Tennessee Newspaper Tells Obama: ‘Take Your Jobs Plan And Shove It’

AP

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published a scathing message for President Barack Obama ahead of his economic speech Tuesday in Tennessee: “take your jobs plan and shove it, Mr. President.” 

The Times Free Press editorial criticized the electric Smart Grid infrastructure that was subsidized by federal stimulus money as “Chattanooga’s government-owned electric monopoly.”

“You claimed that the Smart Grid would create jobs for Chattanooga,” the editorial read. “But in reality, all it did was push America deeper in debt and lure a local government agency into making a terrible financial decision that will weigh on Chattanoogans like a millstone for decades to come.”

“So excuse us, Mr. President, for our lack of enthusiasm for your new jobs program,” the editorial continued. “Here in Chattanooga we’re still reeling from your old one.”

Read the full editorial here.

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