Tone Deaf: To Save the Party, Republicans Must Excise the Crackpot Caucus
Published 11/14/2012 at 9:02 a.m. 2 comments
Republicans are doing a lot of soul-searching about what happened last week when a president presiding over a lousy economy managed to beat a successful businessman and former governor. If you are looking for reasons, let me help.
You Want Stimulus? Do One Thing That Will Allow Young People to Buy Homes, Cars, Furniture
Published 11/7/2012 at 11:55 a.m. 0 comments
Does anyone think it would be good public policy if we stopped public funding of high schools? After eighth grade we would require all parents and high school students to pay to get a high school diploma.
UT, Donors' Bottom Line Decision: Which Costs More, Buyout or Empty Seats?
Published 10/31/2012 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
When rumors surfaced about the Southeastern Conference expanding by two teams, the discussion about whether the league ought to expand shifted rather suddenly to a guessing game about which teams it would be, which teams it should be, and which ...
Two, Three Percent? Given Stark Contrast, Does Close Election Mean We've Become Two Countries
Published 10/24/2012 at 10:23 a.m. 0 comments
Being the contrarian that I am, I made a sucker bet on the presidential election. I didn’t bet on who would win, but I bet that the winner would do so by a margin of 10 percent in the popular ...
None of the Above: Younger Generation Put Off By Organized Religion, Conservative Political Parties
Published 10/17/2012 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
There are a lot of interesting nuggets in a comprehensive survey of American religious views in the annual Pew Research Study on the topic. The survey, using land lines and cell phones, discovered that, for the first time, the number ...
Will Most Republicans Go Along With Extreme Positions to Avoid the ‘Moderate’ Tag?
Published 10/10/2012 at 11:59 a.m. 0 comments
Here in traditionally Republican East Tennessee we tend to be more fiscally conservative and less intense on social issues. Middle Tennessee has become the hotbed of radical on-the-march anti-immigration, anti-abortion conservatism and it is an area more in tune with ...
Megasite Musing: Just Up The Road, Knoxville Could Be In Contention For the Next Auto Plant
Updated 10/25/2012 at 1:07 p.m. 3 comments
Auto plants are springing up all over the South, the latest the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. In Knoxville it is often pointed out that we don’t have a megasite, a tract in excess of the 1,200 acres necessary for a ...
Pick Tennessee: Should State Offer Incentives or Requirements to Use In-State Producers?
Published 9/26/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The state has a website to promote Tennessee products; the idea being support for Tennessee producers promotes jobs and tax revenue. If it’s a good idea, then should the state and state institutions put its money where its website is?
Feudin' and Fightin': Business, Chamber Spats With Local Government Isn't With City's Democratic Mayor
Published 9/19/2012 at 10:43 a.m. 0 comments
The Knoxville business community looked high and low for a Republican candidate who could defeat Madeline Rogero’s bid for mayor. Given her background as a union organizer in her youth, her work with non-profits, and the fact that she is ...
In the Zone: Growth in Downtown Business Has Benefits for Taxpayers
Published 9/12/2012 at 10:45 a.m. 0 comments
It has long been a matter of conjecture whether the downtown Knoxville Convention Center has been a financial boon to downtown development. But what is not in question is that the success of downtown development has been a financial boon ...
Bright-ish Spots? Dems Have a Shot in Three Races
Published 9/5/2012 at 9:27 a.m. 0 comments
There are at least three state House seats, one of them in Knoxville, that are at least possibilities.
Three Parties? Next Session, State House WIll Have Two Kinds of Republicans
Published 8/29/2012 at 10:30 a.m. 0 comments
In the next session of the state Legislature, there could be three political parties: the Democrats, the traditional Republicans, and a group of ultra-conservative members that can be grouped under the rubric of the Tea Party.
Text This: In the Electronic Age, Somebody Must Define "Public Record"
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:02 a.m. 0 comments
E-mail, tweets, text messages, Facebook messages... just what the hell constitutes a public record these days?
Suspend Disbelief: Let's Try to Put the Past Five Years Behind Us and Enjoy the Season
Published 8/15/2012 at 10:21 a.m. 0 comments
Samuel Taylor Coleridge called it the “willing suspension of disbelief.” I would like to suggest this concept for us Vol football fans as the season opens in a couple of weeks.
A Modest Proposal: It's Time to Cut Red Tape and Boost Local Business
Published 8/8/2012 at 10:56 a.m. 0 comments
In business, time is money. That is especially true these days in real estate development, with shaky credit lines and up-and-down mortgage availability.