Councilman votes against ‘mortgaging our children’

Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 1:19pm
Robert Duvall

Apparently Metro Councilman Robert Duvall isn’t too fond of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

On three separate occasions at Tuesday’s Council meeting Duvall, who represents parts of Antioch, stood up to announce opposition to resolutions to accept grant money made available by the federal act passed earlier this year. He was the only Council member to vote against any of them.

“We’re mortgaging (our children),” an impassioned Duvall explained to the Council. “They’re the ones who are going to have to pay it back. Does anybody in this room care? I don’t know. I guess they don’t.”

One of the resolutions approved $1,000,000 of federal stimulus money for infrastructure projects in Davidson County, including a Tennessee State University connector for the Cumberland River.

The other two grants approved a combined total of $8,100 for interpreter services to work in order of protection hearings in both general sessions court and juvenile court.

Excluding Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro departments to date have garnered 25 grants, valued at more than $35 million, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and have applied for an additional eight grants worth approximately $73 million.


9 Comments on this post:

By: tdterry1999 on 11/19/09 at 1:35

They don't care about what we have to pay back.Vote them out. Robert Duvall should run for mayor

By: FREEDOM OF REALITY on 11/19/09 at 1:52

Most Americans arent "too found" of it either, Joey.
Every single council member who voted for this should be removed from office.

By: Magnum on 11/19/09 at 2:35

Seems to me they have to go after the money. If they don't, the next town, city or state over will get it, thereby adding (at best) or at least saving jobs in it's community. They then reap the benefit of an artificially inflated economy until the broader economy improves. Having said that, I agree that most of this stimulus spending is a big waste of taxpayer money.

By: Maestra on 11/19/09 at 6:20

Hasn't anyone learned by now that whenever politicans start crying "protect the children!" they are grandstanding as well as trying to promote fear? Big nose, small brain, apparently.

By: idgaf on 11/20/09 at 4:40

The stimulus is a slush fund for all the dem projects they couldn't pass otherwise.

By: sidneyames on 11/20/09 at 7:20

He was the only Council member to vote against any of them.

I don't have any children and don't care to at my age. But I do not want to see future generations pay for this mess. I don't think he's "grandstanding as well as trying to promote fear".

I think he's talking common sense. Oh common sense. That's something that our parents instill in us from birth. Too bad O'bama's mother was treking the globe while he was growing up. Sorry. But he has not common sense when it comes to money. He's sort of the "new rich" (his book and all) and he's not thinking of the future. After all, his kids won't have to suffer like small town Antioch kids will.

I don't like his (or GW's) stimulus or bail out packages. I think we are digging the economic hole deeper and deeper. After all, who's printing all that money anyway? (And when do we have to start wearing those little black pj's and marching in front of the dictator?

By: govskeptic on 11/20/09 at 8:16

Council has never seen a dollar they didn't
want to spend. Heck, they are about too
spend 600-900+ million they only think they
can see. Don't care what the motive was for
Mr. Duvall's votes-they were the right thing!

By: sidneyames on 11/20/09 at 9:02

Yep govsk, I agree. We're all about to become "slaves" to gov'ment spending and wild thinking.

By: pswindle on 11/20/09 at 9:32

He is trying to grap his fifteen minutes. Whoever heard of him before? The shape that our economy is in thanks to Bush/Cheney, something has to be done or we will keep sinking in the dark hole. He is just another GOP saying NO to anything that would help someone from straving or going homeless.