Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Cafferty File: New ethics?
On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:

What's the first thing you would do as head of the House Ethics Committee?

There is but one answer for morality in Congress: ban ALL lobbyists, ALL private fundraising for political candidates, with free public time for debates on all TV stations.
Dee, Palm Harbor, Florida

I would completely re-evaluate the current set of rules and make changes to how at least 90% of them are enforced. It seems like they don't put their foot down when they should and when they finally do the damage has already been done.
Theo, Waterloo, Iowa

Jack, if head of the House Ethics Committee I would immediately request financial statements, bank statements and tax returns from every member of Congress for the period that they held office and 2 years prior. I would then turn all that information over to the FBI.
Michael, New York City

As my first act, I would fire myself and everyone on the committee.
Daniel, Fort Worth, Texas

Should the U.S. armed forces expand?

Yes, we need to increase the military. Bush is determined to keep our troops there in ever-increasing numbers, no matter what anyone says. It is not fair to expect troops to have two or three tours of duty. And the cost of all this should be transparent and in the budget.
Mary, Ames, Iowa

A strong army is necessary to safeguard our country. So, yes, I believe we should expand the size of our Army. I have long been a proponent for the draft. I also believe in only using the armed forces as a last resort and was opposed to our entry into Iraq. I am a Vietnam veteran.
Ken, Williamstown, New Jersey

No one in the White House seems to learn from history. This history of this war is one of failure, yet they continue to speak of victory. The decision to raise the troop level is a decision to raise the magnitude of our failure in the Middle East.
Bruce, Sarasota, Florida
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 12/20/2006 05:48:00 PM ET | Permalink
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