published Monday, May 7th, 2012

'Obama leading U.S. to a socialist state' and more Letters to the Editors

Obama leading U.S. to a socialist state

I hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.

Socialized medicine has become a reality. Can anyone be so naive as to believe that we can add 30 million to the health-care rolls without rationing or bankrupting or country?

Obama has made radical appointments without Congress' approval. Auto companies have been bailed out.

We are beginning to see things happen just as they did in Russia, China, etc.

Will America ignore the evidence again? Obama has been laying the foundation of a socialist state. Will the United Socialist States of America become a reality?

Some will repeat their mistakes of 2008. Let's pray that they will be few.

JACK WILLIAMS


Don't deny crust for the poor

It's interesting what Mitt Romney (Morman) and Paul Ryan (Catholic) are trying to do to the poor of America. They propose to take from the "dissolute" unwashed and give to the "virtuous" 1 percent elite in Ryan's budget that Romney supports.

At the risk of sounding like a poor farm boy who was fortunate to get an excellent education and become a member of the academy that is so hated in Tennessee by Republicans, I'll respond in the Latin the Benedictines taught me.

"Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum" ("How suasive is religion to our bane"), to use the wisdom of the Roman poet Lucretius. Yeah, yours -- and Mitt's bane. Shame on Mitt!

Both the students and faculty at Georgetown (a Jesuit Catholic school) politely allowed Ryan to misuse his Catholic "doctrine" to defend a budget built on the backs of America's underclass before they jumped him -- as he deserved to be jumped. Some bane, huh? Shame on Paul!

Instead of using Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, I'll use another poet. John Keats had it right: "Love in a hut, with water and a crust/Is -- love forgive us! -- cinders, ashes, dust." Aaah, he's English. What does he know? Did the two poets know Jesus?

The laissez-faire zombie has put American society up or sale at the severe embarrassment to free-market ideology. Someone's bane has lost its moral compass when the crust is denied to the poor that Jesus deeply cared for.

B.J. PASCHALL

Sevierville, Tenn.


Littlefield acts like a dictator

Why does Mayor Littlefield want to keep our City Council members from having direct contact with city department heads? It is the council's job to thoroughly research all issues pertaining to city business so that they are fully informed when it comes to making decisions. For the mayor to suggest that the daily operations of the city are too complex for them to understand is absurd. He learned it. This information does not need to be "filtered" by his office with his personal bias, as if they are children who need things "dumbed down" in order for them to understand.

We have heard enough of the mayor's personal bias lately. It is emails like his to the council, his handling of the Strut, and his manipulation of the Election Commission that makes it look like Chattanooga is some sort of dictatorship. It is not. The council is there to represent the people of the city, not to take orders from the mayor.

LYNN ASHTON


Fix Chattanooga State's problems

Chattanooga State is at it again. You take the classes your advisers tell you to in order to get in to the nursing program and then they change it and don't notify you.

You then see people right out of high school getting in with no prerequisites done. They get in, and the ones who have worked hard to take the required classes are left out. In the words of an instructor at the school, "It's all about who you know, not what you do."

Then you go to file you financial paperwork and take your tax return. They tell you after a two-hour wait that they now need another form, that the tax return is not good enough. No notice is given, and you have wasted another day. Another normal day at Chattanooga State. Someone needs to take charge and fix the problems for the people who want an education.

SKIP BURNETTE


Use verifiable facts if bashing the GOP

The letter by Mr. Spittler on May 3 is spot on. He nailed this one.

I counted 20 reasons to vote against Obama. One could come up with more, but you have a 200-word limit. Were the Senate not controlled by Democrats, some of these reasons could border on impeachment.

As Democrats write their letters bashing Republicans, I invite them to give some verifiable facts.

We are going broke. We cannot keep spending more money than we receive.

We soon will be a socialized nation such as those in Europe; but that's what Obama wants. He does not like the United States, in my humble opinion.

HORTON HERRIN

Dalton, Ga.


Big oil, speculators drive up fuel prices

Blaming the president for the high price of gasoline is a phony and cynical political play. He has nothing to do with it.

The supply of oil is higher now then it was three years ago at a national average of $1.90 a gallon. Domestic energy production is at its highest in eight years. The demand is lower than at any recent time.

Who is to blame? OPEC is responsible for the world price of oil. They take into consideration their citizens' support and profits after extraction and may increase or reduce production accordingly.

Yet this is by no means the whole story for American consumers paying the price at the tank. Big oil has earned $1 trillion over the past few years in profits, taking government subsidies and advantage of tax loopholes while sticking it to consumers. House Republicans have approved of this.

Arguably the bigger factor is Wall Street speculators. When gas prices have been at their highest, speculators gambling on gas and oil futures commodity markets have controlled the oil futures market, driving up the price of oil by 40 percent, with dollars flowing from consumers to speculators' pockets.

Romney and other Republican politicians continue to blame everyone but those responsible.

JOHN BRATTON

Sewanee, Tenn.


Use these reasons to support Obama

Below are some reasons to vote for the president:

  1. Our economy is not as bad as it was when Mr. Obama took office. It is not as bad as it will be again if Romney gets elected.

  2. Compare the unemployment rate when Mr. Bush took office with the unemployment rate when Mr. Obama took office.

  3. Change has been nearly impossible when Republicans decide as a political tactic to make impassable any bill the president supports, even bills Republicans originally proposed.

  4. The political bitterness began as a modus operandi during Clinton's presidency. Remember Ken Starr?

  5. Mr. Obama's foreign policy ends wars and saves money.

  6. The governor of Ohio boasted on "Meet the Press" how Congress balanced the budget without raising taxes in 1997. Duh! Rich people paid Clinton-era tax rates then. Mr. Bush's conservatism began to do its work after whopping tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans during two wars.

  7. When did Republicans start caring about black communities?

  8. Mr. Obama does not promote guns as needful things.

  9. Osama bin Laden is dead. GM is alive.

  10. Mr. Obama cares for us and other people of the world.

IAN CLAUDIUS SMITH

Signal Mountain

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Jack Williams, you obviously know nothing of what happened in China or Russia, as both of those countries were ruled by a powerful elite who supported their own against the interests if the public, and ruled through puppet towards and emperors. With a side of military excess in Russia's case and an invading expansionist militant state for China to worry about in the form of Japan. Through in a bunch of backward looking aristocrats and what would you think was going to happen? Do you forget the Revolution in our own country?

You're also wrong about socialized medicine. Not only does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act not provide for that, the health care needs of those thirty million are already being paid. Why do you think your premiums are higher than any other industrialized nation? To cover the costs of the uninsured. Not that that prevents bankruptcies. Number one reason people declare bankruptcy? Medical expenses.

So we already had bankruptcies. And no, there weren't any radical appointees, every on be of the recess appointments would have been confirmed by the Senate, if only they hadn't been filibustered. And that bailout? Yeah, where were you when the banks got one? Probably cheering it on.

I pray you learn more reality and less delusional fantasy.

May 7, 2012 at 12:21 a.m.

HORTON HERRIN, I'm seeing lots of opinion there, not verifiable facts. I guess you're troubled by a lack of facts.

Here's one: you can't starve your way to prosperity. You want the government 's revenues to more closely match spending? Fine, let's reverse those tax breaks. Or will you just cut spending? Bet you won't touch defense spending, even the F-22 which pilots are refusing to fly.

May 7, 2012 at 12:26 a.m.
riverman said...

Well it must be idiots from the mountains day. John Bratton is the same type of person who complains about paying $3.50 for a gallon of gas and then drives down the road to Starbucks and pays $4.00 for a cup of coffee. As for Ian Claudius it is apparent he has never taken a math class in his life(probably majored in French Renaissance Literature) Your buddies the Dems controlled the White House and the House from January of 2009 to January of 2011 and had a Filibuster proof majority in the Seanate. They could have passed any legislation they wanted for those 2 years.

May 7, 2012 at 9:05 a.m.
moon4kat said...

riverman, you don't know anything about John Bratton, or about Ian C. Smith. You do like resorting to ludicrous stereotypes, though. Do you think that's convincing anyone?

May 7, 2012 at 10:14 a.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. Williams, Excluding 30 million from the health-care rolls is the definition of rationing.

May 7, 2012 at 12:08 p.m.
Downtownman said...

Idiots on the mountain, speculation on coffee habits...this is the best you can do when faced with verifiable facts about oil (I suggest your research should extend beyond Fox News and the Petroleum Institute's highly misleading tv commercial)? Also, a Democratic majority does not result in a free ride for the president. There are enough Democrats in name only to fit in the backpockets of Corporations along with Republicans to prevent meaningful legislation.

May 7, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
01centare said...

Horton Herrin of Dalton needs to take his own advice and use verifiable facts before spewing off his ignorance.

May 7, 2012 at 8:30 p.m.
chet123 said...

RIVERMAN....YOU KEEP BRINGING UP 2 YEARS THE DEMOCRATS HAD IN THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH......HOW ABOUT THE 6YEARS REPUBLICAN HAD WITH YOUR HERO GEORGE W.....HOPE YOU HAVENT FORGOT....GAS WAS RECORD HIGH ALL 6 OF THEM YEARS......THE CLINTON SURPLUS WAS WIPED OUT....AND THE DEFICIT EXPLODED.......BUSH LEFT OBAMA ON THE BRINK OF A DEPRESSION.......NOW YOU THINK OBAMA CAN CLEAN UP 6YEARS OF DAMAGE IN ONE TERM...WITH NO HELP FROM THE REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE TRIED TO UNDERMINE HIM ON EVERY ISSUE.....

SO THE REPUBLICAN MESS UP(AS THEY DID WITH GEORGE H.)AND DEMOCRATS TO WAVE A MAGIC WAND TO INSTANTANEOUSLY CLEAN UP IN 4 YEARS...HA HA HA HA.....IT TOOK CLINTON 8 YEARS TO TURN THIS COUNTRY AROUND.....SO BEFORE POSTING GET UP OFF YOUR LAZY BUTT AND FIND OUT THE FACTS.....AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE WITNESS YHR REPUBLICAN SCHEMING....I GUARTEEN YOU THE SAME THING THAT HAPPENED IN EUROPE WILL HAPPEN HERE IF MITT ROMNEY IS ELECTED...........THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL BE A SOCIALIST

May 8, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.
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