Think twice before marking ballot
Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 9:24 pm
By: Glenda Caudle, Special Features Editor
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
This is what will happen:
If Democrat Mike McWherter wins the election to become Tennessee’s governor, his first act, he said in Thursday night’s debate, will be to join the Tennessee State Employees Association so they will know he is one of them.
If Democrat Roy Herron wins his bid to represent Tennessee’s Eighth Congressional District in Washington, his first official act will be to vote for Nancy Pelosi to retain her post as Speaker of the House.
McWherter’s concern for state employees who, he said, have not had a raise in three years and will not be getting a bonus this year may be appreciated by many of them.
However, his first official act will do absolutely nothing to improve the lives of even one Tennessean and is a slap in the face to thousands of other Volunteer state citizens who are either out of work, have not seen a raise or a bonus in more than three years or are struggling to make ends meet in an economy that grows more precarious and costly each day as Democrats devote themselves to increasing the federal deficit.
Herron’s vote for Pelosi will align him with a Progressive “powerhouse” when it comes to (1) destroying incentives to create work opportunities and (2) promoting unemployment checks as the way to “create(s) jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”
Democrats McWherter and Herron talk like conservatives on the campaign trail.
That is the proven way to win votes in northwest Tennessee.
That is what will happen.
The question is, will the decisions they make after that very important first one continue to reflect that type of Progressive-Liberal thinking or will these men shift course dramatically and live up to their conservative campaign rhetoric?
We’ll be stuck with the answer for a while in Tennessee.
Mrs. Caudle may be contacted at glendacaudle @ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.08.10