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?
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