CA backs Haslam

In the primary, that is.

Their rationale, however, has me begging to differ.

“Haslam projects the capacity to work with members of both parties to confront the very serious fiscal problems that will confront the next governor in 2011,” the editors write. OK, except that the next legislature looks to be solidly Republican, so that isn’t exactly my No. 1 concern.

They continue: “He has a sense of perspective and a level of maturity that lift him above his competitors in the GOP race.” How about Wamp’s 16 years in Congress and Ramsey’s many years at state government?

“He has the disposition to work well with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation, members of the General Assembly, local officials, business leaders and the public.” Red flag translation: He won’t confront Democrats but will try to appease them.

The newspaper goes on to say “it is troubling, however, that Haslam has declined to make full public disclosure of his personal income tax returns  related to his family-owned Pilot Oil Corp.” I guess that means in the general election they are free to bring this up ad nauseum to the detriment of the Republican and benefit of McWherter.

Sometimes an endorsement is anything but, wouldn’t you say?

Gubernatorial Debate tonight

Haslam, Ramsey and Wamp will face the debate moderator tonight at 7 on Channel 5. I hope many Tennesseans watch it. The dirty little secret – well not that secret – is that whoever wins the primary will win the governorship. Reading McWherter’s answers in The Commercial Appeal yesterday, I couldn’t help but think how lame they were. He seemed to be trying to tell Democrats and Republicans what they want both want to hear. I felt he tried to disconnect himself from Obama, but I don’t think any Democrat can successfully do that this year.

Go Read This

There is a great article over at www.americanthinker.com that I consider a must read.

“Are You an American, or Do You Just Live Here?” is the title. Sadly, I think most people just live here.

Years ago someone said to me, “I pray for our  country every day. Don’t you?” I was taken aback. I had never even thought to do it. I just assumed that everything would go along as it had. The more I thought about it, the more appalled I was at my own complacency.

Go read the article and pass it along.

Food for Thought

The connection between food and politics in American has been present ever since our ancestors threw the British tea overboard.

Older readers may remember when Michael Dukakis tried to address the farm issue in his 1988 campaign against George Bush by suggesting the nation take up growing  Belgian endive. Or George Bush’s predeliction towards pork rinds and adamant dislike of broccoli. Lately there has been the cookie contest between First Lady candidates used as an indicator of the presidential winner.

Michelle Obama has taken up the cooking glove with her White House garden, railings against fat in foods and insistance that we all put down that hamburger for  a veggie patty or salmon fillet.

She has also promoted the idea of stopping “food deserts,” described as groceries  in inner city areas  that lack sufficient (in her mind) fruits and vegetables.

In today’s newspaper columnist Wendy Thomas decries this lack and mentions Steve Cohen’s plans to promote legislation to address this problem. You can bet it means more tax money from us. He can add it to his other great legislative idea to increase the number of  women’s bathrooms as one of the high points of his career.

Anyway, she thinks the road to a greater America is through our digestive tract.

She mentions the Binghamton area as one that has stores with “spoiled meat, full of flies and where bologna costs less than a head of lettuce.”

Perhaps the people in that area do not want fruits and vegetables and the free market rules. They are free to make a choice whether or not she likes it.

I have also seen many yards with gardens in that area. I do not think, as she does, that just because people are poor they don’t know what vegetables are, how to grow them or dislike them.

Must the government get a seat at our table? Funny that while we are told to restrain ourselves Uncle Sam is a glutton when he fills his plate.

Dollar Sign of the Times

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, dubbed enemy No. 1 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has raised more than 4 million dollars for her campaign. The popular Republican took it in “including an astonishing 1.7 million in the last quarter alone,” according to Politico.

Could these dollar signs be a bigger sign of an impending Republican sweep? Let’s hope so.