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Email from Senator Lamar Alexander

I receive all emails from my so-called reps. It's really hard to open and read them because of how horrible they are. Everything would be just fine if the Democrats would just step in line. I don't even have the stomach to read Marsha Blackburn's latest screed.

I'll spare you the whole thing and just include the parts illustrating how these monsters are blatantly sowing division. Yes, I write to them, but what I get back is basically a pat on the head.

It's really hard to stay optimistic when I read the spin.

Senate Democrats block largest pay raise for military service members, including those at Fort Campbell, since 2010

This week, Senate Democrats, for their own political reasons, blocked funding for the largest pay increase for our military in 10 years. The legislation would have also set record funding for our 17 national laboratories, which include Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the fifth consecutive year of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health, which researches and develops lifesaving treatments for Tennessee families. Democrats are plunging these departments into uncertainty that almost everyone agrees wastes taxpayer money.


Working to improve health care for Tennesseans

I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington D.C. like a split screen television. On one side, you have the controversies of the day – Democrat impeachment and the president’s daily tweets. But on the other side, you’ll often see senators working together to achieve results for the American people. That has been the case for the Senate health committee I chair.


To celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats have come up with a scary fairytale without an ounce of truth

Democrats are trying to trick Americans into thinking that giving states the ability to lower health insurance premiums could somehow undermine protections for pre-existing conditions, something federal law does not permit. The Trump administration has issued guidance that would allow states to use innovation to lower the cost of health insurance premiums. Democrats this week attempted to block state’s ability to innovate. Democrats should allow states to use the flexibility created by Obamacare to lower premiums and help millions of Americans have access to more affordable health insurance.

I'm reading Michelle Obama's book.

I'm about 300 pages in, but can only read small sections at a time. Being reminded of the class we traded in for the worst trash ever makes it hard to get through. Reading about how well we treat our presidents and their families and how much the Obamas appreciated it, only to have the current squatters shit all over everything, depresses me.

So I read a few pages, get a little nostalgic for what we had, and then have to put it down. I miss the Obamas SO MUCH. I miss having a real president, a smart president, a compassionate president ... all the things Barack Obama was and is. And I miss having a classy FLOTUS and well-mannered kids and joy in our White House. This book is a huge reminder of how far we have fallen.

That being said, it is a fascinating book. I'm thinking that if we ever get a real president again and honor is restored to the office, I may be able to read it again and enjoy it a bit more.

Anyone else respond to it like this?

Saving Mr. Banks

We watched this on Netflix last night. It's about the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, working with Walt Disney to make the movie. There are a lot of flashbacks to Travers' childhood. Also some clips from the Mary Poppins movie as well as actual audiotapes of the sessions between Travers and the Disney team. Emma Thompson plays Travers and Tom Hanks plays Disney. It's hard to go wrong with either of those two. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyone else catch this one?

One Strange Rock

On Netflix now, season 1. I just finished it and enjoyed it immensely. Just thought I'd rec it, in case anyone's looking for something cool to watch.
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