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Project Veritas: Hillary Clintons darkest underground operatives exposed

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2016 at 6:32 PM

Project Veritas: Hillary Clintons darkest underground operatives exposed

10/17/2016
1336 pm

Project Veritas went undercover and has exposed the darkest of the darkest we call the Hillary Clinton machine.

Her collaboration with the underground, the shifting of money to the homeless, the AFL-CIO, the DNC, Hillary Super Pacs to “bird dog” and disrupt Trump rallies and events is almost too hard to watch.

To see America and our Republic destroyed from the inside is truly a spectacle to watch. To see these operatives exposed is like seeing the devil for the first time, displaying its pure evil.

I have long suspected that many of the George Soros, DNC types were very active on the ground, but I have never had proof of that notion. Now, in living color that “conspiracy theory” is brought to light in dramatic fashion and these covert demons display their game.

Watch this 15 minute undercover video exposing the lies and the deception happening right before our eyes.

Your Mainstream media will not air this, you will not hear this on CNN, so watch now then share and share again. America needs to see this.

I’m sure this video will not be available long.

I am confident that our near 1 million or so BCNN readers will spread this like wildfire.

You know what you need to do! Go!

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Insure TN: To vote for Obamacare or not?

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Insure TN: To vote for Obamacare or not?

2/1/15
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Will our legislators and elected officials vote for Obamacare or not?

Medicaid expansion, Obamacaid, Haslamacaid, or Insure TN. Regardless of the name, it still requires a vote and it will receive the majority of it’s funding via the Affordable Care Act, ie, Obamacare.

Tn Governor Bill Haslam is touring the State attempting to draw support for his version of Obamacare where all able bodied subjects sign up for “free” healthcare and the Tn taxpayer gets to pay for it via Federal funds, higher taxes or skyrocketing premiums.

It has been said that Haslam has back doored a deal with the Obama administration to expand Medicaid, Obamacare into Tennessee. This is the most disturbing part of this story. It even appears that the GOP has even stepped and said ” if republicans want to vote for Obamacare, we, the GOP elite will have your back when the people strike back against you for inching us further into socialism.” Where are we when the “opposing” party is acting like this?

Does anyone recall what happened when Medicaid was expanded in 1990 and in 1994? We nearly bankrupted the state. By 2000 Medicaid was consuming about 36 percent of the states budget prompting the state legislature to propose a state income tax to cover costs. Of course this measure didn’t pass and we ended up dis-enrolling 170,000 to make ends meet.

The current Medicaid system has very few checks and balances. The poor basically have free reign of the healthcare system and are not shy about consuming frequently and without restraint they boast about abusing it. Costs will soar because there are very few restraints or limits on its use. Just ask any caregiver what a “regular” is. 

Wanna make a difference? Put limits on Medicaid on the consumption end! Problem solved. Patients are abusing it like a crackhead on the pipe. It’s the if it’s  free I’m gonna use it mentality. We will never be able to control costs for hundreds of thousands of new enrollees. Our healthcare system is not built for restraint. Patients seek it and caregivers give it in hopes enough bad debt write offs will balance the budget.

Critics and the left say “If we don’t accept the terms of Obamacare someone else will get the money or we will have to pay for it out of our own pocket!” Guess what? We will not lose any money nor will anyone else get it. And we are already absorbing the poors costs and taking real good care of the indigent population regardless of their ability to pay. This measure will only encourage the poor populace in TN to knock other people down getting to that “free” healthcare. Costs soar and we are left with the bill. To think this will help anyone is absurd.

With expansion of Obamacaid to an estimated 200,000 poor Tennesseans, where will the work force go? It is estimated that 60-70, 000 will simply drop out of the workforce because they don’t have to work as hard, as long as Uncle Sam is providing their bread and butter.

Not too long ago Haslam and his band of loyal lap dogs fought to not have federalized Obamacare expansion in our state sayin no way, not in our state. This was a great stance that symbolized victory and solidarity against Obamacare.

Today, Haslam brokers a  deal with Obama to do exactly what Obama intended. Haslam has become the messenger and deliverer of Obamacare to Tennesseans.

The Koch brothers and AFP, Americans For Progress are spending alot of money on radio ads to attack local legislators for trying to hide the fact that Insure Tn is just another Medicaid/Obamacare expansion. This was going virtually unnoticed till attention was drawn to the deception by our elected officials.

Incidentally, State Representative Kevin Brooks 24th District, has drawn the ire of the billionaire brothers and their political organization and they have him firmly in their sites.

Brooks, according to the ads has been parading around the state house drumming up support for Haslams Obamacare plan. An allegation Brooks has not owned stating he hasn’t even declared a position one way or another on the issue. But some argue that his action is his statement. He will be voting soon and we will be watching.

Recently Brooks and a host of others stood against Obamacare making the constituency proud. But those in the know knew something was brewing. Often, politicians will allow the Trojan horse to slip through the gate, appear conservative then when they think no one is looking baaaam they try to slip Obamacare or a leftist issue through the gate and fool the peasants. Not this time it appears. The People have their eyes wide open.

One thing for sure is the Koch Brothers and AFP saw the soldiers dismounting from the trojan horse and spoiled their plan calling them out in radio ads all over the state, especially in Bradley County Tn. Like them or not they are spot on with this issue.
 
With Haslam dressing Obamacare up like a Thanksgiving turkey it will be interesting to see how those healthcare fighting marauders will vote in the near future.

Will they do the flip flop or appear hypocritical just to appease King Haslam.

Will Insure Tn, ie, Obamacaid be the Achilles heel that divides the men from the liberals? 

Regardless of the outcome it will send a strong message to voters and will separate the true conservatives from the RINO.

Do we vote the way King Haslam wants us too or do we vote against Obamacare?

Rest assured if they vote to expand Obamacare in TN, conservative types all across TN will be lined up down the street ready to vote them out of office.

Its Haslam, Obama or the people?

The line in the sand is drawn. 

February 3rd, 2014 we will see where they stand.

Sources of info:

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/pages/full_story/push?article-Legislators+cautious+on+Haslam+proposals%20&id=26246533

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/23/anti-medicaid-expansion-lawmaker-criticizes-radio-/

http://www.politico.com/playbook/0114/playbook12615.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2015/jan/23/radio-ads-target-health-care-plan/284144/

Insure Tn costs 
http://www.tennessean.com/story/insession/2015/01/28/5-takeaways-insure-tennessee-presentation/22478059/

2016 Tn Care budget
http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/forms/HCFAbudgetFY16.pdf

AG opinion
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/27/ag-opinion-says-state-can-proceed-with-insure-tennessee/22398717/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/12/18/insure-tn-will-assure-more-obamacare-in-tennessee/

Lamar Alexander voted for Obamacare, but said he didn’t

In Government on July 11, 2014 at 6:46 AM

Lamar Alexander voted for Obamacare, but said he didn’t

07/11/14
0637 am

Lamar Alexander voted for Obamacare!

No amount of trickery can deny this fact. The man is not being forthright in his dealings with the citizens of TN and the United States.

A recent TV ad touted by the Alexander campaign shows Alexander banging it out with Obama on Obamacare in 2010. This is where the opposition ended.

He even stated he was right for this decision to oppose Obamacare. But sadly the ad failed to mention his continued funding of and support for  the Presidents failed and highly unpopular policy on healthcare since that time.

Hiding these issues does not settle well with voters as eventually the truth surfaced and many turned their heads on a politician that speaks out of both sides of his mouth. It’s double talk and severely underestimates the citizens of TN and their ability to see through the lies and deception.

This deception seems to be the establishments plan for Alexander. He has recently also denied he voted for the Amnesty bill yet voted with the Gang of Eight to move it forward for a vote.

“The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) responded (recently) to the television ad released by the re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), which says he stood up to President Obama on Obamacare. Alexander’s TV ad includes a clip of an exchange he had with the President at the White House health care summit on February 25, 2010. 

“However, it conveniently leaves out any mention of Alexander’s vote to fund the implementation of Obamacare on March 20, 2013. It also leaves out his support for the Wyden-Bennett health care bill, which included an unconstitutional individual mandate to force Americans to buy government-approved health insurance.”

“Lamar Alexander is doing everything he can to hide his liberal record on health care,”said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. “He wants voters to think he’s fighting to stop Obamacare, but he supported the individual mandate and he voted for a bill that funded Obamacare earlier this year.”

The SCF reports that on “On August 2, 2007, Lamar Alexander cosponsored the Wyden-Bennett health care legislation, which included an individual mandate to force Americans to buy government-approved health insurance plans.”

“On March 20, 2013, Lamar Alexander voted in favor of the FY2013 continuing resolution, which included funding for the implementation of Obamacare!”

The SCF report further states “The U.S. Senate will vote on the FY2014 continuing resolution in September. Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) needs 60 votes to fund the implementation of Obamacare, but there are only 54 Democrats in the Senate. If Republicans like Lamar Alexander oppose it, they can stop it.”

“Lamar Alexander can’t have it both ways. If he votes to fund Obamacare, he’s for Obamacare.” added Hoskins. “He needs to stop misleading his constituents and pledge to oppose all funding for Obamacare.”

In summary, 

1) Lamar Alexander put on a dog and pony show for the cameras and showed a little opposition to Obamacare in 2010.

2) He voted to fund Obamacare in 2013.

3) He voted for the individual mandate.

4) He voted for the Wyden-Bennett health care bill, that forced you to buy healthcare insurance and the individual mandate.

5) He will more than likely vote to continue funding for Obamacare in September 2014.

5) Yes, he voted for Obamacare!!!

Hopefully, Liberal Lamar Alexander will be retired after this next primary  and true conservative leadership will have been established.

Id give my vote to Joe Carr, if I were you.

Source of info:

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http://www.senateconservatives.com/site/post/2248/lamar-alexander-tries-to-hide-health-care-record

Lamar Alexander defends vote for Amnesty citing we have “perpetual Amnesty” already

In chamber of commerce on July 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Lamar Alexander defends vote for Amnesty citing we have “perpetual Amnesty” already

07/11/2014
0559 am

As hoardes of illegal immigrants stream into the United States, Americans are being put at risk of danger as Lamar Alexander continues to support Amnesty as the answer to our illegal immigrant woes.

US Senator Lamar Alexanders vote for Amnesty, supporting the gang of Eight, Chuck Shumer and John McCain is clearly not in line with how the majority feels on this issue in Tennessee.

Sure, Alexander can shrug this off easily from his office in DC. it’s real easy to see the disconnect from his constituency as parts of TN readies for an onslaught of illegals resettling to mainly Nashville and Bristol.

Alexanders votes for amnesty is taking away our jobs and using our tax dollars to disseminate illegal immigrants into our state and across the nation.

It has been reported that Alexander supported the Amnesty bill because in his liberal mind, he believes it’s already here, so I guess it’s ok for them to continue to break the law? 

According to Brietbart.com “We have amnesty today,” Alexander said. “Turning your head while 11 million people are already here illegally is perpetual amnesty. I voted along with 67 other United States senators to end perpetual amnesty.”
Alexander voted with 14 other Republican Senators in favor of the “Gang of Eight,” immigration bill led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)”

This bill to citizenry for an estimated 11 million is a huge mistake and sets a dangerous precedence that laws do not matter as long as politicians vote opposite of the law.

TN US Senate Candidate Joe Carr has been a staunch critic of Liberal Lamars amnesty views and has led the charge to expose the Alexander campaign of these issues as well as his vote for Obamacare.

In a statement to Brietbart.com he had this to say about Lamar Alexander, “There’s this arrogance about these people who stay in Washington,” Carr said, referring to the border crisis and the immigration reform debate. “The arrogance that they say – you know what, it doesn’t matter that they are flooding our labor markets with unskilled labor and driving down American wages, it doesn’t matter as long as we cater to the United States Chamber of Commerce.”

“Alexander insisted that the bill he voted for identifies illegal immigrants and requires them to pay a penalty, payment of back taxes and required them to work.”

Lamar Alexander seeing illegal immigrants as a way to expand our tax base, provide amnesty for millions, take away jobs for Americans and pay penalties for breaking the law is the mind of a man that is not thinking logically and is worlds apart from the conservative base that has supported him in past races.

A trick of Alexanders and many lifetime politicians is to vote for a bill on cloture, or bring it up for a vote and move the bill forward, then vote against it so he can tell his constituency that he didn’t vote for it, when in fact he did. 

As Brietbart reported, Lamar Alexander, in this case, voted to advance debate on the bill — in the initial cloture vote to begin consideration that passed 82-15 — before the border security amendment was introduced. 

This is sneaky and underhanded and  gives we the people the opportunity to say enough is enough Lamar!

If you remember, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary race in Virginia based on this same premise and for his support of amnesty when many voiced they did not want it. This move refueled the Tea Party base in Virginia and acrosst the nation as a defeat of liberal Lamar Alexander will do the same for Tennessee.

Brietbart states further that “Carr signed the FAIR pledge live on conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham’s radio program, and challenged Alexander to do the same.”

“The pledge asks candidates to vow to oppose amnesty, increases in legal immigration, and increases in the number of guest workers.”

“But Alexander defended the bill as one that would encourage jobs and economic growth in the United States by allowing “talented people and essential workers” to come to the United States legally.”

“I chose to secure the border, end perpetual amnesty and encourage jobs, rather than do nothing,” he said.

Despite his support Presidents idea of illegal immigration reform and amnesty, in the last 24 hours, he has called for sending TN National Guard troops to the  Mexican border to stop the flow of illegals into this country.

Hello McFly? Alexander? A little late! A resettlement package has already been sent to TN and they are now on their way to Tennessee.

It’s time for a change! We need real leadership in Tennessee.

Get out and vote! Otherwise, it will not matter and things will stay the same. 

The alternative is Joe Carr for US Senate, Tennessee.

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BCC 2035 Growth plan gets thumbs up, suggest bypassing County Commission for approval and changes

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

BCC 2035 Growth plan gets thumbs up, suggest bypassing County Commission for approval and changes

Bradley County planning meeting:
February 11, 2014
Tuesday, 6 pm
Bradley County Courthouse

2/12/14
0917

Tuesday evening the Bradley County Planning Commission voted to move forward with the BCC 2035 Growth Plan with one NO vote coming from member Mike Graves.

The wildly unpopular plan that has met much County disapproval over the last 2 years was approved regardless of the people’s voice.

In fact, approximately one year ago at a 3 day Charette the plan per community survey was knocked down with a 73 percent unfavorable ruling. 

The results were so bad that an Independent team using video cameras had to compile the results for public consumption because Mr Dale did not want to publish the terrible results. 

Greg Dale of McBride Dale and Clarion, at the Charette, was quoted as saying in all his years he has never seen one community come together and voice this much opposition over a growth plan.

The evening meeting at the Bradley County Courthouse was a relatively short one lasting nearly an hour. Interestingly enough, upon entering the room, before the meeting, I overheard one unknown person say from the front of the room “aaah, get prepared for a long night!” 

I interpreted that statement to mean a local unelected board is going to have to listen to the people that have to pay the bills and maybe answer a few questions and they will not like it. These responses evoked upon entering the room are small victories and confirm my saying “that where the flak is heaviest, the target is confirmed.” It reinforces the reason we do what we do. I wiped the grin off my face in anticipation of what was to come and listened closely.

Indeed, the night was short as the usual drain of business was gotten out of the way, the commission proceeded toward approval.

A few rezoning questions were answered and a few projects approved. The meeting went off without a hitch and we heard from a few residents from the Hopewell/Georgetown area.

The newly appointed County Planner Bentley Thomas  was conducting the meeting and moving right along until……a statement was made that caused many jaws to drop in the room.

Mr Thomas suggested and I’m
paraphrasing (I didn’t bring my recorder) that it be considered in the future, that this body, the Planning Commission become the ultimate decision maker when it comes to implementation and changes made to the BCC Growth Plan, simply bypassing the County Commissioners all together and leave the decision making up to planning commission. You know, bypass the voting body that represents the people of Bradley County and do what you want. 

A lead balloon would have bounced better than that suggestion did. Discussion and the opinions of audience participants after the meeting suggested this man had probably been prompted by “higher powers” to test the waters and see how this approach would fly. Well it didn’t sit well particularly with the citizens in the room.

I quickly texted a few friends in the room to confirm what I just heard was right and indeed I heard correctly. I fully expect to see the local media leave this very important issue out of any future articles, how be it that the circumvention of the citizens and their elected representatives be reported in a liberal media outlet.

What a revelation? What an epic power grab by elitist? An attempt to bypass the people and the duly elected to turn  all the power over to a dictatorial and perhaps unconstitutional order of procedure. Will be interesting to see how the County Commission reacts to this  one.

Planning member Mike Graves answered Commissioner Tom Cryes request for comments from the commission about objections to the plan. Mr Graves voiced that in it’s current form he could not provide a yes vote to move forward and would vote NO. There was little discussion about the specifics of the  issues and he didn’t go into great detail.

Prior to the final vote, small talk took over the tone of the meeting and a general feeling in the air was that very few, if any, had even read the “new and revised ” plan they were getting ready to approve. It was a Nancy Pelosi type moment, “Let’s read it after we approve it, to see what is in it.” 

A few of the Commissioners were approached after the meeting and told BCN that they had looked over it and read the summary of the document. None questioned could provide detail or specifics of the plan. Also, no copy of the plans were available but Mr Thomas offered to email me a link to the plan.

Local activist, County Commissioner Candidate and Tea Party of SETN Dan Rawls approached the bench and asked a few questions before the approval vote was cast.

“Is this plan tied into the 16 County Regional plan” was the first question lobbied toward Mr Thomas and the Commission. 

Mr Thomas replied and said the BCC 2035 plan was tied to the 16 County  Regional Plan but couldnt specify how or in what capacity. He went on to say it was mentioned but could not recall on what page or exactly what it said. Concerns over duplicating our efforts was expressed and why duplicate and spend money we don’t have. 

Mr Rawls also encouraged the Commission to read both plans and familiarize themselves with it before they went much further into the approval process.

Despite objections and the assumed non reading of the plan, the vote was then cast with one NO vote and the approval to move forward on the plan was approved.

Common Core: Letter to Editor addresses Ringstaffs defense of standards

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

BCN Editorial:

Mr Martin Ringstaff you are wrong on so many levels about Common Core. 

You have been delivered perhaps a federal, State, Haslam issued talking points and you are sticking to script.

You have the appearance of being a total puppet or useful idiot of the federally directed program called Common Core that is ultimately nationalizing our states and local school systems.

Your many blunders in the recent article in the banner speaks volumes of your ability to follow marching orders.

We the people, we the legislators, we our representatives did not “vote” for Common Core. 

In 2009,  President Obama, created a stimulus package with taxpayer dollars to “get the economy going”  and from that allocated around 4.3 billion or so for RTTT, Race To The Top.

You, the state and it’s many bureaucrats were asked to bid, jump through hoops to get this money, a sort of competition. Everyone likes competition, right?

The starting pistol sounded and the race to the top or bottom however you choose to look at it has started. 

You put your beat foot forward and several stages later you were awarded a federal grant of 501 million to initiate RTTT.

With only dollar signs in your eyes you forgot to look and see what was was inside this neatly wrapped package.

In fact, very few if any knew Common Core was tucked in it and gulped down by useful idiots only because the taste of money overpowered the urge to see it’s content. 

You accepted Common Core, sight unseen, because at the time of your acceptance, the Common Core standards had not even been completed and signed off when the check was written. Was this purposeful? I’ll let you decide.

Tucked neatly and discreetly inside was only the mention of new standards, very little mention of Common Core or what it entailed.

This was mainly because so many on the board that issues the standards of Common Core would not sign off on them because they were convinced they would not work and get the results desired.

Mr Martin Ringstaff, and Dawn Robinson you are wrong on so many levels.

I received this well written letter to the editor of Bradley County News and have elected print it’s content, unedited.

This encourages me greatly that many within our community are starting to awaken to what our county, city and state leaders are doing to our community and our children.

It is obvious to me and as our thorough research deepens we can clearly see who the puppets and useful idiots are of our federal government.

As the facts are exposed and the dust clears you can begin to see that many of our local city, county and state led representatives have their arms extended through the fog interlocking with the federal government as they attempt to nationalize our education and take over the minds of our children through indoctrination.

Let history be the marker and all involved be held accountable for this federal takeover of our state educational system.

When the chips fall, and they are crumbling fast, let these leftist stand alone with the blood soaked grant money they received for the minds of our children.

Allow me to finish with this thought in mind. Ponder these few questions, please.

Who is responsible for bringing this to Bradley County and our state?

What vote is Mr Ringstaff and Mrs Robinson talking about? Clearly, they assume that state legislators or an elected representative did vote on it, that did not happen. It was a bidding war for stimulus money. NO VOTE was cast that I am aware of by my State  Representative!

Who is vested in this endeavor? Clearly, adjusting the curriculum to the needs of big business makes me wander and guess to the extent of the Chamber of Commerces, a lap dog for the UN, involvement in this endeavor.

Is getting rid of reading literature and adjusting to reading of “technical manuals” going to keep the interest of our children and optimize their learning?

Will reducing our learning standards from the current  “135 to less than 50” Common Core Standards really going to heighten our learning experience?

Why are we not addressing parents in this issue? In the Banner article that started this conversation, Mr Ringstaff did not mention one time the parents and if I recall correctly he did not mention the students as it pertained to their well being. Something is rotten here and it does smell good.

Why are our concerns, many emails and phone calls not being returned when we are inquiring about Common Core.

I have seen one email  from Mr Ringstaff where he dismissed the revealed research as “propaganda” and an article to the Banner about his visit to the Rotary, a UN representative, an NGO or Non Governmental Organization of the United Nations.

I will complete my editorial here and ask you to read the words below very carefully and see the concern of this citizen, taxpayer who is very concerned about the direction that Mr Ringstaff and Mrs Robinson are taking our children in exchange for federal grant money.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Dear Martin Ringstaff and Dawn Robinson,

I read the article recently published in the Banner in which you addressed the Rotary Club on the subject of Common Core.

You paint a very positive picture for the future of education in Cleveland and all of Tennessee because of this new set of standards and the curriculum that will be brought in to align itself with these new standards. 

I have read many things on Common Core as well as other education systems that are being implemented around the country.

I am sure you would disagree with a lot of that analysis that I have studied and would just dismiss it off hand so I promise I won’t bother to argue my points using these sources. 

I find local officials are quick to be dismissive and not engage in debate because they don’t like the sources of information rather than deal with the substance of the information presented. I know this from experience. However my most typical response in none at all. This being the case, I will argue my points strictly from your own words as presented in this article.

The very first thing I noticed in this article is that the word “parent” is nowhere to be found; not even the slightest hint of a reference is ever brought into consideration.

It is very clear from my research (sorry I said I wasn’t going to do that) and from this article that parents are completely left out of this process and their consent was never sought in any of this. 

Who is in control and driving this? I can certainly refer to my research and rattle off the names of government agencies, think tanks, foundations and major corporations but that would violate the promise I made to you at the very beginning of this e-mail. To answer that question let’s refer to your article to provide the answer:

1. State Leadership Council. Who are they? Apparently there are 22 of you arguing details. Did we elect these people as our representatives? No we did not.         

According to this article, this group is charged with the task of “working through the transition” to Common Core so they are certainly not objective and independent.

2. K-12 Educators, College Educators. Again, a generic name to given to create the illusion of approval. 

I challenge you to have one of your teachers go to the Banner and make their own personal, stirring, passionate case for the need of Common Core from their own heart. 

On the other hand, I know several teachers who are at minimum shaking their heads and at maximum making plans to exit the profession because of what this represents. Concerning college “educators”; Are you really trying to tell me that literature professors are begging you to make students read  menus, technical manuals and speeches instead of Homer, Gibbon, Dickens, Longfellow, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Shakespeare? 

Are you telling me that math and science professors are begging you to strip away the already bare minimum content of Euclidean geometry and physical science classes to allow for more writing and critical thinking skills to be taught during that class time? 

3. Here is the best one that really gets me; Business leaders. This may be just me, but I do not care less about the opinions of business leaders as to what they think my child needs to learn in kindergarten. They have no right to dictate that we change our historic liberal arts education system into their own personnel workforce development racket. This is just another example of corporations transferring their costs (in this case it is employee training and development) to the taxpayer.

Don’t you see how the local school systems have been cheated out of money and made to go beg to the state and federal government for funding just for their very existence?

 Do you not understand that all the PILOT agreements/tax abatements to corporations and now the new tool of tax increment financing pose an ever increasing threat to our tax base and ultimately school funding? 

In this state, the school board has no voice on these decisions on whether to enter into these agreements.In some states you do. 

Do not believe the lie that the school portion of taxes is protected in these agreements. The city of Cleveland as well as the county have run up massive amounts of debt over the last 20 years. Ask these mayors, city council members, county commissioners and members of the local industrial development board why these agreements with corporations haven’t produced budget surpluses? I have asked them. They won’t answer me. Maybe they will answer you. (Warning: broken promise ahead!!) 

If you would like a copy of an NEA study on the effects of tax abatements on school funding, I would be happy to give that to you. 
Sorry, I got off topic. 

In summary, these corporations have taken our money to build their plants, buy their equipment, pay portions of their employees wages through tax credits and now they want to use our money and our K-12 and our universities to be their own personnel training grounds for equipment operators, quality technicians, and other general plant workers and supervisors? 

I say train your own workers with your own money and stay out of education which should belong and be accountable to parents and students alone.

You say “it is not a mandatory, nationally driven, “you have to do it or else” kind of situation”. Really? 

You would have me to believe that the federal government just handed Tennessee $501,000,000 with no strings attached??? 

There was nothing in the Race to the Top application process in which you agreed to implement these standards sight unseen? 

There was nothing that Lamar Alexander had to agree to in order to get us out of the consequences of not being able to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind? I need help to believe that but I am certainly willing to listen.

In closing I never really made the case for what is wrong with Common Core in and of itself? I will do that now.

– What you described is outcome based education principles. How will that help translate into the real world?

How would you like to be on the operating table and have an outcome based surgeon? Will you give them credit for 85% of the operation being done right? 

Would you get on a plane with an outcome based pilot? Would you give him a passing grade for missing the runway by only 200 yards?

How about outcome based dentistry? 

Outcome based accounting? 

I can go on but I hope you get my point: You are directing children toward mediocrity. 

When your aim is mediocrity you end up a total failure. We don’t accept this anywhere else, why do so in education?

– You are robbing the youngest student of the joy of learning at a time that they are the most teachable just for the sake of utilitarianism. They are not being taught anymore; They will now be trained and assessed. You will direct them toward a predetermined career path by an extremely early age when I personally would council a person to not ever worry about what you want to be before the end of your second year of college. Obviously we differ on that point.

– The removal of great books for “relevant” non-fiction. What is wrong with that? I am not a very smart person but let someone who is answer this question. 

In The Closing of the American Mind, By Dr. Allan Bloom he says these things that I pulled out that text:

“It is not merely the tradition that is lost when the voice of civilization elaborated over millennia has been stilled in this way. It is being itself that vanishes beyond the dissolving horizon”.

“As the awareness that we owed almost exclusively to literary genius falters, people become more alike, for want of knowing they can be otherwise”.

“Thus the failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency – the belief that the here and now is all there is.”

To all on this e-mail. You did not start us down this road. It has been going on a long time but I believe Common Core represents the final death nail in the coffin of our educational journey in our nation. 

Please consider these words and consider the ramifications of this system to future generations.

Thank you,

Rob Bower

Source of conversation: I encourage you to read this paper often as The Cleveland Daily Banner does an excellent job of covering the “happenings” in our community. Go to the stands and buy up multiple copies and give them to friends and families. Please use the Banner as a great source of information, then entertain your self and turn to BCN for the rest of the story.

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/22315165/article-Ringstaff–Common-Core–has-%E2%80%98awesome%E2%80%99-prospects

Please remember, all my posts, future and present, are my opinion based on facts and my research. I am simply using my first amendment rights to redress concerns with my elected reps, those appointed to represent me and my tax dollars they spend.

Congressman Chuck Fleischman announces series of town hall meetings

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Congressman Chuck Fleischman 3rd District TN Town Hall Meeting Series!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Lee University, Humanities Center – Room 207
1120 North Ocoee St
Cleveland, TN 37320

Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Meigs County Courthouse, County Commission Room
17214 State Hwy 58
Decatur, TN 37322

Time:12:30 p.m.
Location: Phil Swafford Building
375 Church Street
Dayton, TN 37321

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Union County Courthouse, Large Courtroom
901 Main Street
Maynardville, TN 37807

Time:10:30 a.m.
Location: Claiborne County Courthouse, Small Courtroom
1740 Main Street
Tazewell, TN 37807

Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Oak Ridge Municipal Building, Courtroom
200 South Tulane Avenue
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Grainger County Justice Center, Courtroom
270 Justice Center Drive
Rutledge, TN 37861

Time:10:30 a.m.
Location: Jefferson County Courthouse, Courtroom
202 West Main Street
Dandridge, TN 37725

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Collegedale City Hall
4910 Swinyar Drive
Collegedale, TN 37315

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Heritage House at Heritage Park
1428 Jenkins Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: John A. Patten Recreation Center
3202 Kellys Ferry Road
Chattanooga, TN 37419

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Electric Power Board, Community Room
10 West M L King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Friday, September 2, 2011

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Soddy-Daisy Municipal Building
9835 Dayton Pike
Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379

Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: North River Civic Center
1009 Executive Drive, Suite 102
Hixson, TN 37343

Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Red Bank City Hall
3117 Dayton Boulevard
Red Bank, TN 37415

Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Signal Mountain Town Hall
1111 Ridgeway Avenue
Signal Mountain, TN 37377

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