Letter to the Editor

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 11:25pm

To the Editor:

How could any middle-class working voter ever be coerced and brainwashed into voting for the right-wing Republican, would-be anarchists, who by their own campaign platforms fly in the face of every American who is not filthy rich?

How can a bloc of rich congressmen who already have made their fortunes and secured their family's health care free or at practically no cost campaign on a promise to repeal everything that President Obama has gotten done for the people?

They want to repeal Social Security, or impose huge cuts on the most needy of our citizenry, Medicare, health care reform and return complete control to the insurance companies that any idiot should know by now are not concerned with your health care but are a bunch of corporate thieves.

They want to repeal the stimulus and stop the slowly improving economy that the president is bringing about.

Along with this they want to repeal or amend the 14th Amendment so as to be able to take of control who is deemed a citizen and who is not whenever they get ready.

They also now want to invalidate freedom of religion by banning the building of more mosques in the United States. They want to deny civil rights to gays and lesbians. 

If all this is not enough, they certainly want George W. Bush's tax cuts for the very richest Americans to be extended.

If any sane human being can see anything in their own, self-indicting campaign promises, that will benefit any suffering American except the rich, then he needs to seek help.

If any working person is weak enough to post a Republican ballot, he deserves to suffer the wrath just as under Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush.

To paraphrase a friend recently when entering the voting booth, "It's simple as ABC, like driving a car: Put it in D to go forward and in R to go backward."

C.W. Clouse

Nashville TN 37209

Filed under: City Voices

296 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:16

sounds like a nice afternoon, Ben. 8~)

they have a Brewhouse in Transylvania?

8~P

LOL

By: BenDover on 8/13/10 at 10:16

The vast majority of businesses in this country operate in the way described in the article I posted, bn. Businesses do try to minimize their exposure to excessive taxes but they do so ethically and within the law.

The system is broken when it costs a business $74K to put $44K into someone's pocket though..

By: house_of_pain on 8/13/10 at 10:17

Did you lose power yesterday, slacker? Ours went out around 3, and stayed out until midnight.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:18

how sure are you about the "ethically and within the law" bit? i'm not too confident of that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:18

there are lots of loopholes that businesses can use to not pay taxes. we all know that.

By: BenDover on 8/13/10 at 10:19

Innocent until proven guilty, BN.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 10:21

pain, no I was lucky. I think that quickie storm knocked out a transformer.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:22

you're awfully trusting of the large corporations, Ben.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:23

slacker, was that the Brewhouse on 100? what type of brew did you enjoy? i haven't been there in forever....

By: BenDover on 8/13/10 at 10:23

The loopholes are in direct proportion to their campaign contributions, bn.

I personally don't think businesses should pay direct taxes. It just gets passed to the consumer anyway and creates a whole industry of non-value-added work for compliance, enforcement, and the like. The government couldn't get as big a share of the economy if all the indirect taxes showed up on our 1040 forms or in the sales tax though.

Trade deficits will continue to rise as long as our businesses are continually punished with excessive taxes and regulation.

By: Funditto on 8/13/10 at 10:28

Happy Friday the 13th. Yesterday wasn't so lucky. A mini-tornado blew through our neighborhood downing huge trees and causing extensive damage. Even a fire. And not a word on the news about it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:36

i saw the downing of huge trees on channels 4 & 5 but nothing of the fire.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 10:38

nazi, it was the one on 100. Had some Yuengling draft, and whatever the guy who was sitting next to me left, when he paid his bill. Times are tough, I'm not proud.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/13/10 at 10:39

LOL I have to love this letter. Outrage concerning the healthcare paid for by tax dollars for Congressment but liking tax dollars to pay for even MORE people's healthcare. Seems inconsistent to me. Why not just get everyone to pay for their own health insurance and call it a day?

As for a repeal of Social Security, it'll run out of funds soon enough so who cares? It won't be there for me and certainly not for my kids. I haven't heard of repealing of Medicare other than the cuts made to eliminate it to attempt to pay for the new Health Care reform passed.

Repeal of the stimulus would simply save money ill-spent. It is doing nothing to save the economiy and is quite simply retarting the recovery of the econmy. Simply put, the stimulus is frightening those who have funds which could pull our economy out of the recession we are currently in.

Oh and BTW, Congress already has control over how many immigrants can come into this country...hence they have control over who can be a US citizen, other than of course those born here.

I believe the only Mosque they want to prevent is the one at ground zero of the Twin Towers destruction, which I think is not being unreasonable.

The civil rights of gay and lesbian people are not being denied. Marriage is not a civil right, last time I checked the US Constitution. Only the government has made marriage more than the institution it originally was. So if this is an issue, why not get the government out of marriage (after all, that would be a separation of church and state).

And BTW, I happened to have benefited from the Bush Tax cuts and I am most definitely in the middle class...and why is it an issue that you don't want the tax cut for ALL Americans anyway? Isn't that being fair for everyone?

To paraphrase Clouse, "It's simple as ABC, like being in an elevator: Put it in D to go downward and in R to go to the rooftop."

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 10:42

Yuengling draft is pretty good.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 10:42

Hi chief, hope you are well. As Dan Rather said: brevity.

By: gdiafante on 8/13/10 at 10:42

"I believe the only Mosque they want to prevent is the one at ground zero of the Twin Towers destruction, which I think is not being unreasonable."

You would be incorrect, on both parts.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/13/10 at 10:46

slacker,

Yep, made it back fine.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/13/10 at 10:50

Gdia,

I have a problem with the mosque being at ground zero because it was done for that religion and in point of fact it is tradition for those in Arabic countries to build a monument or mosque over conquored areas to prove their victory. Regardless of whether or not those building the mosque there feel that way, it will be looked upon that way by those who committed the act.

Why give them that? Why can't the mosque be built somewhere else?

As for other mosques, who cares? If they want to build them, let them...assuming they have sufficient funds to support them themselves.

By: gdiafante on 8/13/10 at 10:53

The Islamic Center isn't being built at ground zero, it's two blocks away. And there is already an existing Mosque a mere 600 feet further than that. Where is the outrage? I'll wait if you want to manufucture some.

By: gdiafante on 8/13/10 at 10:54

s/h/b manufacture

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/13/10 at 10:57

Gdia,

Who cares as long as it's not at ground zero?

Now let me ask you this, would YOU be outraged if a Christian church were to be built at ground zero? Just curious.

By: gdiafante on 8/13/10 at 10:59

Again, it's not at ground zero. And no, I wouldn't care if they built a church two blocks away. We do still have freedom of religion in this country, don't we?

By: BenDover on 8/13/10 at 11:01

Hiya Chief. Glad you're home. My son got back last week too.

By: chiefpayne568 on 8/13/10 at 11:01

Gdia,

Last time I looked we did.

So what ARE they going to build at that place? A park perhaps?

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 11:12

I thought the Hispanics conquered Antioch, so it was really the Muslims?

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 11:15

Somebody should conquer the Fairgrounds. Start getting some tax revenue outta that place.. bejesus.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 11:16

i agree with that, slacker. just don't tell the Save the Fairgrounds folks or you may get assaulted.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 11:17

good god, i can only imagine what that crowd would do if a mosque were put on that property. *shutter*

By: house_of_pain on 8/13/10 at 11:22

Build a bar/miniature golf combo at the fairgrounds.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 11:24

nazi, if they allowed that race track, & the junk sale, oops! meant Flea market, they would be for it. Not to forget the sometimes wrestling & midget tossing.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 11:26

slacker, if you replaced their beloved racetrack (it's our har-i-tage) with a mosque (them thar furiners) there would be redneck rebellion.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 11:30

pain, they have already tried the miniature golf. They even had a little choo-choo train running around it. Anyway miniature golf would probably offend the midget wrestlers, they would file a small lawsuit.

By: Kosh III on 8/13/10 at 11:37

Welcome back Chief!

"tradition for those in Arabic countries to build a monument or mosque over conquored areas to prove their victory."

You mean like how mosques are converted to churches when "Christian" armies defeat and slaugher Muslim areas? E.g. the Grand Mosque of Cordoba, now a Cathedral.

Just in case you didn't catch it the first 5 times: it's not at ground zero.

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 11:38

nazi, I believe there is something in the Koran that prevents building a mosque near a racetrack. The Richard Petty rule, I think.

By: BenDover on 8/13/10 at 11:53

43 is a prime number you know.

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 12:06

Welcome back Chief, thanks to you and your fellow troops for doing your tour.

To paraphrase Clouse, "It's simple as ABC, like being in an elevator: Put it in D to go downward and in R to go to the rooftop."
Nice :)

By: Funditto on 8/13/10 at 12:11

And BTW, I happened to have benefited from the Bush Tax cuts and I am most definitely in the middle class...and why is it an issue that you don't want the tax cut for ALL Americans anyway? Isn't that being fair for everyone?"

Unless you made over $250K, your "tax cut" was minimal. Why do Repelicans hate taxes so much? They seem to always be trying to get something for nothing.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 12:46

"I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. I will do away with their flea markets, put an end to midget tossing and wreck their racecars."

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 1:25

If Grandpa Jones wrote this back in '52, lamenting on increasing taxes and national debt, does that mean we don't have anything to worry about now? Are we clear for the next 60 years too?

http://www.youtube.com/v/hE4YgLb2wt8

“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 1:31

that's all good and well Amy, but what about your views on midget tossing? TGIF!

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 1:33

ACK! I just came across this:

The federal government may soon come to the rescue of stalled luxury condominiums in Manhattan
http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2010/08/fha-to-extend-government-loan.html

Things like this explain why I have so so little faith in our federal government's so called solutions!

The more the do the more side effects there seem to be. The remedies for undesired effects are only more inane laws forging deeper into places our government was not formed to go into. Rarely do we see anyone in DC say,' well well, we shouldn't have started this in the first place, lets just stop before it gets further out of control.'

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 2:01

I'm OK with midget tossing as long as the midgets are OK with it.

http://cache-04.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/1/2009/01/troyer_doll.flv.jpg

Who the hell would I be to stop them from making the most of what they have?

Maybe Nashville should outsource it's fair to Wilson or Williamson county. Metro can't seem to make up it's mind

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 2:05

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:uZP5I1fPhZOT7M:http://www.lookatmeshirts.com/uploadedfiles/real/20080225025536_midget%20toss%20m.jpg&t=1

I think they need one of those positive/negative space logos, like the NBA has with red and blue bookending the flying midget silhouette in white.

By: house_of_pain on 8/13/10 at 2:05

I vote for Fair Board Tossing!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 2:07

i'd agree with that, house!

Amy, maybe Funditto can make them a cool logo. 8~)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 2:20

http://thelongestlistofthelongeststuffatthelongestdomainnameatlonglast.com/images/toss.JPG

By: slacker on 8/13/10 at 2:21

Lets hire Loner to come to the fairgrounds, and jump some stuff with that old blke of his.
He probably has a cape, and an old helmet lying around. See: ''The Great Loneriski''

Be there! No coolers allowed, No firearms, knifes, brass knuckles, bra bombs. Free tank top for first 25 ladies.

By: AmyLiorate on 8/13/10 at 2:30

I'm making my own logo.

If I put it on Cafe Press will you guys buy a USMTL (US Midget Tossing League) shirt?

I know you spent last weeks allowance on Palin/Marceaux '12 shirts, but you still have this weeks allowance for USMTL!!!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/13/10 at 2:33

i have a slight problem with wearing the t-shirt, Amy. i'm pretty short and if i wear it i may get tossed.