January 17th, 2008
05:54 PM ET

Americans revved up for election?


Enthusiastic New Hampshire Primary Goers (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Americans are revved up... and ready to vote."

That's according to a front page story in "USA Today." We saw it with record turnouts in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary... and now this: by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans are pumped up for the upcoming election.

A new USA Today-Gallup poll shows that compared to previous elections, 62% of those surveyed say they're "more enthusiastic" about voting this time around.

So what's getting people so fueled up for this election? The reasons are many… including opposition to the war in Iraq, anxiety about a possible recession, dissatisfaction with President Bush and disgust with gridlock in Washington.

It's a good thing then that Americans seem optimistic about what they're seeing out there on the campaign trail.

This same poll shows 87% of those surveyed say it makes a real difference who is elected president. 84% say there's a candidate running who would make a good president, and that's a bipartisan view. 72% say the candidates are talking about issues that they, the people, really care about. And, 67% say the election process is working the way it should.

Here’s my question to you: Are you more enthusiastic than usual about this year’s election?

To see the Cafferty File video click here

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Filed under: Elections
January 17th, 2008
05:02 PM ET

'Big Brother' becoming your boss?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some are calling it "spyware”.

Microsoft is working on office software that can remotely monitor a worker's productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

"The Times" of London reports that Microsoft has filed a patent application for this Big-Brother style computer system that would link workers to their computers through wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. It would then let managers monitor their employees' performance by measuring things like their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure.

This use of this kind of technology has previously been limited to people like pilots, firefighters and NASA astronauts. It's believed to be the first time a company is proposing it for more mainstream use.

Critics say this kind of system would "take the idea of monitoring people at work to a new level.” They call it intrusive and say it raises serious privacy issues.

The U.S. patent office confirmed the application was published last month, and patent lawyers say it could be granted within a year.

Microsoft refused to comment on the patent application, but said they have over 7,000 patents worldwide and they are proud "of the quality of these patents and the innovations they represent.”

Here’s my question to you: Do you see anything wrong with office software that would allow managers to monitor their workers remotely?

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Filed under: Uncategorized
January 17th, 2008
02:16 PM ET

Sending all illegal aliens home?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/17/art.huckabee2.ap.jpg caption=" Republican presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, signs a no amnesty pledge at a campaign event at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008"]

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Mike Huckabee is vowing to enforce this nation's immigration laws and to send all illegal aliens home.

The Republican presidential candidate was the first one to sign the pledge of an "immigration-reduction" group called "NumbersUSA." The so-called "No Amnesty" pledge means Huckabee is committed to opposing any "special path to citizenship" for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in this country. He's also vowing to cut the number of illegal aliens already here by means of law enforcement.

Huckabee signed the pledge in South Carolina, site of Saturday's Republican primary, where it's looking like a tight race.

Throughout the campaign, Huckabee's opponents have called him weak on immigration... pointing to things like his support, as governor of Arkansas, for college scholarships for children of illegal aliens.

However, Huckabee's talk on immigration got tougher last month, when he came out with his nine-point immigration plan. Among other things, it calls for sealing the U.S.-Mexican border, hiring more border patrol agents, enforcing the law on employers who hire illegals and making illegal aliens go home before they can apply to return to the U.S.

Here’s my question to you: How realistic is Mike Huckabee’s to pledge to send all illegal aliens home?

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Filed under: Mike Huckabee