Hi! Welcome to my blog.
My goal with this blog is to share with you some of the experiences and things that happen in the legislature that you may not hear about, what really happens behind the scenes, and to point out the decision making process that we go through before we vote on bills.
Many times here in Nashville the saying is: What happens in Nashville stays in Nashville. I am not a believer in this. I am more of a believer that you shouldn't do anything in private that you wouldn't mind seeing on the front page of the paper. So here we go.
My first impressions of Nashville started when I pulled into the two-level heated parking garage. It was snowing outside, but I have never yet seen the doors close. The words throwing money out the window came to mind, except the doors were bigger than any window I had ever seen. I wonder how many truly needy people could have received health care, better education, etc. with the money wasted just in this one department. The only argument I ever heard regarding this was that the heat is needed to keep the exposed waters pipes/sprinkler system in the parking garage from freezing. This might have a modicum of credibility if water froze below seventy-five degrees, but that doesn't happen too often even here in Nashville. You can actually break out in a sweat if you do too much in the heated garage. I guess the self-serving legislators worry more about their own personal comfort than saving the tax payers a buck.
Being new, I wasn't quite sure how to change this, but expect to see a bill addressing this matter next year. Many people come to me with good ideas but I can only submit ideas in the first few weeks of session. If you have an idea, thought, opinion or even just a rant feel free to post it here I may try to submit it as a bill next session. (Disclaimer) I offer no promises other than it will be read. Stay tuned for more observations as session rolls on.
Re: John Ford. Many people have asked me about this person, and the problems regarding his "indiscretion." Let me say what you hear is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Although I do feel all people are innocent until proven guilty, usually where there is smoke there is fire. In this case, I smell an inferno. I would hope that the senator would step down from his chairmanship, as well as from the senate altogether previous to the impeachment proceedings, which I hope would be soon to come (should these claims be proven). It makes you wonder what our lieutenant governor was thinking when he put him in charge of the committees he is in charge of. Possibly he was lost in the cosmos with which he so in tune. Good thing he's in charge.