January 18th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Tighten rules for senior citizens who drive?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As snow and ice cover many of the nation's roadways, here's something to think about:

At what point should elderly drivers be taken off the road?
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America Online reports that elderly drivers now make up almost 20 percent of all motorists. And that number is growing as the Baby Boomers age. It's no surprise that one recent survey shows almost one in 10 adults are worried about an older family member driving.

Experts say the top thing is to understand the importance of mobility for the elderly. Driving gives them a huge sense of independence and autonomy.

They suggest if you're worried about a family member's driving, you should take a ride with them and watch. And then, if necessary, have a conversation about it - a sensitive topic, for sure.

Here are some things to look out for when a senior citizen gets behind the wheel:

Stopping in traffic for no reason, difficulty staying in the same lane, getting lost in familiar places, being easily distracted or irritated while driving, difficulty turning around to see when backing up, loss in confidence, other drivers often honking horns and scrapes or dents on the car or garage. Clues, one and all.

There is no specific age when the elderly have to stop driving. But there comes a point when they become a danger to themselves and others.

Many states have special requirements for senior citizens to renew their licenses. Sometimes they have to apply for a renewal more frequently. In some states, they need to retake road or vision tests or renew their license in person, instead of through the mail.

Here’s my question to you: Should the rules be tightened for senior citizens who drive?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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January 18th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Cheney: Obama a one-term president

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

He's ba-aaack.

In his first interview since heart surgery last summer, Dick Cheney says he thinks President Obama will be a one-term president.
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The former vice president - who hasn't exactly been shy about his opinions since leaving office - tells NBC News that Mr. Obama chose a course of action that didn't have as much support as he thought it did.

Cheney points specifically to lack of job creation, deficit spending and big government programs, including health care. He insists there's a lot of support for repealing the health care law.

Cheney also suggests that President Obama has taken lessons from the wisdom of the Bush Administration. He says the president has "learned from experience" that some of his predecessor's decisions on terrorism were necessary. The former veep believes Mr. Obama has changed his tune on a lot of this stuff since he was a candidate.

Things like not being able to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist prison camp. Also, Cheney cites the Obama administration's expanded use of drones in Pakistan. He believes now that he's president, Mr. Obama "found it necessary to be more sympathetic to the kinds of things we did."

So how about Cheney's prediction that President Obama won't get a second term?

A new poll out shows the president's approval rating is up five points since December - and that more Americans think he's a strong leader who can handle a crisis.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll puts Mr. Obama's approval at 53 percent. And what might be most significant here is that the increase comes from the ever-important independent voters.

Also, President Obama's rating at the start of his third year is six points higher than Bill Clinton's was, and a whopping 16 points higher than Ronald Reagan's.

Here’s my question to you: Dick Cheney says President Obama will be a one-term president. Is he right?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


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