Democrats made the usual arguments against the bill—that it's an unwarranted usurpation of local authority and a denial of the Republican principle that the best government is the one closest to the people.
"If I were in local government, I would wonder what my purpose is given the fact that we are mandating time and time again to local government," said Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis. "But at the same time, we’re telling the federal government to stay out of our business. I’m sure a lot of my colleagues see the slight hypocrisy here."
Slight hypocrisy? House Republican leader Gerald McCormick finally heard enough of the Democrats' carping, and he vowed never to let any commie rats out there set up a little "people's republic" in the great state of Tennessee. No sir! Was he talking about East Nasty? Said McCormick:
The state of Tennessee created the local governments in the state of Tennessee and not only did we create them, we’re responsible for their performance. Now the big cities affect the whole state. They don’t just affect their city limits. They are all economic generators for the surrounding counties. That alone is reason enough not to let them set up some little people’s republic in some city in the state of Tennessee. It affects everybody in the state, and we have a stake in this. Now the same folks who get up and say, ‘Oh you can’t get involved in local government decisions. You can’t tell the local governments what to do,’ are the same people who want the federal government to tell us everything to do. You can’t have it both ways.