published Monday, April 29th, 2013

Smith: Government distrusted and Americans disgusted

By Robin Smith
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    Robin Smith, former Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and congressional candidate.
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An April 15 Associated Press/Roper Public Affairs poll records what we all sense: The average citizen is fed up with our federal government.

Of 1,004 adults questioned, 56 percent responded that "America is heading in the wrong direction." Only 7 percent trust "the government in Washington to do what is right just about always" and 11 percent claimed "the government never does what's right."

So, is this distrust justified? Let's stroll through a few events:

The U.S. government operated with no budget for four years while spending without restraint. According to an April 15 Washington Post article, President Barack Obama's own budget projects $5.3 trillion in deficits -- spending more than revenue available -- while racking up more than $8 trillion in new debt during the next 10 years.

Please recall the Congress and the president abdicating their constitutional roles and deferring to a "super-committee" in 2011 to deal with the debt ceiling on spending. After meetings and more meetings, the idiocy of the sequester was triggered. The president owns the idea of the sequester but the Congress embraced the proverbial muddy pig, too.

Then, the "we-have-to-pass-the-bill-to-know-what's-in-the-bill" Affordable Care Act is now law. Even its sponsors have called it a "train wreck" appearing to derail itself off the tracks of reality when the policies on paper were so perfectly planned.

The Wall Street Journal featured a March assessment of Obamacare's impact on health care costs with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius acknowledging "some higher costs." In reality, a nonpartisan professional organization, the Society of Actuaries, says insurance companies will pay 32 percent more for claims on individual policies by 2017.

On Sept. 11, 2012, the terror attack on the American Embassy in Libya, killing our ambassador and three others, was redefined and redirected toward a YouTube video causing Islamic protests to erupt throughout the Middle East as President Obama trumpeted "al-Qaeda is on the run."

Reports last week have shown that the State Department issued an "Ops Alert" at 6:08 p.m. on the evening of the attack announcing that al-Qaeda claimed credit as the terror continued unanswered.

The same report notes that the White House purged the summary to be used to address this act of terror of any references to al-Qaeda and continued the narrative through U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's talking points of the offensive video.

Translation: The State Department, the White House, and others lied in concealing the terrorism that killed Americans and denying support to those under attack.

And then, America met the Tsanaev family living in Boston. They were legally in America where they enjoyed taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, access to some of the finest schools, and were registered to vote.

Yet, our federal government failed its only mandatory constitutional function of providing national defense. The sequence of events shows three different intelligence and law enforcement agencies were warned of the older brother's "radical" Islamic leanings.

Russian intelligence alerted the FBI in 2011; the CIA was subsequently warned by Russian officials; and the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged the Tamerlan Tsarnaev's name on a confidential watch list.

So, as I engage folks who want more power given to the federal government through spending and regulation and who prioritize the social security of our nation while destroying our national security, I cringe knowing the very foundation of this constitutional republic is being destroyed.

There's disgust because of the monumental distrust.

Robin Smith served as chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. She is a partner in the Smith, Waterhouse Strategies business development and strategic planning firm.

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lkeithlu said...

Curious. Did the poll go on to ask WHY people are fed up with the government? Or did you simply go on to insert the wingnut explanation on your own? I suspect that there are lots of reasons, not only those identified as right wing-conspiracy theory explanations. I certainly don't see the contribution of the past administration in your article either. Wonder why.

April 29, 2013 at 8:06 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

There is a difference in a poll and a scientifically constructed poll, it would be very interesting to know exactly what disgusts the persons polled. I suspect the self-centered, anti-everything, hate everything the folks who voted for Obama want unconstructive mindset of the Republicans is high on the list of disgust.

April 29, 2013 at 8:12 a.m.
acerigger said...

inquiringmind,perhaps the use of proper punctuation might help to make some sense out of your post,then again,maybe not.

April 29, 2013 at 10:40 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Ditto what lkeithlu and inquiringmind said. Upon reading Robin Smith's statement, "Of 1,004 adults questioned, 56 percent responded that 'America is heading in the wrong direction,'" my immediate reaction was: Just because they think that America is headed in the wrong direction doesn't necessarily mean that it's because of too much government. But Mrs. Smith has a way of working those figures to her advantage to try to prop up her flawed and biased view.

As for the references to a lack of national security on account of what happened in Benghazi and the most recent bombing in Boston...puhleeeez...with 9/11 happening under Bush's watch, and the known warnings he received about an imminent terrorist attack on our own soil....just shut up already with your whining about a cover-up, government conspiracy, or a lack of preparedness under Obama's watch. And don't forget that, even after the planes were hijacked, there was ample time for the ones that hit the twin towers and the Pentagon to be taken down by NORAD - supposedly the best air defense system in the world - yet the Bush administration was so inept (or involved in a false flag operation perhaps?) that no one could give the orders to take them down. Our conservative government in action. Or inaction, I should say. The one area, national defense, that practically every righty and lefty alike agrees that government SHOULD be trusted to take care of us, and we got NOTHING from Bush/Cheney when we needed it most.

April 29, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Great job Robin. I see some left wingnuts hiding behind user names and doing the attack thing. We love ya.

April 29, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Nobody's hiding behind a username any more than you, aae1049, doing your "we-love-you, love-your-flawed-irrational-mush-headed-teabagging-conservatism" thing.

April 29, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
Leaf said...

Personally I hide behind a user name because some of the people who post on here are irrational psychos and I don't want them to shoot up my house with their AR-15s.

If 100 people told Robin that she were paranoid, would she believe them or would that be evidence of a vast guvment conspiracy?

April 29, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Leaf said... Personally I hide behind a user name because some of the people who post on here are irrational psychos and I don't want them to shoot up my house with their AR-15s.

I was about to say the very same thing, Leaf. They also have friends and family who are members of L.E. Who have the means to access personal information to use to stalk and harrass you, your family members or anyone with a similar or same sounding name. Not giving up your real name here is a safety precaution to protect you, your family or even someone with a similar or same sounding name.

April 29, 2013 at 3:02 p.m.
timbo said...

Leaf...so basically I was right about you...you are a coward. I am not surprised. By the way, my name is Tim Price, aka Timbo.

Robin Smith is not afraid, so why should you be?

As far as I am concerned, I don't think that the TFP should print anything without a name. AN OPINION WITHOUT A NAME IS NOT AN OPINION AT ALL. That is why you libs are so brave hiding behind user names. It is easy to be aggressive when your anonymous.

I have been writing on the Chattanoogan, TFP, and have been on the radio for years. I don't hide.

That is why you liberals babbling all the time means nothing. YOU ARE JUST BACKGROUND NOISE.

If you are afraid then shut up or be a little more polite and keep your insults to yourself.

April 29, 2013 at 5:28 p.m.
timbo said...

lkeithlu...If you think that 100 year old socialist policies are sane you need some therapy. Reducing Robin's comments to "conspiracy theories" shows just how unfair you are. She just disagrees with your "conspiracy theories." They are in the eye of the beholder.

Your were right about one thing, Robin conveniently left out Bush's contributions to the cynicism. He was just a little better than Obama but not much. I think that government and both parties are basically corrupt and there isn't a dime of difference between them.

April 29, 2013 at 5:39 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Exactly Timbo,"Robin is not afraid, so why should you be."

Rickaroo and others are cowards hiding behind a user name, my name is listed, and yes, I love Robin Smith. You don't have a clue about her.

April 29, 2013 at 8:47 p.m.
aae1049 said...

LR013 last name is Durham and he hides behind names and electronically stalks our watch group by following our posts. He complains about so many details, we are scared of him, and feel like he is going to show up at our house one day. Creepy guy. www.littlechicagowatch.com />

Easy123 said...

This is all a ploy by aae1049 and timboner to shame or insult people into giving their names. These people are like rats. If you give them any kind of opening into your privacy, they will do anything in their power to tear you down. Hell, that's what April Eidson does professionally!

I'm just glad people like aae1049 and timboner are dumb enough to reveal who they are. We all will be able to point these scum-sucking, nuckle-dragging mouth-breathers in public.

April 29, 2013 at 9:10 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Easy123, notice they always show up in groups and speak in the plural sense? Yet, they call everyone else cowards? Would they be so brazen and bullying if they hadn't formed groups with their L.E. friends and kin backing them? They've terrorized, harrassed and stalked innocent people under the pretense of being a concerned activists group looking out for the interest of the average citizen. Yet, they operate more on the premise of a hate group.

By the way, aae1049. My name is not Durham, and I've never been anywhere near any of your homes and don't know where any of you live, nor do I care to know. I've never visited your rinky-dink chicago watch site either.

Hopefully, you clowns won't stoop so low as to go out of your way to stage something and finger an innocent person.

April 29, 2013 at 9:37 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy and LR103. I guess you cowards that stalk our watch group online will not be able to register using your real name. Here let's make up names for you girly men to use in the paywall.

April 29, 2013 at 10:17 p.m.
Easy123 said...

You don't know sh!t from apple butter, April. You aren't a detective. You have no "skills". You have a false sense of yourself and what you do. People here have never said a word about your watch group or the website that you shamelessly promote. They only reference the lies and deceit you present here. You're the creepy one. You're "Silence of the Lambs" sick Eidson. No one gives a damn about you or your real friends. No one is stalking you electronically or your watch group. You're deluded and psychotic.

You are a deceitful piece of trash and I mean that with all the spite and slander someone can muster. Also, I wouldn't be using the phrase "girly men" if I were you. Have you seen yourself lately?

April 29, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Robin is nearly the perfect Republican...and is representative of why the Republican Party is in demographic trouble. Voicing the interests of the White, Right, and Rich is not nation building, nor is it electible Party building.

April 30, 2013 at 2:36 a.m.
Facts said...

Mrs. Smith is 100% accurate in all that she printed. The majority of commenters just attack the messenger because you can't refute the truth. The Barack Obama administration is worse than anything you ever dreamed about accusing George Bush of doing. Pure corruption.

April 30, 2013 at 6:18 a.m.
magenta said...

Just curious: If this group created by women are so into and for fellow women, then why do they go out of their way to attack other women?

April 30, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Hey acerigger: I suspect the "self-centered, anti-everything, hate-everything-the-folks-who-voted-for-Obama-want unconstructive mindset of the Republicans" is high on the list of disgust.

April 30, 2013 at 9:27 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

FYI Concerning thelittlechicaogwatch site,, my filter flags this site as follows:

Trustworthiness- very poor Vendor reliability - very poor privacy - very poor child safety- very poor

April 30, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
timbo said...

slEasy321....Another cowardly answer..the fact is that you just threatened April and I personally.

Here is the quote, "I'm just glad people like aae1049 and timboner are dumb enough to reveal who they are. We all will be able to point these scum-sucking, nuckle-dragging mouth-breathers in public."

It is easy to make a threat when your anonymous. I repeat, you and the rest of you liberals are cowards. The reason you are so afraid is that you are the biggest insult er on this page. If people knew who you were, you would be a pariah.

You can hide behind anonymity all you want but it only makes what you say insignificant.

April 30, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
Leaf said...

"Personally I hide behind a user name because some of the people who post on here are irrational psychos and I don't want them to shoot up my house with their AR-15s."

and then timbo said... "Leaf...so basically I was right about you...you are a coward. I am not surprised. By the way, my name is Tim Price, aka Timbo.

Robin Smith is not afraid, so why should you be? "

And now Leaf is saying, "Errr, because the irrational psychos all agree with Robin? Ha! Set yourself up for that one, son."

April 30, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"Another cowardly answer..the fact is that you just threatened April and I personally."

Another lie.

"It is easy to make a threat when your anonymous."

No threat was made. Other people can read, you know? They can see that the quote you included contains no threat. Are you stupid or just a liar?

"I repeat, you and the rest of you liberals are cowards."

Nope, just smarter than you.

"The reason you are so afraid is that you are the biggest insult er on this page."

Why would that make me afraid? Because I tell the truth and you can't handle it? I'm not afraid of your little sawed-off fat ass, timboner.

"If people knew who you were, you would be a pariah."

Hate to burst your bubble, but people do know who I am. Only you and a few other psychopaths here aren't privy to such information.

"You can hide behind anonymity all you want but it only makes what you say insignificant."

Keep telling yourself that.

April 30, 2013 at 1:47 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Dear Times Free Press Website Administrator,

The above post of EASY123 is full of profanity, in appropriate and should be removed. Of course, the people that post in that manner, ALWAYS hide behind user names.

Several poster feel that he is electronically stalking us.

April 30, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Timbo, he is threatening me personally, and the name calling is seething with anger over posts. Each time my friends and I post he just attacks us.

April 30, 2013 at 7:54 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"The above post of EASY123 is full of profanity, in appropriate and should be removed."

Another lie. People can see that the post contains one word, "ass", that could be construed as profane. You, madam, are a liar.

"Of course, the people that post in that manner, ALWAYS hide behind user names."

Keep telling yourself that, crazy lady. You have a user name as well, just like everyone else here.

"Several poster feel that he is electronically stalking us."

You're extremely deluded, but I find your baseless paranoia very humorous.

"he is threatening me personally, and the name calling is seething with anger over posts."

More lies. I haven't threatened you at all and the name calling is warranted considering you meet the definition of each word I refer to you as. Also, I'm not seething with anger. You probably are though. People like you hate being exposed for what you really are.

"Each time my friends and I post he just attacks us."

For your deceit, lies, and ignorance. And I will continue to do so.

Would you like to try again, crazy lady liar?

April 30, 2013 at 7:57 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Easy, you are implying that you are around me, and that is creepy. Why, if you detest our watch group and the fact I worked as an investigator for the state OGC? Are you really upset, because we ignore you?

You wrote, "Have you seen yourself lately?"

April 30, 2013 at 8:45 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"Easy, you are implying that you are around me, and that is creepy."

No, I am not implying that whatsoever. But, once again, I find your baseless paranoia very humorous.

"Why, if you detest our watch group and the fact I worked as an investigator for the state OGC?"

I know nothing of your watch group. And the only reason I know that you worked as an investigator for the state OGC is because you posted that fact here.

"Are you really upset, because we ignore you?"

I haven't been ignored by the "we" you are referring to. I've never been to your website or had any contact with you other than on this website. See how deluded and paranoid you are? You're truly a crazy lady.

Are you upset because I expose your lies and deceit here? I bet you're also upset because those "skills" you claim to have can't seem to be used to figure out my identity.

"You wrote, "Have you seen yourself lately?""

If you'll recall, your avatar picture was a picture of you. Weird how pictures work, isn't it? Being able to know what someone looks like without having to be around them! What a crazy idea?! You know what is even more crazy? That the moron that posted the picture doesn't have the wherewithal to know that she included a picture of her own face on this website.

Would you like to try again, crazy lady liar?

April 30, 2013 at 8:59 p.m.
acerigger said...

inquiringmind, thanks for caring enough to re-post for my benefit,but it still doesn't make a lot of sense.

April 30, 2013 at 10:59 p.m.
jjmez said...

Easy, I can specifically recall the individual attacking a lady on another forum so brutally that I can't seem to get it out of my mind. The attack was so brutal that I feared for the woman's safety and forwarded the information on to local, state and federal authorities. I mean the attack was just that brutal and ugly that it was disturbing. Referring to the lady as a pompous, trifling, fat-ass, ugly-bi/tch., and a host of other derogatory and demeaning statements used. I've tried to find the lady just to say a few kind words to her, but I haven't been able to locate her.

These individuals aren't concerned taxpayers. They are ruthless, bitter, angry at the world, vendictive and jealous. Maybe they're going through an extreme case of menopause. If anyone is in need of religion or finding God, any God will do, they would certainly fit the case.

May 1, 2013 at 7:47 a.m.
timbo said...

aae1049....... You don't have to be afraid of these guys. They are just background noise. I would absolutely love one of these guys to look me up. LOVE IT.

These people are just big cowards or they'd use their own names .

This is exactly what I've been talking about on some of the other comment pages. If this sort of discussion continues they are going to stop posting them. The TFP will just stop doing it. They are probably already looking for an excuse to stop.

Signed,

Tim Price

May 1, 2013 at 9:38 a.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"You don't have to be afraid of these guys. They are just background noise."

"We're" obviously in your head.

"I would absolutely love one of these guys to look me up. LOVE IT."

Oh, I bet you would, timboner.

"These people are just big cowards or they'd use their own names ."

You're an ignorant racist that uses his real name on the TFP comments section.

"If this sort of discussion continues they going to stop posting them."

I'll bet you a billion dollars that that doesn't happen. This is the Internet, where people are allowed to keep their anonymity and still say what they want.

"The TFP will just stop doing it. You're probably already looking forward excuse to stop."

BULLSH!T.

"Tim Price"

Avoid this mouth-breathing racist at all costs.

May 1, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.
timbo said...

Easy123...... Are you really that stupid? The TFP is a private company they can do whatever they want with these comments. They don't have to post them. Did you notice that they stop posting the comments on news stories?

If this is all these pages are going to be about they need to be stopped.

May 1, 2013 at 9:58 a.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"Are you really that stupid? The TFP is a private company they can do whatever they want with these comments."

Are you really that stupid? This website gets hundreds of comments and commenters everyday. It wouldn't be in the TFP's interest to forego allowing comments sections. They get way too much traffic from it.

"They don't have to post them. Did you notice that they stop posting the comments on news stories?"

They don't have a reason to NOT post them. Not every article here is allowed to be commented on. It's been that way for years here.

"If this is all these pages are going to be about they need to be stopped."

You mean if you're not going to be able to spout your ignorance, racism, etc. unopposed then you think it should be stopped, right? What a whiner!

May 1, 2013 at 10:05 a.m.
lkeithlu said...

It is just a matter of time before the TFP goes the way other papers already have: Paid access and facebook commenting.

May 1, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
aae1049 said...

True. TFP already has a very active facebook commenting site. Very successful, and paid access would require some identity information.

If you cannot say it with your real name, then why say it at all.

May 1, 2013 at 4:08 p.m.
Easy123 said...

aae1049,

"If you cannot say it with your real name, then why say it at all."

What do you think would change if you knew everyone's real name? I have no doubt you would try to investigate everyone that disagreed with you and probably slander them publicly or on your website. After all, that's what you do professionally.

Why would someone want to give their real name to a psychopathic, vindictive, deceitful liar such as yourself?

May 1, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.
Leaf said...

Commenting on an old story just so you can have the last word is so juvenile.

Anyway, aae1049 is craaaaazy!

Oh noes, what has me done? Now she gonna cyber-stalk me!

May 2, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
timbo said...

Leaf....I guess if we are "juvenile" then that makes you libs "infantile." Juvenile implies that at least we are reaching political puberty. You guys are still in diapers.

Use your name...coward.

May 2, 2013 at noon
timbo said...

aae1049..You can't make any sense to these guys. They are the Nickelodeon generation. That is where all the adults are dumb and kids think they are smart.

They have over-dosed on self-esteem and have no sense of ethics whatsoever. Free speech is not just a right, it is a responsibility. When Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death" he didn't use a user-name. What if he was called PH1776. No one would have listened because someone anonymous isn't taking a chance saying anything. If the name is hidden, then what is said is irrelevant.

Just don't post Easy123 again. I am going to ignore him. He knows my name and can look me up anytime.

I'll just bet if some right-wing nuts were using veiled threats the liberal TFP would take action. The TFP are as big a hypocrites as any of these libs.

May 2, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Actually, the TFP has taken action when there were obvious threats. At least they have in the couple of years I have been posting here. BTW, I am WAY too old to be in the Nickelodean generation. Shoot, I'm too old to be in the Sesame Street generation. Curious that you are a proponent of free speech, but are quick to criticize Bennett. I think Easy can take care of himself-if you have issue with something he is saying, continue to say so specifically. I flag comments from time to time and I tell people when I do. Sometimes the TFP responds (Ken Orr) and sometimes they don't (joneses).

And yes, there was a foaming-at-the-mouth liberal poster here a while back that got banned. Permanently. Don't be so quick to criticize the TFP.

May 2, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"I guess if we are "juvenile" then that makes you libs "infantile." Juvenile implies that at least we are reaching political puberty. You guys are still in diapers."

Actually, that's not what "juvenile" means.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile

"Use your name...coward."

Stop being an ignorant, lying racist, moron.

"You can't make any sense to these guys. They are the Nickelodeon generation. That is where all the adults are dumb and kids think they are smart."

You are demonstrably and verifiably ignorant. I've proven that fact many times.

"They have over-dosed on self-esteem and have no sense of ethics whatsoever."

You've just successfully described yourself.

"Free speech is not just a right, it is a responsibility."

A responsibility which you soil every time you spout your lies and ignorance.

"When Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death" he didn't use a user-name."

No Internet back then either. Funny how that works, isn't it?

"What if he was called PH1776. No one would have listened because someone anonymous isn't taking a chance saying anything. If the name is hidden, then what is said is irrelevant."

Keep telling yourself that. It must make you feel like what you say is, somehow, more important because you've told people your name. Why isn't your username "TimPrice"?

"Just don't post Easy123 again. I am going to ignore him. He knows my name and can look me up anytime."

Who's the coward now? I'm in your head now, timboner. Rest assured, I'll still address your lies and ignorance.

"I'll just bet if some right-wing nuts were using veiled threats the liberal TFP would take action. The TFP are as big a hypocrites as any of these libs."

Your psychosis has been duly noted. The "reality" you describe does not coincide with true reality.

You are a liar, timboner. And everyone can see it.

May 2, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.
Leaf said...

Er, I was referring to myself as juvenile for being the last to comment on an old story. For at the time of my posting, it was the last one. It was comedy. Hilarious to me at least. In retrospect, perhaps a little too subtle.

Anyway timbo, I really don't think you'll be able to goad anyone into publishing real names on this forum. It doesn't really bother me if you insult me online. I actually kinda get a kick out of it. You're pretty funny with the ranting and all.

I do question the mental stability of anyone who gets so worked up about what internet strangers think of them. So I think it would be foolish to let someone like that know who you really are.

May 2, 2013 at 4:54 p.m.
Leaf said...

Timbo said. . ."When Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death" he didn't use a user-name."

Benjamin Franklin published under an pseudonym. And we all know Benjamin Franklin was the smarter of the two.

May 2, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.
Silverengine3 said...

As a long term reader and sometime commenter I wanted to weigh in on the anonymous posting. The example above about Ben Franklin is a good one.. and not to mention deep throat who stayed secret for decades but had a tremendous impact on the history of the country. Our history is full of effective participation done "off the record" or anonymously. I use a handle on these type of postings because I prefer it that way. I have no more respect for someone who tells me their name on here, it means nothing and adds no more to their thoughts. I also have no less respect for people who don't give real names.

May 2, 2013 at 10:37 p.m.
chet123 said...

THIS WOMAN IS AN AIR HEAD!!!!!

May 26, 2013 at 12:46 p.m.
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