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March 10th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/10/2010

Editor's Note: Carol Costello’s “tweaking government” story generated humorous and serious comments from Wednesday’s American Morning audience. Some were in favor of more politicians so that more people could receive “free health care for life,” and suggested that “it would be much harder for the lobbyists to buy them all.” Others called for campaign finance reform and restructuring the government.

  • Dee: If we elect more politicians, then more of us will get free health care for life... perhaps we should all serve the same way we do for jury duty
  • Capt Bruce: More congressmen is a good idea think of the jobs! They do not do anything anyway and it would be much harder for the lobbyists to buy them all.
  • Jeff: lets make the government smaller,,I think I would make it like this,,,each state has Reps. by their population,,,The Reps. will tell what their state wants to the Govenor,,,The Governor then will tell the Congress what to vote on,,Their will be only 50 Congressment people,1 per state,they will only vote by what the Governor says, Their will not be and party in Congress,,the Democrats and Republicans will no longer be in Washington D.C...there a smaller government,,more control to the states..the President can veto or approve the for me
  • Dan: There are large and serious efforts underway, both in and out of Congress, to bring about public financing of election campaigns. Getting the money out of the process is the most direct way to improve how Congress works. Besides the obvious result of removing the undue influence of large donors on decision makers, it would free elected officials from having to spend so much time fund-raising. For some reason, these efforts get little publicity on CNN. But, then again, it is the media who benefit most from the multi-millions spent on ad campaigns in the current system. So I guess expecting you folks to treat this issue SERIOUSLY would be asking too much.

How would you “tweak” the government, given the chance? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. Mike

    Add a 4th branch of the government, which would be a populous Cyber-branch that consist of voters acting on legislation via the internet. This would need to mature but it would immediately be a check on the legislative branch and might eventually replace it.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  2. Dave Paulson

    American government doesn't need a tweak. It's broken. It doesn't work! It needs an overhaul. We don't need more politicians - we need less. The honest truth is that we don't need Congress. It's the 21st century. It's time for direct government of The People. We have the need. We have the technology. All we need is the will.

    March 11, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  3. Keith

    Trying to stop the American Media from talking about sex scandals
    is impossible.

    Americans love talking about sex; especially the sex scandals of
    other people. They love hearing about it on the news media and they
    love to gossip about sex scandals in the communities in which they live.

    When it comes to sex all the media turns into The National Enquirer.

    When my Grandmother was in her 90s she had a subscription to
    True Romance and she loved reading it.

    She remarked to me once that she wished she would have known
    about this stuff when she was a young woman.

    We were all born sexual but we still haven't gotten much past puberty.

    Guess we have to keep discussing sex problems. Talking about other people's sex problems is the safest route.

    It makes big money for the news media........hugh money.

    Knock yourself out keeping us informed.


    March 11, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  4. Angie

    You seem to be pro the Idea of Health Care Reform.

    But you do Not get mad at Republicans and conservative Democrats and independent Republicans and independent Democrats who are all trying to stop the Health Care Reform.

    No. You seem to be pro all of those who are blocking it from happening.

    And You seem to be mad at the Democrats who have been trying to push the Health Care Reform.

    I think you all have a screw loose.

    If you want what the Congress and Senate have in their Health Care Insurance,
    THEN you should be telling all of those Republicans and conservative Democrats and the Independents that YOU ALL WANT THE SAME INSURANCE THEY HAVE!!!!

    March 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm |