Well, you would think with all the noise about the last do-nothing bill (see my last post) that the Democrats would learn. But no, there are actually two other bills drawn up with the exact same purpose as the last. One bill is attacking the president on social security reform and one bill attacks the president on gas prices.
The gas bill is supposed to come up Wednesday, but we will see. They rolled the last one three times before they presented it. I guess they needed time to produce those pretty charts. I am sort of curious to see what they will say this time since gas prices are going down, and also because the democrats have offered no plan of their own regarding social security.
Once again the point is to mire constituents and the media onlookers in a partisan sideshow, therefore shifting the spotlight away from the issues that we as legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly can actually do something about. The Democratic leadership is waving charts and gas prices in one hand so that you don't notice that they are missing-in-action on TennCare, ethics indiscretions, anti-gun votes, etc.
The Democrats must be getting nervous that their lack of any real legislative agenda is finally being exposed. I encourage constituents to pay attention to what I consider to be campaign tactics on the taxpayer dime. Maybe some people think it was cute the first time Democratic leadership was grandstanding about the federal budget, but I'm interested to see what taxpayers think about an ongoing partisan waste of taxpayer time.
I wonder if the media will find it funny, or if it will anger them that a lot of serious issues aren't getting near the legislative attention as these bills.
John J. Hooker now has a blog. I wonder if he can post his old jingles he used to have. They were great.
Governor Bredesen took down his Pre-K survey. Why aren't the results up? Wonder why he took it down?
The Governor had a piece in the Knoxville News Sentinel this Saturday-a lot of generalities and fluff about his Pre-K victory. It would have been a good opportunity to tout his blog survey results-but he didn't put it in there (wonder why?) Terry Frank wrote a great piece that appeared opposite Bredesen's in the Sentinel. It's worth the read, and she mentioned some of the concerns that we Republican legislators had tried to get across.
Remember the battle cry of the politician who doesn't want the facts examined: “It's for the children!” It works every time. Enough said.