(A letter to Madam Speaker Harwell personally, with copies to our area lawmakers)
January 22, 2015
Hon. Madam Speaker, esteemed Majority Leader McCormick, and Knox and Anderson County area lawmakers,
In 2009, Americans took to the streets protesting Obamacare before it even passed, launching a tidal wave of popular opposition of a depth and a ferocity not seen for decades. Please do not underestimate it.
Rather than waning, the outrage has only grown. Now that we’ve seen the lies that sold Obamacare exposed, the people are furious. Those facing tax penalties, increased premiums and canceled policies are incensed. Americans resent this monstrous intrusion, dishonestly passed on false promises, and the sentiment is even stronger in Tennessee. We do not want Obamacare imposed on us, not any part of it, and politicians have felt our wrath every election since. Health care policy belongs at home.
My group has seen and considered the Governor’s ‘Insure Tennessee’ waiver application. We’ve also reviewed several studies in favor which tabulate all the ‘benefits’ as if the money fell from the sky, yet which account for none of the costs.
We oppose the expansion and will be communicating—and energetically collaborating—with groups across the state, for the reasons below.
Despite the Governor’s sincere efforts to make a silk purse of it, there’s no escaping the facts: any TennCare expansion (‘ObamaCaid’) is still socialized medicine imposed on our state, still the camel’s nose under the tent. It’s still a federal poverty program for people who are not poor; still strips the state of its policy prerogatives; and still makes a large portion of our population—and our politics—permanent 90% wards of the federal government. Adding insult to injury, the feds don’t even have the money they’ve promised—they’re borrowing just to keep their lights on, and borrowing it from us.
 By definition, 138% of Federal Poverty Level (the eligibility limit) is not ‘poor.’
It’s indisputable that an expansion relinquishes our legislature’s control over our health policy concerning those citizens. It does likewise for those to be added later. But besides surrendering this sovereignty to Washington’s bureaucrats, it’s also a trap. Should the Governor negotiate a legally enforceable escape clause—a dubious prospect—it would be politically impossible to exercise it. The Obama Administration’s Jonathan Grubers are gleefully counting on that.
Next, the fact that our taxes are supporting other states’ expansions—the blackmail argument—is not a sound reason to adopt a health policy, much less twist ourselves into knots to accommodate the ACA. Setting states against each other vying for each other’s health care money is simply another of the unAffordable Care Act’s cynical ploys, another reason to press for its repeal.
Notably, in all this debate I’ve not heard even one person suggest that obliging the state of Tennessee to provide health insurance to able-bodied middle-income workers is a good idea, yet that is exactly what’s being proposed.
Nor have I heard even one person suggest, if Tennesseans ever (unaccountably) concluded the state of Tennessee should provide health insurance to able-bodied middle-income workers, that we should finance such a program by having Washington tax us, set the rules, then give us part back. That would be the most wasteful, inflexible, inhumane, and cumbersome approach possible.
Whether to subject these Tennesseans and Tennesseans as a whole to national socialized medicine by parts is perhaps one of the most momentous decisions this General Assembly will ever face, and the General Assembly is facing it now.
We object most strenuously on every front—we do not wish these rights ceded to the federal government. This is not a proper role for the federal government, not their domain, not a constitutional function of the federal government, and it’s also not an intelligent means to enact, fund, or administer a health policy. ObamaCaid is coerced, dishonestly indirectly funded with taxes, tricks and gimmicks, on Washington’s terms.
If we want programs let them be enacted here, honestly paid, on our terms. That’s better, and it’s also the right way.
(For the Speaker’s convenience I’ve appended some of the educational materials we’re distributing to our members, below. This material includes links to various authoritative articles and references.)
With greatest respect,
The Knoxville Tea Party
that lives within its means
and adheres to the Constitution”
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Times: 8:30 AM ‐ 4 PM
Location: Bradbury Community Center 3343 Buttermilk Rd., Kingston, TN 37763
Cost: $45.00 Contact: Emily Bowers, Email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call ‐ 518 376‐9494
This 6 ½‐hour workshop shows you how to:
Explain ‘hot’ topics in terms that convince, not divide
Dismantle the ‘conservative’ stereotype Expand your group’s influence
Speak about property rights, healthcare and education in terms that turn left and right into allies
Create arguments that compel people to unite and act
Convince public officials to listen, understand and act
Make liars and bullies look nonsensical
“Shattering America’s Trance” is about spreading the news the media ignores.
Here is the text of our file. It has the numbers PlanEt has engaged along with articles written by Wolf Naegeli. For the Knoxville home owners the stats on the “Meeting in a Box” are very relevant as Mark Donaldson (MPC Chair) referenced those stats as what people want for the area. This was his reasoning for changing the ordinances. In Wolf’s articles he says 9 Counties 1 vision is in support of Agenda 21. This being written in 2001 and we were told at PlanEt events that no one knows what PlanEt is. 9 Counties 1 Vision is said to be the predecessor to PlanEt. handouttext The percentages were corrected in this file. There was an error in the original hard copy.
This is the opt out requirements for PlanEt along with an opt out letter from the mayor of Union County. All PlanEt procedures should be null and void after May 2012. OptOut
Here is an email of Madeline Rogero receiving talking points on Agenda 21 that were used for Bill Haslam’s campaign. Then there is an exert of Madeline saying she didn’t know anything about Agenda 21. Also in this file are the mandatory outcomes needed to be compliant with the HUD grant that was received to implement PlanEt. Agenda21Knoxville
Here are a few tenets of Agenda 21 with page numbers form the Agenda 21 book. Along with that is Urban Environmental Accords which shows the standards for a ‘Green City’. In there it touts the Rio Summit in 1992 as guidance. Agenda 21 started at the Rio Summit. Agenda21GreenCity
Note: Mayor Madeline Rogero was the Community Development Director for Mayor Bill Haslam.
Click the orange links for each file.
Agenda 21 is being implemented in your backyard. There is no dispute that we have been lied to for quite sometime. Agenda 21 goes back no later than 2001 for E. Tenn. If it is so great what is the purpose in lying? Now, what are you going to do with the information?
There is more to come on this issue.
The Tennessee Liberty Alliance will host an open forum on January 11, 2014 for Knoxville regional residents to learn more about the current ideas and implementations for the Knoxville region that are guided by Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) and the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC).
We all desire a thriving and healthy community as we move into the future, and it should be no surprise that there are many different ideas being put forth as to how to get there. Come with a friend and discover the latest ideas and plans of the MPC and PlanET, and how they will affect you and your family for generations to come.
Join moderator David “Shyne” Thompson, MPC’s TPO director, Jeff Welch, and other area leaders to discover the pertinent facts regarding this critical topic of “sustainability”. Local topics, including Westland Cove, will be open for discussion.
REGISTER HERE or copy and paste the link below to reserve your spot.
Tomorrow afternoon, 6/15/2013, at the Lavender Festival in Oak Ridge, the outreach chairman for Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) will be presenting a program for attendees of the festival. PlanET is a “regional partnership” of community and county leaders charged with allegedly “asking input” from the community as to how to deal with future growth and development in a way that “reflects our vision and values.”
Sounds fantastic! But what is PlanET, really? Similar organizations are springing up all over the country and are in different phases of development. Do they seek information from the community or carefully guide the community toward a preplanned agenda?
The TLA strongly encourages each and every person to carefully “do their own due diligence” by educating themselves on this important trend of sustainable development, or “smart growth”.
Several documents are available on the web from organizations such as Freedom Advocates and American Policy. Two simple, yet comprehensive, documents that are frequently referenced can be viewed/downloaded directly for easy reference: Georgia Agenda 21 and Understanding Sustainable Development.
Ask questions. Lead and don’t be led.
The Sevier County Tea Party will be hosting Mr. Glenn Jacobs at their June meeting to be held at the Sevierville Civic Center.
Mr. Jacobs, who is well known as professional wrestler, Kane, is a growing voice in conservative economic thought and policy. He will be sharing his views of a strong centralized government that was espoused by Alexander Hamilton vs. Thomas Jefferson’s idea of a decentralized local government. “Of course, I come down on Jefferson’s side.”, says Jacobs, “Jefferson believed that political power should be in the hands of the People, and that state and local governments were more easily controlled than a strong national government espoused by Hamilton. Unfortunately, Hamilton’s vision eventually triumphed.”
Jacobs has obtained recent national attention with his assault on the the internet sales tax mandate, known by its misleading title as the “Marketplace Fairness Act.” He has thrown down a challenge to Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey to a debate about this important issue. There have been rumors that Mr. Jacobs is considering the possibility of exploring the idea of contesting Lamar Alexander’s US Senate seat in 2014. He is a founding member of the Tennessee Liberty Alliance.
This meeting will take place on June 20th at 6:30pm. The Seiverville Civic Center is located at 200 Gary Wade Blvd in Seiverville, Tennessee. For directions, CLICK HERE. Spread the word. This is sure to be an interesting and revealing meeting!
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax.
Ramsey is wrong on both counts.
Currently, thanks to the 1992 Supreme Court decision Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states are prohibited from forcing out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax on their behalf. For this reason, sales taxes are not applied when you make a purchase from an out-of-state online retailer that has no physical presence in the state to which the order is shipped. The Internet sales tax mandate, known by its misleading title as the Marketplace Fairness Act, would change that. For the first time, many of your online purchases will be subject to state sales tax.
States with sales tax also have a complementary tax called a “use tax.” You are supposed to pay a use tax on a product if you buy the good without paying sales tax on it. So, for instance, if you buy a product in New Hampshire, which has no sales tax, and then bring that product back to Tennessee to use or consume, you are supposed to pay a use tax — equivalent to the sales tax rate — to the state of Tennessee.
When soldiers came home from the war, they found their McMinn County Government had become corrupt and abusive. This corrupt government was capable of Gestapo type actions that included stealing ballot boxes, shooting and beating voters who resisted their will, bribery, and misuse of the public trust and power. They were not the same farm boys who had gone off to war. These GI s formed a political organization to overthrow the corrupt regime on election day. When they were met with violence and intimidation they fought back with fists, pistols, rifles and even dynamite.
Here is a link to the show. It will probably go off of the link Sun. Feb 3rd