Friday, May 13, 2011

It is time to pull the plug on the Chamber!

Tennessee's Chamber Maids
The Wall Street Journal, MAY 13, 2011
Nothing is worse for freedom and opportunity than when big business conspires with big labor. Behold the spectacle in Tennessee, where the Chambers of Commerce in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville have joined with the teachers unions to kill education vouchers.
That proposal, which has already passed the state senate, would give thousands of low- and middle-income parents in failing school districts private school options. The Tennessee Equal Opportunity Scholarship Act would provide vouchers of between $4,000 and $5,000 per child to families with an income up to ...
To continue reading the article you must be a subscriber to the WSJ so I have not bothered to link. The above portion is the essence of the story anyway. The article goes on to say that the Chambers trashed vouchers and told absolute lies claiming  that "there is no empirical data demonstrating that vouchers improve student achievement," and that private schools lack "accountability" and won't be subject to "high academic standards."

This is an outrage!  "High academic standards?" Our urban public schools are failing us miserably. There is overwhelming evidence that contradict these claims of the Chambers. Children in failing schools deserve a decent education. I wonder how many members of the leadership of the various chambers send their children to public schools?

In March I attended a meeting of First Tuesday and the topic was "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs" and along with a representative of Mayor Dean's office and a spokesman from the State Department of Economic and Community Development, Mr.Ralph Schultz of the Greater Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was a guest. What I came away with from Mr. Schultz comments was this: The city of Nashville pays the overwhelming money to support the community development function of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce but almost all of the new plants or corporate headquarters locating in the Nashville area are locating in the Nashville bedroom communities. Nashville pays the bill and Cool Springs, Lavergne, Hendersonville and Mt. Juliet are getting the benefit. I thought, "we are suckers."

Now, on top of that, I learn that the Chamber is actively campaigning against education reform!

It is time to pull the plug on the Chamber. Local businesses should refuse to join or renew their membership in the Chamber.  The city of Nashville should withhold funding and should not renew any contracts with the Chamber. Tourism and convention promotion is a valuable function provided by the chamber, but I have no doubt that we could find one of our talented public relation firms who would love to contract to provide this service.The Chamber should not get a single dime of public support!

Candidates for Metro Council should be asked if they will commit to withdrawing support for the Chamber which is not working in our best interest and does not deserve our support.

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Saturday May 14: Donelson/Hermitage Breakfast with Debra Maggart

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Ryan's Steakhouse
3435 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage

Dutch Treat Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.

Rep. Debra Maggart
Republican Caucus Chair, Hendersonville
Rep. Maggart will provide an update on bills
currently in the House of Representatives

EVENT CHAIR: Betty Cannon

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maggart Still Prefers Collective Bargaining Ban

 May 10, 2011
Despite her recent move to revert to a weaker version of a ban on collective bargaining among Tennessee teachers, she said she'd still prefer to fully ban collective bargaining.

Tennessee State Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, says a plan to ban collective bargaining among teachers may have 50 votes in the House, but if it doesn't it, the two chambers may have to hash their differences out.

House Reverts to Scaled Back Collective Bargaining Plan

by Andrea Zelinski on May 11, 2011
House Republicans are, for now, sticking with a bill that limits labor union influence in teacher contract negotiations with local school boards.
But even though House Bill 130 doesn’t entirely eliminate formal collective bargaining, Democrats suspect that’s the direction things are headed once the bill reaches the House floor.
A House Education Committee voted 11-6 Tuesday to advance a measure that restricts the issues teachers’ unions can haggle with school districts over. The unions could negotiate issues such as pay, benefits and working conditions but could not bargain over issues including merit pay — for example, when teachers get paid extra to work at troubled schools.(link)

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Montana Bear Tragedy

This is a very sad story about a bear.

Everybody should heed the warnings not to feed wildlife because they become dependent and don’t forage for themselves any longer. It is such a tragedy to see what has been done to our country’s wildlife!
The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect U.S. wildlife. 
Animals that formerly were self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democrat Party.    They have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance.  This photo is of a black bear in Montana turned Democrat.  He's nicknamed Bearack Acorn Obearma.  It is believed that he has become a campground organizer.

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Monday, May 09, 2011

Dave Ramsey Gets Matt Collins Fired

by Matt Collins

I have been a talk radio producer at 99.7 WTN / Cumulus Media since October 2005 until Thursday May 5th 2011. I was the longest running continually employed part-time producer at the station. Even though I have never worked for Dave Ramsey, he brutally and unfairly got me fired regardless of the fact that I was not his employee and did nothing to damage or harm Dave Ramsey or his product. My transgression? I was politely critical of Dave twice in one day on Twitter from my personal account, using my personal computer, and in no way represented or associated myself with my actual employer in my comments or profile. That’s right, Dave sought out my employer and leaned on them to fire me simply because I was minimally and politely vocal about not agreeing with Dave on a political point.(link)

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