How Much More?

Friday, October 15, 2021

Joe Biden made several appeals for unity in his inaugural address (NPR, Jan 20, 2021). After signing a series of highly partisan executive orders, he rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, ended the Keystone pipeline and the results were the highest prices at the pump in seven years, up 40 percent since January (CBS News, Kate Gibson, July 6, 2021).

Joe’s party dumped his domestic policy priorities into a 2,465 page bill costing $3.5 trillion above a budget for which no agreement has been reached. The results: higher taxes and a record national debt. Joe also wants banks reporting to the IRS anyone with more than $600 in the bank and their transactions.

Joe’s Afghanistan disaster and the chaos at the border are undermining the global view of America making us unsafe here and abroad. Inflation is at a 13 year high and we’re told to expect many shortages due to a supply chain breakdown. Christmas purchases will surely be affected-all of this after only eight months of Joe’s pitch for unity.

Nonfarm payrolls were predicted by economists to be at 500,000 but instead grew at an anemic 194,000 (CNBC, Oct 8, 2021). What did Joe call the worst job growth report of the year? He called it great progress (CNBC, Oct 8, 2021).

Someone in the White House must be worried even if Joe isn’t. So they trotted him out with a magic solution to holiday and supply chain shortages: businesses and industries have to work 24/7. Does anyone recall Jimmy Carter telling us to turn our thermostats to 65 degrees in the unusually cold winter of 1977? They may have to get old Jimmy for a rerun as home heating costs are expected to rise into the double digits (Reuters, Scott Disavino, Oct 13, 2021).

Tens of millions in military equipment abandoned in Afghanistan and Joe suddenly wants into your shrinking bank accounts? Weren’t we told with Joe, the adults would be in charge? Come on man! How much more of Joe and his progressive schemes can we stand?

Ralph Miller



The High Cost Of The Unnecessary County District Expansion

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I never got to know Mitch Albom back in my sports writer days. We covered some of the same events but other than an occasional “How ya doin’?” the only thing we had in common was he worked at ... (click for more)

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Opinion

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The cost of redistricting to 11 County Commission seats, and potentially 11 school board members, should have been disclosed to the public prior to approval. Now that the redistricting plan is approved, the public is learning about the real costs. The redistricting plan for Hamilton County turned out to be much more costly than the public was aware of, and, to add insult to injury, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Albom On Oxford

I never got to know Mitch Albom back in my sports writer days. We covered some of the same events but other than an occasional “How ya doin’?” the only thing we had in common was he worked at the Detroit Free Press and I was at the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Then Mitch entered our hearts in 1967 with the wonderful book, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” and, man, he was off to the races. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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