U.S. Congress, 5th District: Jim Cooper

Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10:45pm

While it sometimes hurts to watch our neighbors get fancy new projects funded with millions in federal taxpayer dollars, we applaud Democrat Jim Cooper’s honest, historic and steadfast opposition to congressional earmarks. It takes courage to deny oneself the power of the purse, particularly when nearly every colleague is partaking.

Among his fellow members, Cooper stands out as an expert on policy. In fact, his obsession over the finer points of the Democrats’ financial reform package led him astray from his party; he cast a difficult vote against the package over the summer, saying unintended consequences might be in store for smaller banks. We appreciate both his wonkiness and his willingness to break from the pack.

Cooper has been a much-needed investigator and voice of reason in his detailed inquiry into the Army Corps of Engineers’ performance during May’s floods. At a time when a lack of oversight and regulation is de rigueur, the four-term congressman has provided a vital criticism. We urge him to continue his investigation until appropriate changes are made at the corps. It could, quite literally, save lives.

Finally, Cooper’s work on copyright issues in the digital age — in sum, making sure songwriters get paid and piracy is panned — has been lauded by Nashville’s industry and will indisputably be a major part of determining the future of our most famous export.

Conversely, Cooper’s Republican opponent, David Hall, has spouted incoherent and unrealistic tea-party-style blather throughout the campaign. He has shown himself incapable of managing the basic finances of his own campaign.

There are also eight independent candidates in the race, none of which has made much of an impact on the race thus far.

It would be irresponsible to vote for any candidate but Cooper on Nov. 2.

Filed under: City Voices

16 Comments on this post:

By: gjsmith89 on 10/25/10 at 9:17

One glaring mistake that Jim Cooper made last year was to ignore the wishes of his constituency and vote for the bloated, deficit-ballooning Obama healthcare legislation. That alone is reason enough to vote against him. Another equally good reason to vote against him is to remove one more vote from Nancy Pelosi's Democratic control of the House. I will vote for Hall for those two reasons alone.

Gary J. Smith

By: AmyLiorate on 10/25/10 at 9:27

"It would be irresponsible to vote for any candidate but Cooper on Nov. 2."

Cooper was an influence on the flooding and Corps handling but that is not to say that anyone else sitting in his position wouldn't have done the same thing. Same with protecting copyright issues. Every candidate in Nashville and Hollywood are going to be for that.

It's a shame the GOP had to move forward with Hall. If voters had to register by party to make decisions in the primary then Hartline or Heil would have won.

By: pswindle on 10/25/10 at 9:30

Cooper is a smart man. He voted for what was best for our country. We had to get a handle on healthcare. This is just the first step, and it will be changed to better suit the needs of the American people. I guess you want the insurance companies to still be in charge where they can tell you what do do with your healtjh or body. Do you want to pay for those without insurance that go to the ER for treatment? The reason that you are screaming about healthcare is that it was acccomplished by a democrat. But the GOP does not care about mankind, they only beleive in lower taxes, but they want the government to give them everyhing when the need arises. Do you remember the flood? You wanted the government then.

By: Loretta Bridge on 10/25/10 at 9:49

I would love to donate to a fund to buy you new glasses.

By: BenDover on 10/25/10 at 9:57

Cooper needs to go. Give me a blathering idiot paddling in the right direction vs. the most cunning person in the world paddling in the wrong direction any day. Lauding Cooper's faux stabs at fiscal conservatism are for show. He will caucus and vote with radicals for radicals when the true masters of this marionette call for him to do so. A vote for Jim Cooper is a vote for Nancy Pelosi.

By: AmyLiorate on 10/25/10 at 10:08

"Do you want to pay for those without insurance that go to the ER for treatment? "

Swindle, we already do. The grand Obamacare scheme doesn't change that though. The working people will still be paying the taxes. Irresponsible people will still be comfortable in their choice.
Truthfully we will all be paying more, not less.

Look at Cooper's silly TV ad. It's in Black and White because he "won't pay for it in color". Anyone with half a brain knows the production and airing cost the same, maybe more.

It's not that Cooper is smart, just that the voters may be dumb enough to believe his ad cost less and thus fooled into voting for him.

By: girliegirl on 10/25/10 at 10:16

@Amy....baby, it's much worse than the perceived, given there will still be those who are uninsured and opt for the fines. The fines are totally insignificant compared to the quoted rates to my friends ( I kid you freakin' not) of over $1,000 a month! The ONLY victims will be small biz owners, from what I'm being told by friends and biz owners, and that means.....(drum roll please) more layoffs. Oh joy.

By: AmyLiorate on 10/25/10 at 11:19

OK, on a side note to the Cooper (D) vs. David Hall (R) vs. onehundred (Ind.) is that Hall's son "Dave" is running for a State house seat:


"He's only 23, and he hasn't even moved out of the house," said independent Nina Ground, who is running on a campaign of alternative energy, financial responsibility and meaningful laws.

Election season would be so much fun except when it's all said and done we seem to just end up with whichever goober looks better than the other nuts.

By: budlight on 10/25/10 at 12:48

A vote for cooper is a vote for obama. no thanks.

By: pswindle on 10/25/10 at 1:22

I received a letter today from someone out of state wanting me to vote for David. I wonder where this money is coming from. I hope TN can take care of their own without outside influence. Rep. Cooper is the best man for the job.

By: yucchhii on 10/25/10 at 1:41

No matter how attractive a politician seems to make things LOOK, I can't believe in a "POLITICIAN" whose office EVERYDAY overlooks a park DIRECTLY across the street that is full of "HOMELESS" people and does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING" to get something going for the these people!!! It is APPARENTLY OBVIOUS that this is a situation that is in ABSOLUTE PLAIN SIGHT OF HIS OFFICE! I KNOW FOR A FACT that NOT EVERYONE EMPLOYED at "JIM COOPERS' office is BLIND!! How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb? NONE, because they don't care about it UNLESS THERE'S A BUCK OR TWO IN IT FOR THEM!!!

By: BenDover on 10/25/10 at 2:13

When Cooper is just another appendage of Nancy Pelosi and her uber-left national agenda, pswindle, these local races become something of national interest.

You can characterize Cooper by the pork he brings home, of which he claims none; or by his blind support, any time his vote matters, of the radical leftist leadership of the once-reasonable democratic party in Washington.

If not for the power of incumbency and political insider favoritism Cooper would already be out on his arse. Instead he’s given a big fat war-chest of donations from business and organizational supporters and critics alike because he’s favored to win and may continue to hold a position of power over them or in their favor as the case may be.

By: shinestx on 10/25/10 at 4:09

Jim Stupor has done next to nothing for this district. Chiefly, he has been woefully inept in landing funding for a much-needed federal courthouse, on the GSA critical-needs list for 18 years!!! So was that not a shovel-ready project for the Obama "stimulus"? Where was Mr. Do-Nothing Stupor when they were handing out the "goodies". Oh, that's right he was standing on principle, at least until they passed the $1 trillion Obamacare debacle! Vote Dem Out next week, and take your friends with you!

By: yogiman on 10/25/10 at 4:12


It looks like you done been swindled.

By: yogiman on 10/25/10 at 4:21

Question: Where does the people think the 'government' is earning (excuse me, I meant) getting the money they are passing out to their preferred recipients? If you think they are earning it, I got news for you folks. That's our money, damn it. How can they justifiably just pass it out at their wish to whoever they want to have it?

By: budlight on 10/26/10 at 5:51

Good bye Obama
Go home to your mama,
We're tired of your drama
And your ties to Osama.

Go organize in some other land
Where people don't mind
Your heavy hand
We don't want your health care
And don't want to share
The wealth that we work for
With heavy labor and sweat.

Give all you want, but give your own money
Give all you want, but not from our pockets
Take your social agenda and shove it
Up where the sun don't shine.

Bye, bye Barrack. One Term too much!