Dear Tennessee Star,
In 2010, Obamacare was pushed through on a party-line vote in the dead of night. While it has absolutely eviscerated our health care system, there was a silver-lining: It galvanized the forces of conservative voters across the country to stand up and speak up. The silent majority would be silent no more.
But since that day, we have seen our Republican leadership compromise on key values of spending, debt, life, immigration, and we have watched them oversee the ever-growing expansion of government into our lives.
At the federal level, we continue to see a budget that funds Obamacare and Planned Parenthood, while increasing the burden of debt on our children and grandchildren.
In Tennessee, we’ve seen state government expenditures grow by over 30% in the last 8 years alone. We’ve seen bills to strengthen the Copeland spending cap amendment die. And we’ve seen Common Core simply rebranded and repackaged and redeployed into our classrooms.
We now have a new silent majority: Voters and activists who are ready to see results, not more campaign rhetoric and kicking the can down the road.
Two years ago, we had a Republican presidential primary field that had many good candidates with government experience. But one candidate emerged from outside that world of politics, speaking to the frustration many of us had with our leadership. And in his first two years, we’ve seen that man, President Trump, change the conversation in a way that is twisting the political establishment into knots.
We have an opportunity for that kind of change in Tennessee. Of the four candidates running, only one comes from outside of government: Bill Lee. He’s a proven businessman with a positive agenda of reforming government spending, bringing real job skills back into education, and standing up for our traditional values.
Some may wonder if a businessman has the “skills” to lead our government. To those who believe that, let me ask you: What does a government of “we the people,” mean to you? If it means a special class of career political elite, then perhaps you should re-read your pocket constitution. But if it means bringing fresh ideas, from people with a vested interest in our community and proven success from the private sector, those who have demonstrated the ability to stand by their principles when times are tough, then Bill Lee is the best choice for you.
Bill Lee led a business, Lee Company, to amazing heights by growing it from revenues of $20 million to $240 million in his 26 years as a CEO. And he did it by leading with his values, making hard decisions, and managing a payroll, all while making Lee Company one of the best companies to work for in Tennessee. When he faced a labor shortage—the result of an education system that has forgotten vocational education—he didn’t go to government. He started his own vocational trade school, one that has helped over a thousand Tennesseans advance a career in the skilled trades.
He has led our community, serving as Chairman of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, an organization that does more to serve children effectively than most government agencies. He serves on the board of Hope Clinic for Women and Men of Valor, defending the sanctity of life and restoring second chances. Experience making a payroll, and proven leadership with a connection to our community, are qualifications that should be required for our elected officials.
Bill Lee knows that the answer to our problems isn’t more government, a philosophy he never wavers from. He understands that compromises on spending today lead to pain tomorrow, which is why he will completely reform our state budget to cut taxes across the board and appoint an inspector general to clean up state government. And he knows that illegal means illegal, no matter the circumstances, and he will defend the rule of law accordingly.
Is he the most polished, or “slick” candidate? Of course not. Is he well-versed in the world of lobbyists, super PACs, and special interest baggage? No, but neither was President Trump. And like President Trump, Bill Lee does not play political games. He is about one thing: Results.
And that’s what you’ll get if you elect Bill Lee to be the chief executive of our great state.
Don’t let the political hype drive your decision. Do your research, and learn more about Bill Lee.