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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 12:49am

 

Bob Corker is one Republican I can stand to listen to. He is thoughtful, intelligent and articulate, which is probably why the Tea Party is gunning for him. I never voted for him, but I don't have issues with him. I don't agree with him on much, but he is a skilled speaker. We could certainly do worse — and we have.

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By: yogiman on 6/6/11 at 11:22

Bob Corker may be a good speaker but he's a poor writer. When I wrote him and Lamar Alexander asking why the senate questioned John McCain about his legal eligibility for the office but did not question Barack Obama, I never received an answer from Corker.

I guess he didn't have one.

By: bfra on 6/7/11 at 12:27

yogi - Corker really is a smart man, he doesn't answer stupid, dumb questions!

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 4:30

For the hundreth time, Obama's B.C. was on the Internet two years before the election.
It was shown at every angle.
No one on this board agrees with you or will ever.
Your definitions of "naturalized" are nutty.
"Born in the USA" is all that counts, otherwise Romney couldn't run either.

By: govskeptic on 6/7/11 at 4:41

Where did the author come up with this big conspiracy that
the Tea Party had a big problem with Corker? The biggest
problem with the good Senator is he never saw a regulation
on the Banks that he liked! It appears he is going to be
unchallenged in the primary or general election!

By: yogiman on 6/7/11 at 6:42

OK, let's start our little game today.

bfra, a question is stupid only to ignoramuses like you. The fact that you are willing to accept someone to the role as president on this nation whom you know nothing about, and who is not willing to let you know anything about themselves is like saying: Look at me, see how stupid I am?

By: gdiafante on 6/7/11 at 6:51

"OK, let's start our little game today."

No, let's not indulge the embicile today. Let's ignore him instead.

By: revo-lou on 6/7/11 at 6:56

Avoid the birther rabbit hole.

By: yogiman on 6/7/11 at 6:58

dargent7,

For an educated man, you are exposing your ignorance.

Romney was born in Detroit Michigan to American parents. His father had been born in Mexico to American parents.

You say born in the USA makes you eligible? The a woman, whom is an illegal alien, can sneak into the USA, have a baby, take the baby back to her homeland, raise the child until the child reaches the age of 35, then that child can become president of the USA..., even though they can't speak English. Hell, do they even have to come into the US to run for the office?

Did you go to school with Barack Obama (if that's his name)?

You are a natural born citizen (a child whose both parents are US citizens), a native born citizen (a child who is born in the US) or a naturalized citizen (a foreigner who becomes a US citizen through normal form of application).

By: gdiafante on 6/7/11 at 7:00

I hear Publix is having a Depends 2-for-1 sale this weekend...

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 7:45

I supported Corker in his Senate run because Ford would have tipped the power structure more toward an uber-left Reid Majority Leadership. Ultimately Corker wasn't enough and in retrospect it may have been better to have Ford up there to help balance out the Wacko left in the Democratic Caucus. I like Harold Ford Jr. He has distanced himself from the family political machine and does seem to think for himself.

By: Funditto on 6/7/11 at 7:49

Corker's hand gestures crack me up. He looks like he's pinching something imaginary in the air.

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 8:11

Corker's hand gestures? I much prefer Rep. Weiner's underware gesture.
If this idiot doesn't resign by Friday, I'll be amazed.

By: revo-lou on 6/7/11 at 8:20

Little late now Ben.

By: bfra on 6/7/11 at 8:27

d7 - Weiner will resign, only if he is forced! Crooked or self-serving politicians seem to think, once elected, they are above the law & beyond reproach. Check out our locals, Torrence, Lineweaver, several on Dean's payroll, etc.

By: Funditto on 6/7/11 at 8:34

i'm just relieved that there was no twitter or fb when clinton was prez

By: yogiman on 6/7/11 at 8:38

Did any of you notice the State flag being shown upside down when Dean was on Channel 5 news the other night?

By: brrrrk on 6/7/11 at 8:40

diafante said

"I hear Publix is having a Depends 2-for-1 sale this weekend..."

BOGO!!!!!!!!

By: brrrrk on 6/7/11 at 8:41

yogiman said

"Did any of you notice the State flag being shown upside down when Dean was on Channel 5 news the other night?"

Gosh, do you think Obama did it?

By: yogiman on 6/7/11 at 9:05

Hell brrrrk,

Would you know if it was being flown properly if you looked at it?

I doubt if Obama would purposely fly the State flag upside down in any of the 57 states he mentioned..

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 9:15

bFrA: There's NO WAY Weiner can survive this. He's now saying he didn't "violate any House Rules..." Just like Edwards.
No, just deny, lie, then cover-up.
Plus, I think another shoe will drop. TMZ, and the internet sites love this sh**t, as do Americans.
There's more women out there that see a pay-day and will come forward.
Just like in Tiger Woods case.

By: pswindle on 6/7/11 at 9:15

TN deserves better than Corker. He has not done one thing to help TN. He is just a yes man to the GOP.

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 9:17

You know "yogi", you're beginning to look and talk alot like like Nixon with his "Enemies List".
Hell, I'm vain, vulgar, insensitive, and from Michigan and only 2 people on this board hate me.
You have, "a following".

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 9:22

For the hundredth time: "The 50 United States and it's territories...."
Territories:
* US Virgin Islands....St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Bernard...oh, that's a dog. St. John.
*American Samoa
* Puerto Rico
* Guam
* Detroit....
There's your other 7 Obama was referring to.

By: bfra on 6/7/11 at 9:34

d7 - You left yogi, scratching head thinking, territories, hmmmmm?

By: dargent7 on 6/7/11 at 9:45

BfRa: I think the names, "The US Virgin Islands" and "America Samoa", put him a psychosis he might not recover from.
Not that there'd be any disernable change.

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 9:56

By: revo-lou on 6/7/11 at 9:20

Little late now Ben.

When the choice is elect a relatively liberal republican v. a relatively conservative democrat I'm usually on the fence, revo. It's almost a decision of whether to treat the symptom or the cause.

Corker has been fine though... better than I expected.

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 9:59

Dang... Weiner's still the major headline in most of the mainstream media outlets. What real stories are they trying to bury with this sacrifice?

By: Funditto on 6/7/11 at 10:03

For FOX News and Palin fans:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110606/pl_yblog_theticket/fox-news-mistakes-tina-fey-for-sarah-palin

By: revo-lou on 6/7/11 at 10:13

{Corker has been fine though... better than I expected.}

{Ultimately Corker wasn't enough and in retrospect it may have been better to have Ford up there to help balance out the Wacko left in the Democratic Caucus}

Yeah, that is the way I read it Ben.

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 10:20

What I meant was Corker 'wasn't enough' to secure Republican Senate majority and control of Senate Committee assignments, in case that needed clarification.

By: AmyLiorate on 6/7/11 at 11:36

Corker is lame, he voted for the big bailout. Now he went around giving his big town hall slide show and that's fine and dandy but his other votes don't indicate any real fiscal sense. Unless your a bank, like someone above mentioned. Corker is tight with the banking industry.

There was a bill that proposed $500B in cuts... admittedly that was a starting point for negotiation... but Bob Corker wouldn't sign onto that bill. I emailed him to ask why and then several weeks later he had come up with his own little bill that made a few small cuts (as a starting point?) and would plan to ramp the cuts up over a ten year time span.

Sure his bill sounded decent, but 1 it went no where and 2 it was suceptable to the next session of congress passing any simple bill with a provision to kill Corkers old bill.

Sorry Corky, that's just the way the system works. Your plan was week and too vulnerable even if it had traction. Not quite enough for any one to give you a PASS on your voting record for bailing out the banks and leaving all the little guys holding the bag.

Corker will probably be challenged in his own party and from outside. Let's all keep up with the challengers and compare notes.

By: AmyLiorate on 6/7/11 at 11:39

weak, not week... maybe I'll type better after lunch

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 11:49

The 'big bailout' has been repaid with interest, Amy. The problem is that Obama respent it all and has no viable offsetting receivable like we did when Bush thwarted a run on the banks by securing equity stakes in the financial institutions at the bottom of the market in '08.

It's kinda like me loaning money to my brother to help him through a financial tight; and him paying back my ex-wife and then her blowing it all on toys for the kids at Walmart.

By: AmyLiorate on 6/7/11 at 12:18

lol Ben, funny analogy. But in the end you and I disagree on the validity of the bail out.

Usually we agree on business angles, but the bail out was wrong, IMO, it set a horrible precedent and undermines future moral hazards in business and government. Several banks say they were forced to take bailouts just so others couldn't tell who was really in trouble.

Wall Street got to give out big bonuses (because the politicians were too naive and way out of their area) and it seems hardly any of the people most responsible have felt any pain from the circumstance.

Some industries have paid off their take, others have not but yes they're on track as far as I know. Yet the economy is still very weak and if you listen to Mullen and Geithner we're very much on the edge because hardly anyone in DC is taking the debt seriously. I grant that Corker is, but so far he hasn't been effective. Maybe he will have an impact but so far this is the second news story I've read this quarter that tells how Corker is great and shouldn't have any competition. The skeptic side of my thinks there is no reason to mention competition unless he fears competition. ;)

By: AmyLiorate on 6/7/11 at 1:00

“Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell.”
~ Frank Borman CEO of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986 and Apollo 8 astronaut

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 1:07

I agreed with injecting secured liquidity as a short term loan to forestall a run on the banks which was how TARP was designed. I don't agree with how the repayment of that money has been re-spent in the interim for political purpose.

TARP was necessary to prevent a banking collapse. But the precedent it set gave license to great malfeasance and cronyism that has been totally exploited by the Obama Administration.

All things equal we should have run a one year deficit in the $1trillion+ range and we should have seen that money applied back against the deficit over the next two years of repayment while at the same time running deficits roughly equal to the war supplementals. Instead we are seeing year over year deficits of $1,000,000,000,000 higher than the status quo war supplementals with no excuse for the respending of TARP, and further, no excuse for the additional $1,000,000,000,000 a year in deficits we are running.

Somehow, though, nobody asks the question, "why?"...

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 1:31

Coker is smart enough to avoid dumbass tea bags.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 1:32

Each passing day yogi becomes less a man and more of a joke. A BAD JOKE.

By: gdiafante on 6/7/11 at 1:38

Um...Ben...there's a serious loss of revenue to to unemployment...or did you forget about that?

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 1:44

gdia-

As long as Ben has a paycheck, it does not matter. But if we keep going the way Ben wants it, he will find his check getting smaller. At that point he will blame Obama.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 1:47

When Clinton left office, the Nation had a surplus and one year after Bush was in office the Nation was in debt.

Ben thinks Bush is the Cats Meow.

By: AmyLiorate on 6/7/11 at 2:04

Bush is/was more like the Cats Litterbox

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 2:17

Uncertainty is what has driven and is driving the unemployment problem. Otherwise we'd be in a real recovery right now.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 2:31

One of the reason that unemployment is up is because City and State government has laid off people.

By: revo-lou on 6/7/11 at 2:50

{Uncertainty is what has driven and is driving the unemployment problem. Otherwise we'd be in a real recovery right now."}

So, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Smart, very smart.

By: BenDover on 6/7/11 at 3:08

It's a self feeding cycle revo. They could turn it around by ending all of the Class warfare rhetoric... backing off of their imposition of political policy through the regulatory agencies... establish some reasonable guidelines on energy production... pin down the extent of the damage that will be done by Obamacare... and agree to meaningful long-term deficit reductions rather than playing things like the 'throw granny off a cliff' video.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 3:09

Ben has his off tilt view of things. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 6/7/11 at 3:13

How about cut spending and raising taxes? That is what Clinton did and the country was in good shape. Then Bush said Cut Taxes and Spend, Spend, Spend.

By: brrrrk on 6/7/11 at 4:08

BenDover said

"Uncertainty is what has driven and is driving the unemployment problem. Otherwise we'd be in a real recovery right now."

Spoken as a true supply-sider.

By: yogiman on 6/7/11 at 6:24

dumba..,

Clinton left a surplus because he reduced the size of our armed forces. That is why our security is now provided by the National Guard. They only 'guarded' nationally back then. They are now being involved internationally.