^You actually believe people move from Michigan, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin to Tennessee, Texas or Florida becasue of "oppressive progressive policies"? That's one of the sillies statements I have read in a while.
Here's a clue. The migration of people from the rust belt to the sun belt has a lot more to do with jobs and mild climate then someone worried about their first or second amendment rights.
Please list a few of the "freedoms" that you think you have lost?
Here is a list of freedoms that are being infringed by conservative red state policies:
Women's Reproductive Rights
Marriage Rights of a specific class of citizens
The red states are imposing their own populist version of religion and morality through the actions of their state legislatures and impeding the ability to vote by certain demographic groups through reducing early voting, reducing poll hours and over restrictive registration requirements.
I'm sure none of these restrictions on other people's rights bother you since they likely don't effect you personally.
Your editorial makes some good points but you have a bad case of Republican fuzzy math. You state:
"It's understandable why the governor would not seek the Medicaid expansion and its possibly untenable cost just a few years down the road when the federal government, under the law, begins to pay less and less to the states."
The fact is CBO estimates show that the federal government will bear nearly 93 percent of the costs of the Medicaid expansion over its first nine years (2014-2022). The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost of covering people made newly eligible for Medicaid for the first three years (2014-2016) and no less than 90 percent on a permanent basis.
But the most egregious oversight of your piece is the fact that you are simply ignoring the fact that the $92 in uncompensated care by Erlanger alone will be passed on to those of us that pay for our insurance including businesses that pay for their employees insurance or a portion of it. When you add up the cost of uncompensated care for all the hospitals in the state you come up with an astronomical number, much off which would be offset if the Governor would only take the money from the Federal Government that Tennessee tax payers have been sending in.
You don't have to be a mathematician to realize that the cost of NOT taking the federal funds our state is entitled to under Obama Care is much greater than the 10% max portion of the bill that the state will have to pick up, so your "untenable cost" argument is obviously without merit.
Rickaroo - It's not just the fools without health care coverage that voted against their own interest, it's the fools that have insurance as well, who now will have to pick up the tab for Erlangers $92 Million charity care expense, and every other hospital with similar expenses, which have to be passed on to those of us that pay for our insurance. That of course also includes businesses that pay for their employees insurance or a portion of it. Nice work by the "pro business" party.
Health Care in Tennessee is so nice, we pay for it twice, thanks to Governor Dumbass.
Great editorial. The bills the legislature passed were probably at the request of Haslam. If they become law it gives the governor the political cover he needs to fend of the critics of his inaction. It's a political win/win for him. On the one hand the wingnuts are satisfied, but on the other hand, has a ready made excuse for the moderates.
Gary Hayes - your letter is factually incorrect. According to the Congressional Budget Office the stimulus (one third of which was tax cuts) created between 500K and 3.3 Million new jobs and was instrumental in lessening the blows of the greatest economic downturn since the great depression. Does that mean every dollar went to good use? of course not. The examples you cite (even though some of it may have been useful) represent less than one half of once percent of the total bill. Show me one large federal expenditure bill that every has a 100% efficiency record.
If an economic stimulus was bad policy why did Congressional Republicans introduce their own competing stimulus bill of around $600 Billion?
Lies repeated often enough can be taken for fact, but as long as the lies are repeated there will be those of us that fact check and expose them.
Columnist Kathleen Parker has observed at times that distrust of Washington, and the dislike for the federal government that exists in the southern red states today, directly springs from the civil war. I find that to be a very unfortunate situation. Abraham Lincoln said "A house divided against itself cannot stand". That's as true today as it was then. Unless we find a way to reconcile our geographical differences and work towards the common good, we will never achieve our potential as a nation.
Creation and evolution are two different (but related) topics. It is not inconsistent to believe that the universe rose from divine involvement, and still believe that once the universe was created that life evolved as has been documented in evolutionary science.
What some fundamentalist types get upset about with evolution is that it invalidates some of the ridiculous dogma, such as the earth being 6000 years old, man be created by dust, women from the rib of a man, etc. You don't have to believe in nonsense to believe there was (or could be) divine involvement in the creation of the universe and some of the greatest scientists do.
A rising tide lifts all boats. A raise in the minimum wage for the bottom puts upward pressure on other jobs above them in the chain, including teachers who I agree are underpaid.
Every time you buy a BigMac or a Whopper, don't forget if your a taxpayer your are paying twice. Once at the register and again at tax time to pay for the food stamps, Medicaid, Section 8 (rent) and HEAP (emergency heat), becasue the corporations that are making billions refuse to pay a living wage to their people.
Name one scientific institution with National or International standing with a dissenting opinion. You can't becasue there aren't any.
You're a typical right wing ideologue. When the facts don't support your beliefs, you invent your own facts and flail insults.
Science is not a political party. The case for Global Warming is closed. The solutions, such as developing more efficient non-carbon energy sources will not "destroy the economy" in fact they will enhance and help the economy grow.
Not a single scientific organization anywhere on earth agrees with you. Not in China, not in Japan, not in Russia, nowhere. Do you have any idea of how damning it is that you cannot find a single scientific organization on earth willing to take your side on a topic? Here's a hint, that is a damned good sign that you are wrong and that you have no idea of what you are talking about:
The National Science Academies of 34 countries have issued concurring statements to the reality of Anthropogenic Global Warming
Concurring statements issued by the following Scientific Institutions with National or International Standing:
European Academy of Sciences and Arts
International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences
Network of African Science Academies
Royal Society of New Zealand
Polish Academy of Sciences
National Research Council (US)
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Meteorological Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Physics
Australian Institute of Physics
European Physical Society
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
American Geophysical Union European Federation of Geologists
European Geosciences Union
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of London
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
American Meteorological Society
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
World Meteorological Organization
American Quaternary AssociationThe American Quaternary Association International Union for Quaternary Research
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Society for Microbiology
Australian Coral Reef Society
Institute of Biology (UK)
Society of American Foresters
The Wildlife Society (international)
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Health Organization
American Astronomical Society
American Statistical Association
Engineers Australia (The Institution of Engineers Australia)
International Association for Great Lakes Research
Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand
Dissenting Opinions from Scientific Institutions with National or International standing:
So keep drinking the cool-aid from the fossil fuel industry but the facts are not on your side.