How Tennessee Promise Is Making America Great Again

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Tennessee Promise
Tennessee Promise – Tennessee’s free college program offers free tuition to all state residents to community colleges, including Motlow State Community College. Above, the college’s Moore County campus in Lynchburg. | Hollis Bennett for Politico

In contrast to the failed and deadly socialist policies and exploitative capitalist policies, Trump administration has endorsed a novel economic policy, so successful that it is now popularly known as the Tennessee Promise, much to the surprise of the Deep State, reports The New DC Times.


Democrat and Republican views on Capitalism and Socialism
Democrat and Republican views on Capitalism and Socialism

According to a new poll from Gallup, young Americans prefer socialism to capitalism. These results are from Gallup interviewing conducted July 30-Aug. 5. A similar Fox News poll showed a plurality of Democrats think it would be a “good thing” for the U.S. to move toward socialism.

Views of socialism among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents are particularly important in the current political environment because many observers have claimed the Democratic Party is turning in more of a socialist direction.

“Stop blaming yourself and start blaming the system, or start blaming the deeper causes of your economic fragility and instability. There are forces that are constructed against you, everything from your taxes to whether you can have job security.”

– Author and executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project Alissa Quart.

  • 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010
  • Republicans very positive about capitalism; 16% positive on socialism

What these young and misguided Americans are not told however is that Bolshevik plague was the greatest catastrophe in human history and since it began a 100 years ago it has claimed almost 100 million lives.

Although the Bolsheviks called for the abolition of private property, their real goal was spiritual: to translate Marxist-Leninist ideology into reality. For the first time, a state was created that was based explicitly on atheism and claimed infallibility. This was totally incompatible with Western civilization, which presumes the existence of a higher power over and above society and the state.

The Bolshevik coup had two consequences. In countries where communism came to hold sway, it hollowed out society’s moral core, degrading the individual and turning him into a cog in the machinery of the state. Communists committed murder on such a scale as to all but eliminate the value of life and to destroy the individual conscience in survivors.

But the Bolsheviks’ influence was not limited to these countries. In the West, communism inverted society’s understanding of the source of its values, creating political confusion that persists to this day. And as shown by the recent polls, this love for socialism persists mainly among young Democratic-leaning Americans misguided by the Deep State controlled mainstream media propaganda.

Victims of Socialism

Although any attempt to estimate a total number of victims of Socialism depends greatly on definitions, below is a compilation of previously published data:

Socialism - It's a Game Changer
Socialism – It’s a Game Changer. An unofficial expansion of Hasbro‘s real estate trading game MONOPOLY.
  • According to R. J. Rummel’s book Death by Government (1994), about 110 million people, foreign and domestic, were killed by Communist democide from 1900 to 1987.
  • In his introduction to the Black Book of Communism (1999), Stéphane Courtois gave a “rough approximation, based on unofficial estimates” approaching 100 million killed.
  • In his foreword to the book, Martin Malia noted “a grand total of victims variously estimated by contributors to the volume at between 85 million and 100 million”.
  • In his book Red Holocaust (2010), Steven Rosefielde said that Communism’s internal contradictions “caused to be killed” approximately 60 million people and perhaps tens of millions more.
  • In 2011, Matthew White published his rough total of 70 million “people who died under communist regimes from execution, labor camps, famine, ethnic cleansing, and desperate flight in leaky boats”, not counting those killed in wars.
  • In 2016, the Dissident blog of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation made an effort to compile updated ranges of estimates and concluded that the overall range “spans from 42,870,000 to 161,990,000” killed, with 100 million the most commonly cited figure.
  • In 2017, Professor Stephen Kotkin wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Communism killed at least 65 million people between 1917 and 2017: “Though communism has killed huge numbers of people intentionally, even more of its victims have died from starvation as a result of its cruel projects of social engineering”.

According to the Austrian school economist Ludwig von Mises, an economic system that does not utilize money, financial calculation and market pricing will be unable to effectively value capital goods and coordinate production and therefore socialism is impossible because it lacks the necessary information to perform economic calculation in the first place.

While young Americans are being brainwashed with the virtues of Socialism, it is the state of Tennessee that is showing the way forward.

Tennessee Promise

In contrast to the failed and deadly socialist policies and exploitative capitalist policies, Trump administration has endorsed a novel economic policy, so successful that it is now popularly known as the Tennessee Promise, much to the surprise of the Deep State.

Bible Belt

Bible Belt
Bible Belt. This map based on Gallup survey data from 2011 shows the American South, the core of the Bible Belt as being a region of above average religiousity. Image courtesy of Gallup

Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States, located in the Bible Belt – the Southern United States in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism plays a strong role in society and politics, and Christian church attendance across the denominations is generally higher than the nation’s average.  Tennessee has the highest proportion of Evangelical Protestants, at 52%.

What this means is that the region is known for its conservative values and is often considered to be a politically conservative region. The “red states” within the Bible Belt traditionally support Republican candidates for state and federal office.

IMPROVE Act

Both the Tennessee General Assembly Houses have passed a radical act for improving manufacturing, public roads, and opportunities for a vibrant economy called the IMPROVE Act. It provides the largest tax cut in Tennessee history, putting money back in the pockets of all Tennesseans, attracting manufacturing jobs, and delivering nearly 1,000 road and bridge projects across the state.

IMPROVE Act
IMPROVE Act

The most important part is that these policies do not rely on money from the US federal government in order to pay for their State’s upkeep which has kept them out of debt – No Debt, No Feds.

So it might come as a surprise that at the Tennessee Motlow State Community College’s Moore County campus, every local attends for free. In fact, anyone from Tennessee can go for free, courtesy of the state government.

The state’s free-college program, called Tennessee Promise, has been offering two years of tuition-free community college or technical school to all high school graduates, regardless of their income. Since then, it has boosted graduation rates and grown in popularity every year.

The results have been so promising that the state’s conservative Legislature decided to double down, expanding free community college beginning last year to all adults, regardless of income, who don’t already have a credential. The program has been wildly popular: The state’s higher education commission had anticipated just 8,000 adults would apply for the expanded program; 33,258 did. Nearly 15,000 of them enrolled in the first semester.

The radical sounding idea of Republican free college was the brainchild of Haslam, a billionaire businessman who became one of the nation’s wealthiest governors when he took office in 2011. Haslam realized soon after he was elected that Tennessee’s workforce was significantly lacking.

From the beginning, free college in Tennessee was framed not as a form of personal betterment, or social welfare, but in terms of economic development. State leaders found that companies considering locating in Tennessee wanted a broad base of skilled workers more than just about any financial incentive they could offer.

The centerpiece of that initiative was free college.

In Washington, it’s a key item on House Democrats’ wish list for higher education. It might seem odd that a red state would pioneer an idea more associated with lefty politicians. But the story of Tennessee Promise shows that there can be significant bipartisan agreement on education if the policy is framed right. And its success holds lessons for not only how to talk about education in America, but how to bridge political divides by reaching out to those who feel left behind, in rural and urban America alike.

More importantly, the Tennessee Promise program is yet another step in Making America Great Again.

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