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Budget deal cuts veterans pension, illegal immigrant benefits safe, Alexander votes yes to both

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Budget deal cuts veterans pension, illegal immigrant benefits safe, Alexander votes yes to both

12/18/2013
0936 am EST.

TN US Senator Lamar Alexander has voted “Yes” to the  bipartisan budget bill yesterday that leaves wounded vets and retirees without 6 billion in retirement benefits over the next 10 years, interestingly enough and in contrast at the same time voted “Yes” to extend illegal immigration benefits. In addition, TN Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, (R) 3rd, voted “Yes” and Congressman Scott Dejarlais, (R), 4th District, voted against the measure.

An effort by a handful of Republicans in the US Senate failed to drum up enough support to halt cuts to pensions for our wounded warriors.

This controversial vote was a test run for the final vote in the Senate House, the final vote is expected to come this week, perhaps today.

US Senator R, Ala, gave his best effort to push an amendment through that would halt the veterans cuts by using a parliamentary procedure to force a vote on and undo the cuts for the military veterans. The move proved unsuccessful based on the likes of Lamar Alexander in the Senate and Congressman Chuck Fleischman in the House.

This move by our distinguished politicians from the great state of TN left the provision intact which takes 6 billion out of veterans hands over the next 10 years. Reminder, this is a hard earned reward for our veterans who sacrificed life and limb to finally one day retire with this benefit and now these politicians are voting to take this away? Shame on you!

In a much warranted move Sessions from Alabama wanted to eliminate 4.2 billion in aid to illegal immigrants in IRS credits. The sadness in this is our politicians have towed the PC crowd enough to wave benefits and pensions of veterans in favor of those that are not here legally.

Oddly enough at least on this cloture vote TN US Senator Bob Corker, Mr “I spend more time in the other aisle than my own” Corker voted “N0.”  There must not have been enough money available to shift his vote to the yes aisle, but there is still one more vote!

Sessions argued unsuccessfully to get other Republicans and Democrats off the fence and in typical bipartisan love fest with libs, the veterans get the shaft in
place of an illegal immigrant benefit package. In defeat mode, Sessions was quoted, “It’s not correct, and it should not happen,” he said from the Senate floor before the vote.

“By blocking my amendment, they voted to cut pensions for wounded warriors,” he said afterwards.

 “Senators in this chamber have many valid ideas for replacing these pension cuts, including my proposal to close the tax welfare loophole for illegal filers, and all deserved a fair and open hearing. But they were denied.”

He went on to add “we have cut military pensions instead of cutting welfare for illegal immigrants.”

The most upsetting comment came from Super Uber RINO Paul Ryan and his cohort Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash. when they argued “the GOP effort was really an attempt to kill the entire bill.” 

Wrap your heads around this ladies and gentleman. The gentleman who nearly was our Vice President on the R side of the aisle standing defiantly with liberals arguing that the only reason Sessions was being defiant and standing in the gap for veterans was because he wanted to shut down government and kill the whole bill. This is what happens when statesmen get in the way of the machine getting what they want. A merciful slaughter at the feet of our veterans.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Senator Lamar Alexander have disappointed once again and have shown that protecting veterans rights is not on their minds and preserving benefits to those here illegally is a bigger concern. It was an amendment for Gods sake guys, not a change to or attempt to kill the whole bill.

We must act before it’s too late. Our country is being annihilated. Please share this information, comment below and let’s get this information out to a unknowing and seemingly uncaring society of people who prefer to ignore.

Information and the assimilation of it is our biggest weapon and a tool heavily underutilized in society today!

Hall of shame:

The 67-33 roll vote Tuesday by which the Senate advanced a bipartisan budget bill that essentially  extends spending and very few overall cuts. The vote removes the final hurdle to Senate passage. The Democratic-led chamber is expected to approve the bill on Wednesday.

A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the bill.

Voting yes were 53 Democrats, 12 Republicans and 2 independents.

Voting no were 0 Democrats and 33 Republicans.

Democrats Yes

Baldwin, Wis.; Baucus, Mont.; Begich, Alaska; Bennet, Colo.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Carper, Del.; Casey, Pa.; Coons, Del.; Donnelly, Ind.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Hagan, N.C.; Harkin, Iowa; Heinrich, N.M.; Heitkamp, N.D.; Hirono, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Landrieu, La.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Manchin, W.V.; Markey, Mass.; McCaskill, Mo.; Menendez, N.J.; Merkley, Ore.; Mikulski, Md.; Murphy, Conn.; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Pryor, Ark.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.V.; Schatz, Hawaii; Schumer, N.Y.; Shaheen, N.H.; Stabenow, Mich.; Tester, Mont.; Udall, Colo.; Udall, N.M.; Warner, Va.; Warren, Mass.; Whitehouse, R.I.; Wyden, Ore.

Republicans Yes

Alexander, Tenn.; Blunt, Mo.; Chambliss, Ga.; Collins, Maine; Flake, Ariz.; Hatch, Utah; Hoeven, N.D.; Isakson, Ga.; Johnson, Wis.; McCain, Ariz.; Murkowski, Alaska; Portman, Ohio.

Republicans No

Ayotte, N.H.; Barrasso, Wyo.; Boozman, Ark.; Burr, N.C.; Coats, Ind.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Corker, Tenn.; Cornyn, Texas; Crapo, Idaho; Cruz, Texas; Enzi, Wyo.; Fischer, Neb.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Heller, Nev.; Inhofe, Okla.; Johanns, Neb.; Kirk, Ill.; Lee, Utah; McConnell, Ky.; Moran, Kan.; Paul, Ky.; Risch, Idaho; Roberts, Kan.; Rubio, Fla.; Scott, S.C.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Thune, S.D.; Toomey, Pa.; Vitter, La.; Wicker, Miss.

Independents Yes

King, Maine; Sanders, Vt.

Source of info: Please visit these sites and often.  They are chocked full of useful information!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/18/senate-gop-fails-in-final-bid-to-restore-military-pension-cuts-to-budget-bill/

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=21252447&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3Dus%2Bsenate%2Bwho%2Bvoted%2Bfor%2Bbipartisan%2Bbudget%2Bbill%26a%3Dresults%26MID%3D2500

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Urgent Bradley County School board meeting: Concerned citizens encouraged to attend

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Urgent Bradley County School board meeting: Concerned citizens encouraged to attend

The next Bradley County School board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th, 2013, 5pm at the Bradley County School board in Cleveland, Tennessee, next to Bradley County High School.

Please plan to attend this meeting. We should all be supportive of our children. Moreover, we should expect the taxpayers money that is in the hands of these elected board members to be spent efficiently and in the best interest of the taxpayers which directly affects our children.

Attendance at this meeting is crucial to making our board members accountable and the school system that is the end user of that money.

As we face a possible property tax hike and we are hearing the voice of the school system and the County Commission say they have no plans to ask the school system to look deeply at their current budget and make the needed cuts,then it is up to the taxpayer to request they be better stewards of our money and hold them accountable.

We need to gather the troops for Thursday at 5pm to be the voice that demands the needed change.

The public is being made aware of things we should be made aware of and eventually those things will come to light. Stay tuned.

 It is time the citizens of Bradley County get off their rears and become participatory and observant of what is happening within our school system.

This meeting will be chocked full of agenda items that you will be interested in.

Please plan to attend.

Hope to see you there.

Tennessee deserves better than this bloated budget mess

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Tennessee deserves better than this bloated budget mess

The Tennessee budget has been passed. The pork, the busted caps and excess spending limits have left many Tennesseans with a very bad taste in their mouths.

In what has been touted as a fiscally responsible, constitutionally intact budget has been determined to be quite the opposite.

As many of our elected leaders criticize Washington DC for financial irresponsibility we in Tennessee are doing the same thing. We have somehow placed a pink bow on a pig and we call it beautiful.

Despite what you hear, the budget for Tennessee is anything but beautiful. Take off the bow and look at it’s content. 

Don’t get bedazzled by our legislators returning to their respective districts while blowing smoke right up your rear ends.

Having a budget that would make a liberal proud is not a good thing.

Please allow me to summarize what Mr Drew Johnson has so eloquently expressed in his opinion piece below about the Tennessee budget that was passed.

1) This is the largest, most bloated budget in Tennessees 217 year history.

2) Our legislators, en masse, voted to once again vote away the constitutional cap to allow our TN budget to become bloated.

3) At 32.8 billion, this is a full 2 billion more than last years budget.

4) The Constitutional Cap was lifted by 132.5 million.

5) This 132.5 million will be added to every budget from here to eternity costing taxpayers billions.

6)  Instead of a tax holiday or further reduction in our taxes, your legislators and Governor elected to waste it on pork projects, millions of dollars worth.

7) The legislators did provide some cuts in this budget of about 7.00 per person.  I’ll just take my seven dollars, buy a 12 pack of a choice beverage and my benefit will long be forgotten.

Opinion piece by Drew Johnson from the Chattanooga Times:

Tennessee deserved better from GOP budget-busters

Tennessee’s Republican state lawmakers must think we’re stupid.

Otherwise, they wouldn’t have bragged about passing a “balanced budget,” as state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman; state Rep. Kevin Brooks, of Cleveland; and a number of other GOP lawmakers did last week.

And they never would’ve implied that new state budget was “thoughtful and strategic” like Gov. Bill Haslam did last Friday. And they certainly would never have called the budget “fiscally responsible” as House Speaker Beth Harwell did with a straight face in a guest op-ed in The Tennessean.

Did these Republican leaders think Tennesseans would forget that the State Constitution requires a balanced budget?

Did these supposed “fiscal conservatives” believe that taxpayers wouldn’t realize that they just passed the biggest, most bloated budget in the 217-year history of the Volunteer State?

Did they hope that no one would notice their hypocrisy when they voted to bust the state’s cap on spending after they spent much of the legislative session championing ideas intended to strengthen the spending limit?

At $32.8 billion, the new state budget is the largest in Tennessee’s history. It’s a full $2 billion more than last year’s budget.

But that’s not the worst of it for taxpayers.

The state portion of the state budget — the chunk of the budget paid for by revenues from state taxes, such as the sales tax, franchise and excise tax, state gas tax, and the Hall income tax — is limited by the Tennessee Constitution. State spending is limited based on the personal income growth in the state over the previous year. That spending limit, known as the “Copeland Cap,” can only be overridden by a majority vote of both houses of the legislature.

With a Republican supermajority in the Tennessee General Assembly, taxpayers must have believed that GOP lawmakers wouldn’t dare vote to bust the cap and spend more than they were constitutionally allowed. But they did — by $132.5 million.

When the state coffers began filling with more money than expected, rather than returning the excess tax dollars to taxpayers by further reducing the sales tax on groceries or enacting several sales tax holidays, lawmakers decided to waste it.

Out of 132 members of the Tennessee General Assembly, only seven voted against busting the spending cap. Even state Rep. Courtney Rogers, R-Goodlettsville, who sponsored a constitutional amendment to make the cap much more difficult to bypass, voted to exceed the spending limit. So much for principles. So much for fiscal conservatism.

That $132.5 million isn’t just a one-year expenditure. Since each year’s spending cap is based on total state spending from the previous year, the $132.5 million will be added to every state budget from here to eternity. Republicans’ decision to bust the cap will ultimately cost state taxpayers billions upon billions of dollars.

So how did Republicans in the Tennessee legislature spend the extra money they collected from the pockets of Tennesseans? A number of questionable pork projects found their way into the budget at the last minute, including:

• $1 million for grants to private zoos and aquariums in the state.

• $1 million in handouts to refurbish the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation.

• $475,000 to fund a State Museum Task Force to look at building a new State Museum.

• $400,000 in additional funding for the Jackson Theater in Jonesborough.

• $310,000 to build a storage shed at the West Tennessee Cemetery in Memphis.

• $125,000 to spread among Tennessee’s public television stations.

• $50,000 to the Alex Haley House and Museum.

• $20,000 in giveaways to National Coalition of 100 Black Women chapters in the state.

Did the budget do some good things? Sure, lawmakers passed a number of tax cuts. But, in total, those tax cuts amount to less than $7 per Tennessean, or approximately diddly-squat.

For years, Republicans in Tennessee promised that if they ran state government things would be different. The budget would be lean, spending would be responsible and the state spending cap would remain intact.

Well, now the GOP is in control, and what happened? They spent more than Democrats ever did.

After such a dramatic display of fiscal irresponsibility by GOP lawmakers, conservatives in Tennessee must be thinking, “With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats?”

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/apr/23/tennessee-deserved-better-from-gop-budget/?opinionfreepress

Ben Cunningham explains the Copeland Cap!

http://taxingtennessee.blogspot.com/2009/08/copeland-cap-is-toothless-tiger-for-tn.html?m=1

Bradley County Finance Committee mulls 16 cent property tax increase

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The County Commission via the Finance Committee is once again discussing taxing the citizens of Bradley County Tennessee.

The “what if” by the finance committee to propose yet another tax on the citizens in light of a recent overwhelming wheel tax defeat is beyond what my somewhat simple mind can handle.

Listen to the people! We do not want another tax! We are living in tough economic times! We are hurting. Struggling to feed our families and make ends meet.

Are we so comfy in our lofty elected and appointed posts that we do not see the ramifications? Why is it that everytime we need to fix something the first and second response is to turn to the peasants for a constant stream of seemingly endless requests on our revenue stream?

Some have told me that it’s only about 50 dollars on the average home in the county. Quit looking at it as a single hit on our budgets, it cumulative and it’s more than likely permanent. This 50 dollars gets piled up on another 50 dollars etc and eventually we can’t pay it anymore and we lose our property and the rights that go with it.

I was recently asked in an email exchange from one of our elected State Representative “Why don’t you provide some solutions?” In other words, stop your bitchin and do something about it! Really? Should I, a citizen, who just cast a vote that elects you to be my representative and you tell me to provide solutions to solve the problems of our state and local governments. My response is to that scenario is either resign or don’t run again and I gaurantee you we can put a citizen in that will represent the people and act on their request. Please forgive me this morning, I woke up in a rather gripey mood and I feel an overwhelming need to apologize. This type of malarchy just sets me off.

If the best you can do is shuffle a few line item scenarios around to make it look good on paper then perhaps your rent is up and it is time to elect someone who can put it all together and get our county back on track. This is a replacement tax for Gods sake, in case the County loses the 3,000,000.00 case over a sales tax issue. This tax will not even be attributed to knocking down our current debt load, but to replace money lost! It will not help our situation one bit, it just gets us back to where we were! What an excellent opportunity to have to cut costs within our county budget. What an opportunity missed to fix our problem with big government before we tax the citizens further. That sounded original didn’t it and it looks proactive, right? Another apology for my grumpiness.

You have to be one brick shy of a load to think this will be the only tax in our future. We are facing a 4 to 10 billion dollar growth plan in our immediate future. Who do you think is going to pay for that? Let’s not also forget we have already shifted close to a million dollars to an out of state company that has at best cut out a cardboard cookie cutter county growth plan that has drawn the ire of and disapproval of 73 percent of our citizenry. We, you and our children will be the beneficiary of this debt fiasco. Oh yeah, how could we forget the county mayors stealthy 16 county, 3 state regional growth plan that is well under way. Let me mention this while I’m here and I will elaborate later, this regional growth plan will take your county, Bradley Counties tax dollars and send it to another county to help them pay for one of their projects. How you like those apples, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Is there some type of unspoken rule or edict that says our County has to take federal grant money in great amounts and more often than not turn around and ask the citizens to turn over increasingly greater amounts of their hard earned money? I am aware of Public Chapter 1101, but the immensity of it? Who dictates how big it has to be?

Keep in mind, I’m just a concerned citizen, with a keen sense of insight who happens to like to write. I am not a professor of finance nor a guru of all that is financial but let me ask one more question of our elected officials then I will shut up.

Why dont we fix our problems inside our own government house before we request more from the already unstable and stretched budgets of the citizenry? If someone can answer that with a logical response will get a big hug from me. Why not get our house in order first. Why not take the politics out of it and look at it from a human perspective?

King George and his court were ousted and our country reshaped some 250 years ago for this same type of behavior and blatant disregard for the people he represented. Sounds like it is time to do the same and vote these distinguished characters out of office before we can’t afford to live here anymore.

The message is simple, lean in closely, I am about to scream. NO NEW TAXES! PERIOD!

And I mockingly borrow from a quote by one our elected Mayors from the city as he screamed at me recently in one of his familiar rants, “If you are man enough,” and I add, “Put this to a referendum and let the citizens decide if they want to give you more of their hard earned money!” I am pretty sure the response will be the same as the wheel tax and the growth plan. This way it will leave you no doubt whether you are simply doing the job you were elected to do. No guilt, let the people decide for you. You know the old adage “to be representative of the people and for the people.”

Good day and I’m very curious to see if anyone mans up and steps up and not on the citizens of Bradley County Tennessee! I doubt it, but i’ve seen greater miracles.

One of the sources of info:
http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/20535126/article-County-looking-at-%E2%80%98what-if%E2%80%99-over-sales-tax?instance=homefirstleft

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