Up for Debate: Haslam's first controversy

Monday, February 25, 2013 at 1:17am

What do you think about Gov. Bill Haslam's handling of one of his administration's first controversies?

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17 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 2/25/13 at 6:11

Is it a controversy or possibly a very good decision that this publication disagrees
with? A small hint of a clue as to what is even being asked by this question would
have been helpful.

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 7:03

Good morning, Nashville.

Schlepped over from the main article:

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 6:53

Here's the key part of this SNAFU: Kathryn O’Day is the governor’s appointee to the DCS position, she led a foster care provider in Knoxville while Haslam was mayor there.

Cronyism and nepotism are the real culprits here...Gov. Haslam has surrounded himself with incompetent yes-men and bobble-headed cronies....insulated from reality, the Governor lives in a fantasy world of his own making.

Throw the bum out.

Like the Raid's Roach Motel, kids are going into Tennessee's foster care system and not coming out...the death toll is shameful and inexcusable.

The Governor, rather than cleaning house, is stonewalling the media and jacking up the costs of document retrieval, in order to thwart the investigations. Gov. Haslam's loyalties and concerns are devoted to his appointees, not to the disadvantaged children of Tennessee...he's gotta go.

By: yogiman on 2/25/13 at 7:26

You should throw your bum out of NY before you offer your aide in throwing Gov. Haslam out of Tennessee, Loner.

I think Gov. Haslam should offer any gun manufacturers locations here in Tennessee. We, the amendment abiding citizens, would welcome them.

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 7:28

The Occupy Nashville Snafu was Haslam's first controversy, wasn't it?

The flirtation with secession...the bullying of Metro Nashville on the anti-discrimination laws... and the charter schools issue pre-date the DCS controversy, if I recall things correctly...Haslam is no stranger to controversy; the grandstanding tea-baggers in his legislature will keep the controversies coming, one right after another.

When the Governor's agenda is centered around God, Guns, Gays and Guvmint, controversy is naturally going to result.

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 7:30

Believe me, I am trying to unseat the Son of Mario....dynastic democracy sucks, wherever one finds it.

By: Kosh III on 2/25/13 at 7:48

"Haslam probably didn’t know what long-standing problems DCS was facing when he was elected"

To remedy this, he had a year-long top-to-bottom review of all State departments including DCS.

NONE of the problems currently in the news were mentioned in this supposedly comprehensive review.

By: Kosh III on 2/25/13 at 7:50

What's wrong with Cuomo? I've not been paying much attention beyond the fact that he managed to get some gun control legislation passed so that there may be less people killed by people with guns.

By: gdiafante on 2/25/13 at 7:56

Looks like the old racist is parroting Perry from Texas...let me guess, let's give gun manufactures extreme tax cuts to relocate here...that's the Tennessee way, after all.

I think I'd rather see Pfizer located in Tn...god knows the entire state could use some Zoloft.

By: govskeptic on 2/25/13 at 7:57

Thanks Loner for clearing up the Governor problems. I was afraid he had said
something derogatory about Michelle's bangs covering up her face last night.

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 8:30

Andrew Cuomo is fracking-friendly and he has done nothing to get rid of the Rockefeller Drug laws. He could do more to get NY wines into the grocery stores....and he is on shaky ground with some of the native tribes....I dislike political dynasties and nepotism...I don't like to see it in either major party...it's democracy lite....Mario was OK, but son of Mario is less intellectual and more politically ambitious.

I gotta roll now....later!

By: Loner on 2/25/13 at 8:30

You are welcome, Gov....anytime.

By: grid on 2/25/13 at 9:04

I wanted to comment on Loner's post at 2/25/13 at 7:03. Can't speak to the stonewalling part, but I can certainly believe the cost of document retrieval. I knew someone who worked for DCS, and was told their computer systems are in dire need of overhaul. Trying to extract data from old systems is a pain (I work in I/S, and have had to do it). Add in man-hours to hunt down paperwork in scattered offices, and I can easily see costs in the $50,000 range. At $50 per hour, that equates to about 1000 man-hours. Half of that could be eaten up in data analysis alone.

By: Kosh III on 2/25/13 at 9:52

"Andrew Cuomo is fracking-friendly"

That's enough to put him on my shixlist. He and all the frackers can go get fraked.

By: BigPapa on 2/25/13 at 10:07

DCS looks to be in a bad spot here. It's such an easy target due to the population that they deal with.

You can write a headline that says "13 Children Involved with DCS Died" and folks picture some poor little abused waife and a lazy slob social worker sitting at their desk.

Reality could be 13 gang bangers on probation to DCS that shot each other over drug turf wars.

DCS often deals with children that are very ill. Judges will put kids in custody in hopes that they will receive more care that at home. These kids were going die either way.

By: govskeptic on 2/25/13 at 2:03

Kosh III

Since you are such a hater of fraking, I wonder if your purse is enjoying the current
price of gasoline, and can you handle it for years to come. It would be my guess
that in the end you will be the one fraked.

By: dargent7 on 2/25/13 at 3:23

Who cares?
All I cared about is that bombshell of a race car driver, Danica Patrick, coming in 8th at the Daytona 500.
How about Tony Stewart's car shearing in half and his engine and tires (on fire) flying into the stands?
I used to live in Indiannapolis (1980) and we'd go to the Indy 500.
400,000 lunatics, screaming.
I'm still on medication.

By: ConservativeSailor on 2/25/13 at 11:24

Know what, govskeptic? There was a time when I might have agreed with you. Now, after researching the issue, I believe there's a problem in the supply/demand area. We have a glut of gasoline. Foreign markets pay higher prices than we do.
The US is a net exporter of "petroleum products". Those include gasoline. It's also cheaper if you make gasoline without the ethanol and other "cocktail" recipes. Chicago has a winter, a spring, a summer and a fall mix. You have to reconfigure refineries to conform to the shift in regional mixes required by EPA.
So - A little refinery shutdown for mix adjustment, a little shipping it abroad for a better price and you get a smaller local supply. Supply's down, cost's up. Capitalism.
But it's GLOBAL capitalism on the demand side and LOCAL capitalism on the supply side. If the manufacturer can control supply at will, then he has the power to control price if demand stays constant or increases.
Should be some way to say if you drill it here and refine it here, you have to sell it here until you satisfy the demand here, then you can sell the rest wherever for whatever,
But that sounds like State-controlled business. Nixon tried it. Didn't work. Read Atlas Shrugged,
The only way to make Texaco take notice is to STOP BUYING TEXACO until they reduce prices. Then do Exxon, BP, Shell, etc.
Reduce demand one company at a time. Let's boycott them in alphabetic order.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do it. Richard Trumka's minions do it. Let's come together as just plain folks and take control with our feet. That's the only vote you have.