January 30th, 2009
07:24 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 1/30/09

Editor's Note: Thursday’s news about the bonuses taken by Wall Street execs did not sit well with many of you. We received a lot of opinions that it was irresponsible and pathetic. Some of you were hopeful that something will come of President Obama’s public admonishment. We also heard from some who felt the parody of Aretha Franklin was out of line. Our Ted Haggard segment received mixed feedback. Here are some of the comments we received, and we’d love to know your thoughts:

How dare Wall Street give themselves bonuses! I'm calling for an immediate withdrawal of all TARP funds. Let these companies fail and let them get in the unemployment lines right behind us. You only get a bonus when your company is doing well, not when you need a bailout. This is ridiculous and it's showing the lack of morals and ethics in American business.

As an accountant, that has seen my clients lose thousands of dollars in the Lehman Bros. debacle, I am furious that the financial firms, that did receive a bail-out, which Lehman Bros. did not, are using the funds so irresponsibly! There are many that believe it was a big mistake to not help one, when so many other firms were rescued! Please Mr. President, is there any way my clients, some who are in their 90s, can see their losses recouped, by some type of help, belatedly, to Lehman Bros.? According to the research I have done, they were basically told, they must file for bankruptcy! This certainly appears to be grievous discrimination!

I am glad President Obama is criticizing the banker bonuses, but why is neither he nor Congress asking that the money be returned? Why are we continuing to feed the greed, now with taxpayer dollars?

The parody of Aretha Franklin on 360 was disgusting and a slap in the face to a distinguished artist. Surely there was other important news – perhaps international – to be used in place of such a degrading piece of reporting.

I was very disappointed with your showing of the Aretha Franklin imitator/comedian you had in the side by side clip. It seemed out of place for you to make fun of her on your show.

Your continued coverage of Mr. Haggard’s 'heterosexuality with issues' only promotes the obsolete idea that homosexuality is some kind of mental defect. Mr. Haggard’s argument about a homosexual man cheating with a woman and being called out as a heterosexual is clever but very few homosexual men can claim to be purely 'mo'.

It is a travesty to deny the existence of bi-sexuality. If Rev. Haggard has a good SEXUAL relationship with his wife and also has "homosexual attachments" with men he is bi-sexual….bi-sexuality is real. Your expert is naive.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jason W

    The so-called "experts" and media talking heads either refuse to face reality or they just don't ger it. They keep harping in the 10 percent of people who don't have jobs rather than focusing on the 90 percent who do. The problem nobody seems to want to address is that the 90 percent are for the most part tapped out on cash and "maxed out" on credit. We (the 90 percent) now only spend on essentials. This does not help our economy. If somehow my bills were cut by 50 percent I would feel so good I would buy a car or at least go shopping. Now multiply that by 15 million. Instead of bailing out their millionaire buddies Congress should focus all bailout money on reducing the debt load on the 90 percent. We'll bail out the 10 percent

    February 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  2. terri

    LOVED Aretha's Hat !!! She was a fashion hit.

    January 31, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  3. terri

    I too, am shocked that our government handed over billions of dollars to companies without having some provisions in place for a retrieval of funds should the company choose an outrageous act as to continue to provide such high bonuses at the countries expense.
    It is ridiculous!

    Why does our goverment bail these guys out, when they turn around the give $$$ for bonuses and Christmas parties and fly in expensive jets all over the world and have lavish expense accounts, etc., etc.

    Shame on all of them!!! While Americans are all struggling and losing money in the stock market, they are all living high on the hog!
    I am so disgusted .....

    January 31, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  4. joni

    oh Poor, Poor Hillary... 5 million dollars in debt... poor baby!
    Why doesn't her sweet husband Bill give her some $$$, he gets millions every time he goes to do a speaking engagement !!!!
    Why is her MOTHER trying to start a fund raising campaign for her? If she had dropped out of the democratic race earlier like she should have, she wouldn't be in this mess. I don't feel sorry for her.

    by the way........... Aretha Franklin's song brought me to tears the day of the Inaguration! She's the BEST! and I love the hat.

    January 31, 2009 at 10:35 pm |
  5. steve brainard

    Why not just give the 800 billion to the citizens?

    January 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  6. Barbara in Boston

    The Haggard coverage was very good. The one thing I haven't seen addressed yet on this blog were how abusive his actions with Grant Haas were. That is sexual abuse and yet Mr Haggard called it "compulsiveness." I feel for his confusion and for his family, but he has a long way to go before redeeming himself for that kind of abuse.

    January 30, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  7. gail casello

    Thanks so much for the opportunity . Counting on you and CNN.
    1. When Alaska got the earmark funds for "the Bridge to nowhere", Gov. Palin announced that she said "no thanks"(multiple times). Did she then return the moneys?Or, did Alaska keep the funds and use it for something else. If so, how do you do that?

    January 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  8. Kent Mara

    At some point our society needs to cap the number of children people can have based on thier ability to support them.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm |
  9. Shirley Bailey

    My question is-how can Republicans insist that tax cuts are the best way to stimulate this economic mess we're in-don't they remember George Bush's tax cut for big business?? Look where that got us!

    January 30, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  10. margaret

    I thought her hat was wonderful.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  11. margaret

    This bailout business isn't new. We went through this in the eighties with the savings and loans. Is it true that the instability with the savings and loans was caused by the CIA and organized crime laundering drug money and paying for special ops? Did the AIG bailout go to pay the excessive bills of the CIA? The American middle class is being blackmailed by big business and organized crime and the CIA to hand them what ever they want and it's ok because the CIA owns the media. Are you owned by the CIA? If not, prove it.

    January 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  12. Darrell T.

    Since my comments didnt make it out of mediation let me repost. Every now and then white’s remind black people how little they really know about us as hard as you try. The Aretha Franklin hat issues is a good example. The head dress is a very common piece of attire in the Black Church, Mz Franklin being raised in that environment still has that as part of her style. All you that think this is so funny should visit a large black church next Sunday, but dont go inside because you will be laughing through the entire. You will also observe the compliments they get from each other for their hats. There are cultural differences still to be resolved even if we do have a mulitracial president. Oh by the way whats up the that thing on the Pope’s head lets see some u-tube on that, i guess since it matches his dress its ok, oops so did Aretha. The Palin parody was about Palin not about a culture of people, to your previous poster.

    January 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  13. james gropper

    ok every thing you hear is helping the middle class so i am old
    fashion what about the working people the ones that build the
    houses the roads railways factories the american people that
    do all the labor truck drivers all those people what do we do pay
    the middle class taxes for them do we count or what a lot of us would like to know where we stand

    January 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  14. Carol

    That's what you get for wearing such a silly hat!!!

    January 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  15. Lois upstate NY

    I also wish Mr. Haggard and his family well – although not sure if going to the media was a good thing for the Haggard family. You can see the conflict in his soul – show a little mercy – we never know the walk we may have to walk. I really feel ones sexual orientation is know ones business – I admire people who live in the spot light that can keep their "personal life" separate from the their media life.

    January 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  16. Darrell Carlis

    It seems like the bonuses have only been looked at from one side – Is there another side to the story. Were some of the receipients deserving?

    January 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  17. Michele Berlin

    I am shocked that our government handed over billions to companies without having some provisions in place for a retrieval of funds should the company choose an outrageous act as to continue to provide such high bonuses at the countries expense.

    I'd like to borrow some money with no restrictions too!

    Pay attention to the details President Obama and team and hold companies and people to a level of obligation and responsibility to reconstructing the economy if they are given OUR help.

    January 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  18. Lois

    WHY is Haggard getting so much press? Good question. He (and the press) is portraying himself as a "victim". A victim of what, exactly? I would bet that these two "encounters" with these men are not the only ones he has had, I guess they will slowly trickle out, and Haggard can deny, then confess, then go on TV again to act the victim. I see him as a huge con artist now. The most disgusting thing to me, is not the idea the guy is bi sexual or even homosexual, you are what you are in this life. The disgusting part of all of this, this "man of God" spoke so vehemently against homosexuality, preached against it. The damage done to gay people by these religious nuts is astounding. Then to find out Haggard is doing what he claims to be "against God". This "filthy" act is going on behind the pulpit. He is disgusting. And now to act as if he is poor victim who has worked his way or working his way out of his "problem". I remember, shortly after he was fired from the church, he sent out a plea for his supporters to donate money to support his entire family so he and his wife could attend school at the same time to have a future. I really hope noone gave a penny. One could work while the other one went to school. Like any other average person. He is trying to weasle his way into a money making scheme. Ok enough rant. No more on this liar, please. Too many people to write about who actually have real problems or who contribute to society.

    January 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  19. Mike, Greenville NC

    I like the Haggard coverage. If people would look into the issue besides just what they see on CNN, they would see that he was exiled not only from the church HE founded, not only from HIS HOUSE that he was paying for, but from the STATE of Colorado. His family stuck by his side and traveled to Arizona with him as he was turned down at job after job because of his story. It shows the inequality and true nature of the American people and is an unfortunate story. I watched the HBO special, the Larry King interview, and the AC 360 coverage, and was glued to the television the whole time. I appreciate the coverage, and wish him the best of luck. Sexuality is a tough issue, and there are no set lines for sexual orientation, I just wish people would stop being so judgmental and see that he is not in a simple situation, it is going to be tough...he is in my thoughts and prayers.

    January 30, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    There were a lot of comments on the stimulus package last night. I was glad to see David Gergen speak up and say that there were legitimate philosophical differences on this bill. Many Dems seem to be calling the lack of Rep support as trying to make Obama fail. In fact it's just the opposite. Every American wants the country to be successful, which means the President must succeed. However this bill promises to create or save 3 million jobs at a cost of $819 billion. That works out to $275,000 per job. Clearly we aren't creating jobs that pay that much, which means that much, maybe even half isn't stimulus at all. Obama promised a bill with no pork. We didn't get that. He needs to show his fellow Democrats that it isn't business as usual by threatening a veto unless the pork is removed. He also asked the Republicans for suggestions. They gave him a list and his answer was thet they wouldn't get what they wanted because 'he won'. So was asking just for show? Admittedly the Bush administration abandoned key Republican philosophies of small government and fiscal responsibility. That doesn't mean the Dems have to one-up them does it?

    On Haggard, enough already. Why all this coverage of an obviously very confused guy.

    Aretha Franklin parody, priceless. Those people who were upset need to chill out. They probably laughed their a**es off at the SNL parodies of Palin.

    On bonuses, yes they are shameful and perfectly legal. Why are they legal? Because when Congress was in it's mindless panic to 'do something now' passed the first bailout and made no provisions for how the money got spent or tracked. Sure the CEO's were irresponsible. Congress was worse, and they're about to do it again.

    January 30, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  21. Gwanetta

    Good Morning CNN staff,

    I must say I have always enjoyed viewed CNN, but perhaps it is time for a meeting of the minds. It seems that several commentators (of various stations) have forgotten that our President is ALWAYS referred to as Mr. President or President Obama. I realize he is more approachable than others who have been given this title, but it is quite offensive to hear him referred to as BARACK. While many are trying to bring humor to this era by mocking the Queen of Soul and bashing the efforts of our new President to cross political lines, atleast he is attempting to clean up the turmoil which he inherited. So, regardless of your choice for presidency, let's show our new President the respect he so richly deserves by addressing him with his proper title.

    Richmond, VA

    January 30, 2009 at 10:56 am |