Weston Wamp Says Republicans And Democrats Need To Work Together Across The Aisle

Friday, April 25, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
- photo by Hollie Webb

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp said to the Chattanooga Civitan Club Friday afternoon, "What was unique about our country from the beginning was that we protected people's rights, within the law of the land, to do whatever they wanted to do. To pursue whatever they were passionate about."

He told the club that entrepreneurial spirit had shaped his life, from his grandparents starting a roller skating rink in Cullman, Al., to his working with the venture incubator Lamp Post Group.

 

Mr. Wamp is running for Congressman Chuck Fleischman's seat. If elected, at 27 years old, he will be the youngest member of Congress.

He said there were three reasons in particular why he would be well-suited to that role. 

First, he said, "We need more people on either side of the aisle...who are willing to talk in an open manner."

He said, "None of us will always agree. I'm a conservative but I'm independent-minded." 

He said the only way Washington would get back to a place of "reasonable leadership" is if Republicans and Democrats are willing to work together across the aisle. He said with the deficit crisis, this is the only way a solution could be found.

He said, "That's the legacy of our country...that reasonable patriotic people from both sides of the aisle work together. Mr. Wamp also applauded Senator Bob Corker for doing this.

Second, Mr. Wamp said tackling the national debt should be lead by people who "have the most skin in the game." He said because the younger generation would be affected the most, they could bring a new "level of seriousness" to Washington.

He pointed out that no business would have ever been allowed to function in the way that the federal government has with money. He said a business would have been long bankrupt at this point.

He said, "We're playing with fire...It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or Democrat. $17 trillion in debt really should scare us." 

Third, he said he would like to improve government efficiency. He said his background at Lamp Post working with tech entrepreneurship showed him many new things. He said innovators are constantly coming up with new "ways the world should work, that business should work."

He said, "One of our great challenges is trying to figure out how to make that massive federal government efficient." 

He said, "The federal government rarely finds solutions but the private sector of the United States of America does it better than anybody every has."

He pointed out that while the federal government is currently overwhelmed by fraud in programs such as medicare and social security, there are many technological solutions already being used in the private sector that could drastically help the government. 

Mr. Wamp told everyone to send people to Washington who would look at problems from a business standpoint rather than trying to win a political battle.

- Photo2 by Hollie Webb

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. 127 (SR-8, Signal Mountain Road/Boulevard):  Weather permitting, the contractor may have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights to perform road work.  They will also be working ... (click for more)

MLK Blvd. And Market Street Closed Friday For Nightfall

ML King Boulevard between Broad Street and Georgia Avenue and Market Street between East 8th Street and East 10th Street will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday, for the Nightfall Concert Series.  The 800 block of Cherry Street will be closed at ML King Boulevard and will only be accessible from East 8th Street. There will be limited handicapped parking ... (click for more)

County Commission Chairmanship Up For Grabs After Exit Of Henry, Skillern

The chairmanship of the County Commission is up for grabs after the exit of two commissioners who have held the post in recent years. Larry Henry is moving on to serve as Circuit Court clerk. Fred Skillern was upset by Randy Fairbanks in the Republican primary. Most of the returning commissioners have their eye on the possibility of taking over as chairman, or at least getting ... (click for more)

PAST Act On Horse Abuse Stalls Out In U.S. House Despite 70% Support

Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement today regarding the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1518:   “I regret to inform you that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, currently refuses  to bring the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to the floor for a vote.  His decision ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)