Friday, December 17, 2010
I don't know what definition of 'Republican' Marsha Blackburn is reading, but could she be any more wrong with her Christmas mess of a message?
Dec 16 2010
God Bless Us Everyone
As the Holiday season is upon us, I’m reminded of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” and I have to say that the House is showing a great deal of similarities these days. The chamber is like Ebenezer Scrooge’s counting house on Christmas Eve. Scrooge-like liberals still relish denying coal to the everyday “Bob Cratchit” Americans who just want a little warmth this season. I suspect my liberal colleagues are stretching out the days in Washington because they dread a visit from three Christmas Ghosts once they are alone in the darkened House Chamber.
The Ghost of Christmas Past would take them through their many errors, from Cap and Trade, through Health Care, and on to tax increases. With each move, they’d watch their once jovial colleagues become more insular and out of touch with the American People.
The Ghost of Christmas Present would be no more comforting. They’d watch themselves argue on the Floor endlessly about amnesty for illegals, tax increases for small business, and big government management of everything from the internet to school lunches- all while incoming freshmen like Stephen Fincher, Diane Black, Chuck Fleishman, and Scott DeJarlais deck the halls of their new Congressional Offices and looking forward to a productive new year.
Finally, they must particularly dread the moment when the Ghost of Christmas Future glides into the Chamber to show them what will happen if they don’t change their ways….
For my part, I am looking forward to throwing open the windows on a sunny Christmas Morning. There may be a few more cold and frustrating days between now and Christmas. Too many of them will be spent here in Washington watching Scrooge count his coins and hoard his coal- but Christmas always comes; a new year always follows; and better days are ahead.
God Bless Us Every One
I don't even want to critique this nonsense. She embarasses herself enough just by making it public.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Fairness, equality, and neutrality are all concepts that Republicans hate more than Nancy Pelosi. Case and point:
Net Neutrality Rift Erupts Ahead of Historic FCC Open Internet Decision
A blurb for ya...
Many advocates of net neutrality believe that the most effective way to ensure the principles — in the long term — is through new legislation from Congress. But with anti-regulatory Republicans taking over the House of Representatives, there is virtually no chance of that happening for at least two years. So, advocates say, it’s up to Genachowski.
Republicans have been lashing out at possible FCC action since the spring. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the outspoken Tennessee Republican who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pledged Tuesday to overturn the rules. “This is a hysterical reaction by the FCC to a hypothetical problem,” Blackburn said in a statement. Genachowski “has little if any congressional support for net neutrality.”
Since being elected in 2002, Rep. Blackburn has received $114,000 in total campaign donations from AT&T, Verizon, and the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, her second, third, and fifth top career contributors, respectively, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
As Congressman Blackburn and right-wing Republicans worship at the altar of capitalism, Americans will lack what it takes to really make the free market work: perfect information.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
By Bartholomew Sullivan • THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL • October 14, 2010
WASHINGTON — Less than a month before midterm elections, the Washington-based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has named U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn to its list of the 26 “most corrupt” members of Congress.
CREW gave the Franklin Republican the designation based on what it calls “her repeated failure to properly report campaign receipts and expenditures, including payments made to a family-owned business.”
Blackburn campaign spokesman Darcy Anderson dismissed the listing as old news wrapped in a fundraising appeal.
“The FEC dismissed this matter two years ago after the congressman discovered and addressed it with her constituents,” Anderson said. “The only new information is that CREW wants more money.”
Blackburn, who is in her fourth term, faces Democrat college professor Greg Rabidoux of Clarksville on Nov. 2.
Besides Blackburn, the list includes U.S. Reps. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., both currently involved with House ethics complaints, and Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the minority leader, and John Ensign, R-Nev., whose parents paid off the cuckolded husband of his mistress.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
From Think Progress...
Corker Booed By Workers At GM Plant Ceremony, Takes Credit For Saving Industry That He Opposed Saving
General Motors recently announced that, thanks to federal efforts to keep the American auto industry from going under, it would be able to rehire 483 workers at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to manufacture “three variants of Ecotec four-cylinder engines.” The $438 million arrangement will start producing engines for the Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC models by 2011.
As auto blog Jalopnik reports, the plant recently held a ceremony to welcome back the new workers to begin production of the Ecotec engines. Attending the ceremony were three local Republican legislators, Sens. Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Ironically, all three of these lawmakers opposed the plans to save General Motors and other U.S. auto companies. This didn’t stop Corker from taking credit for the federal rescue, anyway. At the event he claimed he “contributed to strengthening the auto industry in this country.” Jalopnik reports that “irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker”:
Happy days came back Friday to Spring Hill, Tenn., when General Motors announced it would rehire 483 laid-off workers to build four-cylinder engines. On hand to cheer the news: Three Republican lawmakers who opposed the bailout that saved GM.
As part of its $50 billion bankruptcy arranged by the Obama administration, GM shuttered the Spring Hill plant’s assembly line last year, shedding 2,000 jobs in the process, but kept building four-cylinder engines. The new plan calls for $483 million in spending to upgrade the engine line, pending a deal on state incentives.
The irony of the Republican lawmakers’ presence wasn’t lost on the workers who attended the ceremony; they booed Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, and one UAW official made clear from the stage that the union still remembered which politicians had voted to rescue Wall Street but opposed an auto industry bailout.
Jalopnik goes on to note that when the auto industry rescue was being negotiated, Corker was speaking very differently about federal efforts to revive GM. At the time, Corker said that the Obama administration “has decided they know better than our courts and our free market process how to deal with these companies. … This is a major power grab.”
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The GOP and mainstream media have been falling all over themselves to declare victory for Scott DesJarlais over Rep. Lincoln Davis in TN-04. Obviously, they're dismissing the following as a smear campaign because NO Republican ever goes below the belt...
From the Nashville Scene...
Papers from DesJarlais' Bitter Divorce Pop Up in Media
Posted by Jeff Woods on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
Scott DesJarlais' old divorce papers have turned up in the media, and we think it's fair to say he's no longer looking like such a formidable challenger to Congressman Lincoln Davis. DesJarlais was the new darling of the state Republican Party, endorsed by Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, and the Cook Political Report just switched this contest from likely Democratic to leaning Democratic. Whoops. From the divorce papers:
In a motion filed in November 2000, Susan DesJarlais sought to obtain sole possession of the couple's home and claimed she was forced to leave the residence when her husband's behavior "became violent and threatening."
In that document, Susan DesJarlais accused her former husband of "dry firing a gun outside the Plaintiff's locked bedroom door, admission of suidical ideation, holding a gun in his mouth for three hours, an incident of physical intimidation at the hospital; and previous threatening behavoir... i.e. shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc."
DesJarlais could spin this story as proving his strong belief in the right to bear arms. OK, maybe that wouldn't work. Instead, he's accusing Davis of running a smear campaign. Apparently, DesJarlais thinks the Davis campaign gave these divorce papers to reporters. Imagine that.
"As rankings and polls continue to show Lincoln Davis' career is nearing its end," DesJarlais campaign says in a comical press release, "the career politician has responded by running a gutter campaign rarely witnessed in Tennessee's Fourth District."
But all is not lost. There's a valuable lesson to be learned here. In the future, Republicans should do a little research into their candidates before they get behind them and make fools of themselves.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The President's Speech
President Obama has announced the transition of our military from a combat operation to an “advise and assist” operation. Iraq now will determine its own future, free of a murderous dictator, with all the rights and risks inherent in any nation engaged in changing their form of government. It is now up to the Iraqi people to chart their course.
All Americans are grateful to our magnificent military. Their courage and dedication to duty make all of us proud every minute of every day. We do not forget the sacrifices of so many Tennesseans in service to our nation. We will be forever grateful and remember them with our prayers.
It was the surge strategy developed by General David Petraeus and ordered by President Bush that enabled us to reach the point that we can now relinquish combat operations to the Iraqi armed forces. It was interesting to me to hear Robert Gibbs say that the Obama Administration is not interested in looking back in Iraq, instead they want to look ahead.
I can’t help but wonder if that might be because candidate Obama was opposed to the surge. In fact, he said “I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
Tonight it would be nice to hear the President acknowledge the success of President Bush’s surge and thank the military leaders who he and so many liberals have called liars and traitors.
Seems to me that the "liars" and "traitors" name-calling was about them starting the war in the first place? So, really, President Obama should've thanked George Bush for beginning a war, then trying a new strategy after a few years of no progress.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Clarksville candidate request ignored
BY JAKE LOWARY • THE LEAF-CHRONICLE • August 20, 2010
Greg Rabidoux's request for a debate with his opponent for the 7th District seat in the U.S. House, Republican incumbent Marsha Blackburn, has been rejected.
Rabidoux, an assistant professor of American politics and constitutional law at Austin Peay State University, said he issued the call for a debate following the Aug. 5 primary, in which both candidates ran unopposed.
Rabidoux said the call for a debate came after a "concerned citizen" posted a message on Blackburn's Facebook page.
"Our elected officials are responsible to the people who elected them. A debate is their chance to tell us what they have done for us, and we can decide if we want more of the same," the post said, according to Rabidoux's campaign.
Blackburn's campaign spokeswoman, Darcy Anderson, said the post was from a staunch Rabidoux supporter.
As of Thursday evening, Rabidoux still had gotten no response to the request, which he said was sent in a certified letter that was repeatedly rejected. Anderson said she signed for the letter.
The letter, dated Aug. 6, says it is "both responsible and responsive action" to give voters in the district "an opportunity to evaluate both of us as prospective applicants to the job of representing them."
Rabidoux gave Blackburn an Aug. 16 deadline for a response.
In a prepared statement responding to the request for comments about the debate, Blackburn's campaign said she wouldn't have anything to do with Rabidoux because he might vote for Nancy Pelosi as House speaker.
"Tennesseans know that to stop out of control spending and the exploding debt, we have to fire Nancy Pelosi," the statement reads. "They aren't interested in any candidate who would give her one more vote for the speaker's chair, and neither is Marsha. Instead, Marsha is working as a conservative leader across the state and across the nation to make sure Americans reclaim their government for the next generation."
Rabidoux issued a lengthy counterattack Thursday to Blackburn's response, highlighted by what Rabidoux says is a disregard for voters.
"It seems that again, Blackburn is more concerned with Washington/Beltway politics than with the working people of the 7th District," Rabidoux said in a release from his campaign. "While she is concerned about Nancy Pelosi, I am concerned with creating jobs and connecting educational opportunities with economic growth."
In a later response, Rabidoux added, "Marsha Blackburn is now claiming to know what all Tennesseans want or don't want, there are a whole lot of Tennesseans tonight asking a simple but profound question, 'What is Marsha Blackburn so afraid of?'"
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Blackburn Hears Conservative Concerns at Town Hall
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn heard a lot this week in Bartlett about conservative hopes for a Republican majority in both houses of Congress with the Nov. 2 congressional midterm elections.
Some in the lunch-hour crowd of more than 100 at the Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center expressed concern that if Republicans become the majority in one or both chambers, they will become more moderate.
“Are you going to act like you belong there?” asked Tim Nichols of Bartlett. “If we do take the house back, I don’t want to see civility.”
Another attendee said he feared the coming election is a choice between “socialist party A and socialist party B.”
Blackburn said the key to Republican conduct, should the GOP win a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, is in the Republican conference of House leaders where priorities of a GOP majority would be determined. She said the priority of the conference will be to repeal national health care reform.
Blackburn faces opposition from Democrat Greg Rabidoux of Clarksville in the Nov. 2 general election.
Rabidoux has said Blackburn has “gone out of her way to align herself with the tea party.”
“I think there’s a gap between what the average person wants and needs to hear and the sexy story, so to speak, in the media about the tea party,” Rabidoux told The Daily News before the August primaries.
Blackburn said a constituent recently described her as “being tea party before tea party was cool.”
The Bartlett audience reflected concerns of the tea party movement and other conservative concerns.
Another man at the meeting veered from concerns about illegal immigration.
“I’m not convinced that we don’t have an illegal immigrant in the Oval Office,” he said in a remark that drew applause from most in the room.
Don Waters of Cordova said he didn’t want to see a mosque built near ground zero in Manhattan, or anywhere else for that matter.
“I don’t think we should have one built anywhere because they are all Muslims,” he said.
“Muslims all stand together when they come down to who they are going to fight for. … I don’t think that needs to be built where it’s proposed to be built or built anywhere. We’ve got enough of them already.”
Blackburn didn’t touch the remark about where President Barack Obama was born.
She talked of her proposal to allow local law enforcement officers to “apprehend and hold” and require deportation of illegal aliens arrested for other crimes.
“My legislation is targeted specifically at the criminal alien population that is in this country,” she said.
And Blackburn said Obama’s recent remarks supporting the right to build the mosque, but not necessarily near ground zero, showed the administration is “out of touch” with the American public.
“Placing that mosque at ground zero is basically stepping on the pain of a lot of the 9/11 families,” she said.
Blackburn acknowledged that some of the comments at the meeting reflected a fear and uncertainty that is about a sudden shift in government policies at a time of economic peril.
“It is a very good thing that people are showing up and they are talking. … That uncertainty causes people to be fearful,” she said after the session. “It is about having a path that is going to be a path to productivity for this country that people know is going to be generating economic growth. They know that what is being done now is not generating job growth. It has made the issues worse.”
What is wrong with these people?
Friday, August 6, 2010
By Kevin Walters • The TENNESSEAN • August 6, 2010
FRANKLIN — Democratic congressional candidate Greg Rabidoux says he wants to face Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn in a public debate.
On Friday morning, Rabidoux issued a letter challenging Blackburn to at least one debate, if not more. He’s given Blackburn until Aug. 16 to respond.
“Ultimately, the 7th District voters and the democratic process are all best served by this happening,” Rabidoux said.
Rabidoux initially took the letter to Blackburn’s office at the Cadence Bank Building on Main Street in Franklin though he later took the letter to Blackburn’s campaign headquarters in Brentwood.
Blackburn’s staff could not immediately be reached for comment.
Rabidoux is an assistant professor of American politics and constitutional law at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.
Rabidoux will oppose incumbent Blackburn for the 7th Congressional District in the general election in November.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Marsha Blackburn is stupid.
I invite you to watch the following clip, in which Rep. Blackburn flexes her scientific muscle re: global warming.
I know, right!!! What kind of moron is she talking to when she explains that we exhale CO2? If Marsha Blackburn cared at all about science (aka the enemy of the GOP) she could take a short cab ride (or Metro ride... think about the taxpayer!) over to GWU and expand her knowledge on climate change. I still have my course bulletin, and even some folders with old tests I can give her!
It really is pathetic to here these right-wingers talk. I mean, how long do we have to wait for these old farts to die off before we can actually operate like its 2010? According to them, the national debt is armageddon, and climate change is "meh".
PS. It's hot as hell today.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Marsha Blackburn: On the Case and On the Road
“I think it’s interesting that to challenge me, they [Democrats] had to go to somebody in Connecticut”: That was 7th District Republican congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s tack Thursday on her presumptive Democratic opponent, Greg Rabidoux, and that’s seemingly about as far as she wants to go — for public consumption, anyhow —in commenting on her opponent.
The reference to Connecticut is to the home state of Rabidoux, a professor of politics and law at Austin Peay University in Clarksville, and a bona fide Tennessean these days.
Whether he’s a bona fide candidate as well is another matter. The under-funded Rabidoux is still a relative unknown in most of the sprawling 7th District, which spans from the suburbs of Memphis to those of Nashville and takes in 15 counties.
Blackburn, meanwhile, has money, all the advantages of incumbency, and something of a national celebrity. She is an assistant GOP whip in the House of Representatives and a frequent interviewee on national TV talk shows.
For much of Thursday her mission was to use her celebrity on behalf of other Republican candidates for Congress. She introduced Alan Nunnelee, a candidate in Mississippi’s First Congressional district, at a luncheon at the Chickasaw Country Club, then whisked over to Jonesboro to give a helping hand to Rick Crawford, a candidate in Arkansas’s First Congressional District.
All the while, Blackburn says, she stays in touch with her own 7th District — partly through visits and forums and partly through what she calls “freedom networking” via Facebook and her congressional newsletter and other means.
She is absolutely certain that her advocacy of limited government and minimal spending accurately reflects the sentiments of the district.
“In eight years I haven’t had a week off, and very seldom do I take a day off,” said Blackburn, who went on to calculate that she had done something related to her job or to her ideological mission every single day during the previous eight months.
As recently as 2006, Blackburn won a national political website’s online poll and was designated “the Hottest Woman in U.S. Politics.”; For all that, and for all her current activity, she didn’t get a mention in the July 3 issue of Newsweek, which featured South Carolina Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley and, in a sidebar, cited several other exemplars of the “the supposed hotness of Republican women.”
But friends and foes alike should take note: Marsha Blackburn is still on the case.
Ain't she from Mississippi? 'They' had to go to somebody in Mississippi?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Unfair to criticize GOP on oil money
July 8, 2010
It seems that Meryl Rice, Rep. Marsha Blackburn's opponent, and other Democrats like to criticize Blackburn for taking money from British Petroleum and other big oil companies. It is rare for anyone in Congress not to take money from the oil industry. In checking Blackburn's donations in 2008 and 2010, you don't find BP in her top 20 donors. You will find that she received a total of $34,500 from the oil industry. Compare this to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark, who received the largest amount from the oil industry at $329,650, and Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., who received $40,900. President Obama received $884,000. The largest beneficiary of BP donations is Senator Mary Landrieu D-La, who received $17,000. It is noted that President Obama received $77.051 from BP during last election.
It is disingenuous to single out one member of Congress to criticize because they are Republicans when almost everyone in the Senate and House accepts oil money.
Ok, let's take a step back and think about this. Harry Reid is the Senate Majority Leader, Blanche Lincoln tends to be the deciding vote on all energy/environment legislation, Mary Landrieu is the senior senator from an oil state, and President Obama is the president.
Marsha Blackburn is a representative from a suburban Tennessee House district, ranked #243 in seniority.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Underdog Rabidoux Stokes the Democratic Base in Challenge to Blackburn
Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM
His slogan (well, one of them, anyhow) is “Vote Greg, not Marsha, Marsha, Marsha,” and he insists that that he’s got a chance to be elected on the basis of what he sees as “an anti-incumbent fever,” along with what he hopes is revulsion in the 7th congressional district against the positions of the well-entrenched incumbent.
That’s Greg Rabidoux, a professor of politics and law at Clarksville’s Austin Peay University and the latest Democrat to hazard the forbidding task of challenging U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn.
Rabidoux basically spent the weekend in Shelby County, making the rounds of actual and potential supporters and turning up on Saturday at Sidney Chism’s annual picnic on Horn Lake Road.
Speaking to a group of hard-core Democrats on Friday night at the Germantown home of Adrienne Pakis-Gillon, Rabidoux tried to inspire his listeners with examples ranging from Barack Obama (“He started with just a small core of believers”) to last week’s marathon, record-setting Wimbledon match that took parts of three days to complete (“There’s a first time for everything”).
Allegiance to special interests and indifference to Social Security, Medicare, and other staples of contemporary American life are some of the derelictions Rabidoux charges his Republican opponent with.
However long on enthusiasm, Rabidoux is admittedly short on resources, making it prohibitive just now to get mass-media circulation for a crisply edited video spot linking Blackburn to alleged Big Oil sponsors that’s playing right now on the Internet.
But, like underdog challengers before him, Rabidoux is making virtue of necessity. Not for him the “thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraisers or the $2500 ‘spa day’ at a fancy Washington hotel” that he attributes to Blackburn, an assistant GOP whip in the House of Representatives and a fixture on the TV talk circuit.
“She’s more celebrity than public servant,” argues Rabidoux, the author of a highly readable and comprehensive study, published just last year, entitled Hollywood Politicos, Then and Now.
“There’s a disconnect there that they feel now more than ever before,” Rabidoux says regarding the constituents of the sprawling 15-county 7th congressional district, which stretches, literally, from the suburbs of Memphis to those of Nashville.
Whether that’s wishful thinking or not remains to be seen.
What's Up With Marsha?!
By Christina E. Sanchez • THE TENNESSEAN • June 29, 2010
Tennessee was named the second fattest state in the nation, tied with Alabama, according to an annual health ranking report.
The state dropped two spots from its previous ranking of fourth fattest. Mississippi was No. 1 for obesity rates for the sixth year in a row.
The seventh annual report from Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed that 31.6 percent of Tennessee's adults are obese. Men were more obese than women at 32.2 percent.
Also, for the first time, the report "F as in Fat" ranked minority groups state-by-state. Tennessee had the highest rates of obesity in the country for Latinos, while the state was ranked sixth for obesity among blacks.
Poverty and lack of access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods were cited in the study as top reasons for high rates of obesity. The recession also could have caused some states to regress.
Monday, June 28, 2010
WASHINGTON- Congressman Marsha Blackburn made the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling today that the Second Amendment applies equally to Federal, State, and local governments. "Today the Court maintained what Americans already know; our right to keep and bear arms is absolute. As the founders understood, the individual's right to self protection is endowed by the creator, not by the government," Blackburn said.
"I regret that the ruling on so obvious an issue was a narrow one. This 5-4 ruling highlights how important the confirmation hearings underway in the Senate are. Elena Kagan will do the nation a disservice if she is less than explicit in her views of 2nd Amendment rights. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to examine her position on this issue closely."
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Republicans cozy up with BP lobbyist Thursday
On Thursday, June 24, Dan Meyer, a lobbyist for BP, is listed as one of several hosts for a Thursday $1,000-a-plate luncheon at the boutique Hotel George in downtown Washington. Meyer, who’s with the Duberstein Group, was the Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs under George W. Bush in 2007-2008.
The fundraiser will benefit Colorado candidate Cory Gardner, who is in a tight race with incumbent Betsy Markey, D, Colo.
Amidst the biggest oil spill in US history, a series of public relations foibles, and public outrage against BP, the company’s lobbyists are continuing to work the Washington circuit.
The lunch also includes other energy lobbyists and industry players, including representatives from Koch Industries, whose political action committee is also listed as a host. House Energy and Commerce Committee members receive more contributions from Koch Industries than any other committees’ members. One member of this committee is Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who is listed as a headliner to Thursday’s lunch. Koch donated $7,500 to Blackburn’s campaign this cycle and also donated $2,500 towards Gardner’s campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen (Whoops, Gardner’s party planning team misspelled his first name on the invitation) is also scheduled to attend.
Note: Party Time blogged last week about how Gardner canceled a Colorado fundraiser after the event’s main draw, Rep. Steve King, said that president Obama favors blacks over whites.
Way to be in touch with Americans, Congressman!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Does favoring a move to alternative fuels put someone on the left? If so, welcome to the millions and millions of Americans who now join me! Partay!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Now, if only she'd support clean energy and give a rat's a** about the environment, we could really start moving forward!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
It was "a 1,000-year rainfall event," so we deserve even more federal aid than the law provides for ordinary disasters. That's the message from our congressional delegation in a new letter to President Obama.
"Tennesseans are helping themselves and their neighbors, but Tennessee will require federal assistance beyond what current emergency programs' funding can support," today's letter states.
That's fine. We're not proud. We'll take all the money the feds will give us, right? Still, once again, we can't help but point out the brazen hypocrisy of two members of Congress who signed this letter. Zach Wamp and Marsha Blackburn are champions of states' rights, constantly harping about getting the federal guvmint off our backs. Now here they are in line with everyone else with their hands out, demanding more and more aid.
[Congressman Wamp] was asked to explain how he can demand states' rights while begging for federal aid at the same time.
"They're not mutually exclusive. There's a legitimate role for the federal government, and frankly it involves things like natural disasters that the states cannot deal with."
So Washington should do whatever Wamp wants Washington to do. Get it?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Task force pleads Tenth
Lawmakers seek to keep mandates at bay
WASHINGTON — Violation of the Constitution. Massive, hostile takeover. A dangerous situation.
Tenth Amendment enthusiasts are sounding an alarm not as old as “The British are coming!” but one heard many times in America’s history.
These enthusiasts are worried about keeping marauding hordes of federal mandates at bay. San Angelo Congressman Mike Conaway and Abilene Congressman Randy Neugebauer are among 10 conservative House Republicans who recently formed the Tenth Amendment Task Force to do just that.
“We are pretty fierce defenders of the Tenth Amendment,” Conaway said.
In case you’ve forgotten high school government class, the Tenth Amendment basically says, whatever powers the Constitution doesn’t give to the federal government or bar the states from having belong to the states or the people.
This idea — powers divvied up between a central government and states — is also known as “federalism.” The task force’s stance sounds familiar from way back to a pair of experts on federalism and the law.
Politicians have raised those same concerns, when convenient, going back to debates about slavery in the 1800s and civil rights in the 1960s, said the experts from Washington-based George Washington University.
“It’s a rare politician, I find, who has a real commitment to federalism,” Jonathan R. Siegel, a GWU law professor, said.
It’s a great idea to consider how the federal government’s actions affect states, Siegel said.
“I think what’s really happening is when people are against something the federal government wants to do, suddenly they’re all interested in states’ rights,” Siegel said. “When they support what the federal government wants to do, suddenly they don’t care so much.”
Republicans have sought a federal law requiring all states to recognize certain gun permits issued by other states, Siegel said. They also wanted a constitutional amendment defining marriage.
Democrats have historically supported federal action, GWU constitutional law professor Peter J. Smith said in a separate telephone interview. But the left protested the No Child Left Behind Act, saying it shackled states’ educational process.
It’s no secret Republicans hope to gain control of the House through midterm elections. Back in the 1990s, when Republicans retook the House, they ran in part on a platform of giving power back to the states, Smith said.
“Then they proceeded after taking office to propose nationalizing all tort law and regulating abortion from the federal level,” he said.
Conaway doesn’t appear to be a fan of nationalizing anything. The Midland Republican said the task force could make a difference by educating the public about the Tenth Amendment.
“The Tenth Amendment idea is very powerful in and of itself, and so the more people who know it and understand it, then the easier it will be to help avoid violations of it,” Conaway said.
The task force’s concerns should resonate with Tea Party supporters who call for limited government and with others, including the Tenth Amendment Center’s proponents.
The self-styled “national think tank” and activism promoter has a Texas contingent headed by state coordinator Brian Roberts, a 38-year-old Dallas-area entrepreneur who runs a software company.
Roberts is firm about states’ power, but he’s not a secessionist.
“If states individually are able to do what they need to do, there’s absolutely no reason for secession at all,” Roberts said.
For Neugebauer, health care reform mandating Americans must buy insurance or pay a penalty sounded an alarm.
“Many members, including myself, are very concerned about this massive hostile takeover by the government of the liberties and freedoms of the American people,” the Republican from Lubbock said.
McMurry University political science professor Paul Fabrizio said the goal of the task force is admirable. Clearly, the Abilene-based professor said, the balance of federalism has been moving toward the federal government for a long time. “It’s what we call creeping federalism, and some would argue it’s now galloping federalism with more and more power going to the federal government,” Fabrizio said.
The federal government’s power is growing because the American people and the states are willing to accept federal money spent on their behalf, Fabrizio said.
“That’s the part of the equation that I think people aren’t talking about."
People don’t want the federal government in their lives, but they want the federal government’s money, he said.
“I would imagine that most people in Abilene want Dyess Air Force Base here,” Fabrizio said. “They want the spending that comes from that.”
Social Security payments, farm subsidies and federal stimulus funds are all from the federal government.
“The crushing reality that we all face is that the federal government has money, which it basically prints, and so to accomplish things, we need its help,” Fabrizio said.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Washington, Apr 22 - Reprinted From The Hill
Not far from my district the Spring Hill plant sits idle. GM pulled out of Spring Hill, once the proud home to the Saturn line, in the wake of its bankruptcy last year. At a listening session with constituents who live in the 7th district and used to commute to work in Spring Hill, the message was clear: to get the plant up and running again, Washington is going to have to do ... less.
Washington, or more specifically the Environmental Protection Agency, poses a significant challenge to any new enterprise that hopes to revitalize Spring Hill and Tennessee’s economy. While Tennesseans are looking for a new owner to come in, take over the Spring Hill plant and get it producing again, the EPA has proposed a series of regulations that would require businesses to certify they have limited carbon emissions or pay steep fines. These regulations are a result of their “endangerment finding” under the Clean Air Act that carbon dioxide and other green house gasses pose a threat to human life.
The new greenhouse gas rules will require anyone who buys the Spring Hill plant and performs any modifications on it — which they will likely have to do — to analyze all the greenhouse gas emissions from the plant and from all its potential new processes. Any new owner will have to report these emissions to the EPA. All the while, Tennesseans remain jobless.
Most possible uses for the Spring Hill plant would cause the plant to exceed the 25,000 annual tons of carbon dioxide emissions the EPA proposes to allow, classifying it as a “major emitter.” Major emitters must go through additional review and permitting by the EPA, a process that could take months or years.
To add to the cost, the EPA will require major emitters to purchase and install the “best available control technology” to reduce emissions to an acceptable level. Even when that equipment is installed, the new owner isn’t done with EPA-imposed costs. Because the EPA found that the Clean Air Act applies to carbon dioxide, any new owners of the Spring Hill plant are open to being sued if the carbon capture technology fails or the plant ever exceeds the EPA emission ceiling. Such a specter of unanticipated cost would hang over the plant for its entire operational life. While potential new owners calculate the possible cost, Tennesseans go jobless.
As Washington works to balance economic impact with the need to spur energy independence, the EPA lurks on the Hill with these disastrous carbon restrictions in its briefcase, threatening to detonate them on the economy in the event that the Senate doesn’t meet its minimum standard of economy-killing carbon limits. Its actions are a clear executive overreach.
My bill, H.R. 391, would void the EPA’s endangerment finding and prohibit the agency from regulating carbon under the Clean Air Act. It would clear the way for new owners to move to Tennessee, repurpose the Spring Hill plant, and begin hiring. Without it, the prospect of job-killing bureaucratic regulation will be a persistent specter, haunting the plans of those who can help this economy grow.
I believe that the EPA has seriously overstepped its original mandate. It has done so in pursuit ever more bureaucratic power and at the cost of our national economy. On Earth Day, Congress should take a close look at the EPA, what it has achieved and at what cost. I am taking a stand against its latest overreach with H.R. 391 and I encourage my colleagues to follow suit.
This woman is ridiculous. She takes an opportunity like Earth Day, when she could be leading the way in some sort of positive direction, to tell us that the government is doing too much to help our environment. Is she even living on Earth? ON WHAT PLANET IS SHE LIVING?!!! SOMEONE, TELL ME!!!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Blackburn questions Bachmann's rhetoric, Rendell criticizes Tea Party
By Tony Romm - 04/18/10 11:15 AM ET
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday all but criticized her colleage, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), for using the phrase "gangster government" at a Tea Party rally earlier this month.
While Blackburn would not condemn those remarks during a roundtable on NBC's "Meet the Press," she did say "it would not have been a choice in words I made."
"Those are words that she chose, those are statements she made," Blackburn said, later transition into a defense of the Tea Party movement.
"What we have to forcus on is Tea Party individuals," the congresswoman said, noting they were, "very, very, very concerned about what is happening to this country. They're not looking at government today, they're looking at what it will be [years from now]."
However, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) earlier cast the Tea Party movement in a far different light. Also appearing during the roundtable, the former head of the Democratic National Committee said the media are giving "the Tea Party too much credit."
"If I organized a rally for a stronger law to protect puppies, I'd get 100,000 people at that rally," he said. "So I think the media has blown [the Tea Party] out of proportion."
On a related note... It was recently pointed out to me that approx 6-10,000 people showed up for Sarah Palin in Boston, while turnout for the pro-marijuana rally is usually around 30,000.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
To Media's Delight, Palin-Bachmann Team Up But Where's Blackburn?
Did you hear about the fabulous Sarah Palin/Michele Bachmann rally in Minneapolis yesterday? Talk about star power! They are right-wing women, hear them roar! God is just an abbreviation for Goddess, you know.
"As absolutely drop-dead gorgeous as this woman is on the outside, I am here to testify she is 20 times more beautiful on the inside," Bachmann said of Palin. And Palin called Bachmann a "fireball."
Palin vowed that this is the year "conservative women get together and take back this country."
As Pith watched, we couldn't help but feel a little sorry for our own Republican feminist champion—Marsha Blackburn. She's every bit as drop-dead gorgeous inside and out as Palin and Bachmann, isn't she? And she's definitely just as wacky, if not more so. She's a fireball too, dammit! Yet no one's talking about her this morning. While clips from the Palin-Bachmann rally play endlessly on the morning talk shows, Blackburn is trudging around her district, talking to little gatherings of cranks and geezer constituents. An article in the Buffalo River Review—that's her big media splash of the week. It's so unfair.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Blackburn pushes Clean Air Act change
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn told leaders of Bridgestone Metalpha USA Inc. Wednesday that legislation she has proposed will help major producers avoid language in the Clean Air Act that she says "punishes" factories.
Blackburn, who is in a campaign to retain her 7th Congressional District seat, is the first federal lawmaker to visit Bridgestone in Clarksville, and toured the International Drive plant where steel cords for radial tires are made.
Blackburn told Bridgestone Metalpha President and CEO Ken Yamasaki and plant manager Donna Bright that the current language of the Clean Air Act places an unfair burden — fees for too much carbon production — on manufacturers like Bridgestone.
She said the language was driven largely by environmentalists "who want to punish and send jobs to other parts of the world."
"(Companies) are not going to add jobs when there's that kind of fee," she said.
The proposed bill would amend the act to redefine carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride as not air pollutants. Some, like perfluorocarbons, do not harm the ozone layer, but are known as powerful greenhouse gases that retain heat in the atmosphere.
Yamasaki and Bright both said they were glad to have Blackburn visit but did not have any agenda or requests.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Health Care reform means improved coverage for Tennesseans
March 22, 2010
The debate over healthcare reform started with over-heated town hall meetings, many punctuated with loud, angry outbursts . It ended with an ugly confrontation between Tea Party protesters and several Members of Congress on the west front of the US Capitol. In the middle was an often bitter discussion over the future health of our nation.
Late Sunday (March 21st, 2010), The US House of Representatives by a narrow vote (219-212) passed sweeping healthcare reform legislation. Far from perfect, it is a major step towards fixing our broken healthcare system. The new law will greatly alter our system of care and provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. It seems destined to sit alongside the historic 1965 Medicare program in both its meaning and scope.
The debate itself was long (over a year), often fraught with deliberate distortions (“death panels” anyone?) and seemed a lifetime removed from the last time the subject was broached (“Hillarycare” is now Madame Secretary of State!).
But before the pundits and prognosticators start obsessing about who won, who lost and the political price of passage (here in Tennessee, Democratic Representatives Cooper, Gordon and Cohen voted for, their fellow Democrats Tanner and Davis against, and Republicans Wamp, Blackburn, Roe and Duncan against) let’s take a brief look at what this legislation will actually mean.
Nationally, the reform will eliminate pre-existing conditions as a reason for denial of coverage, close the medicare “donut hole” for seniors, make ‘recisions’ or the practice of dropping individuals once they get sick unlawful, create an exchange where individuals can purchase policies, and finally provide coverage to millions of currently uninsured Americans. In Tennessee alone, roughly 900,000 Tennesseans will no longer be without any basic healthcare coverage.
In Tennessee’s Congressional District 7, where I am a candidate for US Congress, reform means improved coverage for over 500,000 residents, tax credits for up to 150,000 families and 13,200 small businesses to help with coverage and nearly 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries will no longer endure the huge gap between drug cost and subsidies. Additionally, about 9,000 residents with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied care and nearly 50,000 students will now be able to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans. There will also be funding for 12 community health centers in the district and the cost of uncompensated care will be reduced by an estimated $42 million annually.
But perhaps just as importantly, tragedies like the parents of a little boy locally who had to hold a barbecue to try and raise funds to pay off their several hundred thousand dollar debt they had incurred due to his pre-existing illness and denial of coverage, will be a thing of the past.
My opponent, Marsha Blackburn called the passage of the bill in part a “Death to Freedom.” The only thing that died a bit more yesterday was reasoned and informed debate. That seems to happen a lot when Mrs. Blackburn weighs in on important national matters. Ironic really, since this reform will mean a renewed chance at life for so many Americans and Tennesseans.
Dr. Greg Rabidoux
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Three "I likes":
1. "Republicans want a blank sheet of paper and that's what we would end up with... a blank sheet of paper." Touche, Rep. Pascrell.
2. "Well, it's not entirely government healthcare. Insurance companies were rallying today, so there's not a lot of fear there." Touche, red-haired FOX News lady.
3. "The American people are saying 'you're still on the right track.'" Touche, Rep. Blackburn.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Expected, of course. However, I'm still puzzled by the calls for bipartisanship and 'more respect' for Republicans. Respect? Umm... when have Republicans ever respected the PRESIDENT? Was Rep. Blackburn not party to the birther movement? What were some of the headlines from CPAC?
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"Well, for one thing you could do is change the federal law so that not every ER is required to treat everybody who comes in the door, even if they have a minor condition," Pawlenty said. "They should be -- if you have a minor condition, instead of being at the really expensive ER, you should be at the primary care clinic."
So much for compassionate conservatism. I guess we can officially put that one in the oxymoron dictionary.
Monday, February 22, 2010
By Hank Hayes
U.S. Rep. Phil Roe tied for having the second-lowest score in the Tennessee congressional delegation in an environmental advocacy group’s national ranking on selected votes involving conservation issues.
Tennessee Conservation Voters joined the Washington, D.C.-based League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Monday in an e-mailed release of the 2009 National Environmental Scorecard.
The scorecard examined 11 Senate and 13 House votes dominated by clean energy and climate change but also encompassing other environmental issues such as public lands, water and wildlife conservation.
Roe, R-1st District, got 7 percent out of a possible score of 100 percent. He got those points for voting for a clean water funding measure in March 2009. He got zero points for voting against House climate change legislation, a homeland security bill to protect against acts of terrorism against chemical facilities, and an appropriations bill for environmental funding.
Roe tied with U.S. Rep. Jimmy Duncan, R-2nd District.
U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-7th District, received a zero score, while U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-3rd District, a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, got a 14 percent score.
Tennessee GOP U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker received 27 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
U.S. Reps. Steve Cohen, D-9th District, and Bart Gordon, D-6th District, both received 100 percent scores.
The bills and the congressional votes can be found online at www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
2/15/10 - Game On Again!!
I think it is almost a badge of honor to be awarded "the worst person in the world" according to ultra liberal Keith Olbermann. Although, sometimes it is difficult to follow his rant, he apparently objected to my suggestion to the President that younger people should be permitted to privatize their Social Security accounts.
Mr. Olbermann doesn't seem to have much confidence in the ability of young people to manage their own money. I do. I know that young Americans are paying attention to what is going on in our country, and that they don't like it anymore than I do. They know that if this Administration continues its tax and spend policies, they will be forced to pay the bills. They also know that unless the Obama Administration does something to correct Social Security it won't be there for them.
Of course, Mr. Olbermann rarely gets anything right in his rants on MSNBC. Perhaps that’s why very few people bother to tune in. Mr. Olbermann is so busy attacking conservatives and trying to defend his liberal friends in the Obama Administration that he evidently can't be bothered doing any research. Even a google search would help Mr. Olbermann.
When extreme left wingers like Mr. Olbermann make conservatives like me their target, I can't help but think that I must be doing something right.
One important note, Congressman: young people don't support you!!!! A Google search might shed some light on that fact, too!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
From the Tennessean...
Some media outlets were giving Sarah Palin a hard time Monday for apparently consulting notes written on the palm of her hand during her weekend appearance at the Tea Party convention in Nashville.
The notes consisted of reminders such as "energy," "budget," "tax" and a call to "lift American spirit."
Some commentators noted that during her speech to the convention, Palin mocked President Barack Obama for his habit of using a Teleprompter.
Palin supporters, meanwhile, pointed out that the former Alaska governor responded to "Palm-gate" in an appearance Sunday for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. This time, she wrote on her hand: "Hi, Mom!"
Monday, February 8, 2010
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), one of the co-sponsors of Rep. Paul Ryan's Social Security-slashing budget proposal, went on Fox today to advocate privatizing both Social Security and Medicare.
Blackburn never used the word "privatize." But her idea to change the entitlement programs so people have separate accounts with their money is, in effect, privatization.
Friday, February 5, 2010
“Well, I think I’d like to close the gap between rhetoric and reality just for a second here, and that is that Marsha Blackburn with that list of particulars she offered never mentioned the fact that Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the presidency for many years—in fact, most of the last decade.
During none of that time did they ever move those bills, did they ever try any of those things. This is the great hypocrisy of the Republican Party. They do nothing in terms of extending health care to the millions of people uninsured. And every time the Democrats try to do it, whether it’s Harry Truman or it’s Bill Clinton or it’s President Obama, they have all these criticisms and then they’d say, why didn’t you take the Republican approach? They never offer the Republican approach when they have the power.
That’s the great hypocrisy of Marsha Blackburn. She’s been in the Congress now for eight years now. It’s her fourth or fifth term. How come she didn’t offer these many offerings that she had there in that list of hers, which I found rather pushy really because why did she offering things that she could have passed with the Republicans when they were in power? It’s so hypocritical”.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Analysis pegs Lamar Alexander as most bipartisan in Tennessee
January 19th, 2010 - When it comes to President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, Sen. Lamar Alexander hasn't done a very good job of following the admonition to not say anything about someone if you can't say something nice. He invoked disgraced President Richard Nixon when he suggested that Obama's White House might be creating an enemies list of political opponents to punish. He said the Democratic health-care reform proposal would slash "Grandma's" Medicare. So it comes as a surprise to find Alexander among the Republican senators who most often supported Obama in his votes in 2009 and who most often voted against the majority of his own party.
Those two nuggets come from the 2009 version of the annual vote studies by Congressional Quarterly released last week. CQ analyzes selected votes to measure party unity and support for the president. On party unity, Alexander shows up eighth among the 40 Republican senators for voting 23.3 percent of the time against the majority of his own party. He ranks fifth among GOP senators for his support of Obama, voting 68.4 percent of the time for the president's position on an issue when it was clearly stated. Overall, the study found that Congress is as partisan as ever and that Obama won a lot of votes in his first year in office.
Blackburn called most partisan
Among the Tennessee delegation, Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn was scored the most partisan — and one of the most partisan members of the House — voting with the majority of her party on these party unity votes 98.8 percent of the time. She also ranked the highest among Tennessee House members, and among the highest nationally, for opposing Obama in 88.7 percent of the votes that were studied.
Party unity scores for the other members of the Middle Tennessee House delegation are: Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Murfreesboro, 93 percent; Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Pall Mall, and Rep. John Tanner, D-Union City, both 89 percent; and Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, 83 percent. Gordon ranked highest in presidential support with 92 percent, followed by Tanner at 86 percent, Cooper at 85 and Davis at 83. Republican Sen. Bob Corker supported Obama's position in 54 percent of his votes and had a party unity score of 87 percent.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
From CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby
Washington (CNN) - Las Vegas and alcohol probably aren't the first two things that come to mind at the mention of Sarah Palin, but the former vice presidential candidate is about to change that.
At least that's according to Craig Wolf, the president and CEO of the Wine and Liquor Wholesalers of America, who announced Tuesday that Palin will keynote the group's annual convention and and expo in Las Vegas in early April.
"Governor Palin is a great supporter of America's free enterprise system and understands that industries like the beverage alcohol industry play a key role in driving our national economy. We're proud and honored to welcome her as a speaker," Wolf said in a statement. "We expect she will share with the convention attendees her analysis of the current political environment and her vision for America's future."
The Las Vegas stop comes a few days before Palin is scheduled to address the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, a major gathering of GOP leaders that that in recent years has become an early proving ground for potential presidential candidates.
She's speaking because she supports free enterprise?... at an alcohol convention in Las Vegas? Is this a joke?
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Campbell Brown: Congressional Democrats dropping like flies...
Andrea Mitchell: Democrats reeling from a recent string of retirement announcements...
Sean Hannity: Democrats all around the country are running scared...
Rush Limbaugh: They're running for the hills!
Jon Stewart: It's less! The other party has more people leaving! How are those figures not even like a wash, or a little bit in the Democrats' favor? Boy, you fuckers can make controversy out of anything, can't you? Why do you have to have everything sound more interesting than it is? Y'know, if Congress made it rain cookies, the headline would read: DEMOCRATS LEAVE MILLIONS MILKLESS!