Holding Regular Tennesseans Hostage For Political Gain


I have to agree with Rep. Jim Cooper when he said “This is the latest, stupidest thing Congress has done.”

You know, it saddens me that so many politicians not only in Washington but here in Nashville have forgotten about the people they serve. Tom Humphrey has a list that details the economic asteroid that is headed toward Tennessee if the sequestration goes into effect.

Let’s look at teaching, which Alex Bohan wrote in a guest post this morning.

Teachers and Schools: Tennessee will lose approximately $14.8 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 200 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 32,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 60 fewer schools would receive funding.

This is just the tip of the iceberg because so many of these cuts go toward cutting expenditures that will directly hit low-income folks, seniors and children. If you peruse the list of cuts, you will most likely find one of your friends, neighbors or a family member that will be thrown into a world of hurt. My sister is a teacher’s assistant so obviously her job is at risk. She works two jobs and she and my brother–in- law are raising two teenagers.

And I do agree with Glad Castellaw who wrote these words in an editorial this weekend in the Jackson Sun.

Without comprehensive, bipartisan legislation making hard, well-reasoned choices, our country will continue to be dependent on gimmicks such as sequestration or continue short-term legislation to fund the Department of Defense and other agencies. And without certainty for planning, billions of dollars will be wasted, critical programs disrupted, lives put in turmoil, and the continued well being and security of our citizens compromised. This is a costly and irresponsible way to run any organization, especially our country.

This is irresponsible and it is also stupendously irrational.  This hurts regular folks.  If I don’t go to work, I don’t get paid. Case closed. Congress isn’t working right now so you see where I’m going. My sister and thousands of other people do go to work everyday and because of legislators constantly playing the role of the victim don’t apparently have the capacity to understand that they are victimizing hard-working Tennesseans.

I tend to agree with R. Neal on this … it’s bad Kabuki theater and everyone  in Washington will wait until the final hours to halt this train.

Yet, it just is gobsmacking that once again regular people who are trying to live their lives as best they can are always held hostage from politicians who aren’t going home wondering how their bills are going to get paid at the end of the month. It is also frustrating that when there are opportunities to show good government, we get a bad floor show that leaves a bad taste in Americans mouths.

And that is what infuriates me the most.

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1 comment for “Holding Regular Tennesseans Hostage For Political Gain

  1. Eykis
    February 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Great article. Thank you for TRUTH.

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