TN’s Stacey Campfield Wants to Let Struggling Children Go Hungry

Stacey CampfieldIf you follow my posts you’ll know how much I detest the idiocy that is Stacey Campfield, a Republican member of the Tennessee Senate.  I owe a significant “tip of the hat” to for making me aware of this story.  Be sure to visit her blog!

Well, Campfield is at it again.  Now he is proposing, and mentions on his own blogSenate Bill 0132 which would create a system to reduce the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families payments for recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school… so, if your child had trouble in school, your family doesn’t get to eat.  The TNReport website features a video in which Campfield expresses his idea in his own words.

One reader commented on Campfield’s blog post, asking, “Is it true that you are pushing to end food assistance to those families who have children who are failing school? That’s what’s being reported. Just trying to get the facts. – Tom Cogburn”  Campfield replied, “No, the bill will not remove benefits from anyone as long as their kids don’t quit school, skip a ton or just start failing most of their classes.”  As points out, Mr. Campfield’s poor writing skills might put him at risk for losing funding as well.  And a follow-up comment by another reader points out that Campfield’s “No” means “Yes”: “I’m pretty sure that’s what Tom Cogburn was asking you. – Deron Fetz”

Campfield mistakenly thinks that punishing people by taking away their financial assistance is the answer to Tennessee’s education and poverty problems.  Not to diminish Tennessee’s poverty concerns, but according to the US Census, “persons below poverty level, 2007-2011″ was 16.9%.  That is just 2.6% higher than the U.S. average.  The median household income is $43,989 with home owners accounting for 69% of all residents (3% better than the national average) and 83.2% of the state is a high school graduate or higher (percent of persons age 25+, 2007-2011).  Not too shabby.

So why is Campfield attacking impoverished families and, in particular, those whose children are suffering in school?  That’s a very good question that Mr. Campfield should answer immediately before anyone in power considers backing his shenanigans any further.

Ask him via email at which is the address posted on his blog’s profile page.  Or catch up with him on his Facebook page at

Or try the following contact information, pulled from the official Tennessee General Assembly website:

Senator Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville
District address
2011 Flagler
Knoxville, TN 37912

Nashville address
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 317 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-1766

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10 thoughts on “TN’s Stacey Campfield Wants to Let Struggling Children Go Hungry

  1. Wrong. My bill has zero effect on food stamps, SNAP, WIC, school lunch programs or any of the over 70 charities that give out free food in Knox county alone. Of course never let facts get in the way of a mindless rant.

    • I agree. You never let facts get in the way of your mindless rants. (For proof, see any of your previous political ideas that I’ve mentioned on this blog.) I made no mention of food stamps, WIC, or other programs including the over 70 charities that provide food in Knox County. Nice attempt at redirection. What I DID bring up was your Senate Bill, #0132, which, in your own words, “requires the reduction of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) payments for parents or caretakers of TANF recipients whose children fail to maintain satisfactory progress in school.” In your response to my personal views regarding your proposal you have still neglected to refute that your bill would not have a negative impact on the well-being of these children. Care to respond now?

  2. I believe that Campfield’s bill is SO misguided. I can’t begin to imagine how he came up with such an idea. I wish he would provide a single professional study that would support his measure. I don’t believe there is one out there.
    Proposals that would have a wide-reaching impact should have some kind of basis in scientific theory–some basis in reality.
    Tom Cogburn, Knoxville

  3. Thank you for blogging about this.. I’m glad to see so many people actively involved in this legislation. Many people have mentioned exactly what you’ve mentioned only to have their concerns sidestepped with a redirection from Senator Campfield.

    Unfortunately there is a negative spotlight on Tennessee again. We (His constituents) don’t deserve this negative press when we don’t support this idea.

  4. It is quite true that Senator Campfield’s bill will have no impact on food stamps; it will only impact TANF payments. This is much more detrimental to a needy family since food stamps are around $133 a person in Tennessee while TANF payments are around $249 per child and $511 per foster child.

    While Senator Campfield can state that he isn’t taking money directly allocated towards purchasing food, it is clear that many parents are using TANF funds to feed their children. Having spoken to families on food stamps, they spend much more on food than just the food stamps they are given. The figure above works out to just over $4 a day.

      • Please keep up the pressure when possible. Remember when going at a “story”, there are three other ways to come at from. A full on butt heading with this gentleman isn’t always the best. Try a different angle to slip through his defense. Another idea is how is this guy still in his seat, who giving him support, and why is Party allowing it to happen? I wonder if “higher” ups are using him for some kind if gain while still keeping their “hands clean”. There were none of these types if crackpots in office when I lived in Knox County. G_d Bless keep it up

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