published Saturday, August 7th, 2010

Letters to the Editors - 1

Free economy boosts prosperity

In late June, I wrote a letter that attributed the rise of West Germany after World War II to its embrace of laissez faire capitalism. Several people responded with the charge that I “forgot” the Marshall Plan.

In fact, Marshall funds never comprised more than 5 percent of West Germany’s economy, not nearly enough to account for its rapid rise.

The letter writers made sundry other claims, including the demonstrably false one that America’s no-elite worked for “peasant wages” under Republican presidents. To take one example to the contrary, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the number of people in poverty fell, while average yearly wages for all workers, not just the rich, increased.

What all of these writers failed to address was this: As a matter of history, the freer a country’s economy, the more prosperous the country. Today’s U.S. is a prime example. Since about 2006, government spending has been out of control, private institutions have been semi-nationalized, new taxes imposed and regulations tightened.

The result? Almost 10 percent unemployment, a jittery stock market, and debt and deficits that threaten to consume us.

If this is the glory of a planned economy, I’ll take my chances in the free market.

BEN M. WOLK

Fort Oglethorpe



A little math shows how economy works

Here is some simple math for those who just can’t figure it out:

Approximately two-thirds of those “evil” rich people the libs want to raise taxes on are small-business owners. Translated, the people who provide most of us jobs.

I can’t speak for everyone, but I’ve never been offered a job by a poor person. That said, logic would indicate if you reduce taxes, or keep tax cuts in place for those “evil” rich people (a.k.a. business owners), their businesses would have more free money to hire more employees. This is called job creation. Creating jobs means more people working. More people working means more spending. More spending creates even more jobs at Best Buy, Target, Walmart etc., not to mention money spent and jobs created by folks building or remodeling their homes and such.

Now here’s the interesting part, the more people working, the less unemployment and welfare the government (a.k.a. we, the people) pay out. Plus the government takes in even more money from payroll taxes from all these new workers.

All of this “magically” helps reduce our deficit — providing this administration quits spending it faster than they take it in.

Weird how this works, huh?

CHUCK PARHAM

Rossville



Class-action filers worse than oil scum

The oil scum pollution of the Gulf Coast is no match for the legal counterpart scrambling to file class- action lawsuits.

JOHN ROSE

Signal Mountain



Send a message: Reject Democrats

The upcoming elections are very important to all of us for although we must wait until 2012 to vote President Obama out, we can start by voting out his Democrat majority. Just remember, this bunch voted in Obama-Care even though 70 percent of the American public opposed it.

At the same time, Washington politicians kept the government Cadillac health care plan for themselves. Evidently ObamaCare wasn’t good enough for them. Do you sense creation of an upper class here? They ignored the public outcry and followed the party line. The economy is in the worst shape it’s ever been in and we will go further in debt once ObamaCare is implemented.

Obama likes to deflect blame for the bad economy on Bush policies, but BIOB (blame it on Barrack). Also worth mentioning is the Democrat heavy-handed approach toward implementation of constitutional requirements that makes we wonder what third world country we’re in. The Democrats use the Constitution only when it benefits their cause. This is the worst bunch of liberals to ever hit Washington and we need to let them know. Stay on point, stay on subject. Do the research. We need to send a message

PAUL R. PEPI



Overturn decision on campaign gifts

Citizens United is a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court giving corporations First Amendment rights and allowing them to contribute unlimited amounts of money to any political campaign they choose. This decision will allow political groups to use corporate money to spread misinformation and air attack ads, right up to election day. There is nothing more devastating to the public interest than to allow corporations — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.

The Citizen United decision will take political power away from individuals, undermine our democracy, and gives a major victory to big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests.

Powerful interests lobby every day to drown out the voices of average middle- and working-class Americans.

To add another kick to the head of the average citizen, corporations have instructed their corporate lawyers to explore the possibility of keeping the corporate shell free from such things as antitrust laws and environmental laws, now that they have been given “personhood” and the same equality as ordinary American citizens.

Citizen United must be overturned or narrowed by congressional legislation. It is a threat to our democracy.

GARY HOLLAND

Dalton, Ga.



Business location not in a good place

City of East Ridge, instead of locating your “adult oriented” businesses between Camp Jordan Park and the new Costco, you should put more adult stores and new strip clubs smack in the middle of town! Maybe then, the fine citizens might just petition such businesses out.

By the way, take exit 1, Ringgold Road W., turn right at the tattoo parlor and “adult oriented” shop. You will find my elementary school on the right a few blocks down.

SUSAN S. WARREN

Ringgold, Ga.



Obama opponents need to face facts

Why do the people who are supposed to be “intellectual” not accept the financial crisis conditions this nation was in at the time President Obama won the presidency and realize what he needs to do to prevent the 2007 U.S. recession from developing into a deep depression?

The Republican politicians had been denying a recession was occurring in 2007, but all of a sudden in 2008, the Bush administration needed $700 billion of borrowed tax money to “bail out” the mismanaged financial systems, which would have had worldwide financial repercussions if they did not stay solvent.

Even with the $700 billion bailout of the failed financial systems in September 2008, the “damage” from the deep recession had already started in 2007.

In addition, the total national debt was already up to $11 trillion, the accumulated trade deficit is up to the hundreds of billion dollars, unemployment is high, we are in two wars, etc.

Do the anti-Obama people want this nation to be in a deep depression? If not, then why are they opposing Obama from spending the money needed to prevent a deep depression? Jobs are needed now.

CARL BRACKIN

Georgetown, Tenn.

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librul said...

Mr. Brackin - it has been pointed out that the American oligarchs who control Republican politicians are trans-national capitalists. They have offshored the sources of their riches to countries which require no consideration of workers and offshored their cash reserves to avoid paying their fair share of American taxes.

In reality, they are scarcely "Americans" at all. They are globalists who are less and less invested in the fate of the country they are robbing. All they and the Republican obstructionists acting on their behalf want is more, More, MORE at the expense of the disappearing middle class.

They hate Obama and are dedicated to opposing his every move because they have cast their lot with the top two percent who own them. Obama's democratic initiatives on behalf of the masses undermine their gravy train.

They are destroying America before our eyes. When the masses realize this, there will be a real mess in the streets.

August 7, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.
carlB said...

Mr. Brackin - it has been pointed out that the American oligarchs who control Republican politicians are trans-national capitalists. They have offshored the sources of their riches to countries which require no consideration of workers and offshored their cash reserves to avoid paying their fair share of American taxes.

In reality, they are scarcely "Americans" at all. They are globalists who are less and less invested in the fate of the country they are robbing. All they and the Republican obstructionists acting on their behalf want is more, More, MORE at the expense of the disappearing middle class. librul | On: August 7, 2010 at 12:21 p.m.


Reply: A good post, I agree As I have said before, the Capitalists goal has always been to get the lowest labor price possible, but when the workers in one country compete with other countries who have a lower monetary value than ours, then that is what we have now. Our workers cannot compete when the trade agreements are gotten which allows the race of the global companies to invest into the lower wage countries, using the lower labor and then expecting the US consumers to continue buying their imports, we get the results that we have now. In fairness, there are Democrats who have also been lobbied to go along with these so called "free trade agreements."

Since the American consumers are helping cause the record trade imbalances when buying the global corporation's imported goods, made in other countries, it is going to be up to the US consumers to start the correction of decreasing the buying of these Global Corporations’ goods. The reduction in spending has already started by the people who have lost their jobs and do not have “credit” or the money to spend.
Therefore, until our citizens stop buying imported goods, it will help in getting our manufacturing jobs back. Even if there is a possibility that the workers might have to work for lower wages to accomplish getting back the private sector investors to create jobs which manufacture the goods that are now imported so the US consumers will have “Made in the USA” goods to by at competitive prices, helping balance in our trade with other countries. Right now, the important thing is getting back our jobs and putting our citizens back to work, doing productive work on long-term jobs. It will be like starting all over again, because while we were buying all of those imported goods, the country as we knew it, changed drastically, over the years. Our Citizens are going to need long-term "industrial" jobs here in this country, with more exports taking place to sustain our "service and debt based economy." Even with the fraud and greed-taking place, rushing up the financial recession, we were already in an un-sustainable economic condition due to our unfair trade policies, allowing this Nation to have record accumulated trade deficits.

August 7, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
carlB said...

Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 Letters to the Editors - 1

Send a message: Reject Democrats PAUL R. PEPI


Reply: You are not "preaching" to your choir with everyone here.

The Republican Party leaders have tried to "beat" President Obama down and have tried to convince the voters that the "mess" this country is in was caused by the Democrats. Yet everything the Republicans are doing against Obama should indicate that they are not wanting to do what is right for the country and the people. It would be terrible if the Republicans got control of a veto proof Congress. We cannot stress enough the reasons for doing the needed actions for preventing this 2007 deep recession from getting worse. Apparently the Republicans are doing everything they can do to prevent the recovery from this 2007 recession.
What would the Republicans do to prevent the 2007 recession from falling into a deep depression with the total National Debt was already at $11.0 trillion dollars? They have not come up with any plans, other than stop any stimulus spending and cut more taxes. If they were to get back in control with these plans, then what would prevent this country from falling into a deep depression?

There are people who apparently think they would not have any affects from a deep depression and want this administration to stop spending the money needed to prevent another deep depression. Trying to save jobs and creating jobs by getting our private sectors to start reinvesting to get our manufacturing base reestablished here in the US. Why have we continuously lost so many of our manufacturing plants over the past years?

August 7, 2010 at 5:26 p.m.
sharonjo6 said...

Health care (transformation) is one of the best issues this current administration has done thus far. With this change individuals will have the opportunity to seek professional and quality health care services. Who would want to return to the days of the horse and buggy, b/w tv sets, manual typewriters, pac man, you get the point? That's about how old the health care system was in the USA. Each day the news is filled with social tragedies in which lives are taken at the hands of known acquaintences and/or family members. Our society is stricken with the institutions of white collar crime permeating throughout this great nation and greed which tends to strike at the very fabric of our country. If you are looking for affordable health insurance check out http://bit.ly/chE6zp . I hope everyone will soon recognize and use the resources made by this transformation to seek professional medical attention as the need arises rather than turning to illegal and criminal activities to resolve their issues.

August 8, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.

carlb aka carl brackin likes to keep on yakkin' and even answers his letter's comments with more of his comments...

sharonspamsky must be 'in the business', hence her obsession with posting her Ads all over the TFP.

And of course, who could forget our resident Libster?

"Mr. Brackin - it has been pointed out that the American oligarchs who control Republican politicians are trans-national capitalists".

Wouldn't that also include the Far-Left Democrat-Marxist George 'billions' Soros whose claim to fame is dismantling and ruining nations economies? Or the 'Democratic' Feinsteins and Clintons, et al who sold us and our jobs out to China, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, etc, etc. while enriching themselves? Or maybe the Obamas themselves who have continually, over the years sold America out to the highest bidder in Chicago, the Islamic world and of course, to the Far-left in the 'Weather-Underground' world? All rabid Capitalists to a tee.

"They hate Obama and are dedicated to opposing his every move because they have cast their lot with the top two percent who own them. Obama's democratic initiatives on behalf of the masses undermine their gravy train".

Don't project your childish emotions on the rest of us, we adamantly hate evil and evil's Policies, machinations and irrational 'reasoning'. Smooth talkers and self-indulgent messiah-gods are not our cup of Tea, bub. There is one Lord God and He is the One and Only Living God.

BTW, your misuse and abuse of the word 'democratic' here is very telling and a lie. The only initiatives the O has enacted are right out of the Saul Alinsky-Marxist manual and his "rules for radicals". We know it and you guys know it, so stop your prettifying of the English language. Have the cojones to admit what you are and who you follow.

"They are destroying America before our eyes. When the masses realize this, there will be a real mess in the streets".

Let me get this straight. Your nefarious evil-doers are the ones in power and have been since '06 (and before if you follow the Wilson/FDR/Roosevelt/Carter/Clinton/Frank/Dodd /Reid/Pelosi/Feinstein/Boxer/Waxman/Soros/Jones/Podesta /Rangel/Waters/Kennedy/Murtha/etc, etc) paper trail.

I agree with this much, when the masses of drugged and asleep Americans finally realize who they've been believin', there will be a mess. But it won't be in the streets and it won't be the Conservatives cryin'. They already know the Truth, it's you, the indoctrinated who will be slapped hard with the harsh hand of Reality. You, who are so smug now, watch how the Proud do fall, and fall hard. Many of us know what violent beasts the Left are. We've seen and heard the threats and the killings. The fact that now, at this moment in History, you have violent and ugly friends in the High places of Power, means nothing. Nothing, in the scheme of things, because the Big Picture is not yours and never will be....

August 8, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Good gosh, canary-you've really gone off the deep end. Get help. Soon.

August 8, 2010 at 9:33 p.m.
carlB said...

Good gosh, canary-you've really gone off the deep end. Get help. Soon. Username: lkeithlu | On: August 8, 2010 at 9:33 p.m.


Reply: Must be another bad hair day? You do notice that there are not any answers from some people on what to do about this 200r deep recession other than making personal attacks on just the speaking out and reminding the voters about the truth all of the misinformation being put out.

August 8, 2010 at 10:18 p.m.

You both are the ones who are insane, after all, not one of my facts have you been able to refute. Ikey is just plain stupid (and probably overloaded her brain with too much hashish in the sixties). Carlb, who answers his own Letters to the Editor? Mad, ranting Leftist, owned by the Union Trash.

What a pair of Troglodytes you are. Go have another evil day and crawl back under your rocks.

August 9, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

Yep.. canary is definitely a westboro baptist brand of christain

August 9, 2010 at 12:47 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

Hahahahahahahah!

I have never used any illegal drugs, canary. I do enjoy a drink now and then, and I am WAY over the legal age of 21.

August 9, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.
carlB said...

I have never used any illegal drugs, canary. I do enjoy a drink now and then, and I am WAY over the legal age of 21. Username: lkeithlu | On: August 9, 2010 at 12:52 p.m.


Reply:

Have any of you noticed that there is needs to be a definite separation of the "reply" of one person's posting, to have an indication of what the original poster said? In other words, both the "replyer" and the original poster's posts are so mixed up it is hard to know who said what.

August 9, 2010 at 7:31 p.m.
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