"The Cafferty File": War money better spent?
.Should President Bush keep Congress in session until it passes a law updating terrorism surveillance rules?
We, as Americans, should be outraged that our "President" continues to disregard our privacy. I find it insulting that our government can shoot first and ask questions later. The fact that Alberto Gonzales still has a job should show people just how corrupt this administration really is. -Brett, Lewisville, Texas
Jack, The last thing in the world I want Congress to do is give Bush one iota more power to spy on us! This administration has taken this country several giant steps down the road to a police state. -Don, Waverly, Tennessee
Mr. Bush wants to keep the Congress in session until they pass a bill he likes? How can Mr. Bush justify this demand when he blatantly refuses to secure our wide-open borders? He's worried about not being able to eavesdrop when individuals can freely walk straight into the U.S.? Am I the only one confused here? -Babette
Only if he's willing to forgo going on vacation himself and stays at the White House until the matter is resolved. -Louise, Toledo, OhioHow confident are you if officials say a bridge is in very little danger of collapsing?
I don't understand why we don't have the best of the best when it comes to bridge safety and other aspects of our infrastructure. I mean this is 2007; we've had this mantra of being a superpower and standing strong pounded into us millions of times. Why are we falling apart? 9/11, Katrina, and this bridge accident and many more to come are merely just a small ripple in a huge pond of signs that our country is severely screwed. -Daniel, Portland, Oregon
As a resident of the Minneapolis metro area, I do not feel very safe going over any bridge in the twin cities. I especially feel unsafe because the bridge that collapsed was sworn to be safe when it was inspected in 2005 and 2006. I have gone over the 35W bridge many times. Thank God that I wasn’t one of those unfortunate souls who was on it when it collapsed. -Matt, Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Wake-up call? We had warnings about "infrastructure crisis" back in the Reagan administration. That was the wake-up call; this is the consequence of hitting the snooze button. -Lee, California
For confidence to have meaning, you need real positive results for this word to carry any weight. No, I do not have any confidence when an "official" says that bridges are safe. There are so many bridges that border on potential catastrophes as just seen in Minneapolis. Has federal money been allocated to fix all these unsafe bridges? No. -Joanne, Charlottesville, Virginia
Jack, My confidence would be reinforced only if I could spot one of those officials in my rearview mirror while I'm crossing! -Larry, Tacoma, WashingtonRepublican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way to deter a nuclear attack on U.S. soil is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites. Can you think of a better deterrent?
What ever happened to that forgotten word "diplomacy"? We know we can flex our American muscles if we have to, but shouldn't a nuclear threat be our very last option after all others have been exhausted? Look what happens when we make idle threats against another country. Our "bring it on" mentality hasn't worked out too well in Iraq. -Eugene, New York
Bombing Islamic holy sites would not have an effect on the radical Islamists. They are not traditional Muslims and are only interested in causing terror and havoc. I would go after and destroy the madrassas and the teachers who preach this hatred, wherever they are located.-John, Westfield, New Jersey
Yes, threaten to bomb Muslim holy sites. The sites are the closest thing the terrorists have to a state. The threat of mutual destruction helped prevent the use of nuclear devices during the Cold War. Perhaps it could be equally helpful in the war against the anti-civilization terrorists.-Paul, Aspinwall, Pennsylvania
Jack, Bombing their holy sites would just give them what they want, a call for recruitment. The best way we can deter them is to take away their oil money. Has anyone got a plan to get off the oil? -Del, Ellsinore, Missouri
Tancredo is nuts. Period. -John