Letter to the Editor

Monday, January 17, 2011 at 10:05pm

What a terrible precedent.

Bill Haslam promised “transparency.” Then in his first official act as Tennessee’s new governor, he eliminated requirements that he and his top aides disclose their outside income. Is he embarrassed by how much money he and his cronies make, or are they planning on taking bribes?

The Republican agenda is simple and obvious: for the rich to get richer at the expense of the lower and middle income classes. Since most thinking people won’t vote to become the serfs of cynical overseers, Republicans must appeal to voters who refuse to think for themselves. So they instill fear in people who take everything on faith, convince them that their constitutional rights are in jeopardy, assume power, then laugh all the way to the bank.

In order to stay in office, they must then pander both to big business and to hordes of people who demand the right to carry concealed weapons in public, to infringe on the religious freedom of non-Christians, etc.

Mike Burch

Nashville 37221

 

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: bill haslam

125 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 1/18/11 at 6:05

Gov. Haslam was elected by the people(who knew he wouldn't disclose income) and could have left the disclosure clause for the cabinet (who are not elected) as it stood! Yes, he would have been attacked for that too, but it wouldn't have been anymore than the current articles and the openness would have prevailed! Between Mr. Forrester and Mr. Burch we'll see lots of LTE's on this subject.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 6:15

Great LTE. The Party of Lincoln is now the Party of slack-jawed racists and church-going bigots...we can thank Tricky Dick Nixon's "Southern Strategy" for the 180 degree shift in the GOP agenda. It's amazing how that one single knucklehead of a President could do as much damage as he did. Nixon left a legacy of divisiveness, hate and bitter rancor that lass 'til this very day.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/18/11 at 7:16

Good morning
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/122/277850429_b4f0e32d0f.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 1/18/11 at 7:16

It was disappointing news when I heard that Haslam was not going to disclose there outside income.

By: serr8d on 1/18/11 at 7:54

Let's analyze Mr. Mike Burch's (D, Insane Clown Nose ON) LTE.

Is he embarrassed by how much money he and his cronies make, or are they planning on taking bribes?

I think not. Bredesen (D, Rich New Yorker) was well-heeled enough to not need a salary from the State, and didn't even need to live in the (too mundane for his tastes?) Governor's Mansion. Thus, an offhand gesture that's meaningless. Oh, and who reports bribes, Mr. Burch? Your first sentence is indicative of your thinking ability, to wit, none. Just another Nemotard with a keyboard.

The Republican agenda is simple and obvious: for the rich to get richer at the expense of the lower and middle income classes. Since most thinking people won’t vote to become the serfs of cynical overseers, Republicans must appeal to voters who refuse to think for themselves. So they instill fear in people who take everything on faith, convince them that their constitutional rights are in jeopardy, assume power, then laugh all the way to the bank.

A gratuitous attack by a simple-minded slug who obviously spends more time connected to MSNBC (Madcow, Olberdouche and Chris (Let's Twitch!) Matthews) than in worthwhile thinking. Get away from these sorts, boy! Haslam is definitely one to watch closely, but not because he's 'taking bribes'. Haslam might be a Republican, but it's in name only. Like Corker and Alexander, they fit in well with the two Lobsterpot Bimbos from Maine (Snowe and Collins) much of the time. I'd much rather have seen a no-nonsense Governor like NJ's Chris Christie in place, and Corker and Alexander will have difficult primaries, assuredly. We'll see, but from Haslam I've no high expectations.

In order to stay in office, they must then pander both to big business and to hordes of people who demand the right to carry concealed weapons in public, to infringe on the religious freedom of non-Christians, etc.

The childlike mind of Burch has no more of value to add, other than this throw-away line that's meaningless to anyone not steeped in the world of far-Left talking points. Big business BAD!, you say? Who's paid your bills, boy? OR should I ask, who've you been mooching off of? Certainly you don't seem to be a working man; I'd guess you squandered your time in school and failed to make good enough grades to succeed in the workplace. Therefore, because you can't stomach your own self-inflicted failures, you lash out at successful people who rightfully have more than you do. A moocher, in other words; a perfect candidate for Democrats to entice to vote a straight Looter-party ticket, in return for a few handouts of Other People's Money.

This is the sort of 'American' Ben Franklin, polymath, warned of: "When Voters learn how to vote themselves monies from the Treasury, that's the end of this Republic." Democrats have learned how to loot the treasury in order to pay dimbulb sorts like Mike Burch to vote for them.

Yes, we are on the verge of collapse. You can blame the new far-left Democrats for that, really.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/18/11 at 8:10

Rome burns while serr8d whimper. The collapse started the day Bush walked into Iraq.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/18/11 at 8:10

Palin says she understands ‘blood libel’ meaning wink wink
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/01/18/2742593/palin-says-she-understands-blood-libel-meaning

By: yogiman on 1/18/11 at 8:52

Well said, serr8d. And i also agree with you on Alexander and Corker.

Alexander said Obama had been investigated and found to be legally eligible for the office and Corker said he voted for Eric Holder as AG in favor of the president. My question: Who are they representing?

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 9:02

Haslam (R, but very very close to D) his first day in office and he looks about as transparent as the Obama administration. And that's not very transparent. The optimist in me says there's no where to go but UP. The flip side is that an income tax is lurking in the shadows.

Loner, good morning. What's up with that big tax increase up there?

Yogi, Corker is pinched between the interests of his banking buddies and the US debt that is nearing the pinnacle of what our GDP can sustain. Alexander, who knows what that guy is thinking! He seems to just vote the opposite of Corker on many major issues - in effect zeroing out things as far as TN is represented in the senate.

By: yogiman on 1/18/11 at 9:31

Amy,

It's people like Alexander and Corker, and all others in the Senate that makes me think the seventeenth amendment to the Constitution should be repealed. They are being bought off for their votes too often.

Corker said he would serve only two terms. I think one is enough. Alexander thinks he would make a great president (at least he did when he ran). Two terms is enough for him.

By: pswindle on 1/18/11 at 9:54

What a way to start your term in office! Money can buy anything. We need to stay home and not vote becasue it will not make a difference. Our voices cannot be heard over the passing of money.

By: yogiman on 1/18/11 at 10:54

pswindle,

We do have a way to determine who is in those offices. It is called elections. If you don't vote, you have no argument about who is in there.

The elections give the right to term limits. Don't think they deserve the job? send them home.

By: Antisocialite on 1/18/11 at 11:01

From serr8d's text:

The Republican agenda is simple and obvious: for the rich to get richer at the expense of the lower and middle income classes. Since most thinking people won’t vote to become the serfs of cynical overseers, Republicans must appeal to voters who refuse to think for themselves. So they instill fear in people who take everything on faith, convince them that their constitutional rights are in jeopardy, assume power, then laugh all the way to the bank.

A gratuitous attack by a simple-minded slug who obviously spends more time connected to MSNBC (Madcow, Olberdouche and Chris (Let's Twitch!) Matthews) than in worthwhile thinking. Get away from these sorts, boy! Haslam is definitely one to watch closely, but not because he's 'taking bribes'. Haslam might be a Republican, but it's in name only. Like Corker and Alexander, they fit in well with the two Lobsterpot Bimbos from Maine (Snowe and Collins) much of the time. I'd much rather have seen a no-nonsense Governor like NJ's Chris Christie in place, and Corker and Alexander will have difficult primaries, assuredly. We'll see, but from Haslam I've no high expectations.

Does anyone else find this as funny as me?

Just a quick piece of advice serr8d, it might be a better policy to steer clear of gratuitous attacks when you are accusing others of... gratuitous attacks. Are you capable of speaking about someone you disagree with civilly?

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:17

Let's analyze Serr8d's 7:54 comment.

In spite of the many calls for civility, Serr8d is still fond of the personal attack, by way of name-calling. Serr8d attacked the man, Mike Burch, with a barrage of ad hominems.

Serr8d started the personal attacks with the "Insane Clown Nose ON" reference. This "clown nose on/off" phrase, among conservatives, refers to Jon Stewart's "clown nose on, clown nose off " routine...Being compared with Stewart is actually a compliment, IMO, but Serr8d meant it as a personal dig. IMO, he missed his target with that first shot.

That was just the first shot in a salvo of shots. Serr8d continued with his personal attack on Mike Burch, with this insult: "Your first sentence is indicative of your thinking ability, to wit, none. Just another Nemotard with a keyboard." That was a double-barreled shot, Nemo was also peppered with verbal shot.

One more point - Sarah Palin might not like the "tard" humor...it's no longer PC....Serr8d didn't get the memo.

That was not enough, Serr8d then characterized Mike Burch as "a simple-minded slug", a "dimbulb", and a "moocher"....he even called him "boy"; perhaps tthat was a racial slur. This is playground bully stuff.

Our name-caller-in chief then let loose with this attack on Mr. Burch's character and work ethic - "who've you been mooching off of? Certainly you don't seem to be a working man; I'd guess you squandered your time in school and failed to make good enough grades to succeed in the workplace. Therefore, because you can't stomach your own self-inflicted failures, you lash out at successful people who rightfully have more than you do." I wonder, does Serr8d even know this guy....nevertheless, he's assuming his position.

Serr8d's relatively short hate-speech also included name-calling attacks on : "two Lobsterpot Bimbos from Maine (Snowe and Collins)", as well crude personal attacks on "Olberdouche and Chris (Let's Twitch!) Matthews". His hate spewed in several directions, not just towards our LTE author.

Of course, Serr8d used the worn-out phrase, "other people's money"...I think he did that to bug the lone one, as I addressed the over-use of that term yesterday. I won't regurgitate it here...check the archives.

When we strip away the name-calling, the invective and rancor, we are left with little in the way of substantive arguments or constructive criticism. Serr8d's comment is thus a vapid tirade with no redeeming comedic value, IMO.

Knowing that Serr8d is a 2nd Amendment Remedy sort of a fellow, it makes me wonder if his intense hate will grow and manifest itself in some heinous action some day....we may all be interviewed by the MSM...we knew him before he snapped.

I hope that Serr8d seeks help for his anger issues; he's actually a bright guy and I'm sure that he has many positive attributes that we do not see displayed in his commentary. Maybe he's just playing the role of troll.

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 11:26

"I know you are, but what am I?"

By: Antisocialite on 1/18/11 at 11:28

Serr8d's comment is thus a vapid tirade with no redeeming comedic value, IMO.

Fair enough Loner, but I think you may be reading a bit too far into this in the rest of your post. The anonymity of an internet forum usually give people a bit more bravado, so I wouldn't necessarily expect serr8d to come off anything like this in person.

Then again, he might be exactly this abrasive in real life... tough to know.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:32

Big tax increase in NY state, Amy? No surprise...Son of Cuomo....Cuomo the Younger is on the throne...the Empire State's serfs will pay their taxes to the emperor....we are programmed to obey imperial orders.

Yes, we upstate New Yorkers are quite used to getting the fickle fiscal finger from Albany. That's why we uncork New York....we drown our sorrows in vignoles, rissling and chardonnay...from the Finger Lakes......we named those famous New York lakes in recognition of the "fickle fiscal finger" effect.

Now you know.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:34

Amy's HTML command failed to turn off the italics... Testing, 1, 2, 3.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:38

Let's hope that Serr8d is just yankin' our chains......I hope that's the case; I do not want to be interviewed by the MSM in the manner I described above.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:39

I mispelled "riesling"...I need my meds!

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 11:43

Hey, House..... a gay bully walks into a bar piano?

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 11:52

Loner, check this one out...

http://blogs.tennessean.com/opinion/2011/01/17/creationism-should-not-be-taught-in-schools/

I was surprised to see which side d7 was on.

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 11:54

Check you guys later on...I'll be dealing with a damn clamp study for the next few hours.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 12:17

Nice Mr. D'Argent, plain and well stated. Might be the only reasonable post ever seen on the Tennessean.

That site has more trolls than Grimm's Fairy Tales.

By: Loner on 1/18/11 at 12:24

House I went to that page and left this post:

Dargent 7 is pulling our legs, right? He suggested that, "Both (Creationism.and Evolution) should be taught in schools, side by side, and let the student decide". I totally disagree.

Creationism could be addressed in a course in comparative theology, but never in a science classroom.

Whose creation myth should we offer as the alternative to the theory of evolution?

For every human language there is, or was, a People, with their own specific creation myth. Should we ignore all those hundreds of creation myths and just offer the (King James Version) Hebrew Creation Myth as the only creation myth worthy of being elevated to the status of "plausible alternative" to Darwin's science-based, observation-based theory? That would be state--sponsored promulgation of Jewish supremacist ideas.

No, I'm not being anti-Semitic, but the Jewish version of how life began on planet earth is just as fanciful, unscientific and wildly imaginative as any of the other human creation myths ever conceived by the minds of men. These ancient myths are just time-honored fairy tales and have no business being discussed in any science classroom.

All Creation myths might rightfully demand equal time in the classroom, if we were to institute the suggestions made by Dargent 7 and those who agree with him. Let's just leave all religion out of the public school science classrooms.....nobody, not even the powerful Judeo-Christians should be allowed to pervert science in this manner.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 12:32

Doesn't it give a little bit of an open mind to the student? To at least say there are other theories, not to spell out every single one, but science might need a modicum of objectivity in absence of provable theory.

By: trtay2004 on 1/18/11 at 12:49

I completely agree with you Mike Burch. Nice article.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 1:04

Aside from personal transparency of Haslam & co... does anyone think our legislature has some mixed up priorities?

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB0083

Who ever put a cap on this to begin with!

By: Antisocialite on 1/18/11 at 1:09

Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.
-Richard Feynman

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 1:32

pswindle said

"What a way to start your term in office! Money can buy anything. We need to stay home and not vote becasue it will not make a difference. Our voices cannot be heard over the passing of money."

Seriously? Stay at home and not vote? Yeah, that'll show'em..... That's exactly what they want, at least some anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GBAsFwPglw

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 1:36

So Haslam would have us believe that whether he receives one dollar or a million dollars from company "X" will have no bearing on any decisions having to do with company "X"? I want to know both who AND how much.....

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 1:36

good one

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 1:53

Loner said

"I hope that Serr8d seeks help for his anger issues; he's actually a bright guy and I'm sure that he has many positive attributes that we do not see displayed in his commentary. Maybe he's just playing the role of troll."

Or maybe, just maybe, the anonymity of the Internet allows Serr8d to show himself for what he truly is.... warts and all. For the sake of anyone who depends on him, I hope it's the former.

By: dargent7 on 1/18/11 at 2:51

Sorry I'm late to the party. Had to work at least 6 hrs. today. (court ordered).
Glad "house" imported my Tennessean post.
I think the extrication of religion from all facets of our lives is our downfall as an American civilization.
First you had the lawsuits about saying, "The Pledge of Allegience" before class.
Then, The Ten Commandments can't be displayed at Courthouses.
Now, "Science" class cannot juxtaposition Creationism as an alternate theory?
It would cause the student to THINK. And decide for themselves. What good is memorizing The Periodic Table in today's society? And Avagadro's Number? Zip.
Maybe if this Loughner nut thought there was a God, he wouldn't of killed.
He was a "nilihist". I think that means he believed in NOTHING.
Granted, my life at times sucks, but there's a Higher Being available. And He makes house calls.

By: AmyLiorate on 1/18/11 at 3:11

Fodder for those into class warfare:
http://www.zerohedge.com/article/meet-americas-25-richest-politicians

For the rest of us, we'll just keep tabs on Lamar and Bob as far as it may mean something to us.

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 3:30

dargent7 said

"I think the extrication of religion from all facets of our lives is our downfall as an American civilization."

Really? Then explain all the atrocities performed in the name of "God".

"First you had the lawsuits about saying, "The Pledge of Allegience" before class."

Bearing in mind of course the the original Pledge (which was written by a man of the cloth), did not say "under God"

"Then, The Ten Commandments can't be displayed at Courthouses."

No, you're wrong. The Ten Commandments cannot be displayed EXCLUSIVELY... but can be displayed along side other equally justified documents.

"Now, "Science" class cannot juxtaposition Creationism as an alternate theory?
It would cause the student to THINK. And decide for themselves."

And when will churches include discussions of the same type.

"What good is memorizing The Periodic Table in today's society? And Avagadro's Number? Zip."

How about when God starts to do things like do away with Cancer?

"Maybe if this Loughner nut thought there was a God, he wouldn't of killed.
He was a "nilihist". I think that means he believed in NOTHING.
Granted, my life at times sucks, but there's a Higher Being available. And He makes house calls."

All of this is purely assumptive on your part.

Oh, and by the way, the Principle of Reciprocity (which in many ways is the core belief in many religions) significantly predates all recorded religions.

By: slacker on 1/18/11 at 3:33

We will have to wait and see on judging Haslam's governing skills. I was one of the gun crazy horde that voted for him, as his opponent left me little choice. if everyone will recall, he refused to release this same information during the campaign, so this should not have been a surprise.

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 3:47

I gotta side with Loner & brrrrk on the Creationism "theory".

By: slacker on 1/18/11 at 3:49

pain, I thought you would have sided with Eric Clapton.

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 3:53

I often do, slacker...but it's usually the B sides.

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 3:55

house_of_pain said

"I gotta side with Loner & brrrrk on the Creationism 'theory'."

As I see it Creationism is a "science" based on the LACK of evidence; the basic argument being the since there is no definitive evidence of Evolution (as the supporters of Creationism see it), then God MUST be the answer. I'm glad the people that design airplanes don't use THAT type of scientific theory.

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 3:58

Wishful thinking does not a theory make.
No offense to the choir.

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 3:59

house_of_pain said

"Wishful thinking does not a theory make."

Thank you Yoda.... :-)

By: slacker on 1/18/11 at 4:05

''There won't be no six guns in heaven... cause there won't be no Rustlers up there.''
-Rex Allen

By: house_of_pain on 1/18/11 at 4:09

The Yoda reference, like it I do.

By: dargent7 on 1/18/11 at 4:23

Ok, brrrrk, I've read your rebuttal.
So, what's your point? That there is no God?
Get the January issue of Playboy, open it up to the centerfold, unfold it, and again tell me there is no God.

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 4:38

dargent7 said

"Ok, brrrrk, I've read your rebuttal.
So, what's your point? That there is no God?"

No, my point is that just as believing in God doesn't guarantee the existence of moral fiber, conversely NOT believing in God doesn't guarantee the lack of the existence of moral fiber.... one has nothing to do with the other. There are plenty of "true believers" that would stab another person in the back to get ahead and there are plenty of Atheists that are of the highest moral calibre. And oh, I like nice (00)'s too.... and believe or not, they're not all original equipment. Some are man made. :-)

By: dargent7 on 1/18/11 at 4:48

Cannot have it both ways. The atheist father who sues the school system so that his little girl doesn't have to recite The Pledge Of Allegience. "Highest moral calibre"? Hardly. Lost, souless, consciousness.
The lawyers who sue to remove The Ten Commandments.
Lawyers who defend serial rapists, murderers.
Atheists are a joke, only not funny when they sue for their "rights".

By: Antisocialite on 1/18/11 at 4:55

dargent7brrrrk's point is that Science class should be limited to things that actually adhere to the scientific method. Creationism is simply a bronze age culture's attempt at answering some of the more mysterious ways of the world. If it is to be allowed equal footing with evolutionary theory then surely stork theory should be taught alongside obstetrics and gynecology.

And what of humorism? Black bile, yellow bile, phlegm and blood seem like they need time alongside the more accepted theories of internal medicine... more like infernal medicine.

Gravity is also a little too elitist for me, I have faith that it is simply the invisible, noodley appendages of the one true Flying Spaghetti Monster tethering us to this mortal coil, teach the controversy!

By: brrrrk on 1/18/11 at 4:59

dargent7 said

"Cannot have it both ways. The atheist father who sues the school system so that his little girl doesn't have to recite The Pledge Of Allegience. "Highest moral calibre"? "

So says you. Who died and made you Yahweh?

"The lawyers who sue to remove The Ten Commandments."

Sorry, but we're not a religious state. And as I stated before, it's the displaying the Ten Commandments at the exclusion of all other documents. I'm curious, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have no direct inference to Christianity... got any issues with them. If you had any consistency in your argument you would.

"Lawyers who defend serial rapists, murderers."

Curious, do you think the same of the Lawyers that defend the murderers of doctors who perform abortions?

"Atheists are a joke, only not funny when they sue for their 'rights'."

Gee, got a problem with rights? Do you deny Atheists are Americans with rights?