Do we really need Saturday postal delivery
Yes, most restaurants and merchants are open on Saturday, but most government entities aren't and many banks are only open for half-days on Saturdays, and bank managers and financial service managers take the weekend off. Some companies-especially utilities-remit bills by mail-although that isn't necessary with most credit card prividers, since the option exists with nearly all of them to go paperless and receive bills and make payments via the internet alone. If you do receive your utility bill by mail, most utilities' billing offices are closed on Saturdays, so if you get your electric, water, or gas bill on Saturday, you can't pay it until Monday anyway.
Labels: Economy, Federal politics, Humor, Local politics, News Media, Political correctness, Tennessee politics
National Day of Thanksgiving
From George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us."
Labels: Faith, Miscellany
A Litany of Thanks
We shoould take the time to be thankful for our many blessings
We should all be thankful to live in a nation where we are free to pass along our thanks to God, and to acknowledge His Holy Name in a manner fitting to Him, and in a fashion such that we are as yet unmolested for doing so.
Labels: Faith, Miscellany, Political correctness
The Grand Design
The supercommittee that was designed to fail did what it was designed to do
No Democrat on that committee was going to agree to cut entitlements to the degree needed to restore the full faith and credit of the United States because it will undermine the Democrats' core constituency groups. No Republican would agree to tax increases without significant cuts and reform to entitlement spending, nor should they. The even numbers on the committee in light of those realities insured that the process would fail before it even began. The President likely wanted it that way, because now he can cut national defenses so deeply that he will make this country a weakling and a by-word in the earth, but he'll find ways to increase entitlement spending if Obama should, God forbid, remain in office. Failure is what the President wanted all along, since failure is what his administration is all about.
Labels: Congress, Conservatism, Democrats, Duh, Economy, Elections, Federal politics, Local politics, Republican Party, Tennessee politics
Occupy the Tea
The Tennessee Tea Party has the potential to do geat things politically, if they would organize in the way that successful political movements do
The problems with the Tea Party in Tennessee are why longtime conservative activists like Bill Hemrick, who gave an excellent interview in The Tennessean, seem to be more disenchanted with the movement in this State. The Tea Party has had opportunities handed to its activists and they cannot unite, and they don't seem to know (and it sometimes seems that some do not care) how to organize a successful Statewide political movement. So-called "Tea Party" candidates can't win Statewide races, and as we saw in the Governor's race, the consevative vote not only divided, but so did supposed Tea Party support.
The Tea Party in Tennessee still has an opportunity to be a major force in State politics, but they need clear goals and objectives and leaders who everyone in the movement reconizes as such and are willing to follow-sound familiar?
Labels: Conservatism, Elections, Local politics, Republican Party, Tennessee politics