It's time The Media stood for something other than expediency and cozy complicity with The Man.
The Bible clearly says:
"This sign shall follow them that believe: They shall take up serpents and it shall not hurt them"
So, as Coots was killed by a serpent, he was not a believer.
It's good that the union vote went the way it did. The South needs to keep its workers cheap because it's that or no jobs at all. How else are we going to win the race to the bottom, competing with the likes of Mexico and China?
But, but... @Hunter_Bluff, 'everyone knows' government is useless and can't do anything better than the private, for-profit business. So it MUST be true.
I blame National Parks Service Employees for this mess. They should be ashamed of themselves.
Total (public + private) healthcare expenditure in the US is about $3 trillion a year for a population of just over 300 million. That's $10,000 per year per person - about 3 times per capita what other any other developed nations pays for their healthcare - and they live longer and healthier lives than we do (we rank 49th in the world for long and healthy lives). Our current healthcare system is absolute crap value for money and not worth keeping. And, for all the hysteria, Obamacare won't make much difference to it.
The Voting Rights Act is still necessary. Its revocation would result in a re-emergence of the same voting right abuses that made it necessary in the first place. Which is of course exactly why some are pressing for it. One of the pre-VRA 'test' questions for voting qualifcation, not far from where I'm sitting, was: "How high is high?". The correctness of the respondents' answers was only based upon their skin color.
To legally vote one must be a citizen. The only government-issued photo ID that actually proves citizenship is a passport or naturalization certificate.
Anyone serious about ensuring voter eligibility (by something additional to a normal voter registration card), would require actual proof of a right to vote. Instead, they only require a drivers license or similar that doesn't prove anything relevant to a right to vote. But obtaining the latter provides just enough difficulty for just enough people to exclude large numbers that are statistically likely to vote the 'wrong' way. There is no other possible reason for this bull, and everyone knows it.
@fairmon, if you think TVA salaries and benefits are inflated, you'll be in for a nasty shock when you see those of its new owners should TVA be broken up and sold-off to private, for profit, businesses. Just compare those at TVA with our closest investor-owned utilities like Duke and Southern Company. Of course there is also nothing to stop TVA being sold off to foreign companies. Your future power bills may go to pay owners and stockholders as far away as China.
Also, since you clearly subscribe to the popular opinion that anything run by the government must be bad (as in the sheep-like "Goverment Baaaaaad"), why stop at divestiture of TVA and the other items you mention? If "Governments role is only to legislate and regulate not to operate", why not divest the Feds from all its other operational responsibilities that you evidently see as failures - like the US military, NASA, the Corps of Engineers, Homeland Security etc.
Using your arms against the agents of government (i.e. law enforcement and the military) will only result in your immediate death and save them the trouble and expense of your imprisonment and trial.