"If you'll hang tough with me, we'll keep running our state the
way. If those guys in Tennessee don't like it, well, we'll just give 'em the boot." Washington
GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ron Ramsey (R-TN)
I am not sure exactly what this statement means, but I suspect this little fellow is just talking tough. Kicking Uncle Sam out of
the other government subsidy that benefits the states of
Tennesseeand and that’s the Tennessee Valley Authority. Both states benefit from cheap electricity the TVA produces at again, your expense. Kentucky and Kentucky Republicans looking for smaller government haven’t been too demonstrative in demanding the removal of this federal presence from their land. Like the Tennessee Laboratory. Or Oak Ridge . Or Ft. Knox . Or demand the Ft. Campbell be sold off the tax rolls and be privatized. Nope, I can’t say I’ve heard too many calls for reducing the heavy- handed presence of the federal government by eliminating or closing these institutions. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hat tip to the American Conservative Blog where Pat Buchanan lays down shrill tracks from time to time. There is a clever riff over there on Thomas Franks “What’s the matter with Kansas” book in which Frank wonders why so many working folks from Kansas vote for the GOP in spite of his belief that the economic policies of the GOP are wreaking havoc on their communities and livelihoods for the benefit of the extremely wealthy.
The American Conservative Blog instead wonders why so many folks from the land of the Tennessee River keep voting for politicians that like to bark about the heavy boot of
Ramsey appears to be one of these guys who are eager to receive the benefits of the Federal Government like cheap electricity and government jobs, but bark with indignation when it comes to making health care affordable for working folks and for the self employed.
And yes, Ramsey seems to have gotten a case of the vapors over health insurance reform.