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Real Obamacare numbers

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

On the afternoon of April 1, President Barack Obama pulled out the pom-poms and assumed the role of cheer captain at the White House Rose Garden to celebrate the great Obamacare victory. The Affordable Care Act had reached its purported goal of 7 million sign-ups, and by the March 31 deadline, no less. Not 7 million paid consumers. Not 7 million who were previously uninsured, which we were told was

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  • Last-minute legislative blitz

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

    The Tennessee legislature, often a puzzle to understand, is pretty predictable in some ways. Thursday, it finally adopted a budget —the governor’s proposal was largely unchanged. Now will come a flurry of action for a day or two or three, including passage of some of the term’s most significant proposals. Legislators face a long list of major issues. They’ll rush to take action so that they can adjourn and return

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  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Child abuse leaves a permanent scar on its victims. Children don’t know why they are being abused. It is even sadder when abuse is the only way of life they know. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is everyone’s business. About 70 percent of children who die from child abuse are under 4. They can’t make the call, so somebody else has to do it. There is a

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  • No more limits on campaign contributions

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Editorial cartoonists have sharpened and turned their disgust and creativity against the U.S. Supreme Court after justices ruled that free speech can be bought when it comes to limits on contributions for political campaigns. We’ve seen cartoonists draw the Monopoly brothers, Mr. Magoo, a megaphone of rolled up money . the list goes on and on. Now we know why candidates crow after bringing in the most campaign contributions each

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  • Tailoring tax reform

    Posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Legislative toying with state taxes is a lot like trying to make an ill-fitting suit look good by taking up a little bit here and letting out a little bit there. You wind up with one arm longer than the other and cuffs that don’t match, while what you really need is a new suit. The tailors of lawmaking are at it again. They’re pushing a bill to take the

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  • Iranian radical’s request for a U.S. visa

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

    In 1979, Hamid Abutalebi was among the Iranian radicals who illegally seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held 52 Americans for 444 days. Today, he wants a U.S. visa so he can enter this country and serve as Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations. This request is an insult to America. President Obama shouldn’t just deny it. He should send back Abutalebi’s application form in tiny little pieces. Many

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  • Free community college a good idea with the right planning

    Posted on April 10, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature piece of legislation this year is his Tennessee Promise plan to make community college free. His proposal has met with widespread support in the General Assembly. But, as with any legislation of this scope, there are questions that still need answers. Nevertheless, it appears the plan will pass and move Tennessee higher education to the cutting edge nationally. The Tennessee Promise is a cornerstone of Haslam’s

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