published Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Welcome, Mr. President: GOP ads, obstructionism are shameful

Just when we think Republicans can sink no lower, they surprise us with a deep dive.

They run a misleading ad on TV to welcome President Barack Obama to Chattanooga and Tennessee, and then claim the new jobs at VW and Amazon are here “in spite” of “liberal policies” and are here “thanks to Republican leadership.”

Hardly. But then honesty and accuracy have not been recent Republican virtues.

Tennessee Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey, who is a Republican, were key in the successful recruitment of both Volkswagen and Amazon to Chattanooga.

And then there’s also the Gig City infrastructure, as well as Chattanooga’s smart and money-saving streetlights — all largely made possible by Obama’s stimulus package, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Pretty much no Republicans voted for the stimulus, by the way.

Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese called the GOP effort to rain on Obama’s Chattanooga visit “phony.”

“The real record of [current GOP Gov.] Bill Haslam and the Republican majority is soaring unemployment, falling workers’ wages and multimillion-dollar state contracts for old business partners and well-connected cronies,” he said. “I doubt the millions of Tennesseans who work multiple jobs and still struggle to get by are impressed by this phony attempt to sell Republicans’ failed top-down agenda.”

The reality is simple and indisputable: Getting VW and Amazon here required officials of both parties — all parties — to work together.

A better future for Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and the rest of the country still depends on that, but it’s not happening now. The GOP is in total shutdown mode except to engage in juvenile name-calling and obstructionism.

Now all we hear are pathetically bad reenactments of the worst cat-fight reality shows ever filmed as our politicians send fake postcards and make trumped-up and misleading ads to bash the nation’s leader no matter what the facts really show.

In the meantime, sequestration is robbing Tennessee:

• $25.5 million in funding has been lost for education — about 340 teachers and aide jobs.

• $2.2 million in environmental funding was lost and is not ensuring clean water and air quality.

• $1.2 million in grants were lost for fish and wildlife protection.

• $681,000 in funding was lost for job search assistance.

• $2.3 million in public health money is gone.

• $1.9 million was cut for Tennessee army base civilian work, forcing 7,000 civilian employees to take furloughs.

• $1 million was lost that once provided meals for seniors.

• Child care for 800 children was lost, and Head Start services for another 1,200 children is gone.

Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina have all faced similar cuts — as have states all across the country.

But the pain and cruelty apparently isn’t over if the GOP’s most rabid talkers have their way. Some Republican lawmakers are threatening a government shutdown unless “Obamacare” is defunded.

Fortunately at least one GOP senator from Tennessee has a better head on his shoulders: Republican Sen. Bob Corker said GOP senators are meeting with White House aides to “deal with our fiscal issues in more intelligent ways than now exist.”

The president is in Chattanooga today to tell us there is hope with compromise and real leadership: Chattanooga proves it, with new jobs and new initiatives that make us attractive to still more new employers.

President Obama is in Chattanooga today because we’re a city that can find ways to compromise and come out ahead.

Sen. Corker knows this. Let’s hope he can prevail on others in Congress to be leaders, not just actors in childish games.

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AndrewLohr said...

Crony capitalism at work? How about dividing the tax-paid bribes for VW and Amazon among all the businesses in Chattanooga?

Was our President honest to promise that negotiations would be on C-Span? Honest to vote, as a Senator, against debt ceiling hikes as 'unpatriotic'? Honest to say anyone who liked their health insurance could keep it? Honest to pretend the stumuls could do any net good at all? Every dollar of it spent to stimulate A came out of B's pocket, de-stimulating B, for not net gain whatsoever, as he should have known from the failure of our previous President's deficits to create prosperity.

Jesus is libertarian. Repent or perish.

July 30, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Misleading, how about Zimmerman "all the while, using racial slurs?" Sound familiar?

July 30, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
Soccerdad said...

Just remember everyone, it was HILLARY that proclaimed to the world, "Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism ..."

July 30, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.
jjmez said...

You're a strange one, for sure, lil johnnierot. You speak passionately and so hypocritically of 4 American lives lost in Benghazi, but nothing of the thousands of American wounded and lost lives due to the Bush's misadventure and thirst for war that got U.S. all into this mess in the first place. Guess what? Johnnie, when other countries are invaded, they fight back. People die, duh! I thought you knew that. That's why going to war shouldn't be taken so lightly and flippantly in the first place. But that's exactly what Bush and his administration did. Starting a war is easy. Leaders can always fool the masses to get them to go along. The problem is trying to stop the war. Especially when there was no exit plan in the first place.

July 30, 2013 at 5:15 p.m.
Inkorrekt said...

Can anyone tell me what has this President accomplished in 6 years? WhenBush was in office the unemployment was 4%.Today it is more than 15% and among blacks who still support him, the unemployment is 25%. 49 million are on food stamps. The President wants 20 million illegals to be given AMNESTY so they will compete with me for my job. I have been unemployed for 3 years. The President does exactly the opposite of what he says. Who is responsible for the 17 trillion deficit? He has DETACHED himself from all our economic disaster. He keeps blaming the Republicans. They have nothing to do with this. All they are struggling to do is to stop this President from doing more harm to this country.WE NEED economic growth. WE NEED MORE JOBS. WE NEED TO CLOSE OUR BORDERS.WE WANT free market enterprise and prosperity for ALL. It was the white Eisenhower who pushed for the Civil Rights bill. Who killed it? The democrats. Then Who pushed the CIVIL RIGHTS BILL OF 1964? It was the White Republicans. Who killed it? The Democrats. The republicans fought for their civil rights. Now they hate the Republicans. Why? the Democrats want the blacks to go back to the plantations. I am not white. I am a minority and a former Bleeding heart Liberal. How long can this country TOLERATE this?OUR COUNTRY IS BEING DESTROYED FROM INSIDE. All of you, the Obama supporters answer me.NO RACISM HERE PLEASE?????

July 30, 2013 at 5:33 p.m.
jjmez said...

Inkorrekt said... Can anyone tell me what has this President accomplished in 6 years?

Uh, yep! The economy has now added twice as many jobs since Obama took office than it did in his predecessor’s entire eight years in office.

RE: * WhenBush was in office the unemployment was 4%.*

Isn't it suppose to be a sin to lie? That 4% employment rate would be credited to during the time Clinton was in office. As you're quoting from the year 2000 unemployment figures. Bush would have still been reaping the rewards of Clinton's success, albeit temporarily, when he entered office. Did you think no one would know to check your lie?

RE: Today it is more than 15% and among blacks who still support him

After slavery, and blacks could no longer be used for their free labor, unemployment for that group has always been higher than whites. From the time they were last hired/first fired, that's been their legacy in America for decades. the land of the free and opportunity, but only if you're skin was the right shade.

Re: the unemployment is 25%. 49 million are on food stamps.

Bottom line: The economy was already on the decline and heading into a major recession when Bush was elected. Then he had a lucky-reprieve when 9/11/2001 that allowed him a little delay in an economy that was already on the verge of collapsing. Go figure!

RE: It was the white Eisenhower who pushed for the Civil Rights bill. Who killed it? The democrats. Then Who pushed the CIVIL RIGHTS BILL OF 1964? It was the White Republicans. Who killed it? The Democrats. The republicans fought for their civil rights. Now they hate the Republicans.

Actually, until John F. Kennedy, you forget, blacks basically voted Republican. Today's Republicans, so filled with racial hatred, are those yesterday Democrats who switched parties when blacks started heavily voting Democrat. Those Republicans today are the same hateful, intolerant, segregationists/Jim Crow DixieKKKrats from then. They simply switched party names.

btw-President Obama is no more responsible for blacks killed by blacks than Bush, Clinton, Nixon, Reagan would be responsible for Sandy Hook, Jared Loughner, Holmes if they were in office, or any of the mass killings of whites that took place while they were in office. Where do you people come from with such senseless/desperate rhetoric.

July 30, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.
jjmez said...

JonRoss said... jjhalfwit - must we be reminded that Hillary Rodham Sphincter supported the war in Iraq, and voted for the funding.

Nope! Hillary Clinton, like so many others, were lied to in order to gain support. The others, like Colin Powell who at least attempted to hold out, were threatened into going along.

No one is proposing going to war over Benghazi. We just ask that the President of the United States not be in bed in a drug induced sleep ignoring the 8 hour butchering of our people.

Benghazi is a hot-potato Republicans who originally sought to use it against the president, now wish they never had. Could it be? If the truth came out they know the blood trail would lead right back to them? When Hillary Clinton went to them and warned them against cutting embassy security funding around the world, it was your own republicans who snubbed and rebuffed her.

Nearly 50,000 young black males have been butchered in America, by other black males, since Barack Assange Obama was enthroned. When the hell has he said anything about that tragedy ?

And How is that exactly, the president's fault? That's like blaming Bush, Clinton, Reagan, all the way back to Nixon for the actions of Timothy McVeigh, Jared Loughner, Holmes, Adam Lanza.

Last paragraph in 7:10 post was meant for lil johnjohnrot.

July 30, 2013 at 7:26 p.m.
jjmez said...

JonRoss said... *jjhalfwit no one was lied to about Iraq. I know that was the CNN, NPR, NYT, Obastard, propaganda line but there is nothing in reality that supports that. *

Little johnnnEEEE, aren't you afraid that powerful dude that floats around on clouds all day is watching and recording all your ugliness? If you're referring to that 1988 Iran/Iraq war, there's no real proof Saddam Hussein gassed his own people. That information came from Iran. In reality, both sides were blaming the other. A U.N. team sent in to investigate never could prove which side, or even perhaps if a third party may have gassed the people of Halabja, a small village in Northern Iraq. One things for sure, though, any chemical weapons Saddam Hussein may have had he got them from America.

No country in the world believed Hussien (the one in Iraq) DIDN'T have weapons of mass destruction. He had gassed thousands.

No country in the world? Really now. Try again.

Hillary Rodham Clinton has the blood of the Benghazi Four on her hands. Barack Hussien Obama has the blood of the Benghazi Four on his hands. No amount of protestation from CNN, NPR, NYT, MSNBC, or ABC can alter that FACT.

All I have to say is/From Oct. 2012 HuffingPost article/In his own words:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

July 30, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.
jjmez said...

JonRoss said... Obama needs to shut the hell up about his "black experience" unless he is willing to talk about Chicago. The sob is a racist.

The truth hurts you, doesn't it? Sends you into a totally, spittin', raging___ hissy-fit. -- Po' thang you. :*(

July 30, 2013 at 10:30 p.m.
jjmez said...

JonRoss said... And you idiot, the GOP didn't cut funding for embassy security. That is another smoke and mirror piece of sh!t spewed by Clinton, CNN, NPR, NYT and MSNBC. It did not happen

Again, little johnnnEEEE poopah. Try to keep up, seriously.

All I have to say is/From Oct. 2012 HuffingPost article/In his own words:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged on Wednesday that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

July 30, 2013 at 10:32 p.m.
jjmez said...

Lil johnnnEEEE, you're unraveling. You're showing signs of becoming completely unglued. All that hate has got to be tearing your innards to shreds. Not only that, such hatred is often signs of not only mental instability, but also such illnesses as certain forms of cancer makes people mean and hateful. When was the last time you had a complete physical? Maybe you should have one. Experts in the field say when cancers are caught in their early stages, the survival rate for the patient increases. And who knows? You might even become a *nicer person. A win win, don't you think? If nothing else, maybe you can borrow some of Zimmerman's medication to control your mood swings.

So much hate, little johnnEEE. And just think you may have so little time left. Instead of hating, you could be enjoying your remaining years. So sad :**( That's two tears for you.

July 30, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

JonRoss said "Quoting from the huffington post makes you look even more ignorant. It is a radical left Obama regime tool and is skewed to support the Obama regime rather than reflect the truth and reality".

Uhh, the "the truth and reality" is exactly what jjmez said. There are multiple sources regarding the story besides Huffpo. Do a simple Google of "Jason Chaffetz embassy security". Hey look, you can even see video of Chaffetz saying the very words posted by jjmez. No Huffpo conspiracy, just facts reported by Huffpo.

July 31, 2013 at 2:23 a.m.
pennpatriot49 said...

I guess when Liberals get hit over the head with the TRUTH, all they can do is revert to what they do best...lies, deceit, name calling and diverting from the REAL problems. My question to all Liberals is this: Aren't your knees tired and sore from kneeling at the alter of "King" Obama? Wake up Liberals, you're still Americans (I hope!) And WE ALL NEED TO PULL THE WAGON IN THE SAME DIRECTION! Obama's way is taking us down the road to becoming a Third World Nation! The only way to get out of a hole is to STOP DIGGING!

August 1, 2013 at 1:27 p.m.
Saxxon said...

The Republicans blocking Obama's destructive policies is the best thing that is being done of late. Anyone colluding with him in bankrupting the country, setting it's citizens at each other's throats should face a firing squad as the President should for the treasons he's committed in office (selling out weapons shield to Russia, selling out our people in Benghazi, handing weapons to Mexican drug cartels to gin up US sourced weapons crime resulting in hundreds of deaths... Too many to list).

August 1, 2013 at 9:24 p.m.
NoTyranny said...

Well I see that this is another periodical that has become a State Run media misinformation and disinformation tool. And comrade jjmez is the Obama puppet on staff. Every comment made by comrade jjmez is the typical dishonest rhetoric of the Intelligentsia of the Left and he believes that by quoting the lies of Leftist rags like the Huff post that he's established his legitimacy. Well listen young Bolshevik... you are either completely misinformed or you're a liar.. or both. And here's the illustration of just how brainwashed you are. Read this article by the Washington Post about the truth about Embassy budgets.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/barbara-boxers-claim-that-gop-budgets-hampered-benghazi-security/2013/05/15/d1e295cc-bdb0-11e2-97d4-a479289a31f9_blog.html

You're good at spouting rhetoric Comrade puppet jjmez... but you're completely full of crap... good old Obama poo.... goes down smooth for you I'm sure.

This newspaper has failed its duty to the American People to provide legitimate information. A Government By The People can not function with no Free Press.. and by Free Press I mean a Press that is Free of political bias and that will fire its employees for expressing an opinion that the Leftist editors don't like. Shame on all of you. You are traitors to America and have no quality that is admirable.

August 2, 2013 at 12:02 a.m.
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