An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
We’re #3? Well, I reckon that’s not so bad, however….
Tennessee is one of the freest states in the country, placing just behind the Dakotas at the top of the rankings. Like the Dakotas, it fares better on economic freedom than personal freedom.
Contrary to what my state rep thinks, when the government tells a privately owned business what they can and cannot do, that’s an infringement on person liberty. They might want to rethink some of those far reaching policies, that is NOT that job. K?
Mark Levin asked a question yesterday, that I find highly telling. “What’s MORE important? Liberty of equality?” I can give my answer without hesitation. Can you? Without liberty, there can be no equality!
And his wife, Ashley, is a treasure too! If I hadn’t opened my eyes long enough to peruse through my email, I might have missed this little tidbit of VERY good news!
Tennessee insurance companies would be prohibited from participating in the state’s federal health care exchange that will provide federally-subsidized medical insurance under a bill approved Wednesday by a House subcommittee.
Rep. Vance Dennis, R-Savannah, said he had found “the Achilles heel of Obamacare” with his bill (HB476) and, once Tennessee approves it, other states are likely to follow and doom the federal health care program.
“With this bill, I bring you the opportunity for your children and grandchildren and my children and grandchildren to save billions and billions of dollars of money being borrowed against them by the federal government,” said Dennis.
The “Achilles heel,” Dennis said, is that the federal law still allows states to control insurance companies. Thus, by declaring a state’s insurance companies cannot use the health care exchanges set up under Obamacare, the law can be negated, he said.
But for the love of all that’s holy, do NOT tell those jackwipes in D.C.! I’ve no doubt they’ll come up with some E.O. or other unconstitutional B.S.
Dennis also contended that Obamacare would take business away from state insurance agencies writing policies for private insurance that is not subsidized by Obamacare.
But insurance company lobbyists and an attorney with the state Department of Commerce and Insurance said passage of the bill would likely mean that out-of-state insurance companies would wind up serving Tennesseans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“It’s going to be very frustrating for us not to give Tennesseans the option to purchase on the exchange and have the option of the subsidy,” said David Locke, lobbyist for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee.
The assclown is a LOBBYIST….FOR AN INSURANCE COMPANY! I seriously doubt he, or BC-BS give a flying flip about the common man. U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn, also my rep, has been trying for years to get a bill through that would allow people to buy insurance from other states, even if that company didn’t have an office in the state you live in. Well, we know how well that’s gone over with the fat cat insurance lobbyists. Apparently, there are many companies that do not like competition, and will spend big bucks to influence our so called representatives to squash any and all….like a bug!
The bill declares that no insurance company licensed to do business in Tennessee can be part of a health care exchange established by the ACA. Gov. Bill Haslam recently declared that Tennessee will not set up its own state-operated exchange under the federal law, leaving the state exchange to be operated by the federal government.
Tony Greer, general counsel for the department, said the bill is “trying to nullify the (health care) exchange provision of the ACA.”
Well DUH, socialist dude! That’s the whole idea! 70% of Americans did NOT want this crap they foisted on us, and thank goodness there are honorable men and women, still concerned with those who sent them to office to SERVE in OUR best interest. This ObamaCare crap is NOT in our best interest!
He also disagreed with Dennis’ “Achilles heel” proposition. The ACA does have a provision saying that it will preempt any state law that is in conflict, he said, and Dennis bill would likely be deemed in conflict since it tries to keep the federal law from working in Tennessee.
Uh no…sorry, once again, socialist dude! The 10th Amendment clearly states that we CAN nullify unconstitutional federal law! False Assertion 1: That States can’t nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because the Constitution doesn’t say they can do it. False Assertion 2: That Nullification is literally impossible. People….seriously…. y’all need to education yourself before making such idiotic statements! Sadly, we live in an age of ignorance.
The upshot, Greer said, could be the federal health exchange authorizing companies not licensed in Tennessee to sell federally-subsidized insurance within the state while companies with a Tennessee license could not. He said some Tennessee-based companies could choose to “become unlicensed companies” so they would be able to sell the subsidized policies.
Uh…no. Actually, that would be a criminal act. It’s against the law for any insurance company not licensed in a particular state to sell insurance in that state. I know…I tried. See? Ya jack wagons, should have passed Marsha’s law while ya had the chance. Morons!
After their testimony, Dennis, an attorney, said he still disagreed with the conflicting assessments.
“I don’t believe anything in Obamacare allows an out-of-state company to sell to Tennessee residents,” he said.
When it comes right down to it, there is nothing Constitutional about this whole chitworks! People can NOT be forced to buy something they don’t want, Congress can NOT force citizens to go against their religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court (see the above link) is NOT the final say in anything, contrary to what many may believe these days. The federal government is severely limited in what powers it is granted, BY THE PEOPLE. It might be a REAL good idea for them to remember that, and start upholding that ‘dusty old document’ they swore to uphold and defend!
The bill was approved 6-2 – the two no votes coming from the only Democrats on the subcommittee. The bill now goes to the full Insurance and Banking Committee next week. The Senate companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville, is also scheduled for a committee vote next week.
Color me SHOCKED that the no votes were from BIG GUBMINT Dims! And by the way, Sen Gresham is my state Senator too! Heh. Hey! What can I say? We have some very smart folks in our district, who elect very smart reps!
While watching that almost local news last night, I heard something that made me smile…real BIG smile!
Madison County is one of the first counties in Tennessee to pass a resolution showing its support for Second Amendment rights.
“Send a message to the state and the federal government of where we stand as a county and as a body,” said Madison County Commissioner Doug Stephenson.
Commissioner Adrian Eddleman co-authored the resolution and said he took an oath to defend the Constitution.
“This resolution basically declares that we recognize our oath to the constitution we believe in the right of the 2nd amendment that from God,” said Eddleman.
They get it! Sadly, there was one dufus who was as clueless as they come!
“I believe any resolution that opposes or may oppose any decision made by the federal government as it relates to the Second Amendment, Constitution, Bill of Rights is unconstitutional in itself for that reason I voted against it,” said Pearson.
Instead of going against the federal government, Pearson said local government should support their laws.
“I believe state and local government should line up with the decisions of the federal government rather than take opposing positions,” said Pearson.
Unfortunately for the citizens this country, there are way too many elected officials who have NO understanding of the U.S. Constitution! Pearson is obviously one of them. When the federal government acts contrary to the U.S. Constitution, it is the DUTY of the states, and even the local government, to nullify their acts. The Constitution protects the PEOPLE, not the federal government. I’m going to take a wild stab, and say that Pearson is a Democrat?
I would urge, very strongly, that other Tennessee counties follow their lead, especially Hardin and McNairy!
Watch the video. Pearson shows up about half way through, his lack of knowledge is apparent.
The only…..ONLY….reasons for a person in Tennessee to EVER give up his/her carry permit:
If someone comes along and says you have to give it up, and your weapon(s) and you haven’t been issued one of these, and the reasoning for their claim isn’t listed here, then, tell ‘em to go pound sand!
Shared by Jerry.
The 2013 session of the Tennessee General Assembly is off to a good start with several pro-gun bills being introduced. Even though last session ended on a sour note, your NRA-ILA is confident that we can take many legislative steps this year to further protect the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Tennesseans. The following pro-gun bills have been introduced:
- House Bill 6, sponsored by state Representative Eric Watson (R-22), would allow K-12 school personnel to possess a firearm on school property if the person has a handgun carry permit, is authorized by the school superintendent, has had 40 hours of basic school policing training and uses frangible bullets.
- House Bill 9, sponsored by state Representative William Lamberth (R-44), makes all information contained in and pertaining to a handgun carry permit application or renewal application and the status of a handgun carry permit confidential and not open for public inspection. State Senator Ferrell Haile (R-18) has sponsored the Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 108.
- House Bill 10, sponsored by state Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), prohibits the allocation of state or local public funds to the regulation or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule or regulation that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2013, that imposes restrictions on citizens who lawfully possess or carry firearms in Tennessee. Senate Bill 40 is the companion bill.
- House Bill 108, sponsored by state Representative Sheila Butt (R-64), provides that a public or private employer cannot require an applicant for employment or an employee to disclose information about the ownership or storage of a firearm in the applicant or employee’s vehicle.
- House Bill 118, sponsored by Representative Jeremy Faison (R-11), allows those with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas under certain conditions. Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-4) has filed Senate Bill 142, the companion bill to HB 118.
- Senate Bill 76, sponsored by state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-7), limits the number of handgun carry permit records that can be reproduced in a single day to fifteen.
- Senate Bill 77, also sponsored by Senator Campfield, allows certain persons employed by a local education agency as a faculty or staff member at a K-12 school to possess and carry a firearm.
SENATE BILL 1
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, relative to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, is amended by adding the following as a new part: 4-3-2901. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the state shall not establish, facilitate, implement or participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
FYI…. Senator Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown. Co-sponsor – Senator Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma.
I’d like to know why my state senator, Delores Gresham, isn’t a co-sponsor! Sure would like to see a few more names added to that list.
Tennessee has emerged this week as a center of the “the answer is more guns in schools” sentiment following the Newtown, Conn. elementary school shooting.
A member of the Republican-controlled legislature plans during its upcoming session to introduce a bill that would allow the state to pay for secretly armed teachers in classrooms so, the sponsor told TPM, potential shooters don’t know who has a gun and who doesn’t.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has said the idea will be part of his discussions about how to prevent a shooting like the one in Newtown from happening in the Volunteer State.
As has been seen following other mass shootings, there’s a strong segment of the gun rights lobby that says the answer to events like the one in Newtown is more guns in more places. But they’ve said the recent massacre shows how important it is to put guns into elementary schools, where even gun-friendly states like Tennessee don’t currently allow them.
State Sen. Frank Niceley (R) told TPM on Tuesday he believes it’s time for that to change. He plans to introduce legislation in the next session, which begins Jan. 8, that will require all schools to have an armed staff member of some kind. The current language of the bill — which is in its early form — would allow for either a so-called “resource officer” (essentially an armed police officer, the kind which most Tennessee high schools have already) or an armed member of the faculty or staff in every school in the state. The choice would allow schools that can’t afford a resource officer to fulfill the requirement without having to pay for anything beyond the cost of the training and, presumably, the weapon. But Niceley said schools should use the wiggle room to train and keep on hand armed staff not in uniform.
That’s the best way to protect students, he said.
Off duty cops? Yeah…that would work. We also have many returning vets who need jobs, and they are already trained. Send them through some kind of ‘how to’ class, and voila! You have protected children. There are even folks who would be happy to even work for minimum wage, or a bit more….just so they can regain their dignity. We spent millions upon millions to support teachers, how ’bout we spend some of that to actually protect our children AND the teachers? Logic dictates a rational solution!
To say I’m disappoint with a few results, and the actual turnout for our state primary would be an understatement, ESPECIALLY in Hardin County. Ok, so it’s not a real well populated area. Shoot, the whole county has fewer people than most small cities, with only about 26,000 full time residents. The whole state ‘house’ district 71 has less that 60,000 people. So, when I saw THIS….
…at the TN.gov website, I was more than disgusted with the whole kit’n kaboodle! Less than 7,000 people cared enough to actually vote? Out of 60,000? And that’s the WHOLE district? I’m fairly sure there are a lot more people of voting age in the area! Those 5 votes made all the difference. It SHOULD have been a MUCH wider margin. Apathy! Plain and simple!
The turnout for local issues was even more pathetic! A whopping 17 votes (370-353) defeated a raise of the sales tax in the county seat, Savannah, which, by the way, is where most people in the county go to shop, so it affects us all.
This primary also re-enforced the FACT that those with the most money, who can spend freely on a campaign with commercials, etc, will win. Not the most qualified, it’s the money…plain and simple. That, and the FACT that people just don’t give a happy crap, and failed to do their homework on each of the candidates on the ballot! None seem to check out an incumbent’s voting record. If they had, we wouldn’t be stuck with RINO Bob Corker again.
I found some other major disappointments around the state….Diane Black overwhelmingly defeated Lou Ann, and my bud, Charlotte Bergmann will not be the Republican on the ballot for U.S. Congressional district 9. Apparently, the doctor, George Flynn, was pretty much self funded. Yep….it’s the money that gets the votes. Since I know nothing about him, I can’t say whether or not he is qualified. I KNOW Charlotte is.
And, I must add this little tidbit…. WBBJ out of Jackson has the worst election results coverage I’ve ever seen. The ONLY person they reported on was some guy who won a judge’s seat. That’s is. Kept saying “you find all the results on our website”. Seriously? Not even a ticker running across the bottom like MOST stations have…just a report from an overly noisy celebration. I think someone should inform them not everyone who watches their station lives in Jackson.
Yep…. I can honestly say, I am appalled by the apathy shown in this primary! Like I posted yesterday, if you didn’t vote, you don’t get to complain about the results! You have only yourself to blame!
Ok people…if you live in Tennessee, and you didn’t do early voting….get your hind ends to the polls today! There are some important races going on…. Like in our area….one of my favorite people, and state rep, Vance Dennis has a primary opponent. Now, I’m not going to say anything bad about Shirley, but for the life of me, I can’t imagine why that little old lady thinks she could do a better job than good conservative like Vance. This one has quite a few people scratching their heads.
Then, there is the U.S. senator, up for re-election, Bob Corker. Now, Corker is a nice guy, and says, mostly, the right things, but his conservative rating is pretty pathetic. Freedom Works rates him at 63, which is lower than Linsay Graham, and we KNOW he’s not a conservative. That’s My Congress has rated him at 55 in the conservative column, and 17 in the “progressive”. I’d prefer to have a Senator who got a ZERO in that one, but hey..can’t have everything. There is a young fellow, no one has heard much about named Zack, who I think would do a fine job in the Senate, as long as he doesn’t allow the establishment RINOs to influence him. That seems to happen WAY too much. The “that’s the way things are done around here” types have GOT to go!
And, even though I’m not in that district (TN 9th), if I could, I’d be voting for Charlotte Bergmann today. But I’m not a dem, so I won’t cheat! Getting rid of extreme leftist Steve Cohen would be the best thing that could ever happen to the Memphis area!
Also, in the state races (TN 6th district), Lou Ann Zelenick is hoping to unseat what seems to be a big disappointment, Dianne Black.
So, do your civic duty! THINK before you cast your vote, and decide who best represents YOUR values. Then vote your values! Not your ‘party’, or how your daddy voted. Use your brain!
Early voting is going on in Tennessee right now for our state primary. It started last Friday, and will continue till….the 27th? I think. Somewhere around there. You can check and find out for yourself. I’m not gonna do all the work for ya, y’know!
So, since I have been as sick as the proverbial dog since I got back from Texas (both ears infected, and a few other fun items) today was the first time I actually felt like making that long trek into Savannah (about 5 miles) to do my civic duty. Unlike others in the country, we are legal citizen, and will only vote ONCE, under our LEGAL names! I wish we could say the same for some others. We can only pray our votes count. Since this is a state primary, I rather hope there won’t be the usual fraud from around the rest of the state.
Who did I vote for? Well, it’s nunya, but I will tell ya, I voted AGAINST one of our current U.S. Senators. I doubt it’ll do much good, but hey…I gave it my best shot. I rather hope that a LOT of others will get the message that the man isn’t what we had hoped for as our representative in the Senate.
Why do we vote early? Well, to be honest, there are a couple of reasons. We don’t like lines. Second, we never know if we’re even going to be in town on election day. Considering recent family circumstance, it’s always a possibility I, or we, might have to head southwest again. Hope not, but hey…ya never know.
And HEY….why weren’t they passing out stickers today???
Yep! The infamous Pork Report from the Beacon Center is out! Now, I gotta tell ya, I am more than disappointed to find that even though the “Rs” are now the majority in the state house for the first time since…what… Reconstruction?…. there is absolutely no difference in the spending issues. Seriously…none. The Rs are as bad as the Ds when it comes to spending other people’s money on crap. And yep…that’s what it is….C-R-A-P!
You can check out the entire report here, but my favorite is the Pork of the Year. Starting on page 6, we have….drum roll please….. LIVING THE DREAM ON YOUR DIME.
Whitney Askins, the executive director of the Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD), had launched a project called “living the Dream” with $300,000 in seed funding from the development district. She also received million of dollars in various government grants. The funding went to purchase an elaborate mansion designed to provide housing for needy seniors. They weren’t the only ones living the dream.
What Williams (Nashville’s News Channel 5 reporter) and his team found was that Askins herself promptly moved into the mansion, filling it with her own furniture after paying herself from the “Living the Dream” coffers. She reimbursed herself nearly $10,000 for furniture and then went on a spending spree. Among her purchases:
- a $1,500 high-definition TV;
- a custom-made $25,000 staircase;
- a steam shower and sauna costing $3,000; and
- two massive fountains totaling nearly $9,000
Askins also relocated her horses and dogs to the mansion, or as she called it, a “therapeutic petting zoo” for the seniors. She also put numerous family members on the payroll, including her mother, father, sister, brother, and daughter. Each of the family members received his or her own car and gas cards.
In all, Askins blew more than $1.5 million on the project. After New Channel 5 released its findings, the development district board placed Askins on administrative leave, while state and local officials launched criminal and civil investigations into her actions. As if pouring salt in the wound, Askins applied for unemployment benefits, but fortunately, her claim was denied.
I should freakin’ hope so! While there are people desperate for work, some broad is taking your money, and having a high ol’ time with it, and then expects us to pay even more in unemployment benefits? Jiminy crickets…talk about ballsy! But I must ask…was NO ONE paying attention? Who approved the purchases? I would think with such a project, someone would have to have been doing a bit of oversight…wouldn’t you?
Were there actually any ‘needy seniors’ in the house, or was this just one big ol’ party for Askins and clan? While I’m sure the mansion (pictured in the report) would be quite pleasant for the needy seniors, I would think their needs would be more akin to food, clothing, shelter, and someone who actually CARES about THEM, and not their own comfort and desires.
People like this make me want to smack the crap out of them! Literally!
The numerous examples of how our state and local governments WASTE our money is absolutely mind boggling! At a time when everyone is strapped for cash, little luxuries have to go by the wayside, yet government carries on without a care in the world. How about some incentives for the youth…more Job Corps facilities so kids can learn a skill? Nope….gotta blow money on an industry that makes billions! Maybe using that money they blew for a $1.5 million sign for Volkswagon, who can buy it’s own sign to be seen from the air, to hire more state police that just might stop the drug trafficking through our state? How about equipping the volunteer fire departments in the small towns around the state? Just a couple of suggestions. Heaven knows, they could sure use some help in making wiser decisions!
….how many more ‘facts’ do you need to vote NO if, and when, this travesty is brought before the Senate? As an elected official, it is your job to ‘protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’, and this treaty is in complete violation of that oath. Handing power over to a foreign entity, and the United Nations is about as foreign as they get, is an act of treason, IMHO.
Oh, and an FYI….I’m taking a real close look at your primary opponent, and I’m really hoping other Tennesseans will be doing the same!
TN lawmakers’ fundraisers not for the poor
High-end events are ‘standard,’ but few can go
As summer heats up and Election Day draws near, opportunities to hobnob with Tennessee lawmakers won’t be hard to find.
Supporters can go shooting with Rep. Stephen Fincher, spend a weekend in Nashville with Sen. Lamar Alexander, cheer on the Nashville Sounds with Rep. Jim Cooper, dine at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with Rep. Scott DesJarlais or head to the Honors Course in Ooltewah for a golf weekend with Sen. Bob Corker.
But the price tag isn’t cheap. In exchange for some time with the lawmakers, individual backers must contribute anywhere from $250 to more than $1,000. Political action committees are asked to hand over at least $1,000.
We aren’t all rich Hollyweird types, with money to toss out to our ‘favorite politician’. The majority of us really can’t afford to ‘hobnob’, especially these days (thanks to Hollyweird’s favorite politician). So, what do us regular folk do when wanting to express our concerns to OUR employees? Well, we send emails, write letters, and make phone calls. And what response do we get, IF we get a response at all? A flippin’ ‘form letter’. Yup…that’s how OUR employees communicate with us lowly voters…..’form letters’. How do I know? Because us wee folk out here in the real world have compared those letters, and they are typically, WORD FOR WORD, exactly the same.
“Races are more expensive today,” said Steven Livingston, a professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University. “If you’re going to ask someone for a huge sum of money, you can’t do it over a ham sandwich.”
And just why the hell not? Are they too damn good to eat a ham sandwich? So, why are ‘races more expensive today’? Many would say the politicians are being ‘bought’, and y’know….I’m more inclined to agree with those ‘many’ day by day, because evidently, no matter what WE want, or don’t want, need or don’t need, OUR employees are thumbing their noses at us.
Critics say swanky, high-priced events limit the average constituent’s access to politicians.
Let’s face it, if it weren’t for us common folk, who do the voting, those politicians would have to actually get out, and get a flippin’ job with the rest of us peons. If these…..people…really want to ‘serve the public’…..that would be us, then why can’t they foot the bill for themselves? The majority of these clowns are freakin’ MILLIONAIRES, and I don’t think it would hurt them one bit to throw a bash serving coffee and doughnuts, or ham sandwiches, for the people who vote them into those offices, at the cost of maybe $5 to $10. They could spend a few weeks, here and there…while on recess, going from town to town, “hobnobbing” with their actual constituents, hearing what WE have to say, instead of listening to the ‘special interests’ that, apparently, are buying votes in Congress. We would much appreciate them listening to us, and not listening to their canned speeches. I’d also make sure that all attendees show ID, to prove they live in the area. I’m sure you can figure out why.
When you think about it, those people spend a whole lot more time in D.C., or whatever state capital, than they need to, or even should. If it ain’t in the Constitution (national or state), it ain’t your job! And here’s another item to contemplate…. not only do we, the voters, their bosses, contribute money to get them elected, we also pay their salaries, health care, pensions, and any other perk they come up with on a regular basis. Anyone else see a problem here? Cut their salaries to the same level as any private in the military, make them pay for their own health care, NO pensions, and NO perks! I’m fairly sure, if they are serious about serving, they can do it on their own dime, without such large sums of money from us, don’cha think?
According to TN Campaign For Liberty, one of these things is not like the other (Sesame Street reference, in case ya didn’t catch it). Now, I watched both videos, and unless I’m just dense, which is always a possibility, or haven’t had enough coffee, I honestly can’t tell the difference in content. The only difference I caught…him messing with his hair and people going up the steps. If there was something else, I missed it.
So, what does this tell me? One, the governor, who I did not support, wants to spend more money on a program that, contrary to what he says, isn’t all that productive. Small children need to be at home with their moms, not being indoctrinated by a failing school system. IF this state ever has a surplus, it should NOT be spent!
No, the state should do what most smart people would do, and be prepared, financially, for any disaster, and use said surplus to help those affected. Anyone remember the floods in 2010? We sure do! Said surplus could have helped in the clean up, and getting businesses back on their feet, without the aid of the federal government. We should take care of our own. Just one thought. It’s called, by folks back in my dad’s day, a rainy day fund….saved for emergencies, not spent the minute it comes in. Just a thought.