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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stacey Campfield (The Sen): Strikes Again...Jews on German Trains/The ACA?

Stacey Campfield (The Sen)

The future of the GOP?  On May 5th, 2014, Campfield added an entry to his blog:

May 5, 2014

Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of manditory sign ups for "train rides" for Jews in the 40s.
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Alas, another horrid and insensitive analogy from a GOP politician.  Why do we not hear the constant exhibition of such remarks and comments from Democrat? what is it about the conservative paradigm that they feast on such analogy, metaphor and characterization?   

Yes, The Tennessee State Senator "went there."  The Affordable Care Act is working for millions and working well. I have seen news show guests who indicated people are paying for their coverage at the 90% level. Where is the failure?  Where is the harshness?  How is the law in any way Machiavellian? The president made an inadvertent mistake in declaring. "you can keep your plan," but an analogy as that form Campfield is outright insensitive and disgusting.

Of course, Campfield responded to overwhelming criticism (Of his comments) with typical GOP modus operandi.  "Oh, you misunderstood my point." Or, "I was inarticulate."  Better yet, "I don't think I said that, I sad BLAH people."
  "......bureaucrats deciding who should be given life saving medications and who should be denied" and government funding for abortion
I could be way off base, but I do not believe the ACA provides for government funding of abortion.  I also fail to find any "court of choice" as to who gets medication and who do not get medications.  

The ACA as a step in the right direction yet she of Universal healthcare, has a few issues. The law seems to have missed detailed attention to higher -end middle income earners.  Crafters of the law also failed to properly assess American corporatist (and wherewithal of their highly compensated Law teams) and the extent to which corporatism would turn the law to its benefits. But, the law as delineated by Campfield simply does not exist.

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, delivered a segment on GOP "zygotes;" Campfield became an easy target.

Let's scroll through a Wiki chronology of Campfield from his first term in the Tennessee legislature.

WIKI Campfield Tennessee Legislature background

Tennessee House of Representatives

He was first elected in 2004 to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
In 2005, Campfield said that he was interested in joining the legislative Black Caucus.[6] Campfield described the group's bylaws as racist because he said they restrict membership based on race, which described as being more restrictive than the Ku Klux Klan's bylaws.[6] The leader of the Black Caucus considered asking members of the group to vote on whether to give Campfield honorary membership, but Campfield said he only wanted full membership.[7]
As of 2006, felons were eligible to vote in Tennessee as long as they are not delinquent on any payments of child support or victim restitution.[8] Because there is no law prohibiting voting by non-felons who are delinquent on child support payment, a bill was proposed dropping the eligibility for felons of being timely with child support payments in 2006.[8] Campfield opposed the bill, saying that one way a felon can show rehabilitation is by being timely on any child support payments.[8]
Campfield sponsored a bill to issue death certificates for aborted fetuses in 2007.[9] Campfield said he wanted people to be able to find out how many abortions were being performed in Tennessee.[10] Tennessee already required abortions to be reported to the Office of Vital Records, and the number of abortions performed in the state was publicly available.[10]
In 2008, Campfield sponsored a bill requiring public colleges in Tennessee to allow their full-time employees with state-issued handgun-carry permits to carry their handguns on campus.[11] The Tennessee Board of Regent opposed the bill, saying that only campus security police at universities should possess weapons on their campuses, and that local police are the best way to protect community college campuses.[11] Two years later, he sponsored a bill to make private the names of people with state-issued handgun permits, but not the names of people whose permits had been revoked.[12]
Campfield proposed a bill to ban teachers from teaching about homosexuality in Tennessee's public elementary and middle schools in 2008,[13] saying that the topic should only be discussed by each student's family.[14] The bill died in committee.[13] The Tennessee Equality Project opposed the bill, saying that teachers need not advocate for or against homosexuality, but they should allow students to debate the issue of homosexuality.[14]
In 2008, Campfield proposed a bill to prohibit Tennessee public colleges from admitting illegal immigrants.[15] Campfield said that if students cannot enroll in classes with unpaid parking tickets, then students should not be able to enroll in classes if they are in violation of federal immigration laws either.[15]
In 2009, Campfield introduced a bill to limit lottery winnings to $600 for people on public assistance.[16] Campfield said that people on public assistance should not be buying lottery tickets and instead should be using that money to buy food for their children.[16] Tennessee law already prohibited the use of public assistance money to purchase lottery tickets. The bill also prohibited prisoners from redeeming winning lottery tickets.[16]

Tennessee Senate

In 2010 Campfield was elected to the State Senate.[17] The seat was previously held by Tim Burchett.[3] His opponent, Democrat Randy Walker, had openly solicited support from moderate Republicans in the November election but was defeated 37–53%.[18][19]
Tennessee holds open primaries, where any voter may vote in any party's primary election.[20] Campfield introduced a bill to change to a closed primary.[20]The bill would only allow a registered voter to vote in a primary election if the voter was affiliated with that particular political party.[20] Campfield said that voters often vote in the other party's primary in order to vote for a weaker candidate or one that is closer to the voter's own party's politician positions, both of which Campfield opposed.[20] Campfield's time in the Tennessee Senate has been met with much national controversy and opposition:
If after that reading, you think the WIKI writer was a bit harsh, or that I am being harsh, read on.

2009 Masked Luchador incident at UT Neyland Stadium football game

Example of aluchador mask.
Rep. Stacey Campfield attended the October 31, 2009 Volunteers football game with the University of South Carolina at the University of Tennessee Neyland Stadium where he was briefly questioned, searched, and detained after the mother of two young girls complained that a luchador-masked Campfield had reportedly frightened two young girls in Section B seating (the girls had previously been told by UT stadium security that masks were not allowed to be worn inside the stadium for the Halloween football game). Campfield was reported as only having stadium seating admission tickets for Section LL upon being questioned by Knox County Sheriffs Department deputies and was then escorted outside of the stadium by two deputies.[43][44]
In 2013, my first exposure to Campfield was with Martin Bashir (Oh, how we miss Bahsir!), interviewed the Tennessee State Senator. We have added a bit of spice to the Campfield review via a 2013 Crooks & Liars piece.

Crooks & Liars

Tenn GOP Rep. Stacey Campfield Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades (via
By Heather January 30, 2013 10:01 am - Comments It looks like "compassionate conservatism" is alive and well in Tennessee: Stacey Campfield, Tennessee GOP Lawmaker, Wants To Tie Welfare Benefits To Children's Grades : Tennessee state Rep. Stacey Campfield…

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