The President And Harry Reid Are To Blame - And Response

Thursday, January 3, 2013

When the President tells Reid, Boehner, McConnell, Pelosi, and finally Biden over and over again, since Bowles-Simpson was crafted several months ago, vacillating each time on what he wants to see without giving specifics for necessary justification or he will not sign it, what do you expect them to do?  Arm 535 members of Congress with AK-47's to march to the Oval Office, point them at the occupant behind the desk and say "Sign it!"?  

It is past time to put the blame where it belongs: the President and Harry Reid.  Bowles-Simpson was and still is recognized by many in both parties as the best deal to accomplish solving the debt crisis and balancing the budget in the long run and the President should have accepted it.  What's done is done.  We are where we are but more is coming. 

As for the fear-mongers, they are out in droves.  For instance, I paid 6.2 percent into Social Security my entire working career (34 years) and now I am repulsed every time anyone refers to Social Security as an entitlement.  It is going broke as a result of Congress borrowing from it for their pet projects since we retirees had built up a substantial surplus to guarantee its solvency into the future.  Isn't it astonishing how the collective wisdom of our elected leaders in Washington can come back and slap you down in a myriad of ways for voting for them.

Have a nice day and stay informed.  We can make a difference.

Charlotte Parton

* * *

Ms. Parton,
I'm afraid you are incorrect. The recommendations of the Bowles-Simpson Commission were never voted on by either the House nor the Senate because members from both parties on the commission rejected it.  That's right--no vote, both parties, equal blame. 

Steve Perry



Get The Name Right

As an advertising agent, it drives me to a new level of crazy to hear advertising that mispronounces Chattanooga....our grand Tivoli Theatre's name (Ti Volly)...and to make the claim 'it's Not a Chevy unless it's a xxx Chevy'. Wow.  Just wow.   Dale Deason     (click for more)

Reflection On Our Bill Of Rights

In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day.  This is the day we recognize and commemorate the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, which spell out our rights as citizens here in the United States of America.  That date was chosen because the Bill of Rights was originally ratified on Dec.15, 1791.  Our rights and freedoms ... (click for more)

Man Barges Into Woman's Home In MLK Neighborhood; Tries To Rape Her; Photos Of Suspect Released; Thomas Carr, 28, Is Arrested

Chattanooga Police said a man barged into a woman's home in the MLK Neighborhood around noon on Tuesday and tried to rape the woman.   Thomas Lee Carr, 28, was taken into custody on Wednesday morning. Carr is charged with one count of attempted rape. Police said, "The victim was followed by the suspect into her residence where the victim was then ... (click for more)

Moccasin Bend Resident Asks City To Move Police Firing Range So He Can Open Bed And Breakfast Inn

A Moccasin Bend resident is asking the city to move a police firing range from off the historic Bend so he can open a bed and breakfast inn. Steve Holmes also said the move needs to take place because the new Moccasin Bend National Park is set to begin implementing its management plan early next year. He said the park should bring 250,000 visitors to Chattanooga each year with ... (click for more)

Hayes Surpasses 1,000 Points As Lady Canes Beat Walker Valley 54-43

East Hamilton sophomore Madison Hayes scored 17 points in a 54-43 victory at Walker County in Cleveland on Tuesday night and pushed her career scoring past the 1,000-point mark in the process. Hayes scored a team-high 19 points Friday in a 52-40 victory over Notre Dame in the East-West Classic, giving her 996 points in her career, including eighth-grade and freshman seasons ... (click for more)

McMinn County Slaps Soddy-Daisy With Two 5-3A Losses

McMinn County roared into Soddy-Daisy on Tuesday night and blasted the Trojans and Lady Trojans lop-sided victories in District 5-3A high school basketball action. The Cherokees (3-5, 3-0) blitzed the Trojans (3-5, 1-2) early to build a 26-14 halftime lead, built a 20-point lead and cruised to an impressive 58-30 victory. The earlier game was even more one-sided as the ... (click for more)