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Friday, August 02, 2013

Editorial Headline Greets Obama in TN Visit: “Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President"

At least one editorial writer gets it. And he was fired for saying it!

From the Chattanooga Free Press appearing on the day Obama visited Tennessee to tout yet another tax and spend "jobs plan":
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.

Forgive us if you are not greeted with the same level of Southern hospitality that our area usually bestows on its distinguished guests. You see, we understand you are in town to share your umpteenth different job creation plan during your time in office. If it works as well as your other job creation programs, then thanks, but no thanks. We’d prefer you keep it to yourself.

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 writer goes on to cite a local initiative one of Obama's earlier jobs plan boondoggles in the stimulus that has failed like so many of the others at great cost. He concludes:
Building a Smart Grid to get into a telecom sector already well-served by private companies was a bad idea from the start. But getting government involved in places it doesn’t belong is a hallmark of your administration. As a result, you and your policymakers were happy to fund the Gig to Nowhere.

You claimed that the Smart Grid would create jobs for Chattanooga. But in reality, 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.

So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program. Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.
Before you go out and subscribe to the Free Press you should know that the writer who put the original headline on the editorial was fired for doing so. This happened when the paper's editor changed the rules for headlines after the fact then applied the rule to the writer when firing him. Sounds a lot like other Obama scandals where rules are changed to suit Obama whenever they are needed.

While I don't advise subscribing to the Free Press you might want to demonstrate your support and follow the former editorial writer Drew Johnson on Twitter.

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