August 3rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Sarah Palin & Donald Trump answer to country's problems?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With the 2012 election sneaking ever closer, there's still a chance Sarah Palin and Donald Trump might throw their hats in the ring. Which would tend to fit nicely with the political insanity we've been experiencing the past couple of weeks.

Trump says he would consider running for president if the economy continues to be bad and if the Republicans pick the wrong candidate. Trump would be the wrong candidate.

Nevertheless, he tells CNBC he would give it "very, very serious thought," adding, "there are so many people wanting me to do it." That list would fit on a cocktail napkin.

We've been here before. Trump flirted with the idea in the past, including this year, before deciding against it. At the time, he blamed many of the economy's problems on "foolish leaders" who let countries like China steal American jobs.

As for Sarah Palin, she'll be keeping herself in the spotlight when she headlines a tea party rally near Des Moines, Iowa, over Labor Day weekend.

The "I quit after half a term" former governor of Alaska says the U.S. needs a "restoration of all that is good and strong and free,” whatever that means.

The September appearance will mark Palin's second in Iowa this year. In late June, she and her husband, Todd, attended the premiere of the pro-Palin documentary "The Undefeated."

Meanwhile, turns out that film has been soundly defeated at the box office. The movie, which opened nationwide mid-July, earned a lousy $5,000 this past weekend, the worst performance yet. The popcorn stand at the theater took in more.

Palin recently said she plans to decide about 2012 in late August or September. God help us.

Here’s my question to you: Are Sarah Palin and Donald Trump the answer to the country's problems?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Donald Trump • Sarah Palin
August 3rd, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Illegal aliens leaving U.S., returning to Mexico for better life?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In case you needed it, here's yet another sign of just how bad the economy is:
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Illegal aliens are leaving the United States and returning to Mexico in search of a better life.

You heard that right. One Mexican official tells the Sacramento Bee that Mexico has "become a middle class country" where it's now easier to buy homes on credit, get higher education and find a job."

Not so here in the U.S. where the employment picture remains grim. Just today came announcements from Cisco and Goldman Sachs that they're cutting thousands of jobs.

Plus - a report from payroll processor ADP shows that although the private sector added jobs in July, growth is below what's needed for a steady recovery.

Meanwhile - As we wait for the monthly jobs report Friday, consider this: Mexico's unemployment rate is 4.9%... compared to 9.2% in the U.S. You do the math.

It's estimated that about 300,000 illegal aliens have left California alone since 2008.

Experts say the weaker U.S. economy along with rising deportations and tougher border enforcement means fewer illegal aliens. But - there have also been significant improvements in Mexico's society.

Its economy is growing at 4-5% and, according to the UN, Mexico's average standard of living - which includes things like health, education and per capita income - is higher than in Russia, China and India.

Turns out Mexicans might just have better luck of achieving the American Dream south of the border.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say that illegal aliens are leaving the U.S. and returning to Mexico in search of a better life?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Immigration • Mexico