March 6th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama's jobs plan: 25 down. 3,499,975 to go

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caption="Obama heads to Ohio today."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama headed to Columbus, Ohio on Friday to attend a graduation ceremony for 25 police cadets.

Obama has repeatedly pledged to save or create 3.5 million jobs with his economic stimulus plan. The soon-to-be graduates of the Columbus Division of Police were recently told they would be laid off due to budget cuts in the city - but the mayor of the city announced that with money from the economic stimulus package, the jobs would be safe through at least the end of the year, and the White House says those jobs were saved because of the president's economic stimulus plan.

The presidential visit comes on the heels of the February jobs report, which reported 651,000 jobs had been lost. The unemployment rate now stands at 8.1 percent, its highest level since December 1983.

The president and Attorney General Eric Holder are expected to speak to the graduation class mid-day Friday.

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soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. Really?

    Those 25 people are very happy to have a job.

    March 6, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Indievoter

    Wow! 25 whole jobs! And it cost how much for him to fly to Ohio to toot his own horn??????

    March 6, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Michael

    No one doubts the government spendulus bill will create new government and constuction jobs. But the funding is temporary and the majority of people in this nation the are not construction or goverment workers. The real test is if a broader range of jobs get created and if the government and construction jobs can be sustained when the spendulus money is gone. So far the business sector is saying they don't believe so based on the downward spiral of the stock market. Obama policies are pro government and anti busniess and the business world knows it.

    March 6, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. New Yorker

    Wow, the mayor said the jobs would be safe at least through the end of the year. Then what, another stimulus package will be needed to keep them safe another year and then another......and another .....and another....

    March 6, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Frank

    This man is an empty suit who wants the market to tank and for "catastrope" to be the buzz word so that he can ram all of his socialistic agenda and higher taxes on the so called rich to pay for the have nots who want to stay home

    March 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. LGriff

    Way to go!!!! Hope this cycle continues

    March 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. JJ12343

    They get to stay as cadets but the city doesnt know how they will pay for them next year.

    March 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. James

    I think I understand this plan… Obama spends a bunch of money then over taxes the citizens to the point that it conflicts with state taxes. States will become dependent on Federal money to maintain normal operations. This will allow the Federal Government to control the tax money to fund state programs and they will be able to place "mandates" or "requirements" on the States to continue to get this Federal money. This is the way the Federal Government will force all states to adhere to their social policies. This is progress this is change?

    This is serious BS if Ohio needed these 20 cops then they could raise state or local taxes to pay for it! Until Obama’s spending creates jobs that are self sustaining he hasn’t accomplished anything!

    March 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. John

    Wow CNN, way to trivialize an accomplishment.

    Coming from somebody who lives in Columbus Ohio, where we definitely need as many cops as we can get, CNN can go F itself.

    March 6, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. patrick fenelon

    President Barack Obama is doing are good job

    March 6, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. tom

    Obama waives the magic wand and the press sees stardust...what a joke people believe this guy.

    March 6, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. fd

    Obama is a joke

    March 6, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Noel

    I've been in touch with the Labor Department and their figures show that we are turning things around with the graduation of the this 25 police officers, here's the fuzzy math:

    25 X 1 = 25 newly employed
    25 X 2 = 50 newly employed
    50 X 3 = 150 newly employed
    150 X 4 = 600 newly employed
    600 X 5 = 3000 newly employed
    3000 X 6 = 18000 newly employed
    18000 X 7 = 126000 newly employed
    126000 X 8 = 1008000 newly employed
    1008000 X 9 = 9072000 newly employed

    In just nine short days the stimulus package will create 9,072,000 new jobs, lets rejoice the plan worked!

    March 6, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. beevee

    With all his sincerity to do the right things to uplift the country from its economic turmoil, it looks like he is not getting the needed cooperation from many who can help him turn things around. Look at the stock market and it will tell the story of how uncooperative things have been for the president. Hope everyone gets behind the president and push his economic and social agendas and get us out of this rut before it is too late.

    March 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Mustang Allie

    What a Clown he is!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. geraldine

    Job plan? Where we're headed our job plan will be for everyone to work for the government on government programs. Goods and services will have to be purchased from other countries, as Obama is doing his level best to crush the segment of the country that manages and owns businesses that employ folks and produce goods. Tax revenue will be next to nothing, as folks that don't run businesses and make decent money won't have any gross income against which the crippling tax rate is applied. Good thing we can always borrow more from China to fund our country...

    The important thing to remember is that Obama gives a good speech and Bush is a moron. Lucky for us, other facts have no bearing on our future.

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. Mustang Allie

    Obozo the Clown – too bad he's not funny!

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. AndyL

    What a disaster, hope we can make it to 2012. Four years and you are out of here!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. j3p0

    this is a nightmare. we're all going to be owned by the government. yippee!

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Jackie in Dallas

    That's 25 fewer people in the unemployment line, 25 more who can pay their mortgages/rent, 25 more who will have money to spend.

    The unemployment problem is like the old joke about "how do you eat an elephant?" One bite at a time, folks.

    Yes, a job program that hires 5,000, or 50,000 people would be nice, but every new job is essential. And a lot of far-right rhetoric about how "just" 25 jobs is going to make a difference is unhelpful.

    One bite at a time, one step at a time, one person at a time...adds up in the long run.

    March 6, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Indiana Voter

    Obama and the Democrats, whether they like it or not, now own this recession. They have done nothing but spend and spend. People like to compare him to Ronald Reagan for his speaking skills, and his charisma, but there is one big difference. Ronald Reagan knew how to get us out of a recession. He cut taxes rather than raise them. He cut the capital gains tax. He cut the taxes for business and corporations. Will Obama learn from history, or will he repeat the mistakes that Jimmy Carter made. So far, he looks like another Jimmy Carter, as he is fast approaching those numbers.

    March 6, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Jackie in Dallas


    Your comments are exactly the type we DON'T need. Most of the jobs in the stimulus program do NOT entail people working for the government. And just how many work for it now? There have been layoffs in the government, as well. What we need to do is encourage bringing back our technical jobs from offshore, rebuilding our production facilities so that we can have manufacturing jobs. That takes time.

    By the way, even Bush would admit he's not the brightest bulb in the light fixture. But everyone wanted to have a beer with him...

    I'll take an honors graduate from two Ivy League schools over a "C" student that barely graduated, anyday, when we are facing the problems we are facing!

    March 6, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Magnum CI

    Obama saved these 25 jobs? NO MONEY has even been given out yet. He didn't saved anything and how dare he take credit for it. He will prove to be the worst President in our countries history. Having 2 Ivy League degrees makes you smart on paper in those 2 degree areas. He is a master of 2 trades not all as his worshippers believe. Open your eyes, tax hikes are not going to work. I'm not wealthy, but how sad for those that are getting punished for being successful. I say punished because their money is going to programs like ACORN and other pet projects NOT to benefit America.

    March 6, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Lisa T

    Geraldine: What goods and services aren't already being purchased from other countries? Wake up...America doesn't make anything anymore! Big business has been shipping jobs overseas for years. All in the name of corporate GREED! I am a small business owner and I don't need tax cuts! I need consumers with enough expendable money to purchase my goods! The conservative belief that we are a supply-sided economy is FALSE! Without do NOT get sold! The corporate greed that has taken over since the Republicans decided that they don't need to be regulated is a big contributor to this current economic mess we are in! Big business doesn't create all of the AMERICAN jobs, we as small business owners do! TAX CUTS are CORPORATE WELFARE!

    March 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Pete

    Indiana voter, you do realize that Reagan substantially INCREASED Social Security taxes on every American?

    For a party that likes to prattle on about "hard work" and "ingenuity", you guys are extremely obsessed with capital gains. Investing is just a fancy form of gambling. The "gains" you make from buying GE stock aren't a result of your hard work and ingenuity. It's the result of other people doing the work. And now YOU want to act as if capital gains wealth is something you "earned"? Please.

    By this logic, money won at the slots in Vegas ought to be tax free as well.

    March 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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