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November 30th, 2009
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 11/30/2009

Editor's Note: With President Obama’s announcement on Afghanistan set for Tuesday, American Morning’s Monday audience was greatly concerned about a “war tax” being proposed by some lawmakers.

  • Ellen: ... NO ON THE WAR TAX, WE'RE BROKE ALREADY, OBAMA PROMISED NO HIGHER TAXES ON MIDDLE INCOME AND ALL THE REST OF THE DEMS DO IT RAISE TAXES ON THIS AND THAT, IT ALL AMOUNTS TO THE SAME THING-A TAX INCREASE. WE'RE BROKE. THE COUNTRY IS BROKE WAKE UP.
  • Joseph: Concerning the War Tax. It is apparent that the Democratic Party will not be satisfied until such time as they tax the people of this country into complete poverty. They have no sense of what the people want because they do not listen to the people. They are in direct violation of the constitution because they do not follow the people's direction. Every representative currently holding office should be brought up on charges of Treason. They have failed completely in their oath of office to “Uphold and Defend the Constitution of the United States”.
  • David: on the war tax, I believe that our country should get out of Afghanistan and Iraq. Granted, we do need to do what must be done to protect our country, but once we leave these wars, are we not still going have to do many things to protect our country here at home? So why not concentrate on what matters and quit worrying about the Wars and bring our troops home!
  • Lynn: I oppose a 'War Tax' to pay for the war in Afghanistan. The US Citizens have been paying for this war since George W Bush started it (and left it) over 8 years ago...and we continue to pay in dollars and lives! I strenuously object to any more taxes for this war!
  • William: RE. the war tax. We have $12 trillion in debt. We paid $384 bil. in interest on the public debt. Health will cost $2 trillion. We have 17.5% unemployed and we're talking about a war tax. What a joke.

What do you think of a “war tax” to help fund a troop surge in Afghanistan? Continue the conversation below.


Filed under: We Listen
November 30th, 2009
10:31 AM ET

War tax proposed to pay for troop surge

After weeks of anticipation, President Obama is finally scheduled to unveil his plans for Afghanistan in a prime time speech tomorrow. He's expected to call for an additional 34,000 U.S. troops.

Some congressional Democrats are already voicing concern about the costs and are even proposing a surtax to fund future military operations in Afghanistan.

Connecticut Rep. John Larson co-authored the legislation for a war tax. He spoke to Kiran Chetry on American Morning Monday.

Related: Share the Sacrifice Act of 2010


Filed under: Afghanistan • Politics
November 30th, 2009
10:26 AM ET

Record $165 million in ads to influence you on health care reform

The Senate begins debating its health care reform bill today. You're probably already noticing more and more commercials on TV trying to shape that debate.

A record $165 million has already been spent on health care ads, and there's a reason for that.

Remember Harry and Louise? They're actors who some say single-handedly shifted the case for health reform against the Clintons in the 1990's.

Fifteen years after Harry and Louise entered our living rooms – millions of dollars are being pumped into a whole new generation of ads lobbying us for, and against, the health care bills in Congress.

Are they effective – and who are they targeting? Evan Tracey, founder and president of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, spoke to Joe Johns on American Morning Monday.


Filed under: Politics
November 30th, 2009
09:42 AM ET

Mom's instinct saves daughter from H1N1 death

For most children if they do catch the H1N1 flu, it won't be life-threatening. Your pediatrician will likely recommend a few days of rest with plenty of fluids.

But what if your child is in real danger and you're the only one who can see it? What should you do?

Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports on one family's story.


Filed under: Health
November 30th, 2009
09:33 AM ET

Thai farmers: We were tricked into forced labor

It's a problem hiding in plain sight: modern day slavery.

The State Department says up to 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. every year, usually women and children.

This next story puts a new face on the global crisis. 30 men who say they moved half way around the world for a shot at the American dream, but were tricked into a life of forced labor.

CNN's Sean Callebs reports for part one of our AM original series, "No Way Out? Human Trafficking."

November 30th, 2009
09:27 AM ET

What do Republicans expect from president's Afghan speech?

President Obama is expected to announce plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

We know some Democrats in Congress aren't happy about it, but what do Republicans want to hear from the president tomorrow night?

Rep. Tom Price just returned from Afghanistan with the Georgia delegation where they met with General Stanley McChrystal. He spoke with Kiran Chetry on American Morning Monday about what Republicans expect to hear from the president.

Related: Obama faces risk of a wartime presidency


Filed under: Afghanistan
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