published Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

'Tea party's claims cannot be trusted' and more letters to the editors

Can you trust what the tea party and libertarians say they can do for America? The evidence says no!

First, there is no evidence a libertarian government has governed for more than a short while. Historically, some revolutions created temporary libertarian conditions, but they ended up dictatorships. No nation in the world today is libertarian. To some degree, Singapore is economically, but socially, it is totalitarian.

The tea party says it wants to go back to post-revolutionary time, ignoring the impotence of the Confederation, President Washington's limiting citizens' rights during the Whiskey Rebellion, passing an import tax and signing the Jay Treaty. Some conservatives wanted to impeach Washington because he overdrew his salary.

The most important evidence comes from the world today. Japan shrank its budget for years. That failed, so it changed tactics this year. Europe is in the midst of a severe recession because German and French conservatives wanted countries with large debts to cut budgets. Those countries sink deeper into malaise, with no improvement in sight.

People who are angry at Obama should consider who's at fault. He's cut the deficit and added millions of jobs, while tea party conservatives have blocked his bills to create jobs and aid citizens.

ROGER A. MEYER

Riverwalk cyclists need to heed signs

After reading a recent letter printed about a careless cyclist, I would like to say that we have seen a similar issue with the cyclists. My husband and I walked from the Bluff View Art District to the Boathouse restaurant several weeks ago and were passed by quite a few cyclists going very fast with no warning whatsoever being given by almost all of them (only one or two did give any notice).

If the bicycle does not have a bell, they should have the courtesy to announce, "on your left," or right, as the case may be, upon approaching pedestrians. The signs say that pedestrians have the right of way, but many cyclists ignore this fact.

The writer stated the person who crashed into her stopped to check on her before riding on, but from the information in her letter, it does not sound as if she was doing alright!

Cyclists, please be more considerate and safety-conscious, or there could be a serious accident for all involved. Everyone should be able to enjoy Chattanooga's beautiful Riverwalk without fear of injury.

JAN BROWN

Teachers should not be made to carry gun

I appreciate the stance taken regarding the editorial "Arming Tennessee teachers."

As you know, the tasering of the LaFayette, Ga., student is not an isolated incident. Across the country, children as young as 5 years old have been suspended for talking about, and playing with toy guns made from things such as Legos. In Rockville, Md., a 6-year-old was suspended for holding up his hand in a "gun gesture" and saying "pow."

The discrepancy between what is deemed appropriate behavior for children in terms of firearms and expecting Tennessee teachers to respond to crisis situations is illogical and, frankly, poorly thought out. My father, in his 28th year of teaching, owns many firearms and maintains a deep respect for their lethality. However, most teachers are not at all versed in gun safety. It is outrageous to expect them to carry a firearm and respond safely and accordingly to crisis situations.

RACHEL CHRISTIAN

Athens, Ga.

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DunlapAbbey said...

The Tea Party wants to go back to pre Revolutionary times? Austerity doesn't work? Japan shrank its budget for years and it failed? Have I just entered the Twilight Zone? More than likely the world of 1984 where up is down and down it up. War is peace etc.

What the Tea Party wants(not to be confused with Libertarians (Capital L) is:

Lower taxes • Less regulation • End of Fractional Reserve Lending • Sound money • Smaller government • Work rule reform • Pension reform • Free trade

What the Eurozone socialists delivered(and called it austerity) is:

• Higher income taxes • Higher VAT • Proposed financial transaction taxes • More regulation • No free trade • Little if any work rule reform • Little if any pension reform • Reluctant (at best) cuts in government jobs • Reluctant (at best) cuts in government spending • No sound money • No end of fractional reserve lending • Bailouts at taxpayer expense

Paul Krugman would be proud of Europe's attempt and would in fact call it austerity.

Real austerity has not been tried since WWII. There is no basis for dismissing austerity as a solution for our problems. Our fathers and grandfathers experienced austerity. The present generations have not experienced it, and will not experience it until we are absolutely bankrupt, and every other nation suddenly cuts of our credit. It could happen any day, and when it does, true austerity will be the only available plan.

Japan has invested heavily in the public sector in an attempt to jump-start its economy, much as the U.S. did with "stimulus". The result? Japan's economy stagnated. The left now claims Japan didn't stimulate "enough." Never enough stimulus, never enough taxes.

June 26, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.
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