In his guest column on July 4, Tennessee Representative John Ragan requests us to cast our ballots to hold government accountable. This is an excellent idea!
Hidden in Mr. Ragan’s rhetoric about IRS tyranny is the underlying economic policy he espouses: the notion that cutting taxes will lead us to prosperity in all circumstances. Our nation’s experiment with that fanciful notion has been a miserable failure for the last 30 years, causing incredible hardship on our people. It is now overwhelmingly discredited by economists from both sides of the aisle.
Mr. Ragan would likely be good enough with mathematics to have studied economics, but he seems to not have done so. In fact, it appears he learned his economics, not from the best in the field, but from politicians and the media. This has been greatly to the detriment of Tennessee.
In his 400-word column about government, Mr. Ragan mentions God four times—lest anyone be in doubt about his theory of governance. Despite the fact he lives in Oak Ridge and must surely know that this region is blessed by the diverse people drawn here from around the world by the scientific facilities, he chooses to represent only those who share his exact beliefs.
Nothing has been more abhorrent to many of this community than his misinformed efforts to allow bullying of those with different religious beliefs and to shackle educators from even discussing lesbians and gays with students. He wishes our government to apply his moral standards toward lesbians and gays while purporting to represent a district of considerable religious and ethnic diversity. This is the height of arrogance.
It is because I believe Mr. Ragan has represented this community so poorly that I have filed a Certificate of Write-In Candidacy to run in the August 7 Democratic primary for the seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives for District 33. The candidate who appears on the ballot, Misty Neergaard, has dropped out of the race. Readers may learn more about my candidacy at my website: leslieagron.com.
In the height of irony, Mr. Ragan calls for us to hold government accountable! Would he have us forget he holds a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives? Since he also is a part of government, I call on voters to hold him accountable for his poor representation of our community and divisive rhetoric. Since he has been a source of great embarrassment to Tennessee, I call on you to cast a vote to retire John Ragan in the upcoming elections!
Leslie Agron is a Democratic write-in candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives.