The Steve Gill prayer…

Actually there are two Steve Gill prayers. The first is Steve’s own: ‘Dear God, PLEASE let Bredesen propose a state income tax…please, please please.’

Gill, who is considering a run for the governor, may talk about ethics, but truth is, he’s a one-trick pony. Buried in today’s Tennessean story on the next governor’s race is this gem from Gill:

‘most second-term governors at least “flirt” with the idea of an income tax, which people might be wary of in a Bredesen second term’.

You can practically see the Gill-wheels spinning..even if he (bredesen) doesn’t propose an income tax, I’ll start talking about it and then talk about it some more and maybe some of my sheep, er, listeners will buy it. Gill has ridden the income-tax bete’ noire’ for several years and he’s hoping that the ride will continue through the election.

The fact is that Bredesen is not coming any closer to proposing an income tax than Van Hilleary being asked to join Mensa, but the facts shouldn’t get in the way for Steve-a-rino.

The serious candidate is Beth Harwell, but if she runs this time, it’s only to get some name recognition for either the NEXT run or a Senatorial run.

The other Steve Gill prayer is mine: Please, Steve, run. I want him to run for the same reason I wanted Pat Buchanan to run for president and Pat Robertson to run for president. I want them to be totally repudiated. I want their vote totals to be an embarrassment for generations to come. I want them to see that even though the country may be skewing conservative, that their extremism has no traction.

I actually like Buchanan..don’t agree with him much, but he is a thinker and his oppostion to the Iraqi war is second to no one. His extremism played well in New Hampshire once, but like a Steve Gill thought..it runs out of gas when examined closely.

So, run, Steve, run. Your lack of originality will be completely exposed and you’ll be lucky to carry Williamson county. It still cracks me up that for a while, he called his radio show ‘a no-spin zone’. My spin is that is that we already have a Republican governor..name of Bredesen, and he wins in a walk.

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6 responses to “The Steve Gill prayer…

  1. Gill has never let little silly things like the facts deter him from ranting about whatever high horse he’s on today….

  2. I want him to run for the same reason I wanted Pat Buchanan to run for president and Pat Robertson to run for president. I want them to be totally repudiated.

    Huh? Robertson, I get, but why throw PJB in the mix. You say yourself later on that you admire and respect his antiwar position. You really want an antiwar, anti-corporate, anti-free trade candidate repudiated? I mean I understand the anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant views may be repugnant to you but his other positions are things I would think you’d want right-wingers to hear. Hutchmo, say it ain’t so.

  3. I like Harwell. I guess I just have a thing for older women. Seriously though, have you seen Gill’s TennCare proposal? I called it the Steve Gill Plan to Save Socialized Medicine. He emailed me and said that I was wrong. Seriously, it is not a bad plan as far as plans to save TennCare go.

  4. A.C. – Pat Buchanan is where he should be. He is an excellent commentator and fascinating polemicist. His combination of populism and anti-corporate, and anti-free trade along with his isolationism makes for a wonderful antidote to the neo-cons and the nabobs of the religious right.

    My language was sloppy. I meant that any dream of PJB to be a national leader was repudiated. I don’t think he is the kind of man that can lead a nation. I do think he is the kind of man that should be regarded by people who do lead the nation. Like I said, I’ve always had an odd fondness for the guy. I think it was hubris for PB to think he would be elected to the Presidency.

    I didn’t mean to lump him in with Robertson in terms of intellect or gravitas. Robertson is an opportunistic dumbass who gives true Christians a bad name.

    Glen – I don’t take any plan to ‘save’ Tenncare a serious plan that doesn’t address the cost of pharmaceuticals. The too-little-discussed major problem with TennCare was not Gordon Bonnyman or Bredesen. The cost of drugs was overwhelming the TennCare budget. The program NEVER had an adequate drug utilization enforcement plan. Doctors were able to prescribe drugs promiscuously without any fear of reprisal.

    The current reaction to the drug-over prescription problem is just as bad. One size fits all limit of 5 per patient per month is a ‘let’s don’t think let’s make a rule’ policy making.

    Serious analysis of drug utilization/prescriptions along with a rigorous tenacious continuous survey for the lowest priced drugs for the formulary are the minimum requirments for the drug portion of TennCare.

    Gill’s 30-50$ premium for coverage for the uninsured mentions discounts for phamaceuticals and doctors visits, but then goes on to mention that this coverage is only catastrophic.

    I don’t know about you, but without health insurance, I would have a hard time paying several hundreds of dollars a month for pills/drugs and the $150 per visit pop every time I walked in my doctor’s door, much less the cost of a specialist for specific health problems my internist can’t handle.

    I totally agree that the consumer HAS to have a stake in their own health-care. Co-pays are a proven method to keep people from friviously consuming health care.

    But, the idea that the average health consumer (including me) can differentiate which tests are needed beyond the example Gill gives (x-ray vs MRI for a broken limb) is laughable. A good doctor will explain why he/she is planning to take the course of treatment and will discuss alternatives, but when it comes to the health of your family, you aren’t looking for cheap..you are looking for what will WORK.

    Gill has some good ideas mixed in with the ideas that need to be fleshed out a LOT more, but it really doesn’t address pharmacy, oversight and the complexities of modern health care.

  5. I don’t think he is the kind of man that can lead a nation. I do think he is the kind of man that should be regarded by people who do lead the nation. Like I said, I’ve always had an odd fondness for the guy. I think it was hubris for PB to think he would be elected to the Presidency.

    Well, I disagree. I think he is exactly the kind of man who can lead a nation. You should read his autobiography. It doesn’t matter, though. He ruined his political life in 2000. Had he not run then, had his last campaign been 1996, think about his viability for 2008. Not as bad as you think.

    I don’t think it was hubris nor do I think he was unrealistic about his chances. He had a dream and he took two good shots at it (1992 was a protest candidacy so it doesn’t count). You can’t blame a man for trying.

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