Overheard on CNN.com: Time to leave the country?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to an estimated 30,000 attendees at the prayer event, "The Response," Saturday in Houston
August 11th, 2011
06:56 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Time to leave the country?

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"Hey, Rick: What brand of gun would Jesus tote?"–RationalDoc

Why Rick Perry is headed to the White House

Why are Americans gearing up to elect another Texan for president? asks fellow Texan James Moore, an Emmy-award winning former news correspondent and co-author of the best-seller, "Bush's Brain." Although Perry "hates to govern, loves to campaign, and barely has a sixth grader's understanding of economics," writes Moore, his "coyote-killer good looks, $2,000 hand-tooled cowboy boots, supernova smile and Armani suits will create a product Americans will want to believe and buy."

His prediction had many CNN.com readers planning to leave the country. nc10t asked, "Do we really want a fundamentalist Christian, who talks to God and believes in Armageddon, with his finger on the nuclear disaster button for the next 4 years? I'm sorry, but that's too scary to even contemplate!" RalphinFL said, "Time to learn to speak Canadian, eh?"

Bethjoyce said, "This is really, really scary. The thought of Rick Perry being president brings thoughts of what happened in pre-WWII Germany. This man will bring down the United States as we know it. I fear for my children and grandchildren. Is it time to leave the country, like many Europeans smartly left Germany and Austria before the Nazis took power."

turdlet said, "He will put Jesus back on the dashboard."

hollywewd asked, "A secessionist who drove Texas $27 billion into deficit in one year? A religious extremist who hates everyone except the right kind of white Christian?"

Some readers argued over whether a rise in low-wage jobs was a bad thing. SlammerBC said, "This writer is soooo liberal he doesn't even know it. This kind if drivel is nonsense. So these jobs at places like Wal-Mart make you less employed how?"

Newmoon2 said, "You cannot build an economy on low-wage jobs, unless you don't mind becoming a third-world economy. It's not just young workers in those jobs, it's skilled workers, older workers, and workers who USED to have middle-income jobs. Again, a thriving middle class is critical to a healthy and growing economy."

Kelce02 said, "Attention American People: Many Texans warned you about Bush; many are warning you about Perry. We are just one state, we can't help it if other states join in. As a Texan I love that our economy is doing well, our housing market declined but never crashed, and we have added many jobs. I don't know how much of this is Rick Perry's doing but that's why he gets re-elected."

EvelynWaugh said, "He's too much like Bush. First, I would like to know if he knows how to pronounce the word "Nuclear."

Tax hike on the rich would impact just 3% of taxpayers

So how many rich people are there in the U.S.? If you define "wealthy" as those making $200,000 or more a year: 3 percent of the population, according to a new Internal Revenue Service report. And of those nearly 4 million higher-income Americans, the report says, 1,470 didn't pay income tax in 2009.

Raise their taxes to reduce the debt, said nearly 63% of Americans in a new CNN/ORC International Poll. CNN.com readers argued over the definition of "wealthy," and whether raising taxes on corporations and the rich would drive them out of the country. SomeNobody said "$200,000 per year income is not wealthy, especially if you live in one of the major cities, unless you are in some third world country."

GBGentleman replied, "Really? I live in DC and make less significantly less than $100,000. Oh, I am also an OVERPAID government worker. Seems to be a conflict in GOP message. Is $200,000 rich or are government workers underpaid?"

tpe said, "The truly rich don't need to work. At some point they will get tired of being vilified by everyone less successful and simply choose to stop working, maybe even leave the country. I'm not rich but from my perspective we need the rich more than they need us."

Ken Ihrig agreed. "Is there any surprise when you ask Americans if we should raise taxes on the 3% that the majority of say "yes"? Similarly, if you asked if the budget should be balanced by raising taxes on corporations the answer would be "yes." If government tried this it would force most companies to move overseas, and the unemployment rate to skyrocket. This is why we elect representatives to do the right thing instead of doing what the majority want."

Thumbs replied, "If this were true we'd all have jobs. Their taxes are already historically low. It's not working. And I don't know about you, but everyone that ever hired me was in the middle class. I don't blame the rich for being rich, but I do blame them for creating this idea that if they were forced to pay a few percent more taxes that they would no longer be productive or hire."

thadschiele said, "Most of the people making over $200K do so because of the U.S. monetary policy and business laws. We hear threats all the time that if we raise taxes on these people, they will move. But they would not make nearly as much money in other countries. So if they are going to enjoy the benefits of this system, why not pay for them?"

Why are moms dressing like their teen daughters?

Once upon a time it seemed that girls wanted to dress like their moms, but a recent Temple University study shows that in fact the reverse is now true. The study of 343 mother-daughter pairs also showed that teen daughters were so not-happy about the trend. CNN.com readers were split over whether daughters were spoiled or moms weren't dressing appropriately for their age.

Cherie123 said, "She's a 14-year-old. What the heck does she know about being herself? How about not shopping at Hollister because they are too expensive and the clothes and not appropriate for most women and many of the clothes are certainly not appropriate for a 14-year-old?"

RUjokingIam "Big deal. If it fits and you like it, buy it. Who's paying for the daughter's clothes again? Oh, right, mom... I think she's entitled to get something for herself."

Many women wrote to explain why they chose the clothes they did. Guest said, "Maybe it's because the clothes I wore back in the '70s and '80s are now popular again, but I refuse to enter some old-lady store and buy something made of stretch polyester I hate. I've been "BoHo" since the '70s and I'm not changing the way I dress!"

ProfessorMom said, "In Black and Latino subcultures, it is acceptable for a middle-aged mom to wear clothes that this article would deem 'too young' or trying too hard to be sexy. I don't see why I should hide my body under the dowdy fashion offerings. Was there a secret conclave somewhere, where it was decided that women over 35 should not wear any shapely, silhouetted clothes in bright colors? Because I didn't get the memo."

verdadtruth said, "I will be the first to admit that Black and Brown women age better. This is not about wearing clothes that show off your body. It is about women trying to recapture something that is long gone. Desperation is rarely pretty."

RUjokingIam said, "Next big trend in high schools: wheelchairs."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. cyberCMDR

    The basic problems with religion in politics are twofold. First, religion can be (and often is) used to justify horrific acts, because the person doing them believes that "it is God's will". Since God hasn't spoken to anyone recently (unless you count crazies like Bachman), many find that God wants them to do what they wanted to do in the first place. Believing that you have God's blessing makes it OK. Second, religion seems to allow people to live in an alternate reality, where belief trumps evidence. It doesn't matter how much concrete, verifiable evidence supports scientific theories like evolution, some people will never believe it. Their belief system is the true and valid faith, primarily because that happened to be the one they were raised with. Religion isn't the opiate of the masses, it's their hallucinogen.

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  2. fernace

    The reason our founding fathers decided on a government Separate from religion & vice versa, was because they had lived & read the history of kings using christianity as a tool against their citizens! Even the nobles of their own court, were often the recipient of religious wrath! The king, annointed by a priest, was elevated to that of infallible, sainted human above all others! Read history & realize why the separation of church & state is So Important to the citizens of this nation! Especially in these days when we have a faction of politicians who are "hellbent" (pun intended) on breaking that amendment, or doing away with it alltogether! Imagine the power of a president who claims to be infallible, because everything he does is preordained by God! Life as we know it will cease to excist!!

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