Friday, June 01, 2007
Cafferty: Opening the Door
Is the U.S. doing enough to help Iraqi refugees?
I wonder if we are doing anything at all, considering that we trashed their country for no reason, probably destroyed their homes and plunged them into poverty and homelessness. Is there any wonder where the phrase, "The Ugly American" came from? --Dave, Huntington, New York
Isn't it about time we focus on the needs of our own citizens in this country and not worry about the welfare of others. When are we going to stop providing assistance to other countries and support our own? Will this be in 2008? --Shane, Houston, Texas
Twenty million Mexicans can just stroll over without documentation and only a few Iraqi refugees are allowed to come here. Our government has lost its mind. --L.S., Richmond, VirginiaWhat do the Republicans have to do to restore their image?
Simple Jack, just break away from this President. --Joe, Key West, Florida
Restore their image? How about not worrying about image and do what's right for America? That's how they restore their image. --J.T., Washington, D.C.
It's very simple, Jack. They can start by admitting Iraq has been a huge mistake and begin holding diplomatic sessions with the entire Middle East. Next, they can set a timetable for our combat troops to leave Iraq. --Larry, New Britain, Connecticut
If you were moderating either of the CNN debates, what would you ask the candidates?
I would ask all the candidates of both parties how they would approach emerging nuclear power interests of developing countries seeking technological modernization for their people. Should countries like Saudi Arabia and Jordan have nuclear power while countries like Iran, and North Korea should not? --Richard, Seattle, Washington
What specific steps do you plan to take to more effectively manage the current fuel prices that are so negatively plaguing the nation? --Kurt, Springfield, Kentucky
I would ask: As president, is it more important to defend the value of the U.S. dollar, or the integrity of the U.S. Constitution? --Jarod, Peoria, Illinois
Jack, my question for the candidates would be: "How many special interest groups do you support, and who are they?" The correct answer should be "Only one, the American citizens!" --Janice, Seymour, Tennessee
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Cafferty: Plane Truth
Does Senator Hillary Clinton's use of a corporate private jet undermine her stance on corporate greed and executive pay?
Jack, what is she supposed to do stand in line at some airport while other candidates are flying around in private jets? That is what is wrong with the news media today. They ask stupid questions then we end up with a stupid president. I want answers to ending the Iraq war, health care, the loss of good paying jobs, and Social Security. I don't care how they travel around the country to answer these questions just as long as they answer them. --Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Hillary Clinton is so tied to big business that you can't tell were George W. Bush ends and she begins. --Sheila, Crossville, Tennessee
I always thought you were thoughtful, Jack. Why didn't you just say, "Hey, I just made a pinata out of Hillary. Everyone welcome!"? --Jim, Shamokin, PennsylvaniaWhy is the U.S. dragging its feet when it comes to global warming?
Jack, the short answer is corporate greed. Sure the people of America want a planet we can be proud of, but oil companies know extensive changes in their ways of doing business will cut into their record profits. --Harold, Anchorage, Alaska
The power lobbies have happy feet and dance for joy for 18 months of meetings. --Don, Hernando, Florida
I think that the current administration is dragging its feet on global warming because it is indicative of what this administration's mindset is. It is a childish, selfish, religiously zealous administration that is only concerned about what benefits their immediate political and religious belief structure and dismisses science and reasoning. They are content on destroying the planet as long as their wallets get fatter. -- Dax, Hagerstown, Maryland
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Cafferty: Interrogation Tactics
How can U.S. interrogation techniques become less amateurish and more reliable?
We could get more information out of prisoners if the intelligence community were able to find one with any intelligence to do the questioning. --Winnie, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Are we the good guys or not? Do the good guys torture? To interrogate someone effectively you need people fluent in the language and the culture. Without that, you are spinning your wheels. --Dick, Corpus Christi, Texas
The administration's whole act is to crank up the tough talk and results be damned. Stories have been done about how torture will get people to talk, but not to tell the truth. The answer is to train people to speak the language, use intelligent interrogation techniques which are well-known, and get some real results. --Jim, Savannah, GeorgiaWhy doesn't Vice President Cheney want Americans to know who visits him at home?
The good, old days of cover-ups and secret plans to get around the laws are on their way out of the White House. The poor guy is forced to bring in his clandestine meetings to his own house. Now, you want to put an end to that too? --Alex, Glenview, Illinois
The last time I checked, Mr. Cheney works for us, the U.S. taxpayers, and lives in a house we pay for. What part of this job does he not understand? If he wants to step down from this job, I'll hold the door for him when he leaves. --Don, Lake Worth, Florida
Why should Cheney release anything? Only in a democracy do the people have a right to know. Kings are above that sort of thing. --Marge, Madison, IndianaWhat does it say about our country when a state government sets up an anti-obesity agency with taxpayer dollars?
If parents took an hour out of their day to engage their children in exercise and watched what they fed them, we wouldn't need an agency to guide the parents. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what's unhealthy for children. The laziness of the parents who claim they "don't have time" or they're "too busy" is causing their children to suffer. If they truly love their children, then show them. --Nick, Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania
This is a problem that should be attacked not at the state level but at the local McDonald's and Starbuck's level. --Wes, Louisville, Kentucky
Obesity is a major threat to a healthy body. Those who need help in understanding this disease should be assisted. If states do spend taxpayers' money on this, it will pay dividends with saving in health costs in treating the adverse effects of obesity. --Patricia, Cambridge, Maryland
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Cafferty: Tougher Times
What does it say about the U.S. economy when 30 year-old men are making less than their fathers did?
Our young people "want it all" too early in life and are not willing to make sacrifices before they can afford what they want. No wonder foreigners want to come to America. If you are smart and work hard, there is a treasure chest of opportunity. --Maurice, Two Rivers, Wisconsin
The American dream has been exported to India and China. Our government and corporations are sending our best jobs and technologies overseas, making our people compete against wages of these countries. Companies that throw our citizens overboard so they can make larger profits are traitors. --John, Gilbert, Arizona
Jack, that means very simply that the conservatives have dominated American politics for much of the past 35 years implementing policies which benefit only the wealthiest 10 or 15 percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. --Vince, Carson City, NevadaAre our priorities out of whack if the Secret Service is considering borrowing immigration officers and airport screeners to protect presidential candidates?
Your report of the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security stripping their workforces is sickening. Someone is trying to do this on the cheap and in turn is making a decision which minimizes our seriousness about immigration enforcement. --John, Birmingham, Alabama
I don't think it is a matter of screwed up priorities as much as a government that is incompetent in every conceivable area of its responsibility, except collecting taxes from the middle class. --Dave, Huntington, New York
Whoa! What's wrong with this picture? These are all wealthy people. Romney says he won't even keep his salary if elected President. Why aren't these guys hiring their own body guards until if and when they are elected? --Pam, Hartford, ConnecticutWhy can't the U.S. government get spending under control?
Our government leaders are mostly rich men who don't have a clue about the real world and how to budget in an economy that doesn't tolerate unlimited deficit spending. Let's elect some people who know what the inside of a grocery store looks like. I ran into Senator Dodd while we were both food shopping. He has my vote. --Rosemary, Groton, Connecticut
Jack it's simple. When you elect Ex-CEO's whose only financial experience has been spending someone else's money, what do you expect? --Pete, Chandler, Arizona
It's politics, simply put. Every politician, senator or congressional representative, wants to bring home the pork while accusing their brethren of doing the same. Spending will never be brought under control and we will eventually be bankrupt. That's the plain hard truth. --Bobby, Hampton, Virginia
Monday, May 28, 2007
The Situation Online: Military records, Ala. terrorism?
War history comes alive
This Memorial Day you might just be able to track down ancestors who fought in conflicts from the American Revolution to Vietnam. For a limited time, Ancestry.com is offering free access to its massive database
of more than 90 million American military records, including news reels, draft registration cards, and prisoner of war lists.Who's a terrorist?
The Alabama Dept. of Homeland Security
has removed a Web site that classified gay rights groups, anti-war groups and pro-life activists among others as potential terrorists. Click here
to view an archived version of the page.Watch "The Situation Room" at 4 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM ET for these stories and more from our Internet reporters.