Friday, June 22, 2007
Cafferty Cheney's secrets?
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Vice President Dick Cheney has gone out of his way to keep things from the public. What should be done about it?
Dear Jack, For years, the Vice President has been stonewalling Congress by claiming executive privilege. Now, when it suits him, he says that his office is not part of the Executive Branch. As the Church Lady used to say, "How convenient!" -Steve, Montgomery, Alabama

Mr. Cheney's refusal to follow the Archives' rules makes him a lawbreaker. He should be treated accordingly. -Louie, New Orleans, Louisiana

This is easy. The VP is responsible to the people of the USA. If he refuses to divulge information required or asked for by the people, he should be impeached by Congress. Unfortunately, this Congress does not think they are responsible to the people, either. -Richard, Coppell, Texas

Jack, Let’s find out what our esteemed Vice President is hiding, or who he is protecting. I would like to see a congressional Congressional hearing, unless they are too busy. -Terry, Kernersville, North Carolina

Congress wants to revive the Iraq Study Group. Is that a good idea?
Did George Bush listen to the Iraq Study Group the 1st time? Nope! Is George Bush gonna listen to them this time? Nope! I just think the Democrats need the Iraq Study Group to give themselves cover when Bush comes to them in September for money to pour down the rat hole Iraq has become. -Patricia, Palmdale, California

All I can say is it is a better idea than what we have now. -Josh, Springville, Tennessee

Just another non-binding study! We don't need more studies; we need to get out. Oh, I forgot, the Democrats who are in control will get nothing done. -Gene, Houston, Texas
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/22/2007 06:13:00 PM ET | Permalink
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Cafferty: Nader in '08?
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If it weren't for Nader taking votes away from Al Gore, we wouldn't be wrecking the world under George Bush, and our young people wouldn't be dying needlessly in Iraq. -Joan

Jack, Here's what's missing: a candidate who represents the U.S Constitution and has the clout, the guts, and the ability to get elected. -Pete, Florida

Nader is what's missing from the White House. Intelligence, integrity and real American values.
-Paul, Youngstown, New York

Perhaps Mr. Nader has a bit of whiplash from slowing down after his "Unsafe at any speed" book came out... Stay out of the race please Ralph. -Frank, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Does the French government have more important things to worry about than the U.S. spying on their BlackBerry messages?
Let's face it. Because of the underhanded tactics employed by the current administration, this country is no longer trusted or respected around the world. That is the bigger issue. -Loretta, Cody, Wyoming

Jack, If U.S. citizens no longer trust this government, why should the French? The U.S. government is no longer trustworthy so everybody should be concerned about them. -Vicky, Twin Falls, Idaho

The French should definitely take caution. Every country in the world needs to worry about the United States. I wouldn't put it past the current administration to spy on its allies. And no, there aren't other things the French should be worrying about. The United States is the largest threat in the world. -Dave, Toronto

Hey, stop ragging on the French. Well over 80% of those eligible voted for president last month. In last fall's mid-term election, the U.S. number was about half of that... We're spying to steal their democracy. -Don, Onset, Massachusetts

What will it take for Americans' confidence in Congress to rank higher than their confidence in the presidency, the media, big business, HMOs and the criminal justice system?
How about a revolution in the streets to wake up Congress? But given the apathetic nature of the average American citizen, I think I'll just complain that nobody has done something about it already. -R., Galion, Ohio

Jack the only thing that would give me confidence in Congress is to start impeachment proceedings against Bush. -Sarah, Orlando, Florida

Jack, To restore my confidence in Congress, we would need to get rid of all the incumbent Democrats and Republicans and bring in a whole new bunch, which has not been tainted by a corrupt, money-driven payoff system. -John, Oxnard, Calif.

The best way for us to get confidence back in Congress is if they do what I do every single day, get the job done. I have to answer to people just like they do, they're called my bosses. If I don't do my job, guess what will happen? I'll lose my job. Too bad we don't have an option to fire them on the spot when we feel they aren't 'doing their jobs'. If we could, Congress would be pretty empty right now. -Christina, Mentor, Ohio
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/21/2007 05:49:00 PM ET | Permalink
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Cafferty: Declaration of independence?
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How could New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's declaration of independence shake up the '08 presidential race?
The biggest plus to a potential Bloomberg run would be that it will put a check on the primary candidates from both parties playing to their respective far-right and far-left bases... if they don't, that middle they are ignoring would propel Bloomberg to victory. -Jeff, Seattle, Washington

Hi Jack. Will Bloomberg affect the 2008 race? Puh-leeze. The only people who believe he could have a meaningful impact are New Yorkers, who think they’re the center of the universe. Just as Rudy is discovering, no one gives a damn about a NYC mayor running for president. Remember John Lindsay? -Kevin, Cleveland, Ohio

Jack, Having lived in the NYC area and watching Mike Bloomberg, I think he makes an excellent choice for president... By relinquishing his ties to either of the two parties, he strengthens his ability to actually tackle tough issues and get something done in Washington in a non-partisan way... I think the mood in the country is right for someone like Mike Bloomberg to take Washington back for its citizens. He might even ask you to be his running mate, Jack. -Wayne, Oakwood Hills, Illinois

Well, if Bloomberg has declared his independence, good for him. He is probably as fed up as the rest of us, and frankly I believe the '08 race could stand a shake-up. This current crop of candidates, with the exception of Edwards and Obama, are a crushing disappointment.
-Monna, Charlotte, North Carolina

Is it a good idea for the Bush administration to delay tighter border security on the Mexican and Canadian borders?
It is always understood that when implementing new procedures there will be delays, but one would think that 2 years would be a sufficient amount of time to work out the bugs in the system. I think it may be time to cancel all vacations and holidays for those running the bureaucracy. -Crystal

Jack, Of course securing our borders would have been the first thing a fourth grader did after that horrific day in September. But this is the Republican labor so it's about slave labor and getting the Latino vote. Everything on our beloved Earth has a price in America. Don't attempt to adjust your set. This nightmare is real! -Bob, Pensacola, Florida

The Department of Homeland Security’s "hiccup" is just more smoke and mirrors from the White House to enable the continued delay in implementing real border security. The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave is fast becoming just a hand puppet in Mexico's control. -John, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Should Army combat tours be once again extended from 15-months?
I can't speak for our troops but when I was in the military two things excited me: mail and the date that I would go home. Having my tour of duty extended from 12 months to 15 months along with repeated tours would demoralize the guys that I served with. I can only assume that our troops in Iraq would feel the same. -Don, Dodge City, Kansas

How can an administration claim to support our troops by not providing them with a proper war plan or proper armor and supplies, by using contractors that rob the U.S. blind, and of course, by extending their tours every chance they get? And further, why can't the Democrats push this point through? -Thomas, San Jose, California

I don't think we have much choice but to extend their tours in Iraq. I hate to think how fatigued our military will be if we actually have a real conflict worth fighting for! We are less safe than ever in that respect! -Cameron, Norfolk, Virginia
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/20/2007 05:48:00 PM ET | Permalink
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Cafferty: Cash rewards for poor?
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Is it a good idea to give the poor cash rewards for things like graduating high school, going to the doctor and working full-time?
Of course it's worthwhile, if it's the only way to coerce people into helping themselves. Isn't it a sort of axiom that poor people would be more successful if they made better choices? The question is whether they recognize the more beneficial choices. Education, Education, Education.
-Jim, Tampa, Florida

Money for the poor because they graduate and get a job? No way. What a joke. I've heard it all now. These are things people should do. -Anonymous

Certainly there are two kinds of people who are poor: those who have suffered bad luck, either by birth or through circumstances beyond their control, and those who have made bad choices. This program may be able to help the latter group. And it certainly cannot hurt the former. People naturally respond to incentives. If healthy children and better prospects for life do not provide enough incentives, maybe money will. -K., Carmel, Indiana

No, no, no. We expect so little of the population; good behavior should be expected not rewarded. This is the problem there is no standard to rise to! -Sheela, Las Vegas, Nevada

I can't believe this. I live in NYC, home to many of the crummiest schools in the US. I struggled to get my boys through school. I sat with them for hours doing homework and projects. But this is beside the point. This is nothing more than organized bribery. Where is self respect? Where is pride? -Linda, New York

Should U.S. combat troops in Iraq be given one month off for every three months they spend fighting?
As a soldier who has been deployed to Iraq twice and is preparing for a third deployment, I believe that having one month off for every three months deployed would be detrimental to our mission. For the most part, soldiers have plenty of time to themselves between missions. More time off would encourage complacency, and due to the rapidly changing environment in Iraq, would cause soldiers to be unprepared for the missions they would be assigned to after their time off. -Daniel

Enough with all this nonsense. Bring them home where they belong. -Wesley, Somerville, Massachusetts

Jack, You can tell when people who have never been in combat, or Iraq for that matter, come up with ideas on helping troops. To help veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is simple: shorten the deployments to six months. It only takes one attack, and seeing your buddy die in your arms to develop PTSD for life. If troops got to go home earlier and deal with trauma, maybe the PTSD would not ingrain itself in the veterans. -Roy

I wholeheartedly agree that the troops should be given time off from the stress of trying to stay alive. If it takes a month to do that, so be it. It is unforgivable that our government asks our men to be there as long as they do. -Elsie, Waynesboro, Tennessee

Did Rudy Giuliani make a mistake by quitting the Iraq Study Group panel?
Yes, he certainly made a mistake, and I'm so happy that you have brought it to our attention. My opinion of Rudy Giuliani keeps going down the more I listen to him, or hear other facts like this about him. Thank you for making the picture clearer. -Lynne, Fort Mohave, Arizona

He simply made a rational Republican decision on public vs. self service. -Pete, Arkansas

Jack, Of course Giuliani made a huge and unforgivable mistake by not attending vital Iraq Study Group meetings. It would be an even bigger mistake if we rewarded him by electing him to the highest office in the land. -Dorian, Austin, Texas

Of course not. He was undoubtedly tipped off that no one in the White House would pay any attention to their findings. -Nathan, New York
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/19/2007 05:41:00 PM ET | Permalink
Monday, June 18, 2007
Cafferty: Code names & candidates?
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What's an appropriate secret service code name for any of the '08 presidential candidates?
Hilary Clinton: Iceberg. -Bob, Phillips, Wisconsin

Romney: Chameleon. -Dot, Manahawkin, New Jersey

Jack, code names for these jokers have the same value as their promises. Simply take the names of the seven dwarfs, three stooges, five Looney Toon characters, and six different types of nuts - put them in a hat and randomly draw a name for each. -Frank, Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Senator Clinton: "The Queen Bee". Fred Thompson: "Maybe". Mitt Romney: "Flipper and Flopper". -Valerie, Raleigh, North Carolina

What does it mean if Iraq now ranks as the world's second most unstable country, behind only Sudan?
Jack, It means that everything the neocons say will happen if we leave is already happening there now. -Patty, Marietta, Georgia

Jack, It means we have no hope of installing a democracy and we should withdraw our soldiers from the middle of their civil war. -Laura, Houston, Texas

It only means what we all know, that Bush's policy of spreading democracy through violence is a total failure. -Kyle, Denver, Colorado

Maybe, just maybe we can stop hearing from Washington's professional liars that we are making "progress" in Iraq. -George, Florida

Al Gore says "The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton." Is he right?
Mr. Gore is not entirely correct, but close. Ms. Hilton is only one of the distractions, along with American Idol, Am I Smarter Than A 5-Year Old, Survivor re-runs, and the ultimate reality show: Comprehensive Immigration Reform. All serve to distract the public from other issues, some of which are valid and others which are not. -Dan, Vancouver

When watching the coverage on Paris Hilton I wondered how, when our soldiers are dying, is this important? Maybe if that much coverage was dedicated to the war and the deaths of our bravest and brightest this country would revolt against this administration and the senseless war they have gotten us into. -Lisa, Ft. Jennings, Ohio

Al Gore is correct. Give the electorate their Paris Hiltons, cheap goods from Wal-Mart and their NFL Football... and it keeps them asleep. That way the politicians can go about their business of making the corporations rich at the expense of the environment. -Louie, Platteville, Wisconsin

No, Al Gore is not right. What could be more important then Paris Hilton's jail time, Britney Spears' shaved head, or Lindsay Lohan's car accident? I was told years ago that the mission was accomplished in Iraq, global warming was not a scientific fact, and that Afghanistan was under control. -Evan, New York
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 6/18/2007 05:37:00 PM ET | Permalink
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