Will the Real Democrat Please Stand Up?

by Eric Holcombe

Many of you have already voted in the US Senate Republican primary contest of Lamar Alexander vs. Joe Carr/Yellow Dog. Since more than half of you voted against Lamar but still lost, you can have another chance. Now you can vote in what I consider Round 2 of the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary – Gordon Ball vs. Lamar Alexander. This is because it is just too hard to tell which candidate belongs to which party.

Gordon has stated in ads that he is against Common Core, for school vouchers, veteran benefits and he apparently owns a Glock:

“I’m from Cocke County, where we actually do own guns. So I’m going to issue a challenge to Mr. Alexander: his piano versus my Glock. Democrats are gun owners too,” Ball told the state Democratic Executive Committee conference in Nashville.”

On the national Democratic party he said:

I think the national Democratic Party has written Tennessee off. That’s not good for the state.” But he shrugged and said, “That’s all right with me. We’ll run without them.”

On illegal aliens:

We don’t agree on every issue, obviously, but they [Tea Party Tennesseans (whatever that means)] see Lamar as being for Common Core [in education] and amnesty [on the immigration issue]. They’re against Common Core and amnesty, and so am I.

His best one-liner: “Lamar voted with Obama 62% of the time, I voted with Obama 0% of the time.”

For the nominal Republican sheep, what’s not to love? Of course, he is still for 2nd Amendment infringements, higher minimum wages and murdering babies (just not with a Glock) – but those are the typical deal-breakers for his party.

Then there is Lamar, who finally has relented to ONE debate – but only after early voting starts next month.

He has voted for:

1. Continuing Resolutions: Over the last four years (12 Continuing Resolutions) Lamar Alexander either for voted for them, or they passed the Senate with unanimous consent. Obama signed all of them:

  • 2009- First Continuing Resolution Passed Senate with unanimous consent (H.R. 2638)
  • 2009- Second Continuing Resolution Passed Senate with unanimous consent (H.J. Res 38)
  • 2010- Voted NO on the 1st Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2918)
  • 2010- Voted YES on the 2nd Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2996)
  • 2011- Voted YES on the 1st Continuing Resolution (H.R. 3081)
  • 2011- Second CR passed Senate with unanimous consent (H.J. Res 101)
  • 2011- Third CR passed Senate with unanimous consent (H.J. Res 105)
  • 2011- Voted YES on the 4th CR (H.R. 3082)
  • 2011- Voted YES on the 5th CR (H.J. Res 44)
  • 2011- Voted YES on the 6th CR (H.J. Res 48)
  • 2011- Seventh CR passed Senate with unanimous consent (H.R. 1363)
  • 2013- Voted YES on the 1st CR (H.J. Res 107)
  • 2013- Voted YES on the 2nd CR (funded Obamacare, H.R. 933)
  1. Budget/Other Spending/Taxes
  • Voted YES on the Internet Sales Tax bill (S 743)
  • Voted NO on Rand Paul’s budget which would balance in five years, eliminate four Cabinet departments, replace the current tax code with a flat tax, and fundamentally reform all major entitlement programs. (S.Amdt. 263 to S.Con.Res. 8)
  • Voted YES on the Fiscal Cliff Tax Hike Bill that raised income taxes, death taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, and payroll taxes — an increase of more than $600 billion. The deal also failed to cut spending. In fact, CBO estimated that it would cause spending to go up by more than $330 billion over the next decade. (H.R. 8)
  • Voted YES on the Omnibus Spending Bill which was a 1,000-page, trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill that lumped 9 different appropriations bills in a single package. (H.R. 2055)
  • Voted YES on raising the Debt Limit by $2.4 trillion and setup the Super Committee that was supposed to come up with budget cuts that never happened thus leading to the Sequester (S. 365)
  • Voted YES on the Farm Bill that expanded Food Stamps (S 3240)
  • Voted NO on banning earmarks (S.Amdt. 1472 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038)
  • Voted YES on Cash for Clunkers (H.R. 3435)
  • Voted NO on a Senate Rule that would have prohibited legislation that would raise gas prices
  • Voted NO on defunding the “Bridge to Nowhere” (S.Amdt. 2165 to H.R. 3058)

3. Bailouts

  • Voted YES on the bank bailouts (S. Amdt. 5685 to H.R. 1424)
  • Voted NO on an amendment that would prohibit tax payer funded auto bailouts (S.Amdt. 965 to S.Con.Res. 13)
  • Voted YES to bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (H.R. 3221)

4. Immigration

  • Voted YES for the Immigration/Amnesty bill of 2013 (S 744)
  1. Guns
  2. Green Energy/Coal
  3. Miscellaneous
  4. Nominations
  • Voted YES to proceed on 2013 gun control bill by bring Harry Reid’s bill to the floor (S 649)
  • In 2009, Senator Tom Coburn proposed the National Park Carry Amendment to the credit card bill to restore concealed carry rights in national parks. The amendment needed 60 votes, according to C-SPAN and passed with 67 votes. Lamar Alexander, who allegedly gets an “A” from the NRA, voted against it.

6. Green Energy/Coal

  • Voted NO on ending green energy subsidies (S Amdt 1589 on S1813)
  • Voted NO on a resolution disapproving of Obama’s job killing Utility MACT regulations targeting the coal industry. (S.J. Res 37)

7. Miscellaneous

  • Voted NO on term limits (S.Amdt. 1488 to S.Amdt. 1470 to S. 2038)
  • Voted YES on compulsory unionism by voting to kill the National Right to Work Amendment (S.Amdt. 31 to S. 181)
  • Voted NO to prohibit tax payer funded stem cell research (S. 5)

8.  Nominations

  • Voted to CONFIRM Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
  • Voted to CONFIRM Chuck Hagel to Secretary of Defense
  • Voted to CONFIRM John Kerry as Secretary of State
  • Voted FOR cloture on Tom Perez’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. Perez is a left wing radical Obama appointee who fought against voter ID laws and worked for a pro-illegal alien group. Alexander did vote against confirmation, but his vote for cloture paved the way for Perez to be confirmed. This is a common tactic used by Alexander. He will vote for cloture (thus ending debate and bringing the nominee or legislation to the floor for a vote) then he’ll vote no. That way he can say he technically voted no, even though his previous vote allowed the bill to be voted on for passage. This is the same thing he did with the gun bill earlier in 2013.”

I consider that list to fall short as it totally ignored his other unconstitutional votes on extending the “Patriot” Act, the many FISA extensions he voted for (to continue spying on us without warrant or cause) and the votes for NDAA (indefinite detention in foreign occupation prison without trial if the president “thinks you are a terrorist” – but of course they “would never actually do that”). It also did not consider his confirmation votes for known Tax Cheat Tim Geithner for Secretary of Treasury nor RE-confirming Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve OR his lobbying against an audit of the federal reserve banksters:

The audit? It’s a bad idea,” said Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, head of the Republican Conference in the Senate. “It’s a sorry day when the Congress superimposes itself on the Fed, nosing around in monetary policy. It’s bad enough we are nosing around with the car companies.”

It’s almost as if Lamar has never read the U.S. constitution. I can’t seem to find a central bank in there anywhere – let alone one built upon usury and fraudulent “fractional reserve” banking with fiat “federal reserve notes”.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations along with Bill Frist, Fred Thompson, Al Gore, Howard Baker (beginning to see a TN pattern?), Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George Soros. Aren’t some of them supposed to be arch-enemies – you know, from diametrically-opposed “parties”?

So, I am really interested in the upcoming debate between Ball and Lamar – except for some reason neither one wants to debate any independent candidates. It should be a good show – like the Big Two typically deliver.


One thought on “Will the Real Democrat Please Stand Up?

  1. “It’s a sorry day when the Congress superimposes itself on the Fed, nosing around in monetary policy. It’s bad enough we are nosing around with the car companies.” Lamar Alexander

    How about nosing around in foreign sovereign nations? It’s a sorry day when Congress superimposes itself on foreign nations, but won’t bother to regulate the central banksters who bring about economic destruction from within.

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