September 21st, 2012
09:59 PM ET

On GPS this week: Bill Clinton and Salman Rushdie

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On GPS this week: Fareed speaks with former President Bill Clinton about jobs, Obama vs Romney, Israel and Iran.

"Do I think there are some Americans who are trapped in a cycle of dependency? Yes, I think that is a problem," Clinton says. "That's why I supported welfare reform, to change it from an entitlement system to a work-based system, to an empowerment system. But the money we spend is not out of line with other advanced countries. In fact, we spend a smaller percent of our GDP than almost any other country. And the 47 percent, those that are adults, they do pay taxes.  They pay Social Security taxes.  They pay Medicare taxes.  They pay state and local taxes."

Then, Fareed talks to a best-selling author who knows all about Muslim rage: Salman Rushdie recounts how The Satanic Verses led to calls for his death. How does that compare with the anger in the Arab world this month?

And, in What in the World, the new dirty word in American politics: outsourcing. But the facts suggest that it's not so dirty after all.

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  1. 100 % ETHIO

    Just wondering, America wants to show... to others, rather than, assisting its needy at home.

    We spend Billions of Dollars per year to Jewish State, Egypt,... But, we have on going problems that has being ignored by American Law makers. We need the answer.

    September 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  2. Don

    PLAGIARISM! Fareed committed plagiarism and copied others' work. CNN should not permit him to remain on the air. It's a bad point to make to other journalists and students.

    September 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  3. atest

    Hi Fareed,

    I was a great admirer of you as you were only news personnel in CNN who was not bias I thought. Unfortunately after looking at glimpse of your Bill Clinton interview it did not look like.

    Please think objectively and ask your heart whether current president has done even 30% of what he promised when he took office.

    Is his selection of staff admirable!! I was a great supporter of Obama when he took office but then realized because of his inexperience he failed miserably. If he was running a company he would have been fired long time back.

    Is selection of Vice president is admirable. I don't what US would be headed to incase Biden ever becomes president. Person who cannot even know how many troops are in Afghanistan..
    From yesterday"s speech:
    they include the 650,000 troops still left in Afghanistan who because they are in combat, being shot at, injured, they do not have to pay any federal income tax on their salary"

    Read more:

    My small advice from your admirer of your show.. Please don't be basis.. Be objective.. Bring out mistakes from both parties but not just from Republican side. You are great journalist.. I hope you are objective..

    September 22, 2012 at 4:10 am | Reply
    • deniz boro

      Could you please take the time to consantrate on something else than the USA elections singlemindedly. Than perhaps you may make an objective comment.

      September 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  4. deniz boro

    "Da Vinci Code" was a heavier blow on another religion. Maybe because it was well written. Or maybe it was about the religion of people who already lived in regions who have embraced and gotten used to free expression of thoughts... Or value various perspectives to an issue so that they can freely make their own choices. Anna Frank's Diary (which was later proven to be a fraud) did affect many people on yet another religion. Words can cut deeper than swords. It can be anything. I admire America for her insistance in honesty and freedom of speach. BUT WHAT ABOUT WIKILEAKS than???

    September 22, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply

      Anne Frank's diary a fraud? Where do you get this rubbish?

      September 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  5. deniz boro

    A man said to the universe:
    "Sir I exist!"
    "However," replied the universe,
    "The fact has not created in me
    A sense of obligation."
    Stephen Crane

    September 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  6. Joseph f

    9/23/2012. "ALL" I want is for CNN to provide us with DAILY, IN-DEPTH DISCUSSIONS regarding OUR COUNTRIES POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CONFUSION!!!! Jesse Ventura, although he may be "radical", is a man with A BOLD VOICE!!! On "Piers Morgan" tonight, Ventura brought up points about OUR government that MUST BE ADDRESSED ENTIRELY!!! The idea of our government having the ability TO LIE IS NOT FAIR TO ANYONE!!! TRUE OR NOT, THE TRUTH MUST BE ESTABLISHED!!! I see many Americans with brilliant minds debating subjects that MUST BE RESOLVED!!! CNN MUST PROVIDE THESE CONCLUSIONS TO US AS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!!! Agree of Disagree??? WE NEED TO DECIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 23, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
  7. Bill

    I disagree with you totally regarding outsourcing. I would rather pay more for something made in America, because I might need a job someday, or maybe my son will, or one day his children. If we keep buying this foreign made stuff, we will all be working at Walmart!!!

    September 23, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  8. tedfrankblog

    Fareed, You just said 50 "odd" foreign diplomats would be coming here? I agree most of them are odd, and we should be careful not to credit their views too much, overlooking our own common sense.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:42 am | Reply
  9. Keith

    Clinton's theory on a government/private cooperative sounds good in theory, but the real problem is that government is completely ineffective because of all the graft and corruption.

    Successful entrepreneurs are vilified because their money doesn't "trickle down", but the government transfer payments that are supposed to reach the people always get soaked up with corruption and waste on legends of staffers and lobbyists resulting in 2000 page bills that no one ever reads. Then these highly paid politicians go home on vacation every few weeks and turn their collective backs on our pressing emergencies.

    The global financial melt-down was caused entirely by self-serving politicians who pressured Greenspan to create easy money and pressured Fredi and Fanny to subsidize the "American Dream" of home ownership. This caused artificially high asset values. Now the world's politicians are trying to solve the problems by living in denial; believing the problems created by easy money can be solved with easier money. They totally ignore the fact that propping up artificially high asset values will hurt many, many people by debasing the currency and destroying retirement savings. This will throw many millions of people into bankruptcy and we will have that many more people on the government dole.

    Our representative form of government was created over 200 years ago out of necessity; it took many months for news to reach the populous so the people needed their interests represented. Now, news is instantaneous. We should rethink the representative form of government – maybe some form of electronic town hall.

    September 23, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  10. bharatish

    Some people keep on blaming Govt. for many/most problems.
    Are these people saying that current US system of Governments
    is a failure and US system of Governments is incapable of
    delivering what is good for nation and all people.
    If we had good system earlier, at what time did it start
    becomming dysfunctional?
    How will the system of private enterprises not subject to
    same public scrutiny be better than what we have?
    Do these have a better complete system of governance?
    If so what is it?

    September 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
  11. Robert

    Does anyone have a link for the LSE paper on outsourcing that was referred to in the program?


    September 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • ali din

      September 25, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  12. shari

    I just tried to post a comment. A pop-up occurred that said "Looks like you already said that!" I have no idea what this means as I did not post a comment twice. Will you please check this glitch? Also, the pop-up message is very rude and offers no way to respond to it. Very disappointing for a "professional" organization.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
  13. shari

    The comment I tried to post was this: During the interesting interview with Salman Rushdie, pop-ups about other shows kept blocking the screen and distracting from the conversation. Mr. Rushdie deserves more respect than this. And, why devote almost the entire show to Bill Clinton of all people? He was ambassador to Haiti before the terrible earthquake. If he had done something significant to help those poor people beforehand, would there have been the same destruction and loss of life?

    September 23, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Gene

      you said that before.

      September 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  14. j. von hettlingen

    Bill Clinton is as sharp-minded as usual. No doubt he might move back to the White House one day with his wife Hilary sitting in the Oval Office.

    September 23, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  15. ali

    Why did you devote practically the whole show to interviewing Mr. Clinton? Were you needing Mr. Clinton's skills to manipulate public opinion? Cnn and liberal mass media could care less about anything but getting Team Obama re-elected.

    September 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  16. Dr. M. Ahmed

    It was a poor choice to bring Rushdie on the show today and ask about the rage in the Muslim world. I don't understand what was your point in asking him whether CNN and other news channels should be showing what Muslim consider not only objectionable but offending material to them. Unless the purpose was to instigate them. I don't think RUSHDIE like folks will ever understand the belief system many Muslims hold. In the name of 1st amendment and free speech, I think these Islamaphobes want to propagate hate. If they think they know something which we don't so be it: "LAKUM DINUKUM WALI YADEEN" I suggest you keep your show clean and be objective and don't meddle with people beliefs and emotions. Thanks.

    September 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • DAS


      September 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • James Davidson

      It's not that I hate Muslims; it's that I love freedom even if it is nasty at times. It took the West 600 years to develop to the point where we are at today and I don't want to throw away freedom of speach because there are those in the world that don't understand it.

      September 24, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  17. DAS

    If your faith is strong enough you can't be offended.

    September 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  18. Al

    Your 9/23 piece on outsourcing where you reference a London School of Economics (I believe) Study which you interepreted as showing how outsourcing helps the country doing the outsourcing sounds really off the mark or deals with a very special situation not common in the main stream. It certainly helps multinational companies moving offshore and their stockholders but it doesn't help the american workers who have lost their jobs in the 60,000 factories/businesses that have moved offshore over the past decade or two. And it certainly doesn't help our Gross National Product, our unemployment rate, or our badly needed tax revenues. What exactly is the benefit to our country and our people?

    September 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  19. stillemployed

    Re: 9/23 piece on outsourcing

    Fareed, What In the World are you talking about?
    How would you convince those who lost their jobs that outsourcing is good? Any suggestion what they should expect in their near future?

    Outsourcing is a modern method for obtaining cheaper labor. When the cheaper labor displaces existing workers, how should the newly unemployed proceed to make a living? With time everything will settle in its places. However, in the long term we are all dead. Effects are similar to a trade imbalance or a rapid automation of manual labor. When it is too rapid or vast, it can destabilize the economy and the country.

    Trade Imbalance:

    September 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • James Davidson

      I think you are right.Outsourcing has been too much, too quickly. Just another example of how unbridled capitalism will go for profit whether or not it hurts the country.

      September 24, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  20. James Davidson

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Rushdie. You are right. If it's news, it should be viewed to the public. CNN believes in censorship of the worst kind. Not wishing to offend radical Moslems, you withhold news. You are a news channel, for goodness sake.
    Yet sometimes I wonder. CNN dispays their TV pesonalities over 100 times in a 24 hour period. It now has become so annoying, I record first, and then eliminate the propaganda. Please, more real news and less talent shows.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  21. ali din

    In your show of sept 23 2012 you mentioned a report about outsourcing from the LSE. Therefore, if you have a link to this report, can you please post it here or send it to me (
    I enjoy watching your show.

    September 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
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