May 17th, 2010
05:33 PM ET

What's behind precipitous decline in America's morality?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The U.S. isn't only headed for bankruptcy when it comes to our finances... it looks like we could be going morally bankrupt too.

A new Gallup poll paints a depressing picture of the state of our moral values in the U.S.

45 percent of those surveyed describe morality in this country as "poor"... only 15 percent - fewer than one in five– say "excellent or good."

These numbers rank among the worst in this poll over the last decade.

The survey also shows 76 percent of Americans say moral values in the U.S. are getting worse... only 14 percent say they're getting better.

So what's wrong with us?

Poll respondents give many examples when it comes to how moral values are getting worse. From the disrespect of others to parents not teaching their children good values; from dishonesty among government and business leaders to rising crime, loss of religion, breakdown of the family structure; and people not being accountable for their own behavior. No one's responsible for anything anymore. Everybody's a victim.

And believe it or nor this is one thing all political parties agree on... neither Republicans, Democrats nor independents give positive ratings of moral values.

It's a crying shame that in this great, free country where anything is possible, we as a society have such a negative view of how we behave and how we treat each other. It's hard to imagine how we can come together to solve our problems... if we have such a poor opinion of the next guy.

Here’s my question to you: What's behind a precipitous decline in America's morality?

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Filed under: United States
May 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Washington's response to exploding federal deficits?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The scariest part about the financial crisis plaguing Greece and other parts of Europe... is whether the United States is next.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/17/art.geithner.jpg caption="Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner"]
Much like Greece, we're drowning in exploding deficits: the Treasury Department says that the U.S. has now posted budget deficits for 19 months in a row.

Even more ominous is the fact that in April alone - the U.S. deficit was nearly $83 billion... almost four times as much the deficit for April 2009. Since April is the tax filing deadline... the month historically shows a surplus, not a deficit.

Overall - the deficit for this year is expected to be $1.5 trillion; and the national debt stands at more than $12 trillion.

So it's not surprising people are starting to draw a line between what's happening in Greece - and our own future.

The head of the Bank of England warns the U.S. faces the same problems as Greece. With our "very large fiscal deficit," he says it's important for governments to have a clear plan on how to reduce these deficits.

And of course, that's the crux of the problem. None of our leaders wants to make the tough decisions to either raise taxes or cut spending. They're afraid it will cost them votes.

The White House's top budget official says although the U.S. isn't in "imminent danger" of a crisis like Greece, U.S. lawmakers need to act quickly.

But we have an election in November. So our answer is to sit around waiting for that toothless bipartisan debt commission to come forward with its proposals - that Congress doesn't need to act on - by December. Just one of many reasons to throw the incumbents out - all of them.

Here’s my question to you: What is Washington doing about our exploding federal deficits?

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Filed under: Washington