The book of Kings tells the story of two women, both claiming to be the mother of the same baby. Wise old Solomon, unable to decide who’s telling the truth, orders the baby cut in two so that each mother can be given half.
At the last moment, one woman relents, proclaiming she would rather surrender the baby than see him killed. Solomon, now recognizing maternal love, awards her custody of the child.
Now, just in case you hadn’t noticed, Solomons are few and far between in Georgia government. So too are responsible leaders willing to sacrifice their ambitions for the greater good.
During the 2009 legislative session, for example, Gov. Sonny Perdue and the state House of Representatives continued their long-running feud over control of the Department of Transportation, the mother lode of patronage dollars. With neither side able to get its way, the governor and House leaders made a deal, essentially agreeing to cut the state transportation baby in half.
Perdue got control
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