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April 15th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Where would you want your tax dollars to go?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In honor of today's dreaded tax filing deadline - a whopping majority of Americans say the government wastes their tax dollars. No big surprise there.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 74 percent of those surveyed say a lot of their tax money is wasted by the government, 23 percent say some of their tax dollars are misspent... and only three percent say not much is wasted.

This poll also finds that 50 percent of the public says the tax system is unfair, which isn't surprising when you consider that 47 percent of U.S. households won't pay federal income taxes this year. Not a single dime.

And, the survey shows a growing public frustration with taxes over the last couple decades... 40 percent say they're angry about the amount of taxes they pay... that number is up sharply from the 1980s... and is a big part of the message coming from the Tea Party folks.

But whether you're angry or not, you don't have a choice about it... nor do you get to choose where your tax money goes.

Federal income taxes represent the government's largest source of revenue - at more than $900 billion. This money is used to run the country - everything from national defense, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to things like education, public safety and infrastructure.

Here’s my question to you: If you could choose, where would you want your tax dollars to go?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Taxes
April 15th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Should Hillary challenge Pres. Obama in 2012?

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Clinton and Obama exchange comments during the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It could be the greatest of rematch of all time.

Hillary Clinton and Pres. Barack Obama nearly tore the Democratic Party apart two years ago. What if they go at it again in 2012?

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a favorable rating of 61 percent and an unfavorable rating of 35 percent...

Clinton's numbers have improved since the 2008 primaries... and she fares better than Pres. Obama, who gets a 57 percent favorable rating; but his job approval rating is below 50 percent in most of the major polls. Obama's unfavorable rating of 41 percent has more than doubled since early last year.

There's more: Clinton's numbers also top all other Democrats and Republicans in this poll... including potential GOP presidential candidates like Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Clinton insists she's "absolutely not interested" in running again for president... although she has suggested that she doesn't envision serving as Secretary of State in a second Obama term.

Of course a lot can happen between now and 2012... including whatever Pres. Obama does or doesn't accomplish in the remainder of his term. If the economy recovers and the jobs come back, he could be tough to beat. But as of right now, one survey shows a majority of Americans don't think the president deserves a second term.

And when it comes to politics, it's probably wise never to count a Clinton out.

Here’s my question to you: Should Hillary Clinton challenge Pres. Obama in 2012?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Elections • Hillary Clinton