Monday, June 8, 2009
Legislature / Politics / Woods
Republicans Try to Scuttle Al Gore Statue on Capitol Grounds
by Jeff Woods
on Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 2:12 PM
who apparently was born in Tennessee and won the Nobel prize in economics.
That ought to confuse everybody so much that none of these statues is ever built. Hah! We did a little quick Googling and learned that Buchanan is some kind of right-wing nutjob, er, we mean free-market economist. He lives in Virginia.
Sen. Ken Yeager, R-Harriman, who proposed the statue for Buchanan, innocently batted his eyes and denied he bore any ill will toward Gore or Hull. He said Buchanan was Tennessee's only other native born Nobel winner. Yeager said, "If we're going to honor one laureate from Tennessee, we ought to honor all of them."
Sen. Andy Berke, D-Chattanooga, argued, "The point is to honor the Nobel peace prize winners. We don't want to get into a situation where we have our grounds cluttered with all of the different prize winners." But Republicans didn't care what he said, and Democrats are so flustered they just delayed a Senate vote on their resolution.
Those crafty Senate Republicans may have figured out a way to scuttle plans to raise private contributions to erect state Capitol statues of Al Gore and Cordell Hull--Tennessee's only two Nobel peace prize winners. They've just tacked on an amendment to the Gore-Hull resolution calling for yet another statue, this one for some guy named