January 26, 2010


Posted: 07:16 PM ET

State of the Union Preview

The White House has already leaked some of the themes President Obama will hit tomorrow night in his State of the Union speech. Is the spending freeze over the next three years a good idea - or too little too late? How will he reach out to middle class Americans? We'll preview the speech tonight with Ben Stein, Penn Jillette, Stephanie Miller, and Tanya Acker. Plus - Tavis Smiley and John Avlon will weigh in with their analysis.

That's all tonight on Larry King Live at 9ET/6PT!

And we want to hear from you:

Do you think President Obama's proposal to freeze non-security federal spending over the next three years is a good idea?

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A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Larry, I believe it is a mistake for President Obama to state there is a spending 'FREEZE' on the remaining Economic Stimulus funds that are critically needed for many States that are struggling to survive with 10% or higher unemployment.

I believe it would be more accurate and better understood if President Obama explained that the Economic Stimulus funds would be 'CAPPED' at the current level's of spending. Meaning specifically those funds would continue to be Loaned and payed back, as well as Grants that would be given out of that fund during the next 3 years.

Larry, I believe it would also be in President Obama's best interest if he included in his State of the Union speech that the massive amounts of Taxpayer dollars loaned to Wall Street and Banks under the TARP funds are being paid back with full interest and that money is being placed into the Economic Stimulus funding coffer.

Another point of confusion is the appearance that all of the funds are being used for 'Grant' purposes meaning those moneys are given and not expected to be repaid. That is not entirely accurate, as some of the Economic Stimulus funding is given as 'Loans' meaning those funds are to be repaid with interest back into the Economic Stimulus fund coffer.

Larry King, I hope that President Obama makes the effort to go over those points to help clarify them to the American Public during his upcoming State of the Union speech before the American people and news media outlets around the world.

John McCoy   January 26th, 2010 8:40 pm ET

Anything which can save money without affecting the national security, military or other needed things is a good idea. I just wish I could find out how I can get some help with my mortgage and utilities. I have some problems which resulted from financial difficulties. The problem seems to have been solved, but I need to catch up and I don't know how to do it. Help!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   January 26th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

A. Smith, Oregon, brilliant as usual!

Larry, what about the wiretapping story by the GOP hero, James O'Keefe??????????????????

Why no mention on this blog????????????????

The story should be plaster on CNN's Home page!

RJ   January 26th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

I`m not sure where this enviroment of "security blankets" everyones searching for? I understand the plight of being an American in a capitolistic democracy and sometimes things get tough and sometimes one has to go without out and that might mean the possibility of losing everything. Nothing is guaranteed to us and certainly the withstaining of wealth has never been a guarantee! People in this country better get used to going with less, there is a New World Order and we are only a part of it not the main players anymore!

RJ   January 26th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

The Patriot Act should be abolished, it is the biggest fringe on our personal freedoms! Get court orders for wiretaps like its always been done!

shirley somwonder   January 26th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Obama is not who i thought he would be

He does not seem able to be vulnerable

and we need somebody who can feel some passion!

dale p. espina   January 26th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Why is your network hot reporting on breaking news , about a attemted wire tapping of a federal building in Louisiana ?

angela   January 26th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Why are we covering social issues in Hiati?.
I also think it is a terrible idea that we are airlifting orphans in bulk out of this country. WRONG. They can be taken care of in their own land just as well as in other lands. It doesnt make sense and it is knee jerk. They will not be wanted in this country anyway just because of the present circumstances, for crying out loud, set up large internationationally run orphanages. Let other countries bear some of the cost, let the kids support weach other.
A family in my state just adopted 2 kids, they looked miserable and confused as this stupid couple carted them off to their farm in the middle of nowhere. its wrong.

chaney, La.   January 26th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

It does'nt matter what President Obama has on his agenda, its Congress that has to pass legislation..... and the GOP has already taken its stand of obstruction. at all costs....and the Dems just cant Govern themselves with out imploding, I think there should be a Freeze on discretionary spending, as well as all of Congress should have a mandatory reduction of tax payed, mailing, townhalls[which are tax payer financed campaign stumps] staff and expenses..... they need to walk the walk.

angela   January 26th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Oh God somebody shut Mccain up, this is the man that gave us Sarah Palin, he has zero crediability now, he is such a sniveling mess that just wants attention.

Dodie   January 26th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The US has had 10 years of spending, spending, spending and when we were low on money, we borrowed, borrowed and borrowed again from China. No one can turn this economy around in 1 year, 4 years, it will most likely take at least 10 years, if ever!

@ A. Smith, Oregon. Excellent point. After giving wall street, banks and auto industry hundreds of billions of dollars, probably close to a trillion dollars, now to make a freeze while State/County/City agency programs are in desperate need of help in order to continue servicing main-street America. What should we cut? Law enforcement? Jail/prisons? Health care? Social Services? These agencies are already working on a 'shoe-string'

I am with you RJ, I would love to see the Patriot Act "Burned"

A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The White House should show the American Pubic a pie-chart listing the entire Gross Annual Federal Income and what Dept's and Projects takes up what percentage of that amount.

Numbers really have no firm connection without looking at the total amount coming in and what percentages go out and to where.

angela   January 26th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Wasnt Obama suppose to tax the rich and end the wars, wasnt that his campaign promise, he hasnt done much, double talk and hand outs. ENd the wars and tax the filthy rich and stop asking us the poor to give to Haiti.

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

1. Is Massachusettes really an attack on the president and his so called liberal agenda? or is it more an ultimatum to ANYONE regardless fo party affiliation, that feels entitled?
2. Regarding the spending that's going on, if our parents hand us a well maintaned classic good running chevy with one old dent in it from an old wreck, and our big brother hands it back to us after having ran it literally througha war zone, doesn't it stand to reason that it's going to cost an obsecene amount of money to not only fix it, but getting it back to it's former glory? Please have your panel anser the question where the classic car is representative of our economy handed down to us by past administrations.

JBM   January 26th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

A. Smith,
Thanks for pointing out that one by one, the banks are paying back their government loans and we are receiving a good return in the way of interest from these loans. Also, GM CEO has stated he expects government money to be paid back by June. Given these scenarios, why do you feel the loans have to be a constant point of contention for some who blog routinely about it? Government support in several other areas mentioned would mean simply giving the money with no expectation of being repaid, thus more debt.

Roseanne   January 26th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

I really think none of the politicians has an answer to the economic situation. Dems or GOP they are all running around like headless chicken.
If they put up a reward for smart ideas some smart people will come out and then they can build on those

Jean   January 26th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

There are some people who think they know it all and what President Obama should say and do. Stephanie Miller thinks she is intelligent and Ms. know-it-all just because she has a show. What type of show anyway that others could learn something from? Her attitude depicts that she is as proud as a peacock and on her high and mighty horse.
Then there is Scot Brown who is another one even though he has not yet been sworn in (?) as Senator. He says that he does not want to pay for Health Care for the rest of the country. Big excuse! Is this his only reason? In this case, he does not have an excuse or reason to oppose President Obama in implementing HCR.
This man has already depicted that he is a selfish and self-centered person. What happened to: "We are Americans – of the world and we are children of America – of the world and we are to help each other. We are not here for ourselves but to assist others, those who are in dire need of help as HC?"
Scot Brown does not want to pay HC for the rest of America. Whose tax dollars is it any way? Is it only Scot Brown's tax dollar? This man already has a lot of mouth. Consider that pride comes before the fall. Let us see what he can do and is capable of doing in the Senate.
From what I am hearing in recent months President Obama is being given an extremely rough time from the opposition and his critics. May God help President Obama to withstand such criticism.

Andrew   January 26th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

He is trying to do to much at once from HealthCare Plan, Stimulus Plan, the War etc.etc.

Rae Dellino   January 26th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

People need to get the facts straight, everyone in this country has access to health care, what people do not have is health insurance. Why not ask people who work in health care what health care reform should look like. Without tort reform, you can never have a national plan. Furthermore, why is there no talk of some scrutiny of insurance companies. CEO's of insurance companies walking away with millions of dollars. Could it be they donated considerable amounts to political campaigns. Wake up America, we are being taken for a ride!!!!

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

The downside to being paid back, and so quickly is that there have been no real reforms and regulations put into place to stop it from happening again, and that is exactly why they are paying them back so quickly.

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

I think he needs to steer clear of mentioning big government, adn start talking openly and honestly about the elements of BAD government.

Dora Jackson   January 26th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Hopefully, if there are any inappropriate outburst(s) during the President's State of the Union, the Sgt-at-Arms will act swiftly and remove that person or persons. That's what SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED with Wilson.

angela   January 26th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

It all comes down to money money money. End the war if you want to save, bring all the troops home. Tax the wealthy, what the hell is he waiting for? There will be no jobs without innovative new ideas that will return manufacturing and blue collar jobs.

Gail   January 26th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

I must say that tonight's show finally portrays the real reason that Scott Brown won the Senate seat .. It is very simple that he won because Martha Coakley LOST...Martha Coakley is the current Attorney General in Massachusetts.. She lacks personality and is portrayed as a cold fish..She is not a shmoozer..Quite frankly she won the Democratic primary because the other 3 candidates were weak..And then she had the backing and endorsements from the Kennedy family..Since she won the primary she had been basically invisible..She was not in the clear view of the public..She sat back.. And if you dissect the vote town by town, she won in all the populous, educated areas and cities, like Newton, Brookline, Boston ...and Scott Brown won in more of the bedroom communities.. IT WAS NOT A DEMOCRATIC LOSS like most of the national media has perceived and portrayed, nor was it a win for the Republicans..NO ONE LIKED HER..The women on your panel tonight, Tanya Acker and Stephanie Miller are the first to even to let on to this.. WE have healthcare here..

angela   January 26th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

I agree Dora, I still like President Obama and I am on his side, but he promised a few things that made a huge amount of sense to me and has yet to follow through, in fact he has back tracked, now i WONDER IF HE ISNT A BIT OF AN ACTOR.

Richard   January 26th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Larry they need to get right it's about JOBS JOBS JOBS they fix this then the deficit will go down because people can pay the taxes that are not being paid due to no money since they are not working!!!!!!!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

@ Dodie, Lacrosse Mom, JBM thank you for your kind comments and excellent points.

@JBM, I feel that if the Media is mixing 'Loans' into the category of 'Grants' the public is not only confused but falsely outraged by what appears to be funds all going out and not accurately reporting on funds in good faith that not only replaced the amount loaned out, but also increased it thru the interest on that loan.

@ JBM, I would really like to see more 'Seed' money projects. Where a single 1 Million dollars of Economic Stimulus funds are 'Grant'ed towards a 50 Million dollar solar panel manufacturing complex which would not be built if it is unable to come up with the 'Seed' money. There are numerous projects on hold across all of America that are viable and fully capable of a successful completion IF they received the 'Seed' moneys needed to begin. In 99% of such projects the family waged jobs are all here in America and by American workers supporting American community's and American family's.

Bill W.   January 26th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

I have to comment on the discussion involving Stephanie Miller. It is amazing how blind someone is when she said that President Obama has tried hard regarding bipartisonship since he has been in office. He tried it for maybe 30 days then the Congressional Democrat leaders decided to stop it and the President followed to our loss.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

@ angela, Richard, I agree. Pull out the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and begin pouring that Trillion dollars into domestic spending. Focus on American Jobs, Jobs, Jobs so that federal income coffers can once again reach a balanced stability.

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

A. Smith, agreed

Bill W., disagree. Obama has consistantly entertained the republicans, but just because his hand out, doens't mean they have even remotely attempted to take it. They ahve treated himlike a Leper.

JBM   January 26th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

A. Smith,
Thanks. I would certainly be for support of green jobs in our country and the outcome could solve more than one problem.

ellie   January 26th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Everyone thinks Obama can just wave a magic wand and everything will be fine..It 'takes hard work to fix this mess

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

@A.Smith, disagree on the pulling troops out... a number of reasons, but two main ones...

1. We still need to get Bin Ladne. Period. Maybe we can pull some of them out and get them to go to Haiti, coem here and help rebuild New Orleans, etc., but they by and large need to get bin laden, adn also deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan as much as possible and as soon as possible. Get them out of Iraq, but not entirely out of Afghanistan.
2. What do oyu suppose all those troops, if we were to pull them all out at once, would do with their time and on our dollar?

Dodie   January 26th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

James in Idaho

I suspect Bin Laden is long gone! He has organizations all over the world.

Elsie Comeau-Frenette   January 26th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

A message from Canada, We are a much poorer country than the U.S. and yet we have healthcare for all. Why are Americans not living in the 21st century and provide healthcare for all their citizens. President Obama is right about his push for healthcare. Support him and I hope that Americans will be behind him tommorrow. It is a real shame that your country is still fighting for healthcare in 2010. Get going!

James in Idaho   January 26th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

So do most gangs, but that doesn't mean we shoudl stop going after individual gang members guilty of mass murder

A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 11:33 pm ET

The State of Oregon tonight is voting on raising Corporate minimum Taxes which has stood at a mere $10 dollars since 1930's. A useful fundamental point is worth mentioning here in regards to American Corporations parking their headquarters in America and sucking up all of the tax breaks and regional resources while providing ZERO family wage or living wage jobs for Americans living in that region.

A fundamental fact is that businesses that use America's resources and infrastructure need to invest back into America's communities. If they do not do so with living wage jobs, they need to do so through tax investments. It's a simple process of sustainability and is a basic principle which is applicable to many areas in life.

A farmer for example, knows that if you do not invest in the enrichment of the soil you eventually lose the continued ability for continued growth. The more you are willing to enrich the soil the greater and better your crops are going to be. It is no different in a local economy.

For decades, American Corporations have been increasing the assets removed from a community and decreasing its investment in the form of wages and other types of local investments. It's a process that has led States and our Federal Government to a crisis point and if not corrected will ultimately lead to our collapse.

It's in the public interest to insure that Corporate business's own up to the responsibility they have to the communities off of which they profit.

Dodie   January 26th, 2010 11:53 pm ET

@ A, Smith, Oregon

I am happy to hear of the change to your state. For years, Oregon, has always maintained a very low tax basis for corporations as well as the people. Maybe the corporations can replace what they have removed from the community! Thus creating more jobs for the community and state.

R JJ   January 27th, 2010 12:00 am ET

FYI…. is believed Osama Bin Laden met with a top CIA official in July 2001,held in bin laden’s private suite at the American hospital in Dubai at a time he was a wanted fugitive for the bombings of two U.S. embassies and the attack on the USS Cole…On July 14 he was allowed to leave by private jet.

There’s a kind of Hushhhhh……

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 12:07 am ET

@ Gerald

Ah, you have a way with words... you always hit the proverbial nail on the head! Yes, Clinton left us with a trillion dollars in surplus and after Cheney/bush, we were almost 3 trillion in the hole. Now we are expecting President Obama to bail us out of this mess within a year or two. That is just not realistic. This will be a long slow process of digging ourselves out, if we can all come together!

I certainly hope so!

@ RJJ yes, our CIA trained Bin Laden back in the 1980s so he and his operatives could fight the Russians in Afghanistan!

JBM   January 27th, 2010 12:14 am ET

Keep in mind that the stock market collapsed in late 2000 and it took a few years for it to get back on track. There is a real lack of understanding as to what a lack of capital gain taxes those years as well as a write-off for losses cost the government in revenues. It is good if one is politically biased to always blame the other party, but doing a thorough analysis usually always takes us a different direction.
Now in all due respect to Pres. Obama, he does not have revenues from the financial markets either since we had another meltdown last year and also missing are tax revenues from the 10% who are unemployed.
We can blame that on Bush if you like, but then why not add balance and blame the crash of 2000 on Clinton. Oh, if it could just be so easy.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 12:19 am ET

@ Dodie, the early returns are very close in defeating both tax increase measures at 52% NO, 47% YES (Pass). As I previously mentioned, here in Oregon we were literally swamped by heavy Corporate paid political ad's urging Oregonians to vote NO on measures 66 and 67.

I'm surprised only 5% of the total votes have been tallied State wide when the polls closed here at 8pm PST, a mere 120,000 out of 2 Million voters. Voter turn-in of their mailed ballots was around 54% in the county that I currently reside in. With this close a contest, it might take until tomorrow before a final tally is posted.

R JJ   January 27th, 2010 12:23 am ET

hi dodie-

our CIA knew where he (OBL) was and let him walk away
according to witnesses ..makes you wonder .of course they
deny the story run in France.

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 12:45 am ET

@ A. Smith

I certainly hope people can see through the barrage of propaganda that is being flung at the them! This has me very concerned about the up and coming elections. I certainly hope this will pass. Oregon has always allowed corporations to pillage their natural resources. It would be nice if they could also give back to the community!

Jobs have always been difficult in Oregon due to the low economic wealth of the state. My heart goes out to all Oregonians in the hopes that they will reap some of the benefits large corporations have had years to use.



Darn those CIA! Yes, I have always wondered about the relationship between Bin Laden and CIA! I am very delighted you brought it up!

Roseanne   January 27th, 2010 12:56 am ET

If America wants to stay a super power and free of Terrorists it has to fight and win the wars it started on terror. Withdrawing will signal to the terrorists that if they resist long enough we will withdraw so they will attack again until they attain their goal. America is great because of sacrifice on the part of our fore fathers.
The economy is frail because our wealth was re-allocated to China and India courtsey of poor taxation policies and greed.
Stop the bickering and work together, this bickering wont take us any where. Get smart economists who are Americans before they are Democrats or Republicans and fix the economy. I am tired of "you are wrong we are right." You all suck ; You all failed seek help before you drown us. Obviously neither party has a plan seek help for goodness' sake.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 1:08 am ET

@ Dodie, at 9pm with 51% of the total of registered voters ballots being counted both measure 66 and 67 appear to be passing 54% to 46% to raise the Corporate minimum tax rates and increase Oregon State tax on couples earning 250,000 or more.

Oregon State Ballot Measure No. 66

Raises tax on household income at and above $250,000 (and $125,000 for individual filers). Reduces income taxes on unemployment benefits in 2009. Provides funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services

Votes Percent
_________________ _________________
Yes Votes 570,555 54.28%
No Votes 480,538 45.72%
_________________ _________________
Totals: 1,051,093 100%

State Ballot Measure No. 67

Raises $10 corporate minimum tax, business minimum tax, corporate profits tax. Provides funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services

Votes Percent
_________________ _________________
Yes Votes 564,531 53.82%
No Votes 484,346 46.18%
_________________ _________________
Totals: 1,048,877 100%

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 1:22 am ET

A. Smith

That is Wonderful! I am so very happy for you. It looks as though people are not being baffled by the barrage of propaganda! Big Kudos for all Oregonians! You guys (Rock) My niece is also up there and voting. Keep me posted! Thanks

Gerald Jolly   January 27th, 2010 1:25 am ET



If help had not been so easy to get and we could not have gotten any help, we would'nt be in the pickle we're in right now.

There is a mentality that having great credit, makes us rich, but just ask and talk to the millions of Americans that borrowed over their means and have had to declare personal bankruptcy, lose their homes bcause they thought the way out of problems was to MAX OUT their credit cards.

It's what the former government thought,and just look at the trouble we're in now because of that way of thinking.

It's very easy to borrow, when you're not responsible or required to pay it back

The Bushwackers administration put us in the whole we're in,and now we are asking a neophite administration with little or no experience to dig us out of the hole we're in.

In my opinion, it will take nothing short of a miracle to get us out of the hole others have dug for us.

jack   January 27th, 2010 1:48 am ET

Stephanie Miller: cute , intelligent and a proud liberal. Enjoy her appearances on Larry's show. Actually Ben Stein's comments about helping the poor buy health care outright was pleasantly thoughtful as well. A place where the far right and left may find some common ground. Everyday people are dying in America from lack of affordable health care. This is not a problem that will go away with half measures.

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 1:54 am ET

Afghanistan is the abyss of death! The Russians could not stomach it, and countless other people too. The only sane thing to do is to pull out! We did that in the 1980s as we knew then, it was like a black hole!

We need to pull out, use that money to sure up our infrastructure, health care, highways, dams, everything is falling apart! As A. Smith stated, we need green jobs. We need to turn the page on the oil industry and move on!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 2:00 am ET

@ Gerald Jolly, great points, and thanks Dodie it appears that my fellow Oregonians were not swayed by the extra millions of campaign dollars and mass video slots by American Corporations.

Yes Gerald Jolly, I feel the Bush-Cheney administration purposely and deliberately placed America into the deep hole we currently find ourselves in.

Was it intended sabotage by the Republican Party? Did they already know they couldn't win the 2009 elections and choose instead to burn all the possible support bridges in order to sabotage a Democratic Administration lead Congress and Senate and Executive branches?

Certainly the Republican party was fully aware of how toxic Bush jr. had been to the 2009 Republican elections for the Congress and Senate races and therefore knew beforehand with near certainty they would not have majority's in both the Congress and Senate 2009 races.

Again, it appears to be a deliberate act by the Republican Party to totally sabotage any positive outcome of the Democratic majority's in Congress and the Senate as well as that of the Obama administration and then feed off of the anger and frustration at how bad things are during this time while the Republican Party attempts to re-spin how America got into this state of morass.

Osas Zabayor   January 27th, 2010 2:09 am ET

Larry King, I have watched these issues on healthcare in this nation and it is unbelievable that the people that this program is designed to help have allowed themselves to be used by those who are fighting against this program. Comparisons have been made with other developed nations and US was found lacking in terms of healthcare.
It's a common saying that most Americans or those who live in this country is ONE sickness or one disease away from bankruptcy. It has happened over and over again. But those who destroyed this nation for 8 years, who ought not to have a say for the next few years to come while this nation rebuild have painted every good work of this young president as horror or a nightmare, scaring people and it's unfortunate that they are succeeding in this regard, but not for long. The American people need to ask their elected senators and house rep how they are representing them. States with high uninsured voted against the healthcare plan and their people rejoice.
If what is happening here in the US happens in any third World, people will mock and condemn.
My prayer is that the American people will set aside their political differences and unit on rebuilding this nation and the healthcare plan.

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 2:13 am ET

@ A. Smith How about this scenario! Cheney/bush knew what a mess we are in, wanted to blame it on the Democrats and had John McCain run as they knew he would not win... (Its a thought) The GOP are always very good at with strategy! Too bad the Democrats are so inept with strategy except for Pres. Obama. Check out 2012
Have all the polls reported?

jack   January 27th, 2010 2:22 am ET

A. Smith Oregon@ Sounds like some positive election results in your state. Those that have been vastly rewarded by the last administrations special benefits for the wealthy, should now pay a fair share. They benefit the most, by far, from past special treatment. And if they are taxed at a higher rate, they can still live quite comfortably. Meanwhile those that are barely making it can ill afford the same proportionate taxes. And , I hope enough people are aware of corporate tricks to sell them phoney credit dreams, and will try to get off the credit merry-go-round, and they can see they can be just as happy if not in a mansion , with a big mortgage.

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 2:33 am ET

@ Jack

I am hoping that all American will be able to see through the corporate barrage of propaganda on these up and coming elections! Those results will be the telling tale of what the future will bring!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 2:53 am ET

I was unable to post any questions to Anderson Cooper and AC360 regarding the possible return of Haiti's first democratically elected leader that was forced to flee to South Africa during a popular revolt in 2004 which was likely linked to Bush-Cheney's interference and the CIA in Haiti.

Regardless, it appears that Former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, exiled in South Africa since 2004, said this past Friday in Johannesburg, South Africa he was "ready" to return to help rebuild the country of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake!

Aristide has long maintained that he was forced to step down under pressure from the United States in the guise of Bush jr.

As a parish priest working in an impoverished and embattled district of Port-au-Prince, he became the spokesman for a popular movement against the series of military regimes that ruled Haiti after the collapse in 1986 of the Duvalier dictatorship. He was the first elected President of Haiti with nearly 90% of the vote.

A priest, 90% elected and a strong dislike of military corruption, no wonder Bush jr. would force him out!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 4:03 am ET

@ Dodie, Jack, yes apparently Oregon rejected the very heavy Corporate influence in tonights mid-term election. The outcome appears to be firm at this time with around 55% of all potential voters officially tallied and counted.

Both tax increase measures passed 54% Yes to 46% No.

It was tight but it does represent a defeat for conservatives and their corporate masters.

James31   January 27th, 2010 11:04 am ET

@A. Smith,
Congratulations on getting the vote you wanted in Oregon. Are you talking about the excise tax; I thought perhaps that was the case since you reference $10 and I know Oregon already has a corporate income tax somewhere around 7%. We can always ask those with more to pay more taxes and try to tax our corporations more even though they already pay the highest federal income tax rate in the world. But we still seem to refuse to take personal responsibility. I am wondering how you feel that Oregon did not pass an increased tax on cigarettes? This is not unique to Oregon of course. It would have worked against corporations that some greatly dislike and certainly a lack of smoking can only help healthcare concerns.

As for corporations in Oregon, it seems that some do contribute to the local community. A great example follows.

Nike targets to contribute three percent of the preceding fiscal year's pre-tax profits annually. In fiscal year 2004 ended May 31, 2004, this totaled $37.3 million in cash, grants and product to eligible charities, non-profit organizations and community business partners around the world. Of that, more than $3.1 million in cash grants and product donations went to hundreds of nonprofits in Oregon, including individual employee contributions of more than $1.1 million, and more than 5,900 volunteer hours in support of causes our employees care about passionately. Nike matches each employee contribution to eligible charities dollar-for-dollar, and volunteer time at $10 an hour–twice that if the programs help increase physical activity among youth.

Gerald Jolly   January 27th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

For those of you who care.

These figures just released yesterday, by the ways and means department.

To-Date, America has spent $952,924,320.00 dollars on the Iraq and Afghanistan war.
Flexing the above number by the month means we are spending approx. $16 billion a month on thesetwo wars, and that does not include one penny for the re-construction going on in both those countries.

According to the latest report on the State of the Union address scheduled for tonight, President Obama will announce spending cuts of $182 billion over the next two years, if you do the math that means a half a billion per month cuts to American Families, while we continue to pay the highest taxes per capita of any country in the world. (AND WE DONT HAVE A DECENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN OUR COUNTRY) and you ask "WHY"

The reason should be obvious to anyone with a "SMIDGEON" of intelligence,

The priority is not the American people, it's fighting the "STUPID AND RIDICULOUS" wars for people who dont even want us there.

The BUZZ is, (we,ve got to get Bin Laden) for those of you that are'nt up to speed on that issue, let me bring you up to date.

"OSAMA BIN LADEN" is dead and has been for more than two years.
The new enemy is our former allies the "TALIBAN"

The fact is that the real reason why we are at war, is because the Arms Industry in the U.S. is a trillion dollar a year industry and if we stopped the wars, they would crash financially.

The phylosophy according to the lobbyiest is. "SO WHAT"?? when you equate nearly 5,000 troopers deaths against the billions that the arms industry makes, "WHO CARES" if a few young Americans need to be scareficed in order for our industry to flourish.

I am not anti-war persay, but I am anti war when I see Americans having to depend on food banks to feed their families, I'm against war, when I see my good neighbor loosing his home, I'm against qar when I see gasoline prices continuously rise to pay the very people who want to destroy us.
I'm against war when I see former military homeless friends of mine not getting treated for injuries they sustained while fighting for our country.

The time is long overdue for Americans caring and doing what's right for "AMERICANS"

These days, after serving my country, I admit that I am ashamed to be part of a country that thrives on "GREED" and leaves the defenseless to fare for themselves.


Dodie   January 27th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

That is wonderful news. hoorah!!!! Thank you for being our news announcer as I could not find Oregon’s election process anywhere on the TV or radio. Ah, there is a glimmer of hope that the American people will not succumb to the barrage of corporate propaganda flung at them from all directions! This added corporate tax will translate to added jobs for main-street Americans! I am completely and totally delighted! You just made my day!

@ Gerald Jolly

Thank you for the wealth of information, a beautifully articulated and heart-felt blog. It really helps to see the actual figures. Ah yes, the “Black Hole” of war which is sucking this country down. I might even venture one step further and say… the real enemy is ‘within’ Fear, the ‘bill of goods’ sold to the American people by the GOP so they could have the American tax-payer foot the bill for both wars at great economic value to them.

Gerald, your reasoning is excellent for the cause of both wars as you stated: “because the Arms Industry in the U.S. is a trillion dollar a year industry and if we stopped the wars, they would crash financially.” I would also add the oil industry to this scenario.

The government’s focus is outside the US, not inside! We desperately need to turn that around in order to initiate Health care and rebuild our infrastructure through employing Americans!

America needs to begin a healing process.

Being a war veteran, Gerald, you fully understand! Thank you for the willingness of risking your life for this country!

This is for all war veterans… From the depth of my heart, Thank You!

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

@ Rae Dellino

You stated: “why is there no talk of some scrutiny of insurance companies. CEO's of insurance companies walking away with millions of dollars. Could it be they donated considerable amounts to political campaigns?”

Excellent extrapolation! I am in total concurrence! All health care insurance companies should be canvassed!

James in Idaho   January 27th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

R JJ January 27th, 2010 12:00 am ET

FYI…. is believed Osama Bin Laden met with a top CIA official in July 2001,held in bin laden’s private suite at the American hospital in Dubai at a time he was a wanted fugitive for the bombings of two U.S. embassies and the attack on the USS Cole…On July 14 he was allowed to leave by private jet.

There’s a kind of Hushhhhh……
Your point being, of course, that Clinton let him go first... okay. I conceed your point. now try to explain this...

KNOWING THAT Bush let him go again! Why do you continue to make excuses for him?

geri b.   January 27th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

I want to say how much I admire and love our President. He has done everything in his power since he took office to help the people, our economy is in trouble but this started 8 yrs ago, not since last jan. I have never seen Republicans be so against a President, no matter what he does they will not agree.
My President has been putting food on my table, I have been layed off since Nov.08 and My President with the stimulus pkg. has made that possible, I am 61 yrs old and it is very hard to find employment in a normal economy and he understands thats why when people say the stimulus was wasted they do not know or understand how millons of people like me have had help from our President. He became President with alot on his shoulders. It hurts me that people do not respect him or call him names (fox). He is our President Please give this man the respect he deserves, he will succeed I just know it and he will bring our country back to recovery. thank you for letting me write to you, thanks geri

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Thank you President Obama for clarifying our financial situation. In the year 2000 we had over 100 million surplus due to the Clinton Administration and prior to President Obama entering office the US was over 1 trillion in deficit with projected deficits over 8 trillion dollars for the next three years.

This translates into: The Cheney/bush administration placed the USA in a 9 trillion dollar deficit! Yikes!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 27th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

Thank you President Obama for adopting my suggestion of including 'the lost decade' in your speech tonight. To emphasize that an entire generation of students academically have been lost during the horrific Bush-Cheney administration as America sagged behind many nations around the world in higher education.

Tonight, instead of Republican's trumpeting America as moving towards the most powerful Military Nation in the world, President Obama was pushing students to help reclaim the number one spot which is now taken by better funded and highly competitive foreign students overseas.

It was sad tonight however when the public camera's panned the Republican lawmakers during the speech as they laughed, shook their heads and generally looked like greedy crooks sitting in church after they robbed your house looking for forgiveness.

And as President Obama stared at the Republican section and told them 'saying no to everything just because you can' is not the leadership which people who elected you expect in public office. Without exception, the Republican lawmakers glared back with anger and stoney faces at being called out on what they were certainly planning to do for the next 9 months in this election year.

From the White House, David Axelrod sent me a invitation to join in the live chat immediately following tonights State of the Union address which is on the /whitehouselive on apps.

Dodie   January 27th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

Excellent strategy President Obama… showing the GOP they have a majority in the house and now it is their responsibility as well as the Democrats! Notice there was no applaud from the GOP section as the color drained from their faces … lol

Anyone notice the Generals were Not happy with president Obama’s State of the Union Address! Finally a president that not only writes his speech, but also not reading from a piece of paper, TV prompts or a cord coming out from his ear! It’s about time!!!

Thank You President Obama!!!

Gerald Jolly   January 27th, 2010 11:34 pm ET

Let us hope that words will become reality.

Good presentation and I'm happy he cleared the air on a lot of unanswered questions.

Gerald Jolly   January 27th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

My favorite part of tonights speech is President Obama's plan to have all lobbyists, and those that take campaign contributions from them openly publish and declare those contributions for the American voting public to see.

EXCELLENT IDEA, and it should be signed into law., that way the election process would truly be honest.

Sade   January 27th, 2010 11:44 pm ET

Yes! Yes! Obama got it, so why can't the republicans get it? There is no veracity in opposing his plans because of their political interests. The republicans determination to harm Obama will end up harming the entire american people. We are one people, one nation no matter which party we represent. When we respect our president. we will respect our country. If we can have faith in our president then we will have the hope and determination to make this country a better one than it was yeasterday and to come. We are one people, one nation under God there isnothing we can't do if we put our minds to it; so let us solve the problems we have now and create no more on above them.

Sue   January 28th, 2010 12:22 am ET

First I would like you to ask John McCain why all Americans can't have the same health insurance that he and his fellow politicians have? Second..we the American people are sick to death of this division between parties. Start working together to solve the problems not make more problems by acting like a bunch of kindergarden brats. Who are these arrogant republicans listening to...certainly not the little guy on the street.

Amanda Panick   January 28th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Why is the only Republican you have to talk to about tonights speech is John McCain. He has so many negative things to say. I really wish the Republicans would ask hiim to not speak and maybe we could hear from another Republican. Sorry I am sick to death as an american of this going back and forth about...well this dem. did this and this Rep. did this. That is all John McCain does. Please lets hear from someone else. I love your show but I can't listen to him talk for another minute.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 28th, 2010 1:01 am ET

I hope President Obama and those American's that want peace in the world realize how difficult it is to shut off the feed tap on the Massive influx of taxpayer dollars into the US Military and Defense contractors.

I am reminded that from time to time, a corrupt Cop or Fire person purposely creates a severe situation just to continue getting money. The same situation could easily come up by some military planners who revolt over the idea of having their purse strings cut and scaled back.

We might have already seen this with the failed Nigerian Muslim butt-bomber. Had he succeeded, Republicans would rank and file be demanding a heavy flow of America troops into Yemen.

Anita   January 28th, 2010 1:09 am ET

Excellent idea!

Ramiro, Concord NC   January 28th, 2010 1:28 am ET

Yes you guys are nitpicking what else do you people want? A line for line detailed list of how everything will get it done by next week?

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 1:37 am ET

The truth is Obama scolded them for thigns they actually were guilty of doing, included democrats in that scolding, addressed all the issues that needed to be addressed, and all republicans can do is complain. No good deed goes unpunished I suppose.

jack   January 28th, 2010 1:38 am ET

It was not his best speech. I think the time of placating the right should end. They have made it all too clear that they do not want to join in important reforms for average citizens, but obstruct. I hope the conservatives (both repubs and dems) are voted out of office. I thought his jab at the scotus was appropriate. Some one needs to tell them. I wish they had term limits. A lifetime appointment, while constitutional, does not meet modern needs. There is one amendment to Constitution I would heartily support. When regressive Presidents get to stack the courts, then we see what happens, the threat of governance by corporate interests. To me a corporation is a money making entity alone, and not a person. That is ridiculous, and only for the benefit of promoting the interests of the super wealthy.

missy   January 28th, 2010 1:39 am ET

think we are better off living in Canada at this point. I LIVE in Ma. health care stinks. i am 28 years old on mass health because i cant afford health care and oh yeah i have been unemplyed for 2 years. but my unemployment ran out over a year ago and i have no more extensions. and oh i am probably going to lose my house and be on the street with 3 kids. thank you obama.

missy   January 28th, 2010 1:40 am ET

think we are better off living in Canada at this point. I LIVE in Ma. health care stinks. i am 28 years old on mass health because i cant afford health care and oh yeah i have been unemplyed for 2 years. but my unemployment ran out over a year ago and i have no more extensions. and oh i am probably going to lose my house and be on the street with 3 kids. thank you obama. and still no jobs available. i apply to 20 jobs 3 times a week and nothing. how sad.

Ken   January 28th, 2010 1:40 am ET

I thought the President did a great job outlining his priorities for the coming year. It is hard to believe anything ever gets done with the Republicans whining & complaining constantly about every issue.
Obama is one man, he has no magic wand that can solve everything for everybody. It's easy for Republicans to find fault yet they also fail to provide any solutions.

Ramiro, Concord NC   January 28th, 2010 1:42 am ET

It just feels like all the pundits are looking for the president to come up with all the ideas to get us out of the mess we are in, but we elect congressmen and senators for a reason and the scolding was very much justified!

Randy   January 28th, 2010 1:45 am ET


Will   January 28th, 2010 1:45 am ET

I'm proud of President Obama's strength amongst all the challenges he is facing.

Question, when you neglect maintaining your car for 8 years and your car starts to fall apart and becomes unable to drive, what are your options? You can spend a lot of money to replace the engine, etc. or get rid of it and buy a new car that could cost less if you buy a pre-owned car. Unfortunately President Obama does not have an option, he has to replace the engine, brakes, car seats, body frame, exterior paint, tires, etc. This all costs money. He can't throw this country away and get a new one.

The previous administration left President Obama with an undrivable car. Unfortunately adding to the deficit is going to occur when you put it on top of the reckless spending the previous 8 years. The car has to get fixed.

jack   January 28th, 2010 1:45 am ET

While I support President Obama, I just wish he would stick to a progressive agenda, ignore obstructionists, and go for a simple majority up and down vote. Let the chips fall where they may. The health care bill , from what we know of it at this stage, doesn't seem to be a good one, especially if it doesn't take effect mostly for four years. I wish they had insisted on single payer and let public option or expanded medicare have been option of last resort. With a simple majority this would have been possible. Let the obstructionists talk until they are blue in the face, show people where they stand.

JoAnne   January 28th, 2010 1:46 am ET

Why can't people agree with the president that it's about the American people themselves, and those who are in need. He working for the american people, no matter what race or class they are in. It's the people who already have that reject him. He is not performing either, he is just so smart that the republicans can't handle him. Most of all, he is not a weak punk or quitter. Thank God.

Jeanne Wayerski   January 28th, 2010 1:47 am ET

I truly believe our President has continued to try to do best he can in a desperately hard situation that he came into. I feel he has an honest heart and so does his dear wife and wants to do the best he can for everyone of us. I wish everyone would quit complaining and being so hurtfully negative and have some compassion for what a difficult situation he has come into on so many fronts.

Maybe we should all pray..........instead of so many negative words say!

Dennis Marr   January 28th, 2010 1:47 am ET

It seems to me that the election for President of the United States has already happened and Mr. Obama needs to quit acting like a candidate, and more like the Commander in Chief. Please stop promising the world to us and not delivering. I have been waiting for the streets in my community to be "paved with gold" because it is so easy for everyone to be snowballed into believing all the promises if you hear them enough! I am just a frustrated citizen who observes that you need to start walking the walk, not just talking the talk!!!!!!!

Tony   January 28th, 2010 1:49 am ET

HI Larry,

It seems that the liberal media or your liberal guests keep missing or dodging the real problems with President Osama’s statements. He promised transparency. He promised no lobbyist. He did not deliver on either and therefore has lost support. So whatever he says will be followed with a tinge of doubt.

JoAnne W.   January 28th, 2010 1:49 am ET

Why can't people agree with the president that it's about the American people themselves, and those who are in need. He working for the american people, no matter what race or class they are in. It's the people who already have that reject him. He is not performing either, he is just so smart that the republicans can't handle him. Most of all, he is not a weak punk or quitter. Thank God. This is my first time writing this blog, how can it be a repeat?

Ruth McRae   January 28th, 2010 1:50 am ET

It is so disturbing to watch from the outside, a county divided, the way the United States seems to be right now. The definition of Insanity is something like Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

By definition it seems that the US media and politicians are "insane".

President Obama is trying to change and break out of the insanity that has ruled in the United States for years.

I would love to see your country come together for six months working towards the same goal and see what you can accomplish.

You have many brilliant minds and so many people with great ideals, but it seems that the ego's of those people that have the power to impact change.......are standing in the way of truly implementing change.

As a foreigner I have to say it is painful to watch your struggles and the first thought I wake up with every morning is that I want to experience peace in this world I live in TODAY. I would love to see the focus of the entire political structurein the US to be one where the people that can make a difference, actually step outside of themselves long enough to promote peace that will impact the lives of all the people they say they are committed to serve.

Stop the "Insanity" and join together to become a global force to be reckoned with.

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 1:51 am ET

Dear KEvin and Nancy and Arriana...

Bush handed Obama a wrecked us economic vehicle to cart the kids around in. All the kids have been doing is complaining about how long it's taking to get there, and the fact that dad is forced to dip into their play money has made them mad. So... he turned around and slapped them and told them to stop being brats.

Dear Kevin, Nancy and Arrianna....

Massachusettes was about coakley acting entitled, not about the presidents policies

See Above...

George Bush was handed a well maintaned classicly built, traditionally run US Economic vehicle, and he then proceeded to drive that vehicle through a warzone unnecessarily, two hurricanes, drunk with power the whole time, oblivious to the road ahead, and when he started to realize he may have ridden it too hard, Paulson told him to pour sugar in the tank so he'd have a sweet risde and he bought it, the whole time proudly displaying his own personalized license plate with USA USA USA Plastered all over it, but then when it was time to pass the vehicle to the next driver, he quickly removed his personalized license plate and sluink away, but not before collectign gas money from the kids.

Now, if that happened to you, How much do you suppose it would cost YOU to fix a mess like that? How much do oyu suppose it will cost Obama? and more importantly, will he be able to accomplish those repairs, when soem fo the kids are withholding an allowance that they don't deserve?

I'm talking to YOU republicans....

LOUIS   January 28th, 2010 1:51 am ET

i think the president is doing everything he has in his power in order to balance the great mess that our economy is dealing rigth now. If republicans would concentrate more in helping him out instead of critizising everything he does, and stoping to fear the american public, everything could run more smoothly. Lets all keep in mind, their past administration got us in this mess in the first place...

Jill Smith   January 28th, 2010 1:52 am ET

that's not interesting to me....I thought he did a fantastic job and I am sick of the talking heads...What have they done to make America a better place? He said he couldn't do it alone and I bet he didn't know the talkers would just talk and not do anything to help the situation...the media were silent the 8 years Bush and his bunch was causing this situation so I think they are as guilty of this country's present anyone else..

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 1:53 am ET

and when all the peopel with property damage come to collect, who do you think theyre' going to come for?

So,. if oyu think this is the worst of it, boy are you deluding yourselves.

Lorie   January 28th, 2010 1:53 am ET

Why are people so negative? Obama and noone else will ever get anything accomplished with all the negativity. Congress acting off emotions instead of logics is the reason why America is in this situation. Bush was not educationally advanced but he mastered the art of manipulation through emotions. Bush knew after 9-11 Americans, Democrats and Republicans, would agree to any war or absurd propostion. Republicans need to stop thinking with their personal emotions and work with Obama to help make America better.

Henry Vernon   January 28th, 2010 1:55 am ET

Some people will disagree with the president regardless of what he say or do, Keep in mind that the people that did not support the president are the ones making the most noise,I think America is not honest about the real reason for some of the opposition to the president.

JoAnne W.   January 28th, 2010 1:55 am ET

Thank God for Obama. Our parties are so split because of jealousy that they are destroying this country. Soon we will know why there is so much hatred for our President. The "NO PARTY IS THE TEA PARTY"...

deborah Alfano   January 28th, 2010 1:56 am ET

I do not think the President is listening to the people and that he intends to continue to push "his" policies down our throats. We do not need health care reform "explained" to us....we need to start over and write a new bill. We do not need big government programs that drain our incomes and we do not need government control. If he continues to spend, spend, spend Republicans will stop saying no, no, no. It is like a parent who sees his or her college student charging, charging charging and expecting the parent to pay for his reckless spending. Well, the tax payer is feed up with this attitude and we are putting on the brakes and we are saying no. We simply no longer believe anything he promises or says.

Lorie   January 28th, 2010 1:56 am ET

Hill Harper was correct. If you can't come up with solutions than keep personal comments to yourself.

jack   January 28th, 2010 1:56 am ET

@James in Idaho...You are so right about that, President Obama was handed a total mess from last administration. It seems they also planned it that way. It was clear after eight years of Bush and GOP plunder that it was going to be an almost impossible task to get things back on the right track. And it is important that people not forget that the President and the majority Democrat Congress inherited one huge mess, and a bunch of smug right wing obstructionists bent on seeing him fail.

James   January 28th, 2010 1:57 am ET

I beleive all the president is , is a talker, not a doer. We need a worker who is not worried about about his mouth, but what he can do with his back. His words make me and I am sure most americans very sick and dissapointed that we elected such a coward and fraud. Not one promise has he kept. Politics again, no prosperity...

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 1:58 am ET

Nancy, one you can't predict the future, oyu can only try, and two, creatign jobs doesn't create buyers. Savvy?

Ramiro, Concord NC   January 28th, 2010 1:58 am ET

I think the President is doing an amazing job for being in the mess we are in. I actually feel likehe is my president. Very unlike when Bush was in office. Just give him time and some help everyone we as a nation will make it!!

Carlos Hernandez   January 28th, 2010 2:00 am ET

The President will be our President for the next four years, instead of finding problems to solutions, can we support him and be honest, holding him back it will just make things a lot worst.

Yen   January 28th, 2010 2:00 am ET

Agree with Jack,,, Lets go Lets go ... Obama!!!!

Dennis Marr   January 28th, 2010 2:00 am ET

Mr King,
To comment on the President's comment this evening that he inherited two wars and all the spending involve. I ask Mr. Obama if he would put himself in the shoes of our previous President while he stood at Gound Zero while our country suffered, would he have declared war on Al Queada as well, or would have he set up a meeting with them and made them our friends.

Randy   January 28th, 2010 2:00 am ET

I remember this, Republicans were told we won and they werent needed because Dems. had such a big majority. Oh and wow he cured earmarks with a website after signing bills with almost eight thousand earmarks in them. And hows that C-span coverage and the five days online for every bill. How about the energy bs, when Repubs have made these suggestions all along. I or me almost two hundred times and bashing a supreme court decission with them there. This man is so full of himself.

Wisconsin boy   January 28th, 2010 2:01 am ET

Larry, Ask the friend of Obama why he said there would be transparency and thinks would be on C-SPAN and that is the farthest from the truth.

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 2:01 am ET

January 28th, 2010 1:53 am ET

and when all the peopel with property damage come to collect, who do you think theyre' going to come for?

To answer my own question.... they're going to look for the guy drivign the vehicle with the personalized license plate that read USA USA USA all over it that's who 😉

Good night all. I hope we all learned somehting tonight.

debbie stewart   January 28th, 2010 2:04 am ET

Of course it is, we should only concentrate on the important things, and not distractions, and I want to say that our Presidents speech was terrific, and the panel tonight, Arianna, Kevin, and Nancy not Mr. Harper are just totally against the President in every form. The bottom line is this, the majority of certain people hate the fact that an intelligent, smart, educated, outstanding, and I can go on and on about this man, because he is young gifted and Black is running this country, and they can't stand it, because if Mccain had won, anything that he would have proposed, people would have gone along with him. Give the man a chance, because he will turn this thing around. Because from looking at the President tonight he doesn't look like he is worried about the Republicans and anyone else who is against everything that he does

Jasper   January 28th, 2010 2:05 am ET

I think it was very good. what makes me mad is that when Pres. Obama is finish all the so call smart people get on the shows and say all kind of things about what he did not say or do. Pres. Obama is one man and the partys are fighting like cats and dogs. If they put all that in doing some good things we will be on the wright track. Like Pres. Obama said my door is open come in and i will listen to you. So lets see if they go through the door or not

Darryl   January 28th, 2010 2:05 am ET

I tell you what lets give the Republicans on the hill a month or two with out helth care and lets make them sit in a crowded waiting room for about 14hr i bet you we would get some change, Big Companys don't care they layoff people and don't hire back they find a way to get the same job done with less people but want give you a pay raise car company build cars thats not affordable How can somebody that earn $ 8.00 to 10.00 hr get a $20.000 car or buy 300.000 home. company that go over sea's and make shoes for $2.00 and sale them here for $200.00 GREED GREED GREED.

vonka in illinois   January 28th, 2010 2:07 am ET

I think this is crazy, all the people who opposes what the president had to say are all the eople he was talking about. theses people are the people against making change. If they has been on bush like that we wouldnt be in this mess. i am not middle class nor am i rich. i am a working mother of five children who has overcome adversity and i am thrilled that the president wants to help people like me

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 2:08 am ET

Oh and I almost forgot the most important part...

some of the kids are so hysterical and shell shocked, they don't know the difference between daddy barack and daddy bush, and they won't even come to terms with what they've jsut been through and who was driving at the time! What's mroe is, they're afraid to admit it to themselves, much less anyone else!

That's just precious.

jack   January 28th, 2010 2:12 am ET

@debbie stewart..I do not feel that Arianna wants to see him fail. I think she realizes that he must move away from center more toward his real base. They will be the loyal people that can work and make a difference , if they think he is pushing a progressive agenda as much as he possibly can.

Aliou, Jacksonville, FL   January 28th, 2010 2:14 am ET

The only job creation incentive possible is to attach the incentive to individuals.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 28th, 2010 2:14 am ET

The President clearly articulated the steps needed to take in order to continue to rebuild our economy and jumpstart private sector job creation. He spoke directly about restoring security for middle class families after a lost decade of declining household income, eroding retirement security and escalating health and tuition costs. And detailed his efforts to restore America’s alliances and standing in the world.

When President Obama took office a year ago after the horrific Bush-Cheney administration, he faced an array of historic challenges: an economy in freefall; job losses averaging almost 700,000 a month; a middle class under assault; two wars and badly frayed global alliances; and a staggering $1.3 trillion budget deficit.

Tonight, President Obama addressed the progress made to rescue the economy, rebuild the middle class, and restore our standing and leadership around the world.

In addition, he challenged the Republican lawmaker minority by telling them directly 'they have the power to vote No to every bill and measure before them, but that is not Leadership to which you were elected to public office for.

Yes President Obama, the Republican US Senators can now filibuster every bill and measure by reading the bible or phone book for 4-10 days straight all under the watchful eyes of viewers on CSPAN who would then vote for more Democratic US Senators across the board this November!

Helen H. Gordon   January 28th, 2010 2:17 am ET

I've been listening to Arianna Huffington and the three other panelists on your show tonight.
Huffington was a big disappointment, because she obviously had not listened to the President's speech about creating jobs through small businesses, and she talked as if there had been no help proposed for the middle class. The Republican duo ignored the solutions proposed in the President's speech, such as lowering taxes on the middle class and charging fees to the big banks who received bailouts. Instead we get a rehash of Republican "talking points" and the false assertion that he has not invited Republicans to participate in the process. Obama invited ALL of the Senate to participate, and some of their ideas such as interstate purchases of insurance have already been incorporated into the health insurance reform bill. John McCain is a big hypocrite after having laid out a plan to make Obama fail, and then to pretend the President hadn't listened to Republicans. Where is THEIR plan? Are they going to help the American people or just play political games?

Jen   January 28th, 2010 2:19 am ET

That phony female Republican contributer on Anderson Cooper 360 after the state of the union speech was utterly disgusting. Her statement that President Obama didnot act presidential when he gave his speech confirms that these Republicans must think that they are above everyone who are not in politics. I wonder what she meant by "didnot act presidential". I think it's great that we have a president who acts like a normal human being and is someone who we can identify with. Thank you President Obama.

By these Republicans sitting on their hands tonight, smirking like the grumpy old men and women that they are confirms that these ARROGANT Republicans have pea brains like an elephant. Hey Republicans, I want universal health care just like yours. It is time for John McCain the adulterous to retire from politics.

jack   January 28th, 2010 2:19 am ET

A. Smith Oregon...Well said, they should do the right thing and let them filibuster and be exposed for the hardened corporatist obstructionists most of them seem to be.

Moana2   January 28th, 2010 2:21 am ET

Obama was right on target addressing every concern. He is so refreshing politically. Before he even ran for presidency he called for people to consider what is good for our American people before allegiance to a specific party. Let's stop the inner party debates where they defocus us from the real issues.

jack   January 28th, 2010 2:24 am ET

@Jen..Yes he seems much more personable than the smirking Bush and his arrogant cohorts.

Dorothy   January 28th, 2010 2:33 am ET

I agree with Hill Harper, those of you that are complaining about what President Obama is not doing, you must have the answer , so let's hear how you would solve the problems we are facing today and not just your complaints. Because we all can complain , but it takes much more effort to solve a problem. It took many years to get us into this mess, why would anyone in their right mind think that President Obama or anyone else (short of God) can get us out in one year.

Helen H. Gordon   January 28th, 2010 2:34 am ET

Here's a suggestion to help the deficit:
Appeal to those of the wealthiest Americans who received the gift of reduced taxes from George W. Bush, thus reducing the income of the federal government while hiding the costs of the misguided War in Iraq. Let's let those "relief" taxes by the proper name:
"The Iraq War Debt Relief Act"

Jasper   January 28th, 2010 2:37 am ET

Arianna,Kevin,Nancy and the Republicans are so againest everything that pres. Obama is trying to do for you and me. Step up get up and do something the way you got in the way you get out. You have the power to help us and Pres. Obama.

Helen H. Gordon   January 28th, 2010 2:38 am ET

Correction to the above post:
I meant to write
Let's let those "relief" taxes expire, and enact a bill calling a new tax by its proper name: "The Iraq War Debt Relief Act."

Dodie   January 28th, 2010 2:40 am ET

Jack and A. Smith

What I never knew until tonight is the ((( 8 TRILLION DOLLAR ))) projected deficit for the next three years, meaning we were borrowing under the Cheney/bush admin; however, the scheduled payments were pushed out onto another administration hence, the Obama administration. So we are still on a free-fall course which President Obama cannot change at this moment in time regarding the 8 trillion dollars.

IKHAN   January 28th, 2010 2:40 am ET

we have to know exactly what govt.spending gets the freeze to understand it better. However we have got to get out of the cycle of feeding the wars & starving the country. Troop pull out both from Iraq & Afghanistan is an imperative. Enough of lobbies & special interest groups & their milking us.
Doling billions in aid to so called allies because of their lobbying has to come under public scrutiny too. Funds needed home.

I do believe that to night's speech must have stumped the Republicans somewhat despite their desperate rhetoric. He did appear to lead & his sincerity to American public & commitment to to his agenda came thru with conviction.

jack   January 28th, 2010 2:58 am ET

@Dodie..yes, and I think leaving the economy in ruins was a part of their plan. I really hate to say that about an administration. But how else can we account for such total waste? And people on the right can pretend the last administration was conservative. How can they possibly put a good spin on those eight years? Can they name one area that they made the country better?

Dodie   January 28th, 2010 4:03 am ET

OK, this is exactly what President Obama said.. I found his speech:

"At the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. On top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trillion hole in our budget. All this was before I walked in the door. "

"Now - just stating the facts. Now, if we had taken office in ordinary times, I would have liked nothing more than to start bringing down the deficit. But we took office amid a crisis. And our efforts to prevent a second depression have added another $1 trillion to our national debt. That, too, is a fact."

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 5:26 am ET

Thank you Dodie, and to repeat...

Dear Kevin and Nancy and Arianna...

Bush handed Obama a wrecked us economic vehicle to cart the kids around in. All the kids have been doing is complaining about how long it's taking to get there, and the fact that dad is forced to dip into their play money has made them mad. So... he turned around and slapped them and told them to stop being brats.

Dear Kevin, Nancy and Arrianna....

Massachusettes was about coakley acting entitled, not about the presidents policies

See Above...

George Bush was handed a well maintaned classicly built, traditionally run US Economic vehicle, and he then proceeded to drive that vehicle through a warzone unnecessarily, two hurricanes, drunk with power the whole time, oblivious to the road ahead, and when he started to realize he may have ridden it too hard, Paulson told him to pour sugar in the tank so he'd have a sweet risde and he bought it, the whole time proudly displaying his own personalized license plate with USA USA USA Plastered all over it, but then when it was time to pass the vehicle to the next driver, he quickly removed his personalized license plate and sluink away, but not before collectign gas money from the kids.

Now, if that happened to you, How much do you suppose it would cost YOU to fix a mess like that? How much do oyu suppose it will cost Obama? and more importantly, will he be able to accomplish those repairs, when soem fo the kids are withholding an allowance that they don't deserve?

I'm talking to YOU republicans....

James in Idaho   January 28th, 2010 5:30 am ET

Oh and I almost forgot the most important part...

some of the kids are so hysterical and shell shocked, they don't know the difference between daddy barack and daddy bush, and they won't even come to terms with what they've jsut been through and who was driving at the time! What's mroe is, they're afraid to admit it to themselves, much less anyone else!

That's just precious.

Jayonesgirl   January 28th, 2010 5:50 am ET

Can't believe how critical these republicans are, where was all of this criticism months ago when Bush was in the white house...and several years before. They are righteous but just play straight up DIRTY POOL. They are not ashamed to stoop below their christian ethics and dig up the most outrageous candidates (Palin, Brown). Both of whom are Barbies, straight from MATTELL. Plastic with no genitals (cojones). Cute on the outside, hollow on the inside. When will we actually look at the research (not the studies from the HERITAGE foundation either) but the real research about how to treat each other and what has been shown by evidence based research to work. Feed the poor, feed the babies, take care of the elders, let the working class go to school (myself included) and better themselves, oh yea...and God forbid you share the WEALTH you republicans...funny how they all seem to be well off and come from entitlement...except Ken "Brown" the truck drivin' man oh and that plumber that came out during the campaign. Hmmmm...

Gerald Jolly   January 28th, 2010 10:43 am ET

Let us hope that the words will translate into reality.

Althought it grieves me to say this, "I FEAR THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE A ONE TERM PRESIDENT"

But what I fear most is another four years beginning in 2012 like the last eight years before President Obama under the stewartship of a person by the name of Sarah Palin

You may think we have problems now.

Under the person that can see Russia from her house, "YOU AINT SEEN THE WORSE YET" "THE WORST IS YET TO COME"

The prediction is, that even Jesus Christ himself could not fix the problems the REPUGNANT-ANS left us with, and unfortunately the American public is prone to be very forgetfull.

Gerald Jolly   January 28th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Sarah Palin's election promise, and famous quotes.

"I want everyone to be able to see Russia from their house"

"I think every 16 year old girl should have the opportunity to exoerience pregancy"

"I think it is appropriate for all V.P. candidates to be able to spend $60,000:00 on an up-to-date wardrobe. "WHO CARES IF IT'S TAXPAYERS MONEY"

" I believe every state in the union ought to have at least "ONE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE"


"I still have'nt decided whether I will INVITE LEVI FOR DINER AT THE WHITEHOUSE YET"

"My first act as the new president will be to have the Whitehouse painted a BRIGHT RED and change it's name to the "SCARLET HOUSE" an appropriate name "DONT YOU THINK"

"We will change our natial anthem from The Stars and Stipes to "HAIL SARAH" would'nt that be wonderfull.

"I will insist the congress signs a bill that every American family will have a SNOWMOBILE in their driveway along with a huge snow shovel.

" And Finally,the turkey bird, we celebrate thanksgiving with, will be replaced with a NICE MOOSE STEAK, "HOW ABOUT THAT"???

dak   January 28th, 2010 12:41 pm ET

Its very sad but expected to see our President continue to blame all of our problems on Bush. If Bush is such a evil person why Mr. President would you ask him to raise funds for Haiti. Why bring him back??? I am sure GWB would have been happy to spend the rest of his life out of the public eye.

The problems in this county are NOT caused by one person. This is getting very OLD and fast. His party still has a majority in the congress. If he cant get anything done maybe its his leadership. Leadership is not lip service Mr President

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

What HYPOCRITES the republicans are to say that President Obama shouldn’t have criticized the Supreme Court in his speech for their decision to allow the buying of elections and hurting Middle Class America by this decision. The republicans have degraded, criticized, and ridiculed the man who holds the highest office in the land on TV, in newspapers, on the Internet, and wherever else they could, since he took office. They have disrespected his office and showed the world they don’t support a great leader who wants to help ALL AMERICANS, not just the wealthy. HYPOCRITES! SHAME ON YOU! If this isn’t the pot calling the frying pan black.

Dodie   January 28th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

@ James in Idaho

Thank you for your kind compliment and excellent analogy. The Cheney/bush admin not only drove the vehicle into the ground, they dug a grave of ((8 trillion dollar deficit over the next decade)) They are probably sitting back and laughing at us, as they know.... NO president can dig the USA out of this grave in 4 years. Their strategy, campaign hard, since the Supreme Court’s passing will allow hundreds of billions thrusted upon those that support big business. If the American people are not savvy to the propaganda, their paid-officials will be elected and we as a country will be making a gigantic step towards Fascism!!!

@ Gerald Jolly

I shiver when you talk about Sara Palin! She is the one person I have the greatest concerns over. Her propaganda about identifying with the “middle class mother” hence ‘Hockey mom’ was bought, hook-line and sinker by many Americans, especially those in the bible belt!

An Oil owned woman who quits mid-term of being a Governor, can see Russia from her home, advocates areal hunting and having a trigger happy finger on our nukes is terrifying to me. Can you imagine the US looking at potential WW III and she decides she has had enough and quits???? If Americans cannot see this and vote her into office in 2012, I guess we deserve the melt down she would create! It would be our own ignorant fault!

Yes Gerald, reading her quotes sends chills down my spine!

Sara Palin’s comments on Pres. Obama State of the Union Address:
“The American people don’t want a government take-over of health care” I wish people like her who have health care stop speaking for the rest of us!!! I become so tired of this propaganda!

Palin’s statement: “Obama had the opportunity to speak out in defense of those who want democracy and freedom in Iran and he squandered it” Concerns me the most. In essence, Palin is advocating the US enter IRAN with our military. So that would be 3 wars??? And we already owe ((( $8 TRILLION ))) because of the past 2 wars??? Is she CRAZY?????

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 2:46 pm ET

Nothing Sarah Palin said in response to Obama's speech made sense or was truthful. It was classic republican rhetoric and twisting. My biggest fear is Sarah Palin in the White House someday. God help us. Dingaling.

Gerald Jolly   January 28th, 2010 2:51 pm ET


You are so right!

It was'nt GWB that took us to a war based on lies, costing the life of nearly 5,000 young Americans.

It was'nt GWB that sat at a kindergarten school with a DUMB look on his face unable to make a decision about how America should have reacted.

It was'nt GWB that stood on the deck of one of our war ships and declared "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" 6years before it was finally resolved.

It was'nt GWB that rejected any oversight by regulators on our banks and investment companies.

It was'nt GWB who took a two week vacation every month while the country was engaged in a dirty war.

It was'nt GWB who selected and approved the most unqualified Secretary of Defense "RUMMY RUMSFELD" to oversee the war effort, and stated when at war you fight with what you have, while 30,000 sets of body armor collected dust in some warehouse in Virginia.

It was'nt GWB who took his eye off the ball when we had Osama Bin Laden cornered in Afghanistan.

It was'nt GWB who dismissed Colin Powell, the only qualified General we had at the time, and replaced him with a "SENILE DIMWIT"

It was'nt GWB who refused to allow us to tap into our oil reserves in order to prevent gas prices from going up to $4 dollars a gallon, because his family's total wealth is tied into oil futures.

It was'nt GWB that refused to have the shady dealings of Fanny May examined, that led to the disastrous foreclosures all around our country.


But then I guess you did'nt know that "DID YOU"?????

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Bingo Gerald. Well put. And I have 1 addition: It wasn't GWB who spent trillions in Iraq where we didn't belong, ran up the national deficit higher than ever, and now, together with the republicans are accusing President Obama of too much SPENDING. Hah!!!

dak   January 28th, 2010 3:27 pm ET

mr jolly

you forgot

terrorist board plane in 2009

Its one thing to blame the previous guy BUT at some point you have to have real solutions – not changing direction with the wind. FREEZING Spending what a joke – everyone knows you freeze spending when you have no more MONEY DUH!!

I was aware 2 years ago that Obama's real purpose – what gets him up in the morning is to rewrite the Constitution. This was made clear last night when the President called out the members of the highest court in the land during a State of the Union Address and went so far as to direct the congress to legislate to undo their reading of the constition.

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 3:28 pm ET

Exactly. GWB didn't have the intelligence, leadership, vision, caring, ability, and communication skills as President Obama. Not even close. He was a disaster. And it's so ironic when the Obama critics acuse Obama of reckless spending. Bush's spending on a war that shouldn't have been waged is what put us in the hole. And Osama Bin Laden was still a free man when Bush leaves office. What a screw up.

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

Obama DOES have real solutions, but the republicans say no to everything that will help Middle America, put people back to work, and make reform health insurance so that it is affordable to all Americans. We had 8 years of their ideas and it failed miserably. We needed change and President Obama is relentlessly trying to do that. THE REPUBLICANS WAY OF FIXING THE ECONOMY NEVER WORKED.

Gerald Jolly   January 28th, 2010 4:47 pm ET

@ DAK.

What President Obama said about the Highest Court Judges that voted to continue the practice of big money dictating their wishes on politician running for office if they wanted their financial support is absolutely correct.

Tell me, how much influence do you have on the politician elected for your district over the largest corporation in the country.

C'mon be honest "HOW MUCH"

Let me help you "0"

trm   January 28th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

I just watched the highlights of last night's show wth Arianna Huffington& the crew. When she talks about the middle class -– for some reason I don't think she's ever lived in that class!! It makes me laugh!

Gerald Jolly   January 28th, 2010 5:56 pm ET


I agree 100% she would'nt know a hard time if it struck her right in the face.

I have never liked her, she reminds me of a "KNOW NOTHING, KNOW IT ALL"

By the way, can you tell me.

What is her claim to fame????

Dodie   January 28th, 2010 6:44 pm ET


Quoted from President Obama’s State of the Union Address 1-27-10:

“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests –- including foreign corporations –- to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”

How does this have anything to do with re-writing the constitution? So you want foreign investment dictating our policies, our government? Are you Fascist? You want the USA to be like Italy? Here is a little history on Italy!

Italy had a constitutional monarchy like that of Great Britain in 1870 when the country achieved unification. But democratic traditions failed to develop in Italy because the government was controlled by corrupt politicians, called the party bosses (Republicans). They controlled the elections by bribing the voters. Once they were in power, they were only interested in making personal gains than in solving the social and economic problems of the people. As a result, by 1914 Italy remained a poor and backward country. The privileged was limited to 2.5 per cent of the population until after the election of 1913. Industrial progress was slow. Thus millions of Italians were forced to emigrate abroad, many to the USA.

So this is the path you want our country to follow?

Joanne Wozniacki   January 28th, 2010 8:04 pm ET

GWB doesn't have any honesty and credibility. He put our men in women in uniform in danger, lost almost 5,000 of them, for a vendetta against Sadaam because of George Bush, Sr. Meanwhile, Bin Laden is still a free man aftering acting us on 9/11/01. The point is we have President Obama now, and he is much better qualified and equipped to lead the country.

Cindy   January 28th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

President Obama was incorrect in his comment about the Supreme Court's decision. There was nothing in that decision that in any way allows foreign companies to provide financial support; it has been and continues to be illegal. The person who put that in his speech should be reprimanded and the speeches should be better vetted in the future.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 12:12 am ET

@ Cindy, let me attempt to break it down for you.

First off, I believe Toyota is a fine Corporation, that treats its employees with respect, pays them family wages and produces a fine product.

With that said, @ Cindy, Toyota is owned by a family in Japan and for all intents is Japan as is Sony. Nonetheless, Toyota has Corporate offices in America, Japan and elsewhere. The Toyota Corporation under the recent Supreme Court ruling can pour untold millions of dollars into any election in America to directly influence the outcome of that election AND there is no way for America to know if the country of Japan slipped The Toyota Corporation some millions of its own dollars to do that.

Again, I'm only using The Toyota Corporation as an example of what a foreign Corporation can now do. I'm not trashing Toyota or directly implying that Toyota would do that. Any number of other Corporations whose founding CEO's are in China, Cuba or Iran etc. also could be substituted in this example.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Where did this false charge come from? The extreme Right and its puppet Sen. Mitch

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said the president was "completely wrong" about the case. Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said contrary to Obama's assertion, federal regulations as well as a law untouched by the court ruling barred foreign nationals or foreign corporations from making contributions to U.S. election campaigns.

"The court ruled unconstitutional sections of federal law that barred corporations and unions from spending their own money to express their views about issues and candidates," McConnell said. "This was the right decision because democracy depends upon free speech, not just for some but for all."

McConnell must be off his standard requiem of required medicine! Giving Corporations the constitutional first amendment right to free speech is akin to making Corporations a citizen of the United States! concluded it was unclear whether the court's ruling would lead to a flood of campaign advertising by foreign-based companies because a law still on the books bars them from spending money on U.S. elections.

Average solely Foreign-based Corporations routinely do business with literally hundreds if not thousands of American Corporations, any of which they can now pour ten's of millions of dollars to in order to directly influence ANY election in America for the candidate of their choice. Foreign Corporations who also have American based Corporate offices clearly appear to bypass this restriction entirely!

CNN's own coverage on this is a quote by Sen. Leahy who deftly understands and clearly see's the inherent dangers which this Supreme Court ruling incurs:

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said the ruling "goes to the very core of our democracy and it will allow major corporations - who should have law written to control their effect on America - instead control America. That is not the America I grew up in."

Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ripped Alito for what he claimed was hypocrisy in preaching the virtues of judicial restraint while backing a decision overturning decades of legal precedent. The hyper conservative Supreme Justice Alito was one of the five conservative Supreme jurists that voted for this ruling and is the majority spokesperson for this ruling.

"In his confirmation hearing, Justice Alito ... testified that the role of the Supreme Court is a limited role," Leahy said. "That was then when he was seeking confirmation. This is now."

Indeed, a huge boon for the Republican party masters. America has greatly suffered from Wall Street influence in the current history of politics, now they are able to literally dictate the future of America's Democracy.

North Korea, Cuba, Iran, China can now pour millions of dollars into any of the thousands of Corporations based in America they routinely do business with for them to place into a nearly unlimited number of election campaigns all designed to maneuver their selection into public office and either create or obstruct America's laws and bills for their benefit.

jack   January 29th, 2010 3:12 am ET

@A. Smith Oregon... A court stacked by the right wing corporate elitists...this is what we could have expected. Now, quickly, there must be some remedial legislation to help mitigate the potentially disastrous effects of this decision. What a crock of crap!

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 1:25 pm ET

In order to Circumvent filibusters, why not utilize the strategy from the Cheney/Bush Administration. They used the 50-vote budget reconciliation process to end filibusters and managed to ram tax cuts, oil drilling, trade authority, and more down the Democrats throats through reconciliation.

I understand the Byrd rule could present a problem with the reconciliation process; however, this process would at least short-circuit the Republican filibusters.

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 1:47 pm ET


I find it quite interesting when the Republicans rammed tax cuts, oil drilling, trade authority down the Democrats throats through reconciliation; Senator Robert Byrd made no reiteration that reconciliation was a process intended for deficit reduction!!!

Joanne Wozniacki   January 29th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

President Obama was correct to criticize the Supreme Court for that decision to allow the buying of elections. The Supreme Court consists of many republicans appointed by Bush at a young age so that they will remain on the highest court for a long time. Their beliefs don't help Middle America and are outdated by decades. They really screwed the country with that decision. And I'm so sick of people saying Obama isn't moving fast enough. He's only in office 1 year and inherited the worse mess ever after Bush's spending and borrowing for Iraq. It will take YEARS to fix it unless you're JESUS CHRIST Himself. Obama's doing the best any human president can as as fast as he can. But he has to take 2 steps forward and 1 step back because of the Republicans in the Senate who don't care about the middle and lower classes of Americans and want Bush policies all over again that devastated this country. And John McCain, please shut your mouth. You lost the election. We didn't want you as president.

Meg   January 29th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

Face it-these 2 parties will never agreeon ANYTHING! The GOP states they are more than willing to work with the president.Ha!Ha!--That is as long as all the suggestions are their idea & he agrees with them.Not all his ideas are good but somebody has to give an inch. Otherwise nothing important will get solved. A replica of 2009!

A. Smith, Oregon   January 29th, 2010 4:51 pm ET

@ Jack, Dodie, Joanne and Cindy, thank you all for your input and feedback on this blow from the empire against the progress and rights of all American Citizens.

Its very clear that the Republican party is in effect at war against the present Democratic majority in Congress, Senate and Democratic Administration. Not only are they attempting to slow down legislation, they are attempting to circumvent laws and procedures which prevent various branches in Government from operating in a manner which does not agree with their goals and policys.

One could normally sit back and say, well that's politics and business as usual. @ Dodie has repeated written that the Republican party is on full attack mode, they are organized and pulling out all the stops. I agree, by pushing the Supreme Court jurists into a highly polarized panel of 5 conservative's repeatedly voting for every Republican issue that comes to them over 4 liberal jurists that descent simply forgoes the judicial process and places the highest court in America clearly voting straight down political alliances.

The Supreme Court is generally divided into two wings: liberal and conservative. The liberal justices are Stephen Gerald Breyer (1994), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993), Sonia Sotomayor (2009), and John Paul Stevens (1975). Conservatives: Anthony McLeod Kennedy (1988), John G. Roberts, Jr. (2005), Antonin Scalia (1986), and Clarence Thomas (1991).

Seven of today's nine Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. Ages range from 55 (Roberts) to 89 (Stevens) ; three attended Stanford; six attended Harvard. Five had been in private practice; eight were already federal judges.

Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion giving Corporations freedom of speech rights was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

Justice Stevens’s dissent was joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The members of the Supreme Court, by age:

John Paul Stevens, 89 (Minority Voted Against Corporate Rule)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 77 (Voted Against Corporate Rule)
Antonin Scalia, 74 (Voted FOR Corporate Rule)
Anthony Kennedy, 73 (Majority Opinion Voted FOR Corporate Rule)
Stephen Breyer, 71 (Voted Against Corporate Rule)
Clarence Thomas, 62 (Voted FOR Corporate Rule)
Samuel Alito, 60 (Voted FOR Corporate Rule)
Sonia Sotomayor, 56 (Voted Against Corporate Rule)
John Roberts, 55 (Voted FOR Corporate Rule)

Joanne Wozniacki   January 29th, 2010 5:25 pm ET

Thank you A. Smith for the excellent information.

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 8:10 pm ET

@ A. Smith

Exceptionally well articulated and beautifully written as usual! Thank you, A. Smith, for the Wealth of information and personal hard work; you continue to provide LKL bloggers! Thank you for your gracious compliments.

Yes, my concern is the Supreme Court; the highest justice system in the US is a representation of the issues within Washington, meaning the party divide. This is exactly what happened in Italy during the early 1900s which moved Italy from a democratic to Faucets government! It destroyed the country and created a windfall for many years on the populace! I am not saying that we will follow that path; however, given all the changes within Washington in recent years with the Supreme Court’s latest decision, I do have major concerns that we could be leaning in that direction!

I believe it would be interesting to conduct a financial investigation on all these judges, after all, we need to be bipartisan! I wonder how much added income some of these judges received in order to circumvent an almost 100 year old ruling? Maybe we can ask CNN to explore this area?

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 8:22 pm ET

@ A. Smith

Another concern, looking at your extrapolation, I noticed that 2 of the older judges voted against corporate control. This means John Paul Stevens, 89 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 77 are up there in years and could be replaced at any time. That could be a major change against the American people from the Supreme Court!

Joanne Wozniacki   January 29th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

True, but if those 2 are replaced during the Obama Administration, I'm confident President Obama would appoint the right judges.

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

@ Joanne

However, those people have to be accepted by the Supreme Court members. Remember what they did to Sonia Sotomayor! It was outrageous!!!

Joanne Wozniacki   January 29th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

I remember, Dodie. The old Mustache Petes don't want anyone on the Court that doesn't think like they do or change with the times and needs of the country.

Dodie   January 29th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Beautiful pictures. Very moving

James in Idaho   January 30th, 2010 2:49 am ET

DAK Writes... "I was aware 2 years ago that Obama's real purpose – what gets him up in the morning is to rewrite the Constitution. This was made clear last night when the President called out the members of the highest court in the land during a State of the Union Address and went so far as to direct the congress to legislate to undo their reading of the constition."
I completely agree that danged dirty dog! he's NOTHING like GWB, or GHWB or Reagan for that matter, they would never do anything so unconstitutional as engage in freedom of speech and utter an opinion on a supreme court decision... although... I do seem to recall that whole Roe Vs. Wade Supreme Court Decision thing coming up a couple of times 😉 on their watch.

Joanne Wozniacki   January 30th, 2010 7:12 pm ET

James, evidently you misunderstood the President. He was in no way attempting to rewrite the Constitution. What he said was and I quote, "....I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I'd urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to correct some of these problems.”..... Hooray! He was, as he always is, trying to protect ALL American people by getting both parties to agree on a bill that would insure that in the future. He was correct to criticize the Supreme Court's decision. It was atrocious and harmful to the American people. President Obama wasn't unconstitutional at all. And he's more presidential and knowledgeable than GWB, GHWB or Actor Ronald Reagan put together.

Dodie   January 30th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

@ James in Idaho

You are soooooooo bad! lol

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