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November 22nd, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Looking forward to airplane travel, full body scans and pat downs?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Two million people a day are expected to travel through this nation's airports Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I am very happy I'm not one of them.

Airline travel this holiday season is shaping up to be a nightmare, thanks to the government's new airport security measures, which include full body scans and invasive pat-downs.

A growing backlash to these measures is coming from all corners, from pilot and flight attendant groups to civil rights and privacy advocates.

Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who hasn't gone through airport security in decades, admits she wouldn't want to submit to an enhanced pat-down if she could avoid it.

Passengers are sharing outrageous stories that show just how embarrassing and invasive all this is:

A flight attendant and breast cancer survivor says she was asked to remove her prosthetic breast during a pat-down, while a bladder cancer survivor wound up soaked with urine during his pat-down.

The latest example comes by way of a viral video of a shirtless boy getting a pat-down from a TSA agent. A partially disrobed child forced to submit to groping by a strange adult. It's just disgraceful.

The TSA insists it's trying to strike a balance between security and privacy concerns. Really?

One industry expert tells the Associated Press that the agency is working under an unachievable mandate since the risks constantly change when terrorists use new tactics. This means the TSA is always in crisis mode, adding new policies to respond to the last terror plot.

And on some level, Americans do get their dilemma. A recent CBS poll shows that four out of five Americans support the use of full body scans.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Airlines • Thanksgiving • Travel
November 22nd, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Buffett: Rich should pay 'a lot more in taxes'

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Rich people "should be paying a lot more in taxes." So says one of the richest Americans out there.

Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett.

Billionaire Warren Buffett told ABC News that taxes for the lower, middle class and possibly upper middle class should be cut even further.

But he said, "I think that people at the high end - people like myself - should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it."

Buffett says the rich always insist that if their taxes are lower and they have more money in their pockets, they will spend it and then it will trickle down; but he says that hasn't happened for the last 10 years.

Buffett's not the only super-wealthy person to advocate paying more taxes. A group of 45 people who call themselves "patriotic millionaires" agrees.

They're asking President Obama to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire at the end of this year for incomes over $1 million.

Critics question the political motivations of this group.

In any case - if Congress does nothing about the Bush tax cuts, there are only 39 days left until the largest tax increase in American history will go into effect.

Democrats in the House and Senate say they will hold votes after Thanksgiving to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less.

However, it's unclear if they have enough votes in either chamber to pass only the middle class tax cuts. They may need to find middle ground with the Republicans, who want to extend the tax cuts for everyone.

Here’s my question to you: Warren Buffett says rich people "should be paying a lot more in taxes." Do you agree?

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Filed under: Taxes