Who will Obama's stimulus plan help?

First I voted for Obama so I am not trying to trash him but am really disappointed in what I am hearing about the stimulus.

I am not on welfare, my husband still has his job and we do not own a home. We are a family of 4 and live on 30k a year. We are being hit hard by the rising costs.

Most of what I have seen is help for those on welfare or those who have been laid off or for homeowners.

I voted for Obama because I felt like he was going to help my family and others like me, now I feel like I have been deceived.


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Asked by Anonymous at 7:42 AM on Feb. 6, 2009 in

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  • Are you looking for a handout? If you live just above the poverty line, then you're not considered middle class. Economists have shown for decades that by strengthening the middle class you strengthen the economy as a whole and other classes. Obama has been in office just a couple weeks. I don't understand what you expect...magic??? Things take time. Take a deep breath and wait....there's nothing else you can do.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:52 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • I totally agree with pp
    ChaoticSoul

    Answer by ChaoticSoul at 7:53 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • From the Wall Street Journal.


    Both Senate and House versions of the recovery plan contain a $500 tax credit for workers ...Both plans would deliver that credit by reducing the taxes that are withheld from worker paychecks, likely beginning July 1. But the Senate plan would get the tax rebate in workers’ hands more quickly, while under the House plan some taxpayers would likely not see half of it until they file their taxes in 2010........single taxpayers making above $100,000 and married couples making more than $200,000 would not be eligible for any credit under the Senate plan.


    Otherwise, the Stimulus calls out for $$$$ for Public Works Programs, Entitlement Programs, etc.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 7:59 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • Her question is a valid one. Obama is the one who has endorsed and pushed this stimulus. There is very little in the stimulus that will stimulate taxpayers in the longrun. The infrustructure programs will start in 1-3 years and have projection to last 2-5 years of "construction. So might that leave a mess for the President of 2016 to deal with because the jobs will be ending. There needs to be a more long term plan for growth of industry jmo.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:03 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • This is a valid question, and it just shows that the concerns of how Obama runs his term are valid as well. I have maintained all a long (as well as some others here on CM) that our main concern is that his plans will fail to help those that are most in need of help. He ran on a platform or hope and change, yet when it fails to touch those that believed most in what he was saying those words become empty and meaningless. Sure, he talked all about helping those in the middle class, but families living in poverty need the help more than others. It would be better to find a way to do that without making them utilize social programs (WIC, Welfare and such).

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 8:31 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • -$6 billion to weatherize “modest income homes.” (don't own my home so no use to me)
    -$300 million to provide rebates for people who purchase Energy Star products
    (don't have disposable income for big purchases)
    There is also so mortgage reform. Which again we don't own a home.

    $20 billion to increase food stamp funding
    -$87 billion to provide a “temporary” increase in Medicaid funding don't get welfare
    36 billion to extend and modestly increase unemployment benefits

    So he wants to help the middle class and those on welfare. What about those in between the two? That was my question and I don't think it was unreasonable to ask.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:38 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • The stimulus isnt going to help many people. Most of it as it stands is pork. You will (if it passes as is) get a $1000 tax credit though. Obama is trying to pay back those who voted for him. Most of them had a hs education or LESS. So again who is he helping?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • Op,I think you are exactly right to have concerns.
    I would suggest you call your elected official and demand them to prove to you where your income level will be stimulated in the long term (not just for the next 2-7 yrs)

    I cotacted my Senator,it took a long time to get an answer for my questions, but at least they know you are concerned.. Good Luck.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:48 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • No kidding! One of the reasons that I didn't vote for him either! :)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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  • You HAVE been deceived! We were trying to tell all of you NObama voters this very thing! Sorry! He isn't the messiah, he can't fix everything, he isn't here to save you! This bill as is, will not stimulate our economy, it won't help that famous "middle class America" that NObama was speaking directly to..........he lied, he manipulated and you have been hoodwinked. Sorry!!  You truly weren't listening to his words, you just liked the euphoric rhetoric.

    blessed5x

    Answer by blessed5x at 9:59 AM on Feb. 6, 2009

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