Tenn. Lawmakers Hurt Poor Kids, Mum on Greedy Corporations

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  • I guess when it comes to cracking down on takers, apparently Tennessee lawmakers like Stacy Campfield and Vance Dennis can’t see the greedy corporations for all the needy kids.

    But chances are their warped lenses on reality are obstructing their view.

    Not long ago Campfield, R-Knoxville, and Dennis, R-Savannah, introduced legislation that would tie families’ welfare benefits to whether their children are performing satisfactorily in school.

    According to the Knoxville News and Sentinel, the legislation states that any child who isn’t making sufficient progress in school would cost his or her parents a 30 percent cut in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families benefits.

    As if poverty alone isn’t a heavy enough burden for the children to bear.

    Campfield, an ideologue who once spearheaded a “Don’t Say Gay,” bill that would have banned discussions in schools about sexual orientation other than heterosexuality, claims the law would not apply to children with handicaps or learning disabilities, or if parents take steps to improve their children’s performance.

    He says too many parents are getting away with not doing anything to help their children in school – and he’s apparently going to punish them by pulling the government rug from underneath them and, by extension, their offspring.

    Yet I’m waiting to see if Campfield and Vance are willing to turn the wrath they have for poor families on the taxpayers’ dole whose children don’t live up to school expectations toward rich corporations also on the taxpayers’ dole who don’t live up to their promises.

    Such companies promise jobs – jobs that could possibly help get some poor families off TANF and give them the time they need to focus on helping their children excel in school – but they don’t deliver.

    One such corporation, in fact, was Hemlock Semiconductor. Based in Clarksville, Tenn., construction began on the plant, which was supposed to build components for solar panels, in 2008.

    But earlier this year, according to TN Report, Hemlock announced that it was laying off nearly 300 workers, and it is believed that the plant may never open.

    This is happening after Hemlock received $90 million free and clear in state taxpayer money, as well as millions in federal dollars. On top of that, it still has a chance to write off almost $280 million in taxes, and it has another $150 million in state funds that Tennessee took out bonds to pay for.

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    5 thoughts on “Tenn. Lawmakers Hurt Poor Kids, Mum on Greedy Corporations

    1. All over this country we spend obscene amounts of TAX payer money on education and get nothing
      In return .little Johnny can’t spell or write his name but he knows how to use a condom or say it’s OK
      To Jane’s two moms we must restore common sense and old fashion discipline and 3R’s tactic to learning. Businesses hire people when the economy/ market dictate the need to increase workers
      That Man voted in to his 2nd term said he would work on that

      • People always want to say “it starts at home!” This is the perfect example and incentive to get it started, “at home!”

    2. You’re is short for you are.

      Your shows that something belongs to you or is related to you (e.g., your car, your father).

    3. Congrats to the law makers that came up with this idea! Heck the average taxpayer is footing the bill! They should have to at least be decent parents, which means making sure your at the PTA meeting instead of the club on Friday nights! There are no down falls here, because the better the children do in school makes it a better chance they will be self sufficient responsible adults, breaking the cycle of needing welfare and other social benefits! So congrats Tennessee law makers!

      • you have no idea what struggle is and poverty to u must mean blacks who want nothing for themselevs as welfare is far less than required to SURVIVE. survival as a way of life causes many other issues that only those who deal with it can understand. the history of welfare tells the story we deal with now. and the largest percentage of the population on public assistance ARE NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN.

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