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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Political Football: 'Don't learn from Tennessee'

By Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, from Tennessee's seventh district, says that Washington can learn a lot from Tennessee, but hopes those lessons don't carry over to the gridiron.

I have often said that Washington should pay heed to the hard-learned lessons from Tennessee. Washington didn't listen to how the test case of public option health care has become a disaster in our state. We hope they listened and saw our volunteer spirit that pulled Tennesseans through our worst natural disaster with this year's massive flooding.

That being said, there is one lesson we do NOT want Washington to learn -- how to rebound after giving up 59 points in one game.

Last season, Tom Brady and the Patriots ran up touchdowns faster than President Obama ran up the national debt, while Bill Belichick's defense kept the Titans and NFL's leading rusher from scoring. The Salahis couldn't have gotten through the New England defense that night. Granted, this embarrassment did not happen on our home field, but when its 59-0, the Titans wanted to be as far away from home as possible.

But our beloved and long-term coach (note to Dan Snyder, that means more than two seasons) Jeff Fisher used the blowout to turn things around. The Titans won their next five games. So hey, Skins fans, don't think of last week's loss in terms of Michael Vick running you dizzy before the first quarter was over. Think like you stopped the Eagles from their goal of scoring one point for every seat House Republicans picked up this year. Why not demand a recount? And why not employ a little superstition against us as well. After all, a Titans win Sunday would be the 13th straight over a NFC team dating back to 2007.

Redskins, this Sunday you're not just stepping onto the ground of LP Field. You'll be at another site that was under water, just like most of middle and West Tennessee, with the 1,000-year flood that devastated our state. What was not submerged was the will and spirit of Tennesseans who banded together to help each other through this tragedy. We will never forget that spirit, and I believe our Titans will not forget what it was like to be on the other end of a lop-sided game.

So, be consistent Washington! Don't learn from Tennessee and we'll have another great Titan win Sunday!

By Rep. Marsha Blackburn  | November 19, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
Categories:  Political Football  | Tags:  Political Football, Redskins-Titans  
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Too bad Marsha Blackburn hasn't learned anything from the Constitution.
Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR:
Omnibus Appropriations, Special Education, Global AIDS Initiative, Job Training, Unemployment Benefits, Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations, Agriculture Appropriations, FY2004 Foreign Operations Appropriations, U.S.-Singapore Trade, U.S.-Chile Trade, Supplemental Spending for Iraq & Afghanistan, Flood Insurance Reauthorization , Prescription Drug Benefit, Child Nutrition Programs, Surface Transportation, Job Training and Worker Services, Agriculture Appropriations, Foreign Aid, Debt Limit Increase, Fiscal 2005 Omnibus Appropriations, Vocational/Technical Training, Supplemental Appropriations, UN “Reforms.” Patriot Act Reauthorization, CAFTA, Katrina Hurricane-relief Appropriations, Head Start Funding, Line-item Rescission, Oman Trade Agreement, Military Tribunals, Electronic Surveillance, Head Start Funding, COPS Funding, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Peru Free Trade Agreement, Economic Stimulus, Farm Bill (Veto Override), Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extention.

Marsha Blackburn Voted AGAINST:
Ban on UN Contributions, eliminate Millennium Challenge Account, WTO Withdrawal, UN Dues Decrease, Defunding the NAIS, Iran Military Operations defunding Iraq Troop Withdrawal, congress authorization of Iran Military Operations, Withdrawing U.S. Soldiers from Afghanistan.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her unconstitutional votes at :
http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html
Mickey

Posted by: mickey1956 | November 19, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse


You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price check http://ow.ly/3akSX .If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!

Posted by: alencary | November 20, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

But 400 BILLION on unconstitutional health care is ok?

Prescription Drug Benefit.
The final version (conference report) of H.R. 1 would create a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. Beginning in 2006, prescription coverage would be available to seniors through private insurers for a monthly premium estimated at $35. There would be a $250 annual deductible, then 75 percent of drug costs up to $2,250 would be reimbursed. Drug costs greater than $2,250 would not be covered until out-of pocket expenses exceeded $3,600, after which 95 percent of drug costs would be reimbursed. Low-income recipients would receive more subsidies than other seniors by paying lower premiums, having smaller deductibles, and making lower co-payments for each prescription. The total cost of the new prescription drug benefit would be limited to the $400 billion that Congress had budgeted earlier this year for the first 10 years of this new entitlement program. The House adopted the conference report on H.R. 1 on November 22, 2003 by a vote of 220 to 215 (Roll Call 669).
Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR this bill.
Marsha Blackburn is a Hypocrite.
Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman
See her unconstitutional votes at :
http://mickeywhite.blogspot.com/2009/09/tn-congressman-marsha-blackburn-votes.html
Mickey

Posted by: mickey1956 | November 20, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

We hope they listened and saw our volunteer spirit that pulled Tennesseans through our worst natural disaster with this year's massive flooding.

Umm, Marsha:
In coordination with TEMA and local Emergency Management Agencies, FEMA opened 66 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) across the state. Tennesseans were able to get their recovery questions answered quickly in face-to-face meetings with recovery personnel. Altogether, 20,919 residents visited the recovery centers.

To help Tennesseans begin the recovery process, FEMA is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the Tennessee recovery efforts. To date, Tennessee families have received more than $164 million in direct assistance through FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.

Eligible roads, bridges, utilities and other infrastructure damaged in the spring are being repaired with the help of the FEMA Pubic Assistance (PA) program. Because of the extent of the damage in Tennessee, and the impact on the local budgets, the federal government will pay a 90 percent share. Nearly half of the projects have been reviewed and approved, and FEMA has obligated more than $46 million to the State for infrastructure repairs.

FEMA funding is supporting several other important recovery initiatives. Through grants totaling more than $2.4 million, the State of Tennessee is providing ongoing crisis counseling to disaster survivors. Another $885 thousand in unemployment benefits were provided to residents who lost jobs as a result of the disaster. FEMA also contributed toward a state-administered fund that provides free legal advice to disaster survivors.
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Sounds as if you got a lot of help from Washington. Hypocrite.

Posted by: upperdeck4 | November 20, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Shut up Marsha. If I want the opinion of a know-nothing, dickless, republican, I'll ask Eric Cantor.

Posted by: mack1 | November 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, we in the Washington area could only hope to learn the kind of class demonstrated by Rep. Blackburn's partisan anti-Washington screed and the Titans' performance on (personal fouls,etc.) and off (coach/QB conflict, throwing uniform into stands)the field yesterday. Ms. Blackburn is a discredit to her state and Washington, DC. Let's hope neither follows her lead.

Posted by: dmcgoldrick | November 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Great job by the Redskins -- how does that taste, you hyper-partisan rightwingnut HAG?

Posted by: Observer691 | November 22, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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