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October 25th, 2011
05:30 AM ET

Talk Back: Should the president bypass Congress to help the economy?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Since Congress isn't eager to discuss any part of the president's jobs bill, Obama is moving forward on his own and implementing a series of executive actions this week, such as new rules aimed at making it easier for homeowners to refinance.

Arguing that the president is simply using the excuse of political gamesmanship to get around Congress, Republicans say that the home mortgage plan won't solve anything and some economists contend that it won't be enough to solve the housing crisis.

What is clear is that the economy won't be greatly helped unless Congress takes action. Instead of waiting for lawmakers, Obama is going rouge to show Americans that he's doing something and to shame Congress into acting.

Talk Back: Should the president bypass Congress to help the economy?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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October 13th, 2011
03:59 AM ET

Talk Back: What should the U.S. do about Iran?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

An alleged Iranian agent has been charged in an assassination plot on U.S. soil. This is just the latest twist in a difficult and contentious relaionship...or non-realtionship between Iran and the U.S.

The U.S. hasn't "talked" to Iran officially since the 1979 hostage crisis. Since then, Iran's been part of the "Axis of evil", a nuclear wanna-be.

In 2009, Newly elected President Obama was pitching an "engagement" with Iran. But that was before Tehran's brutal crackdown on election protesters, the imprisonment of three American hikers, and the Iranian President's America bashing speeches. So an engagement anytime soon? Doubtful.

It's debatable whether sanctions on Iran, North Korea, or Iraq really changes their behavior, so could this go beyond sanctions?

Talk Back: What should the U.S. do about Iran?

Let us know what you think. Your responses could be read on our program.

 


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October 12th, 2011
05:28 AM ET

Talk Back: Does Romney's Changing Position on Healthcare Matter to You?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

The biggest thorn in Mitt Romney's side is what his opponents call "Romneycare" – a derogatory nickname for the health care plan that Romney created in Massachusetts while he was governor.

As it turns out, the Obama administration was entranced with Romney's plan.  Obama officials reportedly even met with Romney's advisers to create Obamacare, NBC News reports.  And yes, both plans are similar in that they include a requirement to buy health insurance.  But Romney is eager to make a clarification.

"The truth is, our plan is different, and the people of Massachusetts if they don't like it, they get rid of it," Mitt Romney said in last night's GOP debate.  "Right now they favor it three to one. But I'm not running for Governor of Massachusetts, I'm running for President of the United States, and as President I will repeal Obamacare, I will grant a waiver on day 1 to get that started and I will make sure that we return to the states what we had when I was Governor the right to care for our poor and the way we thought best for our respective states."

But Romney sounded a very different tone when he signed the Massachusetts law.  In an interview with Fox News back in April 12, 2006 – the day he signed his health care law – Romney said: "When I set out to find a way to get everybody health insurance, I couldn't have cared less and I don't care less about how it works politically. In my view it's the right thing to do."

In other words, Mitt Romney was for the individual mandate before he was against it – at least on a national level.  And he says, as president, he would repeal the very health care law that he inspired.

Talk Back: Does Romney's Changing Position on Healthcare Matter to You?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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October 11th, 2011
05:32 AM ET

Talk Back: Are you sold on the president's jobs bill?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to take up President Obama's controversial jobs bill today, with a key procedural vote on whether to debate the bill scheduled for this evening.

The bill extends unemployment payments, cuts the payroll tax, provides money to hire more teachers and construction workers, and boasts a tax on millionaires to pay for it all. The president has traveled to eight different cities to promote the legislation, although Republican lawmakers remain opposed to the bill.

Senator Mitch McConnell remarked last week, "What this week has shown, beyond any doubt, is that Democrats would rather talk about partisan legislation that they know won't pass, than about actually passing legislation we know would create jobs. "

Talk Back: Are you sold on the president's jobs bill?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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October 10th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Talk Back: Why is Herman Cain surging in the polls?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Imagine a 2012 presidential race that pits Barack Obama against Herman Cain, hey, anything is possible.  Many political talking heads pooh-pooh the polls.  They claim Cain is just "flavor of the week."

Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia calls Cain a "place holder" for voters unhappy with the rest of the GOP field.

But something about Cain resonates with people.  He's a self-made man who makes no excuses for high black unemployment.

"I don't think racism in this country holds anybody back in a big way," Cain said.

He's also a personable guy saying things like, "I would bring a sense of humor to the White House, because America's too uptight."

Cain also has, what sounds like, a simple solution to our economic woes.  It's his signature "9-9-9" plan.  It would throw out the current tax code, and replace it with a 9 percent income flat tax, a 9 percent sales tax, and a 9 percent business flat tax.

Many economists say the 9-9-9 plan would hurt poor people and retailers.  Regardless, 9-9-9 is catchy – as is Herman Cain.

Talk Back: Why is Herman Cain surging in the polls?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on our program.


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October 7th, 2011
04:26 AM ET

Talk Back: Was ESPN right to part ways with Hank Williams Junior?

From CNN's Carol Costello:

Yesterday, ESPN announced that it has severed its relationship with singer Hank Williams Jr. after Williams compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, a remark that prompted controversy and resulted in "Monday Night Football" pulling his popular musical introduction from this week's game.

On his website, Williams claims that it was his decision to leave the network, writing that ESPN "stepped on the toes of the First Amendment," so "me, my song, and all my rowdy friends are out of here."

Whoopi Goldberg defended Williams' freedom of speech on "The View," saying, "He's a musician. Musicians always do provocative things, and think of all the football players and all the musicians that have taken a misstep or done something. What kind of standards are we holding folks to when we say oh no, that's not a good thing to be so instead, we pull. Is that the right thing?"

Talk Back: Was ESPN right to part ways with Hank Williams Junior?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.


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