Whenever Tennesseans for Fair Taxation has proposed an income tax, it has been offset by a reduction (or elimination) of the sales tax on food and reduction of sales taxes on everything else. Under the latest proposal 80% of Tennesseans (those earning up to $74,000 a year) would pay less tax and those earning more would pay a bit more. The income tax proposal by the Republican Governor around the turn of the century included reduction in the sales tax, too.
The behavior the sponsors cite as justification for the new law is already illegal. The Department of Safety has not been enforcing the law so that the misbehavior by persons unconnected to Occupy Nashville can be used to smear the Occupiers.
The trolls have decided to attack the messenger. Since they have no answer to the substance of the article, they try to distract attention from the message..
Don't sit here and tell OccupyNashville where they should be protesting. If you think it's important, get down to War Memorial Plaza yourself and make a proposal to their general assembly. Or just gather your own friends and start a movement.
You obviously know what libel is. You didn't repeat it. Why are you still hiding? Quit Occupying the keyboard and cyberspace. Come out to Occupy the real public forum.
You are hereby notified to cease and desist your libelous statements about me. You won't be able to hide behind your screen name if I decide to sue.
I'm as serious about this as I was about volunteering to give up my freedom briefly to exercise my First Amendment rights.
If the concern of Governor Haslam was safety and sanitary conditions, why was I arrested? I never spent the night. I never engaged in any of the activities listed above. When I was arrested I was using the "people's mic" (short phrases repeated by the group so everyone can hear) to read the Declaration of Independence. I was on the Plaza at 3:00 AM because I strenuously object to Governor Haslam's attempt to squelch our voices. This was an egregious violation of our First Amendment rights. When the officers came to arrest us, I stood up with my back toward the officers and my hands behind my back and submitted to the detention even though I am certain it will not stand up in court. I walked willingly to the bus to be transported to jail. It was my first time in jail.
The officer who detained me did so in a very professional and humane manner. Accounts from others who were detained and photographs I have seen indicate that was not the case for all of the 29.
There has traditionally been a uniformed Highway Patrol presence on the Plaza 24/7. Sometime after the Occupation began, that presence was withdrawn. If they were concerned about conditions on the Plaza, why did they not increase the number of officers? Why did they not arrest the individual offenders immediately? Do you think they might have been intentionally opening the door to troublemakers so they could use their behavior to discredit the Occupiers who were observing their own code of conduct which included strict adherence to the law?
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