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Rasmussen: Only 17% Believe Obamacare Will Improve Quality of Health Care

From Rasmussen comes the stark reality of how Americans view Obamacare — negatively. First, from last week:

Data released last week showed that only 17% now believe the law will improve the quality of health care while 49% say the quality of health care will suffer. Most also believe the law will increase the cost of care and increase the federal budget deficit.


And from yesterday:

A majority of American voters continue to favor repeal of the health care law passed by Congress last year and the number who expect repeal has reached a new high.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law, while 39% at least somewhat oppose it.  This includes 40% who Strongly Favor repeal and 29% who are Strongly Opposed.

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Chapel Hill YMCA Tells Boy Scouts To Take a Hike

From the News & Observer:


Boy Scout Troop 505 and other organizations that do not share the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s non-discrimination policy may no longer use its facilities.

The YMCA board decided June 22 to extend its non-discrimination policy, which protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and members, to organizations that meet at the Y’s facilities, executive director Jerry Whortan said.

“This decision was based on the Y’s responsibility to represent our organization’s values in all of our partnerships and relationships,” Whortan said.


So, the Chapel Hil-Carrboro YMCA is going to demonstrate its commitment to inclusiveness and tolerance by excluding some members of the community, including the Boy Scouts. Hello?

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John Hood on WPTF Today From 2 to 5 PM

From 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, JLF President John Hood will be co-hosting WPTF’s Bill LuMaye show with Rob Thompson of The Covenant With North Carolina’s Children. You can hear the show at 680 AM on the dial, or online at www.wptf.com. Click on Listen Live. Bill LuMaye will return from vacation on Wednesday.



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Lottery Good, Card Games Bad?

Nowhere is there a better example of why state government should stay out of  the gambling business than this. The Cherokee tribe in western North Carolina wants to add table games — traditional casino games. The state, however, must approve the move.  That leaves us in the silly position of having the state decide what is “good” gambling — the lottery — and what is “bad” gambling — casino-style games operated by the Cherokee tribe or anyone else. If the Cherokees, or any private entity, wants to open a casino in North Carolina, it should be welcomed as a job creator and taxpayer.


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Can the Government Track You Without a Search Warrant?

This Time magazine column focuses on a privacy case the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Should the government be required to have a search warrant before placing a GPS tracking device on your car. The Court may hear arguments this fall.


Key to the government’s argument is the Supreme Court’s 1983 ruling in United States v. Knotts, which held that the police did not need a warrant to install an electronic beeper in a container of chemicals being transported on a truck. The court reasoned that since the police could have just watched the truck drive along the public streets, the Fourth Amendment did not prevent them from “augmenting the sensory faculties bestowed on them at birth with such enhancement as science and technology afforded them.”

Civil libertarians counter that there is a difference between a police officer visually monitoring someone’s movements and installing a device that can minutely track their comings and goings, day in and day out, for months at a time. A GPS device can do something that, as a practical matter, the police could never do with their own “sensory faculties.”


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