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.
TVA board members are to be selected on the basis of politics, not on their knowledge of the electric power indistry. Senators Corker and Alexander are just doing their duty in objecting to Dr Brown somehow bypassing the proper selection process.
600,000 Americans have already died in a war to determine whether or not the United States was to be united as one country. Anyone now again openly proposing state secession from the union should be tried for treason - which is still a capital offense. The US routinely and rightly kills those who pose a threat to our national insterests and security overseas. There is no reason not to do the same to domestic terrorists calling for the end of the USA. Be careful what you publicly sign your name to, traitors.
Of course a fetus is not a baby. Nobody could sensibly claim that it is. The only question is whether it is a person, with the same rights as those who have been born. If it is, then the circumstances of its conception, its defects, viability, the life of its mother, are no more relevant to its termination than they would be for a 3 year-old child and all pregnant women must be forced to give birth. If a fetus isn't a person, then pregancy terminations should be available by request for any reason. But the Romney/Ryan platform that they would ban all abortion "except for rape/incest" is completely illogical and idiotic.