FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Reality is sinking in for President-elect Obama as he comes to terms with the fact that all of his campaign promises can't be accomplished right away, some of them not at all.
What are you willing to do?
It's a matter of priorities, political maneuvering and money.
The economic crisis is so serious that raising taxes on the wealthy, giving homeowners a 10% tax credit, and not running up debt for future generations are all going to have to wait, at least for now.
Obama is expected to be the President of change but at the moment things need fixing.
On the campaign trail, Obama said fixing the economy would be a priority. Since then the situation has gone from bad to worse.
The President-elect is desperately trying to get support for an emergency stimulus package before he's even sworn in.
President-elect Obama has made it clear that everyone must step up to the plate. He's asked Americans to, "embrace a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice."
Here’s my question to you: President-elect Obama has called on us to make sacrifices for our country. What are you willing to do?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Teri from St. Augustine, Florida writes:
I've been cutting the grass of the homes around me that are in foreclosure and yes, I admit it helps my property values too. I've also picked up garbage in the streets. I've donated more to the local food bank. When Obama was running for President he said he can't do it alone and we all must change. I'm waiting to see what he has in mind.
Rex from Portland, Oregon writes:
I am willing to supervise, criticize, and analyze to the extent of severe sacrifice, just like everyone else.
Kathy from Chicago, Illinois writes:
Well I am already bailing out banks, Wall Street and the auto industry. I pay my bills on time, I have not defaulted on my mortgage, I have not lived off my credit cards or gone on extravagant vacations. I have sacrificed all my life all for nothing. Doing the right thing gets you nowhere. You screw up and the government bails you out. You do things right and the government screws you over. I am not asking the government to do anything for me, so the government shouldn't be asking anything of me. I am tapped out!
Paulette from Dallas, Pennsylvania writes:
I am willing to conserve energy, water, and go more green. I am also willing to donate to charities that directly help the people in need. I am also willing to volunteer at shelters and food kitchens. I am also willing to forgo some luxuries for myself in order to be able to help my recently unemployed son and his family.
Shelly from New York writes:
I think a lot of us have done enough. I think its time that government gets its act together.
Most every American has lost significantly over the past 8 years, so to complain of 'nothing more to give' is selfish and counterproductive. A responsible American consumer, spending intelligently and managing debt, is the first step toward returning to economic solvency; I am thus prioritizing my spending and lifestyle choices accordingly.
I'm willing to give Barack a chance to fix to do all the stuff he CLAIMED he was going to do! I'm personally NOT going to do anything. We voted for HIM to now DO what he claimed he was going to do. Do I hear him now suggesting he CAN'T do any of what he claimed? I better not be hearing that!
Pay my taxes,feed my own family,invest my own money,work the job i have,help my fellowman where and when i can and thank the lord i live here and not some place where there is war,no voice,no food,and no change in sight.
Pay more in taxes, run more risks in foreign policy (if it means preserving our civil liberties), and supporting Obama even when he does things I don't particularly like. Other than that, I've been doing the right things all along.
I would be willing to kick Keith Olberman in the head if called on to serve!
I don’t know what else I can do. I’ve bailed out the banks, I’ve bailed out the car companies, I’ve bailed out the airlines on several, I’ve bailed out all levels of government through uncountable tax increases, I’ve bailed out the oil companies even though they have experienced record profits, I’ve bailed out the fools who bought more house than they knew they could afford; come to think about it, I’ve bailed out everyone. When is it my turn. I should be in high cotton now, but instead I’m being asked to keep picking – and I, along with the rest of the middle class own the cotton field!
Well let's see, most of my Retirement is gone, I'm a widow, so that means I will have to continue to work until I drop because my house isn't going to be worth what I thought, my healthcare coverage sucks, and my grandkids are going to inherit the largest deficit in history, gosh Jack, you mean they want me to do something else?
Help what? What am I suppose to join the peace corps and go to some country in Africa and help educate and pacify the population just enough so that "stability" can "foster economic growth" so more American jobs can be shipped overseas?
Or join the military so I can become a soldier for Israel by proxy given Obama's nice little speech at AIPAC a few months ago?
Or how about volunteer at a soup kitchen for the poor people who are going to be homeless and broke soon thanks to 30 years of the "political corporation" (Dems and Reps) doing everything to steal our wealth and give it to their corporate shareholders?
You won't post this-that's fine. But Jack you must know that there are a lot of people like me out there that read though this nonsense of "doing your part" for a system that does nothing for me accept pick up the trash every Thursday.
I will continue to donate a third of my salary to the IRS, and I will continue to speak out against the ignorance and arrogance of the past eight years that practically destroyed our country.
Jack, both of my parents served in WWII, my dad again in Korea, I served in the Marines in Viet Nam in 1969 and again as a civilian contractor in Afghanistan (2004-05). All three of my sons served in the military and 2 were also civilian contractors (Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Afghanistan & Iraq). Since Pearl Harbor, we have gladly given over 28 years of service to help our country. In the times we weren’t serving our country, we held jobs, paid taxes and were typical American consumers. Now, at 59 years old, the only thing left that I can do is work hard, try to keep my job, keep paying taxes and buy only what I can afford to help our economy recover and encourage everyone else to stop complaining and suck-it-up….we are all in this together.
President-elect Obama has called on us to make sacrifices for our country. What are you willing to do to help your country?
I am not sure what I can do other than what I am doing now. I have been unemployed for 3 years now and I do volunteer work helping those less fortunate than I am.
Maybe Obama will give me a job in his administration so I can do more..
Jack: I will drive my car less, so gas will stay at a reasonable cost. I will try an pay down any personal debts. I will recycle more this coming year. I am tutoring for free 2 middle grade students who are behind in their work. Eat less meat and more vegetables in the coming years. Save more money when I can in the coming years.
I'm 26. I'm already paying for your retirement, for your health care, and for your mistakes. No more.
Nothing except keep paying taxes.
Besides the usual everyday things, the biggest contribution I've made is to give some of my money to a bunch of crooks who didn't deserve it.
Oh wait, I had no choice, it was made for me. Damn, I hate when that happens!
By the looks of my 401K, IRA accounts I think I've participated in this Wall St/Washington based economic meltdown of greed and selfishness enough already! Not sure I can help the President-elect with much more – I've sacrificed about all that I can.
I am willing to be 4th in line for the next goverment bailout.
Already doing it, Jack. We give through ministries in our community and through our church. We go through our gently used clothes, etc and pass them on rather than keep hanging in the closet. We conserve gasoline by making trips count, turn off unused lights and TV's. And we continue to buy American if there is any possible way to do so. This is the way our parents lived and maybe it is time we teach our children and grandchildren it is not a bad thing to save for what you want!
One of my 401k's was @ $4k in June, it was at `$2.5k now... I cashed it, took the tax bite. My sacrifice and boost to the economy.
We are using CO2 neutral fuel to heat our house. We have BIO-Friendly hobbies.
We're carpooling, Riding the Bus...
Can't do much more...It's IOWA and it's COLD... not turning off the heat!
I'd be willing to move out of the US to some nice, warm Caribbean island if the government gave me a nice incentive to relocate. Something like a bailout. I'd take a nice chunck of change, just like the conglomerates who are taking taxpayer money, and get out of the country so as not to be a burdon to my country in the decades I have left on the planet.
I believe,as our President Elect has expressed, alternative energy development, and energy conservation with concomitant reduction in greenhouse gases are the greatest near and long-term economic and environmental challenges to the global sustenance of civilization.
I was granted a patent for an energy conservation invention that I could not get funded at the time, because the energy challenge of the late 70s had abated. I believe it is time to revisit that patent, with some enhancements, and see if I can get it developed and distributed, along with another energy conservation idea I have subsequently conceived.
I will think globally and act locally. On top of that, I will, "Pray for the dead, and fight like Hell for the living." (Mother Mary Harris Jones)
Well, for starters, I'd be willing to help drag the "I'm above the law" wall-street traders & bankers and DC Pay for Play Political Scum off to jail -
I will try to get politican to ignore the lobbyists.
I will conserve gas and energy, probable not as much as desirable.
Strangely enough, it has dawned on me rather late in life, that if more regular citizens make small contributions to the political party of their choice, there would be less need for wealthy donors hoping to buy favors.
I worked with my local Democratic Club in Alameda, CA during the election cycle. My biggest effort, which I intend to continue to pursue, went to rallying young people to activism. To that end, I'm working to establish a scholarship fund for the best school debater on Obama policy as it relates to common-cause issues. Obama 's two most impressive accomplishments in my view, during his campaign have been getting the young involved in politics and impressing upon them that smart is cool . I want to do what I can to encourage and support those attitudes. I believe strong school debate team competitions can do that.
Start SAVING money instead of spending as fast as I get it like those in charge would like us to. On the one hand, they tell us to tighten our belts while at the same time telling us that "spending" is our only way out of our recession!
If you had asked me this question before the bailout of Wall Street, the banks, the car companies, and others who have mismanaged their companies and personal finances, I would have said I would do whatever I could. But it is now clear that our government only rewards those who squandered billions, were personally irresponsible, and lied. I'm thoroughly disgusted with the way our government is rewarding bad behavior and asking the rest of us to do more and more and more with less. So, what will I do? I won't do less than I've already done, but I won't do more either until 2010 when I vote against the incumbents regardless of party. Our leaders just don't get what it's like to be middle class or poor. It's time they learn.
I'll make the same sacrifices that our leaders make,not only leaders in government,but leaders in industry,media, entertainment,schools etc etc.If they are willing to live on less cars,homes,luxuries,etc,I'll give up some of my expectations to help the country.
The press conference was surprisingly interesting, I'm interested in what he has to say in a farewell speech. Do I agree with him? Basically never. Could I learn something from his speech? Yes.
What ever it takes, Jack. I am in the middle class.....you know....the class that will soon be extinct.
We have been sacrificing all along. It sure hasn't been the Cheney's, Bush's, Lay's, Halliburton's, etc. of our Country who has been sacrificing.
But if more sacrifice is what it takes to restore our Economy .....then I am willing.
Although it wasn't a "sacrifice".... I did alot for the USA on November 4th of last year. I voted and helped Elect Obama.....
The Bush Administration has been the disease.....the Obama Administration will be the cure.
I think reality check is finally beginning to set in. I'm not sure what more we can do. We curbed our driving habits to the point of $37.00 a barrel oil. We gave up more than 500,000 jobs. What does the man want? He got elected to a post at a time when most Americans would not take the office of President for all the money in the world. He made his bed, now he has to make the best of it, and sleep in it. It's his day in the sun, it's sink or swimm time for the new president.
Ron San Diego
In the absence of a righteous leader it is all sacrifice.
I would be willing to serve on the commission to investigate Bush for war crimes.
I am already making sacrifices, I had to take a pay cut to keep my job and i do my best to conserve energy and recylcle. One thing I will be glad to do is support Barack, since he has the best interests of this country at heart the best thing we can do for our country is support him.
I will do whatever president elect Barack Obama needs me to do !
I am going to volunteer even more of my time to my community than I am now. I am going to stay involved with politics like I did during this Presidential campaign. I am going to spend my money more wisely, and get out of any debt that I'm in. I am going to speak up when I hear and see things that I think are wrong. And then I'm going to do something about them.
Unlike many others I have already served thirty years in the service. I have been a leader in civic activities. I have often worked the equivalent of two jobs to support my family and unlike many I have paid all of my taxes ever since I graduated from college. I have never received unemployment or welfare. When my parents needed nursing homes we did not shelter their assets so that they could scam the medicare system- we paid the full freight. I have never defaulted on a student loan and my children did not receive any federal largesse in order to help them get thru college . Now I am in the minority of the population which is already paying the bulk of the income taxes.
I've done my bit until we get around to making everyone actually pay at least a small portion of the total income tax bill in this country. Allowing people to be passengers who can steer the ship but not work the sails is a danger to any democracy.
I am willing to do whatever I can for the good of our country, but I think that the real question is what will we as a people will be forced to do for our country. With the country's failing economy, lack of affordable health care, rapidly rising food costs, home foreclosures, job losses and the list foes on and on the is very little left to sacrfice. The only thing I will be able to do is don a hard hat get my binoculars and walk the Florida waterway watching for ememy ships or enemy air craft approaching our shores. If I spot any I will let homeland security know and they can take it from there.
St Augustine, Fl
I didn't vote for Obama because I disagreed with his policies. However, now that he is going to be our president I will gladly support him and pray that he does a good job. With the state of the economy I plan on doing my part to improve things by spending and saving my money responsibly. I work in a bankruptcy law firm, and trust me when I say that the majority of the reason for the bad economy is irresponsibily on the part of the consumer.
I am going to take care of my own problems and I hope everyone else does the same. I do not expect or desire help from the federal government. I think they Washington should keep its nose out of our business. Every time they help us it leaves us in worse condition.
To reduce the dependency on foreign oil I want to travel by public transit but I can't do that because in America public transit is more expensive than driving and also not reliable.
Sacrifice the futures of my kids, grandkids and seven generations beyond. Isn't that the American way?
Willing? What does "willing" have to do with it? I've already been told that I'm "willing" to throw a scantily-rregulated trillion dolars or so at the economy that a lack of discipline trashed.. I've been told that I'm "willing" to pay higher taxes accross the board in order to be patriotic. I'm about to be told that I'm "willing" to shovel money from my estate (which has already been taxed once) into the giant goverment financial maw. I'm also soon going to be told that I'm "willing" to see my health care costs and insurance cost go up and see my quality of care go down to progressively socialize our medicine.
I guess I'm about willinged out for now, Jack.
i want to start looking out for my community when it comes to crimes and other related issues....but i still want obama to do his tasks as a president because the new voters are looking for leadership and doing the tasks for once rather hearing talks..all of us can do something to help the united states but we want our political leaders to start looking out for this country rather their political futures...
I will not buy anything made in China and will not do business with company that sends our jobs to India. This means that I will save a lots of money because there is a very little that I can spend on.
Jack: I have and continue to serve this nation for almost 35 years-both in peace time and war-–let someone else belly up to the bar.
I'm learning the value of earth by networking with green business owners. I'm making better purchases and I'm learning why my consumer habits are good and bad for the environment. I plan to grow a victory garden for a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. The environment should be a priority regardless of who is in office. These adjustments aren't a sacrifice, rather a much needed improvement.
I would bust corporate pay back down to a reasonable bracket. There is no reason why you should live in a castle and make your workers live on the streets.
I'd pay more in taxes, Jack, if Obama promised to prosecute BushCo to the fullest extent of the law. There's probably tens of millions of us out here who would see it as an excellent investment in the greater cause.
What does Obama want us to sacrifice? I remember my parents making sacrifices during WWII and heard them speak of sacrifices they made during the depression. I'd be willing to make the same kinds of sacrifices. I am willing to do volunteer work.
Two things that need to be done that are not necessarily sacrifices – to speak optimistically about our future and to encourage people to express opinions that differ from mine.
We are starting a food pantry in our garage for friends and family and looking into puting our savings into goverment bonds.
Just what I/we have done for our entire life. Work hard for little wages, pay all of our taxes and never cheating on them, raise and educate our children through sacrifice and debt, help the needy, do our jobs to the best of our ability, respect each other and others, live within our means, pay our debts, take care of our property, serve our country through military and community service, support peace rather than war, fight for care of vets, be honest, vote our conscienses, folow the laws of the land, live by and support the Constituion, and fight dishonest government. Any other suggestions, Jack?
Let's see: For 8 yrs I've lived under the Bush/Cheney regime; I was downsized in 2004 and am still underemployed; I'm driving a '99 Toyota, my husband drives a '90 Honda, we've been burned by cars made in our country and are afraid to buy American again and live in constant fear that one of our aged vehicles will die – there's no money in the budget for another. It's tough to be excited about "sacrificing" when you feel like you've already been sacrificing for a while. But, I think I'd be willing to work a 2nd job to pay for an all-electric car that can get my family from Virginia to Illinois (to see my husband's family) on a single charge, going highway speed of course. And I'll even buy American.
I am willing to supervise, criticize, and analyze to the extent of severe sacrifice – just like everyone else.
I've always been a good person, obeying the law, doing my job, paying my taxes, supporting my family. What I can best do is remain as I am, and scream like a banshee whenever the U.S. stab the working people in the back. Like they have been the last 28 years.
The problem isn't with the public like me and you. Those that need to help the U.S. are the CEOs that ship our jobs overseas and view their countrymen only as a vehicle of personal wealth and profit. Ask THEM what they will do to help the U.S. !
For one turn my thermostat lower in winter and warmer in summer. Be careful in spending, walk more to try to stay healthy. Also help out the other guy and their families whenever I can. Pray for Mr. Obama and our leaders to lead us down the right path for a change.
I would give eating out,which I have seriously cut back on,already. And now that we have no credit cards we will keep it that way. If you can't pay cash for something you probably don't need it anyway,just got to have it.
I'm giving up making political donations to Democrats. No, wait, I already did that.
I'm willing to sacrifice nothing for a country that doesn't deserve it.
I will move out of my parents house!!!
Jack, I will....no, maybe I could........then again maybe...............nope not that. Any ideas?
I'm willing to sacrifice many things Jack. I'm ready to sacrifice the phone taps that have been illegally placed on our phone lines. I'm ready to sacrifice the tax hikes on the middle class. I am ready to sacrifice the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am ready to sacrifice the complete ineptitude with which the Bush administration has handled Russia, China, and North Korea. In short, I'm ready for Obama.
I intend to serve the government and the US by serving the country and help the current government do the job well to bring the country out of the doldrums. I would very much like to be a reporter for CNN.
I will willingly sacrafice my future social security payments and any inheritances that come my way if the rest of the country would agree to do the same. These I would give in order for my children and future grandchildren to have any kind of a future.
Generational socialism, all estates reverting to government for the sole purpose of providing for the educational and health needs of our youth once the national debt has been paid, is the only solution I can see fixing the mess that is our country. Let's truly become the land of equal opportunity.
I think alot of us have done enough. I think its time that government
gets its act together.
Since Bush's reintroduction of Trickle Down Economics, many of us have already been doing, out of necessity, what Barack Obama is likely ask of us. Conserving energy, getting by with less, practicing green consumerism and protecting the environment. We'll happily keep on doing what we've been doing and be pleased in knowing that our efforts will be multiplied many times over and possibly even rewarded.
I have two main priorities: my GOD and my family. I'd do just about anything asked of me as long as it didn't interfere with priorities one and two.
Jack, I will continue to not buy into the credit card scheme and pay my bills on time. I will continue to save my money and not waste it on every trinket and when I really want something, I will save my money to buy it. If a good American made electric car is affordable, I will gladly ditch my gasoline powered car and buy a new electric vehicle (already have an electric scooter that I take to work when it’s warm). If there’s any other sacrifices that President Obama asks me to do, I will gladly man up.
I am 64 and have worked all my life to support myself and my son, I have always paid my taxes so these idiots in government can waste them, I have raised a son I am proud of and we both obey the laws (which is more than I can say for those who set them) and I exercise my right to voice my opinion and vote for Obama who I pray will be able to change enough to get us on the right track. I don't expect him to work miracles, but I would like to see someone in office with scruples for a change.
until he changes his views on marijuana legalization, very little. if this issue can't at least be discussed , as it may pertain to bio-fuels,agriculture,manufacturing, distribution, taxation, prisoners, and individual liberty over one's own body,and the border war with mexico, then why support issues important to him? some people are tired of being told by government that they decide what a person can and can't put in their own body. it's enough to make me want to vote libertarian next time, instead of for false change.
I've already sacrificed by serving in the Navy during Vietnam,being screwed out of pay raises by predatory bosses,paying overwhelming taxes and having my retirement dreams thrown on the trash heap of history. What more does Obama want me to do? You can't get blood from a turnip.
Honestly, whatever we need to do. Our country is the great place it is because of our fathers and mothers and grandparents sacrifices . Maybe we are the next "greatest generation" and we can show how resilient ,creative and strong we are by helping others and making wise decisions for our own lives. We will survive this like we did everything else in our history , and we will be stronger because of it. Someday our grandchildren will talk about all the challenges we are facing now and will look at us with pride for the courage and strength we showed in tough times. That is what being an Amercan (and an example) is all about.
Jennifer, Chicopee MA
Unlike a great many "know it alls" from the Republican side on Blogs I will give him a chance. As for me I will increase my volunteering in areas that might see budget cuts. If we all gave just 5 hours a week volunteering someplace the US would be a much better place. I bet you could find 5 hours someplace in your schedule to do something for someone. And the fun part, it really does feel good.
I will continue to socially network with other Gen Xers so as to bring about a cultural revolution through art, academics and politics. You know, a revolution that rejects the idea of dropping out, turning on and tuning in while passing the buck, destroying social security, oppressing working people for the sake of 401K plans and generally leaving the USA worse off than it was when I was born.
Jack: In addition to changing all my lightbulbs, I promise to buy a fuel efficient car, use less electricity in my home, buy savings bonds, put my toe into the stock market, go out of my way to buy American made products, influence those who think otherwise!
I think I already have 20 years in the U.S.M.C. 3 tours in NAM another phony war
Drive less, don't buy gas from Citgo, Recycle more, Conserve energy. Join movement to charge Bush & Chaney with war crimes for getting us into this mess we are in. If crimes were committed then they need to face the charges. If I were charged with a crime maybe I could make a plea to the judge to look to the furture and not look to the past where the crime took place. Good Luck !!!!!!!!!!
Volunteer work is something I've always wanted to do which means I may have to give up my TV soaps for such a worthy cause.
I won't have to DO anything. It will be done unto me. Inflation is the function of printing money which in effect takes value from what I have and gives it to the government who uses that value represented by the money it prints. Thus my contribution will be a tax via inflation such that all the years I worked will be diminished by a heavy percentage. No action from me is required.
. . . No sacrifices, Jack.
I'm already givin' the state and federal gov. 30% of my paycheck. I'm afraid to ask ,"What more do they want?" I guess I wouldn't mind givin' up social security as long as uncle Obama agrees to stop takin' withholdings for it. Sounds to me like it's a dead horse. I don't expect I'll see any of it anyway by the time I retire 28 yrs. from now. How 'bout we kick to the curb, all those so-called "entitlements"? As the saying goes, "If you can't help yourself, you sure as hell can't help anyone else".
what do you want Jack? what won't I do for this country? I have been in the military served over 18 years. I have worked for hard for this country while those who are more educated and have better opportunities have squandered our resources. I at times want to wipe my hands of my citizenship tell them to give it to someone else because i am tired i heard a call when i was little ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. I have little left to give them but if the president says do it I will follow and i will turn in those who betray us and do the opposite,
Jack, I will offer my loyal support to the new President, is that enough?
I am willing to conserve energy,water,and go more green. I am also willing to donate to charities that directly help the people in need. I am also willing to volunteer at shelters and food kitchens. I am also willing to forgo some luxuries for myself in order to be able to help my recently unemployed son and his family.
I will do everything in my power to end the 'entitlement' mentality with a simple phrase. 'Those who work; eat.'
I am going to quit shopping at Walmart and other such stores that purchase the majority of their inventory from Asia and from companies that have moved their manufacturing outside The U.S. and Canada.
Well I am already bailing out banks, wall street and the auto industry. I pay my bills on time, I have not defaulted on my mortgage, I have not lived off my credit cards or gone on extravagent vacations. I have sacrificed all my life all for nothing. Doing the right thing gets you nowhere. You screw up and the government bails you out. You do things right and the government screws you over. I am not asking the government to do anything for me, so the government shouldn't be asking anything of me. I am tapped out!
I work as many hours as I can, I do my own taxes and just take the standard deductions. I pay my bills on time. I throw so little away some weeks I don't even put out the trash. What I want is for the government to use my tax dollars wisely and go bother someone else.
I know what everyone in both the U.S. and Canada should be doing and that is to only buy goods in made in our countries regardless if it costs us a little more money.
Doing this just might save our respective economies and make as wealthier in the long run.
Those who continue to buy products made in 3rd world countries and sweat shops using child labour just might find themselves or their grandchildren in a similar situation down the road.
buy a new american made gun.
I will hold my government and President accountable for their actions. Obama made an awful lot of promises – let's see if he can keep them. If he doesn't, we'll find somebody else.
Well if I ever find another job I will continue to do what I did before...not shop at places like Walmart who use child and slave labor, try to buy American, give to charities, volunteer. Right now all I can do is try to hang on until it gets better. It is not looking too good.
we 've sacrificed enough!! Not that I'm not willing, because I am. Tell the government to do it's damn job right and Americans will do there's as we always have. Obama or not, DO YOUR DAMN JOB, you wanted it , swore to do the right things for us and none of you, NONE have done what you swore too. Don't tell me to sacrifice , I was with out a son for years due to a war that was a lie. Kiss my, where's the tylenol!!!!
Wrong question. I’ve paid the freight for all the crooks and freeloaders most of my life. The question is, when is payback? When will the Madoffs of the country be held accountable? When will they pay their overdue bill with interest? And when will they be forced to undo the damage they caused.
I will search for products of the USA. I will buy only Fresh
Produce and Meat of the US. If everybody did this we would
not have those awful fruits from Chile and South America
that have already molded in our upscale super markets!!!!
I will do whatever it takes to get this country back on track.
Hopefully Obama will keep his web site up and running so that we can give our input from the bottom up. He seems to take criticism well, so that should help.
I hope everybody understands that democracy is not a spectator sport!
Engage in pro bono work on behalf of the Justice Department and SEC to disgorge the trillions of dollars paid in Wall Street bonuses in the past several years to people who made deals solely to enhance their riches while knowing what they would ruin the economy.
I'm willing to give up listening to the talking heads, who distract from the real issues and complexity of our country's affairs. Except for you, Jack.
Nothing ;I did not cause this mess;
It is time for the other way around: First ask what Dem & Rep Congress can do for America & American then I will do my best to serve my country.
It is time for Congress to work for American and earn their pay.
They already take a very long vacation while us, American work hard to pay for them.
I must consider my own self-esteem. I have done nothing wrong yet I am taxed in the back on behalf of the wrong doers, I vote yet my vote may be lost in cyberspace, I read the fine print, only to be out maneuvered by devious lawyers and "legislators" and therefore vote in such a way as to cause me more taxes, loss of rights and abuses by a numbing pile of government regulations. We are damned if we do and damned if we don't. It does not matter what I do. I can't take it any more Jack, I just can't !
Jack I am on a fixed income that keeps getting smaller as I respond to your question. The only thing I can do right now is pay my taxes. But I would be willing to teach people how to hunt and live off the land if it becomes necessary. I also have some recipes I can pass along from my mother and father when they went through the great depression.
I am willing to stop supporting any Republican now in office and I am willing not to vote for any Republican in the future.
i answered my countrys call by serving in the military and i voted to help elect barack obama president.i pay my taxes and obey all the laws of this country and patronize american businesses whenever possible.companies should not send jobs to foreign countries and keep them here at home to help the people
I think the average person has already gone above and beyond the call of duty when we were "asked" to bail out Big Business. What do we have left to give when we can barely afford to pay our bills, mortgages, etc. and when our time is spent working like dogs, looking for work with panic in our hearts and/or going to school in mid-life in order to secure a job that is recession-proof? Really, shouldn't something be expected of those we (and future generations) bailed out??
I've done about all the "green" stuff I can do and don't buy overseas crap anymore. I will voluteer to work for free on the commission to investigate the Bush administration, so as not to take away from the paid help that are needed to fix the rest of this mess. After the investigations and trials, I'll even buy the rope.
I'll do my part, in the next election I'll not vote for anyone running for relection!
Okay, Jack you asked for it......I have sacraficed, conserved, done without, paid my taxes, taught school during the day and cleaned that same school at night in order for my two kids to go to college, haven't gone on a vacation in 12 years, and volunteered my time doing this and that to help this one and that one... 'till I BLUE in the face.....after some of the crooked and STUPID things that have been going on lately...I will be looking out for ME and MINE from now on... or maybe move to Australia!
I will volunteer more if my schedule permits – I do give to Charities already. I would hope that this "Me First & the Heck with everyone else" (the other name for it is "Trickle Down" I believe) atmosphere of greed can be driven out of society – that would help much more.
Loan Bush my pickup truck to help him move his belongings out of the
I would pay more taxes. Government is not free. There are things we need to do, and we should expect to pay for those things.
As someone who is drawing Social Security, I would be willing to support means testing of Social Security benefits. Clearly, entitlements and defense are the two big hogs to cut. We must get our priorities correct or we will not survive.
I will continue to do what I have been doing lately. Keep an eye out and complain to the proper authorities when something done in the name of the US is illegal, immoral or wrong. I go to change.gov often and explain to PE Obama and his group what I feel is good, bad or wrong. That's all I can do. Pay my bills, do the best I can, and give PE Obama time to do what he can. Its going to take awhile, it won't be overnight.
I'll pray every day for God to keep Obama safe and bless the USA because thats the only chance.
Sacrifice has to start somewhere other than the Middle and Lower classes. We've been getting hit all along while the wealthy just keep getting wealthier. I don't know about you, but most of my friends already volunteer for various worthy causes to the tune of 100s of hours a year a piece. How much more are we suppose to give?
So maybe it's time that those overpaid, over-ego-ed CEOs and Board members that we just bailed out take a pay cut by paying 80% of their overinflated income as taxes to the government. They are making 100s of multiples more than their overworked, underpaid and under-insured workers. They can afford to live like the rest of us for a change and maybe learn some humility.
And while Congress is not necessarily overpaid (although their health care, retirement plan and perks are second to none), maybe they can stop taking in millions in honorariums and speaking fees and also live like the rest of us. There are too many people living without while the few live in the lap of luxury.
Do not depend on Government for getting the economy moving.
Start saving and stop using credit cards. Those who are unemployed, know your passion and follow the passion to start your own business. Stop listening radio or watching TV news full of negatives. Keep an open mind re: what is good for the country without leaning on any ism.
I will sacrifice my time and energy to continue to demand an immediate withdrawal of our forces from the two illegal wars we are in, to demand that the Patriot Act be repealed, to demand no more bailouts for the super-rich, to demand government healthcare for every American, and to work hard to ensure that EVERY American has equal civil rights like the right to marry and the right for gays to openly serve in our military.
I think Congress and the administration should set a good example by taking a 25% pay cut and a loss of benefits.
nothing i am over taxed at the pump, store and opother areas i am in this too we the taxpayers must not do anythign till the govt cut their pay benefits and cut govt waste and unnessary spending and bailouit the american taxpauyer first before the aig or auto companines if we had money we would buy more care that would help them instead we give them a bailout from the taxpayers
If the Federal Government would pass a balanced budget amendment and agree to live within there means, I would be willing to live with a tax increase that would pay off the debt. I would be willing to pay an additional gas tax to pay for infrastructure and renewable energy. I am willing to conserve energy and modify my habits if the government holds up there end of the deal.
Jack, I'll give you my wife.
I think that Congress and the Administration should set a good example and take a 25% paycut and a loss of their benefits package.
one other note, have you ever noticed that none of these politicians talk about "buy american". I am already in that frame of mind and buy american as much as I can.
We all can start by using less energy,drugs,and think of ways to invent
reusable energy sources. Just think.
Willing to pay 30-to-50 cent gas tax to fix roads, streets, bridges, sewers and decrease demand for gas. Willing to insulate home. Willing to buy government reconstruction bonds for power grid and alternative energy. Willing to buy a more fuel efficient car. Willing to help auto industry. Willing to buy a new refrigerator and stove with high efficency ratuings. Willing to vote for Democrats. Do not qualify for social security, medicare, medicaid. I refuse social security SSI; give to kid charities. Willing to write lots of songs. Willing to give inventions relative to energy. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.
I would be willing to serve on a grand jury to investigate crimes that my have been committed by Bush, Cheney, and others in their administration. It would take a lot of time, but would be well worth it.
Well, I don't plan to do much because sooner or later another Republican will be elected president, start another un-provoked war, spend our nation into oblivion, cator to the wealthiest 1%, stoop to the same level as our enemies in ignoring the Geneva Conventions, & be unable to see any threat to our nation besides terrorism. Did I mention I don't plan to do much?
I've been paying my taxes for years supporter the rich in penthouses while they swindle as much as $50 billion. I would like to see my tax dollars stop going to the rich and thieves and redirect the money for the betterment of all. My suggestion is to have Halliburton, Blackwater and other contractors get audited so the country gets a refund.
I'm going to keep praying for our country. Other than that I'm not sure what else I can do. I'm already disabled, partially due to my military service and the VA won't recognize it due to some technicality (although they are providing my medical care thank God). I'm not bitter about all this, for I was willing to give my life for my country if asked, but now after having lost my health, career, and eventually home, depleted my life savings, and all my 401K retirement account, If they expect me to sacrifice some of my Social Security (which isn't a whole lot) at this point, I'll be completely destitute. I already eat soup for a lot of meals. What else can I sacrifice?
St. George, UT
I promise to spend my next stimulus check as fast as I can playing golf. I spent my time in the military, payed taxes all my life, watched the theives in Washington blow the taxpayers money on worthless projects to pay off their lobbyist friends, bailed out thieves that screwed their customers and until the government does something with our trade deals to make sure that there is no trade deficit then I'm through trying to help the government.
Working past the age of 70 and trying to keep my head above water so that I do not become a welfare recipient.
What I am willing to do and what I have been forced to do are two separate issues. Because of the the financial markets meltdown, most in the middle class of America is already sacrificing thier standards of living. In our case, I have had to reduce driving (I travel for a living), reduce our grocery bill, cut the thermostat back, no vacations, watch every purchase we make and a myriad of other cost- reducing measures. I can't see in other measure that can be taken...I am not going to spend, period!!!
Continue to pray for President Obama, and may
God bless us, everyone (in the world), especially after our last administration.
I "helped" my country by serving in the Vietnam war, I've lost my job and most of my savings in the last year. Now my country can help me and others like me, instead of the fat cats in the banking industry and wall street. How about giving us a break!
Why should the average American have to sacrifice anything to help this country when your paying members of the House and Senate over $150,000.00 a year to sit on their duffs, and work barely 1/3rd of the year? Many Americans have to work a 40 hour week every week so why are lawmakers any different? The average American has sacrificed enough, so maybe it's time to ask lawmakers to "tighten their belts" and help the country for a change!
I will stop and think do I need this or just want it when I am shopping. Save a little more money. Drive less. remember to tell those I love that I do before it is too late. And I will give the new president a chance to work without the constant critisim that he gets from those that think they are are always right. No president can do everything alone. it won't hurt us greedy Americans to tighten our belts a little.
Obama can't squeeze blood from a turnip. The American people have already given away nearly a trillion dollars to bail out Corporate America. The greedy corporate elite are leeches who feed off the blood of it's victims. Obama is not the messiah who's going to perform miracles. The average American will struggle to survive in this terrible economy, and most will not have the spare time or resources to sacrifice much of anything. Maybe we can donate to the local blood bank.
I will loose my vacation home. I will loose half the value of my home. I will loose half the value of my 401k. I will loose all my savings accounts. I will loose all my certificates of deposit. I will loose half the value of my retirement account. I will pay higher interest rates. I will pay higher gas prices. I will pay higher food prices. I will pay. I will pay. I will pay.
Just give more blood,sweat and tears. But mostly a whole lot of time!
Allow Obama time to help america out of its abyss of corruption, instability, economic hardship and offer a prayer for him. He will need it.
i will work for less money but i don't have a job
i will pay my tax on time but i don't have a job
i will work hard but i don't have a job\
i will car pool but i don't have a job
The same thing I have always tried to do-live within my means, don't expect the government to solve my problems and keep plugging for this great country.
I have supported him for the last 2 years. I will continue to do so by keeping in touch with my legislators to encourage them to back him up. He has received a mandate and it's time for him to be able to accomplish his plans.
First of all we democrats, republicans and independents must stand together infront of the terrible challenges lying ahead of us. the most important thing is to unite and we can overcome eventually.
how much more do people have to give. We are in a pickle. Corporations can't make money without the people over consuming, and people can't afford to consume at the rate they did in the past. And our environment is in such peril that if we don't start preserving our existence may be threatened. We can do our part, consuming less, but in the end businesses will keep failing. I think our society is in for some radical changes pretty soon. Hopefully for the better, but we shall see.
I think that is every citizen duty to back President Elect Obama and his programs to set the economy back on its feet. I have never been bashful when it comes to contacting my Congressman even though they are not of the party which I support. If enough of us get behind this we can bring it about. I can promise those who get in the way of our recovery that the voter have long memories.
I don't know what else I can do. I am trying to feed, clothe, and house my family on about 50% less than what I was making when the Bush regime took over. I have no health insurance, no automobile (I commute by bicycle), and no retirement other than social security. My wife is very ill with cancer and I don't know where to turn. That is why I voted for Mr. Obama in the first place. We need the change that he is trying to bring about. For my part I intend to support him in his efforts to change the course of this country.
Hey Obama, that wasn't in the contract when I voted.
Jack, i been on board this train all my adult life. I try to live as green as possible, and i have always lived within my means. I have always preached againsed useing credit. I have a credit score of zero, i own my on home my vehickels are paid for. Good credit is bad credit i always say. Credit is for people that have money not the ones that don`t. I would like to see everyone be more conservitive at home and have a government that is there to help if needed.
Since George Bush elevated China to "favored nation" status and kicked down the door to trade barriers, I have given up my job. I've made a significant contribution to Wall Street executives so they can create new jobs. Since speculators caused fuel prices to soar, I have done my part to shore up the bank accounts of struggling gas companies like Exxon. Due to the high cost of food, I have been forced to buy and eat less, leaving more food available for the increasingly high demand local "soup kitchens" have been burdened with. In the future, I promise to only bathe once a month (whether I need it or not) so as to reduce my carbon footprint, and conserve water. Short of that, I can only get in line with the rest of the unemployed to fight for one of those "volunteer" positions Barak Obama advocated for during his presidential campaign.
Stay out of trouble.
I've been cutting the grass of the homes around me that are in foreclosure....and yes, I admit it helps my property values too. I've also picked up garbage in the streets. I've donated more to the local foodbank. When Obama was running for President he said he can't do it alone and we all must change. I'm waiting to see what he has in mind.
I promise to recycle and buy an American alternative fuel vehicle as soon as they make one and look for other ways save energy.
I promise to feed my family healthy foods and to teach the importance of good health, so we're not a drain on the health industry.
I promise to raise my child to be intellectually curious, motivated, and disciplined so that they can be contributing members of society.
Lastly, I promise to buy U.S. Treasury Bonds – it's OUR debt, we should buy it!
Believe in my president, give him time to fix the mess that we're in, volunteer, and go green.
Jack you will see that this had to take place because of the up coming trail of Blago. It appears that Harry Read is playing the legal cards right. I am happy that Mr. Burris is in now lets get down to getting this Country running Right. Dan
I am already doing my share. I am the lowest paid faculty member in my discipline in my state system. I cannot afford to save. My family of 3 lives paycheck to paycheck. So, I figure that I am doing everything I can by spending all I make on things like diapers, student loans , health care , electricity, heat, basic foods; you know...the things we need to just get by. So I am already trying to spend my way out of the current economic depression...I mean recession. Realistically Jack, I do have high hopes for a prosperous new year for all Americans and that we can get back nationally on solid fiscal ground. The President-elect has millions hoping and praying for him to follow through on his campaign promises.
I am eating less, don't go on any long trips out of town, keep my apartment colder and wear a sweater to save on my heating bill, leave only two very dim lights on when it gets dark, pray a lot! Pretty much as boring as it gets with me and my two cats!
I'm willing to keep a watchful eye on what is going on and make critical remarks about what I think is wrong. Sounds like I'm taking the easy way out. Not so fast! It's a hard job and someone needs to do it. In small communities across America we need some watch dogs to sound the alert when Washington steps out of line. Those who choose to bury their heads in the sand need to be awoken to the reality that what happens truly affects us all. So carry on Wolf and Jack. Tell us like it is. We need to know.
As a outsider I will continue to pray that God keeps Obama safe and award him the wisdom to lead his administration and restore your country to it's former glory.
I will also continue to go on periodic spending sprees to New York to do my bit for your economy........LOL
i started by changing to energy efficent lights in my home and now we are starting meetings to help with welcoming home commities for our troops,President elect has giving us the honor to start doing our part to help in anyway we can to bring this great nation back together and it fells great so what are you and Wolf doing to help with Changing our nation.
Jack – anything I can to make the world a better place for my children and grand children. . I started already by voting Obama in as President. That single act has helped to bury for good 200 years of racial hatred. What a great time this can be!
What kind of major sacriices can we make? the jobless, homeless,
the retired living on "fixed: incomes, and others who can't get credit
to buy all the stuff that manufacturers can't afford to make.
Reality check time for those who were dazzled into thinking the yellow brick road would now be laid before us as soon as he was "named."
What else can we "do" but wait to see if he can keep any of the claims that he made - all the ones he said "we can, we will" - time for the other shoe to drop.
I volunteer to build and operate the guillotines that need to go up on Wall Street and K Street to take care of these corporate criminals that have destroyed this great country.
I would do it for FREE.
Pay taxes. Not rebel.
The big sacrifice needs to come from the government and politicians. They need to back off, and stop spending money no one has. They need to stop the pandering, and the outright lying. They need to return our money, and our liberties to us.
Until we realize that the only way to fix this economy is with a new tax code, universal health care, and a new energy policy that will create millions of jobs, we make circular arguments that will end up in the same place that we are now. However, long it takes to travel the circumference we will be here again. Obama wants to represent change, then change is what we must do, not just fix a system that is inherently broken for this age that we live in. Old Policies, old practices, old ideas, same results. We need a tax code that missess no one. A national sales tax, taxing everyone including those who pay no income tax, visitors, or are here illegally. Both Texas and Florida have no State Income Tax and they seem to take in enoough money from Sales Tax and property Tax without income tax and they don tax groceries either. Cant continue to send our money over seas for energy we must keep those dollars here. And with national health care the big three auto manufacturers would not have need a bailout.
Vote against all incumbents in the next election cycle!!
Jack most of the country has already sacrificed way to much But this is different at last I am being ask to sacrifice for my country instead of being told to go shopping ,So For My part I will do and give what ever it takes to rebuild this nation up to and including giving up My disability that I receive For The VA. that is nothing when you see what my brothers in arms have given to this country .
If you are so greedy that you can not even think of any sacrifice then go to any VA hospital and tell them you are not willing to give any money or time to help out this nation and if you can then look your self in the mirror then please see if you can at least moved to Dallas Or Wyoming .
San Antonio .Tx
How mindless are the American people. They are expecting Obama to fix from day one what it took Bush to screw up for 8 years.
Any normal, logical thinking human being will realize, it is going to take strategic manuvering, full support of house and senate, Americans patience and cooperation and very smart people to fix this MESS that the Republicans have gotten us into.
STOP BEING NAIVE AND GIVE THIS ADMINISTRATION A CHANCE. You don't become an expert of anything in a day, 6months or a year, doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, etc. Obama will have to dig in and find out the exact extent of this MESS and believe me, Bush and the Republicans still have not given him all the information he needs because they and people who totally dislike Obama for whatever reason, wants him to fail, which is absolutely sickening. This crisis is affecting everyone and this crisis hurts EVERY human being regardless of race, color, creed, religion or whatever......
Does everything he says have to resemble President kennedy ....Ask not what your Country can do for you, but what you can do for your Country! Americans are doing their part, so specifics would be good for him to give on this. Specifics don't seem to be his strong point!
I would help US by giving my utmost to this country in anyway i can.
I would do anything that it asks of me. only thing is I am unemployed and I do not know in what way I could contribute to this great country.
I will continue to have every one of my posts to your website "AWAIT MODERATION" ,,, then be removed.
Keep up the good work CNN and Cafferty File.
I will continue to do what I have been doing all along. Work hard, pay taxes, take care of my family, try to save a little money, stay out of debt by not spending what we do not have. I will spend less b/c we don't need most of the junk we buy anyway. When did our economy become solely dependent upon consumerism and the spend-baby-spend mantra? Perhaps when we stopped making things here at home?
I will also continue to be a well-informed political activist who will email her federal and state lawmakers every time they do something stupid which is most of the time. Most are right wing ideologues who do the bidding of their corporate sugar daddies and lobbyist friends. They fail miserably at taking care of the needs of those they are supposed to represent.
I will also continue to wage verbal wars in the blogosphere with apologists for the worst and most unpopular President in U.S. history I am sharpening my keyboard as I type. We are not going to let them rewrite history.
Be patient and supportive of his ideas and policies. We have nothing to lose if we do and nothing to gain if we don’t. I want to ensure that my grandchild will live in an environment of success and be proud of her American heritage.
I will help the less fortunate, pay my taxes and anything I am asked to do. we must remember the GOP made this mess and it has deepened since Obama ran for office and still is getting worse. We sure cannot blame Obama. I will also cheer on to impeach Bush and his Crony's that caused this mess.
Go back to work!!
Believe it or not, I would be willing to pay more taxes. All I want is a fair shake with taxes, and that means someone making much more than I do (and i make a very good salary) shouldn't pay less than I do. If the tax money went for positive things, rather than ill-concieved wars and welfare for corproations, no problem with that.
I will vounteer to audit bailed out banks that are supposed to provide loans to qualified home buyers & audit their denials. The only problem is, who would do anything with the information???
David, Las Vegas
Nothing! Good! Yep I also Smoked... Cyste in my Throat stopped it...
You can't sing and smoke.... Now I still drink.... So do you..
But your Politics is in trouble. CNN divides a Country.... Choosing sides will prove nothing.... One Year from now... Then you can shout.... But beware your Cough...
Seeing that the government is the one that put us all here, losing homes, jobs, cost of everything through the roof and our taxes are paying for their stupidity, I personally think the American people have been asked to do enough and its time the government pulled up their boot straps, take pay cuts, give up their full coverage healthcare, work forty hours a week, and put their money where their mouth is for a change. Now THAT'S change.
Nothing! You own part of the Media.... They pay your Cheque... Be a Renegade, but be productive...
If. When, or Why. Every one Title to a Song.... Which one are you singing???
I will work hard to insure that Gov. Palin stays in Alaska.
Not very much I am on S&C
Well I'll be interested to know what the definition of "everyone" is. I doubt that President Obama will require senior citizens to take a cut in their social security payments of poor single mothers to take a cut in their welfare payments. I have a feeling that "everyone" will be redefined to mean "those who are most likely NOT to vote for my re-election in 2012."
I agree with "John in Rohnert Park". Big promises require big actions. Will we really get what we voted for?
We have already sacrificed so much over the last 8 years, it is hard to answer this question without getting angry. The truth is, we pretend that kindness and caring for others is still the american way, but assuming actions still speak louder than words, it really isn't. Katrina is a great example of how we failed to take care of our fellow americans. I suppose what President Obama means is that we need to sacrafice our vanity and selfishness and get back to really taking care of eachother. That is one sacrifice I'm willing to make.
Just surviving the Bush years is enough. I would not complain about anything for a year.
I will do whatever I can to help our Country and Obama. Obama is willing to do everything he can to straightened Bush's mess out. I sure isn't his making.
Does anybody remember what JFK said? "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country"? This is where we truly fail ourselves. Blaming this entire mess on the past administration doesn't do any good and leaving all the responsibility in the next administrations hands is entirely wrong as well. The power of our country comes from the people and to think we have no responsibility to do anything about it is ignorant and potentially catastrophic! Governments come and go, nations rise and fall but the future prosperity of the people lies in the hands of who is willing to fight for it. We all have the ability therefore we all have the responsibility to take action!
I'd would be willing NOT to request a personal bailout even though I most certainly deserve it.
Great question, Jack. I was wondering about it just this morning. What ARE we being asked to sacrifice? Some specifics would be nice.
I will continue to buy "Made in America" products.
Jack – how much more can the working poor do? Try asking that question of the folks who make the big bucks because I am in survival mode like most Americans.
I won't do a thing for my country as long as Barack Hussein Obama is in office. In his term as president, I hope he will get impeached.
We all have our part to play. Besides the things we would do anyway, like working, paying taxes, taking care of our families, etc. we also need to become a more informed public. We need to read, research, and listen to opposing views on each subject, and then make informed decisions and choices. We definitely need to do this in ANY election. And we definitely need to register and VOTE. There are no unimportant elections in a true democracy. We need to consider our responsibilities to the future and to the environment. And we need to keep eagle eyes on our government!
Please stop give every details to the world about mistakes that have happened ,the world is watching and they are taking different and not as light we we do.
I was reading the Greek news and they make them big mountains and start blame Obama already.
GIVE OBAMA A BREAK,AND LETS ALL THINK POSSITIVE
HE WILL CHANGE A LOT OF THINGS TO THE BETTER IN DEW TIME.
HELEN FROM CANADA
I promise to stop buying Chinese
and start buying American!
I have paid my taxes since I was 9years old served in the Army during Korea,lost my hearing,Opened a small business,employed one person plus my wife and myself. We sold the business and invested the money in the market ,lost our ass in the Bush years.Now we live on 1200 dollara month. I think we have done enough.. thanks for the place to vent !!!!!!
How about big businesses stop sending jobs overseas, stop reducing or eliminating health care coverage, stop increasing their bonuses and paying for it by laying off / firing as many people as they can.
Sacrifice, suffer and stay the course.
I am willing, for now, to forego my plans to move to Canada.
The average person may not be able to do anything much to help the situation we are finding ourselves in. Pay my bills, which I do, and buy American, which I wish I could do more . buy from neighbors when possible and keep family afloat. We need good jobs, better health care and rebuilding. I would really like to build a factory or two, but it is probably going to have to be someone richer than I am who has the most effect on this country.
I`ll continue to vote democratic, and continue to marginalize those crooked, knuckle dragging, hypocritical republicrook a#%- h#$&s for many years to come. The only thing they ever seem to do is obstruct, and try to devide our country.
I'll save more, drive less and, buy "made in the USA".
Vote out as many republicans as we can from congress in2010 so president Obama can actually get something done and be appreciative that Bush is finally leaving and never vote for a Bush again.
Try to 'love truly'. People are often mean - so trying to 'love truly' is difficult. And after 55 years, memory is often a factor in being able to 'love truly'. I know that some of you have your hungers and needs - but sometimes some of you trespass.
Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona
I don't have a job or healthcare. I depend on my mother and my brother. I am one disaster away from losing it all. This never would have happened had I had gotten affordable healthcare. You can't work if you're sick and you can't get a job if you're ill. But when you don't have the money, you suffer.
So with that, I don't have anything else to sacrifice other than be patience. He has a 40 year old mess to clean up in four years.
I'm not giving back a damn thing. I can no longer hear what this government asks.....due to it's actions.
If the US government wants some respect and support from me it's going to first have to show me it can do what it's paid to do, all by it's self.
I'm willing to keep my hard earned tax dollars and let Mexico support it's own citizens!
I'd be more than willing to take one of the many government jobs where you don't have to do anything or even show up for work and get paid. Of course I'd pay my taxes on time and even be willing to pay the extra tax rate and especially since these jobs carry a lifetime retirement with medical and dental care at your expense.
I will continue to bailout big corporations whenever they need it.
Why? Do you know a wall street whiz kid that needs me to write him a check?
Anything. As long as W. is leaving office.
I already have.!!!!!!I have served my country by serving in the United States Army
It all depends on what he is willing to do. If he does the right thing then I will do the right thing.Simple enough?
I've given up a job, a car, a mortgage, and a huge chunk of my happiness. What else does the government expect?
My wife and I already work for a public school system. Our salaries are less than most of those who work in the automobile assembly lines. Pretty pathetic considering we HAVE to have a college degree.
We have been sacrificing all along.
I do enough with each paycheck in the lines Federal Income Tax Withheld.
What does he want now – my first born child? He hasnt done one thing yet – if that is what he wants, he has a helluva lot of nerve...
Interesting admission by the Obama administration. They now admit that they can't AFFORD to raise taxes on the rich– because raising taxes on the "rich" results in LOWER overall tax revenues. So, their class hatred campaign will have to wait until they can afford it.
Thanks for the admission, Cafferty.
Jack, I am willing to do anything. This is the first time in my life where I really think my vote mattered. I felt involved and awake for the first time. I'll do anything!
It depends on what he request us to do. My husband and I are both disabled and live on fixed incomes....
I will be willing to do whatever PE Obama ask of me, because I trust him to be reasonable with any request he makes. Our nation is spiraling out of control, so I'll do whatever I can to help the country.
Pay a gas tax!!! Which is what everyone who owns an internal-combustion vehicle (or 3) should be willing to do!
I would be willing to sacrifice my time in an effort to convince Osama Obama to forgive all student loans as part of the next economic baleout. Thank you.
If it's a matter of paying more taxes or working longer, sign me up. This is going to take sacrifices by ALL Americans, irrespective of whether we have made sacrifices in the past.
I'm a 100% disabled Persian Gulf war Vet. Do I need to do more?
Dear Jack, As I treasure my children and grandchildren more than life itself I am prepared to do whatever it takes to pass on to them a quality of life that we have become used to in America. I know that it's going to be a long hard road because of the monetary situation worldwide, I am confident that Pres. Elect Obama will lead up on the right path. It took many years to to get to this place in time and it will take many years to come out without much pain and suffering for each and every family in the middle and lower classes in American society.
I'm willing to give up George Bush!
Nothing. Not untill we get some honest american leaders instead of all the crooks. We still don't have any idea where the first 350 billion went and they want us to give them more. There is no change on the horizon,
Americans can stop whining about taxes and step up to the plate. Each of us owes a debt to America for our freedom. The taxes we pay are minimal considering the benefits we get. I'm willing to pay more. Everyone should be.
Sacrifice? I think I'm there. Unemployed since February 08 after 23 years in banking, working part time to make ends meet, hoping I don't lose it all before I can find a decent job again. There are some of us that are up against it NOW and don't have any more to give up. Where's the light at the end of the tunnel for us Jack?
I gave up my future to care for my parents who were both WWII veterans. Now I can't find a job wich means I am going to lose my home and end up living on the streets and I've been looking nationwide for 16 months with my BA. Losing my home means I lose all of my family photos, my heratige. I have to give up my dogs who are my only companions and family. What more to I have that I can give?
what more could be asked of us we are paying high oil prices which means we are paying high food and living costs without being compensated.this country is in a dire place in history with debt highthat ever and they continue to ask us for more I have sacrificed my house my car and my way of living and i have done it all with a smile on my face with the thought of hope and change to come but now i see it will be more of the same give give give.......
I'm willing to sacrifice three goats and two chickens.
Grow a garden.
Whatever it may take. I suppose I'll have to cut back on my "Sangria wine" purchases for starters. In fact, maybe the question should be directed to the wealthy party.
I would personally devot my time to act as a collection agent to recoup the money that Bush, Cheney and their cronies have pillaged from U.S. tax payers.
simple, americans sholud be ready to drop their lavish lifestyles and be ready for some hard work. dont be afraid of the dirt, some sacrifice is needed for progress!
before I'd commit to anymore sacrifices I would ask that congress members sacrifice their most recent salary increases. How dare they quietly accept this raise while castegating the big 3 CEOs and asking us to give up more.
I would be willing to stop watcing CNN on Sundays during football season.
Sacrifice?? Why don't the politicians take a pay cut...after all, if we have elected them to fight for our interests, shouldn't "they all" be willing and happy to do their part too??
Better yet, if the government passed a law to skim 2% off of the top of all political donations made to every single person running for a public office...just think about all the FOUND money there would be!!
and, they wouldn't have to keep taxing us all to death.
I am already doing it, fighting the good fight for education.
We all have to pick our battles, I chose education. More than ever those that "can", "HAVE TO"... yes we can!
I was just recognized by the City of Denver for being an "Un-Sung Hero", and that's what we will be so don't look for Oprah or the government for help.
"We all get by with a little help from our friends"
Tell everyone I love em!
I plan on doing the same thing I have been doing for the last 8 yrs...working with the homeless, PTSD victims (vets and child abuse vicitms) and helping them heal.
There is PLENTY to be done weather it is going through your closet and donating things you do not use or fit or want anymore to helping a kid learn to read. You might find that you get just as many benefits from helping someone else.
Jack, I"m willing to do anything for America, as long as the children and grand children of the future do not get a bill handed to them. The future generation should not have to pay for what has happened. Its each generation's responsibility to make America better for the next generation.
Jack I will do anything this man asks. John McCain liked to talk about country first and now we have a President who is ready to do that and it is our turn to ask him, What can I do? We have a president who will actually use logic and common sense to come up with solutions that work not ones that sound good. We are in serious times and some of our wants need to be put on hold while we focus on the needs. So you want to know what I will do? What ever is needed. Just show me where to stand in line to help this President.
As a middle class person living in an America that wants everything now, and at cheap prices...well, I'm willing to pay more. More for American made, more for taxes that will build schools, and pay for Police officers to keep us safe. I will do more if asked. I would work for my community in some way if asked if it would help. I would do more now to make sure my child does not have to deal with a bleak future. I remember stories my grandparents told me of how they had to go without during WWII. I guess some of us are all to good to sacrifice a little.
I will continue to help those closest to me (family/friends) and protect myself to the best of my ability from the mistakes of our seriously corrupted government
I've already given away my job, my 401k,and my dignity. What more do you want? I have almost nothing left. Oh wait.. Here's my shirt. Happy now?
I am not changing nothing, the only thing I am doing is being more cautious with my money and my time. The time I spend watching you guys gets me through the hard times.
I would do the exact opposite of what President Bush did. I would lower taxes and keep our troops at home icase we are attacked Duuuuuuuuuuuh.
I am willing to donate time, after all it's about all I have, can't find a job!!
I think we should all relax and let the guy take office. Or decide he doesn't want this mess after all. It changes daily. Could be a whole new world yet again by the time W leaves office.
I am willing to do absolutely nothing.... except to sit back and watch over the next 4 years, the american people (who elected Obama) realize as time goes on, he will be no different than anyone else who become the president of the United States.
With a gun to my head, I've mortgaged the future for my children, grandchildren et al. What more you want from me! If the wealthiest 1% of American weren't a bunch of wusses, they'd be doing their share, for once. That'll never happen because they own the government.
My experience was that I had a different attitude about the government and country when there was a draft and I volunteered for the U.S. Army. I think a non-military selective service system where people put in 2 years of service of some sort will be good for everyone all around. This could be expanded to adults and seniors who could help teach, tutor, for example. Military service could be an option, too.
Like you stated on air. Us people of the middle class have done a lot to help out, but now that we have a president worth sacraficing for, I think everyone should go back to the days of ol' and make friends with our neighbors, and try to help out instead of living in fear of what might be next 2 us. We are all human after all, it's time to act like it.
I am a soldier in treatment for truamatic brain injury from combat wounds being treated in a nonmilitary charity hospital. What am I willing to do to help America? I am willing to give Congress and the Senate and all politicians a 50% cut in pay immediatly. I am also calling for the so called bail out money be all paid back since not 1 dollar was spent to help America. We see the politicians robbing us and the do not care that we see them. A sad day for America that our Government is so corrupt.
The "Sacrifices", need to come from those who can afford them MOST, like the multi-million-dollar-a-year CEO's, just like Obama PROMISED!!
OTHERWISE, he will be seen to be JUST as full of you-know-what, as were his predecessors!!
Nick D. Neighbour.
Under Bush, the greedy rich drove up my housing, energy and medical costs. They borrowed money to give hundreds of billions to the scam artists responsible for the most dire economic conditions since the Great Depression. The car companies refuse to acknowledge that my salary, as with many Americans, has flatlined and even declined. They continue to market cars to people who can spend more money than I've got. And I"M bailing THEM out. Let me see someone punish the dishonest and the greedy instead of subsidizing their avarice. I AM making sacrifices. Cy Gardner arlington, va
I m prepared to NOT have a tax cut – even though Im in the "middle class"
and I think the wealthy need to pay taxes at the old rates ; why? Because we need to start paying for all these gov't programs....we just can't keep spending and spending and spending without paying our way. Im for the stimulus package, but we need to pay for some of this now.... Down the road we need to start paying down our debt.....
Thank you for listening
I am ready to answer that call. 2009 will be my year for change. I own a construction company and for the next year I am going to hand down my job and donate my time to help areas around our country to rebuild the America we all once knew and loved.
I just lost half my 401k! He can stick sacrifice where the sun don't shine.
Larry in Ohio
We've lost over $60,000 on our previous home sale, lost another $60,000 on our new home and lost about 1/3 of our 401k. We're both retired seniors who have put in an honest day's work for over 45 years. Isn't that enough? We will not sacrifice any more of our life until people like Bernie Madoff, et.al. get held accountable for their wrong doings. He and all perpetrators of the American trust ought to have their behinds "behind" bars.
I'm already making sacrifices like paying my rent , car payment and gas in the tank. Food, state-mandated car insurance, heat, lights, clothing, household items, and recreation have taken a back seat.
I and my family have already contributed. My position at a large independent oil company was outsourced last year at a time when they were making incredible profits. I'm about to turn 50 and the job market isn't being very friendly. Forget about my 401k at this point. I can wait 10+ years. Why do companies continue to ship jobs overseas as fast as they can? This is not helping the economy – just making it worse.
I will do as I always have, support our neighbours to the South. Not many people know, but the first visit of any new President is to visit Canada. You support us, we support you ... looking forward to another holiday in the US, I hope this helps.
Within the past 8 years, my family has given up a house, a car, financial respectability, all forms of insurance (health, life, personal property) and most of all, our feeling of safety and security, and for what? I'm not sure what else we have to give, but our support and our patience. Luckily, unlike a lot of other folks, our family has persevered through all the hardships we've endured and we are a lot better off than some . . . especially in many other countries. I'd just like to have our country be respectable again and have a leader that's not laughable.
Kennedy speech is comin' back around..It's not what our country can do for us...its on me again. Im in the middle and 59. Ok. I'll do it again for Obama and more for my country..But this time those folks making $200,00 or more and the Republicans have to do it 5 fold. whatever it is. I'll pay more taxes, eat at home, recyle, walk more, whatever it takes to have our country proove that the last 8 years with Bush has been pathetic
When I retire in May 09 I will have been teaching 41 years.I have taught most of these years in schools in poverty neighborhoods, in New York and Florida. I supported Obama during his campaign and I pledge upon my retirement to help children in poor neighborhoods ,by volunteering my time to help children .We all need to step up to the plate and help our children, our country and our government.
My experience was that I had a different attitude about the government and country when there was a draft and I volunteered for the U.S. Army. I think a non-military selective service system where people put in 2 years of service of some sort will be good for everyone all around. This could be expanded to adults and seniors who could help teach or tutor, for example. Military service could be an option, too.
Whatevever President Obama wants me to do as long as it will help the nation.
pass an immigration bill and we'll all help to make America better. At least cut the grass
Gladly pay another $1.00 per gallon federal gasoline tax (more than $100 BILLION a year) to provide money and incentive for solving our problems.
I would be willing to stay home on Sunday. Lets have at least one Sunday per month where ALL retail establishments are closed. This would go a long way to boost energy conservation, and retail could focus sales on fewer days (less overhead costs). It may also actually improve family life!
People in public housing should not ask those paying for it to sacrifice.
I thought he was elected to Serve the American people, not impoverish them.
I’m willing to continue going to work and paying my taxes if Congress can see their way clear to stop issuing visa’s to foreign (cheap) workers. Our economy is bleeding enough jobs already.
What will I do????? I have already done it; served in the military 28 years, while those who have done nothing but complain are about to get a tax break, most of them not paying taxes at all....How about What have you done for your country lately?
Obama is a fake and will fail, he has no clue about what he is doing and at least with Pres. Bush you knew what he said was what he was going to do......
What will I do for my country? If they make a job for monitoring urinalysis tests for those who collect public money I'll apply.
Give myself a reality check. I will start to turn lights off, when I am not using them. I intend to spread the word around, so that my friends and others will learn how to cut down spending.
One friend said: "What difference does that make, it's only lights? " I said to him, if I cut my light bill, I will have more money in my pocket; therefore I can jump start the economy in my own home.
...get out of debt, save money, do lots of community volunteer work, write to my Congressmen, state legislators and local elected officials to advocate for sound policies, world peace and disarmament, and oppose the financial bailout for banks, wall street and all the other hoarders who got us into this mess.
I am willing to forgo all the I-told-you-so's I've been saving for the past eight years. Well, maybe not all of em . . ..
At this point, the sacrifice have to come from the government. Please have the guts to pass laws and regulation so that corporate do not get free reign in this country. Stop wasting taxpayers money on foreign aid or policies. Start cutting back how much money we spend or give for foreign issues and divert those funds for domestic issues.
It is very easy to help America, the economy and our own lives...first: try to change style of life, learn how to save, how to spend money, the priority...the rent/morgage/credit card/taxes, or a new vacation or a new car? for few years we don't have just to complain, but help each other, go in vacation, for people who can go, in the Country and spend more in USA and not abroad, be able to volonteer more....save, save and save....
I'll do anything I can to help, I think we all should. We have a bazillion great qualities we can share. Maybe the moneyed people will make a financial contribution? I would if I had any spare change. I will gladly tutor individuals. It all starts with education! As it is I volunteer to teach literacy, contribute to local food shelter, and am active in my towns Sustainable (living for the future) program. Volunteering my time always gives me back way more than I give.
What more can we do? We have done enough, we lost our home to forclosure, as well as our meager 401 k. We are the middle class, that is struggling just to survive. We need more money, to get those who are not working, retrained in higher paying fields. Both my husband and I are going back to school, in hopes we will get a better job. But I am not counting on it. I really fear for our son, what will he have go look forward to. No more are the days where you can graduate high school,and get a job, buy a home, and provide for your family, as my dad did as a retail manager. It's just a nightmare.
If the Gov. removes or suspends Cap Gains Taxes I'll use my savings to buy real estate. This will help banks off load stale assets and free us cash to loan to others.
-San Diego, CA
I think I'm willing to run for one of those high paying politcal offices, so I can be a part of the blind leading the blind government, while collecting a paycheck. It's apparent they are the best jobs. Norm and Al are fighting over one and Blagojevich won't leave his.
I have sacrificed all I can and can't sacrifice anymore. I have no job, no health care, no home. I don't have any more to sacrifice.l
I am more than willing to support the reversal of the last two pay raises the "Politicians" have given themselves when "We the people!" have been having to take cuts and layoffs.
The question should be what are the politicians willing to do???
When Obama asks what I am going to sacrifice for my country and then the next thing I hear is they are going to spend $100,000 to redecorate the living quarters in the White House, makes me mad, and I am an Obama supporter. I don't have $100,000 to sacrifice (I don't even have $100,000!) so perhaps the Obama's could forgot redecorating and make this sacrifice in my name. And he's not the only politican that I think needs to make sacrifices they can well afford before they ask the middle class to do it. Sherman, TX
I'm willing to stop buying cheap stuff from China. I would love to join the masses in demanding high quality, American made products. Where are the masses?
I would be willing to work for Obama in Washington. I am very eager to work full time again (as many of us are). as I have already sacrificed by being forced to work part-time making $100 per week. I have nothing else to lose if I become evicted, so yeah, I'll sacrifice that for a JOB in his administration!!
I voted for Obama because he will be the leader our country needs, and he will ask of us to Sacrifice... Our service men and women have sacrificed their lives, and relationships for most of this decade in relative vein. We need to keep in mind that our economic sacrifice as civilians pails in comparison to that, and be thankful for a head of state that will remind us we're all in it together. That similar sense of family that enables our military will help us though. IF America thinks We first, not Me first.
When I was working, I used to give alot to charity. I have no money to give now, but I have stuff if anybody wants some. Maybe we should forget about money and go back to a barter system. It might work. I don't know. Maybe we should just buy American stuff until the economy gets better.
At this point, layed off and broke, the only way I'm able to help is to be a more involved and educated citizen. With the corruption now openly running wild through our capital, I hope these efforts will show the greatest results, for me and my country.
Grand Rapids, MI
I work for the NYC Department of Education. I would take a 5 to 10 percent pay cut if I could write that off the top of my taxes and was guaranteed my pay would be restored after a set number of years with a pay raise equal to my sacrifice. The government would save on my wages initially and give it the capitol needed to provide other necessary services.
I live in Thomasville, NC-an area hit hard by furniture companies defecting to China. I voted for Obama but I'd like to know what sacrifices is he talking about? I lost 28% of my income last year–I'm looking for him to help the housing market back on its feet–if builders don't build homes, I don't sell flooring! I have already sacrificed–I think the new President needs to make things better for us–not ask us to sacrifice more–what does he think we've been doing? I'm not eating steak or lobster every night-dinner is a PBJ sandwich with a side of SPAM!! C'mon!
What am I going to do?..Really? So now it's up to me.....let's see...here is what I have been doing for the last 25 years. Living with in my means...paying my bills on time......taking personal responsibility for everything (good and bad) that has happened to me. Does that sound like a path I should continue down or should I just stick my hand out and wait for someone to take care of me?
Just what every middle class family has done...volunteer...teach our kids...help the homeless...clip coupons and pay our bills. I grew up in the fifties...volunteering was what you did to help others. Maybe we can make that "fashionable" again...instead of writing checks (with money we now don't have). Our country is in OUR hands...the people...where it should be. We just need to accept the responsibility.
Government should mandate 8-10% tax to all states and Government should keep that 2-4% of that tax to separates gov. saving account in order to pay National debt.
I the willing, for all of the undeserving, am ready to to make all the sacrifices with the nothing that I have to do everything that needed, including the impossible, as long as the hope and trust that I now have continues to burn-if Obama lets me down–us down–we are lost as a people and a nation– and the government will be as usual–impotent and useless.
I am willing to drive my 92 year old mother to Washington and stay while she tells Obama about growing up in the depression, living within her means, always paying her bills on time and keeping a cash nest egg for hard times.
I am willing to pay my taxes and the taxes of a few of my neighbors.
I am also willing to accept a bailout to rescue myself and others like me from having to payoff our federal student loans for the next 20-30 years. How about that for a stimulus plan?
The question should be what are the politicians willing to sacrifice, they have given up nothing.
I would like to see them give up part of their salary and possibly assets.
Does offering to fund a serious case of Montezuma's Revenge for all members of Congress count? Hey, they have healthcare!
As long as we are thinking as Democracts and Republicans we can NEVER get anything done to fix this mess and move in the right direction. We need to think as Americans and work ALL together with Obama as much as possible to save our great nation.
I am willing to pay a modest amount more in taxes if those making over $250,000 pay more, long term gains on stocks are taxed at full rate, loopholes are closed, and those benefitting from the bailout no longer get huge bonuses and golden parachutes.
I expect the IRS to enforce the tax laws fairly and accurately so that we all pay our fair share and no one gets off without paying.
I'm willing to sacrefice a pay cut. Down to $15 a day, in order to sit on the jury that puts the crooks that got us here, behind bars.
I am rallying support for Obama's plans, first, organizing constituents to deliver a petition signed by more than 420 of us to our new Congressman Eric Paulson (MN 03) calling on him to support the Obama Economic Recovery plan: “Congress should quickly pass Obama’s plan to invest in clean energy, green jobs, health care and relief for struggling states. No more tax cuts for the rich.”
I'm happy to contribute to my country...right after AIG executives, NY Wall-street MBA's, B. Badoff, the Detroit loser-leaders and a congress that holds very few feet to the fire. I'll give: you first.
Jim- I'd be more than willing to sacrifice George Bush and his cronies.
I will help my country by continuing to loudly revolt against government until they bring home the troops,shred the Patriot Acts 1 and 2, install back Habeas Corpus and the Constitution and put an end to criminilistic deregulation.
Most every American has lost significantly over the past 8 years, so to complain of 'nothing more to give' is selfish and counterproductive. A responsible American consumer, spending intelligently and managing debt, is the first step toward returning to economic solvency; I am thus prioritizing my spending and lifestyle choices accordingly.
My husband and I already started conserving on our heating bill. We go out less, spend less and charge less money. We continue donating money to the less fortunate. But most of all, we will continue supporting President Obama and having faith that things are going to get better. We continue loggin in to http://change.gov/ to give our new President and his transition team suggestions and concerns.
If I have to do anything more other than continue to pay my bills including my mortgage obey the law and pay my taxes that I have now....I voted for the wrong person and the middle class that put Obama in office is going to demand his head for lying to us all. I don't think anyone in the middle class should have to do anymore, we have given too much already!
What am I willing to do?
I am willing to continue being responsible about my financial life, my savings and spending.
I will do this while looking at my brokerage statemensts which show me what happens when we let executives have only upside potential and no negative consequences of bad decisions.
What will I do in the near futue?
I may re-fi the mortgage. I will do this once mortgages are lower than they are now – because they should be. Consumers are STILL seeing higher nortgage rates than they should based on traditioanl pricing spreads over treasuries.
If TARP funds had been spent to actually buy Troubled Assets – rate would likely be lower.
I am so much less a fan of free markets than I ever was – and I call myself a "good capitalist"
What else will I do?
I will pay attention and vote. I will try harder to educate my friends and neighbors when I see them making bad financial decisions.
Then I will cpontinue to live as always – responsibly.
Well, I think the America people have sacrificed enough already. We have sacrificed our homes, we have sacrificed our health and health care, we have sacrificed our countries infrastructure, we have sacrificed our retirement funds and investments, we have sacrificed for high gas prices, we have sacrificed our countries standing in the world, we have sacrificed our young for the war, we have sacrificed enough.
It is time that our governments local, state and national sacrifice for us. The sad thing is all of the sacrifices we have made have been either for stupidity or greed and have benefited only the few stupid or the few greedy.
I plan to sacrifice nothing more for this country. For the first time in my life I am ashamed of our government and I don't think Obama is going to be all that better. Time will tell however and I will give him the time. He can't be worse than Bush.
I don't know Jack, I'm unemployed and out of money and my health isn't so good. I guess I'll watch Jack and Wolf for my news and watch American Idiol. And see how President-Elect Obama does with the economy as the months go by.
Oh Jack, I forgot. I served twenty years in the military. My current pension is $1,276 a month before taxes. Does that qualify as a sacrifice?
I've done enough to help the US. It's time for congress to make some sacrifices.
I'm willing to cut the pay in half of all congressman. I would then take the power to grant their own raises away from them.
Each state would then assume that power and provide raises based on how well they represented the state. We'll call it the pay for play plan because we need to put into terms congress can understand.
Nothing. As one of many Republicans who gave the benefit of the doubt & voted for Obama, I have yet to see the transparency &/or feedback he promised the voters during his campaign.
I've asked him or his staff a couple of policy questions thru his website, & all I got were automated responses asking for more "DONATIONS"!
Jack, Middle Class America has been giving for the last 8 years, while Corporate America reaped record profits. Maybe now that the country is on its knees, it is payback time. It is morally and financially unacceptable for companies that are still making billions of dollars profit to be laying off Americans just so they can maintain those profits. The Obama administration should refuse to do business with any company that is profitable and lays off workers in the current environment.
Personally I won't change a thing. I'm already doing everything I can. That is because I do not have thousands of dollars with of credit card debt, a house purchased well beyond my means, or cars that I can't afford. I'm one of those crazy people that only spends as much money that I have...or less. Kennedy had it right when he said "Ask not, what America can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." I'm also serving in the military. People whine too much, and are asking the government to solve all of their problems. America is simply not designed to be the type of welfare state that exists is some other European countries such as Finland, Norway, and Sweden. While the government should take steps to ensure people have the ability to help themselves, in the end, the people still need to help themselves. That means taking charge of their lives and stop complaining. By the way, I'm part of Generation Y, born in 1982....some of us actually listen to the values passed down from the previous generation, Baby Boomers in my case.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Anything and everything, Jack. After all it is our future and our children's future were affecting.
What I can do to help? I can help stimulate the economy by not hording my money. I suppose the sacrifice comes in the idea that I will continue my role as a consumer, despite the fear of being laid off at my current job. However, a sacrifice assumes that something of equal or greater value will be returned, thus warranting the sacrifice.
There's lots that we can do as American citizens, and being conservative is not the answer for these drastic times. That's like asking me to turn the other cheek. As if!
Here's a thought that was considered by a very prominent General during WW II, his name was Patton, some may remember him. During battles in Europe the general has spoken of praying to the Lord for His devine intervention and help. We see how that conflict turned out. The nation needs to pray to the God it was founded upon. We have removed Him from the schools of our children, some of our government and there is much talk on removing him from our currency. This needs to begin at the top, our new president elect. If he and we as a country are truly beleivers in God then we should not be ashamed of all he has done for this once blessed country, prayer will not cost any of us a thing. May God once again bless this country as He has in our past and the way I am sure He would like to in our future.
Hmm, Jack. The federal government encourages poor lending standards, corporate welfare (irrespective of how poorly you run your business), and spending over savings. Then the federal government wants to mortgage my children's children's future by bailing out failing, but politically powerful, banks and businesses – for the common good, of course, but we still don't know where $300 billion of our money went. I didn't have anything to do with the financial collapse and the coming collapse of the dollar – all of these "government loans" and "guarantees" were made against my will (I haven't metioned the billions plus per day that are spent in our foreign wars). Now me and my fellow Americans are supposed to "help," "sacrifice," and "be of service." Forget it! All I have to do is work hard, save my money (to spend later, and wisely, to the extent I can) and don't hurt anyone. These parasites need to get off my back (and everyone else's back), get out of the way, and let the people – out of government – who know how to make money do just that. That is it and that is all.
"Ask not what you can do to help your country, ask what your country can do to help itself". My position would be to bring forward sacrifice, when I see an extensive effort on the part of government to sacrifice. Politicians and their joined at the hip corporate American cronies created the mess we are in, and you want me the little guy to sacrifice to help them out? Something is not right here!
Kenneth Wrenn, Cleveland, Ohio
You people just don't get it! Before you can lead, you have to learn to follow. The solution to the coming Tsunami of economic despair is simple, stop listening to cynical reporters, stop giving to ineffective churches and charities, stop dreaming of getting rich quick, stop buying foreign produced products, and hire your neighbor. They probably need the work and would appreciate any opportunity of hope. Only through direct personal sacrifice and action are we going to get through this. Be liberal with your compassion, and conservative with your demands on the economy and evironment.
Dear Jack, I myself am a Victim of the Fire at Will Law , I became partially disabled from a work related injury and was fired because it put a burden on the company, So Jack I have given enough what more do they want my Eyes,
Jack, Due to illegal loans from a bank, that were obtained illegally, and illegally used, the business I used to work for until the bank forclosed, is no longer in existance. My career is in deep doo-doo, and if it weren't for my wife's job at Wal Mart, we would be living next to the dumpster.
I volunteer to sacrifice my time, to come to New York and help those Wall Street guys get their windows open.... so they can jump.
File your tax return on time and put in an extra $25 this year be a patriot yor country needs you now.
Jack as a former Marine and now disabled vetran, I thought I had given enough.The greater gift was my 19 year old son. I'm sorry America for I will share what I have left, a empty heart, a room full of memories, and pain that will last a lifetime.
I'm willing to give up the Federal Government, along with its waste, incompetence, and trillions of dollars of debt.
I'm willing to suffer through the temporary turmoil of all 50 states seceding and creating a new United States.
Let's take the responsibility and accountability for our inept and lazy actions as Americans and eliminate the primary cause of our failure – The three branches of the Federal government. They can all go live at Gitmo. A well run facility, according to Cheney.
We can start with the basic premise from this abandoned document:
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...
heh I was bendin' over to pick up some mail I dropped when I got the news of Obummer's predictable backpeddlin' on his promises. I did not vote for him because I knew he was gonna have the country in a bent over yoga position on a regular basis. I am afraid that middleclass Americans are in for a long stretch of sitze baths and 'roid medications.
Sacrifice? Makes for good headline but what does it mean. A vague request. I work 3 jobs. So what do you want? I am paying more taxes than thousands combined who will probably benefit more from tax breaks than I will. Punish the hard workers and reward the lazy. Now thats a good foundation for a healthy democracy.
Continue to be an American citizen while observing and listening what our country is going to due with the individuals who broke the laws who compromised this counrty while bringing about finnacial genocide. We are a country with laws lets followup with the legal process no exemptions.
The guy who'll loan Bush his pick-up truck to move. . . I'll volunteer MY time and back to move his crap out of the house he NEVER should've occupied in the first place! (I knew he was going to be a joke as soon as he won the office and told everyone (friend and foe) so! He's NEVER succeeded at ANYTHING except politics – that should've told voters all they needed to know.) How in the world did he ever manage to occupy the most powerful office in the world for 8 years!!?!
I believe everyone needs to take a greater responsibility of their finances. This means not living outside of their means and racking up credit card bills and paying for a mortage they can't afford. Also, companies need to continue to restrict who they lend to so less debt is accumulated. We will all ride this storm out and better days are ahead.
I'm not sure there's much else we CAN do at this point in time, Jack... The last 8 years have diminished our retirement income to the point where it seems all we can afford to do these days is keep my health insurance corporation in the Black, keep my doctors in high salaries, make sure our animals get the vet care they need, and pay our cable bill so we can watch CNN.
I'll do what I believe is the most important – to remind people that the US was created to get away from criminal organizations like the current US government. Our founding fathers understood that – how bad does it have to get before the lazy, overweight mass stands up and takes back the rights guaranteed to it by the constitution? Yes, protesting both Bush's and Comrade Obama's regimes is the most important service I can do to our country.
...sacrifice? ... we will commit global suicide if we are going to return to the "more and more" madhouse that has brought in this situation. We have to change into a direction, that sets new values on all levels and develop a more humble attitude towards our life on earth. We have become arrogant and ignorant...and so on...then there is no need for sacrifice...it will be a blessing and future children will love to be born.
When I was in the Marine Corp, I was told that I would most likely face a situation where you were going to die so you might as well go down fighting. The energy crisis is about to explode in a year or so (see IEA estimates of global oil production for 2009 through 2020). And I am seeing fresh signs of the conflict between the young and the old over ever more restricted resources and guess who loses that fight in the end. I am 60 years old and I don't think anyone over the age of 50 will be alive in 10 years if we don't win the fight of rapidly decreasing energy resources. I have a plan to win this fight and I am ready to put my life and fortune on the line to win.
David E. Cozad
Any "made in china" product..
We, the people of this great nation have sold our counry out for a good bargain.
jack, i already sacrificed my house and savings, now i'm willing to sacrifice the dress off my back and walk the streets naked.
Jack i think Americans should drive smaller cars, eat less, use less energy and stop trying to fix the world on their own.
How do we sacrafice any more? Most Americans are out of work, Homeless. The middle class are now poor working folk. Where we work, my husband and I were out of work for 3 months without pay, took 40% pay cuts, hits on our health care and the new over time is 40 hours a week, we had to also give up our home, and forget about dreams and vacations at this point. The saying now is hold on to your ankles very tight cause there is more to come.
Jack, I'm in Thomasville, NC. I'm not willing to sacrifice anymore than I have done! Both me and my wife work fulltime and can barely make ends meet. We were doing fine until the housing market crashed and I lost 28% income in 2008! I sell flooring. Not much to sell right now! I think the OBAMAS are pretty well off-so the question should be–what is he going to sacrifice? I'm not eating steak and lobster and about to move into the White House!!! We're eating PBJ sandwiches and Spam for dinner!!! Shop at ALDI's where they sell stale food that tast like cardboard!!!
Obama seemed to have been able to capture a lot of givers to his campaign online. Can't there be a secured online place where on one amazing day we can all give (anything that we can afford of course) to solve the majority of the financial bailout? Oh I forgot, we should be calling it "recovery" instead. It would be sort of a shakespearian "Pay What You Will" to help out. I would do this if I knew it would have a major effect.
I am still inspired by Obama's message and plan on increasing my volunteerism and lowing my carbon footprint. I believe most Americans are ready and willing to do their part. My fear is that the Congress still doesn't get it and will continue to cut our legs our from under us, which they prove more willing to do each and every day.
Hi Jack & Happy New Year
Being a local small business owner, I believe we have a responsibility that should not to be taken lightly.We have reinvested in our business and expanded operations. We promise to work even harder, longer hours, less sleep. We are going to make sure our staff stays employed, hire more employees and grow our business. This is how America became a great country!
When all is said and done with the crisis of the moment, when the dust settles... America will stand as always "a place we are proud to call our home" The outcome will be a result of our diligence & hard work.
I am willing to do absolutely nothing... except to sit back and watch over the next 4 years, how those people who elected Obama slowly come to realize that he is no different than anyone else who has ever been elected to the presidency....... he is a politician after all....
Jack, i cant give wont i dont have. I would give my life so that my wife and kids could live a better life. Thats almost all i have left. I went out on my own and started a trucking company in 1998. the fuel cost took all the xtra money i had put back for a house to keep my doors open. Now the economy is slowing down and with it so does the freight and the price per mile that i get to move the fright. It cost me about .90 cents pr mile to run and the freight is only paying about one dollar pr mile. somthing is wrong here. Bush and Obama both say they support more jobs and entripunores well im trying to do as they wont and its not working. Mr presdent Obama needs to help the people including me. I have two kids and a wife and we have to live in a 1995 single wide house trailor. I m suppose to be living the american dream son=mhing is wrong here.
My Contribution is as follows: Jack the way to save us all is to charge the Financial institutions 26 % on the money we loan them plus 1% for any late and/or overlimit fees.
This will help improve the national debt stimulate the economy by putting money back into the pockets of the Taxpayers and be what we call in the capital society and business community a Capital Idea, "Reciprocal Trade".
Now this is really trickle down theory. You are welcome America.
Sacrifices? We've already made sacrifices. We paid high gas prices when we have plenty of oil here in America. Taxes and our national debt seem to grow at the same constant rate. We were (and I stress the past tense of the word) the superpower of the world and now our money isn't worth what it's printed on. What's left to sacrifice? We're living in a 3rd world country with high living standards. Our water is full of cancer causing chemicals, bridges are falling out of the sky(a school bus of children fell into the river) , steam pipes in New York busting making everyone think it's a terrorist attack, and everyone being accused of terrorism for just going through airport security. Our president-elect may not even be a citizen and he's asking us to sacrifice. We didn't run for office and say we were going to fix this mess of a country, he did. So he needs to keep is campaign promises and do what he can for us because I don't see anything worth sacrificing for.
Bushs farewell is not soon enough. After all the men and women whom he sent to their deaths and loss their limbs and future lives as whole people. He should have nightmares every time he closes his eyes. I am sorry to say I was a Repulican. It is embrassing to even say that I was involved in running for the House. He is a embrassment to the whole Human Race.
i wish they would some commen sence jobs jobs jobs they can put 300 trillion in the banks but without a job they wont loan you money
Not be in complete rage that after graduating from a 4-year institution and 9 months of job hunting that all I can only find jobs at crappy unpaid internships and STILL have to pay student loans, which were suppose to pay my way to success. But, even though today the economy is in the dump I will give Obama my trust by not bad-mouthing him or his administration, and give them the benefit of doubt.
Ditto on what Jay in Texas said. I say, "you go girl"............I am totally with you.
When I see congress sacrificing their tax paid limos, raises, medical coverage, and travel expenses then I will consider sacrificing something for my country...Let the government lead the way in sacrificing!
At first Obama amazed me with his speeches, inspired me that he is one that will come with changes that America needs. The more I listen to him now the more I am changing my mind. Promises, promises. They were all election promises. I did my part to this country, with my taxes. Now is what Mr. Obama going to do for me, not what I am going to do for him. I listen enough to him. Now I am waiting.
I must say to most of your commenters that if you are whinning about paying for social security, medicare and the baby boomer retirement when your only in your 20's or 30's, then you have no clue as to what the economy would be like if there were none of those social programs. Unemployment would be at 30 to 40 percent now, not 15 to 20 percent later. Obama is making the best of a train wreck. I suggest you get on your knees and thank him! Mark my words, this problem is going to cost 10 Trillion dollars before it is over! If you are whinning about 700 billion to 1 trillion now, then you are in for a very depressive future. I suggest you all get use to doing without, and forget your spoiled childist ways.
Apparently I've donated almost 40% of my net worth through the depreciation of my house, other property, and the tanking of my IRA. In addition, I still have to pay taxes (for programs I usually am not in favor of), on a miniscule salary earned at a job that could be be gone next week. I think I've done enough. In fact, I'd like a bailout from somebody – and now!
I am not liking your site to post to comments it takes forever to get where you want to go because the comment section is layered and buried beneath everything sort of like trying to talk to your congressman or the President. If you want to help make a simple straight foreward direct comment place that you can get to in a hot second!
Now for my answer: NO, NO more Bail outs let the fat cats on Wall street fall on their collective posteriors. No more!!! If they want to bail someone out then bail out the common American working class person who has lost their house or if like me has never OWNED a house because they got fat taking money from me! Lets get some money back to us and then we might have some simpathy for their wanting to help the world at large! NO MORE BAIL OUTS TILL WE GET BAILED OUT!!
These times remind me of that of the World Wars. Mostly ALL Americans were working their butts off for the good of the country... and their survival. We may be facing a tad bit different scenario this go round, but the concept applies. We need people to get out and look for work. People MUST be willing to take jobs lower than their qualifications and we MUST further education in trade fields. We are trying to switch from a industrial economy to a service one too fast. Change starts on the local level, and Americans can, and will, sacrifice.
I'll fight for the working man, make my house more fuel efficient and try to spend more money to stimulate the economy if I can find some.
Im willing to deport 12 million Illegals and stop all Visas that lower labor costs and take jobs from Americans.
We've already had years of sacrifice to the rich, and our country is going down the drain as a result. We have already sacrificed, way too much, to fill the pockets of the CEOS whose banks charge usurious fees, and whose corporations dump American workers, take business abroad, and pay off government representatives to avoid trade regulations and environmental regulations.
President-elect Obama has called on us to make sacrifices for our country. What are you willing to do?
Unfortunately it is the government and the politicians who run it who are directly responsible for the dysfunctional society in which we live, one wonders how much more the American people will tolerate in the name of pseudo democracy and not utter a word...sadly the fact is there is really no such thing...
i'm willing to sacrifice my job.
I am one of the beleaguered middle-class, or should I say I was middle-class. My husband and I are both college -educated professionals who were laid off almost a year ago and still can't find a decent enough job to pay our living expenses and our student loans simultaneously. Therefore, deferrment was the only option. I watch as the years of repayment headway we made is lost as the juice is still running on our loans. So here is what I'm willing to do for this country. I will make a deal. For every day that I volunteer in my community I would like my service to count towards what I owe on my Federally-backed student loans. This is how it works right? I'll do for you only after I hear what you can do for me!
its not what i am willing to do, its what he is going to do about all those promises he made to get elected. first he said he may not be able to do some of the things he promised , now its he may not be able to fill some of those promises at all. is his name obama or bushbama? here we go again.
With so much trouble in the World and close to home there are so many opportunities to do good. We all have to pick our battles, I chose education. More than ever those that “can”, “HAVE TO”… yes we can! I was just recognized by the City of Denver for being an “Un-Sung Hero” for leaving a cushy acct exec job to use my powers for good and not evil. Tell everyone I love em'!
“We all get by with a little help from our friends”
Matthew Faas – One Word One Love
For all of our trials and tribulations this is the greatest country in the world. Okay I may be a little bias on this point but you got to give us props for being up there in the standings anyway . Now our great country is at a crisis and the claxon call has gone out for the need for some help, but wait it’s not just this country in trouble, it is the world.
Now here is the hard part, how? We can do the recycling thing and walk down the street to the store instead of driving that quarter mile round trip. Those things help some but we need to get smart. You can only do so much with the resources available unless you come up with unknown ways to extend them or possible find new ones to replace the dwindling ones. Lets drop the egos, take out the politics and get the egg heads of the world together and start cracking.
You don’t even have to be dealing with energy here. I am a computer programmer and I use this skill to make my customers more efficient and their duties more enjoyable. I wouldn’t mind getting with others and spending a few hours a night or maybe part of my Saturday putting the same skills to work for my government as I currently try to do with a charity or two now. Take some of our time versus money as a tax if you want to look at it that way.
f For years the middle class and lower class people have made sacrifices to the goverment while the socalled fat cats in the upper class kept getting fatter. I thinf they need to be the first to make the sacrifices
I gave them twenty years of military service, my blood and half of everything I earned. I’ve lost my job, my house, and I now live in a camper in a Rv park. But I do have a truck load of contempt I will be glad to give.
Once again I can see that political lips are moving. I have already served 20 years and believe it is time for Politicians step up to the plate and do sometging for a change.
The key for President Obama will be to define just that, how we can all sacrifice or contribute for the common good. What really needs to be sacrificed is the me, me, me attitude and replaced by a we, we, we attitude.
i'm willing to sacrifice my car, it has mechanical problems and i can't afford a new one to go job hunting.
In order to stimulate the economy,the next 15 billion they are going to throw at the car companys,should be given to any consumer with good credit who wishes to buy a North American manufactured automobile.Give them 50% off the cost of the vehicle by way of a tax credit..It would not be a direct oulay of cash and would be staggered throughout the year.Japanese manufacturers in North America would be less likely to want to close their plants.
Chicago, We have turn the heat down to 63 during the day and 65 between when out of the home at night. We burn wood that comes from our Acre of wood. Light Bulbs have all been change eneregy saving bulbs throughout the home and lhe out door light post down the drive. I am put up a 22' X30" Greenhouse to raise and Start Veggie and Salad Green for the Summer. I do winter gardening. I so seed and the come up in the spriing. Cold weather Crops grow through the winter under straw. I am hoping to teach other how to feed themselves. This way. I don't drive unless I have to.
Well, so far we have "sacrificed" a goodly portion of our life savings just to maintain since my husband has been unemployed for a long period of time. I think that is a big enough sacrifice.
Now I'm praying, hoping that a job comes along soon. I gave our tent away last year, so we don't even have that to fall back on!
I believe the sacrifices should begin with the Congress. They should all forgo at least $40,000 of salary. After all they are responsible for lack of oversight of financial institutions, the receipients of compaign contributions and many perks from the lobbyists. They have contributed greatly to the mess we are in.
Also Jack, if a person working for IRS had the tax problems that the future Sec. of Treasury has, he would be immediately fired. Do want someone that dumb in that job.
Ha! What a laugh! The American worker always makes sacrifices, while the rich seem to reap it all up. If you don't believe me, look at all of the 401k scandels, (Enron, to name one of many). Corporations are doing away with pension plans more than ever, then, they turn right around and inform workers that they're going to stop contributions to 401k's, so a worker is screwed when it comes to their retirement, and royally screwed when they turn 75 – 85 years of age, when they can't work any more. As i'm hearing so far, this Madoff guy is going to get away with robbing people of $5 Billion, just like I figured he would. Well, they never brought charges against that Enron CEO, and he never had to pay any of that money back, looks like good company, huh?
A question I have is, how is it that the middle class has to suffer with all the crap that happens from either BAD management, someone's hand in the till, or just plain GREED, but, reaps none of the benefits that the "crooks" receive, they know who they are (some people may also think that way about congress), and yet, it's still the middle class that continues to pay.
Jack – I wouldn't mind a few sacrifices if the countries that receive our foreign aid would make a few sacfrfices also. That is, do without until our country is back on its feet and then don't expect as much as before. Our fellow Americans first!
i'm willing to sacrifice anything in order to get a job.
Give up some of the same things we did in WWII. Also buying U.S. bonds. (ibonds in this case). Consumption won't get us out of this. Only growth possible is in public infrastructure.
I will try to keep my job!!!!
" ...not running up debt for future generations are all going to have to wait." If I'm not mistaken, that argument was used to screw over the last generation.
Send my daughter, who graduated last June and has been unemployed since that time, off to her first job.
I don't think I could stand to hear him apologize for everything, but I honestly feel he should apologize to all of the children that he let down on getting them the help they needed to be prepared for the future...
Well, I'm willing to sacrifice for this country. Question is . . . is business and Obama's stimulus package also willing to sacrifice. From the WSJ "the main business tax cuts proposed by President-elect Obama are likely to be a windfall for two industries particularly tied to the current economic meltdown: Wall Street investment banks and home builders.
Geez, I would like to carry back my losses this year to prior years and reduce/get a tax credit . . . "wipe out tax obligations from the previous five years".
All I want is the same treatment as big business.
What is he thinking?
I will do whatever it takes to help the economy out of this mess.
I am retired, for two years now, living on my acreage with a small vineyard as a hobby. I am very upset with Washington giving away money to unscrupulous executives like it grows on trees. There seems to be no accountability for the givers as well as the takers. I put a program and plan together that will guarantee accountability for the givers and the takers. I would like to present this plan to someone who could pass it on for consideration or implementation. I would also be willing come out of retirement for a year or so to go to Washington and work in the administration or Treasury department to help implement this program.
E. John Broadbent from Norwalk, Iowa
I will lobby my political leaders to get rid of lobbies that apparently control a lot of policy decisions that favor large corporations at the expense of private citizens.
He has the nerve to ask people to sacrifice. Shame on him. The American people have sacrificed enough. What is Obama ready to sacrifice?
What so we are supposed to make sacrifices for Obama and love him, but when Bush is in we should sit at home, eat doritos, watch TV, and not go out and get a job?
Oh, I forgot, we should then blame Bush for everything.
I've made my sacrifices like many Americans. But if people want to make a sacrifice, GO GET A JOB.
This is a news organizational encouraging this garbage? Get a hold of yourself CNN or figure out enough to be embarrassed.
Obama needs to define "sacrifice". If he means losing so much equity in my home that my mortgage is now more than what my home is worth, I'm sacrificing. If he means watching my 401K tank, I'm sacrificing. If he means giving up eating out once in a while, keeping an eye on the thermostat, not driving anywhere except out of necessity, shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops, I'm sacrificing.
I will balance my checkbook if the Obama administration will make sure that the government's checkbook is also balanced :).
I think the taxpayers of this country have done enough already, but here`s an idea. Congress should take a 50% pay cut and apply it towards the deficit or towards jump starting the economy. If president Obama is serious about sharing the wealth he should take half his salary and donate it to a charity that feeds or helps the poor. In other words start cutting expenditures to get things back in line. Start importing all the jobs that got farmed out overseas back here , I`m sure that would jump start our economy. P.S. Why would anybody spend 300-500 million dollars to get a job that pays 400,000 a year for 4 years? (the presidents job)
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