Thursday, November 12, 2009

MBA -Ensworth Football Playoffs

So, our daughter Rachel attends Ensworth, and is a 9th grader. As such, we have become big Ensworth football fans this year behind the bruising running of Orleans Darkwa, who I might add, was not recruited. Ensworth is undefeated, and has home field advantage during the playoffs. The team seems to be healthy heading into the 2nd game this year against MBA. Ensworth pummeled MBA during the regular season, so no doubt the Big Red will be out for revenge.

Who woulda thought that Ricky Bowers could build a powerhouse team in less than 7 years, beat MBA and Brentwood Academy during the regular season match ups, and challenge for the conference title so quickly? Simply amazing stuff.

But our family has a long history with MBA, the 100+ year old institution that is deeply entrenched with folks from west Nashville, particularly with the Belle Meade/ Green Hills Crowd, etc. etc. 3 of my 4 brothers graduated from MBA, not to mention 1 nephew, and my own son as well. My Dad was a life long Board member practically. He loved the school. God rest his soul...

Suffice to say that when Ricky Bowers agreed to take on the Ensworth challenge (after having been hired away from MBA), no one thought he could assemble such a competitive varsity football team in such as short amount of time. According to George Plaster, Ricky Bowers could be a college basketball coach almost anywhere. He is that talented of a guy. Very capable in the head coaching position. That was basketball...not football.

I'm sure many families across town have the same conflicts tomorrow night in terms of figuring out for whom to root.

Personally, I like both schools, Ensworth is just a different environment altogether. Much different than the strictly traditional educational environment at MBA. Both schools have their place in secondary school education. Since my daughter is a current student there....

Tomorrow night, I think I'll be sitting over on the Black and Orange side. Go Tigers!

Jim Cooper Responds (of course this is not a personal letter, it's from a staffer who wrote the note and then Cooper okayed a stack of stuff)

Dear Mr. Oldham:

My vote is not an endorsement of all the provisions of the bill because I find much of the bill to be deeply flawed. Passing legislation is a little like writing a term paper in school. The first draft is usually not very good. The second draft is better - H.R. 3962 is the second draft. The bill that the Senate will vote on will be the third draft, which I expect to show major improvement. The final draft will be written afterward, if we get to that point, when the House and the Senate will vote on the same bill.

I will continue to work hard to make sure that the final legislation helps all of our families get quality, affordable health care.


Jim Cooper
Member of Congress

Why did Cooper vote for Pelosi Health Care Bill?-From Jim Marrerro

The following is excerpted from Ken Marrero's blog---A post about which I happen to agree. I have heard Jim Cooper speak for years about the exploding federal deficit. And yet, he voted for the enormously expensive and completely cumbersome health care bill that was voted on last Saturday night, in the cover of darkness, as introduced by Sneaker Pelosi. I have posted before about the need for healthcare reform in some form or fashion, but not as was ratified last Saturday night in a 220-215 vote. I am absolutely certain that this bill has no chance of progressing beyond debate in the Senate. It is too costly and would add way too much to the federal deficit. Which begs the question for Jim Cooper--WHY?

The Tennessean today reported that Tennessee 5th District Democrat Jim Cooper testified at a Senate hearing and said "... that the country’s huge debt is a “fiscal cancer.”"

The Tennessean goes on to report that Rep. Cooper has authored a bill to address the issue and "... create a bi-partisan commission that would look at entitlement programs that are driving deficit spending and make recommendations that Congress could approve or disapprove but not amend."
This from a Congressman who voted, less than 72 hours before to expand the country's debt and usher in a deficit spending entitlement program the likes of which were contemplated only in the dreams of die-hard Democrats.
The full text of Cooper's remarks are even more astonishing. Again, despite having voted for the health care bill on Saturday in the US House, on Tuesday Cooper told the US Senate, "I believe that the greatest threat to our nation’s economic security is our long-term fiscal imbalance." He is referring to 2008's $56 trillion in unfunded liabilities currently facing our Economy which are likely to grow to $60 trillion in 2009. Those are Cooper's numbers.
Identifying the source of these problems, Cooper says of the cancer he is warning against, "The President and Congress have acknowledged that the bulk of our budget problem is in health care. That’s why both the House and Senate reform proposals make an effort to reduce the deficit now and in the future." He follows that up by stating, in testimony to the Senate Budget Committee, "I am not satisfied that the House bill passed this weekend meets these goals."
He concludes, "So, how can we fix it? The best course is more direct spending cuts, but we all know how likely those are. The second-best solution is a top-level commission to force congressional action."
Only in Washington, DC does this pass for wisdom and responsible governance. Were I to put the Congressman's words into the language of normal Americans it would go like this:
"Senators, our country is in a huge amount of trouble because we have spent money we do not have for years. This behavior is like a cancer that is killing us and it's getting worse. I should know. Just 3 days ago I added over $2 trillion dollars to the $55 to $60 trillion dollars of unfunded mandates in the area of health care alone that threaten to cripple our Economy. The President and Congress all understand that it is precisely that sort of health care spending that has put us in this mess and so we're going to fix it. Yessirree ... we're going to reduce that pesky deficit spending. We all know the best and most effective way to do that would be to reduce deficit spending. So, we're not going to push for that because it might be hard on our chances to get re-elected. What we should, therefore, do as a fall back position is to have another Congressional panel to make non-binding recommendations to Congress telling them they should cut spending while not actually insisting that they do. That way everyone acknowledges the problem, we are all seen as doing something about it and nothing really has to change. And by the time the country implodes, we'll all be out of office. Any questions? Thank you for the opportunity to testify today."
Please - don't believe me when I tell you it is really that bad. Go read the Congressman's words for yourself.