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February 24th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/24/2010

Editor's Note: Carol Costello’s piece on “gambling the U.S. out of a recession” was met with staunch opposition by Wednesday’s American Morning audience. Most proclaimed such activity was unlikely to provide the needed revenues to cover growing budget gaps, and doing so would simply put people further into debt.

  • Mark: Hello Carol at CNN: In response to your question "can we gamble our way out of recession?" Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania alleges that gaming has helped relieve property tax burdens levied on owners. Without analysis of the numbers his allegation is arbitrary. Home values have dropped in proportionately to its current property taxes. The potential of loss in gambling favors the house. It is of my opinion home owners as a whole have much better odds in not gambling their money away and spend it on paying their property taxes. My final answer is no way.
  • Dave: Though there are many reasons that our government is 'broken,' One of the major players is the lobby system. It amounts to legalized bribery, and in fact, these practices are outlawed in most all of the democratic governments. It gives an unfair advantage for the corporations over the people who are supposed to be represented: the constituency that voted them in!
  • Jim: Broken Government: […] Opening up more casinos will just put the people more into debt. You see you can lose 200.00 in 15 minutes If you win 5.00 you think your a winner and it does not stop after that. It's all Luck no skill. Sure it's a nice day out. Take Atlantic City for instance. Many people will take 200.00 and try there luck. But when you get there and casino starts getting a lot of people they raise all the table stakes so you cannot sit down and have a good time. They are there to rip the clothes of everyone. This dream will never come true. Good idea to send someone down and just see how the casinos operate. You will be surprised on what you find on certain times of the day. […] Great show in the morning. You have me hooked.
  • Jeff: AMFix asks us whether casinos are proof of "broken government" in Pennsylvania, but there is no mention of the fact that the legislation legalizing some forms of gambling in Pennsylvania is nearly 6 years old. Isn't this relevant to a segment that is evaluating the current state of our government? I do not support the casinos in and coming to Philadelphia in any form. Suggesting that the PA government is "broken" is not necessarily something I disagree with either. But CNN is doing damage when an AMFix segment implies that it is the current PA legislature and government that is creating these problems, when we've been dealing with casinos and their attendant drama for the better part of a decade.
    Champ: Could the new york stock exchange have a nick name CASINO? It is gambling so what is so wrong with other casinos used for gambling? they use cards instead of money.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

Filed under: We Listen
February 24th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Broken Government: How to fix NHTSA?

Toyota executives aren't the only ones taking heat over the safety of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also under fire.

The agency is supposed to investigate potential safety defects, but many say it's just another example of our broken government – overworked and underfunded.

We were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Allan Kam, who was once senior enforcement attorney for the NHTSA. He retired in 2000 and is now director of Highway Traffic Safety Associates.

Filed under: Broken Government • Transportation
February 24th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Broken Government: Congressional pension plans

Many Americans are wondering how they will ever retire in this recession. But, members of Congress don't have that problem. They'll be collecting fat pensions at your expense.

As part of our week long series "Broken Government," we're taking a hard look at the congressional pension system. And the fix – Congress would have to cut their own benefits. Our Lisa Sylvester has the report.

Filed under: Broken Government • Politics
February 24th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

NAACP to honor Van Jones

Van Jones is back in the spotlight. You may remember him – he was President Obama's green jobs czar, but not for long. He resigned under pressure last fall, but he's about to make headlines again. Our Suzanne Malveaux has the report.

Filed under: American Morning
February 24th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Building Up America: Lumber yard rebuilds after fire

Today in our "Building Up America" series, we meet a woman who literally had to rebuild her business from the ashes. And she had to do it at one of the toughest times her industry has ever seen. Our Tom Foreman has the story for us.

Filed under: Building Up America • Economy
February 24th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

New hope for Haiti quake victim

We've been following the story of a very brave 12-year-old girl who survived the earthquake in Haiti. Her name is Kimberly, and she suffered a massive brain injury. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta was called in to perform her life-saving operation aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

After a full month of rehab, Kimberly has since been reunited with her father. They were homeless. She had no medicine and she just learned her mother and sister died in the quake. But now, a bit of good news.

Full coverage: Haiti earthquake

Filed under: Haiti
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