published Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Pam's Points: Recall fever needs cold shower, ACA ruling big for Tennesseans

Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Chattanooga seems to be getting into the tea party fervor of petitions and recalls, so let's open up the floor.

If Charlie Wysong, who doesn't even live in the city's District 7, can spearhead a recall petition to oust Councilman Chris Anderson because Anderson sponsored the city's domestic-partner, same-sex benefits ordinance, then why not just have a government turnover free-for-all?

Who's got a petition out there to recall Larry Grohn just because you don't like his continually out-of-order questions about the same things over and over and over?

Or how about a petition to recall Carol Berz, the council's only woman, because you just don't like women?

Maybe someone should circulate a petition to recall Moses Freeman simply on the basis that he's spent most of his life in government service. Or maybe Chip Henderson, Russell Gilbert or Ken Smith should face recall because they do or don't like backyard chickens.

Wysong and tea party leader Mark West already had won a bid via petition to get the domestic partner question on the August ballot during the Hamilton County general election. The new city ordinance instructs the city to offer benefits to city employee's gay or straight partners -- something many cities, some states and the federal government already do. But now Wysong and crew see the need to take on the sponsor of the ordinance, too?

Funny how the 'don't tread on me' crowd wants to tread on everybody else. Extending those benefits would increase the city's benefit cost by only 1 percent, or about $163,000 a year, so the recallers can't really claim this is a fiscal issue. Maybe they're just on a roll with recall-mania after failing twice to oust former mayor Ron Littlefield?

Here's the real fiscal issue: We elect leaders at election time, and for specific terms. Governing is never a pretty process, but the last thing we need is more election cost, more confusion, more obstruction, more rabbit trails to turn residents against government and against civic involvement.

Voter turnout in the last Chattanooga city election was pathetic. If voters didn't care then about city roads and taxes, they likely don't care now about who sleeps where and with whom, who goes to what church, or even who wants chickens in the back yard.

Within the past year, a USA TODAY/Bipartisan Policy Center poll examined why Americans -- especially young ones -- are souring on politics and particularly souring on the idea of serving in government. The top reason among those younger than 30 was that politics is "vicious" and "nasty." Yep.

And with that said, Chris Anderson is a thoughtful, smart, fair-minded, principled young council member that Chattanooga very much needs to keep.

The fight against health care

Listen up, Gov. Haslam and Tennessee lawmakers: A federal district judge has ordered Missouri to stop enforcing the state law they adopted last year to obstruct the Affordable Care Act and its "navigators," or counselors.

The Missouri law heaped extra and unnecessary requirements on the counselors and forbade state and local officials from cooperating with the federal insurance exchange.

The ruling is important -- especially given bills now pending in Tennessee that would, out right, make it illegal here to help people enroll in what has become known as Obamacare. The judge said the Missouri law harmed the public interest of a federal law.

Listen up, consumer advocates in Tennessee: Get to the courthouse quickly with a challenge to Volunteer State obstructionist hijinks.

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cooljb said...

You listen up Pam, there are provisions in the law for recalls, just like there are laws to even have elections in the first place. If people want to exercise that right and law, just exactly what are you whining about? It is a law and the voters, the actual voters in Anderson's district, that will decide his fate via the ballot box. What is your problem with that? Maybe it is you, and others like you, that agree with politicians saying one thing to get elected then take on a personal agenda from the beginning of their term that was NEVER mentioned during the campaign. However, the provision for recalls are to provide a way to negate such travesty's, quit whining and understand, once again, it is the voters right via the law. Period.

February 2, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.
Ki said...

The people of District 7 were duped into this petition drive. They've been misled, but not by Councilman Anderson. The people behind the petition and actually controlling it used the gullibilty and lack of being informed to sway them. They knew the people would be suspicious of outsiders so they used black clergy they have financial control over to get their foot in the door, knowing the people's guard would be down.

Advice to these people: 1. You should never go grocery shopping when you're hungry, and 2. you should never lend your john hancock without knowing all the facts. 3. A desperate people are the most vulnerable and easily exploited. And believe me when I say, these people are truly desperate, which has made them easy targets.

February 2, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.
sagoyewatha said...

So,Ki, you are saying the people in district 7 are not too bright...in your opinion. And frankly,Pam I wish you could be recalled.

February 2, 2014 at 10:16 a.m.
Ki said...

Don't twist words, sagoyewatha that's a sin, according to these petition organizers. The real ones behind the petition and not the vulnerable people they've duped.

gullible+misled+vulnerable+desperate do not equate to not being bright. Under just the right circumstances most of us would be easy targets for others to misrepresent. A drowning man will grab hold of anything someone throws them, even if it's bound to drown them quicker. The real ones behind this petition are using these people to make a mockery of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. King and all that's been fought for and using these people as their prop, then laughing at them and clapping themselves on the back behind the scenes.

February 2, 2014 at 10:21 a.m.
Ki said...

Many black churches were used as a vessel in an attempt to destroy the Civil Rights Movement too. Black clergy dependent upon white power structure for financial support got their marching orders. That's the real reason Dr. King was kicked out of many southern churches and turned down to become a pastor at a local church. History didn't record that, but think of the times and who controlled the purse strings back then. Same today.

February 2, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.
sagoyewatha said...

Thank you for the revisionist history lesson. When you are using universal generalizations to try and prove your feeble points, please exclude me out,you race baiter!

February 2, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.
Ki said...

Wep! sagoye, only in America the citizens have have a difficult time staring history in it truest and most honest form. Americans can talk about Hitler's Germany, Castro's Cuba, China's communism and so on, but dark American secrets come to light and the truth is suddenly race baiting.

Something else you should know. This anti-gay movement isn't just local. It's become global. Inspired by U.S. evangelicals and hate. U.S. evangelicals fueled the anti-movement in Russia and made life umbearable of gays in Uganda. Uganda, where lesbians are sometimes raped by their own family members to put the straight back in them. And it's all right their in the evangelical bible so it must be sanctioned by their god.

February 2, 2014 at 7:14 p.m.
aae1049 said...

I supported Chris Anderson to replace the incumbent because I did not think that people would lead with their sexuality. I was wrong.

I thought Chris Anderson seemed bright, and would be good for city business, boy was I wrong. All Anderson promotes is the gay agenda. How is an expansion of health insurance to non employees an appropriate action, when the city has cut health insurance benefit for older workers>

Right out of the gate Anderson has done nothing but work on the gay agenda. I would like for city council members to focus on the taxpayers business.

Pam, for the record you do not have to live in district 7 to care about the well being of the city overall. :-) I like it went you get fired up, it counts.

District 7 recall Chris Anderson, you deserve better.

February 2, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.
schizka said...

So how was the black community duped this time around? Did someone bring and show their Mason ring?

February 3, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

sagoyewatha, have you ever read "Letters from a Birmingham Jail"? Come back when you have.

February 3, 2014 at 11:34 p.m.
jjmez said...

A few questions for the black community in 7TH District:

  1. What do you expect the gay white dude to accomplish with only nince months in office that the two black guys never accomplished during their entire time over your district? And they were elected multiple times, I do believe. Those two black guys actually spent more time doing for the whites in District 7 than they did for the blacks. Shootings and crimes were just as bad, sometimes even worse, then as they are today.

  2. Why do the black community allow their own elected officials to slide on problems and issues they would never allow a white, and certainly not a white gay guy, to get by with?

  3. Manny Rico doesn't count, because the whites in his community and district became so well organized that he was just a figurehead for them. They were real power and control that operated behind the scenes, and he only presented what they wanted.

  4. Here's why these people should rescind that petition and offer Councilman Anderson an apology and build a positive relationship in offering to work as a team with him: A. You give the appearance of believing in tolerance and equality only when it's your own azz on the line: To he/ll with everyone else. B. At some later date these individuals actually behind orchestrating and duping you into this will turn on you. They'll use this as an example to prove blacks really aren't tolerant of others. All those people and groups they've convinced you to go after won't be there this time around the way other ethnic, race, religious, and non-religion came to march by your side during the black struggle and Civil Rights Movement. You will be like an island; standing alone. Abandoned even.

Satan is full of trickery and michsief; you've all been seriously tricked.

February 4, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.
sagoyewatha said...

inquiringmind (1) do not tell me what to do. (2) You mean, "The Negro is Your Brother," written by the same man who plagiarized his doctoral dissertation. (3) I spent a great deal more time in jail than he did.(4)Now,back to your cell, no supper.

February 4, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
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