January 15th, 2009
08:25 AM ET

Sound Off: 1/14/09

Editor's Note: Following Wednesday night’s AC360°, viewers wrote in commenting on the continuing news of the bailouts as well as President-Elect Obama’s choices for cabinet members. Many also commented on the redecorating of the White House and the “big party” (the inauguration) seeing both as expenses that the American people should not have to support with tax dollars given the state of the economy. Outside of the economy and politics, many of you had much to say about odds names for children, having no sympathy for the parents who named their son Adolf Hitler - but still feel that they have the right to do it. Lastly, there were comments on the Gaza conflict. Here's some of what many had to say - what do YOU think?


The lack of organization surrounding the bailouts and some of the new appointments for the upcoming new administration proves the old saying, "Haste Makes Waste." To quote an old song I want to tell President-Elect Obama to “slow down, you move too fast".

Obama seems to be paying for the current administration's haphazard handling of the first TARP. Can Obama and team go back to the beneficiaries of the first installment and demand accounting, and perhaps redistribution of what the banks, AIG etc. were given? That still rankles with many of us.

Why is everyone calling Geithner's tax evasion a mishap? If Obama's camp was aware of this issue prior to the nomination, why did they not communicate it for transparency sake? Is Geithner the best man for the job? If he is acknowledge that he evaded taxes, then paid the taxes and penalties and let's go forward. If he is too stupid to pay the appropriate taxes he is not the best man for the job.

Parents have a right to name their children whatever they chose. However, parents of all persuasions should be mindful not to give their children names that could attract adverse opinion or action. This sounds like another case of parents using their children to advance their own philosophy without regard for future consequences.

The Nazi or offensive names are obviously disturbing, but seem to fall within our constitutional rights. I don’t think we should go there.

Who is paying for the big party the government is having on January 20? Haven't the taxpayer given enough? When do we see the "Change"?

Let's leave aside that past Presidents traveled down the redecorating road. The point is: where is the "change we can believe in" here? How is Obama showing that he will be conservative and judicious with money at a time when many Americans are struggling to get adequate medical care or put food on the table? Where is he getting the money from to redecorate? Is the taxpayer picking up the tab? Did you maybe want to address where the money comes from and who pays? Why don't you suggest that Obama consider some financial stimulus package for other Americans out there who might want to redecorate their homes but don't have a cushy $100K allowance to fall back on! For those who might say Obama has a challenging road ahead and he deserves a comfortable home to work/live in, let me point out that we are not sending the man to a shack. This is the White House not a hovel in some red light district. How many times does the White House need to be redecorated to be "comfortable"?

I had high "hope" that you would "keep them honest" How can you report on the Obamas' choosing a decorator and building a basketball court when the Obamas are asking the tax payers to sacrifice and to fund another bailout to all the dysfunctional companies–a bailout that will harm our children's future.

Year after year and seemingly century after century this conflict seems to resurface….is it really that hard to find a way to peace when it would mean sparing the lives of so many innocent people?

Filed under: AC360° Staff • Behind The Scenes
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Heather,ca

    I dont care who you are Democrat or Republican or anything in between, the law is the law. The law is as citizen of this country you pay your taxes. All of them! I am a Democrat and I do not think not paying your taxes is a mishap or a hiccup or even a honest mistake. Its a very big deal. There is absolutely no way in hell this guy should be put in charge of the Treasury. Are they crazy. They wonder why people in this country have trust issues . We vote for these people who are legislators who write the laws that we the people are supposed to follow and then when one of them breaks it they get off. If any of us did that we would be in prison. It makes me sick.

    I never thought using our tax money to bailout anyone was a good idea and especially without any specific oversight to how the money is spent. The idea of paying for a raise for an executive isnt what the money is for.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  2. Michelle

    People have no problem with TARP as long as there is
    oversight and a show the money paper trail.I cam across
    the crazy story of the day on Digg. In Greenburg, Pa there
    are teenagers faces charges of child porn. The reason get
    this. The reason 2 girls ages 14 and 15 sent nude pics of
    themselves to boys ages 16 and 17. Now they are all in
    trouble for child porn. I know kids do stupid things but
    come on.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  3. Annie Kate

    I can't believe that people are complaining about the 100,000 every President is given to redecorate the living quarters in the White House. If you were to move into your grandmother's house and were told that you could not redecorate would you be very happy and comfortable? A 100,000 is not much to keep the President from feeling too much stress on the job – the Presidency is stressful enough as it is. And compared to what the Wall Street crooks make, the President makes peanuts in comparison but is in charge of running a much larger operation than any of these CEOs that have run their companies into the ground and want a bailout.

    Change will happen. Effective change happens in small increments if you want it to last. Just remember that you have to look at the whole picture over time to get a sense of what has changed....but don't start looking yet – he isn't President until next week. Even if he wanted to make change now he can't because Bush is still President. Give the man a chance.

    January 15, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  4. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Transparency is a good thing! Let's hope that PE Obama keeps that promise.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:17 am |