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April 15th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 4/15/10

Editor's Note: On Tax Day Thursday, many of American Morning viewers were aghast at the Tea Party protests, remarking that Tea Party leaders were interested only in “lining their pockets” and ignoring global importance of such issues as universal health care. Some were frustrated that this group continued to garner so much media attention, noting that organizations with opposing viewpoints were ignored by the mainstream media.

  • Jerry; Tea Party: I just have one thing to add to the Tea Party and that is to say that I feel that to some of their leaders are only using the followers to line their pockets. All they want is to make all the money they can and the election dose not make any difference to them. Just look at Sarah Palin, she could not run her state, she quit and now she is telling people how to run our country. She even has trouble running her family. Wake up people.
  • Chris: I have hard time to keep up my job let alone to go to town to town to do my demonstration to have a limited government and fiscal responsibility. In the mean time have government to protect social security, Medicare, Medicaid and $690 b defense budget. USA is the biggest, used to be the richest country in the whole world and it doesn't have universal health care. It tells me that the GOP likes to kill people not to cure or heal people. It is a narrow minded if you don't think global any more. How luck you have Obama to step in the crisis to save USA.
  • Charlotte: Is the media so corporate-driven that they insist on focusing on the Tea-Baggers? To the same degree or rather, please focus on Progressive Democrats of America and their programs, e.g. “Healthcare not Warfare.” One reason they are not as viable an election choice is that the media has, for the most part, shelved them. Also, please focus on ANSWER, CODE PINK and Tikkun, and so many more progressive organizations to the degree that “Tea Party” is presented. If only the media really knew that most of America believes in the tenets of the Progressive Democrats of America; however, the media is occupied in telling us what a conservative country we are – which is a lot of hogwash. If any poll reflects this “conservatism,” one main reason is that the public has not been educated by the media about the viable options, such as the organizations stated in the message. We are looking to the media to elevate and expand our knowledge of our many political choices. Please try a greater degree to fulfill the responsibility of the Fourth Estate. Thomas Jefferson and our other great patriots (who were once called insurgents by the colonial power of the time, i.e. the British Empire) are depending on you.

What do you think of the Tax Day Tea Party protests? Continue the conversation below.


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  1. LIZ CARTER- DEC, GA

    Why is it suddenly, so important now, that we don't leave debt to the children of the United States? They are citizens and this is their country too, isn't it? From what I have discerned, each younger generation has always been financially responsible for the older generations' debt, one way or the other! Since we work, many times we pay more taxes, we pay into social security (for the future), medicare, (for the future) and into many other social orgs, while they get senior citizen benefits! IT'S NOT NEW!

    April 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  2. Frank

    I said Bailout but, they were more of loans.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  3. Lamar W. Sessoms, Jr.

    Republicans don’t like what Obama’s doing to fix the financial crisis we are in. I supported Hillary Clinton and would prefer Obama to only be a one term president and let the Clintons come in and pay off the Bush debt the same way they paid off the 12 years of Reagan and Bush debt they inherited in 1992. I knew the Republicans would refuse to work with Obama and would rather destroy the country than to work with him and allow his presidency to be a success.

    So Tea Party People, face the fact that you either have to raise taxes or cut spending or both. Stop crying and offer some solutions. What Federal programs do you want to cut? After you cut them, your state will have to raise local taxes or cut services: public schools, roads, police, trash pick up, parks. Obama cut your federal taxes and you still complain. Just admit you will not accept him as president.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  4. Lamar W. Sessoms, Jr.

    Neo-cons and Tea Party People making under $200,000.00 a year get a bigger tax refund under the stimulus bill yet they still hate Obama for it. Talking about biting the hand that feeds you; these neo-cons are self destructive over Obama. The theme that unites Neo-cons and Tea Party People is that they will do anything to oppose Obama; just as long as he fails they get satisfaction. Their leader (Rush Limbaugh), openly admits daily “They want Obama to fail.” If Obama fails, the country fails but Neo-cons don’t even care if Obama’s failure adversely affects them.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  5. Mitchell

    My comment was put in YESTERDAY....why is it still "Awaiting Moderation"??????? Could it be because it is true and can be verified.

    April 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  6. Michael

    Those who think that the"Tea Party" people aren't main stream Americans, are in for a surprise. Most comments posted here are obviously from uninformed, knee jerk progressives who represent the "blame America 1st" segment of the wacked out left. Is anyone else tired of the Sarah Palin bashing yet? No wonder, so many on the right despise the current regime and it's leader. The "elitism" and "sexism" on current display by progressives is truely deserving of the "Wiingnut of the week" award!

    April 16, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  7. Allan

    The news media is giving a tremendous amount of attention to the Tea Party movement, but little attention to their mistaken beliefs!

    Unfortunately, the Tea Party people have been seriously misled by their media heroes like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others... who get paid $20 to $30 MILLION A YEAR to feed disinformation to their fans.

    Frankly, if someone offered to pay me $20 million a year, I might be tempted to sell my fellow Americans down the river too!

    April 16, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  8. Howard

    I think the Tea party movement was the brain child of Dick Armey (R) Tx. who created them through a non profit set up from a law firm where he was working in DC. From the start they have been riled up by Fox, Rush, Glen Beck, now add in Sarah Palin, and used to stifle debate on issues such as health care by these same people. They were encouraged to yell down any opposition or try to intimidate rather than discuss anything. I have personality dealt with some and they don't listen to reason and stick to a stereotypical script i.e. Obama is a communist and health care reform is a takeover. I don't see them as a force unto themselves because these people can't think alone and will be easily led by simplistic slogans supplied by their handlers at Fox. They are collectively not smart enough to realize that Obama made a middle class tax cut for them and the majority of Health care reform was directed at Ins. companies in order to protect them. So until they get leaders that really care about their welfare and are not using them for political gain, they will continue to be a rabble of angry middle aged white people, who read at a sixth grade level and are at their core racist. Not smart enough to protect their own self interest or that of their families.

    April 16, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  9. Mike Lambers

    The Tea Party is not a party it's a movement. It's not radical, or racist or any of the plethora of labels being thrown at it to discredit views of the hard working, concerned Americans of all races, creeds and incomes.

    It doesn't matter if you are conservative or liberal, Democrat, Republican or Libertarian, Librararian or Agrarian. As an American citizen, you owe it to yourself to understand the grave financial situation this country is in. It doesn't matter how we got there. Point the finger at any one you want. All that matters is how we get out of debt. And if you understand simple checkbook economics, you know you can't spend your way out.

    The national debt crisis and the ever increasing tax burden to pay the ever increasing debt is focus of the Tea Party. That's as American as it gets.

    So you have two choices. You can either learn Chinese so you can communicate with our new owners when they call the note, or you can get involved with helping solve the problem. Sitting on the sidelines and taking cheap shots at the Tea Party when you haven't gone to a rally or know nothing about them is just plain lazy.

    Lead, follow or get out of the way.

    April 16, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  10. Milan

    This mornings am show doesn't have Kiran chetry & it's not as much fun without her gorgeous smile, john.... You're awesome as well & alina....you're doing a good job at filling in ..... But kiran is sure missed !

    April 16, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  11. good ol boy

    AMERICA born free and taxed to death!

    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  12. Brian Cradick

    In Christine's 2010 grads jobs report, I would be interested to know how much military experience play a role when employer's look at applicants. There are a lot of GI's out there graduating thanks to the GI bill.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  13. Bonnie

    The right wing extremists are at work again. The Tea Baggers should go back to reading tea leaves and review the taxes imposed for the Bush(s) wars. Just a reminder, during President Clinton's terms our budgets looked good. President Obama inherited this mess.

    April 16, 2010 at 7:18 am |
  14. Samuel Fye

    The B vitamin study talks specifically about food, but all of CNN's pictures are of supplements when reporting the story. Then, John makes a pitch for B vitamins from the store, advocating that they give you a boost. Sounds like CNN is in someone's pocket!

    April 16, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  15. Melon

    Jerry – How is that any different from what the Democrats or Republicans been doing for decades?

    Charlotte – Progressive Democrats? Isn't that an oxymoron? Why are the Democrats so dead set against a health care system that would be fair and equal to all ?

    Most Americans do not believe in the tenets of Progressive Democrats. Most Americans are against the tax and spend give away programs.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  16. Frank

    Why does the Tea Party support Republican when Tea Party worried about the debt when the debt by a large margian was created by Republicans. They promise to reduce spending then don't. Does anybody believe that you can raise taxes during a recession? Does anybody believe after years of barrow and spend economics it will stop after one year exspecial during a recession? Or would you bailout the counrty's by barrowing money to get us back on track?

    April 16, 2010 at 5:00 am |
  17. JB

    Most of these tea clowns probably got a refund or didn't pay any taxes, yet they protest.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  18. Richard

    Thanks to Senator Bunning for protecting us from deficit spending. He has a short memory, however. As I remember, the last Republican administration inherited a budget surplus and then turned that into a massive deficit. Senator Bunning apparently was not concerned about deficit spending then. After 8 years of ruinous economic policies, President Obama inherited an economy in shambles directly the result of the previous administration. Extraordinary measures are now required, including short term spending, to spur the economy to recover. Now Senator Bunning is suddenly the prudent fiscal conservative to protect us from such reckless deficit spending. What a hypocrite.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  19. Joan Campbell

    The three of you represent everything we find appalling. You are so arrogant in your lies. My husband and I were life-long Democrats who are now Unenrolled (MA). We believe in smaller government, less taxes and personal responsibility. He is a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) and I taught at a major university for 18 years. The deception of the progressive media will not stop this ground swell from happening. You just keep convincing average Americans that something is terribly wrong in our country and it is YOUR ideas! Progressives are destroying our country. Please keep talking – our movement will keep growing.

    April 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
  20. Mitchell

    In the words of Norman Thomas a 6 time Socialist Party presidential candidate: "The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day Americal will be a Socialist nation without knowing how it happened".

    April 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
  21. lamar

    just got back from Tea-Party gathering in Austin Tx...
    It was free.. Nobody asked me for money.. I suppose you can donate if you want. I believe the organizers do it for free, but they probably pay Big speakers to make the effort to come. Newt spoke and the crowd was very diverse and pleasant. 99% of the people in the crowd are not asking for any government handouts... Why is self reliance and independence so scarry to some... I guess its harder to control a person who doesn't want something from you..

    lamar
    austin tx

    April 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm |