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January 19th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 1/19/10

Editor's Note:Tuesday’s American Morning viewers zeroed in on today’s Massachusetts’ election to fill the senate seat held by former Senator Ted Kennedy. Independents were said to play a critical role in the election’s outcome, as many former Democrats, disenchanted by President Obama, were moving to the right of the political spectrum. Others believed that abandoning the Democrats at this time was akin to being “traitors to the poor and working class people.”

  • Ginspelts: As a former moderate democrat who got fed up with the bail outs, a 800 billion stimulus bill that did absolutely nothing to help with jobs or the economy and a crappy 2000 page healthcare bill that I do not know a whole lot about except all the wheeling, dealing & sweetheart deals behind close doors to special interest groups and the unions, and the ever mounting debt that our country is in; I can only hope that Scott Brown wins today. Maybe that is the kick in the teeth moment that the democrats in congress need to stop being so arrogant and hateful to the voters and start listening to the voters instead of putting them down and ignoring them. They completely lost me as a democrat in their party. I now considered myself a Independent
  • Susan: If the independents vote for Brown because they are not pleased the way Obama is doing things and let health care fail, these people that do this are idiots and traitors to the poor and working class people. Obama is doing a great job for the situation were in. He is not God. Those that are disappointed in Obama should not put him on a pedestal. He is only a man working very hard to continue to bring back America the way it was. He has only been in there a year. If the independents vote for Brown they are letting the American people down. Brown has done nothing for no body and he is a tea bagger who is full of hate and they want him to take Teddy's seat. They are crazy. I don't think America will ever forgive them. Also, the democrats have to get out in groves today. Supporting Coakley for this Seat in Congress. Let's not give up now we have come to far for getting health care. We have some real idiots out there. Mr. Centerfold(Brown) would be a disaster. He has already said he would vote down health care. Now, for the independents to go ahead and vote for him would be just plain stupid!!!
  • Joan: Jim Acosta's report on the race in Massachusetts today was disappointing because he is usually fair. He definitely slanted the report positively for Brown and showed negative aspects of the Coakley campaign. There were lots of negative issues in the Brown campaign but as the Republicans like to do, they gloss over that and attack the other candidate. If Mass. votes in Brown and he derails the health care plan, then those voters have a lot on their shoulders. They will be setting health care reform back for years and years and your country will continue to have one of the most one-sided, unfair systems in the industrialized world. Your system is geared for the wealthy and big companies and to heck with the poor little guys who can't afford it. What a shame. I'm not sure that you all realize that a lot of countries around the world are watching to see how your country responds to the health care crises and hope that your moral conscience comes through. Everyone is understandably upset about the horrible circumstances in Haiti and people need health care. You have people suffering in your own country without healthcare but try to cover that up. It seems kind of hypocritical.

The Massachusetts’ senate seat is critical in order for the Democrats to hold power in the Senate. What is your desired outcome of this election? Would having less Democratic power actually drive the senators to work together better, or would such a loss endanger any chance of health care and other reform that exists on the president’s agenda?

As aid relief slowly trickles into Haiti, many were displeased to see the “looters” singled out for desperation: “I challenge anyone to be totally focused on the rule of law when you have not eaten in 5 days!”

  • James: It is unfair to focus on looters and not on the law-a-biding citizens of the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I challenge anyone to be totally focused on the rule of law when you have not eaten in 5 days! Why has it taken so long to provide the basics?
  • Keith: "Looting"....You reporters need to stop using that term right now ! When you have to live over 6 days in total darkness, with no food, water, or place to wash your face or use the toilet , you should be able to survive by any means necessary. Why would you want these "items" to sit in a destroyed building while HUMAN BEINGS sit outside of them and parish? Have you no compassion, understanding ,humility? At what point does your reporting stop sensationalizing tragedies? Did you manage to get footage of you eating and drinking while these poor Haitians sit outside your living quarters and die?

How do you feel about the “looters” in Haiti? Should such acts of desperation be ignored, or is keeping a civil society critical in such circumstances? How do you feel about the shop owners who were vandalized or robbed? Does such desperation excuse the behavior? Should these shop owners be given reparations for the damage?

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  1. Rhonda

    I just watched AM's story on Big Government. I think it would have been fair to report that the greatest increase in government since WWII occurred when the Bush Administration created the Homeland Security Department.
    Which reminds me: So many of the complaints about the two wars, government spending, increasing governmental interference, etc. etc. that have surfaced since Obama took office were barely mentioned in the eight years prior when the seeds of such ills were planted by Bush and company. What's going on? Complete silence from 2001 to 2009? And on Jan. 20, 2009, suddenly, people begin to notice the deficit, the debt, the futility of the wars, the size of government, and an economy that favors the rich? NOW people notice? Or could it be that the media wasn't as critical of Bush & Co. as they seem to be of Obama?

    January 21, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  2. JB

    I guess the Insurance Companies got the go ahead to continue to rob us blind. Thanks to the turncoats.

    January 20, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  3. Joseph Daniel "Brian" Lawlor

    To blame the current President for the woes of the country the insight of a sightless person.Itis understandable considering the conditioning placed upon the Peoples by leaderships. The Peoples still voting for the party that backs and are backed by self serving interests. Let Industry and Finance have their Republican and Democratic Parties while the Peoples establish a party of their own that backs the working class as a whole.

    Government, Industry, Finance, Academic, Military, Media, Religion(spirituality+ethics) and the Peoples grown/developed wrong causes the entire system to collapse in on itself which we are undergoing during this time. Each are seen as separate systems independent of one another yet they are all part of one operating system.

    Before we do it right all the time real time real time We as a developing Peoples had to experience what it was like to have it done all wrong and it is done wrong until all are at the brink of destruction.

    Plant a seed and "watch" the roots develop. "Watch" it break through the surface to form the stem, leaves and flower. When the time is known from seed to flower the timing for the other seeds in hand is known as well is it not CNN. We are the root system. Many roots but when we break through the surface there is only one stem, one direction. A uniform direction for the body of Humanity will be established will it not.

    The birth of Humanity into that unified body much like the goings on within the womb. Nice and easy durinjg the development but the labor pains and contractions set in do they not. Each a gene to the forming genome of Humanity itself We are. Feeling the pain/pressure We are We are.

    January 20, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Wilma Cooper

    This is to the president of the US. If keeping the status quo means keeping my freedom, Mr. President, I will keep my freedom any day.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  5. patrick henry page

    Reading some of the posts, I am disturbed by the venom that is put forth by writers who appear to ignore facts and instead, deal in vitriolic comments. The majority of citizens agree that health care needs some "fixing".. The majority of Americans like the coverage they presently have. The majority believe that the Americans who do not have insurance should have some means of obtaining it, although in fact, no one can be turned away from receiving medical attention from a hospital. As the pres. stated, and I believe most would agree, no American should lose their financial stability due to a catastrophic health issue. This does occur and for this reason and others, health insurance delivery and the ability to have it needs to be revised. When administrators in any field attempt to address an issue the first thing they do is collect information, identify the problems within the issue, and then solicit possible solutions from the people responsible for making the necessary changes. Once a reasonable and viable pathway to solving the already identified problems are arrived at the work begins to implement them. This was what Americans on the whole expected from their "so called reps" instead what was given was a general gloss over that there was a health care CRISIS that needed to be remedied.. From this we saw 2,000 plus pages of legislation that was being composed with little or no opportunity for the population or the pols to examine, back door discussions that did not include the reps of the majority party and none of the opposition, no ,matter who says otherwise, THE PEOPLE'S MONEY being doled out to recalcitrant pols to secure their needed votes ie. Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu.. Back door dealings with unions, namely SEIU, UAW, NEA etc. that would give preferential treatment to their respective memberships, special deals worked out with insurance companies and pharmaceutical entities as well as countless lies and duplicitous statements offered by the members of the majority party. How all of these FACTS escape many of the writers on this page leads me to further conclude the truth offered in this statement that I remember being used by a writer to my local paper. In the piece, the writer attributed the quote to Hitler (please do not get nervous with the mention of the name, it seems to be OK these days to invoke the names of Che, Mao and others that at one time were considered opponents to the American way of life); "WHAT A WONDERFUL THING FOR GOVERNMENTS THAT PEOPLE DON'T THINK!" Our nation has been a haven for many from other areas of the planet. It has afforded all who are here great opportunities to achieve. With this freedom many great things have been accomplished. AN HONEST GOV'T THAT ALLOWS THE CITIZENS TO FLOURISH IS IMPORTANT, HOWEVER, THE INDIVIDUAL IS THE PRIMER IN A DEMOCRACY. I appreciate my America and the people who have made it the nation it is. I do not apologize for who or what we are as a nation. Our people, no matter what their circumstances, are generous and caring; witness the recent outpouring of $ and human aid to Haiti. I will work to keep it the grand nation it is,, but I will not allow the employees of the people curb the freedoms we have been given by the Almighty.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  6. Lisa Hempelman

    Please, Please call this what is IS....Healthcare INSURANCE ALL about money and certainly not about actual healthcare reform...

    January 20, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  7. vivian

    I will give the President a 3 out of 10 for trying. I am an open minded Republican who was not shocked by last years outcome but was ready for some real "CHANGE" to come about. We are going backwards not forwards and for leaders in the world we are sad.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  8. Charles Stephens

    The spin on the MA election this morning shows CNN has the same hearing problem as Obama.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  9. Fran

    I believe President Obama is doing a marvelous job with what he inherited, and the American public disappoints me for becoming disenchanted so early in his presidency. He is an extremely intelligent man with immense foresight. Give him a chance.

    January 20, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  10. Hilroy

    I still have faith in Americans and even more when I see the generosity of the people. Regardles of it's distractors and naysayers, it is a great nation.

    However, after only one year in office and what do you expect? A person of color becomes President of the United States. He comes in at a time when everything is in a mess. There are two wars, the economy, unemployment, and much more on his plate. The previous government with an arrogant Vice President who continue to disrespect the new President leaves office with a lot of issues. You then have about six right wing radio talk show host in particular who are constantly going after this young President of color. One in particular, Rush Limbaugh stated in no uncertain terrms, 'I want him to fail" This is unheard of in the United States and no one seem to notice. Then you have a tiny country devastated by an earthquake and this arrogant minset continue. I say to Rush Limbaugh and all those radio right wing terrorists. Whether you want to believe it or not,all oour lives on this earth are very short. May God have mercy on all your souls. Please give the President some room to govern.

    January 20, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  11. Judy Czuba

    Wow. The media does it again. It's all the fault of the people who disagree with Obama's failed policies in national security, economics and his disregard of the United States Constitution. It's amazing that CNN can still call itself an objective news organization, but FOX is biased? Where's the objective analysis? Where are the questions about policy such as the Union giveaway on healthcare, or charging banks for mistakes but not GM or Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Where are the questions by reporters asking what the American people want to know. Why did Brown win in MA? Because the American people are fed up with this corrupt congress and this corrupt mainstream media who still leak their bias all over the news despite the reality that stares them in the face. Reporters? How about "The Brass Band" as a new descriptive. That's why I only flick back and forth to CNN, just to see what news is missing or misleading. Like the clip of Rush saying he wants Obama to fail. The actual message was he wants Obama's POLICIES to fail and apparently, a majority of Tax-paying Americans (those evil people you constantly insult ) feel the same way. By the way, have any of you looked up the definition of Socialism or Communism lately? I thought not.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  12. Joseph Daniel "Brian" Lawlor

    Looting in Haiti to be expected but it is how it hinders the rescue and life in general for all being felt by all on the ground. My thoughts go to an American city suddenly cut off from supplies. Where does that next loaf of bread come from. The milk and even a roll of toilet paper and all armed to the teeth. That which you see in Haiti could be done within the United States itself could it not.

    Peoples do desperate things during desperate times and these are desperate times indeed where tolerance and patience will be tested to its limits at times.

    With all the funding coming in how could the shop owners not receive compensation for their loses?

    January 20, 2010 at 5:29 am |
  13. Joseph Daniel "Brian" Lawlor

    How in the world can a politician vote against health care reform when health care is in such need for all within the body of the United States. We Canadians have been a nation for half as long as the United States yet we are so very much more advanced when it comes to the political system even with the corruptions within.

    The United States need a third party in representation of the Peoples over the existing parties who serve the few over the wellness and betterment of all within the United States.

    The Democrats and Republicans are like each an arm to the body of the United States. In Canada we have the Liberals and the Conservatives but we have the New Democrat Party which will grow in representation of the Peoples. Liberals and Conservatives each like an arm whereas the NDP becomes the body in control of those two arms. This is where you will be going America one way or the other.

    How does a global body come together? Through much suffering and hardships with decisions going against the wellness and betterment of the Peoples as a whole. This Republican win a physical example to my words are they not.

    Universal health care= hear those words yet America cannot even get its State and National health care working properly. Wise up.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:19 am |
  14. leenie

    Helping Haiti is utmost on many people minds right now, mine included. I had a great idea on how to help Haiti rebuild and help our economy at the same time. If the government hires the out of work construction workers to go to Haiti to help rebuild it would give jobs to many, many people who need work. Than they could use materials manufactured in the U.S. to do the rebuilding and that would get factories back on track as well. The employment of those not working and factories working would put the billions of dollars the government has pledged to Haiti into our economy. How great would that be?

    January 20, 2010 at 1:09 am |
  15. Choctawu

    It is my opinion the shop owner will be at a loss.
    Since they did not contribute to an emergency system in times of crisis. The shop owners is very well aware of the situation in Haiti but
    has failed to implement preventive system.
    Besides, shop owners carry insurance if they are smart and want to protect their goods and services.

    January 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm |