March 16th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Best kinds of jobs in recession?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you're looking for a job that's recession proof, here's one where the customers don't talk back. Newsday reports that interest in funeral careers is skyrocketing.

For the most part, the funeral business is recession proof.

The mortuary science program at one Long Island community college has seen inquiries increase by 15 percent in recent months, with enrollment for last fall doubling from the year before. One program official says 80 percent of the graduates are employed in the funeral service industry; and they earn about $50,000 a year after completing a one-year residency.

Human resource experts suggest some other careers worth pursuing during a recession include those in health care, energy, education, public safety, accounting, military and debt collection. Some companies that are actually hiring right now include: Radio Shack, AT&T, Sears, K-Mart, Kindercare Learning Centers and Interim Health Care.

And there's no question a lot of people are looking. The nation's unemployment rate hit 8.2 percent last month; and some fear the jobless rate could reach double digits this year. About 4.4 million jobs have been lost since the recession started in December of 2007.

Meanwhile a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows worries about unemployment have tripled over the last year - with 36 percent of those surveyed now saying unemployment is the top economic issue. A majority of people have lost confidence that they can find a good job at their current salary if they had to.

Here’s my question to you: What are the best kinds of jobs in a recession?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Filed under: Recession
March 16th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Cheney: Obama policies raise risk of terror attack

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney suggests President Obama is endangering the American people by reversing some of the Bush administration's anti-terror policies.

Cheney says some Obama choices raise the terror attack risk.

Speaking to CNN's John King, Cheney said harsh interrogations of terror suspects and the use of warrantless electronic surveillance were "absolutely essential" to get information that prevented more 9/11 like attacks.

He says Mr. Obama "is making some choices, that, in my mind, will, in fact raise the risk to the American people of another attack."
Since taking office, President Obama has announced plans to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, to halt military trials of suspected terrorists there and to make CIA officers follow the Army field manual's rules on interrogations. Critics of the Bush administration have said the so-called "alternative" interrogation techniques amounted to torture; and that the warrantless wiretapping violated laws that were enacted after Watergate.

Meanwhile, a secret 2007 report by the Red Cross suggests treatment of al Qaeda captives constituted "torture." The report alleges detainees were routinely beaten, doused with cold water and slammed head-first into walls during interrogations. At other time, they were stripped of clothing, bombarded with loud music, exposed to cold temperatures, and deprived of sleep and food for days. Some captives say they were forced to stand for days with their arms shackled - wearing only diapers.

You may recall - the Bush White House repeatedly promised that the U.S. "does not torture"...

Here’s my question to you: Is former Vice President Dick Cheney right that Pres. Obama's policies "raise the risk" of a terror attack in the U.S.?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Dick Cheney • President Barack Obama
March 16th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Good idea for Obama admin. to call economy sound?


In the worst recession since the Great Depression, should Obama's staff be saying the economy is sound?(PHOTO CREDIT: OFF/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The White House needs to make up its mind. Sounding a lot like John McCain during the campaign, they said the economy is fundamentally sound over the weekend.

The president's economic adviser, Christina Romer, says the fundamentals are sound "in the sense that the American workers are sound, we have a good capital stock, we have good technology." She adds that this is despite of the "mess" we're temporarily in - including huge job losses and plunging GDP.

After weeks of seeing the economic glass as more than half empty, administration officials, including President Obama himself, are out painting a more positive picture these days. The president says he's confident in the economy - that if we focus on the quote "fundamentally sound aspects of our economy" like the many outstanding companies, workers, innovation, etc. - we will make it through this rough time.

Nonetheless, just a week ago OMB director Peter Orszag said that "fundamentally, the economy is weak." And despite the optimism coming from the White House and Wall Street, there don't seem to be many signs that an end is near for the current recession. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke suggests the recovery won't start until next year.

Here’s my question to you: Is it a good idea for the Obama administration to say the economy is sound despite the worst recession since the Great Depression?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: President Barack Obama • Recession