Saturday, February 28, 2009

Like a trip to the movies

Rep. Glen Casada lets fly with a double barreled shot across the bow of the Democrats. In doing so he showed a great difference in how the two parties argue and why Republican win in Tennessee. It got me to thinking of how elections are like a trip to the movies on a date.

In the article were some of the Republicans solid agenda items, ideas and goals. In all my years in the legislature I can honestly say I have never heard of a Democrat caucus agenda package.

Never.

Occasionally they will say "this or that is a part of the budget" and they want to pass it or they "don't like this or that" but that's about it. No solid goals, ideas or ideals. Just once I would like Democrats to come out and say "This is what we want to do for Tennessee this year and this is how we want to do it, here is how it will be measured"

Simple stuff. Set a measurable goal, create a plan to achieve the goal, measure the results before the next election.

What we usually get is some nebulous plan of "We want to help education so we are going to increase spending for the kids"

Lets break that down shall we? When ever I hear the words "Help", "Better" or "Improve" then I question if there is a solid measurable goal behind the rhetoric. When I hear "for the kids" I think it is a play to emotions to overpower the reality of a lacking goal.

Spending may be a plan but it is not a goal. I am looking for something like "We want to make sure all Tennessee children have the ability to participate in a non failing school as measured by federal standards. Here is where we are. Here is where we want to go. Here are our ideas and plans to do that. If we don't see results of X,Y and Z by the next election we have failed in that goal and our plan does not work. We will then be open to other ideas then."

If the plans first step of measurement is farther away then the next election then flags should go up as well. The classic liberal "plans" have failed so many times they had to change the script to cover when it happens. Having seen it in action what happens now is, when the bogus plan does not work they go to the old fall back of "Things changed after the election". If it is a true long range plan then it is should have benchmarks in place and multiple solid studies that have substantiated the goals and steps over a period of time.

These are things the Tennessee Republicans have offered people on a regular basis. We showed people the current deficits, showed our goals and plans, what we want to do and how we want to do it and the people went with us.

How is that like the movies you may ask?

Like most movies, the left takes a bunch of money from you, they will tell you a tale and will uses emotional rhetoric that leaves you temporarily excited about a smokey illusion up on a screen. The flashy car or the hero that runs through a hail of bullets without a scratch. The pretty girl who has no flaws. Occasionally it will be class warfare or trotting out the lone exception to the reality of an idea that is good for society 99.99% of the time. But like the illusion on the screen you can never seem to get hold of it. Even in 3-D you can reach out for it but it isn't really there. It may be entertaining on the surface but in reality its not that realistic or well thought out. Not real.

Republicans on the other hand are what you have when the lights come up. Same steady boyfriend or girlfriend, a nice walk in the parking lot to the same solid car and back to work on Monday. Pay on the house, plan for retirement. We use facts, figures, solid ideas, plans and histories that let people draw their own solid steady conclusions as to what they really want to do and and where they want to go in life. It is not always as flashy as the big screen, the changes aren't huge or fast, but they are real and measurable.

In Tennessee people may be entertained at the movies. They may even go back and see a sequel. But at the end of the night people want to kiss a real person. In Tennessee Republicans get the girl.

Friday, February 27, 2009

If I were Astro I would want to live in Tennessee too!

This story needs a redo.

How bout...

A dog who ran away from his owners in Florida was captured 9 years later happily living the free life in Tennessee. After hearing reports about his questionable history and associations in foreign lands the proper Tennessee authorities captured, caged and returned him to his owners who had long since come to their senses.

The dog, while unhappy he was forced to leave Tennessee was overjoyed he was not being forced to return to the land of sand.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Good stuff

I have a good friend of mine who is defending us and helping the people in Iraq rebuild. We were talking on the phone and I asked if there was anything I could get him. His only request was not for himself but was for the people who's country he has helped liberate.

"Chocolate" He said. "The little kids around here go crazy for it. Actually they go nuts for any sort of candy. We try to give out as much as we can It builds good will"

I put a call out to my fellow legislators. Any one who wanted to donate could bring some loose candy or donate some dough and I would get it to him. We were able to pack an extra large cooler full with M&M's (Melts your mouth not in Iraq) and other candy.

It is on its way!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Naming a road after Jerry Cooper

Not so much.

Got your mustache?

The top issue in the legislature today is Henry Finchers bill to designate what should be the state drink of Tennessee. He thinks milk.

I am sure PETA will be in next week.

The real opposition is coming from other liquid supporters ie. Corn squeezing(Do I need to sing "Rockey top"?? Slimfast Made in Tennessee, Jack Danial's created in Linchburg, Mountain dew (Invented in Knoxville). Tons of small brew masters think their product isn't just for breakfast any more and all have ties to Tennessee as well. Is milk the one?


It could be time to rally the troops.

Out there but not alone

It is odd when I do a post and then read where my thoughts were already out there.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Will it be bloody?

The inter party games are starting to pick up steam.Could their be a coup in the making? It could get interesting here in short order.

To Naifehs credit he was always able to keep the fringe of his party in line with brutal tactics. This upset enough liberal Dems to allow Odum to rise to power, but it was never quite enough to push him up over the top. Now, it seems Odum cut a deal to push Naifeh all the way out. The problem is, the risky deal could end up putting more of the left and their sacred cows at risk in the process.

Word was on election night Williams called Naifeh repeatedly and said he was going to vote for him. Possibly he was, but at some point shortly after election night he "changed his mind" and went into Naifeh avoidance mode. I suspect Odum got hold of him quickly (I am not talking Thanksgiving as is widely reported) and a deal was cut or at least a seed was planted.

Odum has been at war with Naifeh for years and was about ready to do anything to see the old Democrat lion loose his teeth. Even if it meant putting Williams into power.

To Odums credit he played it smart. Naifeh was teased along with the hope of getting a crossover vote (Williams) and staying speaker. Odum didn't run against Naifeh. He didn't have to. He knew he just had to wait until caucus elections were well over to drop the Kent bomb on Naifeh. By then it didn't matter what happened. Naifeh was out. The Dems didn't have another caucus election after the speaker vote to shift the power structure back down like Republicans did. Why would they? It was never needed.

Odum was smart for a while after the vote as well. He let Naifeh have an empty title, keep his high paid secretary and crow as if he helped orchestrate "The Williams coup". But really, Naifeh is just another back bencher. No caucus power and no committee power.

Odum is now top dog and speaker apparent should Dems take back over.

Odum is the man who put Kent into power so he can pull his strings as needed. Remember, it was Odum that helped set up the committees and hand out the goodies. Not Naifeh.

But Odum has been gloating a little much lately. Sort of like the kid who sucker punches a guy and then taunts him from behind his friends. The more liberal urban Democrats are currently happy thinking they won the battle with the more liberal Odum at the wheel and Williams holding down the fort.

But will it last?

Naifeh is just now getting back up to his feet. Word is some of the rural Democrats are starting to wise up to the fact they possibly could have had it all with Naifeh and things with Odum could get much worse very quickly.

If Republicans can get enough stuff through to show why we need to lead and take over for real in two years then the run will be on. Especially with redistricting. What will the Leftists do then? blame the Repubs for doing what we always have or the man who cut the deal to let it all happen in the first place?

Birthday girl!!

Word is it is somebody's birthday! Head on over and wish her a happy one.

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Men are from Mars, Women are from.....

First Democrats played the sex card by attacking Eric Swafford claiming he was from Mars (A clear reference to the book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus") Yes, Eric is a man. There are several real men in the Republican party. That is another thing our party does not lack. But just because there seems be a lack of real men on the other side of the aisle does not mean Republicans lack for strong women either. In fact we have several strong Republican women who have proven they will stand up against sexism. Not vote for it to become speaker of the house.

The attack did not work.

Now, Democrats have dug to a new low by sending their partisan attack machine after Glen Casada for trying to defend our president.

Glen Casada, The one person in the caucus (possibly the entire legislature) with a Spanish sounding name is being singled out for attack among the thousands of people who have signed on to defend our president. Are Democrats now playing to the anti Spanish sentiment felt among some race based groups of their storied past? If Democrats are to ever flourish again in Tennessee they must move away from their segregationist (Bull Connor, Robert "KKK" Byrd) mentality.

Why do Democrats attack people who want to clear our presidents name? Could it be because Republicans want to defend a person of color from false attacks? Is Democrat racism a factor?

I think the answer is quite clearly yes.

It is sad to see how desperate Democrats have become in their diminished role. Don't they know we have serious issues facing our state. We don't have time to divide up the state legislature for partisan Democrat race/sex baiting games. Lets talk about the serious issues we face. The constitutional freedoms, rights and responsibilities we all should be working to uphold, not some sexist, racist attacks and silly partisan name calling.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Joke of the week (stimulus edition)

STIMILUS PLAN EXPLAINED


Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics

professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you

explain it to me?"

The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my
office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, "First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you can." The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool. The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.

The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured that he would find out the real story soon enough. However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!"

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile,

"Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

"Give it back? " Part 2

People are asking me what I think of the option of giving back the stimulus money.
I already covered the options in a post about a week ago. It is looking like it will be a little of the second and a lot of the third of the three scenarios I outlined. Unless I hear otherwise I am currently against it.

The left, I am sure, will quickly say "Well, I am sure we will can make it so your district wont get any of the stimulus projects then"

To wit I say as long as they can make it so my constituents, their children, and their grandchildren don't have to pay any part of the debt created by it as well then fine, you can keep it.

From what I am hearing Phil and his people are working to make it so most of the road projects are going to Democrat districts anyhow. The word is along the line of "Those are the projects most ready to start. We have been planning them all along so they need to be the first funded."

The education money could actually force the state into some real hard times in the very near future. Education funding can not be cut. So we get a huge influx for a year or two. Say 2-3 Billion. When the federal money goes away where do we get the 2-3 billion to make up the difference? Unless there is an out in the stimulus wording we could really be hurting.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It was open

Kent Williams slid into the Republican caucus meeting today unannounced. Many did not even notice as he was in the back corner of the room and it was a short meeting. Even though it was open to the press A few of us did notice and talked to leadership about our discomfort. They were as off put as the rest of us were but realized it was just an attempt by Kent to get attention by our throwing him out. We will see if this lasts. I doubt it will.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

But the O said....

Today I was in committee and we were being informed on the pending issues facing unemployment insurance. The speaker was UT economics professor Bill Fox. After hearing gloom and doom for about ten minutes I asked the professor, if he studied how the Obama "stimulus" bill was going to help Tennessee and our unemployment issues in the future. I was told things would probably get worse in the short term and then we would probably see little if any improvement at all for at least a few years after that.

So much for fixing the problem. If the "Stimulus" is not going to significantly improve our economy or change our employment situation except in a minimal way please remind me why we need to go into debt so badly.

One more thing

A.C.K. Has a good post about the possibility of a Governor Ron Ramsey and how it could shake up the governors primary in 2010. While I still don't think Phil is going anywhere, I must admit he is a probably Obamas 2nd or 3rd pick. Having Talked to Ron I know he would love it and is encouraging Phil at every opportunity.

IF (And I still think it is a big if) If it were to happen one more thing that would swing things into the Ramsey corner in a primary. Money. While he might be an underdog in fundraising now, even as Lt. Governor, as Governor it would be an entirely different story. He could raise substantially larger amounts of money. And if I am not mistaken the limits on fund raising while in session do not apply to the governor.

I can see it all now. Que the Scooby Doo dream sequence music.........

Ramsey with hand on bible saying oath of office: .....So help me god. (Cheers, applause) I would like to thank you all so much for helping get me here. Mostly I would like to thank Barack Obama for offering Phil Bredesen a job. I guess we don't have to worry about Phil not sticking to any term limit pledge now do we!

My vision for Tennessee? I see great things for Tennessee and its future. Only one big problem, Gas prices! I see gas prices went up at all the Pilot gas stations again last night. That is killing us. Don't you all hate when that happens? Seems like every time you turn around....

Any way, Love to stick around but I am off to a fund raiser! I would love to see you all there! Suggested donation is only $1,000.00 per person.

(Ramsey quickly exits stage left with a phone in each ear talking at auctioneer speed) Hello, Association of road builders political action committee? This is Governor Ron Ramsey. Hello, is this the Tennessee association of doctors political action committee? This is Governor Ron Ramsey.....

Those crafty Democrats

I was watching CSPAN the other day (I know, get a life) and the topic was a on the bail out. They had a phone number to call in if you were a Democrat, a Republican or an independent. I have to give the Dems credit, they will cross over and say they are a Republican to knife a Republican in a second.

One person called in the Republican line. He said he was a life long Republican and because of Bush he was now living in a tent with nothing. He was now an Obama man and would never vote for a Republican again. We need to get away from the failed policies of the past and vote for the bail out.

I thought about that for a second. He is living in a tent. How many tents have TV? much less cable?....And a phone line!

I hear the same thing on radio shows and have about given up. When ever they start with "I am a conservative/life long Republican" I am about sure it is a Democrat plant call.

I am starting to see the same thing on the net. People claiming they are Republicans, they complain how they are looking non stop to find a job but can't because of Republicans (Even though they are home surfing the web at 1:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday) and then they proceed to chew out Robin Smith or the party for what ever. They insist we need to change paths, not talk about certain topics and get on board with the Dems.

Really? We need to move away from the (Life, gun, family, religion, anti illegal immigration, education accountability, less government) issues? Issues and topics that has the Tennessee Republican party on the grow and instead follow the rest of the "more moderate" and "reasonable" Republican groups as they shrink into obscurity across the nation?

Wow! Thanks for that great tip! I will be sure and tell all my friends!

By the way, Didn't I see you with an Obama sign at the polls on election day?

Monday, February 16, 2009

List of bills

Tom Humphrey does a story and has a link to a list of my bills. Although some will change through the amendment process you can get a general idea of the topics I plan to run.

Update: And the loons go bonkers.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hate mongers

It is funny how many hate mongers are commenting against me and a few of my fellow legislators who are trying to defend our president from attacks. They need to put down their partisan boxing gloves and pick up their work gloves. They need to join us in this effort to defend Barack.

Not to fear. It has been has been 10 to 1 E mail from across the country supporting us in our stand defending the president and in favor of our quest for open government.

Why is the left in such an uproar against it? Why do they want this fight to continue when we have serious issues to face? Why do they fight open government when Obama has said he wants to be open? We need to put this to rest so more people can see the president for what he is and give his proposals the view they deserve.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Doesn't he know

Guns aren't allowed on school grounds! Keep the teacher unable to defend if necessary. That way if the kid really goes off the police can respond when they get around to it later in the day.

From the article....

He pulled a revolver on the teacher, pointed it at her as if he was going to shoot her, and demanded to know why she was messing with him,” said Don Aaron, public affairs manager for Metro Police, late Thursday.......

......Students due to enter the classroom for fifth period opened the door during the exchange, Aaron said, causing the student with the gun to flee. School Resource Officers (SROs), registered police officers who monitor students in school,apprehended the student outside the school.......

.......Thursday’s incident marks the seventh time a gun has been found in a Metro school this academic year

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just trying to help the O

Theo Emory of the Tennessean has the details for a growing story.

Myself and a few other legislators have signed on to a suit to make available to the public Barack Hussein Obama (aka Barry Soetoros) birth records and other vital information. We hope that information will prove once and for all he is eligible to be president.

Many people have raised concerns about his eligibility to be president and will not let it die. There have been rumors, false documents, even his family members quoted saying he is not legally eligible.

It has to stop!

It has kept us divided too long! We need unity on this issue. I feel it is time for our president to no longer be held back by these concerns. To be free to face the bigger problems our country has before it. We need to put these rumors of the past where they belong. In the past. We need to move unified into the future. A future without questions. I hope we can prove it! I know it is audacious to hope for, but I believe in the audacity of hope. Can we all believe?

To that I hope we can all say "Yes we can!"

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rush whacks Williams

The big dog on the radio block wacked Kent Williams and gave kudos to the TNGOP! Terry Frank has the details.

Speaker Mc Danials

Steve McDanials will be the house speaker tonight. Kent Williams went home and Lois Deberry is sick. Don't expect any changes or maneuvers.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some pigs are more equal then others

Terry Frank has the low down on the governor and his energy spending.

2 grand a month?

Boy, I wonder how many solar panels he has invested in for his own use? I mean if solar is such a great idea I bet he has invested heavily of his own funds. Not just on the ability to get government money and subsidies but on the success of the project to be viable on its own. I mean if it good enough to invest our money in then I am sure he has already started by investing his own.

Al Gore has met his brother in arms.

Quote of the day

I was at a seminar for future committee and sub committee chairs yesterday. One of the presenters was a legislator from Illinois. He came up with this little goody.

"When we heard Obama was running for president we knew people would forgive him for his cocaine use but we weren't so sure about the smoking."

Take my wife, please.

The left is in an uproar about the Republican party doing what they have the rights to do. Allowing, or not allowing, anyone they want to be able to use or not use their brand name. Some keep saying Kent can still use the name. Nope. Not at the local level. not even in his local Republican precinct. Nowhere.

It works similar to the states and federal government laws. The state uses the name at the leisure of the federal Republican party. The states have rights unless superseded by the fed. Same with locals. They have rights unless superseded by the state.

The state laid down the law. It applies within the state, all lower levels within the state and people within the party at those levels and within the border of the state.

I thought the left all said they like Kent and his "independence". Now they all have it. Why are they mad? Why are they trying to force him back into the party? They should be happy. Why are they so desperate to make him be part of a "partisan" organization that they all say they hate and into one that does not want him in the first place? If Kents values are their values so much why don't they name him an honorary Democrat. I will second the motion. I think his sister is or was a Democrat party chair in her home town. He has the connects. Republicans wouldn't mind if he went to the Dems. Take him. Please.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Solar panels?

I am about to make it official, Phil has jumped the shark. I used to think Phil was a moderate. Not so much. Tonight he was all about the big government agenda.

First it was the porkulus bill. He was for it and as much as said we are going to take it. No matter the strings. Scary with the things I am hearing on what those strings are.

Next was socialized medicine. Wow, what a let down. He has gone all the way over to the dark side in an attempt to get the HHS job. Way to hold out on principle.

Lastly was the solar panels. You must be kidding. This is not Arizona. Solar has yet to produce energy in any sort of efficient way at all. it is actually worse for the environment then a lot of other types of non PC energy forms we have.

Why do libs always feel they have to reinvent the wheel? We have TVA we are a leader on hydro power. We have Oak Ridge, we are a leader on nuclear and clean coal power generation. We have natural gas deposits in Tennessee as well. Why not expand on success and strengths instead of trying to do the latest PC fad of the moment?

It was his choice

Kent is no longer a Republican. Some people, including Kent, are blaming it on Robin Smith. No, that is backwards. The choice was Kent's. It is not like it is some new rule we sprang on him at the last second or after the vote just to get him. It is not like he had no idea this would happen. He knew before the vote. We were all told what the consequences would be. We were all sent letters reminding us of what the caucus bylaws said. We were plenty fine with the state exec. committee and its rule making when we were running for office. If anyone, Including Kent did not like the rules or the people making them then he could have run as whatever at any time. He was never forced to run as a Republican.

To suddenly claim shock, indignation and blame others now that the rules have been enforced is like the little kid who gets his hand smacked for stealing cookies for himself and then blames the mother. If he knew it was wrong (He did) and he did the dirty (He did) then don't complain when it comes time to pay the piper.

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Joke of the week (Newspaper edition)

Top headlines

Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

nice trick


Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

No, really? Ya think?


Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that's taking things a bit far!


Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!


Miners Refuse to Work after Death

'good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!


Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

See if that works any better than a fair trial!


If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Ya think?!

Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought!


Enfield (London) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something!


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?


Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge


He probably IS the battery charge!


New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group


Weren't they fat enough?!


Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That's what he gets for eating those beans!

Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken? LOL!!!!!!


Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!


And the winner is...

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

Kent's friends in an invisible rush to defend him

According to Kent, he is popular with the majority of Republicans in the caucus.

“I think most of the Republicans in the House want me to stay, it is just a handful that want me out,” Williams said. “I think the party is reluctant to take the action and lose their majority in the House, but I think Robin Smith has been pushing it.

“It is a shame one person has so much power in the party. It is like a dictatorship,” Williams said.


Really?!?! They must be well hidden.

Here is the latest communication I received from GOP Chairwoman Robin Smith. Somebody must have a skewed view of reality.


Caucus Members:

Thank you to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts and views on the matter of Kent Williams. Your opinions are valuable to me as we work through a difficult process.

As you know, in my prior communication I requested members to provide examples of Mr. Williams’ past activities in support of the Caucus or the TRP. I regret to inform you that in the responses I received there was not a single stated example of assistance Kent Williams has provided to a Republican candidate for the House, to the House Republican Caucus or to the Tennessee Republican Party.

This has been a difficult experience for all of us and it is time to move forward. On Monday I will announce my finding on the challenges to Representative Williams’ bona fide status then we will turn our attention to where it should be. For you, it will be to address the serious issues facing our state. I have every confidence that our leadership and members will address these issues with the same common sense conservative principles you expressed to the voters. I and my staff will build on the remarkable success of 2008 to strengthen our majority and make sure Tennesseans have the government they voted for.

I look forward to the work ahead.

Sincerely,

Robin T. Smith
Chairman
Tennessee Republican Party



Sounds like Caucus members wrote in and had a great chance to defend Kent if they really wanted to. Yet none seem to have been willing or able to. As far as what the party wants, most wanted him out immediately. There was a petition signed by many who wanted him out that night. The Michael Steele election came up and just postponed action for a few weeks.

The only people within the party/caucus that I have heard from that even come close to saying they want him to stay say they don't want to kick him out yet because it may make him more difficult to beat later. No other reason is ever offered.

Kent goes on to state what he thinks the party should do.

“I think we should be trying to beat Democrats instead of fellow Republicans.”

Oh no, he didn't......Oh yes, he did.

That one made me laugh, hard. Kent won his seat in a Republican primary over a sitting Republican in good standing and HE was also active in my Republican primary.

"WE"??

Where did his sudden partisan tone come from? Why would you work to beat someone you agree with so much? If you don't agree with them why give them leadership power? I thought HE wanted to work with Democrats and their ideas. Not beat them. HE sure worked with them when they were voting for him for speaker. "WE" had a chance to beat them and push our ideas forward a few weeks ago, why didn't HE help us then?

What ever happened to Kent's latest promise to leave the Republican party if WE wanted him out? All we had to do was tell him and HE would leave. I think Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey made it quite clear. WE want him out. Yet HE stays.

It never stops.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Maybe I am wrong

It is scary when the far left agrees with me so much. It makes me question my judgement. I have to slowly reassure myself that it is more likely that I am finally winning them over and, in time, they will come to see the full light.

"Should I stay or should I go?"

There is a lot of buzz bout Gov. Phil getting picked for a top spot in HHS by the chosen one. Don't hold your breath. What would he bring to the table? Ability to fix health care issues? Remember he ran on that to become governor. Of course when he got in he did not reform TennCare at all. He just cut the most needy/expensive people off. The problems remained. We now spend more on health care then we did before he did his cuts and the service is worse.

Now for the political side of it. Phil/Tennessee was not a good for Obama. in fact he was criticized by Phil and as much as told to not come around here. I don't think the Obama owes him anything and would probably question his willingness to be a "Team player"

Although the state is not in great financial shape right now Phil could stay in Tennessee and with the stimulus be sitting pretty, gearing up for a senate run in 5 years. The other side in DC would put him trying to force socialized medicine down peoples throat for Obama. Not a good place to be unless it is your final stop and socialized medicine is your big liberal dream. I think (hope) Phil having been in the private sector knows it will not work so why charge hard for something you don't believe in?

I am sure he likes to have his name thrown around and all but I don't see Phil moving anywhere. I don't think he will be asked and if asked I don't see him going. In the end I think he will look at it as "The Clash" did years ago "If I stay it will be trouble. If I go it will be double".

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Separated at birth?

Kent Williams


Floyd the barber.

You be the judge.

The classic game plan

Some say the Republican party is down. That it cant come back. I completely disagree.

Although not the complete package here is one example of a the Republican formula that works when ever it is tried.This is how we win. This is how the Republican party can grow. This resonates with real people.

It is part of what we believe. Small government. Cutting money away from the bureaucrats and groups that may be good but should be funded by the private sector.

Some groups (The silk stocking crowd) will yell, scream, stomp their feet and hold their breath but that is when we must stay strong! The majority of real working people like it. It works. It helps the over all economy. It helps the working people.

When we show a difference from the opposition, when we actually try to cut government spending and can show how specific taxes can be cut when we do it. People like it. It works.

Keep it up commish!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Give it back?

Let me start off by saying I am against the "stimulus" bill. I don't think it will stimulate much of anything except wasteful government spending and will only lead us into greater debt and bigger problems down the road. You know it is a bad idea most of the time when someone is in a rush to pass something. When people start to scream "Emergency!, Emergency!". It seldom really is. Especially in government. Does anyone really think the government can spend its way into prosperity for its citizens?

I don't.

Now for the state side of the issue. Once it passes (Yes, I expect some spending bill to pass) The state expects to be offered 1-3 billion. That more then covers any "Deficit" we had. What should we do with the feds offer? That will depend on the strings.

If it goes anywhere near the state general budget or if it funds other areas that can be shifted into the general budget that could lead to tax cuts for the final consumer if we play our cards right. That would be our best hope.

The next alternative is not as good but could end up as acceptable. If it goes to one time projects such as roads and bridge construction. I think that would be better then giving it back to the fed for them to spend. At least the money goes into the local economy and is closer to the consumer.

Most of the time if we can get the money closer to the person whose it really is, that would be a step in the right direction. As I have always believed, government that is closest to the people is usually more responsive to the peoples needs and therefor better. But their are some caveats to that axiom.

Although I think refusing the money or returning the money would just be giving Washington more to spend on some other foolish boondoggle (and yes, they would spend it) I think giving it back would still be better then the last alternative.

If there are strings that mandate starting new ongoing state government programs or expanding existing government programs that never end then that should raise some real big red flags. (Pre K and Tenncare ring any bells to any one). If that is the case I hope we have the strength to turn it down.

Where would the funding come from after year one? Will there be another big federal spending bill next year? Don't hold your breath. Obama is hot now but in a year or two I expect his political capitol to drop dramatically as the deficit grows. Then the states pain would start. The "cure" could end up worse then the problem.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

On me

I will be having a Rep. Stacey Campfield rally at all the Denny's locations across the state today. All day I am buying "Grand Slam" breakfasts for everyone who shows up. Just tip well, buy your own drinks and enjoy!

Don't we live in a democracy?

No.

This video is interesting to me as I was talking on this issue at a presentation/forum/debate I did at Pellissippi State CC this last week.



Hat tip: Ben Cunningham