I watched this video a couple of times, trying to think of something snarky and coherent to say. But I kept having the same three thoughts. One, thank goodness for Phil Williams digging this stuff up and making someone go on camera to defend it. Two, you couldn't pay me enough money to do Patricia Smith's job, having to defend this nonsense. Three, I wonder how demoralizing this must be for state employees? For years, they've been demonized, found their pay doesn't keep up with the cost of living, had their health insurance costs go way up and dealt with year-to-year uncertainty about their jobs and budgets.
And, apparently, if their departments had been structured to receive money a tiny bit differently, they could have been going to Dave & Buster's and having big office parties and going to Christmas parties at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
That's got to sting.
I'm eager to hear if Gov. Haslam thinks this is an OK use of a state agency's money.