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August 3rd, 2010
02:37 PM ET

Q&A: Starting Thursday, August 12th on CNN

This is your chance to quiz Richard Quest and Ali Velshi.

From Dreamliners to deep sea drilling – You choose the topics and in one minute, they’ll tell you everything you need to know.

BUT what happens when Ali and Richard go head to head? Who will win? Send us your questions and they’ll be quizzed – live on Q&A every Thursday!

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    America's manufacturing base has historically led America's recovery from it's previous deepest recession and depression. That is largely lacking now thanks to Republican led corporations moving much of their taxed liability's overseas.

    Halliburton under then CEO Dick Cheney moved much of it's operations into a shell corporation in the Cayman islands and avoided paying Federal taxes on it's employees. No social security nor Medicare taxes while obtaining gigantic federal no-bid contracts from the Bush-Cheney administration for the Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts.

    August 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  2. Don

    Q. Last week CNN made some statement, stating that 50 percent of the work force had pay freezes. 15 percent took pay cuts, but overall the average salary went up 2 percent. I would like to know and see these same statistics separating the private sector from the public sector.

    August 9, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  3. Don

    Last year, a large part of the stimulus money went to extending unemployment and keeping those with public jobs from being laid off. Now it’s being done again this year. Will the economy turn around enough to support these public jobs, or are they being protected by the government because the midterm elections are approaching and they’re afraid of losing the support of their constituents? I know that CNN will never answer this question because they never want to ask the tough questions that might upset some of their viewers. But you can help by creating a weekly show whose sole purpose would be to expose government waste and fraud. For example:
    1. Who is allowing some teachers to get full pay and benefits for sitting in a room doing nothing for years on end? Is the teachers union behind this?
    2. Why do we spend so much money on military bases in countries that are supposed to be our allies? In order to pay for the war in Afghanistan without expanding the deficit, our government needs to close all of our bases overseas that are unnecessary. For example, most of the bases that we have in Europe should no longer be necessary as they are in countries which we consider to be our allies.
    3. Why is it that states are running high deficits yet our congressmen and senators are giving their staff big bonuses just like Wall Street does? Are these people finding ways to save tax payer money?
    4. Who allowed the wages of the Post Office General to surpass that of the President of the United States? ($800,000 last year) How does this stuff happen and does it ever get fixed after you report on it?
    5. How can a politician cheat on his taxes and not go to jail? At the very least, they should be fired and forced to pay back their taxes with the addition of large penalties. Our politicians have no excuse not to know these laws as they are ones who have written and created them.
    6. Why do Military reserves who work for the Post Office their get full pay when they get activated in the military? Do all government jobs do this for reserves that get activated or is this just the postal workers. The government never paid my civilian wage.
    7. I think it is unfair that almost every job in our government, can retire at age 55. But all branches of the US military reserve have to wait until their 60 birthday before they can receive their pension.
    These are just some example of subject that could be address in a show to educate viewers on some unfair law and policies of our government.

    August 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  4. Mike

    What can the American people do to reverse the loss of manufacturing jobs and technology to China over the last 10 years considering the fact that multinational corporations are falling all over themselves to move those jobs and technology to a country that sometimes demands that they do so to be players in their market?

    August 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  5. David Kay

    Q: Since the richest 5% of Americans make up about 14% of consumer spending, doesn't this group of wealthy consumers have the potential to contribute significantly to job growth? If so, we should want these wealthy consumers to spend more of their money so that more jobs are created. As such, it seems like a bad idea to raise taxes on the wealthy right now because it will decrease consumer spending, and consequently, decrease job growth. Perhaps we should extend the Bush tax cuts temporarily until the country has fully recovered from the recession. What is your take?

    August 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  6. Krissi, OR.

    Alcohol prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933. During this time, alcohol was an illegal black market product controlled by the mafia, moonshiners, and bootleggers. There were shootouts in the streets between rival gangs for control of the illegal alcohol trade and the money associated with it. Alcohol poisonings rose over 600% in this short time period due to shady moonshiners who either didn't know or didn't care about what they were putting in their product, sometimes going as far as using formaldehyde as an ingredient. These are just a couple reasons for alcohol's swift return as a legal commodity.

    In 1937 we prohibited another vice, cannabis. It has been illegal for 73 years and we have seen many of the same problems, though they are amplified due to the extended time period of this prohibition versus our previous prohibition of alcohol. Prohibition's stated goals are to reduce the supply and demand for illegal drugs, and ultimately create a "drug-free society", which has never been accomplished in the history of mankind.

    My questions to you are:

    1.) How has cannabis prohibition succeeded in accomplishing it's stated goals and do these successes outweigh the societal harm done by the illegal cannabis trade?

    2.) If the harm to society outweighs the good done by prohibition, isn't it time (after 73 long years of failure and hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on enforcement, not to mention the countless lives lost on both sides) to rethink our cannabis laws?

    August 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  7. Richard de Pagter

    Recently I saw Ali Velshi interview the Attorney General of Mexico, discussing the Arizona State Bill on immigration. Of course the AG was opposed to the law.

    I never heard any word on how Mexico treats its "illegal Immigrants"
    Do they give them free health care, education for their kids and a myriad of other benefits legal tax paying citizens are entitled to?
    What will Mexico do to the returnees (evicted illegals) from the USA?

    August 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
  8. Willie Dobbins

    Could you please shed some light on T Boone Picken initative to reduce energy dependency and has Congress even consider it. Also why can we not use the stimulus or what has been return of it to do the nation grid that we so badly need. Many of us are wondering what's the hang up especially since these two projects are ones that are needed and secondly would provide good jobs across the board and the country.

    Willie Dobbins
    Germany

    August 11, 2010 at 5:38 am |
  9. gary

    I would like to know if the state of IDAHO is thinking of making marijuana legal for medical use any time soon or in the near future?

    August 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  10. tina

    How much interest is the government paying to the countries overseas for the money they are getting from China Japan etc? Did they ever think about asking the American people to invest in this problem and let us get the interest and keep the money at home.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  11. louis ruano

    How come there hasn't been any news coverage on over the 10 million christians who are seeking clemency on pastor Dino Gentile who has been wrongly accused and is serving a 42 year sentence, he is the inventor of an air blimp that can fight against terrorism, cleans air pollution, etc...

    August 12, 2010 at 12:51 am |
  12. Tim

    I have a question about illegal immigration. Isn't the root cause of problems with people living in the US illegally simply a result of immigration quotas? Illegal immigrants come to the US because there is an arbitrary limit on the number of Mexican immigrants allowed to come to the US each year. They can spend years waiting on the list to get into the US. Correct?

    Most people seem to be fine with legal immigrants. So wouldn't the problem be solved by simply approving more immigration requests? In the debates over immigration, I've only ever heard people talk about whether illegals should be deported, granted amnesty of some sort, or given some sort of migrant worker status. The main objection to allowing them and their families to live in the US seems to be simply the fact that they bypassed the proper channels for immigrants. Surely they would use the proper channels if they would be approved instead of being forced onto a waiting list because of quotas.

    August 12, 2010 at 1:12 am |