Tennessee Campaign For Liberty

TN Lt Gov Ron Ramsey Slammed By Wrestler On Internet Sales Tax

Lt. Governor Challenged To Debate Internet Sales Tax By Professional Wrestler

Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax; Grassroots Pushes Back


Knoxville, TN - Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was challenged to a debate on the Internet Sales Tax by professional WWE wrestler and anti-tax activist Glenn Jacobs. In a blog post today Glenn Jacobs (stage name Kane) criticized the Lt. Governor for pushing the Internet sales tax and called for a debate on the topic at the Lt. Governor’s convenience. The blog post can be viewed here: http://www.tnliberty.org/?p=574


“Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey claims that the Internet sales tax mandate is not a new tax. Nor, according to Ramsey, is it an unfair tax. Ramsey is wrong on both counts.” Glenn writes. “ I, therefore, invite Lt. Gov. Ramsey for a policy debate on the issue of the Marketplace Fairness Act in a public forum at his convenience.”


In recent weeks Glenn Jacobs has been appearing in various media outlets advocating against the national Internet sales tax mandate with appearances on nationally syndicated terrestrial radio, satellite radio, and local radio stations in Tennessee. Jacobs has written multiple blog posts and op-ed pieces against the national Internet sales tax mandate.


Earlier this week the TN Campaign for Liberty challenged Lt. Gov Ramsey to show he had paid the obscure TN Use Tax for his online purchases after he called the vast majority of Tennesseans “criminals” for not paying it. That release can be viewed here:  http://tnreport.com/2013/05/13/ramsey-questioned-on-use-tax-payments-by-tn-liberty-group/


The national Internet sales tax mandate will likely come up for a vote in the US House of Representatives later this year. The bill is known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act” and is being opposed by the Campaign for Liberty, eBay, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the National Taxpayers Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, Freedomworks, the Heartland Institute, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and many other conservative figures.


Glenn Jacobs lives with his family in Jefferson City, Tennessee and is a co-founder of the Tennessee Liberty Alliance www.TNLiberty.org. Mr. Jacobs is a critic of big government and a professional wrestler with the WWE.


TN Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey Pushes Internet Sales Tax

Senator Bob Corker explaining something to Lt Gov Ron Ramsey


From the article (May 9th):

 NASHVILLE — Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey on Thursday joined Gov. Bill Haslam in supporting the federal legislation requiring large out-of-state Internet retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases, and said that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is “100 percent wrong” by calling it a new and unfair tax.

“She’s wrong on this. It’s not a new tax. And how can you say it’s unfair? It’s not a new tax and it is fair,” Ramsey told reporters.

His remarks further illustrate how divided Tennessee Republicans are on the Marketplace Fairness Ac, which passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan votes Monday but faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House. Tennessee’s two Republican senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, voted for the bill, and Alexander is one of its leading proponents.

Blackburn, R-Brentwood, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Tuesday, “There’s nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act” and, “We don’t need the federal government mandating additional taxes on Tennessee families and businesses.”

The federal bill would allow states to require Internet retailers with over $1 million a year in sales to collect and remit to the state taxes on purchases shipped into the state even if they don’t have a physical presence, like a retail store or warehouse, in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that under current federal law, states can only compel out-of-state mail-order, telephone and Internet retailers to collect taxes from consumers if they have a physical presence in the state. As a result, chains like Walmart and Target collect sales taxes on purchases through their websites, while big online retailers without stores in Tennessee may do so voluntarily but are not required to.

“I am very much for” the Marketplace Fairness Act,” Ramsey said. “It’s not a new tax."

Blackburn was unbowed by her former state Senate colleague’s remarks: “Saying the Marketplace Fairness Act is fair is like saying the Affordable Care Act makes health care affordable. I continue to visit with local main street retailers and welcome their input,” she said through her spokesman, Mike Reynard.

Haslam, who spoke in Washington last year in support of the bill, said on Tuesday that he will encourage Tennessee’s House delegation to vote for the bill. Ramsey said he will, too. He has already spoken to his own congressman, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City.



ACTION ALERT – Wednesday Vote – STOP TN Republicans From Allowing Obama’s Gun Control In TN (CALL NOW!!!)

URGENT: Demand TN Senators stop Obama's gun control


A TN Senate Committee on Wednesday will vote to stop federal firearms encroachment; YOUR action is needed!

We must stop TN Republicans from killing a bill which would prevent any new Obama federal gun control measures in the State of TN. Several Republicans on the committee have sided with Obama and his gun control scheme already. WE MUST PRESSURE THEM INTO PASSING THIS BILL!!!

Call and e-mail the following Senators and tell them to "vote for SB250 without amendments" --

Senator Kelsey, Chairman - Republican (he thinks Obama can do whatever he wants)
(615) 741-3036, sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Doug Overbey, 1st Vice Chair - Republican - (this guy hates the Constitution)
865-681-8236, (615) 741-0981, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov  and joindoug@charter.net

Sen. Stacey Campfield, 2nd Vice Chair - Republican
(615) 741-1766, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mike Bell - Republican
(615) 741-1946, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Lowe Finney - Democrat (sides with Obama)
(615) 741-1810, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Ophelia Ford - Democrat (needs convincing, please talk to her)
(615) 741-1767, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Todd Gardenhire - Republican
(615) 741-6682, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. Mark Green - Republican
(615) 741-2374, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov

Sen. John Stevens - Republican (needs convincing, please talk to him)
(615) 741-4576, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

-- here are the e-mail addresses put together so that you can copy and paste into your e-mail client--
sen.brian.kelsey@capitol.tn.gov, sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov, joindoug@charter.net, sen.stacey.campfield@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov, sen.lowe.finney@capitol.tn.gov, sen.ophelia.ford@capitol.tn.gov, sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov, sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov

If you're interested, here is the background information on the bill from our friends at the TN Tenth Amendment Center: http://tennessee.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/02/do-or-die-for-bills-to-nullify-federal-gun-laws-in-tennessee/

WE NEED YOUR HELP to fund our mailing lists and we need tools to fight these types of battles against the big-government establishment. There WILL be other bills like this soon that we'll need to get the word out on (ads, mailings, radio, robodials, etc).
Please donate, $10, $15, or even $20 to help us win:
Click Here To Donate Now To The Campaign For Liberty!

PS - call the Senators above and tell them to vote for SB250 without amendments, and then chip-in a few dollars to help us fight big government


Candidate Responses On Rejecting Obamacare in Tennessee – Medicaid Expansion & Insurance Exchanges

The Tennessee Campaign For Liberty asked many of the candidates on the ballot for the TN Legislature in 2012 these two questions.  We will copy and paste the responses from each legislative candidate as they come in (so keep checking back).

Here are their answers:


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Vance Dennis <vance@vancedennis.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: Do you support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

Yes to both.


Sent from my iPhone


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Temple Bowling <tjbowling@lighttube.net>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Subject: RE: Do you support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I answer YES to both questions .


I have attached my last mailer .  It addresses this issue.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <jeremyrdurham@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I'm against both of them.

Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Joe Carr <joecarr48@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

I typically do not respond to emails that do not have the appropriate contact information by which I may respond. I do however oppose Obama Care or as it is more properly known; the Affordable Care Act, including but not limited to the establishment of health care exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid.
As courtesy I would appreciate in the future the appropriate name and address to who I am responding.
Joe Carr
State Representative District 48


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charles Williamson <cwilliamsonfortn@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: TN-CFL Action Alert <action@tncampaignforliberty.org>

1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare?Yes
2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government? Yes
I am in favor of the repeal of Obamacare, which represents the most unconstitutional excess ever imposed on the American people. It is a mandate, it is a tax and in support of liberty, I support repeal.
Charles Williamson
Candidate for TN State House, District 50


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: lewisdt2@netzero.net <lewisdt2@netzero.com>
Date: Sat, Nov 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Subject: Re: Do your support or oppose this?
To: action@tncampaignforliberty.org


1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare?   Yes

2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government?  Yes

I oppose all increases in the size, scope, and power of government.

Please let us know ASAP!

Freeing One Mind At A Time
Daniel T. Lewis
Candidate Tennessee House 52
Connect with us:

-------- Original Message --------

Subject: RE: Insurance exchange?
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:02:49 +0000
From: Randy McNally <sen.randy.mcnally@capitol.tn.gov>

Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding the Tennessee healthcare insurance exchange/expansion of TennCare (Medicaid).  I share your concerns about this very important issue.

The Haslam administration is attempting to get clarification of these options.  The federal deadline for states to report their position has been extended to December 14 and according to some experts only thirty percent of the rules have been written.  In addition, a number of significant court cases are still pending regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Act).

Because of these reasons, I am not in support of the state entering into the ACA.  Furthermore, I have little faith that the federal government will in the long-term live up to the agreements and understandings regarding state obligations.  Already the President has proposed in his budget increasing the state's Medicaid match (blended rate) and Congress is proposing phasing out some state's dedicated revenue (provider taxes).  Past history (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) has demonstrated the federal government's propensity to engage in bait and switch schemes with state and local government.  It is for these reasons, I feel it is in the best interest of this state to heed the warnings of the past and refuse state participation in the Affordable Care Act.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me regarding this very important matter. 

Senator Randy McNally




URGENT – Tell us if your candidate will stop Obamacare from coming to TN?

legislative candidate if they will stop Obamacare from coming to Tennessee?

We need YOUR help. We need YOU to ask your legislative candidates if they support or oppose Obamacare in Tennessee; instructions are below...

There will be a move in the first week of January 2013 to stop Obamacare from coming to Tennessee!

We don't yet know which legislators support Obamacare and which ones oppose Obamacare but we do know that Governor Haslam has indicated he supports moving "forward" to bring Obamacare to Tennessee.

It is CRITICAL that you call or e-mail your TN legislative candidates that are on the ballot URGENTLY and ask them two very simple questions:

1- Will you oppose an expansion of Medicaid spending at the state level that is described in Obamacare? (more info)

2 - Will you oppose an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in Tennessee being run by either the state or federal government? (more info)

If possible, record the conversation (it's legal in TN) and send us a copy of what they say to action@TNCampaignForLiberty.org

Click on this link below for a list of most state legislative candidates on the ballot and their contact information:

Contact your legislative candidate TODAY and ask them the two very simple questions listed above! If you can, please report back to us their answers: action@TNCampaignForLiberty.org


Here are the responses from the candidates


TN State Senators Vow To Fight Obamacare Medicaid Expansion

From a TN Republican Senate Caucus Press Release:

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 29, 2012 -- State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin) said today they will introduce legislation to prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare.”   Kelsey and Durham said they will file the bill the day after the 108th General Assembly is elected in November.

Senator Kelsey has two years remaining in his four year term, and Mr. Durham is unopposed for the District 65 seat in the State House of Representatives. The legislation states Tennessee “shall not establish, facilitate, implement or participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

“Unlike Washington, Tennessee balances its budget every year,” said Senator Kelsey.  “Tennessee taxpayers cannot afford this expansion of spending.  The federal government may be promising money today, but with sixteen trillion dollars of debt, those funds will not be there tomorrow.”

As drafted, the Affordable Care Act required states to expand Medicaid coverage from low-income adults with children to all individuals below 133% of the poverty level. A recent study conducted by the University of Tennessee, however, reported the number of uninsured Tennesseans is at its lowest point since 2005.  The Affordable Care Act punished states who chose not to expand enrollment with not only loss of the expansion funds but also loss of all Medicaid funds, which amount to almost 20% of the Tennessee budget.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in June that Congress can deny the expansion funds but not all Medicaid funds. Now states have an option whether or not to expand their Medicaid programs.

Under the Act, Congress promised to pay 100% of the Medicaid expansion funds in the first few years but only 90% of the funds in future years.  Given the $16 trillion debt owed by the federal government, it is doubtful that the federal government will fulfill even its 90% promise in future years.

"Tennessee taxpayers simply cannot afford the long-term financial burden of expanding our Medicaid rolls,” said Durham.  "This is one of those times in which legislators must exercise fiscal responsibility and tell the federal government, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’"

A similar sentiment was stated in July by Senator Lamar Alexander:  "If I were governor of Tennessee, I would not expand Medicaid as the program is currently run." Former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen described ObamaCare as "the mother of all unfunded mandates" and said it would cost Tennessee taxpayers over $1 billion in the next five years.




New TN Drug Laws Hurt Patients

An advocacy group for the more than 500,000 allergy and asthma patients in Tennessee says something as simple as going to your local pharmacy for relief is becoming burdensome.

Popular 12- and 24-hour release cold and allergy medicines that contain pseudoephedrine are available over the counter in Tennessee, but consumers are now limited in how much and how often they can buy the medicine. And it has to be requested at the pharmacy counter rather than just picked up off the store shelf. The reason for these restrictions is a law passed to curb the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Vice President of External Affairs Mike Tringale told the Times-News a cumbersome chore has been placed on doctors and pharmacists with this new law, while those suffering with runny noses, headaches and other allergy symptoms must jump through hoops to get an over-the-counter medicine.

Read more:


Some of the bills introduced last session (2012) by Senator Mae Beavers has to do with this restriction, among others - SB0325, SB1265, SB2190.


Harwell and Ramsey Approve Wasteful Spending On Lame Duck Retirement Vacation

From the article:

As a parting gift before leaving the state Legislature, five outgoing lawmakers spent more than $13,000 of taxpayer money to go on a four-day junket to Chicago, according to state records.

Taxpayers are covering the costs for everything from airfare and mileage to staying in $227-a-night hotels and taking $40 taxi cab rides during the trip. The registration fees were as high as $615 per person for the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit in August. Some of the lawmakers, who had been defeated at the ballot box or announced their retirement, claimed five and six days’ per diem at $173 per day.

For lawmakers who knew at the time they would leave office after the November election, those bills amount to a taxpayer-funded “retirement party,” one critic said.

What’s worse, Ben Cunningham of TN Tax Revolt said, is that the speakers of both chambers signed off on the $13,388 worth of expense reports.

“To have the approval of leadership makes it doubly bad. They should have been leaders and said the taxpayers don’t need to be paying for this,” said Cunningham.



Haslam Moving Forward With Obamacare In TN


Governor Bill Haslam is moving forward with plans to build an Obamacare Insurance Exchange in TN!

In this video last week Gov Haslam discusses the process of bringing Obamacare to Tennessee, but many of the phrases he uses are political "codewords". Make no mistake, plans are in place, and efforts are already underway to sneak Obamacare into the backdoor of Tennessee. Political experts know this in part because the Governor doesn't outright and immediately reject the idea of Obamacare in Tennessee giving him wiggle room later on. The Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Speaker Beth Harwell are both working together behind the scenes on this effort too.

Here is the link to the video, notice Governor Haslam's smirk when he answers the question (many may remember Bill Clinton had a similar smirk)-


The fact is that if the TN Government doesn't expand Medicaid, then the Feds are powerless to push Obamacare onto the state the Supreme Court has declared. The Supreme Court has also ruled that if the state government doesn't implement an Obamacare Insurance Exchange, then the Feds are effectively powerless to do so.

The TN establishment already tried it once earlier this year and were quickly shut down by people just like you who called and demanded the bill be withdrawn.

We can stop Obamacare from slithering into Tennessee, but ONLY if you tell them "NO"!

It is CRITICAL that you call and e-mail the following politicians and DEMAND that they reject an Obamacare Insurance Exchange as well as a Medicaid spending expansion in Tennessee!!!

Governor Haslam
(615) 741-2001

Ron Ramsey
(615) 741-4524

Beth Harwell
(615) 741-0709

And don't forget to also contact YOUR specific State Senator and Representative and tell them to "just say no to Obamacare". You can look up your local elected legislator here - http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/


Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea

From a limited-government standpoint, school vouchers are a bad idea because they expand government control into places where it doesn't previously exist.

Here is some research and commentary:


Are Vouchers the Solution for Our Failing Public Schools? - by Rep. Ron Paul, MD

Do Vouchers and Tax Credits Increase Private School Regulation?

Tax Credits Better for Schools Than Vouchers

School Vouchers vs. Tax Credits

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers, Are Keeping School Choice a Viable Option

Why Federal School Vouchers Are a Bad Idea

Vouchers ARE Government Money, and That’s the Problem

Toward Market Education: Are Vouchers or Tax Credits the Better Path?

Vouchers and Educational Freedom: A Debate

Trouble with Vouchers

Vouchers: Another Central Plan

Vouchers: Another Income Redistribution Scheme

Voucher Socialism

Vouchers: Enemy of Religion

Vouchers Are Not Libertarian


Just Say No to School Vouchers . . . Again

The School Voucher Myth

Vouchers: Another Name for Welfare

Tax Credits, Not Vouchers

Vouchers and Government Control

The Great Voucher Fraud


Ramsey Admits His Ignorance On The Constitution Regarding Individual Rights (Forced Blood Extraction Laws)

When asked, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey admitted his ignorance about the Constitution(s) and doesn't even pretend to try to know the law as it relates to individual rights, personal privacy, etc.

This was in regards to the new TN law that allows the cops to FORCE you to give a blood sample.

One has to wonder if any of this blood goes into the DNA database that Ramsey wanted? More specifically, does Rep Diane Black's medical testing company get the contract for this?

Here is the video -

"The accused shall not be compelled to give evidence against himself. " - Art I, Sec 9 - TN Constitution

"No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself" - 5th Amendment - US Constitution


Porker Ron Ramsey spends $500k Tennessee tax dollars in Virginia!

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, one of the biggest porkers in Tennessee, has just spent $500,000 of YOUR tax dollars to erect a museum... but the museum is in Virginia!!!

The annual "Pork Report" which details the TN government's porkbarrel spending is due out soon; stay tuned for more.

(Watch Ron Ramsey's arrogant reaction in the below video)

Any resemblance?

http://www.mooncostumes.com/image/3830 http://www.nashvillescene.com/binary/f6c6/ramsey1.jpg

Just for kicks, here is a picture of a Ron Ramsey staffer doling out the pork... (click on image to enlarge)


UPDATE, it's released: http://tncampaignforliberty.org/wordpress/2012/06/2012-tn-pork-report-released/


Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey Tries To Blow Smoke At Conservatives

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey once again tries to explain away his lack of conservatism by telling conservatives and tea partiers 'how it is'. Again though, no one is buying what he is shoveling.

"Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey doesn’t think Republicans could’ve asked for much more from GOP lawmakers in the session that just ended. Ramsey sees that as one defense to tea partiers looking to unseat incumbents this year.

Ramsey was a tea party favorite when he ran for governor two years ago. He says this summer primary challengers should just look at the current slate of Republicans’ most recent work.... Ramsey says some conservatives prefer an all-or-nothing approach, but he argues that’s not how government works."

SOURCE: http://wpln.org/?p=38277


Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey caught in another lie

The lieutenant governor is claiming credit for the food tax reduction, which he says "previous Democratic regimes" rejected. Politifact says Ron Ramsey must have a short memory:


By referring to "Democrat regimes," Ramsey was making a partisan statement that Republicans cut the sales tax on food and that Democrats had refused similar reductions in the past. But Ramsey – or his newsletter writer -- apparently has a short memory: the last reduction in Tennessee’s sales tax on grocery food was made in 2007 after it was proposed by legislative Democrats, who were still in the majority at the time, and signed into law by then-governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.

That cut in the state food tax from 6 to 5½ percent went into effect Jan. 1, 2008, when Ramsey was already speaker of the Senate. And it was double the food tax cut that Ramsey is now touting.

So, on its face, the claim flies in the face of basic facts, and a request for clarification to Ramsey’s office went unanswered.

This is not the first time Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey has been caught in a lie although the question remains which aspect of this is worse: bragging about just a .5% decrease in taxes, or lying about it?