February 2nd, 2009
06:29 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 2/2/09

Editor's Note: Following Friday night’s AC360°, we received many comments from viewers who were appalled over the Wall Street bonuses and appreciated CNN’s reporting on it. Many of you said the report on the octuplets was called excellent and forceful, but some viewers ask how a single mother with 6 children (between 7 and 2 years old) could have even afforded the fertility treatment that got her 8 more children. And finally, “Floor Crew Friday” was called “hotness” for their rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance. Here are a few of your comments.

Am surprised some folks on Wall Street are getting millions of dollars of my tax money when i make only 15,000 a year.

I was touched by your story about bonuses to Wall Street Execs. People who are unemployed must not only lay awake feeling guilty about putting their kids to bed hungry, but now have to anguish over wall street execs having to drive year old Porches. Where will it all end?

Why does CNN have so much "stuff" on the screen? We were just watching the interview with Obama and we could not even see his face. We must say it is a bit ridiculous to have all of these banners, etc, flying across the screen.

Tell me, as a US American and a tax payer..Please tell me, why AIG and the other big wigs is not being rendered too with accountability as the automobile. People/ Tell me why everyone in the last presidential term, did not have accountability with given free money?

Your report and that of Arthur Kaplan on the birth of octuplets through assisted reproduction was excellent and forceful. It is true that the IVF/ART "industry" is largely unregulated as are most branches of medical practice. You should advise your listeners that when getting in vitro fertilization in the USA they have less protection from a regulatory point of view than a woman having her hair dyed or getting a tattoo.

I want to know where the octuplet mother got the money for the fertility treatments. If you pay a high premium, your insurance will cover SOME of the fertility costs, but not all. I mean, assuming the IVF works the first time, that's still about $10,000. Less with a co-pay, but still . . .

Crew, that was the hotness, to say I loved would be an understatement. Have a great weekend Team 🙂

I'm a new junkie so I flip channels to try to get different perspectives. But all I hear about is bail outs, getting back to spending, technological innovation, and fiscal stimulus. What I don't hear anyone talking about is what got the country here in the first place so that we can avoid getting into such a worldwide recession again in the future. Borrowing and spending? Isn't that what got us into this mess in the first place? More borrowing and spending will only drive the country deeper into debt.

Hi i was in tune with the show about the money were you have this great panel and how they were explaining what went wrong. I thought bravo i learn so much in one hour than any other show. Anderson your team is great and keeping them honest is good. Thank you so much now i know what to do in my own finances and to get out of debt.

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  1. Q

    Now I know how we got ourselves in this financial situation. It is all because of the Republican Party. They are trying to set their own agenda. The want to give Wall Street/big corporation a pass; I assume we did give big corporations a tax cut when they give them $350 billion. I guess that did not work under the Bush administration. So the Republican Party is trying to give big business a tax break and on top of that the additional $350 billion dollars in the old stimulus package (that is how you take care of your home boys/girls). That is how the rich take care of the rich. Why can’t we start from the bottom up. We tried to start from the top and it did not work. The Republican Party is quick to say, government should not interfere with big business. Is that fair to say because big business can take our money, lay middle class workers off and move jobs overseas; I forgot the Republican Party do not care about the middle class. I never have seen a poor Republican before. But any way; why can’t we spend the additional $350 billion on a high speed rails (just like they have in Europe, which will employ towns and cities). They can eventually connect major towns and cities throughout the US.

    February 3, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  2. K. G. Phillips

    I am so sick and tired of not being able to buy American goods. It is impossible to find ANYTHING in ANY store, no matter what the item , that is not "made in China." As for what other countries are saying about "Protectionism," they just want to continue to make their country wealthy off the backs of Americans. Politicians in America don't live where the averge American lives. They don't care; they are out for themselves and what they can gain. Yes, some Americans buy those "cheap" items that come from China because they cannot afford to do otherwise. Yes, they are cheap, but they are so poorly made. Americans who want to sell their goods in America need to do so at a "fair" price, not charging an arm and a leg for their goods. I have a little sewing business (children's clothes) that I sell through trade shows. I sell them at a price parents can afford. I make a small profit after charging for the materials needed to nake the garments because I think that is what we all should do. I don't want to get rich; I just want to be able to "make it." It is hard enough today for many young families to put food on the table, much less afford to buy their children decent clothes, clothes that won't fall to pieces on the first washing. I love my country and wish everyone else would make that sacrifice. America became great because of all the hard work and sacrifice of our forefathers. We need to remember that and live our lives accordingly – unselfishly and proud. I am an eighty year old great grandmother. I was born a few months prior to the grat depression and saw my father lose everything. It was so hard !! I well remember WW-2 and the sacrifices we all made. As a young person I crushed tin cans and saved "grease" for the war effort. I sold defence stamps at my school. Everyone wanted to help. Now folks today don't care about the other; they all seem to be "out for themselves." Wake up America!!!!

    February 3, 2009 at 8:51 am |
  3. Dave

    Hey Anderson,

    Not totaly on topic but very relevant. What's your take on the 'fight' between WMG and Google/Youtube and others going on at the moment ?
    A movement has begun, akin to the 60's and it is growing underground ... will the media pick up on this before it's too late or are we going to have more CEO asking for bailouts ?

    To findout what I mean, watch :-


    Cheers Mate,


    February 3, 2009 at 3:34 am |
  4. Debbie

    Anderson and Erika,
    I am not too happy with the way you reported the story of the porn clip during the Super Bowl. Come on, parents with kids watching and you and Erika are singing, laughing, having a good ole time showing the picture with a football covering the ....
    What about the families exposed to porn? What about the kids? Not too funny in my opinion.
    Makes it a bit worse to find the news reporters making jokes sounding like one of the good ole boys. I expected more respect coming from you. I was wrong and disappointed.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:30 am |
  5. David Culver

    We got in this mess because of short term profit thinking. We all wanted the immediate stimulus of profit now. The way out is not by limiting ourselves to short term stimulus thinking only . The package must include long term and short term objectives.

    February 3, 2009 at 2:28 am |
  6. Leon in Chicago

    Enough with the Poor Michael Phelps, biased reporting on the part of CNN.. I just saw the Phelps story done on AC360 and there was no picture of Michael Phelps smoking the Dope pipe. All you talked about was the money he may looseand what a shame that would be…

    The feature focused more on Kobe Bryant’s past problems vs Phelps’ current problem.. Comon CNN get your act together and stop with the Biased/Racial reporting. We can see through it!!!

    February 2, 2009 at 11:58 pm |
  7. Ann Martin

    can the doctor discuss about the mother in Calif. whos child has 6 fingers on both hands and 6 toes mon both feet.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  8. jenny

    I was appalled the other night when you and your producer found the hat Arethra Franklin was wearing such a joke, and how you found it neccessary to make so much fun it. Well, let me tell you and your producer, if you had taken just a little time to know symboliclly what that hat mean to African-American women, and the African-American church, perharps you would be less amused by it. That was so disrespectful

    February 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  9. arlene, CA

    I think we need to give Michael Phelps a break. He's a great athlete, & made a mistake & no one is perfect.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  10. Laura Canniff

    No one is covering how the woman with octuplets was able to pay for invitro fertilization. According to the press, she does not work, so I would assume that means no insurance. I would be really shocked if medicade covered such an expensive procedure, especially when my medical insurance denies coverage of any fertility treatments because infertility is not considered a sickness. Your body can stil function fine without it (That was their excuse).

    I am sure many childless couples would like to know how to get the procedure done fo free.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:20 pm |
  11. montana bieder

    alittle perpective,didn't we just elect a man that addmitted using illegal drugs in his youth .

    February 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm |
  12. Mary Norcross GA

    Information can work two ways, it can inform you and it can cause a panic among non thinkers.

    If Tom Daschel paid his taxes, what's the beef. Every single person that file taxes with a middle to upper income looks for tax loop holes. Even the internal revenue knows that people use money in different ways, some helps society and some cause society to suffer.

    What we should be looking at is the Internal Revenue System. 3 people in the Internal Revenue System can inform you of 3 different things. Until the United States get the inside of the Internal Revenue correct, they should look at how this happen. Without the information from specific people telling Daschel to pay off more taxes, the Internal Revenue would not have said anything.

    That's the problem with the administration today, they do not want to fix what is necessary, they want to make excuses and blame the person for not doing what should have been specifically spelled out in the first place.

    Tom Daschel should be nominated, the the senate should be working on how to get the Internal Revenue System a Heart. Because the internal revenue do not care if you eat, sleep, work, or died as long as the money is obtain. We are not robots, we are human, but the Internal Revenue can make mistakes but we can't. Whats wrong with this picture.

    February 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm |
  13. Charles Bemis

    What News show has the guts to list the pork that seems to be in every bill that comes up and NAME the author and do it daily.
    give the author so much Publicity that they will hang their heads in shame.
    OH sorry Politicians have NO SHAME

    February 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  14. Janine from PA.

    Why are people surprised at wall street greed? Or any company CEO's greed? Been going on for years. Now I'm reading while companies are laying off American workers they are looking overseas to hire foreigners to pay them lower wages. Congress should immediately shut down that visa demand!
    This woman must have paid the clinic something or they wouldn't have treated her. The clinic should pay some of the cost of the medical bills for stupidly implanted all these embyos into her.

    February 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  15. Isabel Abreu

    World in crisis, journalism in crisis

    Some political commentators criticize the lack of involvement of people at events stronger for substantial changes in policy. But to what extent the press is not discouraged such events through his myopic eyes?

    Anderson and AC360 team, on everything I've seen, even in the CNN, you are the one who encourage people to seek a actuation more active like real citizen, who are involved with the fate of the state.

    Help to shape public awareness is also a role of the press. The work of yours is excellent.

    I'm waiting for the AC to know what is the vision of you, always different and intelligent.

    I love the comments of the panel, but I must repeat that the panel in itself makes me a little madden. For what so many image (a screen divided into three), at the same time? But this is a small detail within the whole context of the show AC.
    Congratulations on your expertise!

    February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  16. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    I very much appreciated the more in-depth look at the Wall Street bonus situation and thought Anderson did an excellent job covering it, going so far as examining Wall Street's (rather unconvincing) defense.

    As for the fertility treatment situation, this is definitely an issue that requires a serious ethical discussion. But parading this specific woman around seems a bit tasteless to me. So while it is important that we sort out the ethical situation regarding such fertility treatments, it would seem better that the focus be shifted to the broad issue, not this one woman's personal life.

    As I said on The Shot's blog page, that was hilarious! Best Shot yet!

    Thanks for a great show on Friday, looking forward to tonight's!

    February 2, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  17. Nick

    They keep talking about the stimulus package creating 3/4 million jobs "or "saving 3/4 million jobs, there is a difference, would someone tell that to this adminstration..it has to be one or the other it can't be both. if so please explain it....yes things have changed in Washington now we openly fill our presidents cabinet positions with crooks..or people to dumb to fill out their taxes..I would like to see the correspondence between the IRS & Daschel & hear his excuse why he didn't pay his taxes until after he got the nomination..If Obama wants his Govt. to be transparent ,then those records shouldn't be hard to get & show the public if it was an honest mistake or not...

    February 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  18. Dianne MacTavish

    Besides the epidemic amount of hair dye
    allergies, USE medical school and Yale
    show it causes increased bladder cancer
    and non -Hodgkins Lymphoma.

    February 2, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  19. Victoria Snyder

    Michael Phelps your behavior has convinced me that you are no longer the role model for my son who is a competitive swimmer and 14 years old. He looked up to you with awe and admiration, wanted to be like you and now is repulsed by you. We all make mistakes, true, but for the millions you're getting in endorsements and may no longer get, grow up already!

    February 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  20. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Thank you for your story on the wall street big wigs exces how do they sleep at night ? The nation is at the worst economic crisis and people are struggling to make ends meet worried and streesed thanks for keeping them honest Anderson and 360 team.

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 am |