The One Person Who Could End Washington Gridlock Will Surprise You - And Response

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dear Chuck, 

This is your moment.  This is the time when you can step up and show us something.  Quite frankly, your tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives has been completely worthless.  You have done so little that matters that it is staggering.  What does it say when the only times you have appeared on national television are those few occasions when your flaccid, thoughtless words are used exclusively on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show.  You can’t even break through to Leno, Kimmel or Letterman.

Chuck, you did have a pretty tough act to follow.  Congressman Zach Wamp grew into the job.  And, he did bring home the bacon.  Sure, a staunch conservative on most all matters, but Zach was effective.  (I am still wondering what he was thinking when he gave up his seat to run for the governor.)  However, your record, Congressman Fleischman, shows nothing.  You have totally screwed up the Chickamauga Lock Project.  And now, you are following that small but astoundingly effective group affiliated with the Tea Party.

The fact is, most Republicans I know want to get rid of you.  You know that you lucked out twice in your campaigns.  Next time, even if you spend another million or so of your money on your campaign, you will lose.  Ironically, you may be taken out by the son of your predecessor.

But, I know how you can be re-elected and how you can get enormous credit for your leadership.  It is very simple.  You need to get yourself on some cable news shows.  I suggest you do Fox News and also Rachel Maddow in one day.  All you need to say is that you want Speaker John Boehner to bring the “clean” continuing resolution already passed by the Senate to the House floor for a vote.  I’m not even sure you need to vote for it.  You just need to show that you want it to happen. 

That’s it. I hope you give it some thought.

Lawrence G. Miller

Hixson 

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I have good news for you, Mr. Lawrence G. Miller.  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann has already voted for a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the actual requirements of the Affordable Care Act. 

The Affordable Care Act is a law passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court.  ACA is not Obamacare.  Please do not confuse Obamacare with the “clean” ACA.  

Obamacare is not a law passed by Congress, is not a law signed by the President, and was not upheld, or even considered, by the Supreme Court.  Obamacare pretends to be a “clean” law but is actually just a lawless set of directives and edicts issued by the administration to authorize actions forbidden by the “clean” ACA. 

More good news for you, Mr. Miller.  Our Senators Alexander and Corker are working to get the Senate to pass the “clean” continuing resolution already passed by the House and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. 

But, unfortunately, Mr. Miller, there is some bad news for you.  Your “…continuing resolution already passed by the Senate…” is not “clean” because it funds Obamacare while ignoring the actual requirements of the ACA. 

Donald O’Connor


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