I agree with the thrust of this piece. I'm a moderate Democrat but let's face it, this district was gerrymandered to make sure Republicans always get elected in national races, and it's likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future, so let's pick the better of the two available.
As a retired business owner and someone who works with startups myself, I am somewhat familiar with the work of the Lamp Post Group which Wamp served as communication directer. It is outstanding organization that has been instrumental in assisting start ups with venture capital and in-house resources to help them get started. They do good work and create jobs.
Wamp's critics say he is too inexperienced for the job. Well let's see, he doesn't have experience in shutting down the government and costing the taxpayers $25 Billion in the process, and he doesn't have experience in voting against health care 40 times. Maybe what we need is a little LESS of that kind of experience.
Wamp says he wants to work with whoever else is up there to find solutions - I say let's give him a shot.
The Republicans have used the death of 4 Americans in Bengazi, the misdeeds of a few IRS employees, thousands of refugee children, the bellicose actions of Russia all for political gain and now they have figured out a way to use the legal system for political gain too.
If only they would work half as hard at trying to solve the issues at hand as they do getting reelected. . . . .
So Volkswagen is bad for hiring people and not complying with our tax code. Thank you MARY ANNE COOK for that bit of wisdom. I knew if I came here I would learn something new today. :)
Count me in as one of those "unethical" Democrats who will vote for Wamp in the Republican Primary. Fleischmann is nothing more than an obstructionist who makes little if any effort to actually legislate (do his job). At least Wamp apparently understands what it means to legislate and is not so obstinate to think "its my way or the highway".
This country is made up of many people with many differing views. Fair legislation is an effort to reasonably represent as many of those views as possible while still focusing and addressing the issue at hand in an effective manner. Those in office who think otherwise are narrow minded, selfish, and self-serving - a perfect and fitting description of Congressman Fleischmann
The problem I see with MIKE BUDNICK's suggestion - requiring states to pay for all road maintenance and construction is that several western states that have sparse populations but large land masses would bare a disproportionate charge per capita to maintain what are now federal highways while smaller more densely populated states like in the northeast would have a disproportionally low tax burden.
I think we should keep federal highways under the auspice of the federal government, but we do need to belly up to the bar and pay for them.
I would like to see a judge call their bluff and give them a quick and immediate favorable judgement. Then, instantly all business with more than 50 employees would have to run out and get health care for all the employees if they did not already have coverage, instead of having until 2015 to comply.
Just think what kind of $hit storm THAT would create for the party of job creators :)
MARY WIER wrote:
". . . .I am hoping that Tennessee accepts Medicaid expansion because it is designed to help children, the elderly, the disabled, veterans and also hospitals. If we turn a blind eye to the less fortunate, we are failing as human beings and as religious beings."
Right decision, wrong argument. We definitely need Medicaid expansion but the groups you site are for the most part covered by other forms of health care coverage. The group that will benefit from Medicaid Expansion are working folks whose employers do not provide a medical plan, and who cannot afford it on their own, yet make just enough over the poverty line not be to covered by TennCare as it is now.
It's only the governor's obstinance that is keeping our state from benefiting from money that it's citizens have already sent to Washington.
"Plato...dream on...I don't particularly like Haslam, he is not conservative enough, but there is no chance anyone can beat him."
timbo - You're probably right about that. There are enough sheepel to keep checking off the "R" boxes without bothering to read or think.
The governor's decision not to take money from Washington for Medicaid, that was sent there by Tennessee tax payers has to one of the most bone-headed and irresponsible decisions every made by a politician, and purely on political grounds to pander to the Tea Party.
The people that are getting screwed here are working class folks that have no employer-based health care plans, but earn too much to qualify for TenCare. So what you have here is not only a moral issue - allowing people to become gravely sick and even die due to lack of preventive care, but also a financial issue by driving people to eventually seek treatment at an emergency room, at astronomical costs, which eventually get passed on to the those that pay for insurance and the taxpayers.
I hope people use this issue as a reason to throw the governor out on his ear, and thereby ending his own free, government paid-for health care.
Birth control isn't the bigger issue here, rather it's the blurring of the line between constitutional rights of citizens and constitutional rights of corporations. First the Supremes said corporations can have freedom of speech, and money is speech, now they are saying corporations can have their own religious beliefs and can exempt themselves from laws that violate their religious beliefs. What they didn't explain is what process a corporation must follow to determine it's religious beliefs.
Case in point, what happens if one of Hobby Lobby's owners becomes a 7th Day Adventist and it now becomes against his religious beliefs to open the store on Saturday? Can he force the store to shut down against the will of the other owners? Can he sue the other owners if they don't comply? whose rights prevail?
This opens up a legal Pandora's box that should make every trial lawyer in the country smile.