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October 11th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talk Back: Are you sold on the president's jobs bill?

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From CNN's Carol Costello:

The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to take up President Obama's controversial jobs bill today, with a key procedural vote on whether to debate the bill scheduled for this evening.

The bill extends unemployment payments, cuts the payroll tax, provides money to hire more teachers and construction workers, and boasts a tax on millionaires to pay for it all. The president has traveled to eight different cities to promote the legislation, although Republican lawmakers remain opposed to the bill.

Senator Mitch McConnell remarked last week, "What this week has shown, beyond any doubt, is that Democrats would rather talk about partisan legislation that they know won't pass, than about actually passing legislation we know would create jobs. "

Talk Back: Are you sold on the president's jobs bill?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jack Fornaciari

    No. The President is campagning on a job bill he knows will not get the necessary votes, instead of negotiating on multiple bills that will get the support of the Republicans and the conservative Democrats.

    Once agian the President is not being genuine but playing politics.Change has not come to America.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  2. Barb

    I don't believe it will be some kind of panacea for our country's huge unemployment problems. I do believe it is at least a step in the right direction. We need to stop believing in the generosity of the uber wealthy to suddenly want to hire our unemployed at a fair wage when they can use slave labor in other countries where regulations to protect workers are non-existent. I support the President's brave and courageous attempt to help his and our people out of these trying times we are in.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  3. Richard Wilson

    The Republicans have been following the Reagan economic plan called “trickle-down economics.” What history has shown is the trickle didn’t go down very far. When Harvard came out with the economics study 3 weeks ago it showed that the wealth of America is in the hands of less than 1% of the population. We all want to believe that we can become rich but putting more money in the hands of the rich obviously is not the way to get there. The President’s plan is the first step at gaining a level playing field. I support his plan and any movement that curbs the rich getting richer. If we keep going on this path we will become like Mexico.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  4. Dennis Kriz

    Emphatically YES. The GOP simply doesn't care about regular people. Rather the only things the GOP cares for are that it's rich and corporate patrons be allowed to continue to loot this nation's future and that they regain power in 2012. This country was on a path to PAY OFF the national debt under Clinton. Then Bush-Cheney gave the rich an unfunded tax cut that DOUBLED the national debt in their 8 years and sent the nation into this tale spin. EVERY HONEST ECONOMIST would say that IN A RECESSION one INCREASES GOVERNMENT SPENDING to support the economy and then IN PROSPERITY one reduces it. The current GOP doesn't care. It wants the economy in the tank hoping that it will regain power as a result. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Since the Clinton at least impeachment circus, the GOP has been hijacked by extremists and has become fundamentally an EVIL political party.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  5. Paul Williams

    No, lets get the Democratically controlled Senate to pass some of the bills that the House has already passed. There are over 100 pieces of legislation that has passed the House and yet are still sitting on the desk of Sen Reid, who for some reason wont even bring them up for a vote. Why, because he does not want to give the Republicans in the House credit for getting the economy moving. You talk about grid lock yet almost no one talks about the stalling tactics of the Dems in the Senate. Reid is afraid if he puts the legislation before the Senate that some of his Dems will desert him and will vote for the bills. I would love to see CNN do a piece on all these bills that are sitting in the Senate, go on give us an investigation and ask Sen Reid why these bills have not been brought up for a vote in the Senate.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  6. pat J

    Sounds good to me....thumbs up.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Johnathan

      It seems pretty clear to me that what is happening in NYC is obvious. There is a saying, when the followers decide to lead, the leaders will soon follow. C’mon now, let’s face it! Regardless of how the President job plans, It was only a matter of time until the US political Gurus in the white house realize that they can only pull their BS for so long. According to my knowledge of political and economical issues and I’m sure the view of most of the world’s population who understand the obvious reasons for all the US turmoil. It’s simple…There’s no money? There will be no money? And nothing can mask, delay or sugar coat it! No matter what gender, race or color of President is elected. So what’s next? Start a war? Hey it worked the last time? Or did it?

      October 11, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  7. Liz Smith

    Come on people–the Republicans are still the party of NO!!! They are the ones who will get their taxes raised–so they are against that. They fall into that bracket!

    October 11, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  8. Paul Williams

    No I am not, at least not on all of it. The same exact measures were already tried in the first stimulus and they did not work. The very best way to stimulate the Economy is lowering the Corporate Tax Rate, this rate is the highest of all the industrial countries, higher that China, all the European Countries its outrageous. The second thing that can stimulate growth is passing the trade agreements. How come no one who is talking about this job plan is mentioning the fact that the Administration had been holding up sending the trade Agreements to congress. Third, how about investing in domestic energy production and I am not taking about Solyndra which was at best a long range energy source, but how about expanding drilling for Natural Gas – do you know how many jobs that will create? And yes, we do need to fix our Nations Infrastructure. I agree with what President Clinton has said, you do not want to raise taxes nor do you want to cut spending. The government can deficit spend when it needs to, it does in time or war. We can afford a higher budget deficit for a short period to get the economy back on its feet then work on spending cuts.

    October 11, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  9. Bob S Philadelphia, Pa

    His jobs bill is a bunch of bull construction jobs are not longterm jobs ! so they will re enter the unemployedafter ashort time so that's bull

    October 11, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  10. Richard

    No... it's much better to sit back and do nothing while the majority of Americans suffer financially every day, besides my Mercedes needs brakes and the lawn service fees are up, much less the Country Club dues...
    Once we the Republicans get back in control, deregulate and give funding to all our supporters the economy will be fine, for us...
    THE GOP and the right's corporations conspiring to hold the economy back until a Republican is elected is un-American and criminal....
    The next scum bag like HW JR. who calls me a Socialist might end up with a Vets fist in the face....

    October 11, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  11. Ben Herrington

    I am more than sold on the jobs bill. It is about time that the government focused directly on the issue of unemployment. The Republicans have been saying, for the last 10 years, that cutting taxes on rich people will create jobs. That hasn't worked, so now we have to get real and actually focus on policies that will truly create jobs. Kudos to Obama for pushing this bill, even though it should have been a priority earlier in his term. We have to stop rewarding the top one percent of earners in this country for a lack of ability or willingness to create more jobs.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  12. Sherri Lightner

    Pass the jobs plan. Try something, anything, please! Doing nothing is no longer an option. What kind of heartless, unfeeling people are you? Do you even have any idea how you look to us? You pias, egotistical idiots. We are so sick and tired of your fighting and insensitivity. Do what you are paid for and get something possitive done. America is going down the tubes and your sitting on your pompous butts doing nothing but ignoring the wants and needs of the majority of Americans. America cannot survive the loss of the middle class so get with it and DO SOMETHING, grow up and do your job.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  13. Steven

    I actually read the 199-page bill. This bill is the 9% solution. Since 9% of all jobs are unionized (teachers, fire, TSA and police) , the bill helps his constituency. The other 91% will have to fend for themselves.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  14. Dianna S

    Yes, I support the Presidents jobs bill and his desire to continue to fight and support ALL the American people.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:40 am |
  15. Steph

    I love the section about hiring unemployed. It will not affect people who ethically hire. I have seen a rise in higher paid, older workers losing jobs. I myself had moved away from my home after two years of unemployment, to a new field to get a job. After working a year away, I finally came home and back to my original field. By the by, I work in bank compliance and had no issue "catching up" because I never really quit following what was going on in compliance and recently passed compliance certification.

    October 11, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  16. J.R.

    I absolutely support the president's jobs bill. Bush had no business giving the rich a tax break at the same time he was involving us in a so called war in Iraq. Bush and his group of thieves rob our country blind put all the moneys into the Banks and their Wall street friends pockets. Now no one can by a home why, can't get a loan, why no work. The Republicans won't us all to work for peanuts so the rich get richer, the bank get richer and wall street well u know!!

    October 11, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  17. letusgoforthtolead

    Yes I am.

    I believe proposals in the president's jobs bill are steps we must take if we to build an economy that works for everyone on a more fair basis; if we want to restore a sense of equity and opportunity for the middle-class and head off increasing alienation and disaffection. America must also deal with the budget deficit and start bringing needed revenues while expending funds more astutely. For fiscal reasons and to restore justice, promote the general welfare and ensure domestic tranquility asking millionaires and billionaires absolutely must pay their fair share. The bias toward wealth over work in the tax code must be reduced until it can be eliminated. Profitable, established companies must increase their tax payments and relinquish their subsidies via "tax expenditures".

    The actions of Eric Cantor and rest the Republican House Leadership is distinctly reminiscent of that attributed to King George in the various proof of attempts at tyranny listed in the Declaration of Independence, “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” Because the Rapture Republicans are minions of this Economic Royalists this is perfectly understandable, It is also deplorable and must cease now!

    October 11, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  18. Cissy Sowders

    I am not sure of how the job bill will or will not help from what I know it may be just a band aid. What I am sure of is one of the reason the job market is so lean in America is due to outsourcing jobs. If our job market is going to other countries that means less jobs in America. Most American people dont know what outsourcing means nor how it impacts our job market. I know a lot of our jobs go to other countries such as India, Mexico etc for cheaper labor for really big companies, once they do that then they close entire department such as billing, customer service, processing, and production to name a few....hence less jobs in America. People also come from other countries and work here in America for less pay, then send money over to their countries to boost their economy not the economy in America....we need to wake up America it is time to take a stand and look at one of the real reasons we have such a slim job market in America

    October 11, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  19. andyp

    The jobs bill is just stimulus renamed...the first time the gov't pumped all that money into the economy, nothing happened...why should we believe this will be any different! I pay local taxes to support schools, roads, etc and now they want me to pay more federal taxes to support schools, infrastructure, etc in some other state or is that fair? State and local govt should be held accountable first, before reallocating federal dollars or taxing us more.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Ben Herrington

      Wait, what do you mean nothing happened? Read the Pew report regarding the first stimulus. We would be in the midst of a depression rather than in between recessions right now. No part of this bill is asking you to pay more money for anything, that's a republican talking point not a fact.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  20. Delores Mills

    I absolutely support the president's jobs bill. It's a no brainer. All of the economists interviewed by the Business Insider agreed that the president's plan will increase GDP growth, decrease unemployment 1%, and add millions of jobs. Republicans want this president to fail and are putting politics in front of their constituents.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Dianna S

      Delores – Thank you for expressing this right to the point.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Steven

      If you read the bill, it damages private aircraft jobs, such as Gulfstream, which are built in GA and MA. It also hurts companies like NetJets, which Berkshire Hathaway (Warren Buffett) owns, that offers fractional ownership of jets.

      October 11, 2011 at 7:56 am |
    • Donna Provost

      I agree 100%. The President's Jobs Bill is the only immediate fix I have seen that would help so many people. The republicans just want President Obama to faiil. They have said it over and over that this is their main priority. What good would that do for all of the out of work, hurting Americans?

      October 11, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  21. Linda Begley

    I am a common sense type person ... so yes I agree. Bush had no business giving the rich a tax break at the same time he was involving us in a war in Iraq ... when anyone who reads and knows ... knows that there were more Saudi's involved than Iraqi's in 9/11. But WE sure can't afford to go to war with them! Bush Jr. just wanted to clean up "Daddy's Mess". Anyone who does not vote for the President's bill can kiss re-election GOODBYE! We THE PEOPLE, have had enough of the good ole boy regime! That Texas drawl makes me sick - PERRY - reminds me too much of DUB-YUH! At least Obama is a very intelligent man. He is trying very hard and not getting enough support from the Democratic Party - Hope you guys are listening because we are watching YOU too! And many of you are up for re-election too!

    October 11, 2011 at 6:37 am |
  22. D. Hale

    Yes. The emphasis on infrastructure, education and public safety all represent long-term investments in our economic health and the nations well being. And yes, taxing those with high levels of wealth is OK. Like return tax levels to where they were previously (around 30% for those in certain income brackets).

    October 11, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  23. Rob

    Yes. President Obama has attempted to help middle and lower class citizens for years. Republicans will never approve legislation he and the democrats pass. If the president was blonde and blue-eyed, do you realy thing any of this would be happening?

    October 11, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  24. Suzie

    Absolutely NOT. More of the same Obama rhetoric that's gotten this country WHERE??????? Almost 3 years in office and unemployment hasn't budged. What's that tell us? His ideas are useless. I'd like to see him STOP campaining, stop preaching/sounding like an evengelical (not that there's anything wrong with evengelicals but he's the president not a pastor) and govern our country.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  25. George

    I am in favor of the bill. but then again since when does the rep's listen to anyone. they are a bunch of people who a hand full of money throwers have in their back pocket. when is america going to take back this country and let it be for the people not for the rich only.....

    October 11, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  26. Ann Bickel

    Yes, I am sold on the President's jobs plan. This will give the economy a much needed boost. We need the infrastructure repairs desparately and construction workers need jobs. How many bridges have to fall before we do something to make them safer. Teachers need jobs and our children need smaller class sizes to learn. Pass the jobs bills.

    October 11, 2011 at 6:25 am |
    • Mike

      If you think what did not work the 1st time will work this time you got to be foolish. When you give the government money, they spend it without any checks and balances. A dollar given to the government comes out at 20 cents. Let the market create the jobs not the government, who selects promotion of union jobs which have caused a great deal of the mess we're in today. By the way all these infrastructure jobs are targeted to unions,surprise!

      October 11, 2011 at 8:25 am |