Today was probably one of the biggest wastes of time yet. We spent about an hour on the full house floor arguing a bill drafted by house democrat leadership and others. The bill was purely political in purpose. Democrats wanted to approve a bill condemning the President and the federal government for the federal deficit.
Giant charts and signs were drafted (I assume at taxpayer expense). Arguments and counter arguments were prepared. Bills were drafted and amendments were brought. Tons of time and energy was obviously put into this effort. To date, this is the most elaborate presentation I have seen on any bill.
We can argue all day long how the deficit is shrinking according to the latest numbers, or we can argue how we are at war, or are spending more on education than ever before, etc. But the real point is, we have absolutely NO control over the federal government.
No suggestions were made-it was just an all out attack bill intended to smear the President.
The real irony is that these Democrats trying to tell Washington how to run business should be explaining to Washington and our state why they can't run TennCare properly as was promised at election time. If I was sitting in Washington and was the recipient of this bill, I would send it straight over to the Department of Health and Human Services to show the “ill will” in Tennessee----the state where taxpayers from all over the nation are financing fraud and abuse exemplified by Senator John Ford.
When we are trying to work out TennCare problems---problems that require working closely with the federal government, this bill shows shallow shortsightedness on behalf of the Democrats. This bill can only serve to further the wearing thin of patience by the federal government regarding TennCare.
To sit through this show was a waste of time-not only my time as your legislator, but a waste of taxpayer time. I wish the same energy spent on this political jab would have been spent on solving the bigger problems in our state.
I guess some legislators feel we don't have anything bigger on our plate to do than to throw pointless bills at the federal government.
This was so political, that many legislators refused to even vote on it. To all legislators on both sides of the political isle who oppose this type of waste of time, money, and energy: my hat is off to you.