Overheard on CNN.com: 'Send in the clowns'
Republican presidential candidates at Wednesday night debate
September 8th, 2011
06:55 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Send in the clowns'

Comment of the Day:

"Republicans dodging questions. Why is this news?"–Tredecim

Perry's night of "duck the question"

Debate expert Todd Graham honed in on what he saw as Texas Gov. Rick Perry's weaknesses during the Wednesday night GOP debates, among them: ignoring direct questions, refusing to address contradictions between his words and actions, and providing no evidence to back up his statement that climate change science was "not settled." Many CNN.com readers agreed.

barbie1311 said, "Music to my ears: the sound of Rick Perry calling Social Security a giant Ponzi scheme, and comparing climate change to eugenics; probably music to the ears of the desperate Obama camp watching in the White House, too. Go ahead, GOP, send in the clowns. By the time Rick Perry is finished sticking his cowboy boots in his mouth, Obama won't have anything to worry about."

Walker1971 asked, "Is this really the best the Republicans have to offer? Ugh, far-right crackpots who bring religion into politics. When will the right put up someone who is actually a viable candidate? Kiss off 2012."

But 14Ghost said, "Ducking questions? All those questions were presumed liberally biased answers. 'Given the FACT that global warming exists. ...' 'Given the FACT that all people should have health insurance. ...' NBC asked questions in a way that presumes the liberal point of view is right." Stejo said, "Science isn't liberal; it's science."

What about the other candidates? rsleonard9 said, "I thought Cain made the most sense and gave straight talk. Newt wasn't bad and Ron Paul is always enjoyable to listen too. I agree that Perry dodged to many questions."

EnergyBeing3 said, "I'm not Republican, but I have to admit, in the last few months, I've grown a lot of respect for Ron Paul. If I was on the fence for voting either side, I'd lean toward Ron Paul. He makes 'real sense' and isn't a religious nut-job."

PaulinAZ said, "Like it or not, a Republican is probably going to end up in the White House! Huntsman is the only one sane and rational enough to even be considered. We better get behind this guy, and see that he gets the nomination! Imagine the alternatives: Bachmann ... Perry ... OH GOD!"

Are jobs obsolete?

Perhaps the U.S. needs to turn its unemployment problem on its head, suggests author Douglas Rushkoff. Rather than asking how to employ all those made obsolete by technology, he writes, maybe we should ask how we can "organize a society around something other than employment." Many CNN.com readers found the article unusually provocative. nightowl1 said, "Really, CNN, one of your best stories to date."

And some were reminded of Star Trek. GROG said, "'Star Trek Next Generation,' referred to the idea that because robots and computers had made hard labor unnecessary, society had more time to work on such things as world peace, cures to diseases, space exploration and pursuit of the arts. So far, much of what Gene Roddenberry envisioned has come true. Mobile phones, microwaves, remote controls, and even slate computers were all on Star Trek before they became real, so perhaps his social ideas will come true as well."

Others said the writer failed to factor limited resources and the need for tangible goods into his plan. Yes1Fan said, "Everything mentioned in the article depends on an overabundance of non-polluting energy. If the energy supply fails, it won't be long until the near-stone-age returns (or at least the Amish age)."

DoNotWorry said, "Corporations are vying for ownership of the water supply, betting on it being the 'new' oil in price manipulation. They will try to hold us up with water one of these days."

ragun said, "One of the big things being overlooked in this article is land. Sure, we could give away houses for free with our uber house-building technologies, but the land it sits on is limited."

dinkster said, "Food, shelter, clothing, and health care all require a source: Someone to grow the food, someone to sew the clothes, doctors to administer the health care."

Many readers suggested that a solution to unemployment might be cutting hours for everyone. tmertz said, "A 36-hour work week and 2 weeks' mandatory vacation in conjunction with a major effort to overhaul and improve education (and re-education of the unemployable) would cut unemployment to less than 3 percent. Going to a 4-day (36 hour) work week would be a winner for many companies."

drake666 asked, "What if every job paid enough to live on and every family only had (and needed) one earner? Result: a) enough jobs for everyone b) children always have an adult at home."

n8rlvr said, "This would result in more free time, potential increase in creativity and problem solving. Star Trek utopia here we come!"

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

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

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  1. George Patton

    With the exception of Rep. Ron Paul, the Republicans are indeed nothing but a bunch of clowns who'll only drive the national economy further into the ground by the continued unnecessary military spending, keeping us in all these useless wars overseas and giving even more tax breaks to the rich!!! But I guess that the public is dumb enough to fall for it!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pmk1953

    Rick Perry wears country western boots not cowboy boots. The difference? The bullsh!t is on the outside of cowboy boots.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the prophet

    I agree Washington keeps passing bills , and stimulus acts, plans, no way...what we really need in America is to abolish Washington, my fellow Americans it's time to take our country back now, revolt against Washington let's make 911 the year of the people for the people.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      No, the prophet. We need to take this country back from the MIC(military-industrial-complex) which now owns both the White House and Congress. Until we do (which, unfortunately, is dubious) this country will only decline!

      September 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      "911 the year of the people"?

      Don't you mean 2012?

      Either way, with "leaders" like you, our country will regress to the year 911 soon

      September 9, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. s kel

    OMG, rick perry????? What a ignorant stupid man. This is who the republicans want??? Damn what zombies they are.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • lek_s

      !uoy si toidi ylno ehT

      September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    Ron paul is a libertarian.. He doesn't count lol.. He went with the republicans because libertarians aren't allowed in some states.. Like mine..

    September 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the prophet

    What hail is the American Jobs Act? America does not need anymore acts. What Americans need is the abolishment of property tax and higher income ratio to inflation. This president is ignorant and an actor hid own country. Mentioning Buffet tax ratio to a National convention is ridiculous, immature and unprofessional for a president. Hire me and I show you how your lives get ether.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @the prophet: i don't want ether..

      September 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sure, pretty soon some men in white coats will come to you and put the crown on your head and call you king. You will have a very confortable palace with white padded walls from where you will be able to rule the world. Make us proud!

      September 9, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    LAME! As Americans help support Al Qaeda Rebels in Libya.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    Oh, that one made me lol. Thanks!

    @s kel:
    Ah, but he's got a magnificent head of hair! LMAO!
    And, hi.

    Are you doing ok in OK?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    Politics is a process used by Governments, to formulate tactics to apply policies, to either acquire or stay in power and control. The behavior of e society under this system is more predictable, which we call democratic. The election process part of a-democracy uses the people votes to elect the Government, at the sane time let Government know of people state of mind, thence allowing the Government to make adjustments so that the Government remains in power. If you are not happy with your Government don't go out and vote for it, without an elected Government!! the Government has no power, on your next election don't vote. Take America back to the people. Buy my book when I finish it.         

    September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      By any chance... do you write Sarah Palin's speeches too?

      Can't help but to notice the similarities.

      September 9, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. ©ysanab

    ?s_lek ,gniloof er'uoy kniht uoy od ohW


    September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the prophet

    My posts are interesting even Omaba read it

    September 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the prophet

    Exuse me?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. yada

    Well, I see the "gang" is having fun. LOL!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alan

    And here I thought this was a serious article about Obama's speach this evening.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alan

    And here I thought this was a serious article about Obama's speech this evening.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
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