Love/Hate Mail 

Whomping Wamp

Regarding "GOP? OMG!" (July 29): I live in the 3rd Congressional District. To say that Zach Wamp is popular and supported by conservatives is off the mark. While die-hard party Republicans may support Wamp, most conservatives have determined Wamp to be a turncoat, a traitor to the very ideals he espoused in 1994.

He lied about term limits for himself. He lied about being a fiscal conservative. He voted for the bailout. He lied about never taking PAC money. He's lied about the Tennessee Valley Technology Corridor. Wamp won't discuss his Washington residence on C Street, where he's a member of "The Family." His son holds a paid position with a PR group to which Wamp has funneled thousands of taxpayer dollars.

Even past supporters of Wamp have left his ranks after his shenanigans. His claim of states' rights is laughable, as he's done everything to make government bigger. His earmarks would have made Robert Byrd envious.

Wamp would face a difficult re-election in the 3rd District if he was running for Congress. While there are probably some Tea Party people who support him, the majority consider Wamp the problem, not the solution.

In fact, most people who are conservative or libertarian think of Wamp in harsher terms than Pelosi and Barney Frank. Why? Because at least Pelosi and Frank show their true colors; Wamp hides behind his faux religiosity and pseudo-fiscal values. He's a populist whose popularity has declined through his hubris and arrogance.

Wamp doesn't tell you exactly who he is or what he's going to do. Wamp tells anything to anyone and has told those lies so long he may believe his own B.S. And that makes him dangerous.

Harry Statel
Chattanooga

And speaking of bashing Republicans ...

What is a Republican? You claim to be a fiscal conservative, yet since the administration of Eisenhower you have failed to balance the budget or have a budget surplus. You cry for less government interference in the lives of citizens, yet your party is the first to try to interfere with a person's right to chosse what is best for their own body. You want the federal government to get out of state and local government affairs, but when there is a natural or man-made disaster your party screams the loudest for federal aid. Your party continually decries any aid for those who are the most needy and screams for tax cuts for those who most have the ability to pay taxes. You claim to be in favor of creating jobs but, again since Eisenhower, Republicans have created one-half the number of jobs as Democratic administrations. You claim to be the party of business, but under Republican administrations annual GDP growth averages 2.9 percent while under Democratic administrations annual GDP growth averages 4.1 percent. You claim to be for strong national defense by supporting defense contractors and the defense industry, while at the same time you deprive the soldiers who are or have been in harm's way, as well as their families, the necessary funding for their well being. You start wars based upon poor intelligence and fail to provide ways to pay for them. You manage to convert surpluses into massive deficits. You can be compared to the Goebbels "big lie" method of politics while disparaging the office of the president with Hitler-like caricatures. Can you provide any reason for any voter to say yes?

Bill Bank
Nashville

Bucking up for Buck

Regarding "Life After 50" (July 22): Teena Marie — yes, the white queen of R&B — helped pass a law called "The Brockert Initiative" back in the '80s. It forces a label to put out your music or release you from your contract if they refuse. I wouldn't piss on 50 Cent if he were on fire. I need Buck to get a Nashville lawyer and get paid now. He may be owed hundreds of thousands. No matter what music you prefer, justice is justice and all people have feelings. I am born and raised in Nashville. We stick together.

Kellee Patton
Nashville

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