Keith Miller’s Comment on Items on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21, 2015
I would like to voice my support for the passage of item F-2. This is the vote to override the Mayor’s veto of the will of the people of Blount County. That will having been expressed by the elected representatives of the people and not by fat cats who seek to suppress the will of the people for personal gain.
During the last election cycle I recall the county establishment asserting that Blount County politics and Washington politics were not the same. I beg to differ. Washington politics is characterized by an arrogant chief executive who is happy to by-pass the legislature to bring hoards of illegals over the border. Washington politics is also characterized by a legislature that refuses bring the chief executive to heel by cutting off the funding for this alien invasion.
So what have we here in Blount County? Our County Mayor attempts to overturn the results of the 94 thousand dollar jail study with an absurd lawsuit, he appointed a committee to change ambulance companies which had meetings that were for all practical purposes secret, he and his finance director fast tracked a total of 900 thousand dollars in capital fund expenditures through a predominately lapdog commission…money which morphed into the problematic Kronos project. Not only that but he seconded a motion to send to the commission the infamous Evergreen compensation study which embodies all the ridiculous nature of Obamacare in that you must vote on it before you can read it since it is not yet finished.
By the way, still on the subject of skull duggery through secrecy, I spoke to Lamar Alexanders office today and they confirmed that a reading of the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty, now before the Senate, is only available by appointment and if notes are taken they may not be shared with anyone.
Commissioners, this is your chance, in this little microcosmic equivalent of Washington DC to symbolically reject the attitudes of the boot-lickers in the US Congress, to raise a righteous fist against an out-of -control executive, to stand up for the people of Blount County and strike down the mayor’s veto by voting yes on item F-2.
Troy Ball’s Comment on Items on the Agenda
Regular Commission Meeting
May 21, 2015
I will be speaking on Item F-2.
I want to thank the eleven statesmen on this commission who voted to communicate with our legislators the longstanding problem of heavy handed mandate. You stood for the property owners of Blount County and I thank you.
For those of you who have been told that this resolution somehow jeopardizes recruitment, consider what the costs to businesses already in operation are by allowing the EPA to continue expanding. The Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates that complying with EPA regulations costs the U.S. economy $353 billion per year. We need regulatory relief for existing businesses.
Problems with the EPA mandating control over local and state waters doesn’t stop with stormwater regulations. Currently the EPA is trying to expand its control to virtually all water through rulemaking authority without congressional authorization. If the EPA succeeds in circumventing congress, it will make the unfunded stormwater regulations look like cupcakes and rainbows.
While the Mayor vetoed the resolution asking congress to stop EPA expansion, our Republican representatives in the US House of Representatives have been busy working to stop EPA expansion over water under state, local and private ownership. All of Tennessee’s 7 Republican Representative have cosponsored H.R. 594. The House of Representatives just passed legislation, that according to John Duncan’s office goes further than H.R. 594. The legislation mandates the EPA to include state and local election officials in the discussion of EPA rulemaking authority regarding what constitutes waters of the United States.
You may be wondering why it is necessary to override the Mayor’s veto if congress is acting on the matter. According to Duncan’s office there is no companion bill in the United States Senate. We need to ask our federal Senators to get busy in the Senate protecting against a rogue agency.
Frankly the Mayor looks foolish having vetoed something that all of Tennessee’s Republican Representatives are taking very seriously. Congress knows the EPA is a problem. You know the EPA is a problem. Apparently the Mayor doesn’t.
11 of you stood strong as statesmen. You can do it again by overriding the Mayor’s veto. The rest of you have the opportunity to be statesmen by joining the 11 in saying enough to bureaucratic over reach.