If the dollar has little value, then donate a few.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I bet that bill will have a huge fiscal note

A proposal by the TCPR to make fiscal notes include the cost to private business is a great idea. The only problem is that I expect the bill to come back with a huge cost to the state to implement the study and find those numbers.

Planned Parenthood to get $75,000.00 from TN

I just got the news that the Memphis Planned Parenthood has been given a $75,000.00 grant from the Shelby county health department (with money it got from the state). With the money shell game Planned Parenthood does that equates to a heck of a lot of free abortions.

I guess the governors soft communication and kind words of encouragement to the health department that they not give Planned Parenthood money did not work out as hoped. That or Planned Parenthood can flex a little bigger then the governor in Shelby County.

No, this time it will get a different result.....Really!

I think thinking about the definition of insanity (Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result) is going to drive me insane. We keep propping up the switch grass research facility year after year with the promise of a great return with just a little more research money. We have been doing this since the 70's and look to be headed down the same road for a few more years.

Watching food channel, dreaming of Nashville.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Do you think we should take his advice?

Democrat leader Mike Turner tries to give the republicans some advice on what they should do regarding redistricting to stay in control.

Quote of the day.

"When you brush aside the truth you know for the convenience you want you will soon get to the point where there is no truth left and you will want for its convenience."


Try to contain yourself Ron

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey puts on the happy face with Governor Haslam at Bristol

From the Ramsey Facebook page.

Ahead of his time.

The ghost of Johnny Cash comes back to tell Jim Cooper what he thinks of his redistricting complaints

Monday, August 29, 2011

Joke of the week (what's in a title)

The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves (and also larks) and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, laziest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

Believe it or not ....... a CONGRESS!

Is there a difference?

Rep. Garry Moore has been named the state leader of the AFL/CIO. He says there is no difference between him and say Dr. Joey Hensley who may vote on doctors issues or Ron Ramsey (An auctioneer) who may vote on auctioneer issues.

"Does Ron Ramsey become the face of auctioneers when he's presiding over the Senate? Is Debra Maggart the face of school boards? Is Joey Hensley the face of doctors on the House floor? You could go on and on and on," said Moore.

As a part time legislature, most legislators have outside jobs and interests. We all bring something to the table. A Doctors/legislator will have knowledge of issues regarding medicine and an auctioneer/legislators have knowledge about the auction process. There is a difference between having an interest in something and being a state union boss for that cause.

For the most part, Doctor/legislators and auctioneer/legislators main job is NOT about getting into direct, immediate and final negotiations about their pay with the state. It may happen in their roll as legislators but it is not the main number one part of their outside job description. On the converse, That is almost exclusively the outside job for a state union boss. That IS their main job description.

While I like Garry I do not see how this new job will not become a huge conflict quickly.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

But I thought the TEA wasn't partisan?

Jerry Winter of the TEA is now doing partisan barnstorming fundraiser events for the Democrats.

But Jerry, What about the Republicans who supported your position? I guess they don't count when it comes to party issues.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ms. Cheap talks tax incentives

Well sort of.... Well, maybe not much....O.K. not at all, but that is what I read into it.

Haslam gives malaise speech

Governor Bill Haslam talks about the lack of confidence in our economy but does not fear a double dip recession.

The only double dip that the people I talk to fear are policies caused by the two dips in the White house.

While our nation is clearly in flux, as Patton said "I don't want to hear about how anyone is defending their position. Nobody ever defended anything successfully. There is only attack and attack and attack some more!"

I see this as a great opportunity for Tennessee to springboard to the front in America as an example of what a truly free market system that values the individual and personal responsibility can do and achieve.

History favors the bold. We need to talk about and get on with our plans for Attack!

Poll tax found constitutional.

Yes, That is right. The tax placed on Texas strip clubs that offer live nude dancing and sell alcohol has been upheld by the supreme court.

Texas lawmakers had expected the fee to initially raise about $44 million.

As you may recall I offered a similar tax on Strip clubs, escort services and adult video/book/novelty stores. The revenue created would have gone to removing the tax on natural store bought foods.

It it an idea who's time has come?

Quote of the day (Retention "election" edition)

"You may call a lie "The truth" until the cows come home, but it is still a lie."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Is the 401 OK?

I Just got done talking with one of my fellow legislators about the upcoming year. They brought up a topic I had not heard a bunch about but they thought could get some real momentum next year.

Brian Kelseys bill shifting state employees benefit package from a set defined package to a 401k type package (like many other states have and are going to) could be one of the bigger issues next year. With the market all over the place, the cost of insurance in flux and the fed probably about to cut back on state shared money (forcing states to cut back) They could be right, that could become a pressing issue quick.

We will see.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"And then the black helicopters started to come down"

Ron Paul and Rick Perry. Both have the same initials, are from Texas and are running for the presidency as Republicans yet I have never seen the two of them together in the same place. Let the conspiracy theory start.

"Who cares about our vets? "

At the legislatures urging, universities in Tennessee are making transfer from community colleges easier. Now a two year degree from a community college will guarantee you enter one of our states four year institutions as a junior with full credit transfer.

The policy falls under the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which outlined the model.

“This is among the most important achievements in recent years to increase the number of Tennesseans with four-year degrees,” UT President Joe DiPietro said in a statement.

He said the policy potentially can “enhance the state’s work force and attract new business to Tennessee.”

Yes, it is a great step. One of the issues I have been fighting for, for the last few years is finally coming to fruition. I have seen too many students try and advance their education at CC's just to get shorted a huge chunk of their credits when they try and go on to get their 4 year degree.

While this move will help many more kids get a degree, one group is left out in the cold.

Our military veterans.

You see when our vets take courses while in the military there is no similar guarantee for their credit transferability. I know several who have received a 2 year military degree in a similar major as those offered at our community colleges. One vet I know of had over 66 credits and their two year associates degree when they tried to transfer to the University of Tennessee. How many credits do you think transferred?

Less then a dozen.

He would have been virtually starting as a first semester freshman. If we want to get people with the stick to it determination to fulfill their education, our universities need to look to our military vets. They have the proven ability to get things done. Dismantling the system of throwing up walls and barriers before our vets just to get a bigger chunk of G.I. bill money for an extended period of time needs to be the next step in improving higher ed graduation rates.

Next step? Single payer

First you start a charity to help people who cant pay for their medical bills, then.....

Quote of the day.

"Strong convictions precede great actions. "

James Freeman Clarke

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tennessee's West to lead the blacks off the plantation

Oh no he didn't! Oh yes he did!

University of Tennessee graduate, Congressman Allen West said he is a modern day Harriet Tubman ready to lead the blacks off the Democrat parties modern day plantation.

Terry Frank to NPR

The former blogger and radio personality tells NPR her take on the Obama economy.

"No employer ever wants to cut somebody back or let them go," Frank says, "but then when it's also your livelihood and, you know, my husband and I have to take care of our family and our mortgage payment."

Frank says she wants to hire more employees and grow her business, but she's afraid.

"People like me and my husband, we're going to be smart," she says. "We're not going to try to expand or do anything like that if we don't know what tomorrow holds, if we think maybe the other shoe is going to drop and it's all going to implode."

Government Spending

Frank is an example of the kind of person President Obama was trying to reach during his bus tour this week: Americans who are nervous about government growth and spending, and are therefore too anxious to invest their money to create new jobs.

Frank sees the government as the source of the current economic problems.

"I'm not an economist but I know that a lot of the people that I have conversations with know that the government can't continue to spend and the economy grow and do well. It just doesn't work," she says

For some reason I dont think Obama is going to reach her.

The help

"The Dean" lays out the "who's who" for the governors staff.

Step two

Steve Barrett posts an article in the times free press about the next step for home schoolers. This last year it was to allow school districts to decide if they wanted to allow home school student the opportunity to participate in school sports.

Next year, it is one of my top goals to make it so home school students are allowed to participate in state school sports.

Steve asks some good questions as to why this isnt already being done voluntarily by the schools....

And what in the name of kudzu is the benefit to a struggling school of packing another student into its classrooms in exchange for letting him run track? Where are those endless lectures about overcrowded, "cash-starved" schools when you need them?

There's an even bigger irony to this discrimination, though. It perpetuates in public schools the very thing of which compulsive defenders of the academic establishment accuse home-schoolers: a lack of exposure to people from diverse backgrounds. Letting home-schoolers take part in public school athletics would introduce students in those schools to youths from a radically different culture. That never occurs to those who seem convinced that education outside a government-run school doesn't count.

Or maybe it does occur to them -- and maybe that's the problem. Nothing is more dangerous to a failed but entrenched education status quo than for more and more parents and students to realize that the path of least resistance to the neighborhood public school is not always the path to success.

"Baby Daddy" and the high court

The issue that spurred the "Baby Daddy" bill is featured in the Tennessean. It is being argued in the state supreme court. Some of the big issues from the well done, balanced article...

In some cases, courts have ordered the true biological father to repay the duped dad, but Levy said that the true biological father also is a victim in such cases because he was denied a relationship with the child...

...Alaska, Illinois and Kentucky are among the states that have decided paternity fraud is no different than any other fraud and that compensating paternity fraud victims outweighs the potential harm to children.

An Illinois court opinion pointed out that not allowing such cases would be to let deceitful mothers off the hook for lying about a child’s paternity. The court wrote “that public policy does not serve to protect people engaging in” such behavior and that it would not allow a mother “to use her daughter to avoid responsibility for the consequences of her alleged deception.”

Davidson County Juvenile Court Magistrate Scott Rosenburg said allowing paternity fraud cases could have a deterrent effect that would eliminate the potential harm to children on the front end. Using the case between Hodge and Craig as an example, he noted that all Hodge had to do was disclose the “very material fact” that she had recently had sex with another man.

“With this kind of cause of action, maybe everyone will be a lot more careful,” Rosenburg said. “It would almost put an affirmative duty on women to disclose sexual relationships in the period of potential conception. That could be the ultimate outcome of this case.”...

...Some advocates are citing the gut-wrenching case between Hodge and Craig as evidence that supports calls for mandatory DNA testing of supposed fathers at childbirth to leave no doubt about paternity and avoid anguish down the road.

Rosenburg is in this camp. Holstein supports such tests, too, but only in cases of children born out of wedlock.

“Use science to solve an age-old problem,” Holstein urged. “We have a scientific tool, and we have had it for 15 years, and it’s not being used to its full effect. ... Look at all the heartache that has resulted (from this case).”

Should the Supreme Court rule in Craig’s favor, several similar cases may flood the state court system. In Tennessee and nationwide, questions about paternity are common.

In the first six months of this year, the Tennessee Department of Human Services tested 4,694 potential fathers for child support purposes, and 1,171, or 25 percent, turned out not to be fathers. A 2006 survey of DNA labs nationwide by the Association of American Blood Banks found that 26 percent of men who got paternity tests learned they were not the father of the child in question.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Judges try to make law

I always find it funny when judges who claim they only want to decide current law in an unbiased way can't help themselves from trying to bias others about laws to protect themselves. Not only that but they seem to infer that all our local judges are corrupt because the people elect them. I guess if that is true then any elected person is corrupted. Mayors, school board, city council, congress even the president.

They would prefer they stick to a system where they only have to sway a small hand full of people to get their job. The actual law and what the constitution clearly says? well that is secondary.

We keep trying to re invent the wheel. As has often been said, "the American election system is the worst system out there.....Other then all the others we have tried.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

No kisses for you!

I read this article with great interest. Legal foreign workers walk out of a US factory job because they don't like their pay and benefit set up. OK, I guess that is their right. The part I don't get is why the company gets a tax break to hire foreign workers over citizen workers in the first place.

Why do we do this stuff? I mean don't we have enough issues with unemployment already? Do we really need to give tax credits so companies can hire foreign nationals?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Grab your gun and head to the bar

Because the crime rate dropped after guns in bars passed in VA.

Are we getting over 1/50th after the 10th?

The question often comes up about how Tennessee conservatives often spout off about the 10th amendment and wanting the federal government out of our business but later go on and take "federal money". Some times that money is even in excess of the amount of money that the state has sent the federal government. The left often snorts that if we take so much of the money we should automatically support ALL the spending and regulation of the federal government. They also reason if we take the money we support the deficit spending. If the left really doesn't like the disparity, what they really should argue for is for support is the 10th amendment.

"What?" you may ask. Let me explain.

The real question is "Are the states getting more then 1/50th of the total federal budget (less what is clearly laid out for in the 10th amendment)?" and "what happens when we go into the red?".

The arguments for small states taking the money go back to why states agreed to join the union in the first place.

Our forefathers set up a system of equality between the states at multiple levels to create the union. This is most obvious at the US senate level. Tennessee's senators are equal in number to California's. The same with Iowa, Nebraska, Idaho and many other small states, all have equal representation in the eyes of the federal government at that level. The senators at that level make sure that their states citizens voice can be heard and their states needs addressed in the same regard as larger states. Their intent was that all the states citizens should share more equally in the bounty of our our unity. All citizens of the union pay taxes not necessarily of the same quantity but at the same rate as all other citizens of the union. It is the equalization between the states that keeps the union together. Those assets once collected or over collected are then redistributed to the states, NOT on a basis as the states put in, but semi "Equally" between the states.

If the tax and distribution system were not balanced as it is then the need and reason for unity is diminished. The assets of the group would stay with the major producers and all the other states would quickly decide to fend for themselves. If under attack, the federal government would send our assets and protect only a few key states and take all the recruits from smaller states who had less a voice to demand an equal treatment for its citizens. In short order the union would fail and fall.

That over spending on small states and over taxation on larger states can be slowed by sticking to and only taxing for those issues clearly laid out for the fed in the 10th amendment. Once that is done, The federal governments job is done.
Once that loyalty and needs of the federal government are met the states can or at least should be able to act as an individual to carryout the needs of their state and its citizens. Let California be California, let Tennessee be Tennessee. Unfortunately the federal government wants to creep into issues that are under state domain and is deficit spending other states money to try and achieve it. When spending is balanced, any over collection hurts rich states citizens more. They get little for their additional input of money. The richer states should realize if the fed over collects then the distribution goes back to the states on an equal basis.

When the federal government deficit spends it is felt and owed by all the citizens equally, not just the citizens of the rich states. The small states can not opt out of the debt by agreeing to not take federal money. Using income tax terms, debt is more regressive on citizens of small states. The large rich states should again fight for the 10th amendment so smaller states stop taking what the larger states are paying in.

I guess when it gets to paying off the deficit time the citizens of the small red states feel the pinch more then the citizens of the larger often richer blue states and the richer states care less about the debt because their states proportionally pay back less of it as % of their overall income.

While sort of a race to the bottom, Until larger states wise up and shut off the spigot, the smaller states will continue to try to take as much as they can to offset the debt their citizens are incurring while fighting off the strings of the federal government. Larger states will continue to wonder why they pay to support smaller states.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cut the revenue

And the incentive for red light cameras start to wither and die.

It's not like they just cured canc....Oh. Nevermind.

Could this be the cure for cancer the world has dreamed of?

We live in amazing times. I honestly think in 20 years (possibly 10) most disease will be eradicated by some form of gene therapy.

He won't be able to slip this

Mayoral candidate Ivan Harmon goes the extra mile to prove he won't skirt the big issues in his interview with Skirt Magazine

Hat tip: Brian Hornback

"Yes we should sell them, but you cant buy them."

After the legislature said police stations could not destroy confiscated guns and should instead sell them. Some police stations are stockpiling them. Others are only selling guns to a limited few close or connected gun dealers at a discount.

Other states like Kentucky raise $500,000.00 a year from their more open gun sales. I am still working on some legislation to move these guns out of storage.

Apple now number one

Now that Apple is worth more the Exxon oil I wonder if you will be hearing the cry of "Tax big computer!, Tax big computer!"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Right for the red not the green.

Some details via "The Dean" on some concerns about our new red light camera law. It seems some people are worried that the red light camera companies may no make a bunch of money.

AWWWWWWWW. Sooooo saaaaad!

I thought it was all about safety?

"Chapter 425 does not favor one vendor over another, nor does it favor local governments at the expense of the vendors (since both parties might lose income under a revenue-sharing agreement).

"Rather, Chapter 425 would appear to favor motorists who are charged with misconduct. It enhances their ability to confront a live witness, instead of photographic evidence, at any contested hearing on the matter.

"Moreover, by restricting the use of unmanned traffic enforcement cameras to intersections that are 'clearly marked' by a 'no turn on red' sign, Chapter 425 provides motorists better notice of when their conduct is likely to result in sanction.

"These considerations - each of which relates to notions of fairness in the administration of law - amount to 'significant and legitimate state interests'."

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Not Amazon new???

I often think existing businesses in Tennessee must get this feeling as their tax dollars go to give tax cuts to new companies coming to Tennessee so they can compete with an advantage over the existing business.

And the red haired kid paid for the ice cream.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Guns on campus on C Span

Wow! You know there is a wave coming for people to have their second amendment rights when even C Span starts covering the debates.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The big battle?

Many political pundits around Nashville are saying my bill that says "elect means elect" in the state constitution for judges may be the big issue for the year next year. While I agree it will be a big issue I am not sure it will be the top issue. This last year had at least 5 or 6 big issues (As compared to one or two a year in years past). I expect next year will instead have about 10 medium sized issues. Some will be clean up from last years oversight and others will be re runs of past top issues.

In no certain order, nor complete, here are some of my own personal top priority issues I will be running next year.

1. Elect judges as the constitution requires.

2. Pass my version of the loser pays bill.

3. Pass a "loser pays" system similar to the one Texas just passed and that California already has.

4. Pass legislation to support the 2nd amendment on campus, in public parking lots and for the distribution of the HCP list.

5. Pass eminent domain reform. Only for true public use, with first refusal to original owner on sell back, clear definition for blight when ED is used and parcel by parcel breakdown when it is done.

6. End state funding of Planned Parenthood. (and one other special life bill)

7. Pass legislation to allow all home school students to play state sports.

8. Pass license plate for catholic charities.

9. Pass drug testing for those on government assistance.

10. Pass mandates for continued education for those with children still in school and on government assistance.

11. The "Baby daddy" bill.

12. Campaign finance reform.

13. All those other good ideas and a few I am holding up my sleeve.

It's official

I hate to do it but I am now going to have to make it official. Obama is the worst president in history.

I have often said the President is not the only man who controls the economy. The house and senate have a huge impacts. Probably as much or more so then the president. History, issues already in motion and the world economy are also factors.

But over the last few years the negative issues have only grown over time. Gas prices went up. Nothing serious was done. No budgets have been passed in 2 years. The S&P asked for 4 trillion in cuts they got 2 trillion in 10 years and most people do not expect that those serious cuts will ever really take place. We are now entering our third war when we should be getting out of them, Unemployment is way up, spending is way up. Debt is way up. Economically things are not getting better, only worse. I was holding out hope for America sake he could pull himself up above Jimmy Carter but even in the worst days of Carter the world never lost faith in America.

You can blame Bush, the tea party, the Democrats, the Republicans, the world economy, global warming, global cooling, sun spots, the cat, the dog or whatever. Sooner or later the buck stops at the top. In the end, Americans collectively have to look in the mirror and the man looking back at us is the figure head for our country. The man at the top. The POTUS. That man takes the blame.

With the downgrading of Americas bond rating for the first time in modern history, to me, the race is over. To me, that was the official end of the finger pointing, dodging, side stepping, buck passing and blaming of others. Move over Jimmy Carter. We have a new man at the bottom.

It is Obama. The worst president ever.

Some one get me a mint.

Friday, August 05, 2011

First he came for the mints, but I was not a mint.

Strong arm Joe Armstrong has hastened the sell out of the "disappointmints" but the maker has come up with a substitute.
I may have to get some of these.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

For my friends who fancy themselves day traders

Caution: Language

Don't forget

This weekend is the sales tax holiday weekend.

For three days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, shoppers can save almost 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Improving Tennessee one breath mint at a time.

Rep. Joe Armstrong throws a fit about some breath mints being sold by a store vendor on UT property. Is this the Democrats first step tward Tennessee economic prosperity with their "Jobs" agenda?

You can view and purchase the mints here.

I'm think I am going to get a t-shirt that says "I'm offended by offended people".

Monday, August 01, 2011

New idea

I was doing a little thinking on the drive back from my class reunion. So often we as legislators talk about the biggest problem with education is not just the education system itself, it is the child with little to no motivation to do well in school and a family structure that cares little to nothing about their child or that child's education. That is an even bigger issue.

How do you change that? How do you break that cycle? How do you motivate a parent who does not care? What is in it for them? Why should they push their child to do something different then they did?

One legislator suggested report cards for parents. I have a different idea.

Why not tie a child getting an education to a parents getting "entitlements"? If the child fails to make progress or drops out of school, the parent and child lose the government funded benefits until the child is 21. We already say a kid can not get a drivers license if they don't get a high school diploma. How about sharing the responsibility, punishment and reward with the person who can most motivate that child?

Feedback welcome.

Not watching the votes? C.D.S.

The governor doesn't think my bill limiting the teaching of sexuality to natural reproduction will pass. I beg to differ. The senate already passed it and I expect when it gets to the house floor it will pass as well. The more regular people I talk to the more I find that most people support it.

I do agree that some media people have an unhealthy obsession with me and that bill. I mean it is all some of them seem to be able to talk about. They are obsessed. My friends call it C.D.S. (Campfield Derangement Syndrome). I mean there are a lot of big issues going on in the state but they get the pass. I have even heard me as one of the few questions asked to candidates running for office. "Can you work with Stacey Campfield?", "Would you support that bill?".

I mean come on!?!.

Will you support tax increases? Vouchers? Second amendment rights wherever? Government subsidies for new businesses? Amazon Internet tax exemptions? Red light cameras? Pre K? Changes to pre K or the lottery scholarship? Education reform? Eminent Domain? Entitlement reform?

There are tons of issues out there. Even if you just stick with education.

The media left all talk like the only thing that matters is education but when push comes to shove it is not really education that is really important to them. It is more like being able to use the educational system to push a social agenda that is important.

Put on the ballot I know it would pass. The media just needs to get past it. It will pass. Now or later.