Friday, November 17, 2006
The Cafferty File: Bipartisan Efforts?


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:

Is there really such a thing as bipartisanship in Washington?

Jack the answer is easy, No. What we have in Washington is a two-party monster fed by corporate greed, hidden agendas, and special interests.
Tom, Benton, Wisconsin

I have not seen much in the last 6 years. But perhaps now that the Republicans have to share some power. I think we will see some.
John, Minnesota

Yes. Both parties agree that they should find ways to screw the middle class of America and the poor, so the rich can get richer.
Ted, Boerne, Texas

Bipartisanship does not exist in Washington. Everyone is out to line their own pockets. The people in Congress have forgotten they work for the American people and not big business.
James, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

Should the United States provide nuclear fuel and technology to India?

Sure, might as well destabilize all of Asia. And we get some nifty mangoes out of the deal!
Harold and Myrtle, Anchorage, Alaska

Why not? That way in about 5 years a new government will control India, and they can sell the technology to Osama Bin Laden or use the technology to make their own nuclear bombs. Then we will have to deal with another Iran and North Korea which will just add to the world's problems.
Kirk, Metter, Georgia

Do we have enough fuel and nuclear energy of our own? I think not.
Thomas, New York

I find this deal unconscionable. The only thing this deal does is allow India to build 5 times more nuclear weapons than before.
Glenn, Haymarket, Virginia

Mangoes? Oh no. What can we do to stop the Iranians and North Koreans from getting them?
Daniel Stair, North Bonneville, Washington

Why haven't we heard anything from the House Ethics Committee about the Foley investigation?

Jack, we haven't heard because they don't want us to hear. What I smell is another example of misguided loyalty and cover-up. The people have a right to know.
John, Baltimore, Maryland

Ssssshhhhhhhhh! We're supposed to forget ethics issues in Washington. After all, if one representative gets caught, it leaves us to ponder how many haven't been caught yet? Remember, we're just the American public, and we have no say in the matter.
Brian, Pembroke, Virginia

We haven't heard anything about Foley from the Ethics Committee because they find other things to do that have no bearing on the issue. Typical of our government committees. Do nothing, collect big paychecks.
Mary, Columbus, Ohio

Jack, What do you expect to hear? It's like asking the fox how the chickens are doing. What happens in the House Ethics Committee stays in the House Ethics Committee.
John, Marlton, New Jersey
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/17/2006 05:52:00 PM ET | Permalink
Thursday, November 16, 2006
The Cafferty File: Divided Democrats?


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:

Are the Democrats starting off on the right foot?

I find it refreshing that Nancy Pelosi experienced a lesson in humility so early in her tenure. With the recent mid-term elections, a lesson in humility that our leaders don't wield absolute power was finally visited upon George W. Bush after six years. If soon-to-be Speaker Pelosi gets that message this early, the next two years should be much better for all of us.
Rob, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

No, the Democrats started off with the left foot.
Leon, Orlando, Florida

I would have hoped that the high fives, rabid cheerleading and the drooling, unthinking bloodlust that comes with ascension to power would have subsided with a hint of what the united Democrat agenda will be. Listening to the Democrats speak: first, there is not unity on issues and second, they don't have a plan on how to execute their agenda.
Andy, Fairfax, Virginia

They sure are. I don't understand the media making a big deal out of nothing. Pelosi owed Murtha a favor so she gave him her blessing. He lost, Hoyer won, end of story. That's the Democratic way. Let's get on with moving this nation forward.
Rod, North Attleboro, Massachusetts

What will the United States ultimately decide to do about Iraq?

Sorry, Jack, to be blunt and simple, "If you have not learned from the mistakes of your past, you are doomed to repeat them." Korea...Vietnam...case closed.
David, Nova Scotia

Sadly, I think we will eventually just have to get out. I do not think the Iraqis will ever take control of the situation and we cannot-- and should not-- be there forever.
Tom, Midland City, Alabama

We'll fumble around for another year, trying to avoid coming to grips with the fact that it is our presence there that undermines the legitimacy of the government and feeds the civil war. Then we'll get out.
John, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Should the Catholic Church be commenting on how the United States chooses to protect its national sovereignty?

What happened to separation of church and state? I think their voice should be heard when their tax exempt status is cancelled.
Gregg, New York

Last time I saw the Vatican, it had an impenetrable wall surrounding it. Isn't that rather elitist and "inhuman" to keep the small and meek out like that?
Christina, Chicago, Illinois

Jack, I think it's time for the church to go back to their own business. All the church should worry about are the broken and crippled and starving people in their own community. We don't have to ship people into this country to add to the poverty and the downtrodden that already exist in the country of the American "dream."
John, Redwood, California

The Catholic Church should spend less time worrying about how individual countries protect themselves and more time on protecting the children placed in their care.
Nicole, Lexington, Massachusetts

Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/16/2006 05:55:00 PM ET | Permalink
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
The Cafferty File: Catching Bin Laden


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:

Is the capture or death of Osama bin Laden still key to winning the war on terror?

Osama bin Laden is the hood ornament on the Mack truck of terrorism. The "war on terror" may have been completely avoided had the U.S. recognized him as a serious threat during the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan. But now, his apprehension amounts to nothing more than a political or military trophy.
Sean, Washington, D.C.

No. The key to victory over radical Islamists is winning the ideological war; a marketing campaign if you will, which we are currently losing to people who live in caves; however, the capture or death of Osama bin Laden would still feel really good.
Ed, Port Aransas, Texas

I was so sure Bush or Cheney would be able to dump the body of bin Laden on our doorsteps on "election eve" to influence our voting. Guess it shows how inept this admin. really is!
Paula, Naperville, Illinois

Bin Laden's capture or death at this point is of no real concern. He's the one that got the ball rolling and now Saddam's taking the fall. You want to win the war on terrorism, solve the Palestinian-Israeli problem.
Keith, Elkridge, Maryland

What do you think is contained in the interrogation memos that the government refuses to make public?

I imagine it's their toture tactics and the physical and mental states of the prisoners. I think they are worried about war criminal investigations and more uprisings.
Lynn, Columbia, Missouri

What I think is contained in the interrogation memos is immaterial. They won't be publicized in time to bring those who should to justice.
Sidney, Radford, Virginia

Material disgusting to the average person and embarrassing to the Administration.
Joe, Milton, Delaware

Horrible facts about torture, and proof that the United States under George Bush is no longer a country to be proud of. In my view, Bush and Cheney should be water-boarded to determine how they lied about Iraq.
Thomas, Medina, Ohio

How do we narrow the economic gap between "haves" and the "have nots" in the United States?

Without a third party to speak for the middle 50% of our population, nothing will narrow the gap. Special interest money will maintain the present system, lords and serfs…Remember Jack, it's our job to lower our standard of living so the rich can maintain theirs. The definition of free trade is profit without regard for consequences.
Mike, California

We pretend the minorities are all white males, then pay them 25% more than white females in the same position. Employers won't notice the difference, since they do this already.
Maren, Salem, Oregon

The first thing we need to do is stop importing poverty from Mexico and other third world countries. The second thing we need to do is get rid of corrupt politicians and their K street friends. Clean house. Both parties are corrupt. These people have no idea what a poor person looks like. Poor people do not usually give to political campaigns. Let them live amongst their constituents instead of in their gated communities with private country clubs.
Debbie, Cumberland, Maryland

Reverse corporate tax cuts. Raise minimum wage now, and raise it every time Congress votes itself a raise. Most of all, fire the corporate thugs (like Bush and Cheney) in the White House, and replace them with someone who gives a darn about the people of this country.
Laurette, Carrollton, Texas
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/15/2006 05:49:00 PM ET | Permalink
The Situation Online: Borat and the Queen


Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat riles up the crowd at a Virginia rodeo.

Borat v. Kazakstan
The popular new movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," has the government of Kazakhstan working hard to counter what they say is a misogynistic and anti-semitic portrayal of their country. But the movie's success -- almost 70 million dollars so far -- is generating some unexpected interest in a little-known Kazakh Web site.

The Queen comes to America
The United States is about to get a taste of royalty. The White House announced today that Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Virginia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The royal couple has made three other official state visits: 1957 for Jamestown's 350th anniversary, 1976 for America's bicentennial, and again visiting President George H.W. Bush in 1991.

Watch "The Situation Room" at 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, and 7:00 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.
Posted By The Situation Online Producers: 11/15/2006 04:30:00 PM ET | Permalink
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The Cafferty File: Holding Pattern


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:
Is it fair for immigrants in the U.S. to be held "indefinitely" if suspected of terrorism?

I support harsh penalties if an immigrant is convicted of terrorism. There is something un-American about locking someone up without a trial.
Celia, Lawrence, Kentucky

Of course not. If anyone is merely suspected of terrorism, they need to have rights. Anyone can be suspected of anything. That doesn't mean they should be able to be held indefinitely. This is America, or at least it used to be.
Jenny, New York

Jack, It's not fair to hold anyone accused of any crime in our nation indefinitely without a trial. This is not communist China, and no matter what the Bush administration thinks this kind of behavior isn't acceptable!
Mike, Seattle, Washington

We have laws in the U.S. Holding anyone "indefinitely" is illegal. Our country is full of immigrants. If anyone is doing something of a terrorist nature they need to be arrested and charged with a crime. In this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our laws are being broken every day by the people who make them. We see it, we know it and it needs to stop.
Linda, Williamstown, Vermont

Should the United States negotiate with Iran and Syria about a possible solution to Iraq?

Yes. After all the mistakes that the Bush administration has made we can't afford not to take advantage of any opportunity to find a solution to this mess.
Jim, Pensacola Beach, Florida

Jack, I don't see why not. We were paying so called dissident experts large amounts of money because they provide such great pre-war WMD details, flew them in on Rummy's orders and then found out they are nothing but bags of hot air. Talking to surrounding countries is better than what we have done.
Pat, Butte, Montana

If Iran and Syria were not the source of arming insurgents, sheltering insurgents and providing them the means to infiltrate Iraq I would say yes. The reason the level of chaos is growing in Iraq today is because President Bush did not fulfill his promise to attack terrorists and those who provide them aide and shelter wherever they hide, which is mainly in Iraq and Syria.
Johnny, Henderson, Texas

I think we should be talking to everybody. Talk brings hopes of agreement. Silence divides and isolates.
James, Doe Run, Missouri

Who do you want to run in the 2008 presidential election?

Senator Joe Lieberman should run in 2008. He has proven that he doesn't care about a party...I am a Republican, and I would vote for him.
Rick, Springfield, Vermont

I would really like Senator Clinton to run in 08. She will bring common sense back to the White House. President Clinton was the best president in the history of this country, and with his wife in the White House it would be like re-electing the former president. This is a chance for the American people to bring back a very popular president.
Mohamed, Richfield, Minnesota

Al Gore and Wesley Clark would be a great combination. Both have experience working on an international level.
Robert, Athens, Tennessee

Though a couple of Democrats currently in Congress come readily to mind, I want to wait and see if 1) they successfully push for needed and workable ethics rules with teeth in them and ensure they're followed, 2) they provide a workable way to get us out of Iraq without much further injury to the Iraqis or American soldiers, 3) if they can make the administration respect the Constitution and restore our rights to privacy and habeas corpus.
Kay, O’Brien, Oregon

I would like someone who doesn't place their self interest or party's interest first, but will place the country and the American people's interest above all others.
Ray, Vonore, Tennessee
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/14/2006 06:02:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, November 13, 2006
The Cafferty File: War Spending



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:

Should Congress approve an additional $160 billion supplemental appropriation for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

No. The amount of money wasted by the incompetent running of this war has already been too much. It's time for Congress to stop the rubber-stamp drain. Not another dollar until we can have investigations into the missing weapons, the undone rebuilding and why the Iraqi oil is not being used to pay for this war. The war is already lost, no amount of money could buy victory now, it would only prolong the time until we finally surrender to the inevitable.
Anonymous

Why not insist that if Congress approves any additional expenditure of tax dollars in Iraq, that doing so be based upon the Iraq Government agreeing, and accepting that any such U.S. expenditures constitute a loan which their government must pay back. The U.S. could defer the payments for ten years.
David, Sartell, Minnesota

We do not have a choice. We were the ones that created the chaos that exists in both countries, and both are disasters. We should clean it up, as much as I hate to do it.
Allen, Cameron Park, California

I think both parties are forced to because otherwise they are accused of "not supporting the troops".
W.B., Las Vegas, Nevada


Was it a mistake for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to say impeachment is "off the table"?

I do not think it was a mistake to take impeachment off the table. If the investigations show that President Bush has committed serious crimes against our country, we the people will demand that he be impeached. Congress should not want to be elected just to impeach a president.
LaVon, Bedford, Texas

Yes. She should be keeping all options open. I'm sure it would be divisive to have an impeachment but evidence will show that is the proper response to this misguided war
Joanne, Atlanta, Georgia

Jack, of course it was not a mistake, our new leader of the House Nancy Pelosi knew what she said, yes impeachment is off the table for now. But we can reset the table any time we want to!
Dane, Anaheim Hills, Calif.

I think it's a smart move for her to take impeachment off the table. It gives her space to work with the president on getting some legislative points on the board for her party...while at the same time letting Waxman go to work on his investigations. Depending on what Waxman finds, she can always come back and open the door with a well-timed, "We didn't have any idea about how bad these scandals actually were..."
Eric, Washington, D.C.

Will identifying sponsors of congressional earmarks curb spending?

The only way to curb earmarks is to pass legislation that makes it mandatory that these items be addressed individually in open sessions of the legislature and that they must be voted on, along with the other issues addressed in the bill to which they are attached.
Johnnie, Carthage, Texas

They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, so maybe having to attach names to earmarks will help curb spending but I'm very pessimistic.
Jacquelyn, Chicago, Illinois

The word of the era is: Transparency. It would be pretty hard to pull off the earmark shenanigans that Republicans have been so successful at, if every single dollar within every single appropriation was documented for the public to evaluate on its merits.
Arleen, Fort Collins, Colo.

I resent the question. I work forty plus hours a week. I am expected to act openly and honestly in my position. For God's sake, why can't our leaders just do the same without us acting as their parent?
Mike, St. Paul, Minnesota
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 11/13/2006 05:57:00 PM ET | Permalink
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