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Romans' Numeral

Monday November 2, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 90,000,000
Number of employees whose businesses use CIT cash

Romans' Numeral: $2.3 billion
Amount of bailout money at risk in CIT

Read more: CIT bankruptcy: 5th largest in U.S.

Monday October 26, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 7,000
Number of people losing unemployment benefits each day

Romans' Numeral: 65
Small business created 65% of all new jobs over the past 15 years

Tuesday October 20, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 41 days
Days until end of first-time home buyer credit

Romans' Numeral: 85,000
Apps available online in the Apple App Store

Tuesday October 13, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $288 billion
Stimulus tax relief

Romans’ Numeral: 1983
Last time unemployment rate was this high

Monday October 12, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $600 billion
Paper gain last week in Wilshire 5000

Romans' Numeral: 16 cents
Of every dollar is spent on health care

Thursday October 8, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 400,000
People ran out of unemployment benefits in September
Source: National Employment Law Project

Wednesday October 7, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $2,563
Stimulus cost per every woman, man and child

Romans' Numeral: $45 billion
Government bailout for Bank of America

Tuesday October 6, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 27.9 million
Number of U.S. Internet users that have a blog
Source: eMarketer

Monday October 5, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 5,400,000
Number of people unemployed for 6 months or longer

Romans' Numeral: 38,416
Debt dollar amount per U.S. citizen

Thursday October 1, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 140 countries
Bill Gates' net worth larger than GDP of 140 countries
Source: Forbes

Romans' Numeral: 274
Self-made richest Americans on the Forbes list

Tuesday September 29, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 11.4 times
Income gap between the richest and poorest Americans
Source: Census data

Romans' Numeral: $830,000
Median CEO pay at nonprofit hospitals

Monday September 28, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $14
How much Peter Madoff invested with his brother Bernie Madoff
Source: CBS "60 Minutes"

Romans’ Numeral: 63%
Consumers say how they spend & save changed forever due to recession

Wednesday September 23, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 8%
Companies offering paid maternity leave
Source: Institute for Women Policy Research

Tuesday September 22, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 25.5 minutes
Average commute time to work

Monday September 21, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 70 months
Time needed to recreate the jobs lost since the start of this recession

Romans’ Numeral: 14
Number of states with unemployment rate of at least 10%

Thursday September 17, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 31%
Decline in home prices from the 2006 peak

Wednesday September 16, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 59.2%
Working-age population with a job

Wednesday September 9, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 6
Number of lobbyists per lawmaker working on health overhaul

Tuesday September 8, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 95,667
Average number of manufacturing jobs lost each month in this recession
Source: Labor Department data

Romans’ Numeral: 81%
Americans concerned about security of their job/income
Source: NPD Group

Monday September 7, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: $26,578
Median retirement plan balance
Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute

Romans’ Numeral: $32,613,828,763
Bonuses at nine major banks last year
Source: Executive Excess 2009 report

Friday September 4, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: $21 billion
Profits generated by high-frequency traders last year
Source: The Tabb Group, a research firm

Thursday September 3, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 1992
SEC received first complaint about Madoff’s business

Romans’ Numeral: 103
Days spent working to pay taxes
Source: Tax Foundation

Wednesday September 2, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 436x
Pay gap between top 20 bank CEOs and the average U.S. worker

Tuesday September 1, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $510
Average amount of cash each Madoff victim would get from sale of beach house

Romans' Numeral: 6
The number of job seekers per available job

Monday August 31, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 8,170,000
Number of Americans harvesting their first food garden this year

Thursday August 26, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: 19%
Toyota 'Cash for Clunkers' Sale

Romans’ Numeral: 305
"Problem" banks so far this year

Tuesday August 25, 2009
Romans' Numeral: 1937
The second dip of the Great Depression

Monday August 24, 2009
Romans' Numeral: $9 trillion
10-year budget deficit projection

Romans' Numeral: $600
Savings from tax break for new car buyers
Note: Based on a $35,000 car
Source: Senator Mikulski office

Romans' Numeral: $3
Of every $10 of average Social Security check to go to out-of pocket health care expenses
Source: 2009 Medicate Trustee’s Report

Friday August 21, 2009
Romans’ Numeral: $12,680
Annual cost of family policy without subsidy

Thursday August 20
Romans’ Numeral: $1,157
Average balance per open credit card
Source: Experian marketing insight snapshot, March 2009

Your new credit card rights:
* Right to reject rate increase
* 5 years to repay balance at current rate
* 45-day notice before rate increase
* Bills mailed 21 days before due date

CNNMoney: Credit card relief starts today

Wednesday August 19
Romans' Numeral: 38%
Employers expect to recall cut workers.
Source: Labor Department

Romans' Numeral: 411,624
Cash for Clunkers deals so far

Tuesday August 18
Romans' Numeral: 133
Number of emergency small business loans issued each week

Romans' Numeral: 25 hours
Average resolution time per identity theft victim
Source: Javelin Strategy and Research 2007 Identity Fraud Survey

Monday August 17
Romans' Numeral: 4,520,390
The number of houses $787 billion could buy outright at the median home price

Tuesday July 28:
Romans' Numeral: $2,050,000
How much money in Social Security checks was sent to deceased people.

Romans' Numeral: 1985
Last time U.S. government issued that much debt

Romans' numeral: 250 calories
The average American consumes 250 more daily calories today than two decades ago
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monday July 27:
Romans numeral: 1994
Fed’s Open Market Committee first began to announce its decision on interest rates.

Romans' Numeral: $55 billion
Estimated stimulus money that may be lost to waste and fraud.
Source: Earl Devaney, Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board

Tuesday July 21

Romans' Numeral: $611
How much an average American earns every week
Source: Labor Department

Romans’ Numeral: 2,300
Average number of hits receives every minute
Source: New York Times

Monday July 6

Romans' Numeral: 335,000
Number of auto industry jobs lost since the recession began
Source: Labor Department

Romans’ Numeral: 22%
Revenue decline in the newspaper publishing division for the first quarter of 2009
Source: The Washington Post Company, First Quarter Earnings

Thursday July 2

Romans’ Numeral: 150,000
Number of jobs we need to create each month to keep up with population growth

Romans' numeral: 20,000
Number of loans refinanced so far under the Making Home Affordable program
Source: Treasury Department

Thursday June 11

Romans' Numeral: 64%
How much Bank of America shares lost in value since purchase of Merrill Lynch

Romans' Numeral: 2,097
Number of homes padlocked each day
Source: RealtyTrac May foreclosure report

Tuesday June 9

Romans’ Numeral: $69,444
Amount of money Chrysler loses every minute

Romans' Numeral: $35,000
New emergency loans available to small business owners

Monday June 8

Romans' Numeral: 32.1 inches
The average airline seat leg room.

Romans' Numeral: $18
How much more it will cost to fill up your gas tank today compared to Jan 1st 2009.

Wednesday June 3

Romans’ Numeral: 13,900,000,000
Minutes users spent on Facebook in April

Thursday May 28

Romans’ Numeral: 21
Number of states where unemployment fell last month
Source: Department of Labor

Wednesday May 27

Romans' Numeral: 92%
GM stock lost in value since one year ago.

Romans' Numeral: 74,000
Number of people GM employs in the U.S.
Source: General Motors

Tuesday May 26

Romans' Numeral: 60 miles per hour
Highway speed for best fuel efficiency
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Romans' numeral: $36,972.51
Your share of the national debt

Friday May 22

Romans' Numeral: 1
First African-American female CEO in the Fortune 500 (Ursula Burns, currently President of Xerox Corporation to become CEO effective July 1)

Romans' Numeral: 25
Number of failed banks last year
Source: FDIC

Thurs. May 21

Romans Numeral: 5%
Unemployment rate a year ago
Source: Labor Department

Weds. May 20

Romans' Numeral: 57
Years it will take to pay off $9,827 credit card debt
Note: Assumes 18% interest rate; 2% minimum payment

Romans' Numeral: $28,412
Overall interest on credit card debt of $9,827, if pay minimum
Note: Assumes 18% interest rate; 2% minimum payment

Tues. May 19

Romans' numeral: 1994
Airline satisfaction numbers have been consistently falling since 1994.
Source: American Customer Satisfaction Index, University of Michigan

Romans' Numeral: $372
Annual fuel cost savings based on new fuel economy standards
Note: Assumes 15K miles of driving annually; fuel cost of $2.31

Romans' Numeral: 82 Billion
Credit card losses for 19 biggest banks over two years

Mon. May 18

Romans' Numeral: $27
Average savings per tank of gas versus a year ago.
Note: Calculation based on an 18-gallon gas tank

Romans’ Numeral: $ 4,900,000
Average dealer’s new car inventory
Source: Chrysler’s national dealer council

Romans' Numeral: $37
Cost of driving from New York to Baltimore, and back
Note: Calculations based on 16 gallons of gasoline

Fri. May 15

Romans’ Numeral: $1,000
Certificates for existing Chrysler customers toward purchase of new cars

Romans’ Numeral: $636
Average weekly pay for typical auto dealer employee
Source: Data for 2006; Labor Department

Thurs. May 14

Romans’ Numeral: 6%
Stimulus money the government has paid out so far.

Weds. May 13

Romans' Numeral: $169,000
National median home price in the first quarter
Source: National Association of Realtors

Romans' Numeral: 27,000,000
Number of car travelers during the coming Memorial Day holiday.
Source: AAA

Tues. May 12

Romans’ Numeral: 46 cents
The government will have to borrow for every dollar it spends this year

Romans’ Numeral: $777,000,000
Americans spent per day on gas in April
Source: Tom Kloza, OPIS

Mon. May 11

Romans' Numeral: 16%
Underemployment rate, counting discouraged workers and part-time workers who want full-time job.
Source: Economist Peter Morici, University of Maryland

Romans’ Numeral: 59%
Pay their credit card bills last, when finances are tight

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. somaie

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    December 27, 2009 at 4:30 am |
  2. Mitchell

    What will the numbers be when all this crazy spending bankrupts America. It seems like this is what the current people in charge in Washington wants. Oh well to live in a bankrupt and socolist country.

    November 2, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  3. nancy

    They need a major shake up in these LARGE companies. FIRE all the CEO's that are milking the shareholders for extravagant bonuses and mulitmillion dollar salaries. NO MORE BAILOUT MONEY!!!

    November 2, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  4. Mitchell

    Aw come on guys. Socolism has never worked in he history of the world, but that is only because Obama and the democrats hasn't been in charge of it. Believe everything they and CNN says. Stay a mindless sheep and the Tooth Fairy will leave all you need under your pillow.

    October 26, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  5. Jen

    I think you are missing a big point when you talk about bonuses at banks. A lot of the bonuses go to middle managers that work hard and count on those bonuses. Those huge numbers you always report never take into account the person making 60k with a 25k bonus. We shouldn't be punished because the total bonus amount paid sounds large. For many of these companies with 200k employees 25k is not over the top and part of people's pay structure. How can I spend more and help the economy if I get cheated out of my bonus?

    October 14, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  6. nancy

    Can someone tell me id the Stimulis tax break will end this year?

    October 13, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  7. Dorothy G.

    I agree with Lisa from Tennesee and Vernon, a little more reporting and a lot less propaganda would be helpful, but it would seen the phrase "Keeping Them Honest" doesn't apply to CNN. I am just sooo pleased to see how many people lately have caught on and are speaking out about the slanted, skewed reporting that we have been seeing. Keep up the good job America, don't be swayed by these so called knowledgeable people that apparently didn't have any worthwhile reporting that might have prevented us from getting into this mess over the last 8 years. and now we are supposed to think that their view of things is what's important. CNN Amfix is just that . A-major-fix.

    October 12, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  8. Mickey

    In response to the Price whatever report (by insurance companies)......How come you are not reporting how much the insurance rates will go up without reform. How about Wellstone suing (Maine, I think) for an 18% increase in rates in one year, how much is that? If my calculations are correct for a yearly rate at $5000 (probably not a family), it will increase $900.....A YEAR

    October 12, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  9. kentuckian woman

    i wrote in to cnn blogs and called a few months ago about Chase bank upping there credit interest. I had closed my credit card and had a 7% interest rate. Within a few months of that they upped my credit interest to 29.99%. I was current on my payments and only owed maybe 3000.00. I called them and they said to call back in 6 months and maybe they would look into changing it. ??? they should not have changed it to begin with. Most of us are having some economic difficulties and are not charging as much so Chase and other banks want there piece of the pie no matter what they have to do so they do what they want irriigardless of what our contracts with them said.

    October 8, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  10. charles r. cox

    I would love to know if any one else thinks the stock market is being artifially inflated to compensate for the losses in the economy due to the cash for clunkers program.what will happen when the funds being spent in other area's of the economy go to these areas? those funds will be diverted to taxes,car payments full coverage insurance and such. if you remember those tradeins had to be paid for.I guess you could benefit if you work in government.which is beginning to seem very possible!

    October 6, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  11. Ed Keppel

    When you do a story about bonuses to wall street, I look at the two
    morning reporters and wonder what they are paid. A lot of the people doing the news life Wolf etc make a lot more than the wall st people you are talking about.

    September 29, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  12. Mike Wong

    Just to see if you have any advise, My mother got a new loan thru
    Bank of Americas home retention team and Obamas plan.
    Her new payment were lowered to 603.25 per month but since the loan were not paid for some months during the process there were an additional amount for the escrowe account of 59.95 so the total payment were 663.21. This were the first payment of the new agreement due September 1, it was received by the bank on Auguast 28 and confirmed by phone. Today when I tried to find out the mortgage amount to pay I could not access any information on line or per phone.
    When I got a person on the phone I were told that the September payment were in default and the agreement cancelled. i then told them that we paid 663.21 and the money were received and confirmed by the bank on August 28. The clerk the told me that she could see the amount and that it were recieved on Auguat 28 but not applied to the loan.
    Just like to know yur take on this, Is this another way of Bank of America to refuse the call from the Obama Administration to help low income families.

    September 28, 2009 at 8:48 am |
  13. Cliff in NC

    Hi, Christine!

    My current Roman's numerals are 34, 20, 4, 1 and 0:

    34 – the number of years of service that I gave to the country as a disabled combat veteran.

    20 – the number of days in an average month that I have to figure out how to get the funds to buy food.

    4 – the number of trip to a local pawn shop each month

    1 – the number of medals that I have left to pawn.

    0 – the number of days that I was hungry while in uniform and the number of people I have met since Ive been out that really gives a darn about number 34 and 20.

    September 28, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  14. Helen Jonsen

    As Christine Romans, pointed out this morning – that while only 8% of companies offer paid maternity leave – 100 percent of Working Mother's 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers offer some kind of paid maternity leave and many other work-life benefits. Read more at

    September 23, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  15. John Howard Nesbitt

    Am I the only one who is tired of the antics of the Williams sisters? In a word, they are: to guttural, to ghetto and to crude. Let us bring back some class and civility to Women’s Tennis. As an African-American man, I think we need classy role models in the Black community and for America and these Williams sisters do not possess one ounce of grace, style or beauty; in fact, for a clue about them, look no further than their Father, a crude and off putting man. I cringe every time they take the stage whether here or at Wimbledon. I lived in London for a year and I can assure you that these two women are merely tolerated in Britain and not celebrated. Furthermore, Tennis should outlaw their guttural grunts and groans; it lowers the prestige of the game and puts it on the level of professional Wrestling.
    All players, male or female should comport themselves in a civil and restrained manner while on court. For role models on court decorum, let us look to such greats as Althea Gibson or Arthur Ashe or Roger Federer.

    John Howard Nesbitt, MBA
    Jacksonville, Florida

    September 16, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  16. orangemm

    Who is lobbying for the average American? We don't have mega-bucks to entice the senators and representatives to do things our way, so where does that leave us?

    I thought our senators and representatives were supposed to work for US? When do we get our say?

    September 9, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  17. Brad

    Ms Romans,

    99% of the time I think you are spot on. Realistic, but not a downer.

    Today you said something that had me almost fall off the treadmill. In your attempt to comment on "fine art" re: the Annie Leibovitz piece, you showed a lack of preparation.

    Annie Leibovitz is the best at what she does, no doubt in my mind, but I don't put it in the fine arts category, close, but no cigar. She is a commercial portrait photographer/illustrator and get's paid for what she does, up front. Fine artists are artists with no promise of remuneration.

    And to say she perfected fine art photography is ludicrous. Do the names Ansel Adams, Lee Friedlander, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, and I could go on, sound familar? Those were all great fine art photographers, each perfecting some aspect.

    We can't know it all—you are an expert in finance—but be careful of all the fine artists out there who may be great at what they do, but are starving for it.


    September 8, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  18. Diane in New Jersey

    Dear Ms. Romans,
    Thank you for recognizing that the unemployment situation in our country won't be fixed by a website and the promise of green jobs.

    My college-educated, 57-year-old husband lost his job in January after 20 years with the same company and has yet to find a new one. We own our own home, have 4 school-aged children, and live a modest lifestyle in the state with the highest property taxes in our nation. At first we were worried about finding a job that matched his previous salary; now we're worried about finding any job. Insurance, grocery bills, utilites and property taxes must be paid no matter what our income.

    My husband liked his old job. He was planning on staying there til retirement. His plan for our future was taken away, through no fault of his.

    Thank you for speaking up for us, and for countless other families, who just want to get back to work. You're right, it's unacceptable that 30 million Americans who are ready and willing to work can't.

    Diane in New Jersey

    September 7, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  19. markp

    The president is only as good as the people he associates with, Van Jones, Bill ayers and Rev. Wright are not the change we can live with.... I'm afraid the Presidents roosters are coming home.. There will be no jobs because of a simple lack of experience in governing.

    September 7, 2009 at 8:30 am |
  20. jim vicalvi

    Sorry to burst your bubble catherine, but you should check and see who was actually controlling things in congress during the later pres. bush's years. Yeh, it was your lowly democrats in power in congress. The last time that I checked the president can suggest ways to go but it is the congress that makes the actual laws. I will admit that ALL politicians are deadbeats and should ALL be voted out in the next election. The corporate greed and selfishness wasn't created just by the republicans. ALL the politicians are lining their pockets with the money from the 3000 lobbyists in Washington. The latest pres. is just as corrupt as his predessors. Check the internet under The Obameter and see how many promises that this American wanna be has broken or compromised the intent away. He is finally allowing transparency in allowing people to see the White House's daily log after almost a year. Look at his fellow socialists and communists that he is putting into power in his administration. Our present problems are cause by ALL politicians but ultimately the blame rests in the hands of people like yourself that keep voting the deadbeats back into office every election. Try accepting the blame where it really lies. ON YOU!!!

    September 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  21. Catherine Weiss

    The current economic state of affairs was years in the making and caused by the Republican mentality that government is bad-so they sold off pieces of it to their corporate cronies who proceeded to pillage and make as much money possible without a thought to what it was doing to the middle class. Why would we want to elect people to office who think government is bad? To blame Obama for this huge mess that was created by corporate greed and selfishness is shortsighted. The Republicans are showing their vengeful mentality by trying to submarine the ideas and plans Obama is trying to put forth to sove some of the deepseated problems we now face.

    September 5, 2009 at 7:38 am |
  22. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Christmas season is just around the corner this is going to tell the tail are we going to have a black friday this year or a red friday.

    September 4, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  23. Pavlos (Rochester)

    Christine, your commentary was right on the mark. Your outrage is shared with most working class people. However if you think that self regulation will solve the problem, I am sorry to say you are wrong. If they can get away with making obsene amounts of money off our backs, and the only consequence is that the "little people" show outrage... Do you really think this would sway them.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  24. Joe

    436, yeah that is more than ridiculous, it is shameful. But, you compared this to some politicians pay. What you failed to add to their pay is all the taxpayers money spent on them for travel,lodging, entertaining,assistants,clothing, per diem,etc. These are also the real criminals, being overly paid and the result of their efforts are evident all around this country. Unemployment,homelessness,businesses closing, states going broke, our Country is so deep in debt that there is no hope of ever getting out from under. Yeah, that's what our overpaid politicians have done for us. Turn your attentions to the real problem. Our useless,selfserving politicians. Once we cure this problem, then we can start repairing this country.

    September 2, 2009 at 8:37 am |
  25. nancy

    We had a community garden for years. I really liked seeing all the different things folks planted. We shared growing stories, and it was like a little community.
    The town I live in decided they wanted another elementary school and bought up the garden space from the Farmer that let us have the community garden. I sure miss it. 🙁

    August 31, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  26. Les Kennedy

    I saw your piece on the vegetables and it is good but my lady friend and I have been doing that for the past 14 years. If I do not have at least 40 packets of corn, 30 packets of okra and 90 quarts of green beans and 30 quarts of tomato juice, I have had a terrible year. I do ever remember us buying things like this at the grocery store in that period of time because a little effort lets you eat good during the winter and save money in the process. We also get a side of beef when we can and cuts down on processed meats. City slickers do not know what good living is.

    August 31, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  27. jim vicalvi

    Thomas, I can't agree with you more. I have turned off CNN several times when their entire coverage for the day is on some mundane subject. Michael Jacson, while a fairly good singer, was not the important person that his PR people portrayed. He was a pervert. Ted Kennedy is, and always has been to me, a murderer who got away with it. There is no statute of limitations on murder.It seems like any time some "breaking news" happens, CNN devotes it's entire day to covering it. Like they have nothing else that is more important to cover. Do they let the people that normally work on these other matters go home or just lounge around in the background of the set? It is getting to the point where Mr. Ed reruns are more interesting than CNN. And,, more believable.

    August 28, 2009 at 7:17 am |
  28. Thomas Gaggiano

    Here's a number I want to see exposed and explored: 20%
    What is it? It's the CUT – not a decrease in growth, but an immediate CUT – in the Medicare Advantage program. That would kill the program that 10.4 million seniors have chosen as a means to take control of their personal health destiny. Why haven't I seen CNN expose this potential disaster hidden in Obama's efforts to pay for government health care at the expense of millions of seniors. And doesn't this put the lie to the President's oft-repeated statement that "if you like your present plan, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. GET OUT OF THE TANK. REPORT THE TRUTH!

    August 27, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  29. Thomas

    Enough already! Has CNN become the Michael Jackson / Edward Kennedy memorial channel?

    August 27, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  30. Bruce Bailey

    Next month, is my last on unemployment. Utah gave me March through September. Last year, Governor Huntsman signed an award “In appreciation for exemplary service to public employment.” Two weeks later they abolished my state of Utah job. It seems the merit system is without merit and I hope Ambassador Huntsman his more forthright with the Chinese than he was with me.

    Because of the nature of Bureaucracies, I was told 2 months before I was actually RIFed that I would be on my way out (so I could hire my replacement). Then they gave me my vacation hours which I had saved for retirement in a lump sum in 2008 (they were taxed to oblivion) and told me it was a severance package so I could not get unemployment until March. I, actually, though that since I had paid, or help pay for this “safety net” for so many years that it was sort of a rook that I would have a job before I could use any of the money.

    This has not been the case. I am a Certified Records Manager (CRM) and an expert in government record keeping. I have only had 3 interviews in 8 months and those have not lead to anything, as yet. The state of Utah took 1,100 hours of sick leave then charge me for cobra health insurance. They took my prospect of retiring in 6 years and made it a specter of impoverishment. The Unemployment is going to run out.

    The billions of dollars the Bush administration lost, squandered, or stole could have been made accountable or even not lost, if they had good records keeping. The Obama administration should be courting me and my kind to make sure the travesty of the Bush years does not happens again. Villainy thrives where there are no records. Criminals do not want anyone to know what they did, so they do not invest money in records keeping.

    I hope Obama and the next governor of Utah hire all of us in the RIM profession. I hope the future is bright. I have to hope, I am not given anything else.
    Bruce E. Bailey, CRM

    August 25, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  31. Mike Armstrong TX.

    1937 Bonny and Clyde – Pretty Boy Floyd – John Dillinger – Al Capone all these people blamed the banks for the great deprescion and started a bank robery spree because they felt it was justifiable and so did the citizens could this happen again with history repeating its self ?

    August 25, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  32. markp

    The Preesident and his lack of governing is systematicaly bankrupting America.
    6 months ago he proposed a 7 trillion dollar debt to the budget. The C.B.O. said he is wrong it will be 10 trillion. Obama said they were wrong. Then friday after the market closed Obama released a statement saying he was wrong tha debt will be over 9 trillion.
    Remember it was the C.B.O. who said his health-care budgeting was 300 billion more than Obama claimed...

    August 25, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  33. michael armstrong sr.

    You forgot one important thing which is the jobs to make these things happen.

    August 20, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  34. J Bolton

    How about showing us the cost of insurance premiums for a couple in early 60's with preexisting problems of Lupus, high blood pressure and arthritis? A couple in 40's with wife having tx for pre cancerous cervix problems and pre-diabetes? A family in 20;s with child born with a heart valve defect?

    People are so unaware of just how much it all costs.

    August 19, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  35. Bernice

    9.5% unemployment is just the number of Americans that are now collecting from the govt. The number including all of the part timers tying to look for the full time position is actually somwhere around 20%unemployment! That is a really huge amount of Americans out of work, and they say that this admoinistration alerted the public that we will not be seeing any new jobs for 5 years! Can I take my vote back (?), because I know that this guy lied to us! I got unemployed, but could not file yet. There are tons of us! Wait till the actual numbers are finally out! Then we will ALL see how badly we were misled!

    July 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  36. Todd Hamrick

    Todays numeral was 34, which is the number of jobs created by loaning $1,000,000 to small business. Do the arithmatic. That's $29,000 per job. The government stimulus costs $92,000 per job. Wonder where we shoud focus our efforts?

    July 14, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  37. Vernon

    I just read the comment from "lisa from TN" and she is so correct. Why can't you just report the news & be REAL journalists instead of Propagandists like the totally biased report on Sotomayor that Carol Costello just gave?

    July 14, 2009 at 7:00 am |
  38. Vernon

    Christine, why don't you ever report the most important number there is right now - 9.5% Unemployment.

    July 14, 2009 at 6:52 am |
  39. ML

    Dear Ms Roman,

    How can we get rid of credit cards with annual fees that we don't use and are paid off in full, without effecting our Credit Rating?

    Thanks a bunch,

    June 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  40. lisa from TN

    Romans, how can you justify your skewed number this morning? You have the audacity to blame the stimulus for gas prices rising?! Unbelievable. If it was not for the stimulus, we wouldn't be driving! It is obvious that your reporting is skewed and slanted toward your political leaning.

    If you must report a story please report all sides of the issue.
    It is obvious that you do not support the President and cares nothing for the unemployed or homeless because these are the main people that the stimulus is helping. Be lucky you have a job.

    Because you and John Roberts, the CNN morning is unwatchable.

    CNN please hire some professionals and lose these amateurs, that rather voice their political opinions than report real news.

    June 8, 2009 at 7:08 am |
  41. Betty J Phillips

    I enjoy listening to Christine Romans; however, as I listened to her this am( June 6) I was disappointed in her grammar usage ot the nominative "I" when she should have used the objective "me". I find this grammar error so prevalent with tv reporters. No, I'm not an English teacher, rather a history and political science educator. Please have reporters refresh their elemenatary and high school grammar lessons. B. Phillips

    June 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm |