Burch: Immoral Aid?

Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Those of us who lived through the Great Nashville Flood can certainly empathize with the victims of the “Frankenstorm” that just hammered millions of Americans, leaving many of them temporarily underwater, without electricity and faced with massive cleanup projects.

One of my favorite political cartoons has a man clinging desperately to his car in a raging flood. His bumper sticker reads GET BIG GOVERNMENT OFF MY BACK! Overhead, a FEMA first-responder is being lowered from a helicopter to save him.

I’m sure that many of my neighbors whose houses ended up underwater were happy to see FEMA workers here, Johnny-on-the-spot, helping to start and coordinate the recovery process.

But it’s quite fashionable these days — especially since the rise of the Tea Party — to complain bitterly about taxes and damn the federal government for anything and everything that doesn’t work out perfectly. If a dime gets wasted on green energy or disaster relief, it’s “obvious” to the lunatic fringe that the federal government is the Devil, President Obama is the Anti-Christ, and Mitt Romney is the Savior.

But is Romney the promised messiah, really? He claims that anything the federal government can do, the states can do better. That statement plays wonderfully well with the “federal government is the Devil” crowd. But when a huge storm strikes, is a centralized federal agency bound to be outperformed by states whose actions are uncoordinated, and probably unfunded? Can we really save money by duplicating FEMA 50 times?

Ironically, when there was relatively minor flooding in Massachusetts, it seems Romney didn’t come close to outperforming FEMA. Far from it.

In 2005, the Green River flooded Greenfield, destroying a trailer park and low-income housing. Greenfield’s Mayor, Christine Forgey, says she didn’t hear from Romney on the first day. A resident turned the high school into a crisis shelter. A radio station launched a food/clothing drive. The Red Cross provided services. But Romney was nowhere to be found. New Hampshire’s Governor, John Lynch, called up the National Guard and cut short his trip to Europe, but Romney couldn’t even be bothered to return Forgery’s phone calls.

Only after heavy criticism from the press did Romney finally visit Greenfield. But Forgey says she never met Romney, because his visit was unannounced. Would FEMA have made that mistake?

Romney got lost, according to John Barrett, who said Romney called him to say that he was in the area when he was actually in the wrong county, an hour away. “I don’t think he understood that was part of the job ... dealing with catastrophic storms,” said Barrett, obviously not convinced that Romney can outperform FEMA professionals.

A year later, floods hit Melrose, displacing 8,000 residents, including hundreds of elderly tenants. According to mayor Rob Dolan, FEMA representatives arrived the next day. But even though Melrose was just minutes from Romney’s house and office, Romney was again nowhere to be found, nor did he ever call Dolan.

So Romney himself illustrates why we really do need FEMA. But his allies, including Paul Ryan, want to either get rid of the agency or slash its funding.

Romney once called it “immoral” to borrow money to help flood victims. However, Romney, a former Mormon Bishop and therefore someone who should presumably understand the term, didn’t call it “immoral” for the federal government to borrow billions to bail out the Olympic games and his rich Wall Street cronies. He obviously doesn’t consider it “immoral” to borrow the better part of $7 trillion to give more tax cuts to the wealthy and increase defense spending for things the Pentagon hasn't even requested. According to Bishop Romney, it seems the only people it’s “immoral” to help are the 47 percent of Americans who need help the most, including flood victims, Detroit auto workers, homeless veterans, the elderly, and girls who need Planned Parenthood’s help with contraceptives and preventive health care.

“Let them eat cake” seems to be Romney’s personal philosophy, but if the past is prelude, it could be a very soggy meal. And now Romney has suddenly gone mum, refusing to respond to reporter questions about FEMA at least 14 times since the Frankenstorm struck. In his next act of magical transformation, Romney will probably emerge costumed as the champion of FEMA first-responders. But I think American voters are surely wising up, by now.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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237 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 3:20

Kum-Bah-Yah...it's 4:20 in Nashville.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/2/12 at 3:23

Adman, you sound like you're pretty much a centrist. Am I correct?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/2/12 at 3:24

Or a moderate Republican?

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 3:26

Bernie Madoff was too big to fail....everybody was making money off Bernie...or so they thought....gotta be one of the biggest scams in history....the fat cat turned out to be a fat rat...he had everybody fooled for years.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/2/12 at 3:29

Adman, today's board has been the most civil and focused than it has been in weeks. I'm glad you joined the conversation. Too bad that we as a country don't spend more time discussing valid issues.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 3:32

@Brrrk, And yet you've not provided an example of ONE thing that the government does that ISN'T at it's core a type of service......
Ok the single most important role of the Fed Govt is to protect our individual rights as enumerated it the Constitution. I guess you can define that as a service if you want to.

And Adman... on a personal note regarding health care.

I had a niece pass away about a month ago from cancer.... primarily because she worked a crappy full time retail job that didn't provide adequate health insurance. Should knew she wasn't feeling well, but put it off because she simply couldn't afford going to the doctor......

First I am truly sorry for your loss. I mean that sincerely not in some trite condescending way. If it were my niece I would be really pissed at a system that would allow that to happen. That being said, it points out some of the issues we face with healthcare. A fact you might not be willing to face is that there are limited dollars available to pay for all the things that different people want and expect govt to do. As a nation we need to decide how to allocate those dollars. Right now we are picking them off the Fed's yumyum tree, and I am afraid there will be hell to pay for this down the road in terms of hyperinflation. If you lived through the late 70's you know what i am talking about.

I am pretty sure you will disagree with me but taxes are not benign they have a negative effect on economic activity. Instead of arguing about taxing the rich, or getting rid of the Bush tax cuts we need to be looking for that point in the level of taxation that will maximize gov't revenue and minimize the negative impact on the economy. Everyone is fighting over whether 35% for a top marginal tax rate is right or should it be 39.5%. Hell for all we know it might 50% given the deductions and credits available (I seriously doubt that). My point is that I have heard no one on either side site any kind of study of this issue. They are all just defending their turf.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/2/12 at 3:37

"Right now we are picking them off the Fed's yumyum tree"

I nominate that as the best line of the day.

I think part of our problem is lack of controlled inflation. Deflation can be just as devastating or worse. I do remember the 70's and the runaway inflation. I remember house loans with a 14% interest rate being the norm. Yes, we do have to be careful and it would be good to see a non-partisan study regarding marginal tax rate.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 11/2/12 at 3:38

OK, time for me to finish up a few things. Gotta go. Have a good weekend, folks.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 3:44

The multiplier effect may not be as high as government spending but it does get the ball rolling. Higher demand for goods and services creates job growth. That doesn't need to be an all or nothing either.

That is the basic Keynesian approach. Unfortunately there is a 2nd part that is always ignored. I like the use the analogy of starting a old lawnmower. You remember the kind with the choke you would pull out to get it going. Once the lawnmower starts you push the choke back in, or stop priming the engine. In Keynesian theory govt spending is the choke you pull it out to help prime the engine to get it started. The problem is in this analogy we never push the choke in (spending levels never decrease). We have been running our economy with the govt spending choke wide open since the 1930's. We can't do it forever.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 4:04

I am a man without a country. I consider myself to be more libertarian. I am really pretty conservative about fiscal issues but much more liberal about other things. I don't hate the govt but I fear it. I resonate to Thomas Jefferson's words that we were created with certain "unalienable" rights. That means to me that those right were granted to us by God, not by Gov't. If Govt grants them then they can't be unalienable because gov't can take them away. So yes I fear govt and I fear people who are willing to trade liberty for a govt that will take care of all their needs. Or as wise old Ben Franklin said "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty. "

By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 4:19

Loner,

You keep repeatedly calling me a racist. Why, because I want to know who that man is sitting in the Oval Office? Sorry, Loner, race is the only factor you can come up with to support him as strong as you do. So, how does it feel to be a racist?

Unless you are a fellow communist with him you should be deeply concerned as to who in the hell he is. Everyone in the USA should be concerned congress allowed top let this happen. Why do you think he has put all of his identity under lock and key.

He, and you all keep yelling for Mitt Romney to show his tax papers that are required by law... but it's okay for Barry to keep his papers under lock and key. Please explain that idiocy to me.

I've offered you kids (mentally, of course) many known things proving he isn't Constitutionally eligible for that office. You have never offered me any evidence proving he is.

But with your feeble mentality you apparently don't understand what he intends to do to this nation.

And unless our congress has "joined the gang" with him I can't figure out why they allowed it to happen in 2008 and have never took any action on it.

The question of his legality has been in place for over 4 years now but no section of the government has taken any action. The only man that has taken action is Sheriff Joe in Arizona.

You mentioned your grand daughter. I feel sorry for what she and all other grand children are inheriting from their parents and grand parents. None of you seem to care about their future.

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 4:22

I believe that our rights come from the US Constitution, not the God of Abraham, and the Constitution has been legitimized and preserved by the blood of American patriots, not the blood of Christ.

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 4:24

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By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 4:26

Okay, B2,

Romney took a photo action. Unless you're old enough to know it, that's pure politics in situations. And damn him, Romney pulled .

So what was Barry's actions? How long did he stay in his photo galley before he went back the campaign trail?

Don't place one below the other on that bull, B2.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 4:28

Blanketnazi I assume you are gone but I will respond to this anyway:
I think part of our problem is lack of controlled inflation. Deflation can be just as devastating or worse. I do remember the 70's and the runaway inflation. I remember house loans with a 14% interest rate being the norm. Yes, we do have to be careful and it would be good to see a non-partisan study regarding marginal tax rate.

I agree that deflation can be destructive, but to use the term "controlled inflation" is an oxymoron. Have you been drinking the Fed's kool-aid? It's hubris pure and simple that the Fed thinks they can triple the money supply in 5 years or less and then "manage" the inflation it creates. Govt statistics on almost everything is complete BS. There is an old saying, "figures don't lie but liars can figure". We are already experiencing inflation...do you buy gas? The price has doubled in the last 4 years. part of that is due to Middle east unrest but most of it is due to decline of the dollar vs foreign currencies. Would the fact that we have increased the money supply 300% have anything to do with that? Look at the price of other hard assets, gold, silver, copper they have all skyrocketed. I don't know if I calculated this correctly but I was curious recently so I tried to look up the total US money supply. I could only find M1 and M2. If you divide that number by the total US gold reserve, the price of gold would need to be nearly $50,000/ounce (yes you read that right $50,000) for gold to back every dollar out there. When we were last on the gold standard the price was pegged at $35. That is inflation. Our currency is basically worthless backed only by the creditworthyness of the US. If you buy groceries prices have gone up. You probably don't notice it on an item by item basis, but it is there across the board. I used to pay $1.99 for ground beef, I looked today and it was $2.99 that is a 33% increase. A head of iceburg lettuce used to $.99 now it $1.29.

One last point, then I will shut up. As inflation rises so do interest rates, there is a direct correlation. For years much of the US debt was issued in 30 year bonds. During the Clinton administration the yield curve steepened significantly so the Treasury made the decision to shorten up the maturities on the US debt, taking advantage of the lower borrowing cost on the shorter end of the curve. This is still the case as the debt has exploded recently. Our debt is on the equivalent of an adjustable rate loan, and when the inflation is finally recognized and interest rates rise our borrowing cost will explode.

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 4:29

Adman: Where in the Hebrew-Christian bible are people's inalienable rights codified? Lots of rules and regulations for practicing Jews, but I don't see the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Bible....OT or NT.

You claim to be a libertarian...a faith-based one, it appears.

By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 4:34

You know, Loner, you and your fellow posters make me laugh. You are all like people who are blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. You all are one big joke by exposing your ignorance arrogantly.

Wake up, kids. Grow up mentally and reach a mature level.

By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 4:44

We don't hate you according to your 3:17 post, dumba$$. We really feel sorry for you because of your ignorance.

By: bfra on 11/2/12 at 4:58

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By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 5:02

Wars are what controls the population, B2. Can you imagine what the population would be if the nations didn't stay at war with another constantly?

The only thing that could be done to control the population would be thousands of abortions every day. Worldwide, of course.

I don't know how old most of you are, but I remember about the population when I was a child.

If you're familiar with Gallatin; when you went a block down hill from the square on South Water, you was in the country. Now, you're still in Gallatin when you reach the river on 109.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 5:10

Adman: Where in the Hebrew-Christian bible are people's inalienable rights codified? Lots of rules and regulations for practicing Jews, but I don't see the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the Bible....OT or NT.

You claim to be a libertarian...a faith-based one, it appears.

Yes I am a person of faith but not the right-wing style most expect.

The bible does not to the best of my knowledge codify life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but then again neither does the constitution, those words are found in The Declaration of Independence. The concept of unalienable rights are the founding principle of our nation. Any rights granted by man or govt or a document can not be unalienable because they can always be taken away. If you don't believe in God then I guess you are stuck as to where these rights came from.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 5:12

Some of the greatest words written in the history of humankind:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 5:13

Loner,

If Barry pulls his usurpation off again on the 6th, Bernie will become number two in scamming. Barry will take over as number 1.

It'll be unique, won't it, two B's in cell block "B".

By: pswindle on 11/2/12 at 5:18

The truth hurts. Romney is like a lost puppy. He really does not know what to do on his own. He has to be directed and pushed. But, he is so hard-headed, that he can't get it in his thick head what to do.

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 5:34

The truth hurts. Romney is like a lost puppy. He really does not know what to do on his own. He has to be directed and pushed. But, he is so hard-headed, that he can't get it in his thick head what to do.

But Obama can't talk without a teleprompter. sorry buddy but turnabout is fair play.

By: Loner on 11/2/12 at 6:11

Adman sounds like Ben Dover with a new username?

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 6:29

Adman sounds like Ben Dover with a new username?

Ouch more name calling. Pls save me!!!!!!!!!

By: yogiman on 11/2/12 at 8:25

Adman,

As one who "looks" to be reasonably intelligent, how can you make such a statement about Mitt Romney? Are you exposing some ignorance or your dumbocrapic mind?

Was Romney so stupid he could only make a few billion dollars, or did he just convince people to give it to him?

Question: Can you state one remark Barry Soetoro has made that wasn't a lie?

The others on this site have been calling me a racist because I'm continually trying to find out just who that man is.

You seem to also support him, so tell me, do you know who that man is? Do you know his legal name? How about where he was born, was it Hawaii as he started claiming in 2007, or in Kenya as he advertised for 16 years from 1991nto 2007 when he "entered" the race?

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 9:20

you lost me there yogiman

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 3:04

So now Romney is threatening the voters:

Romney: Elect Me Or House GOP Will Wreck The Economy

By: Ask01 on 11/3/12 at 4:56

Just a personal observation bfra, but I believe that ship has already sailed. (Perhaps Willard can add that vessel to his upgraded Navy if he somehow wins.)

Let's not lay all the blame at the feet of the GOP, however. While the Republican party can inflict a great deal of damage to retaliate for Willard's defeat, they will require the cooperation of corporate America.

Not to mention the 1% who, while almost certainly insulated from the fiscal mayhem which would envelope the country, would need to seriously consider the ramifications of a desperate population with it's collective back to the wall.

I believe those who would be responsible would find all bets were off as far as their security was concerned if the public were pushed too far.

There is one other factor I've never seen considered. What will you do with all those combat hardened veterans coming home expecting to resume their lives only to find the country a financial wasteland?

The thought concerns me if no one else.

By: parnell3rd on 11/3/12 at 5:32

So how did we rebuild our lives and homes before FEMA was created in 1979? That's right big govt was not always there to take care of us.
Under the Fed govt oversight in my neighborhood, next to the Cumberland River, most of the home owners were not allowed to purchace flood insurance. Because the fed govt said "you do not need flood insurance, your home is 4 feett above the 100 year flood line" Okay, I guess they forgot this area was flooded in 1975, less than 100 years ago. So on my street only 3 homes (including mine) were required to by flood insurance by our mortgage companies.
FEMA is authorized to give people up to $29,900 without repayment to the fed govt. But after getting taking to the cleaners during Katrina the average in my neighborhood was about 14,000. One neighbor was told he did not get as much as everyone else because he is single with no children. Well, dayum! His house was flooded no less ours. So, everyone who rebuilt had to take out loans.
Those of us who had insurance got by without govt assistance.
NOT ONE federal employee came by to help me rebuild my house, not ONE state, county, or city employee came by to help me rebuild my house. They took care of infrastructure were some of my tax money goes, and I, family and friends, with some pros took care of my house.

By: parnell3rd on 11/3/12 at 5:38

I said all of that to say this Mr. Burch. If I can be responsible and provide my own insurance, why can't everyone else? Why should your tax dollars pay for my laziness? If you want a utopian world then how about paying my car insurance for me!
make a fed govt plan that takes care of everthing so we can all be lazy!
It does not work!!!
Oh yea, before FEMA we probly took good care of each other. We did not have President's preaching class warfare and envy.
I found out in 2010 how good Human Beings can be to each other without govt assistance.
I am Grateful to GOD that I lived and saw my fellow humans during that time

By: Loner on 11/3/12 at 6:20

Parnell would prefer the dissolution of the American union...this would give the states the ultimate power over their citizens....uhhh, P3, they tried that in 1861...didn't work out as advertised.

The federal government is the way to go, especially when trying to rebuild after natural and man-made disasters...those things do not respect state lines.

When states are allowed to do as they please, things like African Negro slavery become cultural underpinnings and become protected by law.

Abuse thrives in isolation; I prefer the "one nation, indivisible" concept for America....it insures a more level playing field for all Americans...states tend to be sleazy, corrupt, insider-controlled affairs....the federal government is a little more open to general scrutiny and accountability than the state governments tend to be.

I believe in human rights, not states rights....others disagree.

By: Loner on 11/3/12 at 6:33

Give the states free rein and things like official state religions and official state languages are declared; this sets up social stratification based on race & religion...the Founders recognized many of these human shortcomings, that's why they formed the union, to better protect all the citizens within the collective from provincialism, arbitrary and biased local laws and state-level mob rule.

Who is clamoring for more states rights? It's primarily white, Christian men...without the protections of bigoted state laws, those guys are in danger of becoming irrelevant...so they are fighting back.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/3/12 at 6:46

The only thing the productive classs has to fear is that somehow these champions of the underclass and the underachievers and the genetically deprived will find a way to outlaw money.
"These people" in their quest to achieve equality with the productive class are capable of cutting off their nose to spite their face.
As long as money is available the productive class will find a way to the "good life"

I have so many friends who say that there is no way that Obama can win this election. I reply to them, "you only talk to people who think this election is about issues." "This election is about class warfare" The difference in the election will be that there are enough Americans out there who are struggling to get by on less than 60,000 dollars a year. They see and read about people who have the ability for two or three cars all less than four years old, second homes,country clubs,private schools

By: Rasputin72 on 11/3/12 at 6:56

The American lower middle class is angry. They are voting not for Obama but voting against the prosperity of the upper middle class and the upper class. Romney's support is entrenched within the productive class which includes a lot of high income people.

For example if the election were restricted to Hillwood Country Club,Belle Meade Country Club and Richland Country Club members and probably the other other clubs of middle Tennessee,Romney would garner at least 80% of the vote and maybe more.

The have nots and the liberals and the underachievers have found a new ally. The working lower middle class. They are on a financial treadmill and find no way to get off the treadmill without hurting themselves. Republicans and the rich have taken away their ability to interact with the productive class.

Obama in an electoral college easy win.

By: Loner on 11/3/12 at 7:08

Rasp, cut the crap, impersonating Thurston Howell III was good for a laugh, at first. The jig is up, buddy, we are wise to your fantasy....I actually feel sorry for you; you are stuck in fantasy mode...you have nobody to blame for your predicament but yourself...a little more hard work, a little more hustle and you too could have been a member of those elite clubs that you fantasize about....give it a rest, Rasp.

You are posting early this morning, Rasp, do the public libraries open that early on a Saturday n Nashville? No wonder that Nashville is a Mecca for the homeless and mentally deranged.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/3/12 at 7:32

LONER.......If you did not love me you would not be trying to defend me.

By: Adman on 11/3/12 at 7:33

Here is a good column by Charles Krauthammer:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-choice/2012/11/01/59b5bed0-2445-11e2-9313-3c7f59038d93_print.html

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 7:49

Loner - After reading Adman's article, you might be right about Ben's second name.:-) Fox news commentator, indeed!

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 7:51

Loner - You are also right about Raspy, we don't allow grey poupon stained ascots in our clubs around Nashville.

By: yogiman on 11/3/12 at 7:59

Rasputin72,

You might also add: When a person will vote for a man as President of their nation, whom they have no knowledge of his identity, who refuses to identify himself to prove his eligibility, they will get what they deserve. They have proved their category of idiocy.

By: yogiman on 11/3/12 at 8:06

Loner,

The US was different until the 27th Amendment when Congress stole the Senate away from the states. We have to blame our ancestors for that loss.

That's when the Senate began being elected by the people instead of being appointed by the States congresses.

Thus entered the opportunities for a career instead of a service.

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 8:12

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By: yogiman on 11/3/12 at 8:17

I'm really amazed at you usurper lovers. But then, I understand why you admire your man Barry Soetoto aka Barack Obama so much. You seem to feel you know everything about anything so you know it all. I sure wish you could identify him to me.

Oh, you can't. That's OK, I understand. You don't want to expose you lack of knowledge, called by some as absolute idiocy.

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 8:19

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By: Ask01 on 11/3/12 at 8:46

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Say, bfra, do you suppose we'll have to endure the troll droppings following the election, or will the old geezer just hide under the bridge, too angry to come out?

I am concerned his heart could give out due to severe stress. Even given the irritant he is, I wish no ill on anyone who is not a politician or one of the self serving public servants whom we deal with daily.

He really does need to relax and calm down, don't you agree? Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act should provide some help.

By: bfra on 11/3/12 at 8:57

Ask01 - With all the obvious vile, pent up, anger that old man has, he is as they say "too mean & stupid" for anything to happen to. I deal with people everyday and I have never met anyone so obnoxious before. He is the true epitome of a troll!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/3/12 at 9:01

By: Adman on 11/2/12 at 6:34
The truth hurts. Romney is like a lost puppy. He really does not know what to do on his own. He has to be directed and pushed. But, he is so hard-headed, that he can't get it in his thick head what to do.

But Obama can't talk without a teleprompter. sorry buddy but turnabout is fair play.

They all have teleprompter, there just not advertised on FOX.