March 6th, 2009
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Obama touts job creation from stimulus plan

President Obama says his stimulus plan will spur job creation.
President Obama says his stimulus plan will spur job creation.

(CNN) - President Obama on Friday touted the benefits of his economic recovery plan at a police cadet graduation made possible as a result of the recently passed $787 billion stimulus package.

"We've got big challenges ahead of us," Obama said at the ceremony for 25 new Columbus, Ohio police officers.

But the stimulus plan would facilitate an economic recovery, he said, in part by helping support workers in law enforcement, teaching and other public sector professions.

Watch: The politics behind the unemployment figures

"Because of this plan, stories like the one we're celebrating here in Columbus will soon take place all across this nation," the president said as he announced the distribution of $2 billion in new law enforcement grants from the stimulus package.

The graduating cadets were informed at the end of January that they would be laid off because of a shortfall in the city's budget, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said.

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  1. LIP

    Sorry, but I can't celebrtate with Obama for the 25 new jobs he created, while another 60,000 were lost.
    Someone asked if there is a solution. You bet there is. Send the INS into every business and you know who you are, that employs illegal aliens and replace those people that are sending their money back to Mexico with US citizens and unemployment will be back to 0%. Get er done now and the recession/depression will be over.

    March 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. C W

    Hey, Eric: Where do you get off saying that everyone who is unemployed spends their day looking at porn online and waiting for a welfare check? Speak for yourself, buddy!

    I know plenty of people who've been laid off from companies big and small, Fortune 500 on down to local small businesses. They paid into unemployment insurance and are now collecting – and I can guarantee they'd much rather have a job than have to figure out how to live on 1/5 of what they were making, somehow trying to pay for health insurance under COBRA.

    The economy is a mess because of the idiotic, voodoo economic policies of Reagan-Bush and their attitude of get yours while you can and to hell with everyone else.

    It wasn't the average worker who was pushing mortgages on people who didn't qualify for one, or manipulating stock prices so they could cash in their options, or devising ridiculously complicated "financial investment instruments" that they bundled and sold, full knowing that they were worthless.

    Eric, you want to get mad at someone, get mad at the source of these problems, not the folks on the receiving end of the failed GOP policies!

    March 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. timm

    So in other words Mr. Bush Was a Great President to this country.
    The most job lose in 25 years.
    But obama been in office for less then 3 months and you still have some people that feel that it's his own doing he blinked his eye and there he doomed us.
    How would uou feel if bush was still in office?

    March 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Bill in California

    Makes ya feel good, don't it? Unfortunately when China quits picking up our markers and SANTA runs out of money we'll be in the same hole but with a lifetime of debt insured. Businesses create real jobs, not government.

    March 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. ben

    This is just a highlight, for those who don't have the bigger picture here!

    March 6, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. C W

    I think the President is right in showing us the job creating as a result of the Stimulus package. He knows that it's a huge amount of money – and he respects the American people enough to keep the communication open so we can see where our money is going.

    Heck of a lot better than all the smoke and mirrors, lies and secrecy of the Bush Administration.

    March 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Get Well Soon GOP

    My guess is Matthew is working and ... That sounds like an excuse, just like your spelling. I thought the GOP was above that. And why are you protecting Matt Eric, are you his women or is he yours? Matt puts Obama down for using a teleprompter and then makes a boo boo because he does not have one while typing his insult. I too am at work but I am the boss. So get back to what you were doing and make sure you have Matts food on the table when he gets home.

    March 6, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. The Rector

    Perfect, more cops. Just in time for record unemployment and social unrest. Whats next, more jails? This country has the highest per capita incarseration rate in the developed world, for that matter in the entire world. And that has done nothing to curb violence and crime, in fact it has arguably created more of it seeing as prisions are little more than finishing schools for criminals. JOBS!!! That is the only thing that ever reduces crime. Give people something to do and a LIVING wage and the crime problem vanishes in a generation. That will never happen as long as huge sectors of our economy depned on crime and punishment for their succor. The single largest and fastest growing sector of the economy is warehousing prisioners, followed closely by law enforcement, or responding to crimes as the cops seem to be having very little effect on preventing any. No one asked me if I wanted to pay more of my taxes to hire more people whos job it is to watch me and arrest me if they see fit. Doesn't sound like change I can belive in, just more of the same arrogance coming out of Washington.

    March 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. John

    "Hey, it's good to be - at least in my best comfort zone, man," Biden said today. "The best place for me to be my whole career is surrounded by organized labor. And I know how to say 'union.'

    "You know, you go home with them that brung you to the dance," Biden said. "Well, you all brought me to the dance a long time ago. And it's time we start dancing, man. It's time we start dancing."

    Applause.

    Bammy Boy....

    March 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Ghost

    BTW, add 34000 more jobs as Circuit City is closing it's reaining stores. Guess maybe we should've gave them a tax break. Look at all the jobs it would've saved.

    March 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. cruiserGT

    adam... the solution is simple and our government can play a role.

    Our government has been trying to convince everyone that big business has been greedy and that they are the bad guys when in fact all they have done is try to fulfill the wishes of our government. Our government wanted these marginal loans to be made (with good intentions) and when recession hit, they were the first to loose their homes.

    Where we have gone wrong is in government now thinking they can fix this... which they can, but not by raising taxes and increasing spending.

    Markets will stabilize and begin to expand as confidence returns. That confidence will not happen until our government discovers fiscal responsibility. Fat chance!

    If we would like to see the markets energized a bit more quickly, then cut business taxes... then cut income taxes... then cut sales taxes. Our salaries (at least mine) have deflated, seems logical that taxes should as well. The point is we would all have confidence if we new our companies were healthy (boost from tax cut), I would be quick to spend again and ... well here we go.

    Bottom line ... cut taxes, cut spending.

    March 6, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Matt B

    President Obama has made some quick work of this economy. The stock market is down 20% since he took office. He has printed money like it's a game of monopoly, ensuring serious inflation for the next decade. The government is now responsible for 40% of the GDP. Unemployment is skyrocketing, the global markets are laughing at how ridiculous this administration is and it's only going to get worse when we increase taxes on businesses trying to keep people employed. I guess the liberals got what they wanted, someone to fight for them to be able to stay home and not work. Congrats, fine job.

    March 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. slkwly

    To those of you who continually state what a bad plan this stimulus bill was, or how come Pres. Obama's plans are not going to work, what would you do in 40 something days on the job that would immediately reverse this problem? A problem, mind you, that took many years (8) and bad policies to form?

    Most of your comments indicate the very some of the very same reasons we got into this mess-complaining naysayers who have nothing to offer but criticsm and looking for the quick fix. For those of you who have jobs, imagine what you would do if your employer dumped a job of similar magnitude on your lap (without offering any ideas or solutions) and had unrealistic expectations that you could fix it before being on the job even 2 months.

    Grow up and get real. It's not spreading gloom for the Pres. to be honest. as he said, what was waitig for him once he got into the white house and actually got the real costs behind what has been going on over the past 8 years is quite sobering-what do you think that means-15 minutes of silence on your favorite reality show?

    Maybe this is what this country needs (although its unfortunate for many who are in distressed times through no fault of their own) so that we can stop being the insta-fix, over-sensitive, closeted bigots, me-first-who-cares-about -anyone-or anything-else-but-money idiots we are today......

    March 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Mike

    GREAT His stimulus plan of 687 BILLION got us 25 cops but lost 687,000 jobs. Thats almost 3 BILLION per for the 25 cops and a net job loss of 686,975. We cannot afford any more of obambys stimulus plans.

    March 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. SLP

    Eric,

    RIGHT ON! Couldn't have said it better! As for Obama, my three year old son has more common sense and could do a better job of running the country

    March 6, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. kathy

    Dear David, did you mean to say Savior? Not sure what a savor is. Here we go again! You guys just can't stand the fact that the repubs lost in November. Get over it and try to do something constructive, other than just complaining every day. My guess is that, not one of you complaining about our president, has EVER volunteered your time, to help another fellow American.

    March 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. SG in VA

    Lets say 200,000 municiple workers have kept their jobs do to the BS stimulus package. It works out to $3.,935,000.00/job. Cool! Good investment!

    March 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    All these infrastructure jobs do have an ending. When all the roads have been made, bridges repaired, where are those manufacturing jobs? Overseas or outsourced. What then? Where are the jobs that pay a living wage.

    We need permanent jobs that will not be outsourced.There are some companies that are doing very well; Ruger, Smith&Wesson, etc. Yes the gun makers, Why?, ask Holder why

    March 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Maggie from Virginia

    This week 25, next month 2000, next year a million, and up it goes. Then we will hear people complaining about the pay, or the title, and on and on...

    While all you naysayers are busy spreading your fear, hate, and ignorance; a new era is forming. You can wish or hope for America's failure, while the truely enlightened ones are banking on success. Stocks are cheap, tax cuts, government subsidies galore. This is a time when wealth is built.

    .

    March 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. meh

    tired of it> Jeez. Take a Klonopin or something.

    I'd really like the people complaining to come up w. a better plan.

    *crickets*

    Yeah, I thought so.

    March 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Anna, Missouri

    Everyone needs to see last Wednesday night's Daily Show. Talk about misleading the public! I'm sure none of the cable shows will rerun it for you. It hits a little to close to the truth for them.

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Kimberly in Arizona

    Hey its 25 more jobs than the bush years ever created, so its a start!

    March 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. 416 Weeks versus 6 1/2 weeks

    So how long do you rushpublicans think it will take Obama to get us out from the mess brought on by bush's economic malfeasance?

    March 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. survivor

    The folks who went through the real depression would laugh at all these crybabies wah wah wah gimmie gimmie mine mine mine – purely pathetic, at least Obama is doing what ever necessary to turn things around – not just pointing his finger at YOU saying take responsibility for your own happiness. Help where you can and pray for the rest and for heavens sake quit the selfish "BS"!

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. Jim

    Still watching for a single job that's NOT paid for by taxpayers ...

    It looks like the main solution in play is to have the government employ everyone who loses their job. Oh, and the government can buy up all the companies and banks and such ....

    Hmmm, I think that's been tried before ...

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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