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.Is it a good idea to penalize drivers who buy gas-guzzling vehicles?
Yes. This is important. Those who want gas-guzzlers are impacting everyone everywhere. Because of that, they need to pay a higher tax. Maybe that will entice them to buy more fuel-efficient cars, and we can stop using so much oil for gasoline. -Jerry, Silver City, New Mexico
I think it is totally unfair for the state of California to even consider taxing large families because of their need for larger vehicles that can accommodate their needs. This is another example of environmental extremists trying to dictate what Americans choose to do. -Ron, Gainesville, Virginia
I think we should penalize the corporations that make the gas-guzzling vehicles. Of course they would probably just pass the cost along, but maybe that would stop people from buying them. That would be another way to cut them back and save the environment. -Les, Norwalk, Connecticut
Absolutely! Tax them. I live in Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and I'm surrounded by gas-guzzlers. I even own a small 4x4. There's not a single one "populated" by a big family. They're all driven by young, single men and soccer moms with their lattes. If they can afford $5 coffee, they can afford $2,500 to be spent to develop alternative fuels. -Brian, Mountain View, California
Does Congress deserve to have its highest approval rating in a year?
Jack, The Democrats do deserve a better rating than the previous Republican majority since they have at least tried to do something. Overall, I think Congress deserves the 40% score. As we all know from our days in school, 40% is an "F" and a very low "F" at that. -Ted
Congress should be applauded for long overdue investigations of the crooks in the White House and others. There have been so many scandals in the Bush White House, and Congress has been consumed with oversight in three months, they haven't had time to do much legislation. -Jennifer, Marin County, California
Jack, Like most people, I thought that voting for these Democratic clowns this time would be better than voting for the Republican clowns last time. Wrong! It's a tie! They are all worthless. Let's vote for some Independents next time. Things couldn't get any worse and if we don't get rid of the lobbyists soon, there will be no middle-class America left. And I mean soon. -Tom, Hot Springs, South Dakota
Are you kidding me? How can Congress NOT have its highest approval rating of the year? When you go from doing absolutely nothing to anything at all, you're doing better than you were doing! -Mike, Fredericksburg, VirginiaWhy has the number of morbidly obese Americans shot up dramatically in five years?
Ever since September 11, 2001, this country has been kept in a constant state of fear. People eat when they are under stress. It is no wonder to me that so many people are morbidly overweight. The rest of the country is so out of control that eating may be our only comfort. -Kate, Medford, Oregon
Jack, It's an unanticipated consequence of the internet fat bottoms. -John, Montreal
Why? Because the income divide is growing greater and greater, and more and more of us can't afford to buy healthy foods, which have become increasingly expensive relative to fattening junk foods. -Jim
Half of the reason that Americans are overweight is that the "Food Nazis" changed the requirements for being overweight. I went from being "normal" to being "overweight" in one day... without gaining a pound! -Ken, Houston, Texas