No ‘A’ from Aunt Bee

Aunt BeeAndy in Wifebeater

The AP is reporting that Andy Griffith, 84, has been tapped by Medicare to make some commercials touting the new health care reform bill.

Seniors are not responding to it, positively, and they wonder why?

In the TV ads, Griffith says “good things are coming” and emphasizes that the elderly will get free preventive checkups and lower cost prescriptions.

I think he leaves out the part about rationing that Dr. Donald Berwick, in charge of the program, has said and that Rahm Emanuel’s brother/doctor/adviser admitted. Hard not to believe there wouldn’t be a cost/age ratio for treatments if you listen to those in charge.  It has the ring of something Jim Jones would have said as he was pouring the Kool Aid at Jonestown.

I do not think seniors are that ignorant.

This performance by Griffith seems more like the huckster/politician role he played in “A Face in the Crowd,” than the beneficent sheriff of Mayberry.

Somehow, I don’t think Aunt Bee would approve.

Haslam = State income tax?

Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey reports:

“Zach Wamp suggested in a gubernatorial candidate forum Tuesday that ‘the same sort of logic’ Bill Haslam used to support a property tax increase as mayor of Knoxville could lead him to support a state income tax if elected as governor.

‘When the mayor of Knoxville became mayor, he said his predecessor left him in an awkward position and he just had to raise taxes,’ said Wamp in his opening remarks at a telephone conference call with members of the National Federation of Independent Business.

‘We’re going to be in an awkward position next January when the stimulus money evaportates… is the same kind of logic going to be used next year that, ‘Oh, we’re just going to have to raise taxes?’

“Even the thought of a state income tax is going to be on the table, I think, if Bill Haslam becomes our governor,’ said Wamp.

The congressman said members of the Haslam family had in past years supported efforts to enact an income tax in Tennessee and ‘this is a concern’ for the future.

‘I can see a scenario where they would say, ‘Well, we just don’t have any choice; we’re just going to have to go ahead and push through a state income tax.’

Haslam made an opening statement to the conference prior to Wamp’s statement, then left, leaving Will Cromer, his campaign policy director, in his place to speak on his behalf.

Cromer dismissed the scenario, noting that Haslam is ‘100% opposed’ to a state income tax and has vowed to balance the state’s budget through cuts rather than any tax increase.”

Obama explained

For a devastating assessment of Barack Obama’s psychological demeanor, go read “Barack Obama, Adult Child of an Alcoholic” at www.americanthinker.com.

Did you know his father was an alcoholic and died at 42? Or that his drunk driving  resulted in many accidents, one ending in someone’s death? His father was also described as staggering through hallways at Harvard and unable to do his job by his fellow professors.

Add to that, the young Obama’s friendship with communist and hard drinking Frank Marshall Davis.

A pattern of poor responses to problems is consistent with being the child of an alcoholic, according to author M. Catharine Evans. It is even more alarming when you recall the admonition he received after his last physical in February. The doctor recommended he “pursue moderation in his alcohol intake.”

A very interesting analysis.

Worth a look

The RNC has debuted a new website, www.novemberstartsnow.com. It profiles some of the problems of the Obama administration and is one you might want to add to your favorites.

Also, www.therightscoop.com offers clips from TV shows like Glenn Beck and others, plus discussions. It’s handy to find those interviews and comments others are talking about.

How much will you pay?

WorthlessIf you are wondering how much the taxes will rise for you when the Bush tax cuts expire in January. the Tax Foundation has your answer.

You can go to www.taxfoundation.org or www.mytaxburden.org to answer questions that will let you know how much more you’ll have to fork over.

And that’s not counting the alternative minimum tax which will affect 20 million more Americans.

I can’t see how the economy can improve with so many people burdened.

Amen!

Overheard today:

Rush Limbaugh on the President’s refusal to visit the Boy Scouts’ Jamboree on the occasion of their hundred birthday celebration while taking time to guest on “The View”: “I guess it’s because there isn’t a merit badge for community organizing.”

Hugh Hewitt at www.hughhewitt.com on the November elections: “Taken all together, the Democrats are not merely headed towards a political cliff, they are sprinting towards it.”

And Rush on today’s judicial ruling on Arizona’s new immigration law: “Basically it makes it no longer illegal to be illegal.”

Memphian on Glenn Beck

Mark Skoda, Chairman of the Memphis Tea Party, will appear on Glenn Beck’s 4 p.m. show Friday.

The discussion will include a panel of Tea Party patriots, representatives from Freedom Works and the 9/12 Project.

I hope he will get a chance to mention Charlotte Bergmann, who is running for Congress from the 9th district. Skoda had urged her to run against Cohen/Herenton. It would be great if she got national recognition and donations. I was with her at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in April; when others heard she was running against Cohen (he had just slurred Tea Party people in a radio interview), they volunteered their help and funds.

Should be an interesting program, nonetheless. Set your DVRs!

Jr.’s new book

Who knew that Harold Ford Jr. has written a book? Who knew that he has any wisdom to impart? Who will want to buy the thing outside of Memphis?

Ford forged ahead, however, and has come up with “More Davids Than Goliaths.” According to Bill Dries at www.memphisdailynews.com, the book will be released Aug. 10.

Surely he doesn’t consider himself a “David” but with the former congressman you never know.  Ford recounts his 2006 failed Senate campaign, his dad’s charges in the two bank fraud cases in the House, his tiff with Herenton and anecdotes about Herenton and current Congressman Steve Cohen in the tome.

There will be a book signing at Davis Kidd in East Memphis on Aug. 18.

Although he seems to feel Memphis is not a good enough home for his august presence, favoring New York, Ford is coming home to take Memphis money for his book.

Poll Dance

The most recent Mason Dixon poll of the Tennessee gubernatorial race would make it look like a Haslam victory is a certainty. In it, 36% of GOP voters in Tennessee said they would vote for Haslam; 25% for Wamp; 20% for Ramsey.

However, an article at www.mainstreetj.com has a link to an analysis by J.R. Lind of the Nashville Post that sheds some light on the race. In a survey done by the Tennessee Newspaper network, pollsters found that there was still much fluidity in the race as voters learn more about the candidates.

Ron Ramsey’s vote as a legislator for a one cent state sales tax in 2002 hurts him when voters find out about it.

Similarly, “46% of voters were less likely to vote for Bill Haslam “after allegations of gas gouging by Haslam’s family’s Pilot Travel centers in the wake of Hurricane Ike,” Lind reports. Wamp loses 37% because he voted for the 2008 bank bailout bill (TARP).

Readers question the poll’s methodology and integrity. In one I saw  only 400 people were polled and you are not told what the regional breakdown is. In our state, that’s very relevant. Another notes that Haslam has spent more than $10 million dollars but is now taking on Wamp in TV ads. That often means information from their internal polls are showing vulnerability.

As the Scott Brown race shows in Massachusetts, it’s not over til it’s over. It will be interesting to see if the election verifies or refutes polling.

Early voting

I was happy to answer “Republican” when  the registrar asked me my ballot preference for early voting at White Station Church of Christ. Despite the heat, several of our candidates including Dr. Rolando Toyos, braved the high temperatures  of the parking lot to ask entrants for their votes. It’s not easy being a politician!

Election commission officers have had heavy turnout there, lines snaking down the hall last week, they said. You can’t help but admire the high quality of  Republican candidates. They can really change Memphis for the better.