Oh! I get it. You're comparing opposition to excessive government regulation to cutting down stop signs.
As with healthcare, our federal government's involvement with higer education has been the catatlyst for price increases well in excess of inflation. Thank you Washington.
Scottie - nice guy but hardly a successful businessman. His uncle built the company and sold it. Scottie was the face of the organization and just got "retired" by Dean Foods which owns the Mayfields brand. Does Hamilton County and Chattanooga really want a representative who will be cummuting out of Knoxville's airport? Without earmarks there's not a lot a freshman congressman can do, in fact there's little a congressman can do without seniority. The election of Mayfield would be the first time since 1885 that a representative from other than Hamilton County would represent the 3rd District.
John Wolfe is a nonentity. Now he's running for president as Democrat and don't see Obama debating him. Why would anyone debate him?
Yet another painfully predictable cartoon from Bennett. You wouldn't have a job here if my great grandchildren hadn't sold the paper.
OMG! The Times discovers a "partisan decennial redistricting plan". After decades of gerrymandering in order to hang on to power long after they had lost the majority of voters' support, Democrats whine about redistricting. Our state went red over a generation ago. It was only with some of the most creative gerrymandering in the nation were the Tennessee Democrats able to maintain majorities in both houses. What goes comes around and is going to be keep coming around for a generation or two. Get used to to it Harry!
The main catalysts for our financial meltdown were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enabled by a host of elected officials but primarily Barney Frank in the House and Christopher Dodd in the Senate. The three largest beneficiaries of Fannie and Freddie's political contributions in order:
The most impressive of the three was Obama who recieved over $100,000 in less than four years. All were cheer leaders for reducing even minimal requirements for mortgages.
It's difficult to feel sorry for homeowners who lost houses that they never put a dime of equity in. They should have never been able to qualify save for Freddie and Fannie enabling them.
You lacked the common decency to allow the man to be buried and mourned before you used his memory as a prop.
Americans receiving foodstamps 32 million 45 million
Americans in poverty 39.8 million 46.2 million
Unemployment rate 7.8% 8.5%
(underemployment rate off the chart)
I'm looking forward to Obama's new bumper sticker -
"It Could have been worse". But it just doesn't have the mass appeal of "Hope and Change".