Saturday, November 13, 2010

Metro Council Candidates Workshop

If anyone is considering running for the Metro Council, I recommend you attend this workshop. Yes, I know the sponsors are labor unions and the presenter are liberal leaders and the workshop is a project of community organizers.  Nevertheless, the workshop appears to be about nuts and bolts stuff that any candidate for Metro Council needs to know. 

If you are already a conservative, I doubt spending a day at a liberal workshop will corrupt you. I suggest you leave your argumentative nature and your politics at the door and learn all you can about the operation of Metro Government. At only $20 a person, including a box lunch, you are not going to be enriching the oppositions by attending this workshop so don't feel guilty about paying the modest fee.  In addition to what you might learn at this workshop about the function and operation of Metro Government, you will better know your opposition by attending.

Also you may make some contracts that would support you in your campaign. While many neighborhood organizations have been co-opted by liberals, not all neighborhood leaders are liberal. While we may think of unions such as MNEA and firefighters and FOP as being liberal, you may be surprised to find that sometimes you can compete for their support  without compromising your values or at least your may be able to keep them from endorsing your opponent. 

This looks like good training for anyone thinking about running for the Metro Council.

From: Nashville Neighborhood Defense Fund []
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:11 AM
To: Nashville Neighborhood Defense Fund
Subject: Metro Council Candidates Workshop
Importance: High

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bob Corker talks national debt at Belmont town hall.

Senator Bob Corker takes questions  form the press following the town hall  meeting.

Senator Bob Corker held a town hall meeting tonight at Belmont University in the 1000-seat Massey Performance Arts Center to a near-capacity crowd. He presented a 20-minute, 19-slide, slide show presenting a gloomy picture of America's debt crisis. This is the fourth-sixth time he has made the presentation across the state. The program was MC'd by Ralph Bristol and broadcast live on Supertalk 99.7.

Senator Corker said the national debt is scheduled to increase to 146 percent of gross domestic product by the year 2030 unless drastic action is not taken. Today the debt is at an all time high of 62 percent of GDP. Unless something is not done, the growing debt will push interest payments on the federal debt up from today's 6 percent of all federal spending to 25 percent by the year 2035. Colored pie charts drove the point home.

Corker proposed that congress place a cap on spending of somewhere between 18 percent to 21 percent of GDP, stating he preferred a cap closer to the 18%. He said that in January he intends to introduce debt capping legislation.

Following the presentation Senator Corker took questions from the audience. While the audience was polite and mostly supportive, their appeared to be an organized effort to ask rehearsed questions that focused on abolishing or auditing the Federal Reserve.  Several questioners asked questions along this vein.

Matt Collins, former first vice chair of the Davidson County Republican party, who some may recall was ousted from his leadership roll in the Party last year,  was the only person to ask a question or make a comment that some may consider crossed the line from simply being passionate to being insulting. Matt asked Senator Corker if he would support a "full and unrestricted" audit all of the gold held by the Federal Government and the Federal Reserve. Corker said he had never thought about it but would consider it and would respond to Matt in writing. Matt then said something to the effect that since Corker votes contrary to the constitution and had apparently never read the constitution, could he give him a copy. Matt's comment was met with both limited cheers and boos from the audience.

Obviously annoyed, Corker said, "I have read the constitution and carry a copy with me at all times." He said he found the comment "very offensive."

In the press conference following he meeting,  Corker was asked his reaction to the just released draft proposal from the U.S. bipartisan deficit reduction commission.  Senator Corker said, "I think we have a spending problem and not a revenue problem."  He said however that  he thinks the commission has taken some  "bold steps" in pointing out the problem and it is a "good start."  "Every group in America is upset about it," he said, "so it can't be all bad."  "At least they have looked at some things and proposed some serious cuts that we all know have to take place."

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Help Save the Tennessee State Fair and Fairgounds. Join the FHPG.

I just joined the newly chartered non-profit organization  Fairgrounds Heritage Preservation Group and encourage you to do the same. You can join for as little as $5 and it is quick and easy.

I just visited the FGHPG website and read an 18 page report by FGHPG attorney Dr. Lewis Laska. In this report Dr. Laska points out the legal and accounting tricks being used to destroy the fairgrounds. Now, I don't know all the details of the fairgrounds operations nor the accuracy of this report from Dr. Laska, but it sure looks like we are not being told the whole story of the fairgrounds. It looks like we are being fed deliberate distortions to build a case for destroying the fairgrounds.

Did you know that the Farmers Market received about $1.2 million tax dollars in 2009 and the Convention Center received about $2.8 million and yet the Fairgrounds  did not cost the tax payers anything? If you want to learn more about the accounting tricks used and the half-truths being told in order to build a case for destroying the fairgrounds, click here and read the report.

The FHPB site is full ammunition you can use to help make the case for saving the fairgrounds. You can learn about the historic nature of the fairgrounds, the economic impact, and how to get involved to effectively let your voice be heard.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Tonight! Bob Corker's Town Hall Meeting on America’s Debt Crisis comes to Nashville

In an excerpt from a presentation delivered August 18, 2010 to the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Senator Corker uses charts and graphs to illustrate Washington's spending trends and mounting debt.

Below are excerts from The Jackson Sun covereage of Corkers presentation in Jackson.

The rate of spending in America is similar to families going on lavish vacations and eating at expensive restaurants only to leave the tabs to their children, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says.

The national debt is at a record $13.5 trillion and rising, Corker said. The current level of federal spending is akin to households making $48,000 a year but spending $70,000, he said.

Bob Corker will be bringin his Town Hall Meeting to Nashville Thursday, November 11. Below are the details:

SuperTalk 99.7 WTN’s Town Hall Meeting on America’s Debt Crisis
Moderator: Ralph Bristol, host of “Nashville’s Morning News”
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT - Doors open. The audience is asked to arrive no later than 6:45 p.m. CT.
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. CT - Town Hall and Q & A.
Location: Belmont University
Massey Performing Arts Center
1900 Belmont Boulevard
For more information, contact Sen. Corker’s Nashville field office at 615-279-8125

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Reagan at Brandenburg Gate - "tear down this wall"

In observance of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which effectively ended the Cold War, it is appropriate to recall Ronald Reagan's appeal to the Soviets to "tear down this wall." 

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November 9th Should be a Worldwide Day of Celebration

November 9th should be a National holiday. Or better yet, it should be a worldwide holiday. It should rival a combination of New Years’ Eve and the 4th of July. There should be concerts, dancing in the street, Champagne toast, ringing of church bells, and fire works.

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and the world changed forever. As the world watched, we did not know if Russia would send in troops to put down the rebellion or not. We did not know if East Germans guards would fire on their fellow citizens. In 1958 an uprising in Hungary was crushed. In 1968 the Czech rebellion was likewise suppressed. As we watched in 1989 it was hard to believe that the East German rebellion would end differently, but there was reason to hope.

There was reason to believe that there were few true believers in Communism left behind the Iron curtain. Gorbachev, to save Communism, had launched Perestroika and Glasnost, which had not saved Communism but sealed its fate. The Soviets had been forced to realize that they could not outspend the west in the arms race. The Solidarity union movement had sprung up in Poland and not been crushed and Catholicism had a Polish pope who was encouraging the Catholics behind the Iron Curtain to keep the faith, and America had a president who said his goal was not to co-exist with Communism but to defeat it. The West was more confident and the East seemed exhausted.

With modern communications and contact between the captive peoples of the East and the free people of the West, Communist governments could no longer convince their people that Communism was a superior way to organize society. And, for the first time, attempts to spread Communism had failed. From the tiny island of Granada, to Nicaragua, to Afghanistan, attempts at expansion had met with failure. When the demonstrators in East Germany began chipping away at the wall, the guards did not fire, the Soviets did not send in tanks and the walls came tumbling down.

It would still be a couple more years before the other Communist dominoes fell, but one by one they did, except for the two dysfunctional teetering states of North Korea and Cuba. China did not fall, but morphed into a state that Marx or Mao would not recognize. While still nominally communist, China became a capitalist state with an authoritarian government that daily continues to change.

From the time of the establishment of the first Communist state in Russia in 1917, Communism had steadily grown taking country by county until by the time of the fall of the Berlin wall 34% of the worlds populations lived under Communist domination. And by peaceful means, Communism was gaining ground in much of the west with “Euro-communism” gaining acceptance and becoming parties in coalition governments. For more than seventy years, freedom had been on the defensive and Communism at been ascending.

During that time, between 85 million and 100 million people were killed with a brutal efficiency. Approximately 65 million were killed in China under Mao Zedong, 25 million in Leninist and Stalinist Russia, 2 million in Cambodia, and millions more in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America. This was accomplished by mass murders, planned famines, working people to death in labor camps, and other ruthless methods. From the thousands of Cossacks slaughtered on the orders of Lenin to the victims of Mao’s “land reform” the totals mounted. In addition to the millions of deaths, many more millions spend part of their lives in prison in the Gulag of Russia and the reeducation camps of Vietnam and China. Those who never spend part of their life in real prisons, lived in societies with secret police, enforced conformity, thought control, fear, scarcity, and everyone spying on everyone else.

While the world looked with horror on the approximate 11 million victims of Hitler’s Europe, for some reason less attentions was paid to the 100 million victims of Communist tyranny. While the Nazi era lasted for only 11 years, the Communist terror began in 1917 and continues to this day. The story would be complete if the last Communist regime fell, but the fall of the Berlin Wall is a land mark event. By the fall of the wall, it was clear that Communism was not the wave of the future and that freedom would survive in the world.

Not only would freedom survive in the world, but the world itself would survive. It is easy to forget what a dangerous place the world was on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The world's nuclear stockpiles had grown to 70,000 warheads, with an average destructive power about 20 times that of the weapons that were dropped on Japan. One deranged colonel, one failure of a radar system, or one misreading of intentions could have led to events that destroyed the world. We were one blink away from destruction of life on earth. If there is any event in the history of world worthy of celebrating, it should be the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Boehner: We are going to stop Obamacare.

"This health care bill will ruin the best health care system in the world and will bankrupt our country."

"We are going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance."

"Beyond repealing Obmacare we are going to do everything we can to stop this bill from being implemented."


Damn, I'm glad we won!

I am expecting the Republicans to follow through. I expect a full-fledged effort to stop the implementation of Obamacare. Stopping it is not good enough, however. I expect Republicans to follow through on common sense reform to bring down the cost of health care.

Any Republican who goes wobbly on the effort to derail and repeal Obamacare and who does not work for common sense, market-oriented, patient-centered reform does not deserve to be reelected when running for reelection. I have high expectation of our Republican legislators. We should hold them to a high standard hold their feet to the fire.

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