[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/15/art.wall.street.ap.jpg caption="The United States is struggling on many fronts."]
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Our country is struggling in a way I can't ever remember. Financial institutions are failing left and right. People are losing their life savings to a falling stock market, falling housing prices and rising food and energy costs. We are hemorrhaging jobs and are ten trillion dollars in debt. A major hurricane just slammed the coast of Texas leaving 4 million people without power and causing damage in the billions of dollars. We are slaves to imported oil, and global warming is threatening to destroy the planet.
The political race is tightening –indicating we are a long way from any sort of consensus on how to solve our problems. More gridlock and partisan rancor lie ahead at a time we can't afford either. And foreign trouble spots abound - like Iran…Afghanistan…Georgia… and North Korea.
Here’s my question to you: How confident are you about the future of our country?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Cindy from North Carolina writes:
Jack, I am scared to death. I am so scared that my children will not have a real prosperous future. I am saving for college but will my children be able to get a job in the U.S.? I have my kids studying French and Spanish because I don't know if my kids will be able to survive in the place were they were born and raised.
I will not be confident about the future of this country until after the election. I am so afraid that the racism that permeates this election will make people vote for McCain just to keep an African-American out. You news people seem to be afraid to say this out loud. I, as an African-American female, know the signs. As bad as this economy is, if a white man was running against McCain, it would be all over.
Kevin from Anchorage, Alaska writes:
If America is dumb enough to elect another "Conservative", hands-off, no-regulation Republican who abuses the power of the Presidency, we're screwed.
Mary from Maryland writes:
Americans are not as stupid as Washington seems to believe. Our economy is in grave danger putting the global economy in dire straits. We can thank the greedy, corrupt, got-to-have more corporate hogs and the politicians they lobby and buy.
I have never been so frightened for myself, my family and my country. Bush just skates along and doesn't seem to understand what he has done or caused, by his non-compliance with any of our rules or regulations. He is absurdly ignorant and has no conscience whatsoever.
I'm very confident. Stop whining.