Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Heath Care, eminent domain, and Campfield

You can tell it is an election year because at least half of the Governor’s speech last night made good solid sense. I am concerned that the $50 per person cost the Governor was touting could be inflated once the final bill is written.

Stacey Campfield points out that
two of the important ideas Bredesen floated last night, risk pools and student health care, were ideas he came up with or at least helped to germinate, but that he will get no credit for them. I do think it is a shame Stacey will not get the credit he deserves, but the important thing is that Jersey Phil now says he supports them, which means that if they can be written into the final bill and he doesn’t sign them into law, it makes him look like a hypocrite.

Speaker Neifeh is also exposed as
an authoritarian who stifles debate when he does not like the line of questioning. In this case, it had to do with the new proposed Eminent Domain legislation. I did not see the floor debate, but if Stacey’s account is accurate, Neifeh threatened to shut down the debate simply because he didn’t like where the debate was going.
Ain’t democracy grand?


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