State Representative Scott Cepicky Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health Commissioners Monoclonal Antibody Guidelines

State Representative Scott Cepicky Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health Commissioners Monoclonal Antibody Guidelines

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Maury County, Tennessee State Representative Scott Cepicky to the newsmaker line to discuss the recent guidelines released by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Commissioner Lisa Piercy and urged Governor Lee to circumvent the federal government so Tennesseans could receive the treatment.

Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by my very good friend, State Representative Scott Cepicky from Maury County. Welcome, Scott. Thanks so much for joining us on such short notice.

Cepicky: My pleasure, Michael. Good morning, everybody.

Leahy: Can you help us unravel this statement yesterday from Lisa Piercy who is the department of health commissioner that was talking about the guidelines for monoclonal antibody treatments?

This is a very effective treatment for those who test positive for COVID-19. She said that for people who test positive, you have to test positive to get the treatment. Then she said the new thing is the National Institute of Health criteria.

Even if you test positive for COVID-19, but you’re vaccinated, you don’t get it. (i.e. the monoclonal antibiotic treatment.) Now, what on earth did she say? Does it make any sense? Can you help unravel that for us, Scott?

Cepicky: I don’t know if I can help unravel something that’s impossible to understand. I think you have to look at the beginnings of all this.

Ever since coronavirus hit the continental United States, most of our leaders, the CDC, have been wrong in their diagnosis, including our own department of health who has been very misguided in their programs to help control the spread of a virus that’s really uncontrollable.

It’s going to go where it’s going to go. But now we get this thing with the Biden administration, and this is where it all started Michael. When the Biden administration came out with an order that we’re going to start the rash in the monoclonal antibodies.

And instead of sending them to the state that we’re using them the most to treat patients to help them get over COVID, they wanted to treat all the states the same, even states that really weren’t using them that much and giving them all the same allotment of the monoclonal antibodies. So we’re now in certain states, these are sitting on the shelves, not helping anybody.

Leahy: That’s crazy.

Cepicky: To where we could be using them here in Tennessee. And like you said, I represent Maury County. Maury Regional Hospital.

Well, on average, was treating about 70 patients a day with the monoclonal antibodies, treating them, and then sending them home and they were fine and getting over COVID. That numbers down to around 19 because they just don’t have the monoclonal antibodies to give out anymore.

And so people are coming in who are sick and right now are being turned away because they don’t have the antibodies to give them.

Leahy: So here’s my question to you. Why can’t Maury County hospital go directly to Regeneron or Eli Lilly to make this stuff and buy it and just circumvent the federal government? Why can’t Governor Lee do that? What are your thoughts on that?

Cepicky: That is 100 percent accurate. That is one of the things that we’ve been talking about in the halls of Cordell Hall up in Nashville, encouraging Governor Lee to talk about that and go ahead and bypass the federal government contract directly and get these monoclonal antibodies from the manufacturer so we can make sure the people of Tennessee have the best medical care available to them.

And that’s one thing we’re going to encourage immensely with our governor and with the Department of Health. They have the money to bypass the federal government and do what’s right for Tennessee.

Leahy: Has the governor responded to that request? What do you think? What has he told you?

Cepicky: From what I understand through the back channels is that that’s being looked at right now, trying to bypass the Biden administration. And let’s make one thing clear here.

This is the Biden administration who’s targeting Tennessee. They are targeting red states right now. He made a statement the other day and a singled Tennessee out for the way our governor is responding to his executive orders.

Tennessee is being targeted by the federal government. They’re trying to make life as difficult as possible for us, and we are not going to stand for that. We are going to defend Tennessee to the best of our ability.

Leahy: Why does it take the governor more than 24 hours to make this decision? If he’s got the money, why doesn’t he place the order with Regeneron or Eli Lilly like today?

Cepicky: Unfortunately, Michael, I don’t hold the title of governor. I’m just a representative up there, but we are encouraging our governor and our leadership to reach out right now.

And, most importantly, this is something that Dr. Piercy should be taking the lead on right now. Her job is to protect Tennessee in health crisises.

One could argue we’re in a health crisis here with these monoclonal antibodies. She should be doing everything she can to secure the necessary medicine for our citizens.

Leahy: But she doesn’t seem to be doing anything except saying, “If you’re vaccinated, you don’t get the monoclonal antibodies now.” That’s what she said. Apparently, according to this Epoch Times article.

Cepicky: We call that medicine rationing, and we don’t do that in Tennessee because we have the means to not do that.

Leahy: Apparently, Lisa Piercy, the commissioner of health thinks we do.

Cepicky: Sometimes we have to disagree with the commissioner, and, you know, I’ve done that on a couple of occasions where we’ve called them out on their policies and procedures.

Maybe they need to take another look at this and before the General Assembly has to chime in and just make this right and fix it as quickly as possible.

Leahy: What are the odds of that happening?

Cepicky: (Chuckles) I wish we were in session right now because we have a little bit more authority to wield. But I know that government operations will probably be addressing this next month.

I know Chairman Reagan on Gov. Ops and Chairman Roberts are very concerned about this. And I would not be surprised if this is not rectified very quickly, that by the time we get to the government Operations Committee next month I’m sure this will be front and center.

Leahy: Crom Carmichael has a question for you, Scott.

Carmichael: A quick question on special sessions. Do special sessions have to be called for a particular reason? Or if you call a special session and then something like this comes up, can it be addressed in that special session?

Cepicky: So it depends on who calls it. If the governor calls the special session, he has the ability and the authority to limit the call to precisely what the governor wants to address.

If the General Assembly calls the special session, it is open to any bill that we want to consider. It’s basically like we’re coming back into a normal session and we’re going back to work.

Leahy: So have you asked Governor Lee to call for a special session? And what did he say to you?

Cepicky: Well, I haven’t talked to him directly on that. Speaker Sexton sent that letter with the 72 Republican representatives from the House calling for a special session by the governor.

I would much prefer to have the latitude to address the COVID issues and the liability issues with our businesses and the mask mandates.

School issues and this monoclonal antibody issue. I would much prefer that the General Assembly calls itself back into session so that we can take up a multitude of issues and address them all at one time.

Leahy: According to the Tennessee Constitution there are two ways for a special session, the governor can call it. Or if two thirds of the members of the House and two-thirds of the members of the state Senate say we want a special session, then they can call such a special session.

The lieutenant governor, the speaker, the Senate, and the speaker of the house send a letter to the governor saying, two-thirds on both houses. We’re calling a special session.

I know Speaker Cameron Sexton wants to do it, and every member of the Republican talks wants to do it. But in the Senate, it’s a different story.

Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, who’s also the Speaker of the Senate, doesn’t want one. Any luck with the state senators calling special session now?

Cepicky: I think every day when you add this monoclonal antibody issue on top of it, of all the other issues that we’re facing in Tennessee right now, I think the pressure continues to mount on our Senate colleagues to get us back into session.

And, Michael, the thing that’s really perplexing is you saw that letter from Speaker Sexton, who represents the entire House of Representatives.

He’s the Speaker of the House. It’s very perplexing to me that not one Democrat signed on to at least coming into session and having these discussions on our schools and on mask mandates, etcetera, etcetera.

That’s the most perplexing thing is we can’t even get the other side of the aisle to step up to the plate and say, hey, let’s at least come in and have these discussions.

They don’t have to vote for the legislation I if they don’t want to, but at least come in and have the discussion that the people of Tennessee want.

And in the Senate, I hope we can continue to apply as polite of pressure as we can to begin with. But there comes a point in time when you got to do what’s right.

And I think it’s time for us to get back into session through the General Assembly so that we can talk about the issues that we need to talk about and then get legislation going to continue to move Tennessee forward.

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Crom Carmichael Discusses the Bureaucratic Attempt at Managing the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Source

Crom Carmichael Discusses the Bureaucratic Attempt at Managing the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Source

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael in studio to weigh in on the Biden administration’s desperate attempt to gain control at the source of the monoclonal antibody COVID-19 and its distribution.

Leahy: In the studio, the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, during the break, you were telling me about this crazy press conference in which White House staffers, in essence, shut down and insulted the prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Carmichael: No, it wasn’t that. The aids, what they did was they shouted down when the press started asking questions of Biden about the southern border, the White House aides in the room started making so much noise that you couldn’t hear the answer.

And essentially shut down the questioning. I want to get back to what you were talking about. And I want to try to tie this into a whole lot of other things because to me, they are all related. You and I can agree that the exit from Afghanistan was a fiasco?

Leahy: Debacle.

Carmichael: We can agree that the control of the southern border is just terrible.

Leahy: A violation of American immigration law by the Biden maladministration. There’s a story here that the U.S. pledged to send vaccines to others around the world. It apparently is also just a complete disaster for logistical reasons.

So all of the major things like policy initiatives or things that the administration is supposed to be doing, they’ve all been executed terribly. Just terribly. We could say this is just an example of just gross incompetence.

Leahy: That’s one thing we could say.

Carmichael: We could. What would be the worst thing you could say?

Leahy: It’s intentional.

Carmichael: Yeah, that it’s intentional.

Leahy: That’s the most likely.

Carmichael: And I believe that all of this is intentional.

Leahy: I agree, too.

Carmichael: Let’s go back to when COVID broke and hydroxychloroquine was suggested that it could help people if they took it either as a prophylactic or if they took it immediately upon a diagnosis.

And Fauci and the entire federal government on the health care side shouted that down and called people names and really just shut down the distribution of a generic product. Just shut it down.

Leahy: Shut it down.

Carmichael: Now then later we find out that hydroxychloroquine actually did help.

Leahy: In certain circumstances.

Carmichael: And there’s no evidence that it ever hurt. On balance, it was helpful.

Leahy: But depending upon your circumstances.

Carmichael: And not how your doctors provided it. I’m saying on balance.

Leahy: On balance. I’m agreeing with you. It was helpful.

Carmichael: What I’m saying is that now you have this monoclonal. I can’t pronounce it.

Leahy: Monoclonal antibody.

Carmichael: Now it looks as if it works. The evidence is 70 percent of the time. It helps. So what is the Biden administration doing? They are trying to gain control of the source.

Leahy: Magic statement there Crom. That’s what’s happening.

Carmichael: And they are not just trying. They’re gaining control of the distribution. That’s why I was so important in the earlier one when I said this is how pharmaceuticals are distributed. This is the logistics. So you have the Biden administration.

Leahy: That is another way. It’s a way when the marketplace such as this is working and you have a pharmaceutical like this, the distributor who’s been vetted and approved.

Carmichael: And knows how to handle the drug.

Leahy: How to handle the drug and how to move it through the supply chain to get that it can be delivered over to patients.

Carmichael: Quickly. Yes.

Leahy: The people who know what they’re doing.

Carmichael: Yes. And Biden is saying we’re going to abandon the system that works, and we’re going to replace it with a bureaucratic system that manages distribution.

Leahy: Which never works.

Carmichael: Which won’t work because the people who are now in charge have never done it right. Let’s look at an article in The Wall Street Journal. Headline.

U.S. Pledged to Vaccinate Poor Countries Stumbles Amid Logistical Challenges. And this article goes on to point out that there are so many different things about the handling of pharmaceuticals to address COVID that require special handling that the Biden administration people are clueless.

Leahy: Well, they’re political hacks. And they don’t know anything about the supply chain or managing medical supplies. They’re hacks.

Carmichael: Right. But yet they are the ones who are in charge. They now want to be in charge, and they’re about to be in charge of the distribution of a very important pharmaceutical throughout the U.S. market.

So here’s my question Michael. And I’ve raised this over and over again. Let’s even look at it from the standpoint of Tennessee.

If somebody who would have lived dies because of a bureaucratic decision to specifically withhold the drugs from that person is the bureaucrat that did it as liable as a police officer who shoots somebody while they are on duty?

Leahy: Let me answer that question. I think it’s a great question. I think the answer is that the way things work right now, there’s no liability. Would you agree with that?

Carmichael: I asked the question because I literally don’t know. What I’m saying is is if the Biden administration takes control of the distribution of pharmaceuticals, and then it is found that they are specifically denying pharmaceuticals to red states, let’s say or they’re giving as much as New York wants and as much as California wants but denying the drug to Florida and Tennessee and Alabama and Texas. Let’s just say that it’s doing that.

Leahy: And it looks like it.

Carmichael: But you find absolute documentation. You can prove it.

Leahy: And you can prove it.

Carmichael: My question is, can any of those people be held criminally liable?

Leahy: Let’s just say a 66-year-old male who’s got the vaccine tests positive for COVID-19 goes in and asks his doctor to get the monoclonal antibody treatment is denied because of the Biden administration policy.

And then if that person then becomes sick and dies, what does his family do? What recourse do they have?

Carmichael: Right. That’s the question.

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Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health’s Decision to Not Offer Monoclonal Antibodies to Fully Vaccinated People

Crom Carmichael Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health’s Decision to Not Offer Monoclonal Antibodies to Fully Vaccinated People

 

Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss the Tennessee Department of Health’s announcement that fully vaccinated COVID-19 persons will not receive the monoclonal antibody treatment.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Crom, good morning.

Carmichael: Good morning, Michael.

Leahy: I’m going to need your help, Crom, unraveling this mystery. And it makes no sense to me as most of the things going on with the Biden administration.

But this is in particular what’s going on with the Tennessee Department of Health as well. So, are you ready to put on your mystery-solving hat?

Carmichael: I’m listening.

Leahy: You’re listening?

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: So you may recall that I’ve talked a little bit about my personal game plan for COVID-19.

Carmichael: Yes.

Leahy: I do not have COVID-19. I have never had COVID-19. I’ve gotten the Pfizer vaccine. Both shots.

Carmichael: Good for you.

Leahy: But everywhere you look, there are breakthrough cases of COVID-19, right? People have got their shots and they get COVID-19. I’ve told you what my plan is. My plan has been okay.

If I test positive, I will follow the best recommendation of doctors, which is to go immediately and get a monoclonal antibody treatment if my provider would do that.

Carmichael: You have said that yes.

Leahy: Many a time I’ve said that. I don’t know about many of the time.

Carmichael: But you’ve said it.

Leahy: I’ve said it on air.

Carmichael: That’s where I know it’s true.

Leahy: Privately, I said I told everybody that’s my plan, everybody. Because I know you’re waiting to know what my plan is. Why? Because you have to have your plan. So here’s the thing, Crom. Headline.

Our lead story this broke last night and everyone is scratching their head about it. We’re going to have State Representative Scott Cepicky on at 7:30 a.m.

He’s going to help unravel this and get his thoughts on it. Here’s the headline. Tennessee Department of Health says Vaccinated Not Recommended for Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. Now, why is that?

Carmichael: Why do you have to be recommended anyway?

Leahy: Well, that’s a very good question. That’s a very good question. The reason is these are guidelines. On September 3, the National Institute of Health put out guidelines. And in response to these guidelines, Lisa Piercy…

Carmichael: What are the National Institute of Health guidelines?

Leahy: Put out September 3.

Carmichael: Yes, what are they?

Leahy: While there are currently no shortages of these monoclonal antibodies, by the way, on September 3, a week later, Biden announces rationing of them.

And so far, as far as I can tell, Regeneron and Eli Lilly make these items and they’re purchased from them by the federal government. And then they distribute them.

Carmichael: Only? Is that the way it’s always been?

Leahy: I’m trying to figure this out. This is a new treatment just recently approved by the FDA.

Carmichael: It’s never been that way.

Leahy: Actually, in this particular instance, as far as I know, and we have a call into Regeneron. Right now during the break, I called them and I said, we want to know if a private hospital went to you and said, we want to buy some monoclonal antibodies would you sell it to them?

Carmichael: Or if a pharmaceutical distributor.

Leahy: Anybody.

Carmichael: It’s not anybody. The pharmaceutical industry operates in the similar way to the liquor industry.

Leahy: Through distributors.

Carmichael: Through distributors. And you have to have an account set up. You have to be vetted. I’m not trying to defend anything.

Leahy: No, no. This is why you are the original all-star panelist. Knowing these details is very important.

Carmichael: It is a controlled industry, just as alcohol is a controlled industry. And so consequently, you have to have a license.

You have to have a license, for example, to sell alcohol. You can’t just be a retailer and open a store. You have to go through a process and a doctor or a hospital or a pharmaceutical has to have a license in order to issue drugs that are covered by the FDA. In other words, they’re not over the counter.

I’m not trying to defend anybody. I want to explain this. As far as I know, pharmaceutical products are purchased by distributors. And in the case of Walgreens and CVS or the great big ones, they might have a company-owned distributorship.

Leahy: Or some of the larger hospital chains.

Carmichael: Exactly.

Leahy: Let me go with this guideline. It’s called the COVID-19 Treatment Guideline Panel. It’s from the National Institute of Health. We are on September 22nd. This was issued 19 days ago on September third.

While there are currently no shortages of these monoclonal antibodies, logistical constraints or Biden’s administration policies can make it difficult to administer these agents to all eligible patients in situations where it is necessary to triage eligible patients the panel suggests prioritizing the following groups over vaccinated individuals who are expected to have mounted an adequate immune response.

Number one, unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals who are at high risk of progressing to severe COVID-19 are at a higher priority, the panels suggest. But it does also say vaccinated individuals are not expected to mount an adequate immune response eg immunocompromised individuals. It goes on to say that these are clinical decisions made by the healthcare provider.

But how does the Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercy interpret these rules? This is their quote from The Epoch Times story via The Tennesseean.

“The emergency use authorization of these monoclonal antibodies is only for people with these conditions, and it has been the same since day one. The new thing is the NIH criteria. What we just read to you was released on September 3. Even if you have those conditions, but you’re vaccinated, you don’t get it now.”

That’s not how I read the NIH guidelines.

It doesn’t say you don’t get it if you’re vaccinated. The guideline says that you’re not on the top priority. It doesn’t mean you don’t and also, it says it is your provider who makes the decision.

That is your health care provider. But nonetheless, Bill Lee’s, Commissioner of Health, is saying, you can. She just said it in this quote. You cannot get monoclonal antibiotic treatment if you’re vaccinated.

Carmichael: Let me ask a back question.

Leahy: I’m listening.

Carmichael: What’s the name of this person?

Leahy: Lisa Piercy. Commissioner of health.

Carmichael: Wasn’t the previous commissioner of health fired?

Leahy: No, she was not the previous commissioner of health. She was like, two layers down. She was in charge of immunization. It was the same type of thing.

It had to do with vaccinations and what the government policy had to do with that lower-level bureaucrat’s interpretation of the mature minor policy as it relates to vaccinating kids without the approval of their parents. A different deal.

Carmichael: But COVID-related.

Leahy: It was COVID related.

Carmichael: What I’m saying is that the other person got fired for trying to micromanage an area of COVID and requiring people to essentially bend the knee to that opinion or whatever it was. And got pressure for that or they got fired.

Leahy: Not exactly. It’s Michelle Fiscus, I think, was her name. There were multiple reasons why she got fired, according to the department of health.

One of them had to do with a bad work environment. The other was she without proper vetting and set forward a state policy that the legal counsel had not approved.

Carmichael: Beurecratic overreach.  Would that be a sufficient description? I’m asking that because what you have told me also appears to be a bureaucratic overreach. We’ll continue this after the break.

Leahy: We’ll see what Representative Scott Cepicky says about that at 7:30. We have so much to talk about here and so little time and so little time. A crazy Biden press conference.

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Crom Carmichael on Senate Parliamentarian Ruling and the ‘Blue State Billionaires’

Crom Carmichael on Senate Parliamentarian Ruling and the ‘Blue State Billionaires’

 

Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael in studio to weigh in on the Senate parliamentarian’s decision not to allow immigration to pass through reconciliation and tax deductions for blue state billionaires.

Leahy: That is Senator Bernie Sanders, the Communist from Vermont. And he was hoping over the weekend that they would abuse the reconciliation process to put forth policy issues and get those approved without going through the filibuster.

Well, guess what the parliamentarian has ruled? Not going to let it happen. So that is a bit encouraging. We get into the weeds on this Crom But as it turns out, this reconciliation process is a way to avoid the filibuster in the Senate.

But you can only put content into those budget bills that are specifically budget and not policy. What the left wants to do and what Bernie Sanders wants to do is jam all these policy initiatives into the reconciliation. The parliamentarian we talked about this the other day, is the one who rules on whether or not they can do it.

Carmichael: In the Senate.

Leahy: In this instance, the parliamentarian ruled against what the left-wing wants to do. That’s a good thing. We’ll see how because they’re going to try this with everything to violate the typical regular order by which we actually make laws here in the country. So that’s a temporarily good thing. There are so many bad things going on Crom that we have to cheer those good things that happen.

Carmichael: That is certainly an important good thing. And I think there was that election bill HR1, and then the Senate bill one, and that didn’t go anywhere. And so then they did HR4. And I guess that passed the House.

And then in the Senate, they’re trying to stick that into the reconciliation process. And by the way, I’m surprised that the parliamentarian has said you can’t do immigration legislation in a reconciliation.

And I guess the historical nature of the way we’ve always handled immigration law has never been through the budget process. And so she’s saying, if I rule that you can do immigration, I’d have to rule that you can do anything.

Leahy: Exactly.

Carmichael: And so I’m guessing that the voting law, I would assume that under the same principle and all these other things that they’re trying to cram through in reconciliation if it turns out that the only the thing that is voted on is the amount of money we spend and the programs that we enact to spend all that money, and then the taxes.

And the tax rates that the House Budget Committee passed or the Finance Committee, whichever committee it is in the House, the taxes that they are trying to impose are not nearly as high as Biden has asked for. I’ve not seen whether or not the blue state billionaires are going to get their tax breaks back.

Leahy: The blue state billionaires. Now that Crom is a phrase that I rather like. Did you make that up? Blue State Billionaires.

Carmichael: If you think that’s creative, then thank you very much. You have a low bar.

Leahy: I do have a low bar.

Carmichael: That is alliteration. I call that alliteration.

Leahy: Because I’ve been writing headlines for stories now for well over a decade.

Carmichael: I would try to remember that rapidly. (Laughter)

Leahy: But anyway, I do have a low bar. I like the stuff you say, Crom. It’s interesting to me. (Laughs)

Carmichael: But under Trump, they took away the tax deduction on state income taxes from billionaires in the blue states and from every state. But it primarily affects the billionaires in the blue states. And Schumer was determined to get that back into the tax code.

Well, if you give the billionaires in the blue states, that tax break, the amount of money that you have to make up by raising taxes on non-billionaires is significant just to get back to even.

Apparently, I’ve not seen any reports but that doesn’t mean it’s not in there that the tax deduction Trump took away from the truly rich is being restored. And so getting back to the taxes, the top tax rate is going back to the Obama rate of almost 39.6 percent.

The corporate income tax is going up to I think it’s 26 or 28 percent. Capital gains taxes and taxes on interest and dividends are going up to about the 28 percent range.

Biden, on the other hand, wanted capital gains to go to ordinary income taxes and include the 3.8 percent Obamacare tax on capital gains. Which is rare but its still there.

Leahy: For those of you who only think of taxes in the days immediately preceding April 15th, capital gains are for investments. You make an investment in a company. And typically at some point, you may either sell it and make a profit or make a loss.

But if you make a profit, that is income that is different from ordinary income where you work at a job. Ordinary income that the highest tax rates can go up to a pretty high.

Carmichael: Under Biden, they want to raise the ordinary income tax rate to 39.6 percent.

Leahy: What’s the highest right now? 35 percent.

Carmichael: 35 percent.

Leahy: But capital gains tax on money you invest and then turns into a profit is 23 percent right now?

Carmichael: It’s 23 percent. But let me say this. I think that in revisiting the tax code, the unrealized gains on multi-billionaires need to be reexamined. (Leahy laughs) I’m just saying because they don’t pay any income tax.

Leahy: Yes. And so when you say unrealized gains, what you mean is if you make an investment in something…

Carmichael: These are the people who start the company. They don’t make an investment. They make a tiny investment. Bezos for example is worth a couple of hundred billion dollars. His investment would’ve been less than $100,000.

Leahy: Because of the way you set up a start-up company and the entrepreneurs get more.

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Pamela Prevost with Truth Be Told Tennessee Conference Coming October 2nd Announces Speakers and Event Highlights

Pamela Prevost with Truth Be Told Tennessee Conference Coming October 2nd Announces Speakers and Event Highlights

 

Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Henry welcomed Pamela Provost with the Truth Be Told Conference to outline the speakers and event that will take place on October 2nd.

Henry: Welcome back ladies and gentlemen to The Tennessee Star Report. We are so happy to be joined by a fantastic guest online right now. Pamela Prevost. The website is truthbetoldtennessee.com. And let me just tell you all, it’s October 2nd of this year. 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Let me just give you a quick rundown of a few of the speakers, and then I’m going to get Pam to tell you what this is about.

We’re talking Steve Deace, Trevor Loudon, Sean Davis, Congressman Mark Green, Robby Starbuck. We’re talking David Fowler. I mean, the list goes on and on. It’s incredible. Pam, if someone were to come up to you on the street right now and just ask you, what is the Truth be Told conference? What’s your response?

Prevost: It’s really a conference about what’s going wrong with our culture, our Judeo-Christian culture. It’s really not a political conference. It’s a conference about what we can do individually, to become awakened, educated, and involved in making changes in our local community.

We may not be able to do much nationally or in D.C., but we can certainly affect change right here in Tennessee by working together again.

Henry: Truthbetoldtennessee.com. Here’s from the website. This informative conference will provide solutions to strengthen our children and family, strengthen our churches in the community.

Get plugged in and make a difference. Learn who to listen to and where to get accurate news. Learn what books to read and become educated. Where did the motivation for this come from? How did this crop up?

Prevost: I used to be a very busy mom raising my children and was really not involved at all politically locally, but I kept up with what was going on nationally. But my wake-up call was when Obama started running and he started talking about radically transforming America and all kinds of alarm bells went off in my head.

I mean, it was terrifying to hear what he wanted to do. So I started becoming educated. I got involved in local groups. I read everything I could get my hands on. Listened to the podcast. And that’s how I came across Steve Deace and his writings and his podcast and just became a huge fan.

And that’s why we’re inviting him back. He was here last February 2020 and did a co-event with the Family Action Council of Tennessee. Was very well received. And we’re just delighted that he is willing to come back.

Henry: There does seem to be something about sort of this idea that’s inherent in self-governance, self-responsibility, and self-control. The trade-off here is that as long as we’re here with this premise of a limited constitutional government, something somewhere in society has to sort of constrain the fleshly desires of men.

At one point in society, these lessons of virtues and values used to be taught by a multitude of faith communities all across the spectrum. All sort of commonly agreeing upon this idea of stabilizing society because it’s better for everyone to create better and more moral individuals.

I guess what I’m asking here, Pam, is if there’s anyone thing you hope someone takes away from this kind of conference and what would that be?

Prevost: You know they say that politics flows down from culture. Culture flows down from the church. And that’s really what the problem is when you boil it all down. Our churches are not leading. Our men are not stepping up.

That’s why this is not really a political conference. We’re not going to be talking about politicians. We’re going to be talking about us. Because when you get right down to it, it’s up to us. And to a certain extent, we’ve allowed this to happen.

Our slogan for this conference is “it’s up to us.” We have got to get in the public square, standing strong as we can do and standing for good and against everything that is not good and that is, in fact, evil in many cases.

Henry: What’s the reaction been like so far when you tell people about this?

Prevost: We’ve had so much interest. We’ve had just a swelling of support from all across the state. We have groups coming from Memphis and from the Chattanooga area. We’ve got support on our committee of all the surrounding counties. So we are really, really excited.

I think people are really concerned. They’re awakening. They’re discouraged and they really want to know how they can make a difference and who to listen to, where to get their news, and what they can do. I think that we are really becoming concerned about the direction our country is going in and how fast things are changing.

Henry: One place to get your news is either The Tennessee Star Report or thestarnewsnetwork.com. Quick shameless plug right there.

Prevost: That’s right.

Henry: But I know, Pam, you have an incredible guest speaker at this reception dinner speaking afterward as well. Give our audience a bit of perspective about who that person is and what their story is?

Prevost: Yes. We’re hoping that you’ll go to the website and consider being one of our donors and come to the evening event to be able to hear our guest speaker, who is Charmaine Hedding.

She will be here from Telev, Israel. She’s coming from Israel. And she’ll be talking about the amazing work her foundation, the Shai Fund, is doing right now in Afghanistan, rescuing Americans and persecuted Christians and getting them out of there.

She’s been working in the Middle East under cover for about 15 years. It will be riveting and incredible to hear from her in real-time about what’s going on. I’m sure, very inspiring. Please go to our website and consider becoming a donor and getting to hear Charmaine Hedding. We are privileged that she wants to come and speak to us.

Henry: That website is Truthbetoldtennessee.com. And Crom, did you have a question here, too?

Carmichael: I wanted to make sure she mentioned going to the website. Let me just say this, I don’t know much about the organization, but that speaker sounds absolutely fabulous. And the list of people that she said will be at the main event is also great. That’s a great list of people.

Henry: I’ll tell you who actually makes me think of is Victor Frankl. I speak about him quite often, but he really just touches me because I think Victor Frankl’s best understood as he is juxtaposed to other psychoanalysts of the day.

If Freud seemed to think he figured out humanity because he said, what motivates a man, his drive for pleasure. That’s just hedonism. And we’ve done that before. Adler said you motivate a man by his desire for powers. Well, that’s fleeting. I’m going to get weak one day.

But Frankl, he’s a survivor of the Holocaust. And while he was in the concentration camp, he developed his theory of life, saying how you truly motivate a man, what life is really about his purpose. It’s meaning.

What are you doing with your life? And, Pam, I guess, is that some sense of what you’re trying to touch on as well? What’s our purpose in this life? How do you find real meaning in our society?

Prevost: Yes. I think that we have really become somewhat complacent and comfortable in our prosperity in America. And I think that we have kind of lost our purpose. I think we had that purpose way back, and I think that just needs to be regenerated.

We really need to get back to what really works. We need to conserve the principles that have been time-tested and proven to work. And those principles actually come from our Judeo-Christian heritage.

All of our Founding Fathers may or may not have been Christians. Who knows if Thomas Jefferson was. But they all agreed and studied history and knew that Christian principles work for a moral society.

It gives people purpose. It is gratifying. It makes for a moral society, and it gives people a sense of well-being.

Henry: Ben, do you have a question there?

Cunningham: Pam, Ben here. A lot of people are discussing the role of the church these days, and there’s a lot of folks that think the church should get more active. Is that a topic that you’re going to talk about at the conference?

Prevost: We are. We actually are going to be talking about that. And there’s a way for the church and for Christians to be involved in the public square in the right way. And we are called to do that.

And some people that are truly leading the way in that are my Tennessee heroes, Bobby Patray with Tennessee Eagle Forum and David Fowler with the Family Action Council and so many others.

And we just need to follow their example and get involved and stand up to what Daniel Horwitz called ‘judicial supremacy.’ We’ve got to learn to be overcomers of evil and not overlookers. Because if we don’t, we’re going to be overtaken and not even realize what has happened.

Henry: That’s great.

Cunningham: I’m going to borrow that phrase. (Chuckles)

Prevost: We really need to wake people up, and I think people are becoming more awake and they want to know what to do. We don’t only want to educate people.

We want to really motivate people and encourage them. There are so many wonderful local groups in Tennessee doing amazing things, and I know I don’t have time to name them all.

Henry: Truthbetoldtennessee.com. Visit that. October 2nd. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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