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February 23, 2010

Larry King Live Tonight!

Posted: 08:11 PM ET

The latest on the search for the former ‘Growing Pains’ star who has been missing over a week. His sister and a longtime friend sit down with Larry. Do they suspect foul play?

And, last night Larry talked to Shaun White. Tonight he talks to another Olympic champion... Evan Lysacek! He’s the first American to win gold in men’s figure skating in over two decades!

Plus, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Gov. Bill Richardson debate the future of American politics. Can both parties work together to get things done?

Do YOU think our government is broken beyond repair?

Let us know!

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AlphaPoe1   February 23rd, 2010 8:27 pm ET

As far as both parties working together to get things done, very unlikely, but we're all hoping and waiting. To get things done, both parties have to put the American people first and want to help those who need help through no fault of their own. One of the two parties doesn't care about the American people as much as they care how much is in their bank accounts and how high their taxes are. That's comes first to them. I don't think I need to state which party that is.


LOGICAL Dave W. Dawson   February 23rd, 2010 8:45 pm ET

*** DRAGGING YOUR GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE CLOSET FIXES THINGS .... ***
We've a goog idea what they're staying stuck in the closet with.
There are 2 parts to the AMERICAN DREAM;
a) AMERICA stuck in the closet.
b) AMERICA dragged out of the closet.
It might get VERY UNSPOOKY America, so make sure your Cable TV billing is renegotiated based an STEAMY POPULARITY.


LOGICAL Dave W. Dawson   February 23rd, 2010 8:46 pm ET

*** DRAGGING YOUR GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE CLOSET FIXES THINGS .... ***
We've a good idea what they're staying stuck in the closet with.
There are 2 parts to the AMERICAN DREAM;
a) AMERICA stuck in the closet.
b) AMERICA dragged out of the closet.
It might get VERY UNSPOOKY America, so make sure your Cable TV billing is renegotiated based an STEAMY POPULARITY.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 23rd, 2010 8:54 pm ET

I'm disappointed that Dick Cheney has survived yet another heart attack. Perhaps he is made to suffer a great deal more for pushing America into a needless war in Iraq which has cost 4,379 American soldiers lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraq civilians lives and more than enough taxpayer money for Universal Health Care for all Americans.

I'm disappointed that President Obama has blocked the US Justice Dept. from issuing a charge of War Crimes against Bush jr's two former attorneys who in their report grievously judicially errored when they OK'd the use of torture based on a UN treaty that was never ratified.

Sometimes I wish there was a special place in Hades as depicted in Dante's Inferno for evil people like Dick Cheney. Unfortunately, I believe there is nothing but the recycle bin for such evil people where they are pushed and placed, never to be part of Creation ever again.


Brian   February 23rd, 2010 10:11 pm ET

We have a broken government....CONGRESS...why....to many in Congress have their own personal agenda of getting re-elected...Feds, Congress in specifically, has lost the intent of a checks and balancing democratic government. They are more concerned with watching American's fail and the country slip from grace! We are suppose to be an example...I think others [countries] see the example of not being like us! Being a democracy has too many issues.


christie   February 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm ET

The Fix

There recently was an article in the St. Petersburg Fl. Times.. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on: "How Would You Fix the Economy?"
I think this guy nailed it! _____

Dear Mr. President,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's Economy.

Instead of giving Billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the "Patriotic Retirement Plan":

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.

) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

It can't get any easier than that!!

P.S.. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress pay their taxes...

Mr. President, while you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

If not, please disregard


nm   February 23rd, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Do you think the broken government is the fault of the baby boomers? Compare how Reagan and Tip O'Neill worked together to that of Boomers Clinton and Gingrich. Things got hyper partisan when the boomers took control of government.


Barb   February 23rd, 2010 10:19 pm ET

NOT broken, but Obama needs to do what Bush/Cheney did.......

They did.............
whatever the heck they wanted and said "so what" when
asked any questions........


Cate O'Donnell from Minneapolis   February 23rd, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Pawlenty is one to talk. When he first took office, Jesse had left him with a surplus of funds. Because of his partisan spending, we now have a 5 billion dollar deficit. He vetoes state bills that promote health care aide, education and any others that support the average citizens and their families.

Ask him how much money he spent in 2006 shuttling Republicans in and out of the state to promote Repub candidates in MN. I figure the cost to Minnesotans was approx. 1/2 billion dollars. There are many other issues that you need to explore about this demon.

Also, he's never in MN doing the job he was elected to do. He's always campaiging for the 2012 presidency now.

Most Minnesotans want to see him out. We HATE him and will be glad to see him go.

Stand by Americans, this guy is a bigger snake than George W is.
Personally, I don't think he has a chance in Hell of being nominated for pres. but hope non Minnesotans can see through him.

Cate O'Donnell


George   February 23rd, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Not very prudent of our media to auspiciously engage this “broken government” issue shortly after a middle aged white male attempts to make the same point using questionable means for which any other country in the world would have condemned as a terrorist act. We are not so blind as to not see this double standard. We will never be the great nation we once were if our media doesn’t get it right. I hope our readers and listeners are smarter than this and able to discern


Audrey Ruttura   February 23rd, 2010 10:23 pm ET

No our government is not broken-however our politicians are.
What part of- if you don't have it, you don't spend it- don't they understand. Our politicitians are like kids who just received their first credit card.


marie jones   February 23rd, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I have Larry on in the background and just heard steven baldwin say he was with a large group of young people who are worried about big government and not for health care reform..... no mystery there. god willing no one needs healthcare when their young.

Seriously


Mary   February 23rd, 2010 10:26 pm ET

I am so tired of hearing pundits say that the American people spoke last summer against Obama's health care. DO NOT, Bay Buchanan, lump me in with those ignorant, uninformed people who yelled and screamed in town meetings egged on by Republicans. I am so tired of Republicans, and moderate Democrats, trying to derail everything Obama tries to do. I am sitting here with no health care because of a pre-existing condition that is not life threatening. I can't afford to get my husbands health care and I get turned down for private insurance. What am I supposed to do? SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING to change this broken system–this broken bi-partisan-"I just want to be re-elected" government.


Luke Urice   February 23rd, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Government is Not broken. I believe we just got a jobs bill through right? And this Thursday we will force the Part of No to sit down and agree to something, maybe.? Maybe we keep saying government is broke and we force government to show&prove that it is Not broken.

A.Smith, Oregon, Hey nobody likes Cheney but you shouldn't talk like that. Karma! I think Obama doing a great job and at least the torture use was brought to light and things have changed in that arena because we now stress that we do not torture period.

Brian yeah thats why independents and tea parties have been getting so much attention lately. They decide who wins in the end and so politicians try to cater to them, Republicans trying to rule tea party and unite them as Republicans. Got Palin trying to do that for them. lol. lol. lol


Gwen   February 23rd, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Polls are not accurate. Nor were the gatherings at town hall meetings a reflection of the nation (they were just the loudest). The people who are most affected by a lack of insurance are working two or three part time jobs and don't have time to attend meetings. Or they're out of work and don't have phones to answer polls.


Sara   February 23rd, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Larry, why are you putting people like Stephen Baldwin on to talk about fixing Healthcare? He isn't worried about fixing healthcare because he can afford to continue to pay his insurance and doesn't have to worry about not having any! And I'm tired of everybody jumping on TV and stating that Brown won in Massachusetts because the American people wanted to send a message – how about "maybe the person he was running against wasn't right for the job" which is how I see it. But what do I know – I'm just an "average" self-employed, not getting any help from anybody, struggling "Joe" that everybody keeps speaking for. WE NEED JOBS so we can pay for our homes and healthcare. Why don't you start interviewing the people who are living the problem and not the people who don't have a clue!


justinnitsul   February 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm ET

First of all, Baldwin needs to keep hi stiny nose out of politics. Obviosuly, the Republicans are getting desparate so now they are hiring more Hollywood Actors like a Company trying to establish Brand Imaging. Secondly, It is about time the Democrats shown some spine. We all know that this bill isn't perfect but that is what legislaters are there for. They will just have to ammend the bill as needed to make it fit. I hope people don't get scared by Republican tactics of control and that we remain skeptical enough to keep Democrats honest. The republicans got a long way to go to get back to Reagenism and that is why they are loosing. They have exhibited ignorance, weakness, and dishonor. America is about none of those things. America is the home of the Free, the Brave, and the TRUE!!!! So rather than try to create all of this fake drama the Republicans need to be more like Scott Brown. They also need To tell Mitt Romney not to say anymore than is absolutely needed because speaking is not hsi strong point. So you know I am Independant and have never voted any other way, PERIOD....


Henya, Ca   February 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Hello Larry,
We need health Care Reform I agree with Peter and 100% and leave our President alone already he is doing a fantastic job, I’m hoping that our President stop accommodating to the party of NO and just let them filibuster, then we will see how people will really vote
This is all I have to say to the nuts in that party I’m so done with them ,


Odell L Price   February 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I am astonished that the republican party that lost the election in the House, Senate and the Presidency think that they can put forward an agenda directing the Country's direction. The President campaigned on Health care reform for the country and was elected by a sizable majority so how are republicans getting away with saying the American people don't want Health reform. Some Americans have changed their minds based on disinformation spread by Republicans
Death Panels, Government Takeover of Health Care, Cutting Medicare,
Gov. clerks determining your health treatment, None of which is part of the Senate or House Bills. The Town meetings during the summer were a joke most of the screaming attendees had medicare cards in their pockets and were not representative of the majority of Americans that voted for Change.


KELLY   February 23rd, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Being a Canadian with health care that i never even have to think about, i really cant understand what the republicans are talking about! They spent all of last year LYING about our health care system and tryed to envoke fear of the worst kind in americans, and yet they claim to be speaking for the people! As an outsiderlooking in Republicans are Crazy!! I will keep my Canadian Government run Health care any day!!!!! oh and FYI, there is NOONE between me and my doctor!!


S. Haynes   February 23rd, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Every day the media gives statistics from the "public opinion". But where and actually who are they surveying? I live in a predominately urban neighborhood a low to middle class area and I know the majority of the people living in my community does not agree with these polls that are published daily. i.e. President Obama's healthcare plan, stimulus, etc. Many people are actulally in favor of his plans, but understand the "red tape" that is interfering with his plans. Where is the diversity in these Tea Party gatherings? The Republican Party does very little to attract or establish talking points with people of color. It seems as though they don't care if minorities are included in their policy makings and have failed to establish relationships with the black community. One of the reasons why so many people were involved in the politcal process in this last election was that everyone felt that they really mattered and had a voice. In the words of Dr. Cornel West "You can't lead the people if you don't love the people. And you can't save the people if you don't serve the people".


Ted Dayton   February 23rd, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Is the government broken? It's a rhetorical question – of course it is – you would not ask if you also didn't think so. But that is not why I am writing.
I am writing about the make-up of guest panels I often see on LKL which nearly always include some celebrity who we are to accept as knowledgeable on the topic of the moment. In the case of this evening's show, Steven Baldwin was opposite Bay Buchanan and two others. It is difficult to take these discussions seriously when people like him are included. I have nothing at all against Mr. Baldwin, but the strategy to attract viewers who are more interested in who's on than what's being discussed is obvious. During the short time I watched, he seemed no more qualified – or interesting –than people I run into every single day who voice their opinions about the issues of the day. I do understand the CNN is not really in the news business, but is really in the ad-selling business, and that there are certain realities associated.
But really, Steven Baldwin?

Thanks. Ted in Valencia, CA


Vange   February 23rd, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Town hall meetings? Republicans were in panic mode. Even Louisianna governor went on TV and rambled crap. Since Obama was elected the first 6 months republicans were suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. Im Canadian and Love politics. Saying that I've never seen a president receive so much disrespect from the opposite party. All the outbursts and negativity towards not only Obama but the office of the presidency. This fall I strongly believe Republicans are going to lose quite a few seats.


James31   February 23rd, 2010 10:54 pm ET

@christie,
I like your idea but a couple of problems. How many would pay off their mortgage and then turn around and take out an equity loan. A good idea but it makes the assumption everyone receiving the million would manage their money wisely, something that is obviously a challenge to many.

@mary,
I think people in your situation should be a priority. Perhaps moving the bill forward in steps would be better and one of the first steps would be to simply pass that no one can be turned down for a pre-existing condition. Something such as that is more important than doing away with the donut hole; at least those folks have medical coverage and even some drug coverage.


James31   February 23rd, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Lysacek is a great representative for the US. I feel sorry for the Russian skater; I'm sure it's difficult for Russia to accept their declining success in the Olympics. But Lysacek gave the better performance overall.


Kenneth Dunkley   February 23rd, 2010 11:19 pm ET

Larry,

On the topic of the US Government being broken. The system will always be broken. The country was OK with the Bush policies which creates the recession but the expectation is that the new President should repair the damage in one year. When you stimulate the economy there is always a one to two year lagging in job creation.
The health care bill implimentation will be the best thing every happen in the USA. I live in Canada and adore our heath care system.
If the health care bill get pass the counrty will love and thank Mr Obama government when he is out of office. The USA is demonstrating to other countries that "Democratic sytem equal to Division' which means broken government.


Barb   February 23rd, 2010 11:23 pm ET

Bay Buch is a trained bulldog with "all the answers" as produced and directed by her CPac/Fox/Brother Pat. Baldwin, ah, a rocket scientist, forward thinking problem solver, too....Right......
Bay Buchanan and her ilk would like for us to think the
Tea Bag summer campers spontaneously appeared on the scene.
Ha ha. The majority were culled out of their communities, people who think they are being pushed out by the blacks, the Jews,the so called liberals. The devisive tactics of some Conservatives, Beck,Limbaugh,Buchanan,Cheeeeeeeeney, etc. are killing all of us, literally.......... They are waxing rich while their Tea Bag Party pawns get poorer.
How about some real problem solvers, Larry.
In the words of Bill Maher, we are stupider than ever, Larry cannot seem to gather a group of intelligent folks willing to discuss!


marina   February 23rd, 2010 11:24 pm ET

ABOUT FIGURE SKATING:
Evan Lycacek won gold only because judgment helped him!
Silver Place Evgenii Plushenko’s skating was stronger and better than Evan’s!!!
Plushenko must got GOLD! Oh, whose judges!
We'd seen this before. In 2002 Irina Slutskaya unfairly was placed second in the short program so that Sarah Hughes could get a better shot at winning the gold.
And could you imagine – Sarah Hughes with her simple program won gold instead of Irina Slutskaya!
Is it a cold war on ice? There is no honest place on the Earth!!! Especially in Vancouver!


marina   February 23rd, 2010 11:52 pm ET

ABOUT FIGURE SKATING:
In a few years' time nobody will remember Lysacek while Plushenko would go down in history as one of the greatest of all time. That's prejudice. Plushenko is a real champion. Evgenii Plushenko also had a lot of traumas but HE (Pushenko) did quad!!! And Lysacek didn’t!!!
You can't be considered a true men's champion without a quad!!!


James31   February 23rd, 2010 11:59 pm ET

@marina,
The quad was the only really good thing about Plushenko. Perhaps you should revisit his performance as several of his landings were off although he was able to save them. "Can't be a champion without a quad" is the soundbite floating around, but it sounds like a sore loser. Plushenko will go down was one of the greatest of all time. Perhaps Lysacek will also; time will tell. There's room for both.


Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 24th, 2010 12:57 am ET

@A.Snith Oregon

Hi. . A happy morning for me.
Hope it's a good nite for you.

A cat has nine lives.
Dick Cheney has survived 6 heart attacks.
Will he be like the cat?
Imagine having heart attack in his 30s and still surving 30 years later.
It must be true grit

Wonder why not much ado about Charlie Sheen as compared to Tiger Woods.
He also has been sent for rehab.
he bashed is wife, which is worse.
Is it because he is white?


rich sottilaro   February 24th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Once again we have to educate the republicans on the TRUTH!! Keep lying about the american people not wanting health care reform because the real polls not the tea bag idiot movement is what tells us that in fact most americans want health care reform!! The only ones not wanting it are the ones backing and speaking up for the broken health care system we have had for decades. Remember my fellow republican partisans you can't lie about anything without the educated voter realizing it!! There is no reason on this earth WHY this bill wasn't passed 6 months ago under reconciliation!! Forget about republicans record filibusters too!

rich sottilaro
nj


John Martiain   February 24th, 2010 1:20 am ET

Let Sanders, Paul, Kucinich, and Waters stay. The rest feck off to the private sector; remember though , we're watching. Punks!


rich sottilaro   February 24th, 2010 1:28 am ET

One more thing Larry.. Mr. Baldwin needs a lesson in hypocrisy!! He is talking about how 25 year olds some of which attended the CPAC deb-ogle are concerned about the debt thrust upon them when in fact most people in the room are responsible for the mounting debt!! Under Bush II the deficit went up 89% and under Reagan 189%!! So what are you talking about!! All these people at the CPAC rah rah rally voted right along for anyting Bush proposed and especially de regulation which we all know is the cause of most if not all of problems to date!! Stop lying it doesn't work except for tea baggers!!

rich
nj


Anna   February 24th, 2010 1:34 am ET

Yes, I am one of those that believes the government is broken, because we have an entire group of people who are sitting on their butts and not doing anything. No matter what people say, the GOP is a NO party. I don't see that the people are against the Democratics, but against anyone who is a present incumbent. Look at McCain, he is in the fight of his life. PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF OUR CONGRESS AND SENATE THINKING ABOUT THEIR REELECTIONS RATHER THAN WHAT IS BEST FOR THE COUNTRY. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WORKING FOR US. Russ Limbaugh, and Glen Beck and the rest would not be doing what they are doing if they were making a great deal of money doing it. None of them are well educated, none have held a political office, and are nothing but performers looking for rating. They are both reformed addicts, and have believe in separation of the different groups of people What scares me, and I have witnessed 14 president's administration, is that people actually believe these people without really checking their facts. God help us all. If Obama is not reelected, what will their platform be then???? THINK ABOUT THAT PEOPLE. THEY ARE NOT FOR YOU AND ME, THEY ARE FOR THEMSELVES, AND LIKE LISTENING TO THEMSELVES TALK. OUR GOVERNMENT NEEDS OUR HELP, NOT FAILURE, IF IT FAILS WE ALL FAIL. DON'T ANY OF YOU GET THAT???


Anna   February 24th, 2010 1:39 am ET

I would like to some more thoughts. I just heard that Sarah Palin's grandchild gets socialized medical care. THIS IS FROM A WOMAN WHO TALKED SO AGAINST THIS KIND OF CARE. SO IT IS OK FOR HER FAMILY, BUT NOT FOR THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT. My son-in-law just lost a job he had for 20 years, because of the lost of construction work, his wife, my daughter has MS, and if she loses her hospitalization, because of a pre-existing condition, she will not be able to get coverage. THEY BOTH HAVE WORKED HARD ALL THEIR LIVES, RIGHT NOW SHE IS WORKING THREE JOBS, AND THROUGH NO FAULT OF HER OWN, MIGHT NO HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE SHE DESPERATELY NEEDS, AND WHICH IS REALLY SAVING MONEY AS SHE DOES EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PREVENT HERSELF FROM GETTING WORSE, SHE DOES PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE. WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE SAY ABOUT PEOPLE LIKE THIS. You all have good jobs making big bucks and know nothing about what is going on out there. There but for the grace of God go any one of you.


Nelson   February 24th, 2010 1:46 am ET

No question, just a statement. All levels of govt have been broken for a long time. I worked for the state of NJ since 1975. Anticipated Revenue was always based low-balled expenditures. The main drains on the system is educaton, police and prisons. All are unouchable because their unions are too strong for the state to fight. The costs of illegal immigrants for education & healthcare are killing the system. Also, the untaxed, cash income of the illegal immigrants compounds the problem. I was an auditor for the state and retired very early because it was a no win situation. Scores of idetified problems but always a reason why the problems can't be fixed. Too many takers and not enough contributors. If the government was a spouse with a credit card, the card would be closed or the spouse shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IT CAN'T BE FIXED AS LONG AS WE STICK TO THE ORIGINAL OUT-DATED CONSTITUTON. THE WRITERS OF THE CONSTITUTION WERE NOT DEALING WITH A PIPELINE OF 'HUMAN' SEWERAGE FLOODING OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As an American, I hate to put this in writing.


Barb   February 24th, 2010 1:47 am ET

Yup,
All the Congressman Senators, Governors, stop taking the
Goverment care, medicare, healthcare until we, the underemployed, unemployed, and struggling small business owners can buy in to Medicare! I am not asking for a freebie, just let me have access to what you all get FREE!
Governor Pallin needs to
take care of those babies herself. Thanks to her
following she has book royalties IN ADDITION to her
GOVERMENT CHECKS!
GIVE IT BACK, SARAH/


Barb   February 24th, 2010 1:51 am ET

Yup, Anna is right !!!
All the Congressman Senators, Governors, stop taking the
Goverment care, medicare, healthcare until we, the underemployed, unemployed, and struggling small business owners can buy in to Medicare! I am not asking for a freebie, just let me have access to what you all get FREE!
Governor Pallin needs to
take care of those babies herself. Thanks to her
following she has book royalties IN ADDITION to her
GOVERMENT CHECKS!
GIVE IT BACK, SARAH/ BB


Michael Lock   February 24th, 2010 1:53 am ET

I think, democratic governance has reach a peak in the 20th century. But psychology of "leadership" will pull us back into the stone age. I believe our society (world society) rewards bullies, (rich people using their money as a clubs) who are only interested in their personal desires. Our leaders are often addicted to power and some of them are borderline sociopaths. Therefore we should get them into rehab. ASAP


Isoline   February 24th, 2010 1:54 am ET

I am sick of the Republicans. They care nothing about the Am. people. If the gov. does not spend money how is the country going to get out of the condition it's in. President Obama sincerely wants to work for the people. But the rep. block everything. Their fight is against the Pres. Rep. are not thinking about the people.. How can any one expect the Pres. to fix everything in a year. The Rep. was in power for 8 yrs. they left the country in a mess. How come they have the answer now. They want to lead but they are not the one in power. They need to come together for the good of the country, The rep. are the ones spilling poison and rallying the people against the Pres. I have never seen anything like this. I.K.


Isoline   February 24th, 2010 2:04 am ET

I dont know about a broken government. But something is seriously wrong. you can feel it in the atmosphere. The republicans need to stop all the negative talking. Words have creative power


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loxleychase   February 24th, 2010 3:31 am ET

The system is run by a group of adults who function like children so yes the system is broken and has been for a long time. Government officials are not honest and have a difficult time facing reality. Both sides function with this cognitive dissidence which in my opinion is the same as a delusion. The more you try to get a delusional person to face facts the stronger their delusions. Why don't we look at the waste that is going on in government spending and take the waste and use it for the good of the people. Example, several years ago, Ken Star I believe was his name spent millions of dollars peeping into Clinton's bedroom and while the whole country was focused on this trash the terrorists were plotting 911. How stupid can we be to allow something like 911 while we spend our time, energy and resoruces bashing the then democratic president. How stupid can we be to keep taxing the poor, small businesses and then wonder why businesses are going for outsourcing? Big businesses let alone small businesses can't even afford to pay benefits to their employees because they are taxed to death. The only option for some companies to stay alive is to outsource. Lastly, but not really just that I am done, the republican party should go somewhere and sit down. In 2002 Bush went against the people in this country and the rest of the world including the United Nations and the Pope and waged a war with Iraq costing billions on "weapons of mass destruction" which no one has ever found in Iraq. So how can Republicans say anything about Obama's heath care bill? This bill is for the American people. How can a country as great as this one have its own citizens walking around without health care. And to assume that people don't want to work and therfore should not have healthcare is outright ignorant. There are enough jobs out here for every American who wants to work. Are we saying that even those who have worked all of their life but now due to the economy ,which was screwed up by Bush , do not deserve healthcare? If this country would look at the waste that goes on there would be money to pay for health care for every American and it would cost less that the waste that goes on in government spending.

The solution as I see it is that we need to begin to teach logic and reason in elementary school thru college so that our future leaders will be prepared to make wise and ethical decisions. And until we ldo this the system will stay broken.


AlphaPoe1   February 24th, 2010 4:02 am ET

The republicans have to STOP LYING and stop repeating that America doesn't want healthcare reform. Tens of millions DO WANT healthcare reform, and we wanted and needed it YESTERDAY, as many of us are older, get sick, and are UNINSURED due to the ridiculous cost of the insurance as it is today and due to pre-existing conditions. THAT MEANS THE PRESENT SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK. THAT MEANS WE DO WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN IT, AND WE WANT AND NEED IT NOW.


Jay   February 24th, 2010 4:34 am ET

Ask Pawlenti to answer the question not the incredibly selfish interpretation!!! Corpratists can just sit on corp money & defile teamwork till we do things their way reinterpreting principle, reinventing paper money as we go.!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hannah   February 24th, 2010 5:51 am ET

Who made celebrities sooo knowledgeable? Steven Baldwin, Bill Maher even Joy Behar thinks she knows it all. Bill Maher thinks he's God even though he doesn't believe in him. If they know so much–then why don't they run & then we would see how well they'd do.


LOGICAL Dave W. Dawson   February 24th, 2010 6:43 am ET

*** THE GODS OF WAR MUST HAVE THEIR PLAY .... ***
But at what cost America & Britain ?????? ?????? ??????
AUSTERITY CAN'T AFFORD DRAMA QUEENS.
The Fonz(Henry Winkler) will tell you that COOL IS NOT DRAMA QUEENS.
And when Drama Queens wear Military luniforms?
They use Drama Queen munitions & Drama Queen ordinance.
Just remember who doesn't do DRAMA QUEEN.
DRAMA QUEENS LOSE FRIENDS – REGULARLY.
STILL SPOILING FOR WAR?
WHERE DID DIPLOMACY GO?
SO UNCOOL AMERICA NEEDS A COOL GOVERNMENT INSTEAD ....


marina   February 24th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

@James31,
The quad costs 10X more than all elements from Lysacek program (if the judgment is normal)!
Otherwise – Why Lysacek didn’t do the QUARD? Maybe he just didn’t want to do IT? OR – was afraid of something…


Shirley Williamson   February 24th, 2010 3:09 pm ET

Hi Larry, I watch your show every night and I love it. I have been laid off of my job for 4.5 years and the Bush administration has not helped at all. I worked for 18 years on that one job and had excellent credit and now every thing I had is gone. At that time you could only get 6 months of unemployment and that didn't help a lot .I will be 60 years old in May of this year I sold realestate until the market dropped to the bottom and and worked other little odd job. But when you get a certain age people just want hire you anymore.The REPUBLICAN HAD EIGHT YEARS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN FOR HELP CARE BUT THEY DIDN'T. AND NOW THEY SAY LET START OVER. THAT IS A JOKE DON'T YOU THINK?


Eddie Cole   February 26th, 2010 3:37 am ET

I don't think both parties will be able to work together. Many of them can't get around the fact that President OBAMA first of is BLACK! And even an American citizen. This health plan would provide people who cannot afford heath care the posibility to live, survivie and work! You don't have to be a brain surgeon to realize that! But as we hurdle this historic movement there are those republican right wing conservatives that have a "I told you so" theory....They don't want the President to be success....just because he exist. Of course the "American People" need the health plan! We need to help the people who need help in our country. But we see how "they" think.....and they're working to keep us down, & dying....


loxleychase   February 26th, 2010 4:19 am ET

How sad it is that the two parties can not work together. This is a perfect example of cognitive disidence or more realistically delusional thinking mainly on the part of the Republican Party. How can the Republicans accuse anyone of trying to ram something down the people's throat that they don't want. Most Americans want health care reform. The ones who don't want it or those who don't need it because they can afford to pay their own healthcare.

More interesting is that in 2003 Bush went up against the United Nations, the Pope and the rest of the country and the world with the Iraq war on the pretense of "weapons of mass destruction" and spent billions of the tax payers dollars and as well killed thousands of our children and millions of innocent Iraq citizens. Still no weapons of mass destruction. And I am not against Republicans but I am questioning how they can even face the nation after the Iraq thing. Health Care is something that this country needs. We did not need the Iraq thing.

And yes I believe that we need to defend our country and keep it's citizens safe from the dangers out there but why did we spend millions of dollars peeping in Clinton's bedroom while the terrorist were plotting the 911 attack. We waste so much money doing stupid things and if we clean up the waste we can then afford health care and much much more for the citizens of this country.

We need to start teaching logic and reasoning in elementary thru college so that the next generation of leaders can "think."


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