Editor's Note: Most of Monday’s American Morning audience was unconcerned about increased middle class taxes to pay for universal health care.
- Michael: I spend between $7,000 and $8,000 per year for family health insurance. I would rather give that money to the Federal Government via higher taxes than a private company whose only interest is making money for their stock holders. My guess is that my tax increase will be a lot less than what I pay for my private insurance...... it's a no brainer!!
- Linda R.: Let's stop scaring the public with the "tax bogeyman". If you took a truly honest poll, most Americans would not mind paying a few cents more in taxes if it meant access to health care, and a better life in general. Also, let's not forget, that it was the Republican party, not president Obama, that got us into this mess in the first place. Unfortunately, we have a "corporate mentality" which translates into the power of terrifying the public into voting against their own interests in order to serve the powerful. The MSM is guilty of aiding these crooks by advancing their agenda. If we had a single-payer health care plan, all that lovely money doled out to greedy politicians by the private health care providers would dry up. At the minimum, a public option would help enormously, but the rich and powerful could care less about ordinary Americans. If McCain had managed to eke out a victory last November, (heaven forbid), we would already have bread lines, runs on the banks, and people selling apples in the street. Oh yes, and Iran would already be a pile of rubble (think "shock and awe II"). Give our new president a chance to turn this mess around. He's not "Merlin the Magician". We are in a much better place than we were under Bush/Cheney, and you know it.
How do you feel about paying higher taxes for universal health care? Would you, as the first viewer noted, prefer to pay the government over a for-profit institution?
The “Cash for Clunkers” program was found to be less than desirable, as most believed the program lacked assistance for those with a low income or poor credit. Others questioned the fate of the “clunkers” traded in; were they being resold, recycled, sent to other countries?
- Unbelievable!! You praise the 'cash for clunkers'. One more spin for CNN!! The only way to take advantage of this program is to have above average income and credit. Who else can afford it?! Lexus, bmw, etc. are being bought!! One more time the rich stay rich!! Obama is just continuing Bush's destruction of the middle class and really our whole country.
- Bob M.: The two concerns that I have with the cash for clunkers program are, what are they doing with the clunkers(being junked or put back on the road as a used sale) and why is the program being stopped when the government doesn't really know how many cars have been sold with the program yet? Shouldn't they error on our side and not their side this time?
- John: I have to say I’m not impressed with the cash for clunkers -the buy out is only good if you have cash to spare and the people that have work long hard hours -then have gotten laid off or lost their jobs have been left out in the dark and tossed aside. Give every jobless person a new car to job hunt in . My cars are each ten years old and I am jobless.
How do you feel about the Cash for Clunkers program? Have you or someone you know taken advantage of this? Tell us your thoughts.