Comment of the Day
"I can't believe that I have to read an article about elected officials asking permission of a nonelected outsider whether or not they can vote their conscience. Isn't this a kind of 'taxation without representation?' Norquist should run for office if he wants to make American policy. Or, I guess he doesn't have to? Who else is behind the secret curtain that the GOP bows to?–helpme911
Anti-tax-increase lobbyist Grover Norquist told the Washington Post's editorial board that legislators voting to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire would not be breaking their tax pledges. Democrats saw his comments as a way out of the debt-ceiling impasse, giving Republicans "permission" to let the Bush tax breaks expire. Many CNN.com readers agreed.
KaptainKhaos said, "OK, Guys in the GOP, one more time: Let go of the Bush tax cuts. They were crazy and irresponsible back in 2001. That was before the war. We spent our asses off in the last 10 years, GOP and Democrats both. As for you in the tea party: the credit card is maxed out; we can't just not pay. Let's get together and pay the tab and just try to make sure this never happens again."
pankster said, "C'mon Teabaggers, even your demi-god Grover Norquist thinks you've gone too far. Get out of the GOP already, you are destroying the party and ensuring single party rule for the Democrats."
Readers questioned why the cuts should be extended if they did not fulfill their purpose. Dale2000 asked, "The Bush tax cuts have been in place for 10 years ... have they worked yet?" celtic61 replied, "Tax rates for the wealthy are currently lower than any time since 1928. The fed and states are broke. Hmmmm, doesn't take a rocket scientist."
msemon said, "Where are the jobs the Bush tax credit was supposed to create? We should have created millions or jobs instead of losing them. It was a gimme for the rich and corporations. Little trickled down. Norquist and his anti-tax zealots don't base any of their arguments on reality and the cost of things. If you want roads, bridges, military, trash pickup - these all cost money. They just don't want to pay taxes."
DanFromParma said, "It's my money. Who the hell are you to tell me what I should and should not do with my money? You want to support every bleeding-heart cause, go for it. But don't expect me to, and don't try to force me to."
BanHammer replied, "Who is forcing you to do anything? You do benefit from taxes whether you like it or not: the roads you drive on, the water you drink, the air you breathe even, and all the other 'social welfare' programs you take advantage of." iEvolved added, "Sorry if regulations that make products safer and make treating employees fair are a hindrance. Sorry if paying a fair share of taxes is a financial burden."
VinceK said, "Seeing as how taxes are the lowest in 60 years, I'd say we have a ways to go before we're satisfied ... so yes, be prepared for all of us to want more of your taxes. Deal with it."
An experienced, successful teacher of high-level math, Linda DeRegnaucourt has decided to return to school for a nursing degree because she cannot afford to teach. "I hate to have to leave it," DeRegnaucourt said. "I really thought I was going to be that teacher, 65 years old and retiring from the education field.
courtjeztur asked, "Why is it that when budget cuts are proposed it automatically means teachers, firefighters and police officers get the brunt of it?"
River213 said, "This lady sounds like an excellent teacher, and it's tragic that she's leaving a job she loves. Then it has me thinking that 'Tea Partiers' want to cut educational spending? If we don't teach the next generation properly we're doomed to be a country of friggin' morons and then people from China, India and other countries will be in charge of the economy, not America."
chris33stars said, "I value education and believe that the service of educating my children is a top priority, and therefore $38k for an experienced, highly qualified teacher is not a good salary. I made that as an entry-level accounting assistant 10 years ago, plus benefits. I make more than double that now and I'm not even a CPA. My oldest daughter recently graduated from college and makes more than that per hour as a temp doing data entry and receptionist positions."
Some readers, however, thought teachers should be happy with what they make, and were aggravated at the idea of tax-funded pensions and benefits. zimmer49 said, "You sound like all the rest off us who are bearly(sic) makeing (sic) it in todays (sic) world (sic) what makes a Teacher (sic) any better than the TAX PAYER (sic) who pay your wages" (sic)
yalltheh8 replied, "Hey ZIMMER49, your spelling and grammer (sic) are absolutely terrible. Apparently your school system failed you, which is why you are so mad at teachers in general."
Hindu diners sue Indian restaurant for selling meat samosas
Vegetarians are suing an Indian restaurant for serving them meat samosas that they were assured were meat-free. The Hindu customers want the restaurant to pay them compensation for a trip to the Hindu holy town of Haridwar, India, where they can cleanse themselves and their souls in the Ganges. CNN.com readers of different religions said the diners' demand was over the top.
notborncynical said, "Give me a break.. They didn't eat the meat intentionally so they didn't sin. I think they just want a free vacation trip home." Katie said, "Meat will not hurt you. God will understand that you didn't mean to eat it. After all, is 'he' not all-knowing? Religious fanatics, get a life."
Raheel said, "I am a Muslim and there have been plenty of times where someone has accidentally put pork in my food. I just asked that my order be remade. If it happens by accident, get over it. It is ridiculous how you can sue over anything." bob said, "I'm Jewish and mistakes happen sometimes. I call BS." KBG said, "I am a Hindu and I think this lawsuit is stupid. Those diners need to get their heads straight. They ate it without knowledge and it doesn't hurt their karmic life. Spare the eatery and let it go."
Jain said, "There is no rule within Hinduism that asks for a person to go to Ganges after eating meat. In fact Hinduism says you can cleanse yourself by sprinkling some water from Ganges in U.S. and they are also sold here in U.S."
But not all readers agreed. Ruth said, "NOT an 'honest mistake.' This is a vegetarian's nightmare. I hope they pay through the nose!"
think rational said, "I think the judgment as per Solomon would be:
The restaurant should pay one-way fare to Haridwar, India, to all these diners. And the diners should stay in Haridwar until their next birth, when they are completely purified."
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.