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I Don’t Think “Bias” Means What Glen Casada Thinks It Means

Tennessee Republicans appear to be doing their best to score irony points. Today we have Williamson County Republican Glen Casada, fresh off of wiping his boots with Metro Nashville’s non-discrimination ordinance which protected GLBT and other minority groups from discrimination when the city contracts with private businesses. Casada made sure Nashville’s — and any other city’s — NDO was null and void, so private businesses can continue to discriminate against gays and your tax dollars can continue to pour into such companies. Huzzah.

Today Casada is joining the charge to wipe out perceived “bias” in our state textbooks:

According to Casada, R-Franklin, the question is one of many passages that display bias. Students learn very little about the men who founded the U.S. and what is taught portrays them in a negative light, Casada said. Meanwhile, socialists and foreign “despots” who killed hundreds of their countrymen are praised.

The founders portrayed in a negative light, while socialists are praised? I find this extremely hard to believe. In fact, that defies credibility on all levels. Do show me a history book which only teaches negative things about the founders while praising socialists. I’m dying to see this.

Speaking of portraying people in a negative light, isn’t Glen Casada the one who passed on incorrect information to State Senator Stacey Campfield about Democratic House candidate Roger Byrge? Prompting a libel lawsuit? Why, yes he was:

Campfield maintained in the deposition that he was just repeating information he had received from House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklin. Casada and the state Republican Party were also sued by Byrge but settled the case to undisclosed terms.

“I did not say those things,” Campfield said in the deposition. “Glen Casada said those things.”

Pressed by Byrge’s attorney, David Dunaway, about whether he was sorry he had published the comments on his blog, Campfield said: “I’m sorry Glen Casada was mistaken in his report, yes.”

Casada said in court filings that he did not intend for Campfield to post the information on the blog before it was confirmed. But Campfield said he didn’t feel a responsibility to verify what he had been told by Casada.

“If you want to say Glen was reckless, I guess you could say that,” Campfield said.

Campfield said he was contacted by Mark Goins, a former Republican state representative from Lafollete, to inform him that the candidate had been confused with somebody else.

Woopsies. I think when it comes to issues of “bias” and “portraying people in a negative light,” the guy who killed Nashville’s non-discrimination ordinance and spread lies about a Democratic candidate to a known loudmouth with a blog ain’t exactly the voice of credibility.

Also? When it comes to education, the people who have confused religious propaganda with sex education are not exactly voices of authority, either.

Anyway, what the hell do you care, Tennessee Republicans? Aren’t you homeschooling all of your kids so they learn about how Adam and Eve had pet dinosaurs and climate change is a liberal hoax?

Please. The very idea that Tennessee Republicans think they know squat about “bias” is hilarious.

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Rep. Fincher Joins TNGOP’s Starving Children Club

[UPDATE]:

It’s not “stealing” when Rep. Fincher does it!

USDA data collected in EWG’s 2013 farm subsidy database update — going live tomorrow –shows that Fincher collected a staggering $3.48 million in “our” money from 1999 to 2012. In 2012 alone, the congressman was cut a government check for a $70,000 direct payment. Direct payments are issued automatically, regardless of need, and go predominantly to the largest, most profitable farm operations in the country.

I am literally at a loss for words. Surely Tennessee’s 8th district deserves better than a heartless bastard who has his hand in the till while telling poor children to go begging at the church door. And you call yourself a Christian with that mouth? No. That’s not Christianity. That is the opposite of Christianity. That is being selfish, greedy, and abusive.

I’m sick of these assholes and their phony faith.

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DownloadedFileWhat is it with Tennessee Republicans and hungry children? First we had Williamson County GOP Chair Kevin Kookogey calling the National School Breakfast program a “perverse handout.” Yes, that’s right, making sure hungry kids start the day off right with some nutrition so they can actually learn something in school is perverse.

Then we had state Sen. Stacey Campfield’s now-infamous “starve the children” bill. And now we have Rep. Stephen Fincher, TN-08, passionately arguing to cut food stamps in the Farm Bill because, Jesus:

Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., then quoted a verse from the 26th chapter of Matthew, saying the “poor will always be with us” in his defense of cuts to the food stamps program. 

Fincher said obligations to take care of the poor should be left to churches, not the government.

Right, that worked so well for hundreds of years when the obligation to care for the poor really was left to the churches. Also, way to cherry-pick the Bible, dude.

But also, Jesus Hates Lazy Poors:

Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, who supports cuts to the program, had his own Bible verse from the Book of Thessalonians to quote back to Vargas: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat,” he said.

First of all, the idea that the poor don’t work is astonishingly, dumfoundingly stupid. Here’s a guy crafting policy affecting the poor and he knows absolutely nothing about what it’s like to be poor in America. But second of all, since Fincher brought the work topic up, what does he do for a living? When he’s not sucking on the taxpayer teet as a Congressmonster, of course.

Let’s ask the Great Gazoogle:

A seventh generation farmer, Fincher is a managing partner in Fincher Farms, a family business that grows cotton, corn, soybeans, and wheat on more than 2,500 acres in western Tennessee. The company has received $8.9 million in farm subsidies over the past decade, mostly from the cotton program, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.[6][7][8] Fincher received a $13,650 grant to help buy grain hauling and storage equipment from the state Department of Agriculture in 2009 as part of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.[9]

Oh! So Stephen Fincher thinks it’s perfectly fine for the taxpayers to send him a handout, but when the poor need help putting food on the table, it’s sorry! Jesus says no!

OMG.

In fact, Fincher — a self-described member of the Tea Party, ‘natch — was the largest recipient of farm subsidies in the U.S. Congress, according to this 2011 report, raking in $3,368,843. This was so horrifying that at one point some pundits thought this might be a problem for him with Tea Party voters.

Guffaw.

Get real. If you’re looking for principles on the right side of the aisle you will continually be disappointed.

Rep. Stephen Fincher, you are a horrible person who uses the Bible to selectively justify your greedy, selfish ways. Woe unto you.

Repent, asshole.

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Those Huddled Masses Yearning For Free Stuff

Republicans like our own Rep. Diane Black might want to talk to some actual immigrants before putting their cockamamie notions about why people come to America into actual policy. Black wants to change the 14th Amendment, which has apparently been “misinterpreted for 145 years”:

“The current broad and misguided interpretation of birthright citizenship encourages chain migration and places an unfair financial strain on our social safety net,” Black said in a statement. “With record deficits and more than 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States, the last thing we need to be doing is incentivizing people to come to America for the sole purpose of giving birth in order to obtain automatic citizenship for their children, which qualifies them for taxpayer-funded programs.

What fantasy world do Republicans like Diane Black live in? Under this cracked worldview, our taxpayer-funded programs are apparently so incredibly generous, so luxurious, so gilded, that they serve as a magnet for the world’s huddled masses! Can you believe that?

Are you people kidding me? Since when does Diane Black even care about the social safety net in the first place? For crying out loud, conservatives have been trying to dismantle it for the past 50 years. Remember Ronald Reagan saying Medicare would lead to totalitarianism? Puh-leeze. So, now you guys care about the social safety net all of a sudden?! Really! You don’t say! Sorry if we hadn’t noticed.

You know what, Republicans? Please stop using the same social safety net you’re constantly trying to destroy as the convenient excuse to shred every other piece of American policy you don’t like, too. Really, you’re being a tad too transparent here.

The overwhelming stench of bullshit wafting over this argument is unbelievable. Diane Black actually thinks we’re that stupid.

It’s not about the benefits, you idiots. If immigrants just wanted free stuff they’d go to Canada, where they at least get some damn healthcare, not to mention a social safety net far more generous than ours. It’s about the opportunity. It’s about being free. It’s about a chance to create a life for yourself and your family. They come here to work and be united with family members who are already here. It’s all the stuff that the flag-wavers and patriots are constantly beating their breasts about: family, freedom, apple pie, the whole shebang. It’s not about the oh-so generous free stuff Uncle Sam hands out.

Furthermore, the entire premise that immigrants are a drain on America is 100% wrong. In fact, the whole “birth tourism” fearmongering Black has glommed on to is something exaggerated by the racist folks at FAIR, Numbers USA, the Center For Immigration Studies, and John Tanton’s other anti-immigrant front groups.

And finally, let me say: It is with tremendous irony that I read that conservatives claim the 14th Amendment has been misinterpreted for 145 years, but the Second Amendment (with all that stuff about a “well regulated Militia” which conservatives routinely ignore) has not.

Yes, Republicans. Do tell me about how you believe in a strict interpretation of the Constitution. I’m all ears.

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TN GOPers Root Out Creeping Sharia In Capitol Bathrooms

Tennessee State legislators Bill Ketron (R-CooCooForCocoaPuffs) and Judd Matheny (R-TinFoilHatsRUS) are still focused like a laser on crazy crap no one really gives a shit about:

Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities to support Muslim prayer rituals.

The new sink is instead meant to make it easier for custodial staff to fill buckets and clean mops.

Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey said he had been approached by a House and Senate member to inquire about the basin, which replaced a utility sink that had been mounted higher on the wall.

Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro said he had asked about the change after being approached about it by fellow Republican Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma. Ketron said the answer dispelled any potential concerns, while Matheny denied being involved.

Ha ha ha … Love that Matheny is all like, “Huh? Waddun’t me!”

SO GLAD WE GOT THAT CLEARED UP FOLKS! Now back to your regularly scheduled wackadoodle.

Fer crying out loud … Who in their right mind sees a dang sink and immediately gets all scared about ZOMG ISLAMOFASCISM!? Get some help, guys. Like, of the medicinal sort? Maybe?

I do not want to know what reality looks like to these guys.

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Rep. Steve Cohen Pwns TNGOP

Have you heard this crazy story about Rep. Steve Cohen, a progressive Democrat from Memphis? He was caught sending Tweets to a young college girl during the SOTU and the TNGOP jumped all over what they were sure was a scandal-in-the-making. They even called Cohen “The Weiner of the South” in their official statement, and devoted a hefty chunk of their Twitter feed to milking the “scandal.”

Funny story, turns out the girl Cohen was Tweeting was his daughter. What? You didn’t know he had a daughter? Cohen didn’t either, until three years ago.

So now the TNGOP has egg all over its face (and Twitter stream). Not surprisingly, they’d like everyone to just move along now, please! Bygones! And also, Tweeting during the SOTU is very bad, except if you’re a Republican trying to disrespect the President, which in 2009 they all did.

And then we have this priceless message from former TNGOP spokesperson Bill Hobbs, who wrote:

Hobbs-Cohen

“Not knowingly, but still”? You gotta be kidding me.

Maybe Tennessee Republicans can pass a law requiring men to set aside a chunk of money on the off-chance they might have unknowingly fathered a child. Nah, that would just be silly — though not as silly as half the stuff Republicans have put forth in our legislature this session.

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Also: I Don’t Think Freedom Of The Press Means What You Think It Means

Any Resemblance To Tennessee Republicans Is Entirely Intentional

Any Resemblance To Tennessee Republicans Is Entirely Intentional

Oh you guys Tennessee Republicans are so mad! They are simply fit to be tied, tamping their widdew feet at the news media which had the absolute gall to report on all of the crazy, wackadoodle, loony legislation coming out of the Republican Supermajority.

And they are doing something about it!

Dunn, a leading member of the House leadership team, says he’s voting for legislation requiring the Transportation Department to advertise bids for contracts by publishing notices on the department’s website instead of in newspapers around the state.

That’ll cost newspapers $250,000 a year. At a House Transportation subcommittee meeting, Dunn said it serves them right.

Tennessee Republicans in the legislature want to retaliate? Oh, shock me. What else do they do up at the state capitol these days except retaliate against perceived grievances? Their entire existence is devoted to sending a giant “fuck you” to every group they don’t like, starting with the cities of Nashville and Memphis.

These are the same people who got in a fit of pique when the Nashville school board denied Great Hearts Academy their charter (for reasons I outlined here); now they’ve decided to pass a law saying charter schools could bypass the school board and go straight to the state for approval — but this law only applies to Nashville and Memphis!

This is the same group who got so offended when Nashville’s city council passed a non-discrimination ordinance which included GLBT people that they passed a law which effectively overturned it.

This is the same group who, when Memphis renamed their Confederate parks a week or so ago, put forth a bill banning the renaming of Confederate parks and monuments in the future.

This is the same group who, upset at the private Vanderbilt University’s anti-discrimination policy affecting campus organizations, actually passed a law against it, prompting our governor’s first veto. This is the same group which has brought that bill back, this time limiting it to just state schools.

And I haven’t even started on the crazy crap, like “Don’t Say Gay,” “We Love Guns Rights More Than Property Rights,” and “Let’s Shame & Torture Slutty Ladies Who Want Abortions,” not to mention “Hey The United Nations Is Really Scary” and today’s doozy, “Let’s Celebrate Black History Month By Banning Affirmative Action.”

So no, don’t blame the media for reporting when y’all act like the nation’s crazy uncle.

I can’t decide if Tennessee Republicans are on a mad little power trip with their supermajority, or if they’re just little children who have to legislate their way over everyone they disagree with. Memphis and Nashville are the economic drivers of this state, but the Republicans just hate they’re we’re also more liberal than they can tolerate. And by God if they could pass a law making it illegal for a city to be more liberal than their narrow-minded, petulant, petty little hillbilly selves, they sure would.

This is headed for a big-time showdown. Nashville’s mayor and Chamber and CVB are all-in on branding Nashville as a creative center, a place not just for all kinds of musicians and artists, but as a center for the technology industry. They are trying to draw young people, creative people, innovative thinkers, entrepreneurs. And the crazy crap coming out of the state legislature is definitely sending the opposite message. It sends the message that Tennessee is a place for knuckle-dragging racist Neanderthals and Bible thumpers, and if there’s one blue spot in the middle of this sea of red they will rub it out.

I do not know which side will win out in this battle, but I have to think it’s the side with the money, and that would be our cities.

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Creepy Scott DesJarlais Even Creepier Than We Thought

Damn:

But the new transcript and other revelations from court documents paint a more damning picture of a man who was a serial philanderer willing to push one of his lovers — whom he met as a patient with a foot problem — to terminate a pregnancy, even when he suspected he was the father.

“You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he’ll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as “sacred.”

“You told me you would have time to go with me and everything,” the woman complains.

“I said, if I could, I would, didn’t I? And I will try,” DesJarlais says. “If I can [find] time, you’re saying you still will?”

“Yeah,” the woman answers.

The two bicker over when they can meet to hash out a solution, and they make clear the nature of their relationship when DesJarlais says delaying a resolution isn’t fair to his wife.

“This is not fair to me. I don’t want you in my life,” the woman says.

“Well, I didn’t want to be in your life either, but you lied to me about something that caused us to be in this situation, and that’s not my fault, that’s yours,” the doctor responds.

“Well, it’s [your] fault for sleeping with your patient,” the woman fires back.

Jesus effin’ whatever. I thought it was weird enough that he spent three hours with a gun in his mouth when he split from his first wife. Now DesJarlais just looks like a freaking monster.

Just your modern pro-life Republican, Tennessee Tea Party style. How the hell did Lincoln Davis lose to this sleazebag?

Also, the best part of all this? He apparently made the tape recording himself. To prove to his wife that the affair was over.

Can you imagine? Not just a sleazebag but a stupid one.

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TNGOP’s Fatal Attraction Problem

There’s just no mincing words here: The Tennessee Firearms Assn.’s John Harris is batshit insane:

In an email sent to Tennessee Firearms Association members, TFA executive director and political pariah John Harris turns his ire on House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart, calling for her political crucifixion. Maggart, he writes, “has been identified by TFA and we understand other grassroots organizations as the symbolic figure of a Republican legislative leadership that has trampled on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens.”

“Symbolically,” he writes, taking care to couch his comments with buffers so he can he defend them as harmless metaphors later, “it is time to display a used crucifix at the entrance to the General Assembly as a warning.”

This is all remarkably unsurprising coming from Harris, who has spent the session wetting his political bed with hyperbolic rhetoric and by being himself in public forums. Luckily, Republican leadership on the Hill long ago stopped listening to him.

Yes, a “used crucifix.” Of course. Used for what? One can only imagine.

Basically the gun loons overreached this time with their guns-in-parking-lots bill, which pits the gun fetish folks against the property rights fetish folks. Republicans in disarray! Constitutional crisis!

There’s not much more to say to this than what Steven Hale pointed out, which is: you’d think a gun lobbyist trying to arm every redneck in the state might want to avoid looking like the stereotypical gun loon those of us supporting sensible gun laws have been warning about. Aaaand you’d be wrong.

It’s also grab-the-popcorn time for those of us on the left. How anyone can seriously claim that the Republican leadership has “trampled on the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens” in light of guns-in-bars, guns-in-parks, etc. is just mind-boggling.

It was only a matter of time before the unhinged fringe turned on their own. I don’t condone this violent rhetoric aimed at Maggart or anyone else, for that matter. But Jesus, people. What the hell did you expect? You empowered these crazies for years, coddled them, told them how important they were. You fed this beast and now you think you can just turn your back on them? They’re not going to be ignored!

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It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets Elected

Rick Womick Will Save You From Dastardly UN Goons Trying To Steal Your Stuff

Rutherford County Republican Rick Womick, last seen trying to purge Muslims from our military, has uncovered yet another threat to the republic called “Agenda 21.” But no fear, young patriots: Womick is on the case!

A resolution in the state legislature opposes what is depicted as an insidious United Nations scheme to take away citizens’ property rights through radical environmentalism.

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The proposed resolution says that global political control is one of the intentions of the U.N. program and it is being covertly pushed into local communities through policies that incorporate words like “sustainable development,” “green” or “regional visioning.”

Noooo! Not “regional visioning”! What in the name of Soros could that mean? Tofu Tuesdays? Curbside recycling programs? High-speed rail? Even — gasp! — composting and community gardens?!

* SIRENS *

To the battlements, young Wolverines!

If you’re wondering where Womick got the crackpot idea that this stuff is part of a nefarious UN plot, well, read on:

Parts of the resolution word-for-word are found in a model Stop Agenda 21 bill that the John Birch Society offers on its website. The 54-year-old organization, which opposed the Civil Rights Act, fights efforts that include what it paints as a conspiracy under way to impose one-world government.

The resolution, which equates Agenda 21 with socialism and communism, endorses rejection of the program’s “radical policies” and “any grant monies attached to it.”

Rep. Rick Womick of Rutherford County, one of the resolution’s sponsors, said Tuesday that the U.N. created multiple political subdivisions and independent shadow organizations in a stealth move to work with towns and cities and undermine rights.

He said the “grandiose plan” is meant to stop economic growth and includes telling people they must, for instance, set aside wetlands or regulate against urban sprawl.

“It’s about taking property rights away from people,” said Womick, R-Rockvale. “People are fed up with government interfering with their lives.”

Oh, riiight. You know, don’t even get me started on the whole “government interfering with peoples’ lives” bullshit, because our legislators are perfectly happy to stick their noses into my business when it suits them: all that stuff about birth control and abortion and what people do in their bedrooms and who they do it with? Tennessee Republicans have no problems with any of that stuff, that’s freedom! But green initiatives? Communism!

The radical John Birch Society was founded to stop communism in 1958. You know what? Communism is dead. You guys won, woohoo, goodie for you. Now fold up your chairs, box up the mimeograph machine, and be sure to turn off the Bunn ’cause it’s time to go home. But no, these groups never die. They just start looking for new boogeymen so they can continue to fleece the gullible of their money. Fear sells and there’s always some asshole willing to buy.

And before you point your fingers and laugh at the rubes in Tennessee, read this Mother Jones article from last year, which tells of Agenda 21 paranoia spreading around Tea Party circles all across the country. Hate to break it to you, dear readers, but you’ve probably got some of this nonsense percolating through your state’s legislature, too.

I first got wind of the anti-UN tin-foil hatters back in the ’90s when I worked in the communications office at a federally-owned national recreation area. I happened to answer the phone when a guy at a low-wattage radio station I’d never heard of called. He wanted someone from the park to appear on his radio show to talk about how we’d ceded control of our site to the United Nations; he said the UN actually owned this park. Of course, we’d done no such thing.

Turns out this crazy idea stemmed from the fact that we had a unique ecosystem on site that had been included in the UN’s biosphere reserve program. All that meant was that we had been recognized for having a globally significant ecosystem and that wildlife biologists could study and share information with the international scientific community about it. But don’t tell that to conspiracy nuts like Henry Lamb, who see a UN goon squad behind every tree. Anyway, I laughed and told the guy we weren’t interested.

Yes, this stuff used to be relegated to the fringes of the AM radio dial and the mutterings of crazy people on downtown street corners. Now it’s been mainstreamed. How did the black helicopter crowd get so much influence and power? I blame an uneducated, fearful public who votes for uneducated, fearful politicians like Rick Womick. I blame a news media which treated the Teatards like the neatest thing since sliced bread, ignoring the Dirty Fucking Hippies who pointed out that the Tea Party was just warmed-over John Birch Society crackpots. Yeah, this stopped being funny when the idiots started getting elected to office.

Look, it is absolutely crazy to think sustainability initiatives are some kind of UN conspiracy. Here’s something else I don’t get: how come international cooperation under the guise of the United Nations is demonized as some kind of New World Order crap, but under the guise of economic forums like the G8 it’s perfectly fine?

And I mean, really? One World Order? Are you people serious? You can’t get the UN to agree on an order at Starbucks without three years’ worth of intensive negotiations. Do you seriously think this notoriously unwieldy and largely powerless group can take over the world? That’s not just delusional, it’s embarrassing.

And you know what else is embarrassing? That this crazy conspiracy has made it all the way into our state legislature.

I really don’t get what these people are thinking (or drinking .. or smoking). But they need to be laughed back into their secret hideouts. And they need to be replaced by sane leaders who live in the real world and get their information from fact-based sources, not WorldNet Daily and John Birch Society newsletters.

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TNGOP’s Hunger Games

Get A Job, Kid

Ah, the party of moral values! Gotta love these good, Christian folk. Proving once again that Tennessee Republicans are not compassionate conservatives but rather conservative with their compassion, I bring you the aptly-named Kevin Kookogey, chair of the Williamson County Republican Party, coming out against the school breakfast program:

“This is not a complicated issue,” he said. “It is not the role of government to feed people. Government exists to protect and defend our God-given rights. Government fails when it usurps these bounds. One only need look at the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted by the Department of Education since its formation in 1980 with no improvement in student achievement. … Our founders understood this, which is why they expressly determined that education should be the province of states, local government, and families.”

Got that? It’s your God-given right to starve! And have your kids starve! No soup for you! That gnawing in your stomach is freedom!

This is positively Dickensian. Some 3,840 children qualify for the program. Guess they just need to show some more personal responsibility, right?

Oh, but it gets better:

Mindy McAlindon, first vice chair with the Williamson County Republican Party, agrees with Kookogey.

“It’s not the government’s job to feed students. It’s our job to provide for ourselves,” the Franklin home-school mom said. “The government is deciding where our money goes. And we should be deciding where our money goes.”

Do you people even know what “the government” is? It’s people, you morons. It’s you and the people you elect to represent you locally, in the state capitol, and in Washington, D.C. It’s not some building up on a hill somewhere, some inanimate thing. You decide where your money goes by electing representatives to “the government.” So go find some folks who agree with you that children should starve, that it serves the country to have thousands of kids start out in life on the wrong foot because they were too hungry to succeed in school. Go elect people who believe personal responsibility trumps social responsibility. If you’ve been unable to do that it means you’re in the minority and your crackpot ideas are not mainstream. Majority rules. Suck it up.

Ah, but this is life inside the gated community. Williamson County is one of the wealthiest counties in the entire country, and remains the wealthiest in Tennessee. If everything is good for you and your friends, why worry about anyone else? Of course, even in the land of plenty, there is poverty:

According to the most recent census data, poverty is on the rise in Williamson County.

More than 5 percent of school-aged children in the county school district and almost 15 percent of the students in the Franklin Special School District were living in poverty in 2010.

Clearly these people are just lazy, getting fat sucking on the taxpayer teat. Which begs the question: if welfare benefits are so generous, why is there any poverty at all? Oh well, don’t worry your pretty little minds about the hungry children in your community — or for that matter, the 14 million of them all across America.

Maybe the TNGOP would like to put all these hungry kids in Titans Stadium and watch them fight to the death over a loaf of bread? I wouldn’t put it past them.

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