You can say that this process has been used before, and that would be right. But it's never been used for anything like this.It took the Washington Post's Ezra Klein only a few minutes to shine a light on the sophistry of Alexander's claim:
Lamar Alexander said that reconciliation has never been used for anything as big as health-care reform. Health-care reform has a 10-year cost of about $950 billion. The Bush tax cuts, which passed through reconciliation, had a 10-year cost of about $1.8 trillion. Lamar Alexander voted for them.There may be good reasons to avoid the reconciliation process, but the notion that it hasn't been used for major legislation is not one of them.
Mayor Haslam's 10 principles are: 1. First ask the question, should state government actually be doing this? 2. Always ask the question, is this the most efficient and effective way to do it? 3. Manage conservatively and spend less than you take in 4. Hold the reins when times are good 5. Prioritize when times are bad 6. Avoid debt 7. Keep taxes low 8. Ensure Tennessee remains a state WITHOUT an income tax 9. Ensure every initiative of state government is producing a measurable, positive outcome 10. Be a faithful steward of taxpayer dollarsOK, it took a little too long to get to No. 8. (We hope these principles aren't in order of importance.) And Nos. 9 and 10 sound pretty much the same as Nos. 1 and 2, plus there's no need for No. 4. And there's nothing about how, in following his guiding principles, he will manage not to close schools or release murderers from prison. But all in all, this tells you all you need to know about how Haslam would govern Tennessee. And don't you just love those red umbrellas?
"It's not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven't warmed in the past 50 years," veteran Australian climate scientist Neville Nicholls told an online climate science media briefing. "January, according to satellite (data), was the hottest January we've ever seen," said Nicholls of Monash University's School of Geography and Environmental Science in Melbourne. "Last November was the hottest November we've ever seen, November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen," he said of the satellite data record since 1979.So let's review: Wamp and Ramsey may shiver sometimes and it has snowed occasionally in their general vicinity this winter, but that doesn't mean the world isn't warming. Even Brentwood will have to deal with it eventually. We know it's a difficult concept for you to grasp, but please try. You can do it.
The New York Times printed another story today about the rush to loosen gun laws around the country and, for once, Tennessee didn't get top billing. In part, that's because some states are only now catching up with what our legislature did last session in the Year of the Gun in Tennessee. But we have to admit it--some legislatures are ahead of us in finding new and innovative ways to let gunmen prowl unimpeded around their states.
Too bad the Times didn't know about our legislature's upcoming "machine-gun shoot." We do merit notice in the article along with Montana for our Firearms Freedom Act. A first-of-its-kind-law, it purports to exempt this state from federal firearms regulation (but doesn't really because that's unconstitutional).
For cutting-edge gun laws, though, Arizona and Wyoming are the hands-down winners. Their lawmakers are considering letting residents carry concealed weapons without any permits at all. Now that's firearms freedom!
So does the ad pass the truth test? While the claims are based on facts, some of the statements are misleading. But like most campaign ads, there's truth and there's spin. This ad has a little of both.
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Video of the referenced meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534&v=FIO2vLW1p_A
Video of Eddie Overholt being arrested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84503534&x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=TtDF6-_JnNc
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