Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Fix the Tax System in Tennessee

A recent comment reminded about a newspaper story that focused on how bad and immoral Tennessee’s tax system is.

Did you know?

* Tennessee has the nation’s highest average sales tax at nearly 10%.
* Tennessee is one of only a handful of states that still tax groceries.
* Tennessee has more border states than any other state in the nation.
* Over half of Tennessee residents live in counties bordering another state.
* Every single state bordering Tennessee has a lower sales tax.
* Every day people drive across the border or go on-line to avoid the sales tax.
* Tennessee’s high sales tax costs the state tens-of-thousands of jobs.

The system is broken and we need people to step up and fix it. Way too many of our legislators, like Hilly boy [who makes an estimated $80k a year], are the wealthy people intent on making sure that low-income families pay over three-times the taxes as a portion of income than the rich.

Without real tax reform Tennessee will continue to see:

*double-digit tuition hikes at our state universities
*local tax increases as cities and counties struggle to make up for the loss of state funds
*dismal graduation rates and underfunded schools
*people dying because of unnecessary heath care cuts
*talk about a pre-K program with only token funding to make it a reality

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Thursday, January 26, 2006


What Does War Protester Hill Know About Ethics?

Come on, Hilly boy is the embodiment of unethical. Right now he is supposed to be working for ethics reform in Tennessee, reform that specifically targets lobbyists. Yet, he wants to be a lobbyist himself. Unbelievable.

And for a comparison of class and trash, just look at what Hill and Crowe said in response to the possibility of Phillips running.

Here is class, demonstrated by Crowe:

Crowe, in a prepared statement, had only one thought on Phillips’ recent announcement, saying “It sounds as though Fred has not made up his mind as to what he wants to do.”

Instead, Crowe seemed more inclined to speak about his own candidacy and focus prior to August.

And here is trash and immaturity, demonstrated by Rep. Matthew Hill:

Hill said he believes that the voters of Washington County will cast their ballot for the candidate who has the strongest and most ethical background.

“Personally, I don’t think voters are going to send a Democrat to the House to vote alongside the Fords and Naifehs,” said Hill, referring to Rep. Ophelia Ford and Speaker of the House Jimmy Naifeh.

And, in this story, it is no surprise that the one state representative from our area who said the absolute least about ethics reform was Tennessee State Representative Matthew Hill.
And finally, you can guarantee that Hilly boy will do his best to make sure lobbyists continue to have access to legislators.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Run Against War Protester Rep. Matthew Hill

So, Phillips might run against Representative Matthew Hill. I don't think he will really run against Crowe, given Crowe's support for Phillips. Let the campaigning begin.

Here are a couple more stories that say the same thing.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006


It's Like a Circus Show on the Radio

The other day Timothy Hill (of the WPWT 870 AM "Tower of Half-Truths") was whining over how it was reported within an area newspaper that a possible candidate for the office of Carter County Mayor was "testing the waters" before making the full plunge and fully committing himself to a political campaign.

The Morning Flake then went on ranting about his disgust for political candidates using polling as part of the campaign efforts...talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

The following campaign finance information regarding polling paid for by little Timothy's brother --- Matthew Hill: Tennessee State Representative --- is found at Tennessee Secretary of State online campaign finance website:

2004 Pre-General

09/20/2004 to 10/23/2004


DAVIS, CA 95616

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Monday, January 09, 2006


Rep. Matthew Hill is THE ENEMY OF PUBLIC EDUCATION (and ethics reform)

The following (except for the last paragraph) came from some comments on an earlier post. It is just too good to leave in the comments section.
Rep. Hill recently put forth the idea that public school systems should give rebate checks back to citizens that don't have children in the public school. HELLO????!!!

Would this not then make the PUBLIC SCHOOLS by DEFINITTION PRIVATE SCHOOLS?? That's because under the Hilly boy's anti-public education plan, the only people that would be paying for the school system would be the people with children in that school system. That's called a private school. Right??

Using the same logic, I want a rebate check back from the federal government because I never have attended any events funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Of course the Hilly Boy's Cameo theatre took NEA money recently for an event that was held there. Remember everyone?? The CONSERVATIVE Hilly boy doesn't mind taking money from an organization that funded someone to put an inverted cross in urine, that is as long as it feathers the Hilly boy's own nest. He'll take money from anybody. How disgusting is this hypocrisy. And he's a CONSERVATIVE????????

If anyone that attended a public school supports Hilly boy and his radical agenda, you need to have your head checked.

By the way, Hilly boy once admitted on the air that he was in a special education class for Math in the public school system. I guess it's ok for us to pay for the Hilly boy's education, but he doesn't want to reciprocate. And this talk coming from a publicly financed East Tennessee State University graduate. Hilly boy is all about feathering his own nest and to heck with everyone else.

No wonder he's a Republican. Birds of the same feather flock together.
And in other news, no comment from Rep. Matthew Hill about the special session on ethics that Bredesen called. I guess he is just continuing his pattern of resisting ethics reform in Tennessee.

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Monday, January 02, 2006


Political Volleyball

Here’s a nice letter from the chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party in response to Beth Harwell’s demand that Bredesen “provide voters with 'real assurance that trust is being restored to their state government.”

I would urge you to step forward and explain to voters why you — during your initial tenure as Republican Party chairman in 2001 and 2002 — violated federal campaign finance law by misappropriating more than $335,000 in political contributions.

"Specifically, the Federal Election Commission found your Party received more than $310,000 in contributions from 20 individuals and three political action committees (PACs) that exceeded legal limits. Moreover, your Party received a $25,000 contribution from what the FEC described as an 'apparent prohibited source.' The FEC said this violation resulted in the largest fine ever issued by the agency under its alternative dispute resolution program.

"Furthermore, you have remained noticeably silent in recent weeks with respect to developments concerning political contributions to your Party by John Gregory and other individuals with close financial ties to King Pharmaceuticals Inc. As you know, the U.S. Justice Department in November announced that King Pharmaceuticals must pay $124 million to settle claims that it bilked federal and state Medicaid programs, including TennCare, under John Gregory’s leadership from 1994 to 2002.

"Representative Halteman-Harwell: John Gregory and other individuals with close financial ties to King Pharmaceuticals were major contributors to the Tennessee Republican Party during your initial tenure as chairman in 2001 and 2002. We view those contributions as taxpayer funds that were taken away from health care for the poor, the sick and the disabled.
Don’t worry, Harwell just dismissed the issue as a "bookkeeping error" and an "accounting procedural mistake.”

"Glossing over $335,000 in illegal contributions and calling it a ‘bookkeeping error’ is something that might happen at Enron or WorldCom," Tuke said.
And lastly, here’s an interesting item you can pick up at the Gregory owned Ride Revolution website. I especially like the use of “Forbidden” on the cover of this particular DVD.

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