This is proof to me that the economy is still broken. Even with the new "jobs bill" it seems that employers are not hiring people who were laid-off. I was in a pool of applicants who already were employed seeking new employment. There should be some sense of urgency around hiring qualified people that are unemployed.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  228. Glenda Mitchell

    Prayer for guidance should be next, because our Nation is in chaos right now. The level of hate, racism, & criticism in America is totally unacceptable. President Obama has been the target of so much hatred from people who claim to be Christians. Christianity is about love & forgiveness. Christians should "Walk the walk, & not just talk the talk." Our President needs prayer just like the rest of us. Maybe we need to have a nationwide "Day of Prayer," because prayer changes things.

    April 2, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  229. william adamsen

    we should wait for 2010 us census to find out the exact number of undocumented aliens who dont care to talk in english which they think is not the language of christopher columbus who was discovered by the natives of usa.They had to be fooly qualified to be able to cheate George W. bush who forgot that the room at the top was created by those who went to live there and fall down.Spokesman for mexican govt. is suggesting that us should go for legalising illegally entered drugs for they only came in from countries where these drugs are legalized and these undocumented from those countries would only increase the percentage of us citizens hooked on drugs kneeling to them who believe in demand and supply and not in supply and demand as universally accepted.These undocumenteds should denounce the legalising of illegal drugs in usa after admittind they had entered usa illegally and this would be splitting the strongest joint a favorite of military genius napoleon bonaparte,emperor of france. so immigration should be put on the last of all of obamas agenda.we should help ourselves first before we had solved our problems and lastly only consider to think of others who according to cnn are exporters illegal drugs and illegals who are changing our values from international charity to hispanic or catholic charities.bribery and corruption crimes and murders and finally a failed state only conquered by population of hispanic origin.

    April 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  230. Mel Berg

    I believe the President is doing it right. I am proud of him at home and am proud to show him off to the rest of the world.

    April 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  231. jean

    When Obama was campaigning, all I heard was "if you're over 65 and your income is less than $50,000, you shouldn't have to pay taxes and you won't" . I haven't heard anything more about this since he's been in office. Come next election day I will not be voting for him or anybody else. I don't trust any politician.

    April 3, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  232. Larry

    Take the state that get more money than they pay in and use this amount to pay down the national dept. Most all of these states are the same ones that are complaining about the high cost of health insurance but its ok to take from the federal government more than their fair share.

    April 3, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  233. Janice Alden

    Hello CNN,
    I am concerned about the new health care, will a 58yr young female with multiple health problems,on SSI, very poor,white, on near 20 medicines a day, poor care do to poverty and no doctors want medical patients,be able to get the care she needs, I am scared and uncertain what this new bill is about, feel its all over my head to understand even though I have an AA degree from CCSF.
    I am in need of many specialist, and they will not take my insurance and I have only $845.00 to live on a month and our calif. gov. cut my check from $905.00, I owe over $11,000 on a visa, dental bill over $4,000 no dental coverage, scared I will be left to doctors who practice on the poor and may not do well on coumadin and heart meds,etc... need 2 knee replacements a rotator cuff redone on my right shoulder, foot problems, arthritis bad all over, developed mrsa in my scalp can't afford the medicine I need, only allowed 6 a month on medical, what will happen to other americans like myself will the poor, disablied,elderly, very ill be wiped out, what is to become of us?
    I have done and contributed to the economy unable to now, want to help others like myself can you help us please with some kind of truth that will not be just words but real action? Hope to hear from you. I was born in the Presidio of San Francisco, dad in army 2nd generation s.f.can. Happy Blessed Easter,Passover to you all. Janice Alden

    April 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm |