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December 1st, 2010
09:52 PM ET

Slave Reparations?!: Join the Live Chat

A billion-dollar federal program for settling African-American discrimination claims. We'll talk to a Congressman who says it's full of fraud and amounts to what he says are slavery reparations.
We'll also check the government's numbers and speak with the head of the Black Farmers Association.
We're keeping them honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I don't understand her positive. I think she got lost somewhere in the mention of increase in taxes.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Sue from Syracuse

    Casey Jones, Absolutely correct.
    The wealthy are either culling jobs or sending jobs outside the country. They are enjoying the benefits on every end of the equation.
    Why dont we challenge her on the fact that top 1% of the economy has earned more wealth since 1980 than ALL wealth generated before the 1980??

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  3. kaytee

    Why can't they find someone to ask the real questions, like if the tax cuts for the wealthy provide jobs, where are the jobs?????? They have been getting the Bush tax cuts for years!! Why are we supposed to believe all of sudden they are going to provide any more jobs?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Emily

    Nothing is going to get done is this session. They are now laying the foundation as to who they are going to blame for it during the next election cycle, because of course, it won't be 'their' fault!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Emily,,Yes talk is cheap,,, and I believe this cheap talk is going to continue with the new Reps. in Washington for the rest of President Obamas term. I hope that I'm wrong.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Nina

    @Sue from Syracuse
    Spot on. It is about a 2 class system. The rich increase their financial wealth and the poor lose what little they had.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  7. Lori

    What is going on with these trials?! I am shocked.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Lyle Hagelberg

    The good congressman from Iowa should look over his shoulder at the farm subsidies his Iowa farmers collect each year for crops not grown. In fact I understand some don't even live on their farms and FARM.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Sue from Syracuse

    Actually, I would like a bit more towards full expiration of tax cuts that the rich have enjoyed... which would be a bit more than even the Obama plan.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    The "wealthy" are not hiring more people. They are learning to cut and press workers to do more, fair or not. Tax cuts for the wealthy is NOT creating jobs.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. lisal -canada

    if all of the public services that the government provided that people took for granted were removed, the country would turn into a third-world country

    December 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Steve

    These repubs do not speak for the "American People". They are liars, their one and only interest is tanking this economy further by giving more to the richest while leaving their victims, (the unemployed and poor) destitute.
    If the tax cuts worked the way they claim, their would be no unemployed.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Nina

    The original Stimulus was signed by Bush!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Jehanne

    I prefer to see no tax cuts, than to see the rich receive tax cuts. I am apart of lower middle class, and I will bit the bullet.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  15. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    "This country needs to stop dwelling on slavery. It is the 21st century for God's sake!"

    You'd think that there was more important things happening, without the need to dwell on the past...

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. kaytee

    You don't just say you farmed and you are eligable. It doesn't work that way. You have to provide proof that you were turned down by the gov't for a farm loan for no reason other than being black. There is a lot involved to be considered eligable. There wasn't good reporting on this.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Sue from Syracuse

    This is absolutely about rich wanting to pay lower PROPORTION of taxes as percentage of THEIR income.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. Libby

    It's late Autumn/Early Winter! Slurpee summits are for the summer anyway. 😉

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I pay more taxes than Warren Buffet does, how fair is that? I remember a few years ago when he came out saying that his workers pay more taxes than he does. Why should we continue to pay more than the rich when we cannot afford to?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Dana has talked out of two sides of her mouth within a 3 minute period. First, 'we can't do anything until we resolve the tax issue,' 2nd, 'of course we can work on other issues while we're working on the tax issue.'

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  21. Karen, MN

    Anderson, please ask her if she thinks millionaires should keep their tax cuts.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  22. Deb

    Sue from Syracuse, you are right, this is a very vague statement. When this kind of language is used it opens the door for fraud.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Jerry

    They should just let the tax cuts expire. We should not cater to these types of tactics.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  24. Nina

    @ Megan Dressla
    I completely agree, I cannot believe the Republicans all stated the Americans wanted not to increase tax on anyone. lol

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  25. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    In my opinion, both parties have been pretty deceitful.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  26. Sue from Syracuse

    Anderson. Great question posed. The Congress absolutely should be able to do multiple things.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  27. Mike - Las Vegas

    Where are the jobs Dana? You've had the tax cuts all this time, where are the freaking jobs! The rate for the wealthiest is going from 35 to 39.6 percent. That's after deductions, tax loopholes and the tax dodges the wealthy use. Why can they not afford a measly 4.6% increase on their millions?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  28. Lisa in Louisville

    I don't get "no tax increases." We want good public schools, good roads, police protection, etc., etc. etc. How do we think these things get funded?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  29. Brian

    Take it up to a Mill' and see what the GOP says then.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  30. Chris

    Will that money really go to the farmers? I think these big settlement are getting old. It seems the money never makes it to the people it should.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  31. Sue from Syracuse

    I hope to see a lot of bills passed by the lame duck House.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  32. Nina

    Tax the corporations which remove natural resources from "public" land!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  33. Xavier

    The issue is not reparations but wether these black farmers should be given government assistance loans just as other farmer have received. As far as we know because they weren't black.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  34. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Many of the Congressmen said "they heard the American people". Well, good for them, because if nothing occurs like it should these next two years, the American people will speak out again at the next election and maybe send others home. Nice!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  35. Sue from Syracuse

    She means RICH PEOPLE's bank account.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  36. kaytee

    You don't just say you farmed and you are eligable. It doesn't work that way. You have to provide prove that you were turned down by the gov't for a farm loan for no reason other than being black. There is a lot involved to be considered eligable. There was not good reporting on this.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  37. Kevin Smith-Poole

    I am not suprised at all either.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  38. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I don't believe my eyes, all republicans were saying, I also disagree with all republicans's comment!!!! I don't mind at all I have seen new poll said expect rich.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    When will the kids on the playground get along?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  40. Gene

    Good evening Anderson, thanks for taking my comments.
    Unfortunately in todays current climate Rep vs Dem statements used that were in the past noted as code words are used more and more to raise the ire of many who are at heart closet racists. It is now more and more acceptable for our elected leaders to say things that are not appropriate when in front of a microphone because so many of our American workers are currently unemployed and anger is always an easy rallying cry.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  41. don

    Fraud is fraud whether committed by whites or blacks and should be prosecuted regardless of color. To do otherwise would be racial preducice.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  42. J.R. Gouldman

    Steve...good point!
    Anderson, here's to you for pointing out the big issues. Reference to slavery got my attention. The real topic didn't keep it.

    C'mon folks...can we redefine what the difference between news and personal agendas?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  43. alex

    When are we going to put a stop for all the handouts? We give to the large corporations that can't manage their business. We give to countries that we know will never pay us back. But yet we are allowing forclosures, people homeless, jobless, and trying to survive. When are we going to take care of John public. They need a helping hand, not a handout.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  44. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If it can be proven, give those black farmers their restitution, but let's not bring slavery into it.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  45. Emily

    "Talk is cheap" ... signing a document, now that means "Business"!

    December 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  46. Casey Jones - Phoenix, AZ

    Bull......raise taxes on the wealthy. Period.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  47. kecia

    good evening all. its amazing to me that in the 21st century all we can manage to see is skin color. how about humanity and concern for ur fellow man? it takes all of us to make the usa work.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  48. Jerry

    I do not believe slavery reparations has anything to do with black farmers being discriminated.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  49. Libby

    Wow. The Republic Party follows their talking points to a T.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  50. Karen, MN

    Are the republicans acting like kindergartens again? We won’t tax millionaires! Seriously????

    December 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
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