Thursday, February 15, 2007
The Cafferty File: Is the U.S. bad for kids?


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:

Why does the U.S. rank as one of the worst developed countries for children?

Our entire society has turned into one giant country wide version of American Idol. The only thing that matters is being famous and being number one. Just look at how many people are running for president in 2008. In such a society the last thing on anyone's mind is our children and their futures.
Jordan, Elizabethtown, Kentucky

I believe it has to do with single parent homes, a loss of adult role models and basically an overall societal shift away from our ideals of 50 years ago!
Rick

We should quit supporting the U.N. and keep all that money in the states for kids' programs. Kick the U.N. out of New York and make it a day care center.
R.J., Florida

I have been a teacher for 20 years. The answer to your question is bad parents. You have to have a license to go fishing, to drive, etc. But any idiot can be a parent. So is anyone really surprised that children in America today are not coming out right?
Bud, Valentine, Nebraska

We are more focused on making the payments on that third mortgage and the new BMV SUV.
Ron, Indianapolis, Indiana

What impact will a House resolution opposing the president's strategy in Iraq have?

A resolution will have no effect whatsoever. Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney have stated publicly that they have made their decision and they are going forward with that decision regardless of whether anyone or everyone is against it.
Lawrence, Victoria, Texas

It will have no effect. It is just more rhetoric to delay what has to be done... impeachment!
Hal, Wabasha, Minnesota

Zip, zero, nada. Until the people in Congress with gelatinous spines put teeth into their self-serving ramblings, Pres. Bush is free to continue to ignore Congress and the people. It's not what they were elected to do.
Dave, Pennsylvania

Why was the prewar planning for Iraq so far off the mark?
It's obvious that we have a president that only wants to be surrounded by "yes men." Look at what happened to Colin Powell! Most of these military leaders are reaching retirement and didn't want to risk that pension. You either give this president what he wants to hear or you get the boot!
Vickie, Hurdle Mills, North Carolina

The prewar planning was so far off the mark because the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.
Joanne, Voorhees, New Jersey

I don't think the prewar data was so far off the mark. But, if you have someone that is "hell-bent" on going to war, then you simply "cook the books" to make it appear whatever you want it to be. Wag the dog.
Norman, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 2/15/2007 05:41:00 PM ET | Permalink
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