I guess Gardenhire has learned very quickly what it takes to stay in office for the next ten terms: Give away after give away to special interest groups with no regard for the cost.
well said soakya. You must feel lonely out here on this thread?
It amazes me that no one cares to comment on a story when we clearly see a politician handing out a government subsidy to a particular special interest group. I guess the usual commentators on this site don't see how the very business that this article is about is exactly what is destroying our nation.
We see a conservative Republican sponsoring legislation that is widely supported by liberal Democrats and the people love it! I guess this is the compromise that we all can agree on?
"What worked then did not work this time around"
You are correct Alpo; It certainly didn't work. Yet you still hold to the same ideas that are failing right before your eyes by your own admission!
You still believe the same old progressive spoon fed garbage that war brings prosperity and that the great depression was caused by the failure of capitalism. I know your mind is completely inflexible but I'll try to put this link in front of you one more time.
Milton Friedman - The Great Depression Myth
In Cook you clearly see the hypocrisy as you allude to in your question to him that he won't answer:
He sees the threats and bullying of politicians of the one party he doesn't like (party means nothing to me so I am certainly not defending the clowns he attacks) but he can't see the bullying and intimidation by VW and other corporations with their veiled threats of relocation if they don't get what they want. What's worse is the way this newspaper is used as a tool of these corporations and the Chamber to get their ransom demands communicated to us.
that is an excellent point you made about the so-called multiplier effect that has no basis in reality and is perpetrated by the Chamber of Commerce.
This multiplier effect is a way to justify every PILOT, TIF or other incentive agreement.
Soakya and hotdiggity are both correct.
How arrogant and out of touch for Bo Watson to make the claim that the citizens of Tennessee were in favor of the 500 million dollars given to VW as incentives.
No one even knew about it!! If put to a vote of the people, this VW deal would never have gotten 25% of the vote (and I think that is generous).
How out of control are politicians of both parties who believe our tax money is theirs to hand out to any corporation? This is completely beyond the role of government.
Hotdiggity is correct.It is a race to the bottom. The more our Tennessee government has tried to be the solution, the worse off we are: More public/private partnerships yield more debt, more corruption, lower wages, and a lower labor participation rate.
Should our politicians and the Chamber of Commerce members go to prison for misappropriation of our tax base when these companies fail to live up to the big promises? Look at the companies who have gotten PILOT agreements: Alstom, Whirlpool, Wacker, Hemlock (to name a few). None have lived up to the promises and no one is held accountable.
Good question Soakya. I hope Cook is busy formulating an answer to you.
Cook needs to remember that as we give out incentives to lure business, other cities and states with deeper pockets than us retaliate and we end up having to use our tax base to play defense. It becomes like the Hunger Games.
"Hence the dispute as to what a biblical scripture says will continue until the end of time".
There is no dispute over what the Bible says. It says what it says.
The problem is that you claim the Bible spoke "clearly" that Jesus was not God. You then gave me a list of references in which none of those verses except one (Hebrews)said anything about His nature.
You used those verses to make inference and speculation fueled by your denial of the truth to come up with your conclusion even though those verses did not even deal with the subject of His nature. You chose to make those verses say something on a subject that they don't deal with at all.
In contrast, I gave you two verses from the mouth of Jesus Himself that need no interpretation in which He tells you plainly that he is God and you just ignore it. In case you need interpretation about what Jesus was saying, listen to the Jews who took up stones because of His statement concerning Himself:
"...You being a man, claim to be God." - John 10:33
They seemed to understand what Jesus was saying concerning His true nature and they didn't seem to like any more than you do.
On the Sunday school "experiment" you refer to - John MacArthur wrote a book called Charismatic Chaos in which he describes the very danger you described. it sounds like you fell victim to a very bad person who wanted to leave a group of innocent, vulnerable kids in confusion and doubt. It apparently made a life-long impression on you just the way this person intended. Don't let some rascal from 30 or 40 years ago who did this to you ruin your eternity.
Interesting. I read all those same verses and they tell me about the unity between the father and the son. They do nothing to disprove the doctrine of the Trinity nature of God. In fact, the verse in Hebrews you quoted supports just the opposite conclusion.
It supports what Jesus claimed of himself in John 8:58 "...before Abraham was born, I AM." (The very name God told Moses to tell Israel) or John 10:30 - which says "I and the Father are one." - The Father being distinct from the Son, yet are the same.
"Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!" - Deut. 6:4
"Con man, The Bible clearly refers to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost as separate beings over and over and over again."
Can you point me to one verse that supports your statement? Thanks
there is one guy in Pam's article who gets it. I think what he said is brilliant and very accurate:
"The same blighted conditions we had here 27 years ago are still here today. Who's allowed that to happen? You!" Kurt Robinson told the crowd. "You're the ones who allow the same people to get elected over and over, and they get in their offices ... and get fat."
Mr. Robinson is right I'm afraid in everything he said. Everyone on this thread needs to roll his words over a few times in your mind.