Blaming us and labeling them
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- It’s our fault. Global warming. 9/11. Drug wars in Mexico. Our “insatiable” appetite for illegal drugs and the drug cartels’ access to our guns make us “co-responsible” for Mexico’s problem, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Soon we must organize the Apologize for America World Tour for the Obama administration.
- Notice how labels are applied to make a particular group of people unpopular so that government can more easily move against them or their property? “Predatory” lenders. Super speeders. “Greedy” business executives. “Polluters.” When politicians start applying labels, watch out. They’re coming for you. Super speeders in Georgia, henceforth, will be forking over another $200 for government’s use in possibly funding a trauma care network. Public safety should not be about raising money.
- Speak kindly of the dead. So, taking my cue from a Sunday headline that says “Gambling is latest hope for a revival” of Underground Atlanta, I offer my condolences. If gambling’s the cure, the undertaker’s carriage awaits.
- Number of the Week: 9.3. That’s Georgia’s unemployment rate and the sum — $9.3 trillion — what Washington will spend in excess of revenues over the next decade. Break open the kiddies’ piggy banks. They’re coming for “the rich” and that’d be Junior and the future grandkids. The only people who don’t seem to get laid off are those who advocate for more government spending.
- Georgia House Democrats could easily have fashioned a resolution praising President Barack Obama and making him an honorary member of the Legislative Black Caucus. But, of course, they had to include language that praised themselves and invited Republicans to endorse his “unimpeachable reputation for integrity [and] vision” and to declare that “no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by members of this body.” I wouldn’t sign on to that. Nor would those who offered it if the object of praise was George W. Bush. It’s an unserious partisan game in a serious time.
- Headline: “Obama to states: Use stimulus cash wisely.” States to Obama: Why didn’t Congress apply that standard when drafting the $787 billion pork-and-social agenda spending bill? Obama is a marketing message in motion, an electronic crawler that just flashes phrases without awareness of those that preceded it. Example: After using the office of the president to incite the masses against the AIG bonuses, he goes on entertainment television to declare that he’s leaning against a 90 percent tax on bonuses that whizzed through the U.S. House. His “save-and-invest” budget is filled with spending that will make it unlikely that future generations will have any after-tax earnings to save.
- Reusable headline: “Sudden job losses stun 20-somethings.” These substitute numbers are available, too: 30, 40, 50. Sudden job losses stun us all.
- Where are the children? On this night, about eight of them, ranging in age from 1 to 9, are in the car on Old National Highway at 12:45 a.m. watching a shoot-out brawl over a cellphone involving two women who bore the same man’s children. Poor children. The poor, poor children. One day they will be big enough to tote the guns and brawl over cellphones and that will be the world they know.
- The only car where I’d absolutely insist on an air bag is the little Nano, a $2, 000 part-plastic job introduced by Tata in India. An encounter with an insensitive environmental pig driving a gas-guzzling SUV, the very sight of which steals the true environmentalist’s joy in living, would ruin your motoring day.