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August 12th, 2010
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What's your view of government and are they doing enough to fix the economy?

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  1. Rose Marie Solomon

    Dr. Laura should be fired. Her sharp tongue and superior attitude shows irreponsibility. I stopped watching her on Larry King, I don't listen to her on the radio. She was not capable of dealing with her mother for years. What makes her competent to help others! Her attitude of superiority would eventually lead her to the N--word.

    August 13, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  2. Frank

    Please Tea Partiers, tax cuts and smaller governments has been tried and so far unsuccessful. From what I here the country is in debt to the tune of 13 trillion dollars, if you demand tax cuts how will we pay for the national debt. What is smaller government to you, in other words get them to put the cuts on the table first. Not to stop them but to make sure their truth tellers not just pandering for votes.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  3. Martina

    I believe the republicans and the tea party started their campaign early.
    I have never seen so much fear mongering in my life. It is very divisive.
    People who would normally be credible are foaming at the mouth about anchor babies now changed to terror babies. OMG

    August 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  4. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    As a quick final note, President Obama is NOT doing things to make things worse. It is 'those who are behind the GOP-Tea Party', who ARE currently making things worse. Carefull analysis can and will show this to be true. Come on CNN, put it together. You have it all in your archieves. Pin point the problems and where they started in time. There is cause and effect going on. Its time to review critically.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  5. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Its going to get worst our troops are coming home and unemployment is only going to get higher .

    August 12, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  6. Randall of Texas

    stock tip for the little guys for vacation money or childrens a few shares of stock symbol KEM on the AMEX...give profits to the food bank like me...

    August 12, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  7. ken

    The government is a self serving body who has helped wall street but not main street because that is what they are paid to do with campaign donations. Corporations are manking money with cheap foreign labor and tax loopholes, wall street is making billions gambling in the derivatives market and paying a 15% tax rate, and the banks are making money after being bailed out with 0% loans from the the federal reserve. Main street is not getting any benefit from the 0% loans, tax breaks and tax loopholes provided by congress because it is easier to gamble in the derivatives market with 0% money from the fed than to invest in main street and actually provide jobs for the working class. Nothing is going to change until all of congress is removed and replaced by politicians who actually care about main street not wall street.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  8. Dwayne Nelson

    John Roberts..RE the piece on trying to locate the Marines at Tarawa.
    Get on YouTube and punch in: "Return to Makin Island, ipod version". It is a wonderfully video about locating and returning missing Marine Raiders 60 years after they were lost when they went ashore in rubber boats launched from submarines and knocked out a vital Japanese communications center at the beginning of the war in the Pacific. The Marine Raiders were the forerunners of the current U. S. special forces. Orahhh!

    August 12, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  9. Pauly

    Stating facts isn't playing any blame game. During bad economic times like this, govt spending is a necessity. Of course if you're the GOP, that spending should be on the wealthy, corporate America & wars. I hear so many in the GOP complain about entitlements to those who need them most. However, they are all for corporate welfare which dwarfs all social welfare programs.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It's a sad thing when Steven Slater has more fans then Obama both are doing things that are making matters worst .

    August 12, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Economy depend on consumer there is no jobs, no money, no confidence so no consumer
    Obama administration try to stabilizing consumer market helping unemployed , foreclosures these are temporary solution
    To fix the economy we need confidence I don’t think it will happen soon because of our current political environment GOP must stop spreading lies

    August 12, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  12. Pauly

    Americans have been in a coma for a long time. We allowed the govt to do much of anything they wanted because times were good. the citizens of Bell, CA became enraged when they learned what their officials were making. However, they voted to let them determine how much they would make & then didn't check on what they were making.

    Americans almost elected a President who didn't know how many homes he had! Worse yet, we have elected many lawmakers who probably can't tell you how many offices they have. These are all paid for by the taxpayer. Staffs to run these offices are also paid by us! Go to any lawmaker's web site & look at how many offices they list. It's ridiculous when you consider how many Americans lost their homes due to actions & inactions by these same lawmakers.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  13. Randall of Texas

    Christopher Nave great study and work I am sure but we been telling you kids that for years...iy is one of those Oh My God moments...Popeye even was telling you when he said, "I am what I am what I am!"

    August 12, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  14. MeLoN

    Gotta love the blame game,eh?

    The Dumbocrats thinking that the country can spend it's way out of debt is as bad or even worse than anything the Republicants have done.

    Who in the right mind would run their personal finances the same way? I can't afford to pay my bills NOW but I'll increase my spending and borrowing 3 fold. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it? Get real. Control spending. Cut the waste.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  15. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Is America in a coma living in a continuous bad dream where are the doctors to wake us up can Dr. Gupta fix the brain damage in Washington .

    August 12, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  16. Pauly

    People are losing their jobs, homes, etc. Co's are either laying off, firing or cutting the wages/benefits of workers. These same co's are reporting record profits. These same co's are paying lobbyists more money than ever. So the politicians have more money than ever to spend on campaigns.

    How cam our lawmakers understand the suffering of millions of Americans when money is rolling in faster than they can count it? Let Congress live on the average unemployment benefit or Social Security check until the recession is completely over & Americans are prospering again! That would be sooner rather than later if they were affected. Of course since they pass the laws, it will never happen.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  17. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Our government has created a way to terminate civil jobs but left America with no way to terminate criminal activity thank god for the good cops we have left .

    August 12, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  18. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    What's MY view of government?
    In a 'nutshell', within the existing perimeters of ethics, law and legislative processes, we have ONE SIDE doing everything possible to CREATE CONDITIONS for favorable economic growth WHILE 'shoring up' highly weakened financial incomes of a result of the economic downturn. Those so weakened, can they survive?

    At the sametime, the OTHER SIDE, is doing everything possible to UNDERMINE the ONE SIDE as described. They are doing this by creating as many distractions as possible in the form of irrevelant, obstructionist dialog to sway public focus away from those solutions by the other side. Note that it is very easy to use non-substantive rhetoric to be critical and destructive in order to defeat or destroy ANYTHING that can be built or repaired. This includes the economy.

    Are they doing enough to fix the economy?
    The answer is NO. However, its more of a priority issue. The ONE SIDE who is trying to be CONSTRUCTIVE must first defeat the OTHER SIDE that is being DESTRUCTIVE. It is important to realize that certain groups and individuals do indeed prosper and grow in terms of power and influence during economic turmoil. They do this by taking advantage of those who are despairate, vulnerable and perhaps not thinking properly. Be very afraid. 'Things' are going to get 'interesting'.

    August 12, 2010 at 8:00 am |
  19. Pauly

    Retail sales, consumer confidence & other economic indicators fell last month. Why is the media surprised? Didn't the GOP stop unemployment benefits for a couple million Americans from June through most of July?

    August 12, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  20. Pauly

    One of the business channels have started a clock to the "largest tax increase in history." The tax cuts came w/ an end date. This date was passed along w/ the cuts. It's not a tax increase. But hey, why bother w/ facts.

    They had a ceo of a company on the other day who said he has jobs but he can't compete w/ unemployment benefits. He said he has entry level jobs that pay $12 an hour. The host says I can see why people who get unemployment benefits of $600.00 a week don't want to actually work for $480.00 a week. I googled the co & then checked out the state the co was located in. Their average unemploment benefit is $267.00 a week! Again, why bother w/ facts?

    Corporate America has been recording record profits. They are using this recession to cut workers' salaries & benefits. Many of these corp's receive tax breaks, incentives & subsidies from the govt. The GOP blocked a bill that would have stripped $35 billion in tax breaks & subsidies to big oil. More than enough to pay for the extension of unemployment benefits they tried to deny American workers. It's really sad that many Americans believe they have their best interests at heart.

    Polls show President Obama is taking much of the blame for the current economic mess. Americans should realize that the Constitution requires Congressional approval for all spending bills. It's hard to pass bills to help the economy when one party only wants to spend on wars, the wealthy & corporate America.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  21. Lafenmom

    There is a group of people in this country who have figured out how to re-establish the monarchy, and they come in all flavors, but mostly Democrat and Republican.

    They make laws to ensure their dominance in the 'free marketplace', then vote themselves perks and packages the 'normal' person could never get in the 'free marketplace'.

    They see themselves as above the law and steal and lie without conscience or repercussion.

    They pee on our legs and tell us it's raining.

    Maybe someday we'll quit believing them and take back our country and our freedom.
    Give me the guy who isn't a millionaire or didn't run a company before they run for office.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  22. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Our troops are coming home from Iraq most with no jobs awaiting them things are not getting better .

    August 12, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  23. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    America has gone nuts we are more willing to leave a home empty then to make it affordable so it sits empty and rots away Mr. President please control the cost of living put greed back into its dirty cage .

    August 12, 2010 at 7:31 am |
  24. Pauly

    Last month, the economy lost over 120,000 jobs despite the private sector adding 71,000. That means all the losses were public sector jobs. Many of those were temporary census jobs. The others were cops, firefighters, teachers, etc. More of these public servants were on the chopping block when the GOP recently tried to block the state aid bill which they called a bailout for teachers. Since they did succeed in whittling down the bill, states will still cut jobs though not as many.

    Flint, MI recently laid off 40 cops. They have a serial killer on the loose & need those cops. Towns, cities & states are faces w/ budget deficits that place public safety at risk. The GOP claims that tax increases, (which in truth are just tax cuts expiring), during a recession harms the economy. What do they think forcing hundreds of thousands of public servants into unemployment does to the economy?

    August 12, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  25. MeLoN

    Barry Obama's adminstration cut taxes for the average American?..... What America are YOU living in?.... lol..

    August 12, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  26. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The people of the United States can not afford to be Americans anymore the cost of a rental unit is four times higher now then 30 years ago food is five times higher electric power is four to eight times higher depending on the season a new car cost more then a new home where is our government and administration with cost control our country has become to good for its people .

    August 12, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  27. Bob in Florida

    The Economy could recover very quickly. UE could get to 6-7% inside a year. If the American people saw a Congress working together on the issues, Consumer Confidence would grow and that would spur the demand for products. It is the low demand that is preventing businesses from expanding and hiring. Instead, we see a Congress that refuses to do that for purely political reasons.

    August 12, 2010 at 7:09 am |
  28. MeLoN

    Congress passed a bill the other but raided the food stamp program of 12 billion dollars to help pay for it.

    Maybe Congress believes like the rest of the world that Americans are too fat anyways or that kids don't need to eat in America.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  29. Randall of Texas

    @ Eric – From Mansfield, Ohio...

    Back up to Reagan when he appointed Greespan and follow to Bush who just shook his hand when Greenspan retired...this mess you find yourself in is not the from the democrats drawingboard but from the republican's design boards.

    Remember the Poppa Bush Savings & Loan robbery? Folks didn't get the picture back then and with classless guys like Ed Rollins and Karl Rove to build lies around republican Presidential campaigns it will only get worse.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  30. Stanchman

    The economy of the past was funded by an overextension of credit. That source has been reduced resulting in a more realistic growth environment. The good ole days of the past will not return and folks need to understand that. Blame who you wish, if it floats your boat..

    August 12, 2010 at 6:47 am |
  31. Randall of Texas

    30,000 people in line in Atlanta for government subsidized assistance is amazing. What is much much more amazing is that of those 30,000 people the vast majority will or would never buy a stock or bond on Wall Street yet they were forced to buy stocks in 2008 in the Wall Street bailout. That includes any babies that were being held buy adults too. So Roberts and Chetry I know you have portfolios and those 30.000 folks just put luxury in your childens lives.

    Kill the Bush tax cuts!

    Instead of building a new huge stadium via tax payer assistance instead build public housing...

    August 12, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  32. Pauly

    The problem is one party has been trying to turn the economy around while the other has been sabotaging recovery efforts to regain power. After the GOP tried to hide the economic disaster until after the '08 elections, they have done absolutely nothing to help the recovery. The media has helped their fearmongering & people actually believe much of it.

    In a recent poll, 23% of Americans believed that TARP was passed by this administration. The GOP succeeded in whittling down the Recovery Act. Many economists at the time said a bigger package was needed. They have criticized it ever since. Despite reports showing the opposite, the GOP still claims it didn't help.

    The GOP all of a sudden raises fears about the deficit after they never mentioned it during the Bush years. Before that, they held the same opinion as Reagan who said, "the deficit is big enough to take care of itself." Funny how the deficit only matters when it comes to helping average Americans. Adding another $700 billion to it to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% doesn't count.

    They have blocked, delayed and/or defeated bills to help the unemployed, homeless Veterans, the states, etc. They have realized that a bad economy will benefit them in the mid-term elections. So they have done nothing to help correct the mess they got us into. Country first was just a slogan. They don't care about average Americans.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:42 am |
  33. MeLoN

    It is beyond me how politicians somehow think that you can spend your way out of debt. It's like living in bizzaro world. Truly.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  34. James Philipp

    No, the Government is not doing enough. A major factor is the cost of energy and oil in particular. Speculators can bet on futures with only 10% of the money. That means a 1% move equals a 10% profit/loss. There was a string of about 10 weeks when the supply report showed that demand was weak and supply high. During this time, oil increased. The increase, according to traders, was because the stock market was doing well and that meant the economy would be improving boosting demand in the future. Failure to implement regulation requiring the same 50% that stocks use allows rampant speculation with no basis in reality. In addition, allowing the minimum wage to increase put an added cost on labor, which affects small business most. Small business are the backbone of this country and we need them to hire people to end this mess. Delaying the increase could have led tom more hiring.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  35. Rich Wright

    There is no "easy" fix, no matter who's in power. We need both parties to work together. Both parties have good ideas that can help us but continue to dance, playing juvenile games of one upsmanship.
    It's beyond me to understand why Obama is "to blame" for our economic woes when it's obvious no one actually knew the depth of this recession when he took office. Yes, he's the top dog but he doesn't hold the keys to car.
    We need huge tax breaks to encourage business to hire people, invest in our future.
    Let's all work together and we can make it happen! We are Americans

    August 12, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  36. kim

    According to all the surveys you at CNN like to push – You claim the American people do not want the government spending money to help the economy – I wonder, do these Americans expect magic to be used to help the economy ?

    The Obama Administration has created jobs, they have also cut taxes for small businesses – they have also cut taxes for American citzens, as well as increases small business loans to Small Businesses - The Government also saved the jobs of millions by rescuing the auto industry – Plus interest rates are near zero – So the Obama Adminstration has done its part.

    It is now time for the Americans consumers to do their part for the economy. The USA is a consumer driven economy – so Until Americans citizens start buying things from American businesses – if this does not happen – Nothing is going to change.
    The US economy depends on the US consumer.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  37. Lou

    Why is there never mention how H1B visa employees and outsourcing are taking high paying American jobs. I once was forced to teach an H1B visa employee my job as a software developer in order to receive my severance.

    I am not a college computer science instructor but the number of students entering this career has deminished because of outsourcing.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:16 am |
  38. Daniel G. White

    "Fix the economy"...just like computer geeks...if it ain't broke, then fix it until it is. If the economy needs fixing, then everyone needs to stop wanting the wrong things.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  39. Eric - From Mansfield, Ohio

    President Obama, and the liberal Democratis, are realizing that the American people aren't as ignorant as they think. Of course we don't approve of what they are doing. Increase spending, and more entitlement programs, aren't the way to get out of a recession. Hmmm...I'm in debt over my head, I know....I'll just spend more, and borrow more, yeah that will work. You just wait until November, the polls will tell the true approval ratings. God Bless America

    August 12, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  40. GI JOE

    It's my money and I want it now!

    August 12, 2010 at 6:10 am |
  41. judy from canada

    until the american people understand that ...they have to pay higher taxes...they will only continue to free fall into the red...higher taxes is the only thing that saved us from a longer and worsening recession....i think it is fair to say...equal income taxation across the board......and of course to keep business... keeping jobs.. corporations must have exemptions..... very scary to think you are sacrificing safety and education to get out of debt

    August 12, 2010 at 6:09 am |
  42. GI JOE

    What we need from Wall Sreet is to bail out the Government, how about it you help us now.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:08 am |
  43. MeLoN

    ..and feels like nothing is being done.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:04 am |
  44. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Is the Government attempting to do anything to fix the economy? From where I am sitting – it looks like nothing is being done.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:02 am |