Symbolism Over SubstanceYesterday I talked about how Governor Bredesen’s State of the State Address was really a State of the Re-Election Campaign Address. Typical of a campaign speech, from a candidate of any political party, Bredesen gave us a serious and sober look at the problems we face as citizens of Tennessee. However, he offered no real solutions, only symbolism disguised as solutions, to explain how he planned to try and deal with these complex issues.
Stacey Campfield was quick to point out in his blog yesterday, that Bredesen was keen to tell us how he wasn’t going to raise taxes, yet is going to insure every child in the state of Tennessee. In addition to that spending spree, the Governor also says he wants to increase education spending. I’ll agree that the education system in our State is in dire need of a serious overhaul. I don’t think an overhaul is what Bredesen really wants to accomplish however. I think he merely wants to throw money at our education problems, operating under the theory that more money will solve the problem. The fact is that most of the problems the Governor outlined in his speech are not problems that the government can solve, and they certainly aren’t issues that the government can deal with alone.
The fact of the matter is that children will be educated in Tennessee when more parents take responsibility for their offspring. More children will receive healthcare when people become willing to extend the hand of Christian charity the way that Christ says they should.
What’s more, I think it is fair to say that corruption would be less of a problem in our state government if the elected officials within that government, and those appointed to serve under them, take responsibility for their actions and uphold their oaths of office. In the end, the vast majority of Tennessee’s problems will be much improved if people take more personal responsibility and quit leaving it to the government to deal with the consequences of their poor decisions, bad judgment, and corrupt ways of public business. That goes for people at all levels of government, from schoolteachers to the Governor himself.
And yet, we heard much about what the government will do, but very little about what we must do for ourselves.