Local paper ahead of Obama’s visit: “Take your jobs plan and shove it”

posted at 3:01 pm on July 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As I’m writing this, President Obama is doing his usual economic grandstanding routine in Chattanooga, Tennessee — and considering that Amazon just announced that they’re going on an epic hiring spree, their local Chattanooga warehouse is making a mighty convenient backdrop for the president jobs-oriented speech. The president is going on and on about “the ingredients we need” for good jobs, and all of his latest Keynesian stimulus ideas for economic growth, and talking up America’s need to “invest” in the jobs and infrastructure of the future.

Funnily enough, courtesy of Obama’s first and biggest round of what we were promised would amount to successful stimulus spending, Chattanooga is the home of one of those sorts of supposedly high-tech and cutting-edge projects of which the president seems to want to initiate more. …Thanks, but no thanks, say the editors of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

President Obama,

Welcome to Chattanooga, one of hundreds of cities throughout this great nation struggling to succeed in spite of your foolish policies that limit job creation, stifle economic growth and suffocate the entrepreneurial spirit. …

That’s because your jobs creation plans so far have included a ridiculous government spending spree and punitive tax increase on job creators that were passed, as well as a minimum wage increase that, thankfully, was not. Economists — and regular folks with a basic understanding of math — understand that these are three of the most damaging policies imaginable when a country is mired in unemployment and starving for job growth. …

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 helped fund the Gig to Nowhere project, a $552 million socialist-style experiment in government-owned Internet, cable and phone services orchestrated by EPB — Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly. …

While the Smart Grid will cost taxpayers and local electric customers well over a half-billion dollars when all is said and done, there has been little improvement in the quality of EPB’s electric service. Worse, despite being heavily subsidized, EPB’s government-owned Internet, cable and telephone outfit that competes head-to-head against private companies like AT&T and Comcast is barely staying afloat, often relying on loans from electric service reserve funds to afford its business expenses.

… As a result, Chattanooga has remained a relative ghost town for technological innovation. Almost no economic development whatsoever has resulted from the gig.

That was downright scathing, and considering that the federal government assured everyone that the grandiose project would create a bunch of awesome new futuristic jobs and “send tech companies and web entrepreneurs stampeding to Chattanooga in droves,” and that “all it did was push America deeper in debt and lure a local government agency into making a terrible financial decision that will weigh on Chattanoogans like a millstone for decades to come…” it’s definitely warranted.


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Near-future headline: Chattanooga Times Free Press editors, owner hit with IRS audits

Steve Eggleston on July 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

If it has to have “smart” in the name, like smart power or smart grid, then you know it is usually anything but smart.

Flange on July 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

More Cash for Klunkers?

Socratease on July 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

The NSA gestapo has been alerted. Must not question The Reich!

viking01 on July 30, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Hmm… newspaper editors who actually care about people. That’s an interesting development.

beatcanvas on July 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Several things to remember;

- Mr. Obama owns the longest stretch of unemployment at this level since the early 20th century. Even with the BLS cooking the numbers.

- Total Federal Debt is at $17 trillion. That’s twice as high as when Mr. Obama took office. Under current policies it’s set to reach even further heights of $25 trillion.

- Federal spending soared to an all time high under Mr. Obama at 25% of GDP. It’s normally around 18-20%

- 130 million people get some type of dependency check from the government now. That’s a record high.

- Home ownership is at an 18 year low.

- Using an Executive Order, last week Mr. Obama gave Hamas $500 million via the Palestinian Authority.

Marcus Traianus on July 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

The comments there are unreal…

Washington Nearsider on July 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Near-future headline: Chattanooga Times Free Press editors, owner hit with IRS audits

Steve Eggleston on July 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Fun fact-that paper was owned for over a century by Adolph Ochs, who bought a 1/2 share of the paper in 1879 when he was 20.

In fact the Chattanooga Times Free Press remained under Ochs/Sulzberger ownership until just 14 years ago.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Hmm… newspaper editors who actually care about people. That’s an interesting development.

beatcanvas on July 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

To be fair, that paper has 2 separate editorial pages. One is conservative and the other is liberal.

No doubt the liberal version either already has a response to this editorial, or they are working on it as we speak!

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Ut Oh. It looks like the Chattanooga Time Free Press is going to get a visit from the IRS and the EPA……

supersport667 on July 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Near-future headline: Chattanooga Times Free Press editors, owner hit with IRS audits

Steve Eggleston on July 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Also, details of their personal lives, including credit card numbers, social security numbers, and embarrassing pictures mysteriously published online.

The Rogue Tomato on July 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

The comments are hilarious: full of pious liberal indignation. And the editorial ia racist, of course!

Valkyriepundit on July 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

man I’d love to see an editorial like that focus on our mayor even, we have Hearst here

DanMan on July 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

“Chattanooga….Tennessee….Old South…..RACISM!!!®
/Liberal Logic

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

It’s not a warehouse, it’s a distribution center. Not the same thing.

What sickens me about Obama is his tireless campaign to “help” the middle class. By that he means getting them/us hooked on government. As a middle class person myself all I want from government is for them to leave me the Heck alone! I don’t want or need anything from Big Nanny.

Big Government Leftists are like rapists, forcing themselves on their victims regardless of how long and loud the victim screams No!

Charlemagne on July 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Wow. Second look at Chattanooga?

TexasDan on July 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Isn’t Obama or Biden standing in front of your business touting their stimulus success a kiss of death (Solyndra, et.al.)for your business?

TulsAmerican on July 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Big ups Chattanooga!

alwaysfiredup on July 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

The comments are hilarious: full of pious liberal indignation. And the editorial ia racist, of course!

Valkyriepundit on July 30, 2013 at 3:25 PM

While there’s a strong conservative base here in Chattanooga, unfortunately, it’s also a haven for liberal hipsters.

Some of my facebook friends are just SUPER PROUD of our city today, due to the POTUS visit. Probably for the first time in their adult lives..

ames on July 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Pretty strong words there… I like it!!

Khun Joe on July 30, 2013 at 3:38 PM

As pathetic as the economy is Obama had no problem getting elected. Enough people are on the dole along with the committed leftist’s the rest don’t stand a chance. Throw into the equation fact that 90% of blacks vote Drmocratic along with 65% of Hispanics. The country is now a progressive socialist paradise. The media is an arm of the Democratic Party. Good luck winning a national election.

alanstern on July 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Uh oh, Kathleen Sebelius just approved a waiver to their right to keep their doctor if they like their doctor.

sgmstv on July 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM

I can see Obamaville from Lookout Mountain

faraway on July 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

SWAT teams at the ready complete with black helicopters to take down the newspaper.

HiJack on July 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

If only the NYT could be so brazen. Pathetic cowards.

HiJack on July 30, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Wait, you’re telling me Amazon located a distribution center in the pro-business, open-shop, low-regulation, low-tax American southeast? What’s next, auto plants in Alabama?

/eyeroll

M240H on July 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Guaranteed, Obama’s handlers will never let him see or hear about this editorial.

Liam on July 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

This op-ed gave me a chubby.

madmonkphotog on July 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Good luck winning a national election.

alanstern on July 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

All true, and yet we manage to stay close, even with poorly organized candidates who seem to stand for nothing. Or at least they’re not willing to push aggressively compare their plans to the liberal norm. Given a first-rate GOTV effort, and a candidate that won’t cause conservatives to stay home, and we can still win.

Of course, in the long run, we will win. Because the liberal state is built on a lie; eventually, Uncle Sam runs out of money, then, either conservative ideas help clean up the painful mess, or we slide down into a dictatorship. But even then, we’ll eventually win out.

hawksruleva on July 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

That paper, my local paper, is pretty great. He’s visiting the local Amazon facility and all I can think is, “I hope this doesn’t effect my drive home.” A friend of my texted me a pic of the stage…I’m not sure all of that ego can fit up there.

Sammo21 on July 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Erika –
The paper has a split editorial board –
so you’re being selective here…and ‘missed’ this editorial in the same paper.

Welcome, Mr. President: GOP ads, obstructionism are shameful

So, you mean:

Thanks, but no thanks, say the one of the editors of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

And most of the comments eciscerate your pick for being a ‘hateful screed’ full of ‘embarrassing vitrol’ and ‘a nasty hateful attitude’.
Good people in TN.
So take your broad inaccurate brush and um…well, never mind.

verbaluce on July 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

To be fair, that paper has 2 separate editorial pages. One is conservative and the other is liberal.

No doubt the liberal version either already has a response to this editorial, or they are working on it as we speak!

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

To be fair? Since when was HotAir about fairness?

At least you make an effort to inject some honesty into this post and that’s a step in the right direction.

B++

Of course, in the long run, we will win. Because the liberal state is built on a lie; eventually, Uncle Sam runs out of money, then, either conservative ideas help clean up the painful mess

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama. Despite all the whining about the deficit, many on the right refuse to do what it takes to make it happen. All talk, no action.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Holy smokes that was fun to read.

gophergirl on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Phony Jobs

faraway on July 30, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Looks like Chattanooga can see right through this invertebrate.

rjoco1 on July 30, 2013 at 4:06 PM

dayam! More of this please!

neyney on July 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Wow! It’s refreshing to witness a media organization actually doing its job. Usually, we only get the liberal (crazy) version of an editorial.

cajunpatriot on July 30, 2013 at 4:08 PM

If it has to have “smart” in the name, like smart power or smart grid, then you know it is usually anything but smart.

Flange on July 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

It also applies to the terms “fair”, “fairness” and “affordable”. You see those in a bill, you know you are about to get screwed.

TQM38a on July 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM

truth to power

kirkill on July 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

If it has to have “smart” in the name, like smart power or smart grid, then you know it is usually anything but smart.

Flange on July 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Yep, a reflection of the intellectual insecurity of our dumbass presentdunce.

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

The president knows very little about anything…………

ultracon on July 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Oh really? And what would such a “grand plan” look like? 85% tax rates for all Americans? 90%?

Because your messiah 0bama has never, not once, proposed any sort of cuts in government, only spending increases. And federal spending is already at about 40% of GDP. So tell us how all this growth in government is going to magically be part of a “balanced budget.”

And under 0bama, the economy has never grown more than a dismal 2% in any year since he has been in office. We are drowning in debt that mostly has been created by 0bama and his party.

But hey, you’re sitting comfortably up in Canada, so what do you care?

UltimateBob on July 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Near-future headline: Chattanooga Times Free Press editors, owner hit with IRS audits

Steve Eggleston on July 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Yes, he better be on the lookout for the ‘nudge squad’.

Galt2009 on July 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Thou darest speak ill of the Great and Powerful Obama?

All together now, in unison: RACIST!

Key West Reader on July 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

omg
where is Chattanooga?

Ok, I went to google maps and found where it is and I also found the name means you cannot rely on anyone but yourself.

Our president is a dick.

Trebuchet on July 30, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama. Despite all the whining about the deficit, many on the right refuse to do what it takes to make it happen. All talk, no action.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Why didn’t the Dear Liar do so back when he and his comrades controlled the whole show?

That grand bargain has the him wanting to waste money on more “infrastructure” improvements.

Didn’t we already do that wasting trillions in the process?

When are you socialists going to learn your national agenda doesn’t work as advertised?

Galt2009 on July 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Give me a break. This country…

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Don’t you mean “you guys down there in the USA”?

slickwillie2001 on July 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama.
bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Get back to us when Obama’s deeds match his rhetoric. In the budget negotiations from last year we heard how Bambi was going to cut all of this spending in exchange for tax increases but he never actually committed himself and what did actually offer was a joke.

PackerBronco on July 30, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

No grand bargaining EVER with your tyrant —the 2010 mid-term landslide was an epic victory for a reason–TO STOP THE OBAMA AGENDA.

hillsoftx on July 30, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama. Despite all the whining about the deficit, many on the right refuse to do what it takes to make it happen. obama would pass Keystone and fracking… All talk, no action.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Liar and moron of HA. You lie better than obama.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I was too lazy to read Del’s 3:20 PM post.

verbaloon on July 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Liar and moron of HA. You lie better than obama.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2013 at 5:01 PM

I’d say they both suck at it.

UltimateBob on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

As far as I’m concerned, he can take everything he has done and shove it so far up his rear-end it will be sticking out of his mouth.

tmgrant on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Looks like somebody will be hearing from the IRS and probably from Eric Holder, Tennessee being in the south and all.

JR on July 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

notice

Obama doesn’t even initiate a program or work with the congress behind closed doors (or out in the open) first

it’s blame the republicans

the only jobs he can create are government waste and the incentive job for the handout mentality crowd to run out and cash their check, file for disability and vote

it’s amazing how resourceful they are when freebies can be had

Obama is going out of his way to make as many people as possible dependent on the government dole

that’s his plan, it has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with the middle class and jobs other than to smother both

audiotom on July 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

To be fair? Since when was HotAir about fairness?

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Yeah, Hot Gas never runs puff pieces about Eric Holder.

Oh, wait a minute-there’s such a puff piece about him running right now in Headlines.

E-

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

My thoughts on this “grand bargain” of Obama’s are satisfying the unions, way for him to get more stimulus money and Obama’s fascist goals. The fact that he is for a corporate tax break, and against tax breaks for small businesses and LLCs makes me suspicious on the fascism front. His push on the infrastructure would once again satisfy the unions, but he would need more stimulus or, what he calls, “business investment” money to do that. He knows he can’t get another bailout passed so he can’t very well take over large corporations like he did with GM, but with more than three years left of his presidency, he could get them in his pocket by giving them tax breaks, much like he did with GE.

Republicans beware.

lea on July 30, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Trebuchet . . .

You didn’t know Chattanooga? As a native Tennessean, I am shocked! LOL

francesca on July 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

I’ve always loved driving through Chattanooga and that part of TN. I’d move there in a heartbeat if there were employment opportunities in my field. As it is, I salute the Times Free Press for not slobbering over the rat-eared coward by following suit of those who create special donuts in honor of his visit.

Happy Nomad on July 30, 2013 at 5:37 PM

If it has to have “smart” in the name, like smart power or smart grid, then you know it is usually anything but smart.

Flange on July 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM

..and leaves the ordinary citizen — those whose lips are not permanently fused to the Government titt — smarting.

The War Planner on July 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Near-future headline: Chattanooga Times Free Press editors, owner hit with IRS audits

Steve Eggleston on July 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

With OSHA, BATFE and DHS queuing up.

dogsoldier on July 30, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama. Despite all the whining about the deficit, many on the right refuse to do what it takes to make it happen. All talk, no action.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Dude one word refutes anything you have to say about economics.

DETROIT. Your socialist BS destroyed that city.

dogsoldier on July 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

So you’re trying your hand at comedy?

itsspideyman on July 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Wow. Second look at Chattanooga?

TexasDan on July 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Unfortunately our mayor and city council are as blue as a bunch of Smurfs.

RightKlik on July 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Give me a break. This country could have a balanced budget on the roadmap next week if the right wing would allow Boehner to negotiate a ‘grand bargain’ with Obama.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

So you’re trying your hand at comedy?

itsspideyman on July 30, 2013 at 6:45 PM

bayam’s been doin’ standup for years. First at Captain’s Quarters, and now here.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Local paper ahead of Obama’s visit: “Take your jobs plan and shove it”

Racists!

From 2004:

As I write this article, I am reminded of the story of the Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter named Edward Lee Pitts, who fed a National Guardsman questions to ask of Secretary Rumsfeld during his visit to Kuwait earlier this month. The soldier, Spc. Thomas Wilson, inquired as to why he and other troops bound for combat in Iraq had to search through dumps in order to find the metal they needed to armor their humvees.

While I’m sure that Specialist Wilson was genuinely concerned about the issue, the reporter who prepared him for the Q&A session should have made it known who was really behind the question. What he essentially did was to create the news so that he could then report on it, and his reporting was sorely lacking in the factual data necessary to give his readers a clear picture of the situation. http://www.timesfreepress.com/iwwl/pitts120904.html(dead link).

From 2006:

Finally, the article states “there is no agreement on how to solve the massive invasion of illegals across the U.S.-Mexico border, or to deal with the 12 million illegals who are here.” The problem here is reflective of the attitude in Congress, and the attitude of this president – it is their way or the highway. Any time an alternative proposal is made, or alternatives are pushed through Congress by anyone in the Democratic leadership, the Republican Congress and the Republican President must have their way – they are unwilling to compromise and move forward on the important issues of the day….

…With this mentality in Washington, it really does not make a difference what Democrats propose, because the Republicans will use their majority to defeat any proposal as liberal and against the morals of our nation.

So, what do Democrats propose? It really doesn’t make a difference until we elect leadership in Congress that has a different attitude than the attitude of…

“It’s the Republican way or the highway.”

Stuart F. James
sfj@gcjpc.com

Sounds like they got what they wanted in BHO when he came along. So, embrace the suck.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 30, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Screw obama and his socialism.

TX-96 on July 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Psssst! Barry! They’re catching on!

GarandFan on July 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I was too lazy to read Del’s 3:20 PM post.

verbaloon on July 30, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Fixed.

Del Dolemonte on July 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

That, sir, was all the kinds of funny there are!

massrighty on July 30, 2013 at 7:59 PM

All talk, no action.

bayam on July 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

…the braying buffoon!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Update-the editor who wrote this piece has been fired. Claude Rains could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM