Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
What struck me the most about the questions was that not one of them was about economic development. A couple of the candidates talked about how everyone deserves a livable wage, but no one addressed how to unleash the power of businesses so that there are jobs to provide a wage ~livable or otherwise~. Education was a hot topic, which, as Terry Roland pointed out, Memphis is no longer in the school business. How to bring more money into the district was asked. How long and where they lived in the district was asked. Blight was discussed. I have to give kudos to Ms. Carter for bringing up the youth mobs and violence, but each of the candidates’ answers to that was more money for education and community programs. The first student’s question was about the economic divide in Memphis. The second student’s question was about mandatory preschool, ~as an aside, Mr. Boyd mentioned that funding for preschool was going to come up again~ and the third student’s question was about keeping Memphis college graduates in Memphis. There wasn’t a question about smart meters. There wasn’t a question about restoring the police and fire pensions even though there was a group from the “Just the Facts” group on Facebook sitting in front. The Bass Pro Shop didn’t get asked about or the PILOT programs either. It was all about getting public and private funding and how each of the candidates could get the most money.
I have to give Mr. Boyd credit because he did bring up the city budget and the fiscal cliff that we are up against. He did talk about how the pension plan should have been addressed years ago. He didn’t discuss his record about voting for some of the high dollar projects that the city of Memphis taxpayers are on the hook for. I also have to give kudos to Mr. Boyd because he was the only business owner and entrepreneur among them. He did talk about the tax base and how we need to not allow anyone to tell us how much we are worth, but go out and make it happen. I also give him kudos for showing up due to the fact that he was in a motorcycle accident over the weekend and was on crutches.
Michael Steven Moore mentioned several times that he was Barbara Swearengen Holt-Ware’s son and had run her former campaigns. His campaign slogan was "Every inch, every individual, and every issue." Even when the question was for the candidates to each pick an issue that was important to the community and discuss how they would address it, he came back to his campaign slogan instead of actually answering with a specific issue. He ran and lost to Lee Harris for this city council seat in 2011.
Anthony Anderson called himself a social-preneur. For those who might be wondering what a social-preneur is, a social-preneur is an entrepreneur who practices social justice. Mr. Anderson mentioned that when they started the charter schools they paid everyone down to the custodian a living wage with benefits.His qualifications that he touted was that he founded a network of charter schools that have been successful and that he has experience with funneling private money into infrastructure for schools. He also talked several times about how we should “spread the wealth.”
Last but not least was Thurston Smith. The names that he dropped were President Obama and Loretta Lynch. He even pulled up an email from Loretta Lynch on his phone that he had received from her that day. He came to Memphis because of his appointment in the Veterans Administration. Not a real plus in my book because of the fiasco that the VA is in currently. His idea on getting funding for the district is crack ~taxpayer~ money from various grants. In fact, he posted this idea on the FB group “Just the Facts” and ended up deleting the post because he was challenged on how the problem isn't enough money, but the breakdown of the family and missing dads. He deleted the post because it had turned political. Hello!?! You are running for a political office that will be spending taxpayer money.
It looks like I left a little too soon. It was getting late and my bottom was sore from sitting on the hard benches for so long. They were wrapping up the district 7 debate and it sounded like they were wrapping up the event, but apparently I was wrong. The event was supposed to be a debate for Super District 8 as well, but since only Martavius Jones was in attendance and it was so late, I didn't think that they would do it. Apparently, Kemba Ford acted as interviewer for Mr. Jones and asked him pretty much the questions that were asked the district 7 candidates. Shelby Co Commissioner Terry Roland apparently called out Martavius Jones ~who is also currently on the Shelby County Commission~ in typical Terry Roland fashion and there were words exchanged. From a video that I saw, it looks like I was with the majority of the attendees. Most had already left.
“In that instrument I hold there is neither warrant, license, nor sanction of the hateful thing; but, interpreted, as it ought to be interpreted, the Constitution is a glorious liberty document. Read its preamble, consider its purposes.”and
“In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us.... I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! ... And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ... Your interference is doing him positive injury.”
Memphis City Charter, Article 1, Section 1, the original taxing district ~later changed to city~ was created “in order to provide the means of local government for the peace, safety and general welfare of such districts.” That means law enforcement and infrastructure. General welfare means that it benefits all of the city of Memphis, not just certain groups within the city.
Memphis has great potential and I love this city, but we will not move forward until we get back to the basics of a civil society. We have professional race stirrers. We have elected officials that spend too much money on things that government ~taxpayers~ has no business funding. We want safe neighborhoods and quality education for our kids. Neither of those will happen until we get back to taking responsibility for our actions and parents taking responsibility for their children. Instead of blaming those that leave Memphis looking for those things, why don't we work on providing them. We are experiencing the consequences of looking to the government to fix our problems. Isn't it time to try something different?
The panel who asked the questions were Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, Shelby County Democratic Party Secretary Lexie Reed Carter , former City Councilman Shep Wilburn, talk show host Jennings Benard, community activist Charlie Caswell, and Carlissa Shaw from Horne/Wells as well as three students from the Douglass debate team. Also asked to speak were Jim Strickland, ~current city councilman and candidate for mayor~ Kenneth Whalum, ~former MCS board member who has pulled petitions for both city council and mayor~ Michael Williams, ~Memphis Police Association President and also running for mayor~ Randa Spears, ~Shelby Co. Democratic Party Chariman~ John Cornes, ~real estate~ and City Councilwoman Wanda Halbert.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Insure TN is a bailout for the hospitals. When the federal crack money runs outs, the Tennessee hospitals will fund the rest of it. Out of the goodness of their hearts, right? Well, not exactly. Because of ObamaCare, hospitals are getting less money so they have come up with a scheme to unlock federal money to save them. I get it. ObamaCare is a disaster. Hospitals and doctors are getting shafted because government healthcare doesn’t work. Tennesseans are getting shafted with losing their insurance which they were promised they could keep and for those of us who still have insurance, we are paying much more for less coverage.
This is where Terry Roland’s Common Core Math comes in. As usual, politicians create a crisis in order to talk taxpayers into going along with their schemes. What are the two top crises that we hear when politicians are trying to sell a tax increase to pay for their pet projects? Police/Fire and Schools. Well, now you can add the hospitals to the list. Let me be clear. I am not against hospitals. I am not against doctors. I think they are getting the shaft just like the rest of us Americans with ObamaCare. The question is, is what do we do about it? Terry Roland is selling Insure TN in Memphis as the only way to keep property taxes in Shelby County from going up. He said on his FaceBook page on Sunday that
"if they stop the dish payments that comes to Memphis from the Fed, it will be devastating because Regional one will lose 77 million dollars a year and the only way to pay for it would be to go up on property taxes and I can't let that happen. Another property Tax increase would kill Shelby County”
According to Dr. Reginald Coopwood, CEO of Regional One in March 2014.
“(Tennessee's "disproportionate share" (DSH) federal payments for hospitals that serve a large number of Medicaid and low-income uninsured patients are still up in the air. The Regional Medical Center has received about $12 million a year.)”Notice the discrepancy? Roland says the Med will lose $77 million a year and Dr. Coopwood says $12 million. That is not just a couple of dollars off.
Tell us the truth Terry Roland. The hospitals are desperate for a bailout. Using The Med is much more effective as an emotional tug than bailing out Baptist and Methodist. My question is, “Who is going to bailout the taxpayers?”
Terry Roland posted this quote by Clint Eastwood on his FaceBook page in February. I agree with Eastwood. What about Insure TN is less government and fiscally responsible?
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Here is how the provider tax works– hospitals take money out of their right pocket in the form of a “tax” and send it to the state, it cycles through state government in order to look like state spending but it is returned to the hospital’s left pocket. Why do they do this? This “state spending” triggers additional federal taxpayer contributions, driving up spending in the program.
What does this mean for Tennessee? For every new dollar Tennessee collects as a “tax” on hospitals for Obamacare expansion, taxpayers will pay more than $5 to those same hospitals and an extra $8 to other medical providers.
This funding scheme means Tennessee hospitals will pay roughly $1.7 billion in new taxes over the next decade. But the expansion, made possible by these taxes, forces all federal taxpayers to kick in another $22.5 billion. This ultimately allows hospitals to collect up to $9.3 billion in new Medicaid expansion revenue.
This gimmick certainly isn’t new: Tennessee already receives a third of the “state share” of Medicaid spending from provider taxes and funds from local governments. But while this may seem like a clever budget gimmick, there’s only a slim chance that this scheme will survive much longer.
The problem is that ObamaCare and Insure TN isn’t going to require taxpayers to just pay an extra dollar, but I digress. I suggested that Mr. Green could help Mr. Smith with his surgery that he said he needed. He could simply message him and get his address. Mr. Green tried to tell me how many jobs Insure TN was going to create in Tennessee, all by getting more federal crack ~taxpayer~ dollars. He also claimed that I didn’t have a better alternative. That’s really funny because I had already suggested that he could help out Mr. Smith.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Update: It appears that Commissioner Heidi Shafer is also supporting this plan. Both she and Terry Roland spoke at the Shelby County Republican Women's Club this week. A report from an attendee said that both Roland and Shafer were speaking in support of this scheme. At the Commission meeting, Shafer played the role of good cop with us by talking with us and giving us the impression that she agreed with us. She had recused herself from voting on the resolution because she works in the healthcare industry.
What has the state party promised or threatened our elected leaders here in Shelby County? Why is this so important to Haslam?There were four of us who witnessed the ambush on Monday by Republican Shelby County Commissioners. Just two weeks ago, those of us who understand economics and the disaster that ObamaCare is, prevailed over the ruling class Republicans who wanted to pass a resolution supporting Governor Haslam's scheme to expand Medicaid in TN. We called and emailed and instructed our representatives ~did you know that the Tennessee Constitution codifies our right to instruct our representatives?~ that we do not want to expand Medicaid in TN. We know what ObamaCare is doing and will do to healthcare in our great country if not stopped. As my youngest daughter used to say, "We don't want it!" The people spoke and the resolution was pulled. Well, low and behold, it reared it's ugly head once again on Monday. It was not on the agenda. It was an add-on sponsored by Terry Roland ~Republican~ and Van Jones ~Democrat.~
This is the email that I sent to Commissioners Roland, Reaves, Billingsley and Chism. Commissioner Shafer recused herself because of her working in the healthcare industry and I didn't bother sending it to Steve Basar because he has already shown that he is not a conservative.
I am disappointed with what I witnessed during the county commission meeting Monday.First, let me address the shenanigans that took place in the meeting. It was a very cowardly act to ambush the citizens of Shelby County ~Republicans specifically~ in this manner. You were not happy with the input you received by phone, email and from Republicans and other citizens who attended and spoke before the last Commission meeting where you tried to get support for the governor's scheme, so you decided to ambush us Monday by doing a last minute add-on to the agenda. This is what we have come to expect from the Democrats and a tactic you have claimed in the past to despise. Do you have such a short memory that you don't remember the last couple of months? What was the recent lawsuit by the Democrats plus Steve Basar about? Wasn't it about who could add-on an item to the commission agenda and whether a simple majority or super-majority was needed to overrule the chairman to add an item to the agenda? What was the dire emergency that made it imperative that this resolution needed to be passed yesterday?You spoke that you didn't like the ACA, but your back was against the wall because if we don't expand Medicaid in TN under this scheme, then you would be forced to raise property taxes in Shelby County. We can't let the Med go under, after all. We have heard this threat for years/decades. We know what will happen if we expand Medicaid here in TN. Do you not remember the TennCare debacle? It almost bankrupted the state. It took a Democrat to come in and fix that fiasco. Is that what you want? Pave the way for a Democrat governor?
Two citizens, who happened to be present at Monday's meeting, spoke against this referendum. They brought up some important points:
- What are we going to do when the federal monies dry up and the citizens of TN are stuck with having to pay the shortfall?
- Many of the states that went ahead and expanded Medicaid have still had hospital closings.
- Several states have handled this problem in ways that was beneficial to the medical providers and the patients and their solutions need to be examined to see if they would work in TN.
- You said that the smaller hospitals serving the surrounding counties are struggling because of the ACA and that the Memphis Regional Hospital (the MED) would have to take those patients. However, the stated reason that the hospital in Fayette County is closing was because the people in the area were not using it. (only one new patient a day) and it was not cost effective to keep it open.You did not show them the courtesy to slow down long enough to address those concerns but went directly to the vote.
By expanding Medicaid ~like Haslam wants to~ we are just kicking the can down the road.
I agree with Thomas Payne."I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace
It is time for courage from you, our elected officials. It is time for leaders to articulate conservatism and limited government. You purport to espouse limited government. Your actions speak louder than your words.
For more details on the Commission meeting, click here.
To instruct our representatives ~as the TN State Constitution says we have the right to~ here is the link to their email addresses or call them at 222-1000.
"Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,
"A republic, if you can keep it."
It is up to us to keep our republic. Voting is just the beginning of our civic responsibility. Help save our republic. It starts at the local level because power is in the district.
Commissioner Terry Roland will be the speaker at the Dutch Treat Luncheon on Saturday, January 17th at noon at Jason's Deli. Jason's Deli is located at 3473 Poplar ~corner of Highland and Poplar~. Come early if you want to order a meal. This will be a great time to ask him why he pulled this stunt.
Friday, January 2, 2015
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
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