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Thursday, May 12, 2005

GIVE ME A BREAK!!

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.

14 comments:

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  2. Stacey -

    Not sure what prorightsntn means, because we do have duality in government, and that's not a slap at representative government at the Federal level. One has nothing to do with the other. Anyway...

    Just wanted to let you know that you have won me over with the blog. To see what I mean, check out:

    http://voluntarilyconservative.blogspot.com/2005/05/blogging-tennessee-representative.html

    Cheers,

    Rob

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  3. I agree completely, what a terrible waste of time and energy. Maybe they were trying to change the "Subject" lol i.e. Ford, lobbyists, and all their other flaws which proportionately make the Federal Government look great lol. Does the caimpaign funds law prevent the use of money for bailing out the Federal Government? If so, too bad lol.

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  4. thanks for blogging stacey campfield......good leadership........someday the people will demand that all legislators follow your lead and blog for the people every day......history will show that you were the first.......keep up the good work and thank you very much.........

    Stacey Campfield for Governor!!

    http://lawmakers.blogspot.com/

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  5. Stacey Campfield for Governor!!

    I am in total agreement. I am being transferred to TN and Stacey appears to think along the same lines of my wife and myself

    I am NOT going to be singing Rocky top and wearing a shirt with a rather large orange "T" int he middle.

    One must draw the line somewhere :)

    Paul

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  6. STACY THE CHANGING NUMBER'S THAT YOU MENTION ARE ABOUT THE BUDGET DEFICENT NOT THE NATIONAL DEBT IT CONTINUE'S TO SKYROCKET, THE NUMBER'S FOR THE BUDGET DEFICENT NUMBER'S THAT YOU MENTIONED, THOUGH ENCOURAGING WERE FOR ONLY ONE QUARTER, THE FORCAST FOR THE YEAR ARE STILL DISMAL. NOW THE WAR YOU MENTIONED DOES CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEBT BUT IT WOULDN'T IF WE HAD'NT GIVEN THE HUGE TAX CUTS TO THE RICH. NOW TO PAY FOR THE WAR WE HAVE TO BORROW MONEY FROM RED CHINA AND SAUDI ARABIA. THE FACTS ARE THAT PRES.W HAS SPENT MORE MONEY IN 4 YEARS THAN ALL THE REST OF THE PRESIDENTS COMBINED, BUT I STILL DON'T WANT BLAME IT ALL ON BUSH, THE FACT IS SINCE THE REPUB'S TOOK OVER CONGRESS IN 94 PORK SPENDING HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED. SO THERE IS PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND, JUST MOST OF IT IS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE ASILE. MIKE.

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  7. Mike T -

    No, President Bush didn't spend "MORE MONEY IN 4 YEARS THAN ALL THE REST OF THE PRESIDENTS COMBINED." (sic) That would be incorrect even if it was the position of the president to create and pass budgets, which, of course, it is not. If you want to be mad at someone, be mad at Congress for its "DEFICENT" (sic) spending.

    In either case, Stacey is right in that the Tennessee House should have better things than pass on their disapproval about things they simply have no control over.

    Cheers,

    Rob

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  8. Congress is a runaway freight train. There is nothing anyone can do about it other than hold on for the ride to the end.

    If Naifeh had the option to plunge Tenn. into debt, I'm sure we would have been in it up to our eyeballs by now.

    That hour should have been spent on meaningful state matters like TABOR or waste and abuse of spending. Or what about a novel idea for this legislature, cut state government to only those products and services specifically empowered in the state constitution!

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  9. Mike, I LOVE to hear Liberals complain about gov't spending, because it only demonstrates how unprincipled you are. Anything Dubya does, you guys will oppose it. He lets Ted Kennedy write an education bill, he gives prescription benefits to the elderly, he plants seeds of democracy (ALL OVER THE EAST...) and the only thing y'all can say is, "look how much it is costing!?!?!?!" But what is so funny, is that y'all are so clueless about economics. Lower tax rates increases tax revenues (not to mention increases freedom and shrinks gov't). Actually, I read an excellent article about how supply-side gov'ts ALWAYS facilitate spendthrift gov't, but it just galls Libs that Conservative econ. theory is more productive (revenue-wise) than their own redistributive, big-gov't theories.

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  10. Nice post. This bill was about the stupidest thing I have heard of. Good job Rep. Vaughn too, with his words about what really mattered.

    salida stage right
    www.impeachmatthewhill.blogspot.com

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  11. http://www.newschannel5.com/content/region/11230.asp

    TN Receives 125 Million for Anti-Terrorism Efforts. Plus another 100 million since 2002

    Guess we are going to have to return that 225 million now, since the TN Democrats are "concerned" about overspending at the Federal level.

    Riiiiiight. Multiply that by 50 States and one can see where the TN Democrats have lost their minds, wanting to approve a bill condemning the President and the federal government for the federal deficit. Just curious, moving in from another state, is this and “leaders” like State Senator John Ford a common occurrence in Democrat TN politics? If so, sure does give new meaning to the song, Rocky Top, as their heads have to be full of rocks to do the things they are doing.

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  12. As a young American who will most likely pay the price of the wreckless spending by the federal government I will be disapointed by missing any chance to condemn it. The fact is that fiscal responsibility is exclusively a concern of the minority party. Why are republicans, who were so concerned with fiscal responsibility in the Clinton years, refusing to address it now. Before we attribute it to being war time, let's remember that none of the bills that would reduce spending by the federal government has been passed in the last 5 years.

    While this bill is a transparent political manuever, we as citizens need to support its content and demand a federal balanced budget amendment again.

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  13. Jmark, alas, you don't know history. Have any idea where your noble "minority party" stands on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution? No, "the minority party" (a name which will probably be applicable for many years to come) is against lower taxes and restraints of gov't power and anything-dubya-does-with-which-they-can-attempt-to-make-political-hay. The fact is that the federal deficit is relatively average (over America's history) in relation to GDP. See http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6910217/ .

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  14. Powertee

    My knowledge of history surpasses your mastery of the English language. The minority party refers to the party in the minority at any given point, and as thus will always be applicable. My point being that the Republican party that I supported more fervantly when they touted themselves as fiscally conservative (in what now appears to have been meaningless rhetoric) has made an about face.

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