Today, the president visited Chattanooga to trumpet his economic policies at the Amazon Distribution center, which is considered a business success story. Tennessee’s top three statewide elected officials are Republicans, and none of them were willing to be seen with him. In fact, the entire state GOP skipped the event.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press welcomed the president with a friendly oped: Take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President: Your policies have harmed Chattanooga enough.
Feel the love:
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.
Even though 64 percent of Chattanooga respondents said they would rather you hadn’t chosen to visit our fair city, according to a survey on the Times Free Press website, it’s probably good that you’re here. It will give you an opportunity to see the failure of your most comprehensive jobs plan to date, the disastrous stimulus scheme, up close and personal.
The Chattanooga Tea Party wanted to greet the president across the street from the Amazon Distribution Center but were forced at the last minute to move their planned rally to a location about 6 miles away from where Obama spoke. Due to “security concerns.”