published Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Robin Smith for Congress

We are fortunate in Tennessee's 3rd District to have several excellent candidates running to succeed Republican U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga. After his remarkably good service, Rep. Wamp is now running for governor of Tennessee.

We have examined candidates in the congressional race. Many are sound, principled and impressive. We believe Hixson resident Robin Smith offers the best prospect of nomination in the Aug. 5 GOP primary, election in November and excellent service in Washington.

Mrs. Smith, a wife, mother and nurse, led the Hamilton County Republican Party from 1998 until 2002. In 2007, she was unanimously elected to lead the state Republican Party. She helped Republicans win majority status in the Tennessee General Assembly in 2008 -- when much of the rest of the nation was on the Obama and Democrat bandwagon.

But Mrs. Smith is no "rubber stamp" for the GOP. She has denounced outrageous spending and other bad policies promoted by both Democrats and Republicans. She has a detailed grasp of the issues as well. She understands, for instance, that Medicare and Social Security will go bankrupt without reform. She wants to let Americans under 50 divert part of what they pay for those entitlements into interest-bearing accounts that would be their personal property. Mrs. Smith will fight to repeal ObamaCare and is equally solid on other issues. She has the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Bill Brock, R-Tenn., and other conservative groups and individuals.

But our support for Mrs. Smith in the GOP primary implies no disrespect for several of her worthy rivals. Chief among them is Chuck Fleischmann, a respected local attorney who holds sound views on taxes, the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment and other issues.

Another fine congressional candidate is Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, a critic of deficit spending and bailouts.

Van Irion, a rugged constitutionalist, opposes excessive Washington control.

Art Rhodes manages a pension plan for church workers and was once chief of staff for Rep. Mike Parker, R-Miss.

Tommy Crangle is an engineer who was a top adviser to Iraq on electricity issues.

Dr. Jean Howard-Hill, a UTC professor, supports reform of earmarks.

Rick Kernea, a retired Air Force captain, wants smaller government.

So does Grover Travillian, of Sharps Chapel, Tenn.

There are other GOP candidates, too. The winner of the GOP primary will face the winner of the Aug. 5 Democrat primary in November.

We recommend Mrs. Smith for Congress because of her extensive experience and conservative views on the big issues confronting us.

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gm1220 said...

In other words, "We feel she can sell the most papers!"

Vote anyone but Robin!

July 18, 2010 at 8:04 a.m.
librul said...

Vote Republican ......... are you freakin' out of your mind?

July 18, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
carlB said...

Vote anyone but Robin!

gm1220 | On: July 18, 2010 at 8:04 a.m.

Reply: I agree with you. This Nation has many problems to be dealt with and if the Republicans only methods in solving these problems is the bashing of President Obama while preventing him in trying to stop the affects of this Nation's 2007 recession from getting worse, possibly causing the country to fall into another deep depression. Since this new administration has been in control, there seems to be many differences in opinions on what the crisis issues are, what caused our crisis issues, and how to solve these problems.

If our Nation did not have the many unfinished “handed down” problems, would the Democrats and the people, even have these crisis issues to address? However, the voters were not happy with the problems of the country and spoke in the November 2008 election. It appears that many people are in denial or have forgotten the real causes of how the Nation got into these crisis conditions. Sometimes I wonder if the people really have lost their thought processes about what is right or what is wrong and do not want to take on the responsibilities of even knowing what the crisis issues are, must less in trying to understand how to deal with the issues.
Right now, our number one concern should be in doing everything necessary to keep this country from falling into a deep depression, while taking care of the "normal" issues, if there is such a thing as a "normal issue" in the minds of the anti Obama and anti Democrats persons.

The voters will have to be informed and decide what they want to happen to this Nation in the next election. Not anybody likes the total National Debt being "run up" and especially with all of the problems we ar faced with. But if the choices we are left with to make are; going back to the same policies which ceated our problems, or just throwing up our hands and doing nothing, or by spending the needed money to stabilize the affects of this recession?

If the choice was to go back to the last administration's policies or the "do nothing" policies, then we know that this would suddenly lead the country into another deep depression. SO, if we can get our employment increased with the Government help and get the private investors to start creating manufacturing jobs here in the US, while getting our trade deficit back in balance, with the help of the American consumers, this would certainly put the Nation in a better position, economically than letting it fall into another 1929, deep depression. Continuing to work our way out of this recession is not going to be "quick" but in my opinion, it is better choice to be a little more in debt than having to start over completely from being in a deep depression.
We need to work together and it will be left up to the voters on which direction they want the country to be taken.

July 18, 2010 at 12:20 p.m.
MuddyCreek said...

"No rubber stamp for the GOP?" I really thought newspapers did better homework than that! She has already catered to and received glorious endorsements from selected GOP House leadership (I will let you check out her nauseating list of irrelevant endorsement on her site) and has been so arrogant as to begin seeking committee appointment. Fortunately for her, there is a lot of blame to go around in Washington for our current condition, so she can safely appear to be a "voice crying in the wilderness" for reform. But, in the end she will be as divisive and hopelessly loyal to her cronies as she has been right here. Bad choice!

July 18, 2010 at 10:46 p.m.
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