published Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Right-to-work and the Kochs — and more letters to the editors

Right-to-work and the Kochs

Let me say a word or two about right-to-work laws.

Back in the good old 1850s a certain group of people had that ultimate right. In fact, they were encouraged and very highly motivated to do so. If their work met with approval, they usually got food and shelter.

Here is the real kicker: They did not pay one cent in taxes!

If too many people in the USA keep voting for tea-bag Republicans, most of us, including you and yours, may qualify to become just like that aforementioned group!

The one goal of GOPers is handing over the wealth of our country to folks such as Charles and David Koch. Without the Koch brothers' financing, there would be no tea party.

They pay out millions for their puppet GOP candidates' campaigns in order to profit from laws and decisions helping them to make more billions! The rest of us get a continuation of ever lower wages and more polluted air and water.

Our "wonderful" Sen. Bob Corker abused the power of his office to interfere with the democratic process at VW. There are two other VW plants in the world that have no worker organization. They are both in China!

WALTER M. BENTON, Signal Mountain

Vote lawmakers out of office

This is an election year and as always it is very important to elect people who will make us and the country a better place to live. Unfortunately, the voters go out and re-elect the same old tired politicians that only 10 percent of America is happy with.

It is very ironic that the day before the election Congress has a 10 percent approval rating, yet over 90 percent get re-elected. What is wrong here?

I have made a list of 11 viable reasons why we should not re-elect incumbents. It does not matter whether you are Republican, Democrat or other, simply do not put in someone who keeps this cycle going. I am going to post on the Internet these 11 reasons a few times before the November elections.

A two-term Congress would be the best answer, but guess who has to propose that law? They may be dumb, but they aren't stupid.

JACK PINE, Dunlap, Tenn.

Bennett out of tune with readers

I've been offended many times by Mr. Bennett's political drawings in the editorial section of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, but the one on Tuesday, March 4, was a new low even for him.

Mr. Bennett may be related to an ape as his drawing reflects, but I am not. God created man, not some chain of events from an ape. I promise you the vast majority of this newspaper's readers feel the same way as I do.

Why doesn't the Times Free Press hire someone more in tune with its readers rather than someone like Mr. Bennett who is always trying to print controversy in his drawings?

DAVID SNYDER, Ringgold, Ga.

Bennett misses the point

WWJDA indeed? In case you missed it, Mr. Bennett's recent cartoon asked, "Who would Jesus discriminate against?"

My question for him at the moment would be, "What could be a better example of harpooning yourself by dealing with a subject you know nothing about."

Simply replied to, Jesus does not discriminate. As the son of Jehovah God, his concern is with sin vs. righteousness. We "discriminate" ourselves by choosing to live in sin. Homosexuality is clearly defined as sin.

The umpire is not discriminating when he calls you out at home, no matter how artistically you may slide. It is popular today to try to believe that "born this way" relieves the individual from moral or any other responsibility.

If proof of the pudding is in the eating, the bad news is that there is no pudding. The human brain is a faulty organ, and our misplaced concern about "discrimination" is nothing more than glorifying a mental malfunction.


The state law on marriage

It is time for another spate of Letters to the Editor stating how God feels about gay marriage.

Before it starts in earnest, I took a minute and checked the Tennessee Constitution on the matter. For those who care, it is Title 6, Parts 1-5 that address who, when and how marriage is done in Tennessee.

For those who don't care to look it up, I can tell that nowhere in this section of our state's Constitution will you find Buddha, Allah, Yahweh, Pangu, Akal, God, Brahma, Yazad or any other deity. Our state treats marriage as a civil contract that creates obligations, gives responsibilities and grants privileges.

Since the laws governing marriage in the fine state of Tennessee are set by citizens, citizens are ones who can change them. No religion is required.


Letter correct on UAW vote

Kudos to the writer of a March 3 letter titled "The Power of the Wealthy," about the UAW/VW vote and organizations like Southern Momentum.

He hit the nail square on the head.

E.J. POWELL, Harrison

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Walter, ever heard of George Soros? Your'e a big lib crybaby. Rich folks are ok, as long as they fund the Dems, huh?

The Koch Brothers, those evil ones, just donated one hundred million dollars to build a new hospital wing in New York City. What do the stupid libs do, they protest it.

Koch, koch, koch, that's all you libs do is repeat the same old mantra. You're just another Rachel Madcow, you know, that man on MSNBC.

March 12, 2014 at 12:19 a.m.

Did you know, Walter, you liberal twit, that the Koch brothers have also donated money to Democrats?

You libs think that the average, regular American cares at all who the Koch brothers are, or knows who they are? Nobody cares about you're stupid obsession with them. Get a life.

March 12, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.
LibDem said...

You guys do realize Mr. Bennett's job is to stir the pot, right? The right side cartoon this morning by Ramirez refers to Obama, Sebelius, Reid and Cummings as "Liars of a Feather".I'm sure you'll be writing letters about this.

We need more cartoons of kittens hugging (but not too intimately).

March 12, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.
wallyworld said...

In total, Koch Industries and its affiliates Georgia-Pacific and Flint Hills Resources have given more than $2.2 million to candidates and parties during this election cycle. Koch Industries recently asserted that its support for candidates "is not based on party affiliation, and we support both Republicans and Democrats who support market-based policies and solutions." Yet 95 percent of its corporate donations in 2011 and 2012 have gone to Republicans. Charles and David Koch have given a combined total of $411,000 to federal and state candidates and parties during this election cycle, all of it to Republicans.

March 12, 2014 at 7:48 a.m.
wallyworld said...

Yes the Kochs managaed to buy several DINO's in red states, which prompted philanthropist George Soros to open his checkbook — to the tune of $2 million — to several liberal outside groups. At the end of March, Priorities USA Action had $5 million in the bank while American Crossroads (aka Kochs/Karl Rove),* had $24 million on hand. (Crossroads has pledged to spend upwards of $200 million on the presidential race — largely through television ads.)

March 12, 2014 at 7:55 a.m.
wallyworld said...

Further information on the Koch Brothers buying this country for their own profit. For the last election, Koch PAC spent $4.9 million in disclosed contributions. But they also spent over $407 million on undisclosed campaign entities, which does not show up in the CRP chart. - See more at:

March 12, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.

LOL. Yeah, Wally, Soros was just doing the right thing. He was "prompted". You libs' obsession with the Koch brothers, no, fixation, is comical and scary. Yes, corporations are evil, as long as they're on your side. Hypocrites. How does donating $100 million to build a hospital fall into the category of profit? I suppose Al Gore, that sweaty maniac, becoming wealthy from his global warming scam, and "carbon credit" scam is ok?

Soros is disgusting. He profits from the misery of others. He profits from bad things happening to people economically. Yeah, Soros, just had to do what was necessary to save the day from the evil Koch brothers. Fool.

March 12, 2014 at 8:24 a.m.

Could it be, Wally, that giving money to the likes of Sheila Jackson Lee, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Louis Gutierez, Maxine Waters, and anyone like them, would be like flushing money down the toilet?

March 12, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.
jjmez said...

Is there any connections between today's Koch brothers and Isle Kochs of Nazi Germany? ASA Frau Koch of Buchenwald.

March 12, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.
wallyworld said...

Funny you should ask jjmez, I was just reading about her while looking up the nefarious Koch Brothers. Notorious Nazis Ilse Koch, her husband Karl Otto Koch and Erich Koch are the ghosts of Koch Industries, who seized the U.S. conservative political agenda years ago and seem capable of seizing the government in total through the Tea Party. Ilse Koch was the Nazi’s specialist in making objects from human skin; was the only woman charged with war crimes; and along with her husband was in charge of one of the most horrific horror camps in Nazi Germany.

Koch Industries is the child of the violence of Buchenwald, widely regarded as one of wartime Germany’s most notorious “death camps”. Born in Budapest in 1930, Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary during World War II as well as the postwar imposition of Stalinism in his homeland. Soros fled Communist-dominated Hungary in 1947 and made his way to England. Before graduating from the London School of Economics in 1952, Soros studied Karl Popper’s work in the philosophy of science as well as his critique of totalitarianism, The Open Society and Its Enemies, which maintains that no philosophy or ideology has the final word on the truth and that societies can only flourish when they allow for democratic governance, freedom of expression, a diverse range of opinion, and respect for individual rights. George Soros survived the Koch's barbarous treachery, let's hope this country does.

March 12, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.
wallyworld said...

I understand zablededodo doesn't respect facts or history, as 99 per cent of republicans choose to ignore, but facts are sought out by us liberals. But look on the 'bright' side, zab, you too could become a lampshade.

March 12, 2014 at 9:33 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Mr. Snyder, you are representing yourself, not "most" of the TFP's readers. Unless you can produce a legitimate catalog of readers who agree with you, you are merely making a rash assumption without proof. You are entitled to believe whatever folklore you wish, but you are not entitled to foist your mythology on the rest of us.

March 12, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.
wallyworld said...

I see your republican "leaders" have finally reached your level of comprehension with their Dr. Seuss musings.

March 12, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.
riverman said...

Well I see the Dimocrat talking points are out.Good ole Wally, the biggest myrmidon of all, who never had an original thought in his life, issues his monthly diatribe. Wally get your nose out of Obama's ass and come up with something original for a change.

March 12, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.

LOL you libs are laughable. Wally you're insane. What are you Soros' publicity agent? Yeah, Wally, they're Nazis, and they're after our skin. LOL

March 12, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

You utter fool, Wally. You actually think the Tea Party is going to seize the government? As much as I'd love to see that, as conservative as I am, there is zero chance of that happening. The status quo, the two party's that will never give up power, will never allow that to happen. Whatever money the Koch brothers choose to donate or contribute isn't going to amount to a hill of beans on the federal level. It's so thoroughly corrupt that there is no hope. You liberals are paranoid.

March 12, 2014 at 1:02 p.m.
wallyworld said...

zablededodo, I didn't expect anything but denial of the truth from you. This country is so apathetic -- caught up with Nascar, American Idol, "reality t.v. shows", and paid liars disguised as news people. We just have to hope there are more thinkers and guardians of our democracy than there are of you and your ilk. I'm sure the 'good' Germans in the 1930's could not imagine such a horror taking over their country. It did and it could again. Mrs. Koch was mostly fond of making lampshades out of the skins of Jews, look it up -- a few facts may shake up your feeble little mind.

March 12, 2014 at 1:13 p.m.
riverman said...

Humhh, let's see, President Barack Hussein Obama. I bet there's a connection between Barry and his great uncle Saddam Hussein.

March 12, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
kkemerait said...

Dear David,

That might be the case in Tennessee, but happily, in the rest of the US and the majority of the educated world I might add, people understand the difference between science and religious dogma.

Want to believe in a literal Adam and Eve and show off a wide range of ignorance, not only in biology, but linguistics, genetics, literary criticism and theory, etc. be my guest.

March 12, 2014 at 6:09 p.m.
unionyes said...

I guess it's comforting to know that there are as many rightwing goobers in TN as there are in FL. I knew there was a reason why I seldom visit the volunteer state.

March 12, 2014 at 8:08 p.m.
unionyes said...

Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean that the tea party isn't out to get me.

March 12, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
wallyworld said...

I see riverman has no sense of history or facts either. Go look up the history of the Koch family and you won't be laughing about their brutality and their DIRECT family tree connection to David and Charles Koch.

March 13, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.
jjmez said...

That may explain why protesters in the Ukraine were seen flying Confederate flags and using Swastika symbols, along with other Nazi propganda. The return of Nazism?

In 1930s or 1940s Russia a Koch's family member held massive oil rights in the country that Russia took away. The U.S. prosecuted Ilse Koch and sent her to prison for life, where she later committed suicide. Her husband was executed by German authority. Her oldest son also committed suicide after learning of his mother's involvement in atrocities committed at Buchenwald. The other son, born in prison, is the only known immediate family member that survived. Bringing Russia and the U.S. into immediate conflict with one another would be the ultimate and final revenge? Remember, it was a Koch who established the John Birch Society. The equivalent of today's tea party.

March 13, 2014 at 8:23 a.m.
Plato said...

^jjmez - The John Birch Society, co-founded by Fred Koch father of Charles and David Koch, was the Tea Party on steroids. Among other things they opposed and fought against the civil rights movement, and claimed it was part of a Communist Plot to overthrow the government. They accused LBJ of being a communist, they said that water fluoridation was communist plot to poison Americans, and the Occupational and Health Administration was a communist first step towards devouring corporations.

That's the blood lines of David and Charles. Can they articulate those views today? Of course not - they would be shunned by even the most far right Tea Partier, but you have to believe through some of their actions that those values are still floating around in their heads.

If they had their way the government, which is tasked with protecting the public health and welfare, would be relegated to having little if any roll other than national defense, and corporations would call all the shots.

March 13, 2014 at 11:35 a.m.
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