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What Do You Think?

November 03, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Friday was: Do you think the government's stimulus plan has created or saved jobs?

Results:

Yes -- 164 votes (18 percent)

No -- 725 votes (82 percent)

o "If you mean more government jobs, yes, but not in the private sector, where we are hemorrhaging more jobs and layoffs every day. It's a chain reaction - people get laid off or see those around them laid off and don't spend money on products, which leads to more layoffs. It may have saved some auto manufacturing jobs, but they are still getting laid off as people are not buying autos because they are trying to avoid debt."

o "I guess it has created jobs since the government told us it was going to, right? They certainly wouldn't lie or deceive us, would they? I must admit, I have yet to see any factual information proving that it has created jobs. This will go down as the biggest scam (unless heath care is passed) that our government ever pulled off on Americans. With only a small percentage of the stimulus money being spent this year, why was it so urgent to put this country into further bankruptcy? This bill along with the bailouts has placed our nation into a financial crisis."

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o "What would our present situation be if the stimulus had not been passed and put into effect? Would our economic situation be any better? Or would it be worse? The 1930s were a very harsh time for Americans. I sure wanted to avoid another Great Depression."

o "ABC News is reporting anywhere between 640,000 and a million jobs were created using $160 billion of stimulus money. Using the higher number of the 1 million jobs created, that comes to about $160,000 per job. But the White House is reporting that figure is actually closer to $92,000 per job. Does anybody smell a rat? Also, how do you account for "jobs saved"? Sounds like political smoke and mirrors to me."

o "Things sometimes get worse before they get better. However, jobs will return, unemployment will drop and the economy will begin to improve just in time for the 2010 elections."

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