published Friday, October 25th, 2013

Fleischmann challenger needed and other letters to the editors

Fleischmann challenger needed

Tea party Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, has now earned the dubious distinction of being a member of the Suicide Caucus in Congress. He and 79 other members signed a letter to the Speaker pressuring him to use the threat of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare. A position supported by only 22 percent of Americans according to a recent poll.

The results of this failed political stunt has cost the economy $25 billion. Our country’s travel and hospitality industries, which impacts jobs and the economy right here in Chattanooga, took a $152 million per day hit, while Fleischmann and his fellow circus clowns in Washington smiled and congratulated each other on the “success” of their plan.

So the question we should now ask ourselves is should we continue to let this 22 percent on the extreme margin lead the broader majority of us around by the nose and select our congressional representative for us? Isn’t it time that Mr. Fleischmann is challenged by a mainstream fiscally responsible Republican in the primary and perhaps even a more mainstream moderate Democrat in November? Thomas Jefferson said: “The government you elect is the government you deserve.” I think we all deserve better.

MARC KENYON, Soddy-Daisy


Advice about union rules

If you are a VW worker, you may get to vote on whether or not to unionize. Before you vote, consider the following:

Do you enjoy your job? You’ve had extensive training, and are truly a skilled worker. There is no comparison between your job and the assembly line jobs of the 1940s and 1950s. Union work rules back then were so restrictive that if you installed driver-side rear view mirrors, you were forbidden to install passenger side mirrors. The backbone of union job creation and protection is work rules that restrict what you can or cannot do in the workplace, under the guise of protecting your job. If unionization prevails, trust me, restrictive work rules will follow. Your job will suddenly become far less exciting. How do you feel about that?

Should you vote? You might rationalize that because Tennessee is a right-to-work state, unionization won’t make any difference because you can’t be required to pay dues if you are not a union member. If unionization prevails and you choose not to be a union member or pay dues, imagine how your union member colleagues will view you. I don’t think you’ll be too popular.

STEVE BERNTHAL, Blairsville, Ga


Veterans hurt by so-called ‘patriots’

To the Madisonville, Tenn., Vietnam veteran who wrote a letter on Oct. 22: As an American and a U. S. Navy veteran, I honor your service. I believe all Americans do. However, please do not suggest that it was anyone other than the extremists calling themselves “tea party patriots” who caused the shuttering of our national monuments and the loss of work for almost a million American citizens, many of them war veterans. What a cruel and thoughtless act for “patriots,” who have yet to understand the disastrous consequences of their actions on individual American citizens.

FRANKLIN McCALLIE


Tea party-isms at their core

Recently I have read profuse negative press in the TFP related to the tea party. My question is which of the following 10 core beliefs of the modern-day tea party movement are repulsive to those denigrating the tea party?

1. Eliminate excessive taxes

2. Eliminate the national debt

3. Eliminate deficit spending

4. Protect free markets

5. Abide by the constitution of the United States

6. Promote civic

7. Reduce the overall size of government

8. Believe in the people

9. Avoid the pitfalls of politics

10. Maintain local independence

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” —Abraham Lincoln

I believe we are not getting the truth from this administration.

DONALD STEWART, Signal Mountain


Dissidents threaten two-party system

A small pocket of strident members of Congress disagree with a federal statute. There are three proper ways to attack a federal statute.

1. If there are constitutional infirmities, inherent or in application, the statute is challenged in the federal court system.

2. If the statute is totally without merit, the remedy is repeal.

3. If parts of the statute are without merit, the remedy is amendment.

Unable to invalidate, repeal or amend, that pocket of congressional dissidents have tried to blackmail the nation to bend to their will. Lacking success at that, some assert they will continue that ignoble effort.

This nation does not capitulate to blackmailers. Never has. Never will.

It appears that some vocal dissidents may cause the Republican Party to splinter or implode. That would be a tragedy. The party of statesmen like Eisenhower, Dirksen, Reagan and, now, Bob Corker has served this nation well in the past.

Democrats should take no joy or pleasure in considering such a breakup or implosion of the Republican Party. We should recognize that there is strength and balance in the two-party system. The two-party system has contributed mightily to the greatness of this nation — when each behaves with propriety.

JODY BAKER

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anniebelle said...

Oh, my, Mr. McCallie, you are so 'cruel' to tell us about these anti-American 'patriots' who actually caused the shut down of our government. We can't stand to hear truth, you know.

October 25, 2013 at 5:41 a.m.
soakya said...

over budgeted and 500 million wasted on the website rollout.

looks like the tea party is now being vindicated since there is now democrats now asking for an extension on the purchase mandate.

October 25, 2013 at 10:58 a.m.
daytonsdarwin said...

What's so suspicious about the Tea Party? The Christian fundamentalist nuts who have taken it over.

From Santorum, Bachmann, Glenn Beck, to Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. It's the Tea Party Taliban.

Who knew that Jehovah and Jesus wore tri-corner hats and liked flags with a serpent on it? Leave it to those fun-loving deities to do the wackiest things!

And the Holy Ghost? Let's not forget about he/she/it (Christianity's favorite transgendered holy hobgoblin). The Flying Spook is dropping stupid bombs on Rick Perry and Mike Huckabee 'till its little flapping wings can't lift any more.

As long as the Tea Party is run by religious fundamentalists it will continue to fail.

October 25, 2013 at 12:47 p.m.
Plato said...

Re, letter from DONALD STEWART:

The objection and raising opposition to the Tea Party is not so much based on their stated policies but rather their tactics, which in a nut shell are centered around obstruction (at any cost) as opposed to legislation. They need to learn that they represent only one segment of our society and in a democracy, EVERYONE's issues and priorities must be respected, not just theirs. They have had opportunities for major budget deals but becasue they can't get 100% of what they want no deal is struck. They need to learn to be part of the solution instead of just being the problem.

October 25, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.
LibDem said...

Mr. DONALD STEWART, our perception of the Tea Party is based on what we see, hear and read from those who appoint themselves spokespersons. It's not fair but all political movements face that same labeling problem.

(And you might want to rethink that 9. Avoid the pitfalls of politics.)

October 25, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

Suicide is continuing the expansion of the scope and spending of the federal government. I had my doubts about Fleischmann but lately he is showing promise. Now if we can get him to start fighting the rights violations of the Patriot Act and NDAA he will have won my full support.

October 25, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
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