January 9th, 2009
05:59 PM ET

What Would You Ask Palin?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Sarah Palin is back again. Now she's taking shots at Tina Fey, Katie Couric, John McCain and the media.

The former Vice Presidential candidate gave an exclusive interview to conservative John Ziegler for a documentary on how Barack Obama got elected.

What would you ask the governor?

In it, she lashes out at Tina Fey and Katie Couric for exploiting her during her 12-week odyssey as John McCain's running mate. She said a Saturday Night Live skit crossed the line when Fey, who parodied Palin, said marriage is a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers. It was a reference to Palin's then-pregnant and unmarried daughter.

Palin blamed the McCain campaign for the often referenced interview with CBS news anchor Katie Couric in which Palin couldn't name the newspapers she reads. She says it's all McCain's fault for granting additional access after the first interview with Couric went poorly. Poorly is an understatement. Palin came off as functionally illiterate.

Today Palin's office released a statement accusing the media of taking her statements out of context to, "create adversarial situations." She also says the media would have gone easier on her and her family if she'd been on the Democratic ticket. It should be noted that the conservative Ziegler went pretty easy on Palin, refusing to ask any difficult questions including, for example, what newspaper do you read, Governor?

Here’s my question to you: Is there anything you'd like to ask Sarah Palin?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Sarah Palin • US News Media
January 9th, 2009
04:59 PM ET

$3.4B Homeland Security Complex Approved: What does it mean?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In the midst of a recession, the federal government announced plans to build a massive headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.

The 3.4 billion dollar construction project will be one of the largest in the Washington, D.C. area since the Pentagon was built in the 1940s.

St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.

But this comes at a time of economic crisis. President-elect Barack Obama has issued a dire warning about the economy and has vowed to slash the federal budget.

So does the Department of Homeland Security really need a complex on a 176- acre site perched on a hill with panoramic views of the nation's capitol? Currently the department's 14,000 employees are scattered all across the Washington, D.C. area. Maybe the problem is just bad timing?

The location is on the grounds of St. Elizabeth's Hospital, a national landmark because it's where the first federal psychiatric institution was established in 1852.You can do your own joke here.

Historic preservationists have spent years arguing that the project will ruin the site and the National Park Service is still opposed.

It's not a done deal quite yet. The project still needs approval from Congress. If it moves forward, construction, which would last until 2016, would create 26,000 jobs.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that a $3.4 billion federal construction project can get approved during an economic crisis?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Spending • US Federal Government
January 9th, 2009
03:42 PM ET

How Bad Will the Economy Get?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In 2008, the United States lost more than 2.5 million jobs. That's more jobs than were lost than in any year since 1945. The losses accelerated during the final four months of the year once the credit crisis hit. Unemployment now stands at 7.2 percent, and there is more to come. This afternoon Boeing announced it plans to cut 4,500 jobs.

How bad can it get?

And many people who still have jobs are facing shorter hours and pay cuts.

The automobile industry is in crisis. Retail sales are awful. In fact, some stores, like Macy's, will be closing some of their locations.

Consumer confidence is at an all time low. It's like a dog chasing its tail. People are worried about loosing their jobs so they aren't spending money. Or they simply don't have money to spend. If customers aren't buying, businesses can't turn a profit and pay their employees so they have to cut jobs. Then the cycle begins anew.

Things are on their way from bad to worse.

A dire warning from President-elect Obama yesterday: If nothing is done, the recession could go on for years.

Here’s my question to you: How much worse do you expect the economy to get before it begins to recover?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Economy • US Economy