Train Wreck: You Can't Graft Obamacare onto Existing Business Models
Published 5/1/2013 at 10:24 a.m. 0 comments
Politico reported last week that the Congressional leadership is having secret talks about how to exempt Capitol Hill staffers from the insurance exchanges required under the Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare.
Shock and Awe: Knoxville Hasn't Been This Shocked Since the Butcher Banks Closed
Published 4/24/2013 at 12:05 p.m. 0 comments
When word hit news websites last week that the FBI had staged a shock-and-awe raid of the headquarters of Pilot Flying J, there was a common theme expressed in my round-robin of phone calls. Nothing this shocking has happened in ...
Let's Not Do It: Killing Vouchers a Good Idea, But Not Because of Muslim Schools
Published 4/17/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 1 comment
It finally occurred to the legislators that if you give parents in inner-city Memphis or Nashville a voucher, they may spend it at a Muslim school. They have so far been stumped: How do you allow tax money to flow ...
Commune Update: Learning About Permaculture is Fun, But the Eating is Even Better
Published 4/10/2013 at 10:39 a.m. 2 comments
I found it disconcerting this winter to look out my back window at the snow-covered ground and see huge heads of lettuce, cabbage, and other greens shining.
We Need a Bypass: Haslam Needs to Ignore Anti-Obama Legislators and Do What Needs to be Done
Published 4/3/2013 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
When your health insurance premium goes up this year—and it will—you can thank Gov. Bill Haslam and his Republican majority in the Legislature. But you can take comfort in the fact that they showed President Obama who’s boss by rejecting ...
Megasite Fever: East Tennessee Needs One, But Current Proposal is Not the Answer
Published 3/27/2013 at 10:41 a.m. 0 comments
Since then, the Jefferson County Chamber has come forward to propose creating a megasite at another I-81 exit. It is rich farmland and the property owners are opposed to selling.
Feeding Guilt: When Things Get Renamed, It Costs You More Money
Published 3/20/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
I don’t take medicine anymore. I take medications. The only difference I’ve noticed is that medications cost more.
Old Days Return? Cities Onces Again Under the Thumb of Rural, Suburban Legislators
Published 3/13/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 1 comment
Decades ago when many Tennesseans left the farm to move to the major cities, it left sparsely populated rural legislative districts intact and city districts did not grow. City residents were under-represented and rural legislators remained in control of state ...
Law-Making Hypocrisy: Conservative Legislators Hate Mandates, Except When They Don't
Published 3/6/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 1 comment
All good conservatives believe that except when they don’t.
He’s Still Lamar!
Published 2/27/2013 at 2:54 p.m. 0 comments
I think Washington pundits and the Obama administration may be surprised by Sen. Alexander’s votes. Alexander was a two-term governor, a cabinet secretary, a presidential candidate, and has served in the Senate. He’s accomplished all that because he is politically ...
Can They Govern? Former Back Backbenchers Should Know: What They Do Now Has Consequences
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:48 a.m. 0 comments
It was a fascinating prospect, after a hundred years of Democratic dominance of the state Legislature, to watch it change to a Republican majority.
Getting Attention: How Do You Get Washington to Listen to State Issues?
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
So if we can appoint people to office without an election, then why can’t we have the Legislature at least appoint the candidates for office?
Tipping Point: Here Are the Facts of Life in the Restaurant Industry
Published 2/6/2013 at 3:17 p.m. 0 comments
You may have followed the controversy last week when a minister in St. Louis objected to a restaurant tacking on an 18 percent tip for a large dinner party. The bill had the tip crossed off and the minister customer ...
Spirited Debate: Why Won't Legislators Listen to Constituents Instead of Liquor Lobbyists?
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:28 a.m. 0 comments
Consumers would like the convenience of picking up a bottle of wine the same place they buy steaks and potatoes. That convenience would lead to increased wine sales and a corresponding increase in state tax revenue
Imposing Limits: Bill-Limit Reform Good Step, But We Can Still Expect the Frivolous and Crazy
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
You might wonder why it was necessary for legislators to introduces thousands of bills each session—before House Speaker Beth Harwell put a stop to the practice this year with a limit.