published Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Wamp’s jobless-benefits remark draws fire from union chief

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NASHVILLE — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Zach Wamp’s criticism of extending unemployment benefits for out-of-work Tennesseans is drawing fire from the head of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council.

In a teleconference call Tuesday with Tennessee members of the National Federation of Independent Business, the Chattanooga congressman said that if he becomes governor, he, businesses and state lawmakers “must resist ... any more mandates to small business to help the unemployed.”

The federal extension of benefits, Wamp said, “is creating a culture of dependence which we do not need. We want people out there scraping and clawing and looking for work and not just sitting back waiting. And so we’ve got to not allow any more mandates.”

State AFL-CIO President Jerry Lee called Wamp’s remarks “pretty insensitive” to struggling Tennesseans.

“People are fighting for their lives right now,” Lee said. “I think it’s six applicants for every job available in the country today. Everybody is trying to get off unemployment. Something’s got to sustain these people where they can buy gas to look for a job ... or buy food to keep on the table.

“This idea of people scratching and clawing for jobs is ridiculous,” Lee said.

Wamp is seeking the Republican nomination along with Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey in the Aug. 5 primary election.

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FM_33 said...

Zack what you said made sense if there where JOBS out there that will hire people.

Hey Zack we are in a recession have you not forgotten !

What are people suppose to do Zack ?

Wait and stay broke or go and do something crazy like a big scam or rob some bank.

You think it's bad for a person who has a home and is stable.

Zach what do you think the people who are homeless are going though who are trying there best to find even a part time job ?

Zach get out of the office once in awhile and see what the real world is like and not the world that the dream makers on the hill have told you it is !

Good Day

July 28, 2010 at 2:16 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Hey Zach what you just said sure does make me wont to be a proud strong conservative in the state of TN.

  • Psychc * !

This is why it's hard for me to listen to a lot of southern conservatives such as yourself because you have not been on the bottom and never had to struggle for anything in your life.

Where is your so called " Elephant Commpassion " that you all state to have ?

I am disappointed in that comment Zack and it could cost you the election to Haslam.

July 28, 2010 at 2:22 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Zack if you should ever be unemployed or flat ass broke you will understand how me and other's feel right now !!!

July 28, 2010 at 2:24 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Zack somebody told me there is only 642 jobs in this county to over 100.000 people.

July 28, 2010 at 2:25 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Another few questions while i am at it Zack.

Zack if you was to win the election how will you help Chattanooga in job growth and affordable housing ?

Zack will you change the political corruption that has plagued this city for years ?

Zack will you write a book like Sarah Palin and become as famous as her ?

Will you go on * John Wolfe * radio show to talk about these issue's that face us in Hamilton County if he paid you $500 check ?

Zack will the stress of winning the Gov. seat(and that's if you do win it !) cause you to have another baby with your wife Kim ?

Zack do you still like golf or playing chess ?

Zack will you uppercut Haslam and right cross punch him again in round 3 of your heavyweight champion fight ?

That's all for now but we shall resume this conversation latter.

July 28, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
FM_33 said...

One last last question........

Zack will you ever wake up and leave the GOP and become a Independent like me ?

July 28, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

I thought he would be pushing to legalize cocaine

July 28, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.
FM_33 said...

I thought he would be pushing to legalize cocaine Username: inquiringmind | On: July 28, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.


LOL......that was hitting Zack way below the belt be he asked for it with that comment he made about unemployed people here in this city and around the state that wont a job bad and almost welling to kill somebody for it.

July 28, 2010 at 2:58 p.m.
FM_33 said...

I thought he would be pushing to legalize cocaine Username: inquiringmind | On: July 28, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.


LOL......that was hitting Zack way below the belt be he asked for it with that comment he made about unemployed people here in this city and around the state that wont a job bad and almost willing to kill somebody for it.

*correction *

July 28, 2010 at 2:59 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Time to resume the conversion Zack.

Zack will you ever go back and run for office in your home state of GA ?

Zack will you push for a lower tax on food and gas in the state of TN like they do in the state of GA ?

Zack will you eat a McDonalds cheesebuger w/fries tonight for dinner or a Big Bubba w/fries from Central Park ?

Resume latter

July 28, 2010 at 3:20 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Zack do you like to be called Zack Wamp or Zacky Wampster ?

July 28, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
Tax_Payer said...

Zack lost my vote!

July 28, 2010 at 3:26 p.m.
frayne48 said...

Hopefully before too awful long Wamp will be out of a job. Just hope his former employer fights his unemployment claim. But seriously, this just shows how out of touch and ignorant Zacp Wamp truly is. Shame on you Zack for not doing more to bring jobs to your home state. Guess while you are in DC one tends to forget about the little people. eh ?

July 28, 2010 at 3:50 p.m.
Truetenn said...

Zacky Wampster lost my vote tonight also. Haslam ate his lunch. Cut out any benefits for unemployed. Ever thought about moving to Texas to be with DA Bush?

July 28, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
manlyman said...

Hopefully ol' Zach will be seeing the unemployment side of things, up close and personal, REAL soon.

July 28, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

ZACK WAMP LOST MY VOTE...HES AN IDIOT, HE HAS NO COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET..THEY MIGHT BE A FEW PEOPLE MILKING THE SYSTEM..BUT WHY PUNISH ALL TENNESSEANS OUT OF WORK TRYING TO KEEP THEIR FAMILIES FED.I WILL VOTE FOR ZACK WAMP FOR"THE PR*CK OF THE YEAR AWARD""...LOL

July 28, 2010 at 4:19 p.m.
Grayneon said...

Keep telling them Zack! I own a farm and have tried to hire folks at $10 an hour to help square bale hay. FEW takers, too hot for these lazy kids. They would rather get a check and play on their computer than work. If you are taking benefits for longer than 6 weeks you are a bum!

July 28, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.
FM_33 said...

Well Zach has gotten things pretty heated by that statement and the GOP will be blowing a new horn soon.

July 28, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.
camo705 said...

Mr Wamp is all about the $ in his pocket. He never had my vote. Thanks Jasper, TN

July 28, 2010 at 4:57 p.m.
Truetenn said...

Same old Zach All for me and to heck with everybody else Go get him Haslam

July 28, 2010 at 5:12 p.m.
maryjanp said...

People like wamp don't know what its like to be poor or struggling. They think if you have a hard time its your own fault. He will have to discuss with God one day. Hope God shows him the same mercy he has for others.

July 28, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The whole internet system here in the United States is run from a CIA office in Signal Mountain TN.

They also contract with the US Military the basic 250.000 MHRZ wave freqency that they run it on is very powerful. Also a short wave * Alpha Ditrot Radio * does the rest as a filter and acts as a firewall to stop an coming scamp virus that might infect the main fame.

If you don't believe this check this file in at the library of congress in Washington DC and the file is under the sub text ( Alpha Internet Computer System ) or AICS and the file number is.

Class C File Unclassified Route File # 25452-14547-03 Pages: 520 Index: 43 By: United States Army Intelligence Washington DC Dept: Computer internet division Intro By: Gen. Colin Powell Year: 1984

If you do get a chance to read it you will never allow a computer voting system like DIEBOT to take over the old fashion way of doing it by paper ballot.

  • Vote Paper Ballot Only IN Each And Every Election *
July 28, 2010 at 5:32 p.m.
FM_33 said...

The whole internet system here in the United States is run from a CIA office in Signal Mountain TN.

They also contract with the US Military the basic 250.000 MHRZ wave freqency that they run it on is very powerful. Also a short wave * Alpha Ditrot Radio * does the rest as a filter and acts as a firewall to stop an incoming scamp virus that might infect the main fame.

If you don't believe this check this file in at the library of congress in Washington DC and the file is under the sub text ( Alpha Internet Computer System ) or AICS and the file number is.

Class C File Unclassified Route File # 25452-14547-03 Pages: 520 Index: 43 By: United States Army Intelligence Washington DC Dept: Computer internet division Intro By: Gen. Colin Powell Year: 1984

If you do get a chance to read it you will never allow a computer voting system like DIEBOT to take over the old fashion way of doing it by paper ballot.

  • Vote Paper Ballot Only IN Each And Every Election *
July 28, 2010 at 5:34 p.m.
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