Actually HappyWithNewBulbs the problem with Obama's "tax cuts" were that they were all one time phenomena, and had no net effect on producers of jobs. Again, the problem is we need jobs. Yes Bush did do a stimulus...yes it had NO net positive effect on the economy (just like your new road). Again the problem is we need jobs. So, Mr. Researcher, I'd like to know how you would create jobs? I'll wait to give my answer...I've actually both owned and run businesses before. But you tell me, how would you do it? And, oh yeah, Single Payer didn't pass because it would bankrupt our healthcare industry. In other words, its a stupid idea.
Happywithnewbulbs and Rickaroo...wow where do I start? From 2008-2010 their weren't enough republicans to stop ANYTHING Obama wanted to do. That's 50% of his presidency! He had the house and the senate to do his bidding...The American people voted as many Democrats out of office in 2010 as possible to put a stop to his incompetence. They (The Republicans in congress) are doing what they were put in office to do. Secondly, no Republicans proposed that we do nothing about the financial collapse...what they proposed was a PRO-BUSINESS approach to the disaster, rather than a pro-government approach to the crisis. I spent quite a bit of time blogging in 2009 about why everything he was proposing wouldn't work. There was no need to root against America to know this...the stimulus package and healthcare approach never addressed the problem.
So, let me be clear, the problem is that we are a growth society. We have kids every day that grow up to need jobs. If you don't produce enough jobs to keep up with the growth of our nation, the nation as a whole falls behind. The Stimulus approach NEVER CREATED JOBS. Oh it may have given a few people a job to do, but because the projects were all based on one time investments, the effect went away as soon as the money did. If I build a building for commercial development with government money that no on needs I can give you a job sweeping up debris around the project. But guess what? As soon as the building is completed your job goes away. And because the building was put up with the HOPE that someone might buy it, and not the NEED, you end up with a giant waste of funds, and a giant empty structure to boot. The stimulus package was FULL of these type projects, and as a result, it did not have the desired affect. The pro-governent Federal model doesn't work because the federal government feels no need to show fiduciary responsibility to us (the taxpayers) and never will. That's why you've got to limit what they're allowed to have. But hey they tried right? One Trillion dollars later, they tried...anyone in any other business in life that presided over such a collosal faluire would be fired on the spot. What we needed was to incentivize businessess to create jobs, no matter what... a tax cutting pro-business model would have accomplished this. Contray to popular belief, businesses only hoard money when they are uncertain about how to spend it (i.e. what's happening now), but the advantage of supporting a pro-busniness recovery model lies around the idea that they have their own skin in the game when an investment does'nt work out. So they have to be careful with the funds. The federal government? When they run out of money they print and tax they're way out of their mistakes. And because we feel no immediate pain, we keep letting it slid. But even that has it's limits. Those are the facts, but go ahead, ignore them. It's what you liberals are best at anyway.
JustOneWoman...What are you talking about? Do you really think that Obama wants to talk about the economy? Here is Obama's defense of the economy; " I've created 4 million jobs"...Well that's great! Except for the fact that we needed 6 million. Let me ask you liberals a question: If your child fell to the bottom of a 12 foot pool and I told everyone "Step back! I'll save him!" Would you give me credit for bringing him 8 feet up from the bottom? No! He's still drowning...You'd want me to either get him above water or get out of the way so someone else could. Well, that's were the nation is with Obama...get out of the way! He said that if we gave him a trillion dollars, he'd solve our economic problems. But he didn't and we're still suffering for it. Clay doesn't want to talk about that and neither do any of you other Obama apologist.
I guess any ol' thing that keeps the topic off of this economy will work as a cartoon for you now a days, huh Clay?
than they'd like. And for that I give a hearty "Bravo" to the readers! Somebody has gotta call it like they see it or we'll never keep moving ahead as a city. The south has an ugly troubled past and it'll take more than new laws and time to make that go away. It'll take honest open discussion. It'll take these types of forms. And most importantly, it will take a lot of humility. And if you ask me, the TFP just showed why they don't have what it takes to keep up with the times. It can't be that people honestly just object to their subtle attempts to present slanted news articles as factual. It can't be that maybe they should try balancing out their reporting before they send them to print, making certain that they don't have a social, political, or movement based leaning in the matter. Oh no, I can't be that they're doing anything wrong. Nope, its these cowardly rednecks hiding behind their monitors causing the real problems. So instead, their people got offended. Their pride got hurt. So they shut it down. Well happy new year Chattanooga, and here's to another step in the wrong direction of this long and storied franchise!
I"d believe that this would be a good and fair approach if the articles of this paper that were supposedly fact based weren't slanted toward the writers sympathies. For instance, Yolanda Putnam obviously handles stories that relate to inner city blacks. Yolanda Putnam is black and her accounts are always slanted in favor of the black "subject" being written about. Yolanda Putnam would probably not be doing this if she were white. Yet her articles would fall under the "fact" column, unchallengeable, purely motivated by a desire to communicate information to TFP readers. I mean, come on!
The problem of course, for both her and the TFP is that she and the African-American community are getting killed by the commenters. But I believe that this is as much the fault of her writing slant as it is any latent racism hidden in the mind of their readers. I am African-American as well, and I hate the fact that she defends some of the indefensible positions of the "black" community with her name and picture posted at the bottom of the browser. I hate that their are still so many prominent blacks who are so insecure that they believe we have to defend everything that any other black person does in this city. A life long "hood-rat", drug dealer, prostitute, or government representative that steals from their own people in the name of their own people have nothing to do with me. They have nothing to do with "us" as a people.
But you wouldn't know that if you were reading the TFP. As a white person, you'd think that all black people felt the same way about these subjects. And you'd be right and honest to voice your disagreements in a public form.
What I believe that the commenters really do is make the TFP look in the mirror a lot more than they'd like. And for that I give a hearty "Bravo" to the readers! Somebody has gotta call it like they see it or we'll never keep moving ahead as a city. The south has an ugly troubled past and it'll take more than new laws and time to make that go away. It'll take honest open discussion. It'll take these types of forms. And most importantly, it will take a lot of humility. And if you ask me, the TFP just showed why they don't have what it takes to keep up with the times. It can't be that people honestly just object to their subtle attempts to present slanted news articles as factual. It can't be that maybe they should try balancing out their reporting before they send them to print, making certain that they don't have a social, political, or movement based leaning in the matter. Oh no, I can't be that they're doing anything wrong. Nope, its these cowardly rednecks hiding behind their monitors causing the real problems. So instead, their people got offended. Their pride got hurt. So they shut it down. Well happy new year Chattanooga, and here's to another step in the wrong direction of this long and storied franchise!
I don't agree with any of your cartoons but at least you rep the area well...congrats clay!
You're kidding. Right?
An "e-mail blast" huh?....Hah! I don't think anyone will be touching this entity with a 20 foot pool. They are being investigated by everybody and their mama, but good ole Sherry can only come out from hiding under her desk long enough to ask more people for money. I guess she really is as dumb as she looks.
All of you that think that this is a black versus white issue have got it wrong. Black people own land and pay taxes in Hamilton County as well. This is an anti-establishment assault, cloaked in a racial defense. So called black leaders have been committing crimes in the name of racial solidarity for years, and until the entire racial issue goes away in this country this will not change. I mean, what do you expect when you allow a group to have their own race based Chamber of Commerce?
But in my opinion, this type of thing is getting real old, real fast. If Gilchrist were the CEO of a publicly held Wall Street firm, she'd be on her way to criminal court for "misappropriation" of funds. Why do we not hold our politicians to this same standard? I mean, you don't HAVE to contribute to a 401k, but you DO have to pay taxes. C.H.A. officials pulled the same crap a couple years ago when they misused funds for the Mayfair on Market project. Still, no one went to jail...so this will continue to occur until you start putting these criminals in federal prison were they belong.