Local Reaction to Stimulus Package

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Locally the stimulus package is the talk of the town as people gather in different forums to discuss the economy and how it's affecting them.
Most folks I talked to say they're hopeful... they say they hope this stimulus package can turn the economy around and of course, many say they hope to see a turn-around here at home.
Many of these young Tallahassee professionals just wrapped up a long day at work and hurried to meet up... but this isn't happy-hour.
They're at city Hall talking to state and local officials about the economy and what the federal stimulus package could mean for our area.
"To me, this is an opportunity for us to step up and really show what we can do," says Brenna Hooker, a young Tallahassee professional.
But local officials are more cautionary about the stimulus money.
"We an not allow these dollars to be mashed potatoes if you will. It has to be the gravy on the top," says Florida Representative Alan Williams.
"At the end of the day, we need to put people to work and now the question will be how fast can we get the money to people who are going to make a difference. How fast can we put people to work," explains Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioners.
The White House released the projected number of jobs the stimulus money could create.
In Florida, White House economists expect around 206 thousand new or saved jobs... and Georgia could see about 106 thousand.
"Long term we're hopeful that it will help a group that we're targeting that is meeting here tonight - the young people are our biggest resource," says Glenda Thornton, Volunteer President of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
And just down the street at a meeting of the Village Square, a bi-partisan political discussion group, a more seasoned group of professionals were also talking to officials about the economy and the stimulus package.
"I was a Obama supporter during the election so a lot of what he plans in the stimulus I was a proponent of... I wanted," says Jen Robinson, a participant of Village Square.
Large crowds turned out at both event Tuesday night... and although some say they don't agree with everything in the stimulus package...
they still hope it works.


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  • by William Location: San Diego on Feb 19, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Let me get this Correct,Those of You that have the ASSUMPTION OF FACTS TO Give the Blame for this CRIME OF THE MILLENIUM to President Obama,who Haven't Been in Office a Full Month Yet,Did You have ANY HEARTBURN Before Jan 20 2009,If you did,It DEFINITE DIDN'T SHOW IN THE REALM OF PUBLIC OPINION.When Bush and his band of Cronies were Spending an average of $600Billions a Year for the Biggest Joke of the Century called IRAQ,Did You feel that Your Childrens and Grandchildrens will ONE DAY have to PAY for THIS ATROCIOUS ACT OF KINDNESS.Let be AUTHENIC HERE,DO NOT BLAME THE FIREMAN FOR PUTTING OUT THE FIRE WHEN THE RECKLESS,SQUANDERING PIRATE HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING.Since some of YOU was left OUT OF YOUR UNCLE BUSH AND FIRST COUSIN CHENEY DASTARDLY DEEDS AND GOOD FORTUNES,TRY GOING DOWN TO ST.MARK AND SCREAMING at the LIGHTHOUSE and see if IT CARE,THAT the same REACTION you WILL GET FROM REPUBLICIAN Try looking UP,you are at the Bottom,BUSH PUT YOU THERE.NEED A RIDE,GOING TO THE TOP,OBAMA/YES
  • by Fed Up on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:29 PM
    Captain Crunch- I agree brother. Maybe all the Obama worshipers can beg for a ride on Queen Pelosi's jet plane. I hear there's plenty of room.
  • by mlh on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    If we out here can see what's coming - that this can't really ever be paid back - not at $13 TRILLION (that's with future "borrowing" and interest charged)....why aren't our elected representatives seeing it? What planet are they on? Why are they doing this to us as a country....aren't they part of our country any more? do they do lobatomies on them on the steps of the Capitol on swearing in day?
  • by mlh on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    My personal observation: With this "simulus" theft we just underwrote a bunch of "socialists" to start their own country - our butts are the collateral -- and we are paying for it. (there isn't enough money in the world by the way to BORROW to cover that loan - so we are printing it - which of course leads to loss of value of our dollar - you do realize we are financial prisoners now don't you???)....by the way Bush stole our old country known as America on his way out the door.....going to Paraguay to live on his million acre ranch! Him and his "Silverado" brothers, cousins, family and cohorts.
  • by Cheryl Location: Florida on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:02 PM
    Tom,for once we totally agree. You are 100% right. Along with your list of ways this will be paid back, our grandchildren and their future children will be paying this money back long after we are all dead and gone. This is going to be one hell of a snowball fight.
  • by Captain Crunch Location: Burris' fund raiser on Feb 18, 2009 at 05:53 PM
    Does anybody that has voted more than once ever remember the Dems doing anything but tax and spend. Obama is a common political lier. He promised to bring troops home in 16 months. In one month he is sending 17,000 more troops to war, with more to come. Obamaians you wanted him, now you sleep with him.
  • by Buzzard on Feb 18, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    Obama is so syupid he must be getting advice from Jimmy Carter Obama should be old enough to know what an idot carter was on the economy . Ninty percent of the money they are spenging is to cover up mortage and bank fraud . All that money comes from the labor fo the a American people. Once Obama starting taking from those crooks he became part of the problem . There is no faith in the system and for good reason.
  • by Kyle Location: Crawfordville on Feb 18, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    How bout we march on washington and have all these idiots put in jail for spending ur money for gold courses and stupid projects that do nothing but waste money while they make 400k a year? they sit in 5000 dollar chairs make 2 phone calls a day go to lunch twice go to 6 meetings where they do absolutely nothing and make more than your whole family combined? I will do every persons job in any of these senators/legislators/politicans office combined for half of what they are payed. You want a stimulus package? stop paying these idiot old ppl hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for simply suggesting stupid ideas that put us further in debt. We can pay for our debt 10 times over if we actually payed the morons for what work they do and not how much money they can spend. Get your heads out of your asses.
  • by Puzzled Location: Georgia on Feb 18, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    You are right Mike, this is a disaster and people just don't get it. But they will. We have to pay this back eventually and all the printing presses in the USA won't be able to print enough money to bail our country out. How stupid!
  • by Tom on Feb 18, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    My concern is how will this money be paid back, taxes, fees, higher cost on a lot of products for many years. Also when you give much to welfare programs they take but don't give back in the form of taxes ect.. Some need the help but more don't need it but take advantage of it. Already with the Bush package the new O'Bama package and the possibility of another 2 or 3 multi billion dollar hand-out we are in trouble, then next year or the one after the problem is still there, unbalanced budgets and increased spending on social programs. The snowball is rolling and getting bigger by the day.
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