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March 18th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/18/10

Editor's Note: Thursday’s American Morning audience railed against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Many expressed deep concern over her inability to clearly address the questions posed, stating “she’s a well schooled politician but [that makes] me worry about her competence.” Others believed her agenda was to increase illegal immigration and work towards amnesty, rather than protect “unemployed Americans.”

  • Theodore: I just watched the interview of Janet Napolitano. Her evasive answers to questions posed make it patently clear that she's a well schooled politician but make me worry about her competence. Given the importance of her job, that worry becomes profound.
  • TJR: Janet Napolitano is probably the WORST DHS secy we will ever have. The border fence has been stopped because the Democrats WANT illegal immigration to be as HIGH as possible. They are working on an amnesty as we speak. They have no sympathy for unemployed Americans. Outrageous.

With the release today of the U.S. News & World Report on teen driving, some objected to the characterization that problem drivers were always teens: “Stop blaming teenagers for all the car accidents when senior citizens who drive disabled […] cause…most car accidents and fatalities. Why not focus on their age, inability to see and response time?”

  • Gloria: Stop blaming teenagers for all the car accidents when senior citizens who drive disabled (getting out of their cars with walker, who can barely walk are behind the wheel) and as an medical professional as definitely the #1 cause of most car accidents and fatalities. Why not focus on their age, inability to see and response time? I believe it's the largest voting population and the politicians don't want to go there. In the mean time, they are killing innocent people.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. Tameria

    The polls do not reflect all of the people who support the Health Care Bill.
    They are either too busy working two jobs trying to make ends meet and don't have time to hang out on the computer answering polls OR they don't have the extra $$ to spend on computers and internet access to begin with.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  2. Jim Buchanan

    I can remember an identical protest many years ago when Medicare health care was proposed but suppose the same had not passed? I have read all of the bill and with the provision of making amendments at a future date we should move ahead and to vote no would be a step back many years. A vote yes will put the pharmacy manufacturer's, insurance companies/executives, and lobbyist on notice that the time has come for them to take a back seat and accept the needs of the american people instead of continued lining of their deep pockets and extreme profit taking. My Flomax, sprivia, lipitor I can no longer afford and no generic available! Example/ sprivia is $552.00 for 90 day supply and others listed are comparable in price.
    The american people are now asking an end to partisian politics and support for a desperate population that requires desperate measures to right a wrong of past years. Our economy is broke and health care will help as a small step forward. We have bailed out wall street, auto industry, banks and allowed big bonuses while facing largest deficit in history. If congress and senate do not vote yes on this bill they will have to reconcile their actions come November. 5620 North Lake Dr Roanoke, Va. 24019 PS. You have my permission to share/ use in any way or form as a public comment to CNN

    March 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  3. kaydownsouth

    raising taxes and increasing minimun wages to $10.50 an hour will put an end to this republican made depression... if mininum wages would keep up with the rate of inflation we would not be in this mess... the lower income people is what make this country thrive not the rich , wall street or the govt. poor people will spend more with their paycheck, than a upper income peolpe...

    March 20, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  4. kaydownsouth

    why would the dumbest country ( U,S,) on the planet cut education??? the welfare of this country depends on the next generation!!!! if we keep cutting education how dumb will the next generation be... let the republicans decide, as they have for the last 30 years... america is dumber than a doornob. world test scores shows the results... raise taxes and help improve education not defunk education ahh, aaaahh, no let's stay on the same dumb track

    March 20, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  5. J.V.Hodgson

    Why dont we get it:-
    1) illegal immigration is not per se a health care debate issue, but it is a separate issue, and I would remind America and Americans that the Berlin wall was porous and the Israeli wall has been outlawed by the UN and ICCJ. The problem of illegal immigration stems from the fact that it is cheap labour in Texas, California and elsewhere, wher they are ignored as being an economic necessity but ignoring the cost.
    I say no medical cover unless its life threatening, and if it turns out a life threatened treated person is illegal he/she is deported along with any illegal family members!! There is a three year grace period. All first generation Mexicans between the ages of 0 to 50 must show a valid passport and entry visa, a legal address and contract, and the adddress of thier last or current employer within that time. Anyone who cannot show valid immigration documentation is deported, back to country of origin. Pass laws that employers and landlords must require to copy passports and visas before offering leases or jobs and failure = huge penal fines on employers or landlords like 50 to 100 times annual rent salary paid by each illegal, and at the end of 3years even if you are dying No insurance policy and Passport valid visa no medical treatment.
    Publish that in all mexican newspapers and illegal immigration has no economic benefit. and all deported illegal immigrants are fingerprinted, eye retina scanned, and facial scans and all Mexican passports must meet those standards, and as a Mexican properly passing immigration/passport/visa needs you must carry an Alien registration until you can validate your US citizen ship. No alien registration card no job especially for daily border cross workers.
    Then some Americans have the chance at minimum wage for employment.
    2) Ban mobile phone use while driving with very heavy penalties and make it that manufacturers have to provide 2/3 months storage of date time of useage, that can be specifically requested to prove the arresting officers case, only that data, date, time, duration may be given by the service provider not the called to information.
    Texting, the same, only treble the penal fine.
    And it is irrelevant whether the car is in motion or not. If you are stopped and can get out of the car to text or call fine if not tough!!

    March 20, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  6. Mark

    It is not just teenagers and cell phones that are the problem with driver safety. Old timid people can be just as dangerous if not more so. The key to safer roads is much better driver training and re-testing on a regular basis. I guarantee 50% of the drivers today could not pass a second proper drivers test, thats why automakers are making self parking cars now.

    If you can't parallel park your car, you really should not be driving as you are a danger to everybody else on the road.

    Cell phone makers have the technology to keep the phones from working at speed, while state governments have the responsibility to make sure the people they license on the roads know how to opearte a motor vehicle safely. Of course that is bad politics since so many voters would have to walk or take the bus.

    March 19, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  7. Rob

    As a middle aged person I would have to say the most dangerous drivers, by far, are people that talk on their cell phones and try to drive. It is only because of the telecom company lobyists that it remains legal to do so.

    March 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  8. A. Smith, Oregon

    More threatens and fear mongering from the Republican Party? What is new with that?

    I find it entirely ironic that the Republican party is so deep in the pockets of Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Big Health Insurance Corporations that they have reduced themselves to entirely threatening lower services if their corporate profits are lowered.

    America's health care is about 10x more expensive than Canada's universal health care and American's are absolutely not receiving 10x better care and treatment by paying 10x more!!!

    Rx drugs are routinely 50% less in Canada, the same Rx drugs sold in America for 2x the price are absolutely not 2x stronger nor better than the SAME Rx drug manufacturer by the SAME Big Pharma corporation in Canada.

    The Republican party has lost all creditability in America. Yes the sky is falling neo-con's it is falling on the failed Republican Party.

    March 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm |