In 2010, Republican U.S. Representative Zach Wamp is running for Governor of Tennessee. There will be many issues in the Tennessee election for Governor in due time, but the issue of the week in Wamp’s campaign is the public option.
Yes, Wamp is a Republican, but he supports the public option. No, not the health care public option. Zach Wamp supports a federal government-funded public option church back in Tennessee.
This week, Congressman Wamp reported a spending earmark that he’s slipped into a larger spending bill. The earmark would direct the federal government to spend 14.4 million dollars to build a church on the grounds of the military base Fort Campbell.
Yes, that’s a violation of the separation of church and state, with the Congress taking a clear action to establish religion using money gathered through taxes. That fact, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to bother many voters down in Tennessee. So, let’s speak honestly about this issue in a way that Wamp’s own constituency can understand.
If you don’t like the idea of a government takeover of health care, why would you support a government takeover of churches? Wamp’s earkmark represents an attempt to create a public option church.
Fiscally, Wamp’s extravagant multimillion dollar government church doesn’t make sense. There are already multiple military chapels on Fort Campbell.
What makes Wamp’s spending to create a public option church even more outrageous is that it would compete against a large number of privately-established churches in the area. There are something between 100 and 150 churches within a half-hour drive of Fort Campbell. Wamp’s government-run church will provide unfair government-subsidized competition against those churches, depriving those local churches of membership and the money that membership brings.
If you want socialized churches, then you’ll support Zach Wamp’s earmark for a Big Government public option church on Fort Campbell. If you’re a conservative with any consistency, though, you’ll fight Wamp’s option to deprive the Fort Campbell community of church choice, and work to make sure that he doesn’t have the chance to bring his radical ideas into Tennessee’s state government.