published Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Tea party helps GOP and other letters to editors

Tea party helps GOP

I have seen quotes from Democrats and establishment Republicans on how the tea party types should let the "adults" run things. Well, it was the "adults" who got us into this mess by acting like children. In 2008, the national debt was $10.7 trillion. The tea party was established in 2009 in response to Obamacare. Because of the tea party, the Republican "adults" were able to capture the House. In the last two elections the "adults" nominated two "moderates" for president who got beaten badly. Thus, the real way to win an election is to be more conservative, not less. Also, the Republicans post-shutdown poll numbers were around 25 percent. These are obviously tea party and true conservatives. Without our votes, the Republicans would lose. So why don't you "adults" continue to insult us and maybe we will just vote for a third party guy or stay home. How can the tea party be blamed for anything with only 60-70 house members? Not to mention they weren't even in existence when 60 percent of the debt was created and Obamacare passed. You "adults" wouldn't know strategy if it bit you on the nose.

TIM PRICE, Hixson


Encourage support for clean energy

I agree with the Sierra Club's call for TVA to ramp up support and budget for energy efficiency. Wind energy brings clean power, but, as a leader in energy efficiency, sustainability, and clean energy technology, it makes sense for EPB to encourage TVA to support energy efficiency, too. That's better for all of us.

BRUCE BLOHM, Chattanooga


Infrastructure needs repair

Pork barrel is king and brings out all kinds of hypocrisy in politics. Indeed, Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and Tom Graves, R-Ga., as well as the other members of Georgia's Republican congressional delegation, all voted for the Water Resources Reform Act. Georgia gets money for the Port of Savannah, Chattanooga for its lock and Kentucky Republicans for the Olmsted Project. Republicans said this would add jobs and improve infrastructure. But, wasn't this what President Obama wanted back in 2009? Obama had a jobs bill to improve roads, bridges and infrastructure. Republicans hate taxes and the growing national debt, but this bill increases the federal government's portion of the money for projects from 50 percent to 75 percent. Obama looks like a man among children.

DAVID BEAN, Chatsworth, Ga.


Benefits for gay partners

America was built by God. Marriage was instituted by God. Now they are being turned over to the gays. In a few days our council will vote for gay marriage. It will start with the benefits for gay partners, but we all know that it will go on to gay marriage.

THE REV. CHARLES BROWN, Chattanooga

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ToHoldNothing said...

Not gay marriage in TN! In all seriousness, I'm skeptical it would pass and even if it did, we'd have people trying to appeal it in some way...

November 2, 2013 at 1:06 a.m.
Facts said...

There may have been a time that the Tea Party did help the GOP, as noted. But, they are now more similar to the tactics of far-left organizations than the GOP. The idea of winning at all costs may work at certain times, but it doesn't permit governing.

The really disgusted trait of all of this is that the Tea Party is more enraged at the GOP than Democratic leaders and officials who openly mock them and actively implement extremely destructive politics. As I posted just yesterday, I was a fan of the Tea Party; no more.

Elected officials like our Congressman Fleishmann who exist only because of these extremists are our problem. Ridiculous to vote for the shutdown, then clamor for Chickamauga Lock funding.

November 2, 2013 at 7:51 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

THE REV. CHARLES BROWN, Chattanooga:

"America was built by God."

Never saw god laying railroad tracks, plowing a field, or picking cotton. Must have been his day off. Maybe he had an on-the-job accident and was on Workman's Comp.

"Marriage was instituted by God."

God didn't know whether it was one wife, several wives, plus thousands of concubines. God wasn't quite sure which way he was leaning on that issue. But He did like his men to "have a good time with polygamy, rape, incest, and slavery. Don't forget stoning. God loves Him a good stoning.

"Now they are being turned over to the gays."

I did not get the message from the gays that they had taken over marriage. Perhaps the gays lost my phone number or email address. You'd think that there would have been something on the news that announced, "Gays Take Over Marriage!" but even Fox News didn't have that story.

"In a few days our council will vote for gay marriage."

Does that mean those on the City Council who are married to members of the opposite sex will divorce and become gay? Or will they join the vast conspiracy to take over the world for gays? Will everyone be required to dress like Nathan Lane in the "Birdcage"? Will "We Are Family" become the new National Anthem?

"It will start with the benefits for gay partners, but we all know that it will go on to gay marriage."

Yes and before you know it "swishing while you work" will be required at Volkswagen, the military will be replaced by drag queens wearing bullet-proof bras and pink helmets, and butch lesbians will become defensive tackles for the Titans. Richard Simmons will be appointed Secretary of Interior Design, and Jesus on-the-Cross will now be wearing a lacy chiffon Chartreuse-colored off-the-shoulder robe since white is taboo after Labor Day.

Thanks for the warning Rev. Brown. Where will you be buying your stiletto heels for Sunday go-to-meeting services or will you be wearing sensible pumps when you pass the plate?

November 2, 2013 at 8:31 a.m.
aae1049 said...

daytonsdumbie

That last sentence to the Rev Brown was trashy and uncalled. You are not anymore an authority than anyone else.

November 2, 2013 at 3:26 p.m.
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