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January 2nd, 2008
05:53 PM ET

New law for your state?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With a new year comes new rules.

In fact, 31 states are out with new laws that go into effect this year, that's according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. One of the most common changes: 14 states raised the minimum wage.

Some of other laws include:

- The mortgage crisis means lenders in Colorado will have to better evaluate borrowers. Also, delinquent borrowers will get more months to get caught up.

- Illinois is mandating energy-efficient light bulbs in buildings larger than one-thousand square feet.

- Connecticut is expanding tax breaks for fuel-efficient cars.

- Arizona is stripping licenses from businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens.

- California is making it illegal to smoke in a car if a child is inside.

- Washington state is banning text messaging while driving.

- And here in New York, there is a new airline passenger bill of rights… meaning you no longer can be trapped on a plane for more than three hours without getting food, water, air and clean restrooms.

Here’s my question to you:

What new law would you enact in your state?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve writes:
I would ban smoking for all public employees and double the fine if that employee is in uniform (police, firemen, etc.). They are role models for children.

Jody from West Virginia writes:
I would want my state and the entire United States to make English the official language. In my state, I would like all the illegals to be rounded up. I know where they all are, why doesn't the government?

Mary from Illinois writes:
I think that talking on a cell phone while driving should be illegal. Maybe there should be some kind of limit on talking on a cell phone in public. I get so tired of hearing other people's conversations in restaurants, grocery stores and on the train. Are we getting so dependent on other people that we can't even shop for groceries without talking to someone on the phone?

Nancy from Arizona writes:
We need a law that requires builders of homes more than 2,000 sq. ft and all commercial buildings to put solar panels on the roof. We have lots of sunshine and we should make use of it.

Shirley from Delray Beach, Florida writes:
I would enact the 'bad driver' lane. There would be a special lane designated for people with bad driving skills, and that way, they could all see what the heck we are all talking about… Different offenses would equal the amount of time you have to be in there. Believe me, one day in that lane, and you would instantly become a better driver the rest of your days here in California.

Jay from Irvine, California writes:
I live in Florida. Maybe a law making it mandatory to count all of the votes both parties.

Derek from Wisconsin writes:
Wisconsin should have a law that prevents politicians from recording messages, then calling me at dinner time to play it back to me.


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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. James

    Jack,
    In Florida it should be the Dry foot, Wet foot law that allows so many illegal aliens to leagally stay in this country as long as they make it to shore but those who get caught just feet from the shore get sent home. We need to enact a tougher law that sends every person commiting the crime of illegal migration back where they came from, at their country's expense. A crime is a crime and those commiting it should be punished not rewarded.

    January 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  2. Troy

    I would make a law that puts a limit on the number of laws that you can have. Probably no more than 40 or 50. Anytime you wanted to add a new law after you reach the limit, you would have to vote a law out.

    January 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  3. James S. Lenon

    Given the opportunity, I would declare any church or other religious group that meddles in politics to be a political party and subject to taxation.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  4. Rich, McKinney Texas

    I have spent a great part of my life enforcing the Laws in Texas. Some good some bad. Most laws however are not designed to protect individuals they are designed to protect criminals. Victims have very few rights and dead victims have even less.
    If I could pass one law in Texas and it be enforced with impunity that law would be that the convicted guilty party of any crime get the exact punishment that the commited to the person they victimized. An Eye for an Eye. You commit murder you get murdered. You commit rape you lose your privates. You steal you lose your hands. You lie you lose your tongue. You cause a traffic fatality because you were talking on the cell phone you get stoned to death by cell phones. And so on and so on!

    January 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  5. W B in Las Vegas

    Arizona is stripping licenses from businesses that "knowingly" hire illegal aliens.

    we need a similar law in Nevada, esp in the hospitality and construction industries BUT without the "knowingly" baloney. if you are hiring a worker and they can't speak English, which is a requirement for citizenship, then that worker is obviously an illegal alien. AND in addition to losing their business license they should also do jail time.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  6. Terry OFlaherty

    Jack
    I would like to see North Carolina enact an immigration law that can be enforced, apparently the federal government cant get it done so let the states handle this.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  7. Thomas, SC

    I would re-enact the US Constitution.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  8. Scott

    i'd out law every bussiness in the state from selling foriegn made product's, they sell here only if they build here, simply put, an american made bill, includeing the goverment, they would only be allowed to purchase products manufractured in these united states. if we buy american, we defund the terrorist. a law that makes sense.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  9. Jayne

    I'd make it illegal for anyone to shop in a grocery store with a cell phone. Handwritten lists will be mandatory and violators will be fined. I'm sick to death of hearing one sided conversations about Aunt Mary's casserole ingredients interspersed with intimate details of the previous evening. Fines will be doubled for anyone unable to make the crucial decision about whether to buy Hunts Ketchup or Heinz without a consultation. Glad you're back, Jack!

    January 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  10. David Cissner,San Bernardino,CA.

    Jack,Overdevelopement,traffic,overpopulation and a lack of water are among the most overwelling problems in California. Of course Arnie and Sacramento are doing nothing about it,just raking in campaign contributions from the very people they are supposed to be regulating. My new law would be no new housing projects until the water and traffic gridlock are addressed and taken care of.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Jim Jensen

    I think "all" the states should agree to a law that would say that if a simple majority of the states decided a federal law was not in the best interest of the people [i.e. stupid and illogical] that the states could override the federal law. That way the federal government could not do things like send troops into a war that no one thought was just and wanted to fight, the federal government could not overturn pollution standards for automobiles that were stronger than the federal standards, we could junk “no child left behind” and establish a functional system of education, we could establish our own healthcare system and so on and so on. That would force the federal government to either fish or cut bait and we would probably have a lot less corruption and partisan politics in our federal government.

    January 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  12. Tom in Virginia

    New Law? Holy Police Officer Batman!! Law enforcement in my state, especially my rural county, cannot enforce the laws we have now due to the police being stretched so thin. Living in my county, I have been told to take care of matters my own self, if the offense occurs on my property or get as much information as I can and drive 20 minutes to the county seat, wait for a magistrate to arrive, then sweat out a warrant. If I call the local sheriff's department I have to wait 20-45 minutes for them to arrive, especially at night. We look out for one another and GOD have mercy on the "perp" that violates my constitutional rights!!

    January 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  13. Ed Reed

    I would pass a new law prohibiting anyone from voting who gets their information from Fox News.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  14. Jeff in Connecticut

    That's an easy one,

    I'd like to expand the death penalty to include capitol punishment for: Corrupt politicians, Corrupt legal officials (Prosecuters, Judges, Magistrates, etc.), Corrupt police, All rapists (other than consentual statuatory) and "Personal Injury" lawyers..........unless they cut their fees to 10%.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  15. Donald, Butte Montana

    No new laws period.

    Any new legislation passed by a state's legislative branch should apply only to them for the duration of their term. If, at the end of that term, they and the people approve of it, only then should it become law.

    Many of your example's are prime examples of stupid laws endorsed by special interest groups. As others, they'll become unenforceable tying up the time of law enforcement authorities preventing them from enforcing serious laws and wasting their time.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  16. THELMA

    hey jack the people in iowa made their minds up along time ago. (smart ) that keeps all that MONEY in iowa. as they say economy stupid. they won't have worry about the crops for awhile. VOTE CLINTON 08.... THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT AND KNOW YOU WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF...........

    January 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  17. Tom Bulger

    I would ask the legislature to mandate the Attorney General's office to prioritize drug death prosecutions. The drug that kills the largest number of Mainers, tobacco, would have all of its pushers prosecuted for manslaughter. If Tom Delay and the Tobacco Lobby were on the run instead of corrupting Washington, it would benefit the entire nation.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  18. TAPayne

    I would have a law in Massachusetts and hopefully all other states as well that made there be an attachment to all candidates in primaries seeking to represent the party at conventions showing whom they have declared for as some decide by those choices rather than a straight check the box vote for a candidate.
    Laws such as this, if they took hold, might take the hammer lock off our primaries where most of the problems seem to be in manipulating results through what passes as legal process, that and paper ballots that are manually filled in with a writing implement would go a long way in sorting out the mess we seem to keep finding ourselves in.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  19. David A. Morse

    Jack:

    In Massachusetts we have the "Petition process" where the voters can pass laws. I would support a law that strips the Legislature and the Governor of any Compensation unless they mandate the State and local police to enforce Immigration laws. Its just insane that we allow states to decide if they will enforce federal Immigration laws. The law IS the law, and all Laws are American laws.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  20. THELMA

    ship all aleins back home. not just the mexicans. it's time for the FOLKS to start marching for a good reason.......

    January 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  21. Russell

    Jack the law that I would enact in the great state of New Hampshire is that ALL politicians would be required to work 40 hours per week 50 weeks per year. Right now we are paying these idiots more that full time salary for less than part time work if one could even call it work. It is time for this law throughout the country. Especially the federal idiots. Can you tell that I have no respect for these morons?

    January 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  22. Deirdra Halley

    In my poor backward state the needs are many but I choose the right to be an independent . In WV, we can't vote in both primaries if registered independent. Independents are disenfranchised, mountaineers are always free except in regards to voting.

    January 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  23. Bert

    I would enact a law requiring a paper ballot for every election. It would restore confidence in the voting process and provide a greater incentive to participate.

    January 2, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  24. d moore

    Anyone campaigning more than six weeks before Election Day will be shot on sight with provisions for a one million dollar reward to the one who does the deed. That ought to make them think before invading our livingrooms and assaulting our senses for a solid year or two.

    January 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  25. Julia

    I would like to see a law that strictly enforces the separation of church and state. As a young person getting ready to vote for the first time this year, I already have enough trouble figuring out the candidate's stand on the subjects that truly matter. I don't wan tto have to try and figrue out what religious organization is supporting who along with that.
    I'm glad to see you back, Mr. Cafferty! I love Wolf with all my heart, but something is missing when you're not joining him in The Situation Room!

    January 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  26. Burt

    How about seceding from the Union since they just take our tax money and give us nothing but debt in return.

    January 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  27. Mike in West Virginia

    Jack, Id pass a law that any West Virginian that was a traitor and betrayed his home state would be banished from the state forever. I'd call it the Rich Rodriguez Law! Go Eers!

    January 2, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  28. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    Being from Az. I am most happy with the new DUI law that calls for a mandatory 10 days jail time, a hefty fine and a device on the steering wheel for 1st time offenders. I would go a step further and require mandatory 1 year prison for a second offense.

    January 2, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  29. Tin

    we need ARIZONA law punish company hiring illegal alien , in Seattle even we loving in the border canada illegal alien running wild

    January 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  30. David Williams

    Jack,
    If I were King, I would proclaim: No new laws without a public vote.
    David
    Portland, OR

    January 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  31. Patsy

    It would be nice to just have the laws in effect inforced. But just in case the thinking idiots don't know how to read the law we might as well enact another one. Illegal immigration. There is a town in Nebraska that the real name is Lexington. But don't ya know it is nicknamed Mexington. The reason is obvious. Glad you are back.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  32. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Stop the use of cell phones while driving and cleanup the environment, it's dirty here in Houston, Texas.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  33. Bishop Caleb Kinley

    I would like Arkansas to be an open primary so you don't have to file in order to change your political party. Its none of the states business if I want to vote for a different party than I did the last time I voted. This year, I feel Ron Paul is what America needs most. Without Ron Paul being in the Whitehouse, I see a very dim future for America and her sovereignty.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  34. Julia

    Rapists should be castrated.
    Repeat rapists should be put to death.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  35. Josh

    Here in Arizona, we should make voting mandatory. It should be a felony to not voice one's opinion and abstain from the voting process.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  36. madhacktress

    Nothing funny here, Jack. The law most needed in EVERY state is one that allows everyone who loves someone else to be able to express that love through marriage.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  37. Josh

    In Michigan, I would enact a law called "secession". It's the one where Michiganders borrow the Constitution, reenact its timeless principals in our great state and secede from the corrupt, anti-Constitutional government we currently have in place. America can keep Lake Erie, we'll keep our civil liberties, and call it square.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  38. Troy Hawkins

    At true separation of church and state. Not this nonsense that the courts have put out that has washed it away over the decades. If they step over the line they get taxed it's quite simple. They can't have it both ways keep tax exempt status yet interfere by donating money and having candidates in to tickle their ears. Enough of religion in politics!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  39. Michael

    if everyone (cops included) feel it is ok to drive 5 miles per hour over the speed limit, let's change all the signs to whatever they say, plus five, and then enforce that?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  40. JW

    We should make the Cafferty File the official news source; everything else is not to be trusted.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  41. Christopher Deal

    I would enact a Federal Law that demands jailtime for Politician's that disobey the "Rule of Law" The Constitution.

    I would also enact a law that requires the Goverment to Control the Presidential debates and "EVERY" candidate gets equal time to voice their opinions.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  42. Brad Sims

    Quick and simple fix. New Law fire everyone in the current state government, and start over. Too much corruption!!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  43. steve

    i would ban smoking for all public employees and double the fine if that employee is in uniform(police, fire.. they are role models for children)

    January 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  44. Patrick

    New Law for North Carolina. You have to wear a pin showing you voted in the presidential election. If you did not vote, any complaining is subject to a stiff fine. That would offset the tax burden here Jack!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  45. Christi Bragg

    The Urine Test

    Like a lot of folks in this country...I have a job. I work, they pay me.

    I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit.

    In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a
    random urine test, with which I have no problem.

    What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes
    to people who don't have to pass a urine test.

    Shouldn't one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check
    because I have to pass one to earn it for them?

    Please understand, I have no problem with
    helping people get back on their feet.

    I do, on the other hand, have a problem with
    helping someone sitting on their butt and using drugs.

    Could you imagine how much money the state would save
    if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  46. Jake

    Jack,
    I would enact a law banning the importation of Canadian seafood. This ban will send the message to the Canadian government to end their cruel and inhumane slaughter of seals that is truly horrific and must be put to an end.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  47. Darren Casella

    I would make all elections use paper ballots, counted in public under video surviellance to ensure that no more elections are stolen here.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  48. Brendan

    Okay Jack here is a law I think Florida needs on the books asap.

    - If you are coming to Florida on vacation and you are renting a car. You need to have a written test to prove that you are aware of the basic rules of driving.

    This will make people who are starring at the GPS instead of the road use more friendly and SAFE forms of transportation.

    Brendan
    Orlando, Florida

    January 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  49. Jesse

    Build a 12 foot wall, but in D.C., not Texas. And not to keep out illegals, but to contain all of the B.S.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  50. Sarvjeet Singh

    Jack, I live in Miami, FL. This city has come up on the top for having the worst drivers in US. I want a law that tests the drivers again (both written and driving skills) everytime they renew their licenses. If this could save even one life, it is a law worth it. How do such bad drives get driving privilages in the first place. DMV got to get more strict in issuing them.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  51. DP, Jacksonville, FL

    Create a way for civilians to report law enforcement officers who don't do their jobs, and create a system for removing those with chronic violating from the roadways. I'm sick and tired of the police officers turning a blind eye to drivers running red lights, tailgating, and other blatant acts that put the lives of me and my family in risk, all to chase down the revenue generated by a fellow in front me driving a couple of miles an hour over the posted speed limit.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  52. jim boyle

    I bet Sen Edward's plan sounds great to most Americans, except the 5,000 troops he plans to leave behind, and their families. Jim San Antonio, TX
    Happy New Year Jack! Keep up the great work!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  53. Kenneth

    New Law? News organizations report the news independently without the fear of government or corporate backlash. When Dan Rather was fired for reporting the truth about Bushy's draft dodging, it was clear that News organizations in this country are no longer independent. There would have been no Watergate if news was handicapped like it is today. Unfortunately, if we American's want to really read "real" news we have to consult foreign agency's to get the real truth. Sad so called democracy.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  54. Lane

    New laws? I think there needs to be a high school class that teaches the laws we have now. There are so many, that no one, even lawyers can keep up with.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  55. Carl Fuller, Huffman, TX

    I would enact a law that would allow Texas citizens to determine whether a federal law is or is not constitutional. This would allow the Texas populace to vote whether or not Texas would follow the federal statute, or thumb it's nose at the Congress/President. A collective message to the federal government would be less likely to be considered "extremist" or "radicalized".

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  56. Ray Minshall

    What new law would I enact??

    Any person who voted for George Bush twice shall forfeit their right to vote in any election for the remainder of their life. They have demonstrated that they lack the judgment to decide who should run the United States of America.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  57. Darren Casella

    Florida:

    I would make all elections use paper ballots, counted in public under video surviellance to ensure that no more elections are stolen here.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  58. Keith B

    Jack,

    It may be somewhat on the back-burner as far as state issues go, but I think that a law should be enacted in Texas prohibiting private business control of state-funded Toll Roads. Squandering quarters thrown into those buckets on third-wheel nonsense instead of using the funds directly to fix our roads has me a bit peeved.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  59. Gary Freund

    We have all experienced it, and we have all been frustrated by it! We now need a national law like some other countries have, to outlaw cell phone use by the driver while driving a vehicle, with some teeth into the punishment. The roads would be much safer for everyone!.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  60. L G Lane

    I would make mandantory jail time and a stiff penalty for any employer who hired an illegal immigrant (knowingly or not). I would also make it mandantory for the state of NC to refuse medical benefits and welfare to illegals. Illegals will go home if they have no income and no welfare.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  61. john

    Jack,
    The law I would like to enact ..NO Religious Tests for any Public office..period! I'm am so sick of these candidates arguing over who's God's better then who's, & who has more Faith then whom....and any Candidate that USES the words "family and Values" in one sentence..is automatically OUT of the Race! Disgusted American...John in Deptford NJ

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  62. John Wetzel

    The same health care plan for everyone that all politicians get now.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  63. J D Burch

    I would like to see a law preventing the Governor of California from taking funds from special funds (i.e. D.M.V. fund used for transportation) and placing the money into the State General Fund. This practice started in the Pat Brown administration and has been used by every Governor since. Now we have to approve millions of dollars in Highway construction Bonds to get needed transportation issues taken care of.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  64. Rich, McKinney Texas

    That's just what this lawless world needs is another uneforceable law that only lawful people will obey anyway. I guess it is really hard keeping honest people honest ain't it? Kind of like putting a lock on a door it only stops honest people. I would pass a new law saying there would be no new laws. Ever in Texas.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  65. Barbara Kramer

    Living in New York City, I would have all car horns amplified inside the
    vehicles so that the drivers get the exact jolting impact that their horns have
    on pedestrians. Drivers here seem to use their horns to express frustration
    and anger as opposed to what the horn is intended for: to alert for potential
    accidents.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  66. Charles Haltom

    Here's a law for you, Jack. Require an IQ test before you vote. If you don't score high enough, you can't vote. Maybe that will give the candidates worth voting for a real chance to win.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  67. Michael D.

    Jack,

    My "new law" would be to revoke the tax free status of any church in my state (SC)where the preacher tries to influence the congregation's political beliefs, either directly or indirectly, by endorsing a political party or candidate. Although they're not supposed to be doing this, it happens all the time.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  68. Brett and Forrest

    Jack,

    Every new law limits our freedoms therefore, it is time for us to reconsider the laws that we already have in the books and remove some.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  69. Gordon Cole

    A great new law for MI would be that US born citizenship should be a pre-requisite to hold public office in the Great Lake State.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  70. Joe

    Hey Jack,

    I think you forgot to mention that NH as of January 1st has legalized same sex Civil Unions.
    Welcome to the NH Primary.

    Joe

    January 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  71. Sam S.

    I live in Mobile Alabama. In Alabama we can legally buy fireworks to blow ourselves up, pick up a gun in Walmart, drive while talking on a cell phone, and buy cigarettes for under $3.00 a pack.

    However, we most go to a State run liquor store to buy anything harder than wine. It's time that we got religion out of State government in Alabama, and legalize the selling of alcohol in privately owned stores.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  72. John

    The last thing we need are more laws. Maby a better question is what laws should we repeal?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  73. Elinor

    I would make mandatory prison sentences for people driving DWI and suspended licenses.Suspending licenses and fines haven't worked in the past. The only way to send a serious message to get these people off the road and send a serious message to everyone is to send the offenders to prison.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  74. Richard Rappe

    I live in Arizona and we have all the Sun that we can handle. I would like to see my state make a requirement that all new commercial and residential construction include solar panals sufficient to supply at least 50% of the anticipated electrical use of the building.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  75. Eric Wisconsin

    My state and every other state, for that matter, should legalize marijuana. If we really value personal freedom, then this is a priority. Some may say that legalization of drugs is a moot matter, but there are many significant benefits including medical, economical (by relesaing the financial strain of the "War on Drugs") and philsophical (by valuing each person's autonomy). We need succomb to the government's fear-mongering attitude towards marijuana. It may be important to note that the fear stems from the potential that marijuana offers, which would hurt the pharmaceutical industry and the medical monopoly.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  76. Fran Iacobellis

    A great law would be to mandate Registered Nurse to Patient ratios. This would enable nurses to provide the appropriate care to patients; prevent medical errors and adverse medication errors which would enhance patient safety and improve patient outcomes. There is a tremendous amount of research being done to prove the association between RN nurse to patient ratios and patient outcomes as well as the effect of appropriate staffing on the nursing shortage.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  77. pamela

    new law

    dear jack, as you know, the state of Texas produced biggest idiot ever to occupyt the white house

    my new state law would be to give all people running for govt possitions an IQ TEST ....

    January 2, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  78. Trudy

    New Law
    Death penalty for the selfish people who cause high speed chases endangering the general public!!
    No second chances !!

    Trudy Y.
    Salisbury, North Carolina

    January 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  79. Derek

    Wisconsin should have a law that prevents politicians from recording messages, then calling me at dinner time to play it back to me.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  80. Jim Weir

    I would have a law enacted that would retroactively enforce a 3 year sunset clause on every law on the books. It would also have a provision the entire bill be read once to introduce it for consideration and then again just before voting on it. A third provision would be that at least 80% of the chamber that is reviewing the law be present for the entire reading of the law.

    That would keep them out of trouble and out of our hair.

    Jim Weir
    Atascadero, Ca

    January 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  81. CJ from Pirate State

    Florida Law: Government can't seize public property. What, you say Constitution protects that already? I'd write state law: Government can't seize our homes or businesses by any sneaky means (allowing property taxes and insurance both to spike anywhere from 200% to 800% overnight, each) or by any sneaky, mean groups (Special Interests, Lobbyists, and their Lawyers).

    January 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  82. Hakon

    Hello Jack,
    I would like to see NY state issue law for Tax Free Lottery!! NO MORE TAX, NO MORE TAX!!!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  83. JT

    I am from Wyoming and I would like to see a law that requires new license plates every 3 years instead of every 8 as presently required. Try reading a Wyoming license plate after 8 Rocky Mountain winters worth of wind-blasted snow, cold, salt , and sand,. You can't. We have the State funds to solve this problem,and I am sure law enforcement agencies would appreciate the help.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  84. Haley

    My state of Mississippi has a huge problem with Methamphetamines and welfare fraud. If I am expected to take a drug test to get a job so that a large portion of my check can go to those on welfare, then those on welfare should be subjected to mandatory drug tests to get their check.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  85. Anthony Juarez in Clarksville,TN

    Mr. Cafferty,
    I would like to see my state of TN, enact a carbon tax on ALL racing! Every summer Clarksville has old school buses race. Crazy huh? Imagine how much gas is wasted on all racing?!? The money generated from this tax would go to pay down the unsat 9.5% tax on groceries in my state.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  86. DeeDee LaPenna

    I would like the State of Massachusetts, where I now live, to allow it's taxpayers to actually VOTE on laws before passing them!!

    They didn't even allow us to vote whether or not we wanted gay marriage to be legalized!! Don't the taxpayers have a voice here?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  87. James Wagner

    I am from the state of Nebraska. I would like to see the Nebraska income taxes for military pensions be abolished or reduced..

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  88. Danny,

    Law making hand guns a Prohibited Firearm so that way people can't buy them no matter what, they should be used for Law Enforcement Purposes ONLY !!! That will cut crime in half. (just ask Canada)

    January 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  89. Mary

    I know Florida tried to pass laws requiring restrictions or recertification for elderly drivers sometime during the past decade. I believe those laws were knocked down as age discrimination.

    I would revisit laws to insure elderly Florida drivers are competently able to safely operate motor vehicles. The dangers these drivers currently pose are acts safety discrimination.

    I would also like to see a law requiring all senior citizen restaurant specials restricted to times that will not encourage seniors to drive during rush hour (for example: Breakfast from 4 to 6:30 am, and dinner from 2 to 4 pm).

    January 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  90. Brian Green

    I'd support a law in all 50 States allowing American citizens to hold public hanggings of corrupted government personnel who are abusing and misusing their authority to destroy the lives of American citizens and destroying this Nation, since we can no longer count the DOJ, (which I belive stands for Destruction of Justice), or the courts, to do their jobs in enforcing and upholding the Constitution and the laws of the United States that are suppose to protect our rights against such corruption.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  91. mike

    How about a law that we, the people, could empeach a politician that lies to us ??

    January 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  92. Jan

    In Illinois, first overturn convicted felon, jailbird, former governor George Ryan’s illegal moratorium on capital punishment in Illinois. Then, convicted murderers (any degree), pedophiles (resulting in victim’s death or not), rapists (resulting in victim’s death or not) would face the death penalty (no exceptions) to be carried out within 30 days of conviction, no appeals.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  93. Curt Nobles

    We need a law making it against the law to require new employees , of the Post office ,Board of Public Utilities , HUD or any other Decent Govt. Jobs to be Bi lingual .

    January 2, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  94. Neil Wager, PA

    Hi Jack,

    I think my state needs to change the following concerning child custody. Joint custody be the norm instead of the exception when both parents are fit. Instead of the current policy of using gender bias to determine custody, which from my understanding is suppose to be unconstitutional.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  95. Grant Bryngelson

    New Law

    For each new law you must first delete two old ones.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  96. David

    To have every state including Ohio where i live make a law that requires dead beat parents to be fixed like a dog if they do not contribute to the offspring's welfare. The custodial can't do it by themselves without help from the state or the other parent. But with our state there are too many differences in law that don't help, an inadequate enforcement department that drags their feet–Stark county is the worst!!!!!!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  97. Dean

    I would like to see a law that would prohibit campaigning untill 90 days before the election.
    Better yet a law that says if you want to be a politician you are not allowed to be one!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  98. jeremiah

    To me I think as like what Ron Paul says that we "LEGALIZE THE CONSTITUTION" and have states make laws that abide by the founders and constitution. Yet being 20 and still learning I think government should not be involved in the people lives and how the individual decides to live and be. FREEDOM, PEACE, POSTERITY.

    Jeremiah
    Toledo, Ohio

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  99. Clint

    Laws requiring insurance coverage such as the new law in New Hampshire requiring home owners to be covered is just a racket by insurance companies to get more of our hard earned money. Same for auto insurance. I was in an accident caused by another driver who didn't have any insurance but yet I still had to pay the deductible and my rates went up. Just another form of taxation without representation.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  100. Steve Poe

    Instead of a state law, how about a federal law for the American peoples' sanity.... candidates cannot start campaigning for the presidency for what feels like a decade before the election. I've seen more of the presidential candidates than I have my wife. This election talk is starting to make me sick and we still have ten months to go...

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  101. Donna

    We need a law requiring an IQ score of more than 4 before you can reproduce.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  102. L

    I would make the metric system the only legal measurement system in Michigan. We live on earth and that is the de facto system on this planet. The USA can't "spread" democracy to other countries with out first accepting standards. After all the USA was one of the first countries to legalize the use of the metric system but is one of the last to outlaw other systems. What kind of leadership is that? Anyway if the Federal government won't lead maybe a state should.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  103. john ryan

    i live in new york and i have two the first would create a common sense test that all public officials would have to complete in order to run for office.seems that two many officials have little or no common sense(Sir Spitzer and his illegal license plan) My second and more serious law would concern town and state plow drivers.currently ther is a law that makes them untouchable when they cause damage to property and automobiles.This plow in upstate ny turned down a street and creamed a parked car that was legally parked. But because the plow driver was operating the plow he has no accountability .and the 87 yo owner could not get the damage repaired.Sounds like Unjust Enrichment (for the state).If i knowenly allow a painter to paint my house when he is supposed to be painting my neighbors i am requred to pay for the painjob due to unjust enrichment. if this plow driver hit a legally parked car the state or county should pay for the damage.Typical of the state to allow( thru laws) the exhistance of (unjust enrichment)for themselves

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  104. JAY CARRIGAN

    Jack,
    It's way past time for us to begin legislating maximum wage laws. We act like we must continue to offer obeissance to CEOs and top management like some kind of primitive gods, even when they crap on us! We can't afford decent schools, decent bridges, protectiion for our troops because we owe obeissance to these fraudulent images of unbridled capitalism. Come on people! We've given up on graven images – even breathing ones – long ago. Let's stop making blood offerings to them !!!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  105. Dee Lightner

    Several laws come to mind.

    1. In the future ALL candidates (and elected officials) MUST live in a HOUSE, like the rest of us. I am totally sick of mansions, compounds, camps and (for Pete's sake) ranches!!!!! (How many of you have ever actually BEEN to Crawford? I have, BIG DEAL)

    2. ALL candidates for ANY office should score at least a 98% on an English exam to be given by the judges on JEOPARDY! They are pretty tough and I think they would at least rule OUT anyone who could not pronounce the word NUCLEAR, especially if the candidate were aspiring to the highest office in the world's greatest NUCLEAR power!

    3. All American citizens would have to take some sort of current events test every time they renewed their driver license. And if they were not at least marginally aware of what is going on in the world they should be forced to ride public transportation until they got their head together!!

    4. No candidate could leave office richer than he went in. No book deals, no speaking engagements, no fat government pension. Especially the pensions, when MILLIONS of American citizens are living on Social Security benefits less than $1,000 per month!!

    5. If the highway patrol sees some self-important person having a little chat on their cell phone (and perhaps texting and reading a book and putting on makeup and having a three-course dinner) while driving, said highway patrol officer should be MANDATED to fire a grenade launcher at said idiot.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  106. Ephraim

    1) Require the network and cable news anchors to sit down behind desks and look into the camera while they speak,
    2) stop the stupid camera panning around the anchor. I do not need or want to see Wolf Blittzer's (or any one else's) butt.
    3) Stop interrupting national news with stories of Anna Nicole Smith's death or Britney Spears' behavior,
    4) If you do report about things in item 3) don't spend more than 5 minutes a day on them,
    5) Stop the conversations between anchor and reporter, e.g. Wolf & Jack. Just have Wolf say, "Here's Jack Cafferty with his question for you."
    6) Stop pandering to the public by putting Nancy Grace, Glenn Beck and their ilk on the TV,
    7) Stop the reporters and and anchors from expressing opinions about how important something is,
    8) Just tell me the freaking news,
    9) Put Cronkite in charge of your news division,
    10) Pass this on to Brian Williams, as well.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  107. Gill Bear

    New Law: All illegal immigrants that were brought here as minors by their parents should be given immediate amnesty. In accordance to our laws, we can not hold minors accountable for their parents actions. It is wrong of us to deny freedom from those who never had the choice. If you grow up here and go to school here, you should by all accounts be allowed to stay once you turn 18. These people have been ignored long enough.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  108. William Muse, Modesto CA

    I think that sex offenders should have strict sentences they should get get ten years on the first offense, twenty years on the second, and life on the third. And any offender who harms a child will get the death sentence because any person who can harm a child and live with them selves doesn't deserve to live at all.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  109. Michael Fayetteville Ar

    Arkansas should pass a law that large companies such as Tysons and Wal Mart be fined for hiring illeagel aliens and the system should be sreamlined to make verification easier.IN our area a small restaurant was raided by INS .They must not have been able to find a wal mart or tysons plant.Thanx

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  110. Jeff

    I would intact a law that would keep the congress from making laws that apply to every state. Well shoot, we already have that law, it's called the 10th amendment. Maybe a good law for my state would be to impeach elected officials who abuse executive powers. Well shoot, thats the oath of office. What do when we can't enforce our laws Jack?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  111. Andy K

    Jack,
    My new law for 2008 would be to make every presidential candidate be required to do the following:
    Memorize the basics of the Constitution and Bill of Rights
    Be required to donate money equal to their campaign expenditures to charity
    To state publically that they cannot do anything unless they can work with Congress to ge the job done
    Republicans cannot invoke Ronald Reagan. Democrats, well I guess there are no recent role models.
    And finally, they mus be willing to give up their pay and retirement if they act against the majority opinion of the CITIZENS of this country.
    Do you think it would pass ??

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  112. Dr. Richard Jay

    If watching a ball game does not qualify a spectator to be the coach, how
    does watching someone be President qualify the spectator to be President?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  113. Mary Harmon

    I think Illinois should make it illegal to smoke in a car or any other enclosed space when a child is present. I also think that talking on a cell phone while driving should be illegal. Maybe there should be some kind of limit on talking on a cell phone in public. I get so tired of hearing other people's conversations in restaurants, grocery stores and on the train. Are we getting so dependent on other people that we can't even shop for groceries without talking to someone on the phone?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  114. Jan Strain

    I live in Colorado but the following laws should be enacted in every state.
    1. NO citizen of the state in the military should be forced to go to any war that the citizens of that state determine is an illegal or immoral war. All citizens of the state currently in combat should be allowed passage back to their home state if the citizens of that state no longer agree that the war is legal, acceptable or in the best interest of the country or state.
    2. All elected officials are subject to immediate recall if they do not fulfill their constitutional responsibility, their oath of office and the demands of the citizens in their district.. This recall pertains to any and all elected officials both State and Federal and includes investigating for possible prosecution any potential High Crimes and Misdemeanors perpetrated on the citizenry by ANY elected official, if the citizens of their respective district petition for that investigation. (e.g, District 1-Colorado can petition for their Congressional Representative to order investigation of the President, Vice President or any other elected or appointed official, for High Crimes and misdemeanors)

    Thank you

    January 2, 2008 at 6:29 pm |
  115. Andy K

    Jack,
    My new law for 2008 would be to make every presidential candidate be required to do the following:
    Memorize the basics of the Constitution and Bill of Rights
    Be required to donate money equal to their campaign expenditures to charity
    To state publically that they cannot do anything unless they can work with Congress to get the job done
    Republicans cannot invoke Ronald Reagan. Democrats, well I guess there are no recent role models.
    And finally, they mus be willing to give up their pay and retirement if they act against the majority opinion of the CITIZENS of this country.
    Do you think it would pass ??

    January 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  116. Keith

    I'd limit all political campaigning to 30 days prior to any election. The current crop of Presidential wannabes have been traipsing around our State for nearly three years now. Most of us have had it up to here with all their harassing phone calls and junk mail, not to mention the seemingly endless television campaign ads and media blather that goes along with them. If a candidate can't get their message across to their potential constituency in 30 days, then they aren't worth electing.

    Keith
    Rochester, NH

    January 2, 2008 at 6:30 pm |
  117. abner (somewhere in Michigan)

    Wow!!! Tom in Virginia... You should feel lucky that your only problem is our slow moving, silly government.

    Here in rural Michigan it is just the opposite, more state troopers than they know what to do with, along with the county sheriffs', the city or township police, tribal police and any special units.... Most of who do nothing but bother and intimidate honest, hardworking citizens for going 5 miles over the speed limit among other stupid traffic stops. So..................

    The new law that I suggest would require any new state police officer to work a minimum of 2 years in a major city (detroit or flint would do fine here in Michigan) before they can finish they're subsidized carrer at some trooper post out in the middle of a cow pasture. Maybe then they would respect more citizens and look for some real criminals instead of burdening us with unwarranted traffic stops.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:31 pm |
  118. Josiah Gulden

    When more than one debit is posted in a day, banks deduct the largest quantities first. This means if someone has a balance of $100 and a $105 dollar purchase as well as two $5 purchases clear at once (leaving them overdrawn by $15), the person will get charged 3 pricey overdraft fees as they made three transactions "in the red." However, if the banks were to deduct the smallest quantities first, only the large transaction overdraws the account and the person is charged only one fee. In this economy, people are already financially vulnerable and are living paycheck-to-paycheck with increasing frequency. Sketchy accounting ethics on the banks' part does not lighten the burden!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  119. Dave

    Jack,
    I'd increase recycling dramatically and make it easier for people to participate. I'd include a promotional ad campaign and give ideas for dealing with that horrible accumulation in the home. I'd make sending junk mail a crime. Mostly I'd tax those piggie gas guzzling vehicles to the hilt like Hummers and SUVs. I'd tax car companies for manufacturing them as well. How anyone can still buy those hogs is beyond reason.

    Dave
    New York

    January 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  120. barbra daniel

    Jack,
    It really irratates me when someone pulls up to a grocery store in a brand new , gas guzzling SUV and then pays with food stamps. What is wrong with this picture??????

    January 2, 2008 at 6:34 pm |
  121. Randy

    HI Jack,

    A law requiring that all laws enacted by the federal goverment be properly funded (i.e. No Child Left Behind) and all agencies that serve the public health and safety (Consumer Product Safety Commission, FDA, and CDC) receive proper funding; failure to do so will force mandatory impeachment of president and resignation of legislative officials.

    Randy from Texas

    January 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm |
  122. vic

    there should be a law that the states can make no more laws.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  123. Bill in Clearwater, Florida

    Hey Jack,

    I live in Florida and my new law is this...."Any voter who is part of a family tree that has less than two branches will not be allowed to vote for any more Bushes that
    ever run in ANY election in the future."

    Instead, on election night will be given tickets to a good wrestling match.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  124. annie

    Jack,

    I would pass a law here in GA against politicians holding prayer vigils for rain, on the steps of the state capitol building, especially the day before rain is forecasted! Do you know how many ignorant people out there now think our governor has a direct link with the big guy up there?

    annie
    atlanta, ga

    January 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  125. Joe Florio

    If we really want to stop illegal immigration then stop allowing them to send their earnings back to where ever they came from. Other countries don't allow that, and the Feds in our country are asleep, so it's up to the States to do it.
    If Governments like Mexico realize they can't get that free money along with other countries as well, then they just might find jobs for their citizens in the counties of origin. That way we can kill two birds with one law, it'll make jobs for their citizens, and foreign Governments will get off American welfare! Make sense?

    January 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm |
  126. Joe

    Dear Jack,

    If I could create a law for my state, it would be to make the desecration of the American or State flag illegal. I think its about time we have some respect for our country, and those who fight for it. If you dont like our country, then get out!

    Joe
    Connecticut

    January 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  127. Alexis dasilva

    MSRA was a big bug in 2007 but now is a forgatten history. After this bacteria killed and infected some of our kid the State of New York has not done anything to counter this problem in our school. If antimicrobial products are required to be present in all hospitals for the use of everypone, why not to use this kind of products in schools accross the country. After all this would benefit our children now that our commander and chief deprived our children of health care.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  128. Kim Nantais

    New laws I would enact in CT:
    –disband teachers union
    –make it impossible for legislators to give themselves pay raises
    –any government employee convicted of a job-related crime, ethical or otherwise, would lose benefits and pension after being fired
    –create an unbiased, objective ethics panel to oversee government activities and make decisions on their actions
    –ensure that government workers use their own cars and get paid for mileage like the rest of us. Same for cell phones

    January 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  129. Jason Villamil

    I’d pass a law to ban smoking in public places to protect the health of the people of my state. Oh wait Connecticut already has that law. Well except for the 20,000 second class citizens that work at the world’s two largest Indian casinos.

    We don’t get the protection of state law, though we still have to pay state income tax to support those laws. Yeah that’s fair…

    Jason from Connecticut.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  130. amanda duck

    First I would repeal the 2000 foot law and all other laws that promote segration and replace the laws with tougher sentances for sex offenders who are actaully guilty of crimes. I would also make so it is not as easy as it is now to accuse a person of a sex crime and if theaccuser files a false report they are punished severely. To many lives are ruined because of people making false allegations and those accused are forced to enter plea deals and be subject to segregation and discrimination at every turn. I would reform all of Iowa's child welfare laws it is to easy for someone to accuse anyone of any type of abuse and when DHS is involved you don't get away that easily I know.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  131. Zack Conley II

    I would enact a law requiring all full-sized 18 wheel over- the- road, or tandem trucks to be restricted to using only the outside, or riight hand lane of an expressway or freeway.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  132. James W. in Bellevue, Nebraska

    I am from the state of Nebraska. I would like to see state income taxes for miltary retirees be reduced or done away with.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm |
  133. Tricia

    I'd make sure they took better care of State workers. Stop treating them like worthless, useless, dispensable, junk..

    January 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  134. Barb Madruga

    Florida needs a law requiring public school teachers to speak English.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  135. Charles L. Gardner

    Smokers laws:
    The government have taxed the tobaco companies seventy three times since the year 2000. . President Ronald Reagan had the right rules.Smokers sections and non smokers section. At least he didn't start a dictatorship like they are now. Now they want to put another tax on , after imposing law suits against the tobaco companies for medical Illnessses that was used for settling their State budget deficts.seventeen States did that. They lie like hell to get what they want.
    Businesses places followed the law they had to purchase air purifying
    filter systems thay cost thousands of dolllars putting some businesses out of business.
    Some one is really standing in the way of the truth . Probably the news media. No one ever prints the facts that are proven to them.
    The smoikers laws seem to be the only laws that the majority rules.What happened to the rest of the laws you people vote on that the minority wins.
    Don't lie and say it's not true.

    January 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm |
  136. OLFD

    Ban all new legislation!

    January 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm |
  137. John Payne

    I'd like there to be a law in New Jersey that says you have to use your turn signal when you turn or change lanes on the highway. I once heard a rumor that there is such a law, but apparently only about 50% of the people I commute with have heard the same rumor.

    I think there should also be a law that you should be going at least the posted speed limit while you're cruising along in your giant SUV blocking the passing lane, talking on your cell, and refusing to move out of everyone else's way.

    Yeah, I'm a dreamer.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm |
  138. Rob

    Jack, we need better road laws. If we had a law that stated, *only people with an IQ over one-hundred are allowed to drive,* we would see much less traffic, and not as many accidents per year. New york city would greatly benefit from this *law*.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:04 pm |
  139. Gary Freund

    Many of our candidates running for president are presently in the congress and claim that "changes" need to be made in our present system. Suddenly they all claim to have the right answer, so while they were in congress why haven't they tried to change these problems? They have had every opportunity.
    Gary Freund, Hickory, North Carolina

    January 2, 2008 at 7:13 pm |
  140. Barbara

    I would enact a national law that made it mandatory that anyone applying for a job MUST demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write English.
    That law alone would go a long way toward taking care of the problem of the illegals while taking a nice step in the direction of reclaiming our own country. It’s no fun to walk into a store in my own country and not be able to find a clerk who can help me because none of them speak the language!

    January 2, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  141. Phillippe

    a new law is needed for Las Vegas dog owners who leave their mutts out 24/7 to bark and howl the neighbours to lunacy. A City employee at their dog complaint hotline told me many people have gone to jail for murdering their neighbours' dog. I was reminded that the telephone call was taped. I congratulated the offenders to the City employee. If CNN ever fires you, Jack, there's a ready slot here for Dog Murderer. I hear the money's good.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:26 pm |
  142. Gerald Sutliff

    There's some great suggestions herein above especially James Lenon's; I would ask that the law already on the books be enforced.
    Here in California we need to amend the so call speed limit back to 55 mpr; making 55 patriotic.

    Gerald Sutliff
    Bakersfield

    January 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  143. emily

    Every time a new law is passed another FREEDOM is lost!!! Remember that when someone annoys you, reply with sign language and be done with it!
    I STILL THINK THE CONSTITUTION WAS A GOOD IDEA,WE SHOULD TRY IT OUT

    January 2, 2008 at 7:32 pm |
  144. Professor Ross Ballard

    I would immediately outlaw Extreme Strip Mining known as Mountain Top Removal in West Virginia. Everytime I see the Eco-Narcissists in Congress get worked up over some proposed oil rig in Alaska I want to yell out 'But what about Appalachia'? If you think 'It's 'Getting Ugly Out There' in your world, Jack try living in ours. Here in the Mountain State it's class warfare at it's worst.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  145. Mary A in California

    New Law Suggested:
    * As school is completed, be it high school, college or other continued education, a law should exist that works on "job sharing" basis across nation.
    * All employed plan to work and save for 3 consecutive years.
    * At end of 3 year period, a one year off should be afforded, planned, to "allow many to volunteer, explore new horizons, further one's education, travel or ?? (encourage/allow individual choice.)"
    * At the conclusion of the one year off, return to prior employment and smooth transition should be previously planned/allowed/guaranteed.

    Concept – allow appropriate responsibility, and "time off" at each age so what we can learn,do, give of ourselves or enjoy in adventure at age 24 is possible; then similarly again at age 29, and so on! Consequence might be that many who mgiht be given opportunity at "various ages" to give of themselves, and yet relax and enjoy, might enjoy and cherish "richer lives" so we don't wait until "retirement" to discover both talents and the wonders of this incredible world and country for which we are all fortunate.

    Hope you don't laugh – - but rather ponder! God Bless and Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  146. Chris S - Gerald, MO

    I would like to see a Federal law that states anybody arrested for selling, manufactoring, or any other type of possession, manufactor or distribution of illegal substances will not only serve time, but forfeit all their earthly possessions.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm |
  147. James

    No more Preachers running for Public office - From Greenbrier ARKANSAS

    January 2, 2008 at 7:54 pm |
  148. Duff OMelia

    Jack,

    I'd like to see a law that forbids government at any level to tax something that is already owned. Taxing such items are an offense to the idea of personal property and the practice effectively transfers ownership to the state while coercing citizens to pay rent.

    Property taxes are the biggest example of such an immoral tax.

    January 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm |
  149. m.lopez

    Dear Jack,
    i would have as a law that would help the childeren of illeagle immigrants. I understant that this topic is not liked by many. I think that all immigrants should be treated equaly, they do ( in my opionion) so much for this counrty. It would only be right to help their childen after all they were born here and if we sent them back what would they do if the only place they ever lived was here in the U.S?
    I also think that Congress should make a law helping all immigrants that come to the U.S. What i dont get is why do people want to get rid of them.. after all they come to this country to have just the same freedoms as you... and you want to send them away?? what kind of message is that sending to other countries?? They might say that the U.S doesnt want new people comming in and that might not help with other issues that try to make peace with other countries, especialy latin counrties.

    January 2, 2008 at 8:01 pm |
  150. Jeff in Pennsylvania

    I would like to see a law passed banning all spreading of SEWAGE SLUDGE (Biosolids) on our precious farm lands! Sewage contains everything you pour down your drain including hospital wastes, funeral parlor wastes, industrial wastes, etc.! Then big corporations like Synagro sell it CHEAP as a fertilizer to farmers & market as a great way to "recycle"! Cornell University has studys proving this is not safe as do others! European countries have banned this because its unsafe! But our government doesn't know what to do with all this waste from big citys & towns across America! So this is their easy way to deal with a large problem! Back in the 1970's they had a great idea to take all this sewage & dump it over 100 miles off shore in the ocean. After years of doing this they created dead zones in the ocean which are still dead today. So they decided that was bad! Then they decided to use it as fertilizer for farmers to grow ours & animals food into with very little testing! How long is this to be done before our GOVERNMENT finds out how this is a huge mistake like the ocean dumping was? What will farmers do with contaminated soils from this practice?

    The State, Local & Federal Government have only "one" solid sludge program: Shove it down the throats of non-consenting communities! The reasons are many, but none have anything to do with the health, safety & welfare of the people!

    Like many, I was ignorant to this practice until it came in my back yard. I feel for all those who have been forced to live with this before & to those who have not yet experienced such a awful practice, you will one day know what we are talking about!

    January 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  151. Susan

    Our government needs to get back to "WE THE PEOPLE"! NOT "We The corporations"! Think about it! I think this election will be the most important one in history! The only Presidental candidate who has spoken of this is John Edwards!

    January 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  152. Jeff

    Ship all illegals home & make them come back legally like my ancestors had to! Build a border like the Great wall of China between US & Mexico. Make the penaltys so great that anyone employing an illegal citizen would pay so greatly that they wouldn't take the risk in hiring one! STOP giving free health care to illegals through emergency rooms on my hard earned tax paying dollars! STOP paying to educate these illegals children in our schools! Now why can't our politicians agree to this?

    January 2, 2008 at 8:36 pm |
  153. tony burton

    ideas are nothing but thoughts. actions are what makes a person. ideas may create the action., if one follow through as a person. my only question to you ... whty is CNN is not in HD?

    January 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  154. Dick Jacobs

    I'm sure some viewers are old enough to remember the old TV game show "To Tell The Truth" (in which celebrity panelists quiz three contestants to identify two imposters. At the end of the game Gary Moore would say..."Will the real ________ please stand up.")
    Has anyone noticed that national politics has turned into a real life version of this game?

    Here's how the game works:
    We (the voters) serve as the celebrity panelists & a parade of contestants (politicians seeking office) come before us & try to hide who they really are until they the very end of the game. (They only show their true identities when safely ensconced in office) In order to be more successfully in hiding their true identities, they each hire a team of professional ad men & handlers who tell them: what to wear, say, walk,eat, how to smile, etc)

    Great premise for a TV game show...Lousy way to choose our leaders!

    January 3, 2008 at 8:28 am |
  155. Martha R.

    Obama sounds like Osama-I don't like his name!!!

    Hiliary Clinton is the only one that can clean up the mess left by Pres. Bush.
    Experience does count, as Hiliary Clinton will know what to look for and how to handle it.
    In the middle of a war is no time for on the job training–sorry, but its a fact.
    We are "knee deep"–its time to get out. vote Hiliary Clinton.

    January 3, 2008 at 9:02 am |
  156. Dick Elliott

    I would make it a law that would make it illegal to telephone or send junk mail from those running for office to those of us that would rather be left alone. We have heard all of the rhetoric and promises that they can`t keep while watching TV.
    God, a year of this and it is just beginning. I`m going to vote for the candidate that bothers me the least.

    January 3, 2008 at 9:08 am |
  157. Craig

    Jack, PA should pass a law on the number of legislators we can have. With a pop. of 12 million we have 253 in Harrisburg while California with 36 million has only 125 in Sacremento. Politics as usual.

    January 3, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  158. Kathy H

    In Georgia and across the country: That oil companies would be given huge fines (half of profits) for keeping oil prices high while making record profits. Until these prices are reduced, our economy will continue to plummet. Let's have these candidates running for president address the fact that our economy began to fall when oil prices shot up during Katrina and take on the oil companies. Few people know the interest rates or what wall street is doing, but EVERYONE knows what the price of a gallon of gasoline is at the local station and it tells Americans we are in trouble as a nation. Obviously price gouging does not apply to oil companies.

    January 3, 2008 at 9:49 am |
  159. Charlene

    I'm a Tar Heel, and I would like no tax on tobacco; no tax on gasoline; no tax on food; no tax on prescription medications; no tax on clothing, including footwear; no tax on Internet usage.

    North Carolina residents are taxed beyond belief!

    January 3, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  160. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    I would make it illegal to accept payment for goods and services or to pay for goods and services with money obtained from illegal activity.I would also NOT make this a felony,i.e. no trial etc etc but institute a ticket style penalty system,minimum fine 50% of the value of the transaction.

    January 3, 2008 at 10:33 am |
  161. Ben Christie

    Mandatory that all elected representatives ask their constituets how they want him/her to vote on major issues regardless of politians political affiliation.

    January 3, 2008 at 10:46 am |
  162. Roy

    A law/rule of order underwhich each bill offered must be single purposed. ie. no pork or gravey attached. All amendments or attachments must be directly related to the puropse of the bill. This way maybe some of the many expensive projects added to bribe another legislator to vote for a bill would be avoided. Put all pork in one barrel and vote up or down on sweetheart deals.

    January 3, 2008 at 10:54 am |
  163. Mike McKibben

    As we enter a new election cycle for the job of President of our country, I can only hope that we have learned something from the past two elections, the 2000 and 2004 cycle to be more precise. Living in Florida, the 2000 election left a bad taste in my mouth, and Ohio in 2004.

    I am caught between who I will be voting for this year because, where I am a Democrat, I am an independent at heart. I do not want 4 more years of a Bush-like administration under any circumstances. Hence Giuliani and Romney are already out of the question. I judge people by the company they keep. The only person on the Democratic side that I see ready to lead is Edwards. I find McCain and Huckabee as alternatives, and that is saying something because I haven't voted for a Republican since the first term of Reagan. (I didn't vote for Reagan on his 2nd term)

    The bottom line is this: this election cycle is perhaps the most important election for this country for over a hundred years. We need to elect someone who can fix the damage Bush (and company) has caused this country over the past 7 years. Anyone who asks, what damage?, then all I can say, you haven't been paying any attention to what this Administration has been doing, and what they have sent into motion. If we fail to learn from history and our mistakes, then we are doomed to repeat them. The fear of "fear" should not be our guide either.

    Open note to the RNC chairman and Romney.......... I am glad that McCain didn't vote for the Bush tax breaks...........they went to the wrong people. They should have gone to the middle class, not those of great wealth. They are doing just fine. 2/3's of the American population vrs. the top 3%, you do the math. A look at the economy will be self evident!

    January 3, 2008 at 11:20 am |
  164. Jim Blose

    I wish my state and federal legislators would pass a law that would make it illegal to not enforce an existing law that isn't in the process of being repelled.
    In other words, either enfoce the laws we have or repel/modify them before making new laws.

    January 3, 2008 at 11:44 am |
  165. Don p.

    This goes for "EVERY" nation; if any politician is ever caught breaking the law they should be "HELD" accountable as with every other citizen is in fact they should be given a stiffer harsher penalty; screw their good behavior and their good citizen awards!
    STOP the corruption where the corruption begin's; at the government level!

    January 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  166. Rodney

    How about this? The only new law for 2008 should be: No new laws shall be passed until government can provide verifiable evidence to show it can effectively enforce the current laws in place, AND that current laws are fair, just, and in the best interest of ALL law abiding citizens. ILLEGAL immigration–HELLO! Laws not proved to be fair, just, and in the best interest of ALL law abiding citizens should be removed from the list. Example: PROPERTY TAXES–HELLO!

    January 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  167. Doris A. Schwartzberg

    Since when is the constant repetition of political speculation considered NEWS? How is more and more political speculation seen as investigative reporting? Are you aware of any other geographical location than Iowa or New Hampshire? Do you know there is a whole planet full of news that is not the Iowa caucus? What does it take to get you to let go of the political nonsense and get back to reporting the news?

    Sincerely,
    Doris A. Schwartzberg

    January 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  168. George Whitaker

    Jack:

    I would enact a law in N.C. that would require every legislator, using only their memory, to make a list of every law on the books in NC. Any law that was missed by 51 percent of them would be stricken from the books.

    George W.

    January 3, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  169. James

    Jack my my my, Ilinois is mandating energy saving light bulbs for buildings 1000 sq. ft. and bigger. Are they going to have police trying to finger out what size your home is and then coming inside and seeing how many bad light bulbs you have? Who is going to teach the cops Math? Are they going to take away your bad bulbs? Are they going to turn your lights off? Are they going to arrest you? drag you off to jail? What will the enforcers of this law be called? (The Light Bulb Police?)
    Jack how many real crimes will go on unresolved while they are harassing homeowners and counting light bulbs. This is another law dreamed up by buffoons, why do they pass laws they cannot enforce? This law can only drive the price of light bulbs up, let real crime go unresolved and drive more people crazy.
    For the last 6 months I have been replacing my bulbs with energy saving bulbs a few a week starting with the ones I use most. I am doing this not because of a crazy law that only takes more freedoms away, but I want to save money. I do not need anybody demanding that I light my house a certain way. Ilinois is more like Germany of the 1930’s than it is America.
    Let me prove my point a little more. About a dozen people complained by fax to a Cook County Constitution hater Larry Sufferdin (D) 13 District e-mail lsuffredin@cookcountygov.com about a new law he is trying to pass banning all guns in Cook County. This Buffoon not only is trying to smash the 2nd amendment, he sent the Ilinois State Police to their homes to intimidate them! Asking them mental health questions, like cops are doctors too. This anti American is smashing their 1st Amendment Rights too!!!! You have a right to question your elected leaders, we are the bosses they are the servants! Jack you are dam right it is getting bad out there, when will it all stop? Thank you James

    January 3, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  170. Waltie

    I would impliment a motion, to immediatly succed from the US Gov, eliminate all failed policys set forth by those inside the beltway, and the peoples house, declare Bush and Cheney and all those who lied about the war, charge them as "Enemy Combatants of the State", bring them to the Hague for "Crimes against Humanity" and first degree murder of our service people!!!

    See how fast thiscountry gets straightened out then.

    January 3, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  171. J. Rush

    I believe that the age of the Career Politician needs to come to a skreetching halt. We need to stop these people before they have a chance to turn govenment into their own personal playground. We need a Bill to be drafted that will limit everyones ability to be in office, ANY office for more than 2 terms. The President has two terms and that's all he gets. Why should anyone else get to serve the public any longer than that? This way we'd get the Top Shelf thinkers who will do what's good for America and the people, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because in 8 years or less, they'll be subjected to the Monster they've created. And while we're at it, let's go back to the Paper Ballot and Ballot Box. Americans trust the Diabold Creature from Jekyll Island even less than we do the today's Congress.

    January 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  172. brian

    I am glad to see Arizona is cracking down on the illegal immigration and employers who use illegal immigrant labor. What is sad is that those people don't care they are being exploited and yet they don't seem to have figured out why they have to live multiple families in one house to make ends meet. Its because the pay is so hideously low, that the wages can be labled as slave wages by this country's standards.

    I live in Texas and we have alot of crime problems with illegal aliens from child molestors, robberies, car jackings, home invasions, rapes, murderers of law officers and the list goes on. We pay taxes for their schooling, taxes to help pay for their healthcare when Americans themselves can't even get access to healthcare. And we have elitist garbage like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and others like them saying we need immigration reform? Less than 2 months ago I was so upset how Democrats are so determined to cram down our throats "Amnesty" for illegal aliens and they will do it piece by piece if they have to because this amnesty benefits the party and the hell with the American people and American taxpayer?

    So I called both Harry Reid's office and the DNC office in Washington DC with a simple question, why are you so determined to give Amnesty to illegal immigrants? I was nice, polite and I even asked them to help me understand why this is? The answer? Harry Rieds office told me we need immigration reform because the system is broken, my reply is how can you know the system is broken if it was never used properly or the laws enforced and the border properly secured? The guy asked me where was I calling from, so I told him Texas and he said I need to call my Senator. I told him "Sir, You boss Mr. Reid is the Majority leader of the United States Senate and controls the agenda and since he is the leader he works for all Americans not just Americans in Nevada, the guy hung up on me.

    The call the the DNC was much less pleasant, the guy on the other end was arguementitive and very rude and slamed the phone down in my ear, this after I was being polite and never raised my voice. On both calls, I told them I always voted democrat for president through my years (I'm 46) and I am neither Democrat or Republican. And before he could say I'm prejudice, I also reminded him my mother was an immigrant from Europe, a legal immigrant who obeyed the laws and I still got the phone slammed down in my ear.

    So today, I'm in this "in-decision" with who I will vote for because hell will freeze before I vote for another Democrat ever again. On the Republicans are no much better either since they were the ones who had absolute power for 8 years under Bafoon man in the Whitehouse and screwed up this country even more, not to mention the lives of millions of Americans. Fred Thompson said it best today, you got to be concerned about a guy who has such a fire in his belly and a determination to get this job (president) and will do anything to get it or in Mitts case spend a ton of money.

    Mitt Romney is a part of Bain Capitol, a company that is trying to push the sale of a U.S. tech company that handles sensitive military contracts to a chinese company that is backed by the chinese communist government and its military, but Mitt doesn't care because it puts alittle coin in his pocket. Lets not forget all the outsourcing of the millions of American jobs over the past 7 years under George Bush. Do you think Rudy is any better? Hell no, he brags about his fine care he got with his cancer and says it was the best care you could get. Of course the idiot got the best care anyone could get, the jerk is filthy rich and can afford the best cancer care money can buy.

    Though I agree with Democrats regarding healthcare and that all Americans (NOT ILLEGAL ALIENS) should have access to the same level of care as anyone, I don't agree with their approach. Republicans were wrong for not even debating the issue, but they were protecting their lobbying friends in the Insurance industry that would lose alot of business on any kind of universal healthcare. Universal healthcare will only raise already high income taxes on the middle class, but most of these elected officials are grads of fine colleges and universities and solving problems like this is what they are supposed to do, but don't because all of them are bought and paid for by Corporations, special interest, K Street and god knows who else. Until we understand that healthcare is a basic human right, not a privalage like a driver license, only the rich will be able to afford the finest healthcare.

    Energy? Both Republicans and Democrats have failed the American people in the worst way possible. 1973 we went through the oil embargo or better known as the gas crunch with lines at gas pumps miles long. And if you remember how Republicans were calling for Bill Clintons head because gas prices spiked to around $1.30 accusing him of doing nothing, well where are these same Republicans today with gas prices now three times higher than those in 2000, and gas prices are now expected to surpass $4.00 per gallon under George Bush, but all these same Republicans including George Bush are mysteriously quiet now? 1973 oil embargo should have been the rallying cry to start the research for alternative energy sources other than oil and gas and yes coal.
    If you live in Southwestern Indiana where I lived which was near a coal fired power plant, you could wake up in the morning, swipe your hand across your car and your hand would be full of coal dust. This coal dust that the local population has been breathing in and cancer rates are above 1% of the total population, coal dust you can see in the air as a blue haze from the smoke stacks of the power plants across Indiana.

    Today just as we were in 1973, we are beholden to the oil industry, the oil cartels in the Middle East and little has been done since the 9/11 attacks to free us from having to buy oil from Saudi Arabia and other terrorist nations. Bush said we will not do business with terrorist nations, but we still do business with them because Bush himself and Cheney are both oil men and don't give a damn about the average American.

    Finally we have our crumbling infrastructure, bridges that collapse, power outages, damns that are breaking because local, state and federal government has let us all down. Americans have paid trillions of dollars in taxes, but we have nothing to show for it, trillions of dollars have been paid to build up our military only to have Bush decimate it in the course of 5 years. How much longer are we going to allow Republicans and Democrats pillage this country for their own political and financial gain? When will Americans get their heads out of their asses and see what is going on and unless we take back our government from the special interest, corporate interest that have ruined this country, stripped this country of its manufacturing base, financial base, falling value in the dollar and the list goes on with the bad management by both Republicans and Democrats. It is long overdue we kick all these loosers out of office on all levels of government.

    Make it lobbying and special interest groups or any group that works to influence polititians from representing the people that put them in office illegal, no loopholes. Fair taxes for all American people, seal and secure our borders and either pull out of trade agreements that put the American worker at a disadvantage from cheap overseas labor or slave, child labor. Its troubling when Americans keep losing jobs, and corporations move jobs overseas to reduce labor costs, but their prices still go up? How the hell can anyone afford their products if we don't have good paying jobs? Kick all these loosers out of office and start from scratch! Take back our government!

    January 3, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  173. ginger

    The new law I would enact for all states is NO NEW LAWS until our govt enforces the ones already on the books, especially this current Administration.
    Also, new law stripping all elected representatives of health insurance and salary increases until the American people they represent have the same.

    January 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  174. j t

    given the chance as a lawmaker, I'd make my water surrounded state of FL invest in research to capture the lifting power of ocean waves at sea (3'-6' seas as well as near shore waves.......keeping in mind that water can lift many times more than it weighs (example: panama canal vs. thousand-ton ships up and down all day/night long every day for only water pumps) ........ where is the r&d for free non-polluting energy & electricity????
    jtp
    pensacola fl

    January 3, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  175. j t

    jt pensacola

    ps:
    water is utilized typically via the weight like electric power production of dams. but if we consider the power of water to lift as opposed to downward force, we see huge advantages to harnesing the lit energy as well as the gravity effect of water weight. we can even recapture the lifting power of power generating dams by utilizing the water from the generating harnessed water to be recaptured for the lifting power of this water as well.....??????
    s

    January 3, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  176. Leann

    United States don't need new laws!! What is needed is to follow our Constitution! USA was created by the People for the People!! We do NOT need more people coming into our Country when we can't even protect or care for our own selves!! English is the ONLY language! Countries around the World speak it as their 2nd language. WE all need to get our Government officials to activate our Federal Privacy Laws, which states that ALL of our Personal "Private" information is kept PRIVATE!! It also is stated on the back of our Social Security Cards in small print: This is NOT to be used as Identification. WE do NOT need to give our SS# to anyone!! All criminals get what they deserve!! We need people who have a great Appreciation, Understanding & Love for all that our great COUNTRY has gone through to keep our Declaration of Independence going strong!! All those who make millions a year, they do NOT deserve it, our MILITARY deserves high pay, better care and facilities for the wounded, places to live for ALL VETERANS, for ALL THE SACRIFICES they make and do for us AMERICANS!! Last, let's knock off this racial nonsense!! Being AMERICAN means just THAT!! It should NOT matter if you're African, Asian, Mexican, etc., if you're a US Citizen, then be AMERICAN!! Don't seperate it!!!

    January 3, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  177. RLF

    Here is a law I want removed...A Law to Criminalize Sleep?

    As winter approaches and the Santa Cruz homeless shelter at the armory opens, many are discussing the Santa Cruz sleeping ban.

    According to attorney Kate Wells and members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the law is “a human rights violation which criminalizes homelessness.”

    The camping ban, commonly called the sleeping or blanket ban, prohibits sleeping on public property between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. It is also against the law to set up cooking equipment, or to cover oneself at night with the intention of sleeping.

    How can this happen , should we fight this as Christians ? as Humans ?

    Read More:
    http://reddingloavesandfishes.com/forum/index.php?topic=639.0

    January 3, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  178. Larry James Hanshew

    Well Jack, How about this for a new LAW:. " LAW A -1" = oppress no one.
    short, sweet, and to the point! Since Law is Force their is only one Law The Law Of Oppression Hence:.=OPPRESS NO ONE!

    January 3, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  179. Raymond Hill

    Hello Jack,
    Well the first thing that CNN did after Obama won Iowa was launch a poll asking can a black man be elected president in America. Why do you people insist on bringing race into the mix. The black people in Iowa can be counted on one hand so the majority of the votes that Obama received were from white people. Is Iowa in America ? If the answer is yes, then the point is mute. Does your network feel the need to remind people that Obama is black ? Let the American people have their say without the media trying to muddy the water . If Clinton had won would you have had a poll asking can a white woman be elected president in America?
    Yours truly,
    Raymond Hill

    January 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm |
  180. Kevin Hemp

    Jack

    I would like to see two laws inacted in my state of Wisconsin.
    #1 A "No Smoking" ban state wide, including American/Indian casinos. This way Wisconsin can't be refered to as the "Ash Tray" state.
    #2 Including a complete back ground check the "Right to Carry" a concealed weapon

    January 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  181. Tom Erskine, Charleston, SC

    I would not count Hillary out, yet, my good people! She has a mighty following, she has the heart of a lion, and she has one of the smartest politicians in this country on her side! And if the pundits rattle Bill Clinton again, don't think he can't do what Jimmy Carter did to Ted Kennedy.....“....whip (their) as....s!” You're making a big mistake too early in the process.

    When this whole thing is over, the American political scene (at least the democratic side of it!) could be a whole lot different. But what will the result be? Regardless who wins....it'll be more of the same old stuff—just a different day!

    January 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  182. Tom Erskine, Charleston, SC

    I'd like to see charities and political campaigns come under the DO NOT CALL legislation!! I'm tired of “Unknown Name, Unknown Number” on my call box. I don't even answer them, anymore...My sense is if they don't want to transmit their id information, they could care less about me as a customer or a client....so I simply screen it and trash the call! I am at a point though that I have been imposed upon so much that I will NOT contribute to ANY charity, and if the calls continue, I may just sit at home on election day and let them do have it without my vote!! Can't even eat supper in peace, for God's sake!

    January 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  183. Phoenix, Michigan

    1) I would make it illegal to smoke in public establishments. I believe that people have the right to smoke but they do not have the right to invade my lungs. When someone lights up everyone around them has two options if they don't agree: tough it out and suffer the effects of secondhand smoke OR inconvenience themselves by leaving. I think both are unfair. Kudos to Cali for standing up for the health rights of others!

    January 4, 2008 at 6:26 pm |
  184. Eric Sandoval

    I got a new law for you, since everyone's so concerned about healthcare...

    Make it illegal to sell health insurance for profit. I pay out of my own pocket, and I have no problem with that. But what I do have a problem with, is that after a year of paying more than $200 cash a month, and I rarely ever go to the doctor at all because I'm very healthy, but when I DO have to go... why should I have to pay an additional bill, after paying insurance all year, and paying my $45 co-pay? I want value for my money... period, and this deductable nonsense is exactly that... the deductable should only count towards paying off a serious medical bill such as what would come from a car accident. I've been paying for years, and I feel like I've been continually ripped off. Meanwhile, they give out huge bonuses, pay-outs, stock-options, perks and incentives to executives of these same companies. They have too much power, too much influence, and it must be stopped.

    I could go on and on, but I wouldn't want to take up too much of your time.

    January 4, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  185. Heather Niemeyer

    Jack, after seeing Hillaray get choked up today after being asked a question I thought to myself she is too emotioal to be President and make major decisions. She looked like she wanted to have a pitty party! No thanks Hillary.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  186. Lee

    First of all I do not think her responce was angry. She responded as she should have after John Edwards tried to suggest that experience has no value. I feel that Edwards & Obama lack the experience that is necessary to be effective. Hillary has the experience and has been under fire, I think that will go further in the long run.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  187. Robert Marcom

    No, Jack. The angry outburst will not hurt Hillary, and the passionate tears will not help her. She is on the wrong side of history; she was the best candidate for 2004. Obama '08.

    Robert

    January 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  188. Randy in Georgia

    Jack,

    She just lost the whole race....do we need need a President who crys when she loses a State ?

    Randy in GA.

    January 7, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  189. B . Aras

    I think you got it all wrong . Can the Clintons get some credits for for all the hard work and the surplus we had when they were in the white house? I think they deserve a lot of credits . They can do even more if we give them another chance . I think most Americans who prospered during the Clinton presidency are still very loyal to them no matter how you run them down in the media. Did you say she was angry ? I don't think she was . I just think she was simply telling the truth. But if you say angry , I want to remind you that she is human. I think the world as a whole does not like to see a woman in power . We will have less war and destruction if we have more women in power. There will be more diplomacy rather than going to war . It is very sad that the people that declare war stay back and the innocent ones are sent to fight and give their lives for us all . Lots of lives we be saved if we avoid war . We can go to war only after other avenues fails . I think we have lots of problems in the world because we have too many men in power .

    January 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  190. George Herzberger

    Hillary Clinton ...(ON CHANGE)

    Our youth in America have lived their entire life in the 20 year era of Bush/Clinton.

    Middle aged America as well as the gray have observed this same 20 years...of Bush and Clinton

    And so it is not that difficult to understand that the first message in change is that it will not come from someone in these two families.

    Does the world really think that we could ever elect someone outside these two families...most often people make conclusions on how it appears.

    Her recent display implies to me that she wants like a child...and if she does not get her own way...she loses composure. She wants for herself , her ego,

    We the people are educated enough to make decisions with our own minds as to how we perceive the last 20 years, and where we want to go from here ....We are all proud to have this opportunity in America to CHOOSE what WE think is best for us...(You can not take the us out of the U.S.)

    January 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  191. Ron Marion

    I can't get enough Obama fix everyday, I keep changing channels just trying to get some more Obama news. I have never met the Junior senator from Illinois. But I would love to meet him some day. I can't wait to vote for him on February 5th in California.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  192. Fernando

    Jack,

    It is a strange day when I find myself agreeing with George Will, but he does make an excellent point. I am not a fan of Obama but I appreciate his effort in running as a man of convictions, not as a man of color. The reason Sharpton (who has come a long way in recent years) didn’t gain support from minorities like myself was his espousal of a platform that seemed too exclusivist. Most voters were turned-off by Sharpton for the same reason they were turned off by Pat Buchanan; theirs is a politics of resentment. Their positions are to an extent understandable but leadership would have only divided us further.

    Even if Obama doesn't get the nomination (I'm an Edwards fan) he has indeed accomplished something significant already.

    Fernando
    Seattle, WA

    January 7, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  193. iva atwater

    Hi Jack,
    about Hillary Clinton, experienced, with ability to do what She must do on day 1,

    hot air like obama puts out, and nothing he's done that he 'can really talk about'.

    I live in Illinois, and obama has nothing he has done here that he can talk about,

    people need to vote with a 'brain', not for emotion, he is not a 'rock star', i think that

    more goes for Huckabee in the band. obama has not leglislation he got done

    here,l he wanted a launching pad to become a professional campaigner to make

    a name for himself. Media, and all voter need to '"ASK HIM HARD", ?WHAT IS YOUR STRATEDGY, WHAT IS YOUR PLANS FOR ENTITLEMENTS? WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR TRAVELS, GIVE NAMES AND PLACES?
    MAKE HIM OUTLINE IT. I DON'T THINK HE CAN!

    A vote for emotion, with the condition our country is in, is criminal, and with
    total disregard for people who really matter, that don't have jobs, or insurance,
    social security running out, peopel who need medications, the things wrong in this country are 'way over Mr. Obam's head, and he is not going to admit that,
    but his inexperiences will, being a teacher, they all know how to use rhetoric, and
    obama know how to blow up his story with a lot of hot air.

    too much at stake to 'make a mistake' a third one in a row.
    Obama and edwards are both 'poor me babies', and really wish they both knew
    what Hillary knows and has had to do for all of us. Hillary is not 'status quo'.
    Hillary has GOT STATUS, and ability to get the job done for all of us. Obama and
    Edwards are the ones threatened by Her campaign, and world contacts!
    believe me, neither one of them would be able to find their way out of a tough
    and dangerous situation, like what just occurred in Iran waters.

    Hillary has te credits of what she has accomplished,. obama and his macho-ness
    don't cut it. We need Ability on day 1, and expertise, and who to call, who you
    know to join you on day 1, for America and all we work for.
    thanks for letting me state my case, I am so tired of the 'obama-mania', coming form all these people who are acting on impulses without asking obama hard
    about all this, pin him down, its important to everone. don't push goods off on the
    rest of us that are not tried and proven, its too late for that. Get obama and you all will be screaming for George Bush to come back.
    Thanks
    Iva

    January 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  194. Susan Welsh

    Regarding Hillary Clinton getting sentimental today – men and women are different. One is not weaker or stronger than the other – they are just different. So, appreciate the differences and move on. If you are not sure whether Hillary was putting on a show or not – then just quit showing it. That's all – give her a break and the next guy who looses ia break as well.

    Hey – haven't you ever said anything the air that you regretted. Sue

    January 7, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  195. Catherine Fredericks

    Jack, Wolf Blitzer is a fair minded journalist, he reports on Hillary Clinton fairly and accurately but you use your extreme hatred of her to trash her constantly. How nice for you to have a platform where you can exercise your hatred and your mysoginistic views. You only feature letters from people who think you are the alpha and the omega,What a coward.

    January 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  196. TD Tutti

    Dear Mr. Cafferty: What incredible naivete – or stupidity. How can any sane person assert that Obama's color is irrelevant. If he was white he would be a joke. ( He is but nobody has the guts to say so.) TD Tutti

    January 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  197. Greg

    Senator Barack Obama is an american but it might be improper to interject into his accomplishments, current or future, that he is black!

    United States
    Increasingly, U.S. society is no longer willing to pigeon-hole multiracial people into just one race. For example, although Barack Obama self-identifies as African-American despite having a white mother, 55 percent of whites classified him as biracial instead of black after being told of his maternal descent and 61 percent of Hispanics did so as well. Blacks were less willing to acknowledge a mulitiracial category, with 66% considering him black.

    Sincerely,

    Retired Greg

    January 7, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  198. Tina

    First – I thought it was good to see Hilary in a Human moment today :)
    Yeahy Hilary!!!
    Now that is what I want to see!

    One on one interviews are better, we seem to get more information out of them!
    REALLY TIRED OF ALL THE FIGHTING AMONG CANDIDATES even though that is what they have to do to beat thee other guy/gal : /

    Second – I don't know, thus why asking – Is "obama" an islamic name? Some times I accidentally say it wrong name and it sounds much like the guy we can't seem to find...... : /
    (what is his religion?) I don't get to watch TV much as of late and have not been able to see all thee answers if you've already explained!
    THIS WOULD BE A VERY IMPORTANT ANSWER TO ME!!!

    (If you can not write back, can you have someone else let me know?)
    I could look it up, but don't want to get the wrong information...

    Thank you so much for your time!
    Tina = FL

    January 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  199. Keith Mann

    Mr. Cafferty you and Mr. Dobbs are probably the two most genuine TV journalists out there. You both tell alike it' is fine you both be truthful. So everybody in the country wants change am sure Americans truly do. Most people are scared change and to really implement change. Hiring a black president or a woman to president isn't going to do either You know and I know it's not going to be Obama to make the change which we need. To make change in this country. We had to get back to basics of what America was built on the Constitution! Constitutional laws and government and the only person talking about, that is Ron Paul. This man is the only one who's talking the truth, to fix America's problems and the media censors Ron Paul at the say that your news organization CNN does give Ron Paul some airtime. More than others, but very little compared to the others like Rudy and Thompson. In other Ron Paul is doing better than them. At this time, yet they get more airplay than he does flashing pictures of the other candidates and talking about them more, I find it sad that corporate America sensors on presidential candidates against America is not free after all.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  200. Virgil Abe

    Jack,When is Obama going to reveal to us his plan for all the changes he has
    planned for, We the People? If he can do all these things, what are doing with
    all those hot air baloons in Washington? COME ON LOU DOBBS.

    January 7, 2008 at 8:31 pm |
  201. AL

    jack questions and answers yes impeach bush cheney. repeal patriot act
    question of day why does iran still exist. liberal bush lets them attach our warships and what does he do? spends a couple more billion in iraq.
    we can have free iraniqan and iraq oil. 500 million barrels of free oil for each dead gi and they are getting a beak. enough of the bs. time to take the whole place out. we can then install cheney as tsar of the middle east

    January 8, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  202. mike wisneski

    First a law when passed .it would be enforced.Right now i,d like a law to put warnings on alcohol containers. 1, warning about alcohol poisoning,2 Giving or buying alcohol for minors is illegal and stiff fines ,or ? We just lost another young adult here in minn to alcohol poisoning, The numbers dead from alcohol, dwi,s heath, the names would fill these pages.More potent than most over the counter drugs. But the laws wont change, why ? lobbyists

    January 8, 2008 at 9:31 am |
  203. vince nizzardi

    Jack, because the citizens of our state of new jersey, and for that matter, accross the entire united states, have continually , and relentlessly been subjected to the scourge of illigal drug trafficing, without the direct intervention of our elected officials to completely stop this , I would pass a law which required that 1 member of every family , of every elected official, be forced to become a heroin addict, speed freak, pill head, etc. I do not know if most of our elected officials really know, or care what the effect this curse has had, and continues to have on American families. The cost, both in dollars wasted, and lives destroyed, so a few dispicable slugs can make a dishonest dollar, never fails to amaze me. We need all of uur elected officials, especially our next president, to call an all out war on these illigal drugs. Advertise to the public for the next year, telling them as of January 1st, 2009, new much harsher laws will be going into effect, so no one can say they didn't know. Then, build large super prisions out in the desert to hold these animals, and begin implamentation of the new much stricter laws.
    Build the walls/ fences along our southern border, and put the cartels on notice, that no more drugs of any kind will be passing through this area.
    Everyday, good Americans are being turned into financial, emotional, and physical
    zombies. To all current, and future elected officials...What are you going to do about it? And when?

    January 8, 2008 at 1:13 pm |