Only been 100 days? Seems longer
Thinking Right’s weekend free for all. Pick a topic:
- The swine flu is a reminder that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should never be in any business other than diseases. The agency’s also being sued by an Atlanta lawyer for invasion of privacy because it moved quickly to alert the world to a highly resistant strain of TB that he was thought to have carried on an international flight. It turned out to be a milder strain. The CDC acted responsibly in that scare.
- Simplifying the tax code, Obama style: “Report earnings and other income. Keep $295 per week (the maximum unemployed benefit in Georgia) and remit the rest for redistribution.”
- Silly government. The U.S. Labor Department wants Atlanta to account for how it spent $11.3 million intended to help the jobless. They obviously can’t. I’ll help. “The federal money allowed a few of the well-connected to get titles and to lease big autos, while uttering nonsensical buzzwords and engaging in a flurry of meaningless activity. Then the money was gone. Now quit asking.”
- I’ll buy a car from a company in bankruptcy. But I won’t buy one from a company owned by the government.
- Atlanta City Councilwoman Anne Fauver won’t run for re-election. Instead, at 68, she’ll seek “a new challenge that pays well.” If this were Washington, we could put her at Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and pay her really well. Here she may have to find a real job.
- End the inevitable disappointments. Take Arlen Specter. Please.
- Two appointees of Jimmy Carter and one of Bill Clinton’s, sitting on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, reinstate an ACLU suit that allows five former detainees to sue a Boeing subsidiary for allegedly transporting them to foreign countries where they allegedly suffered harsh interrogation. The Left in four years will either destroy or own corporate America.
- Expect reductions this year in property taxes levied to support schools. Georgia schools are getting $660 million in federal “stimulus” money. Since you paid for schools with your federal taxes, you’ll surely not be levied twice.
- Quick, what’s the next word in this sentence: “Metro Atlanta’s air is not as dirty as it was a year ago …”? Hint: No environmental news is just good news. Time’s up. “… but clean air advocates say there’s still much to be done.”
- Cheers to the Cherokee County Commission for buying 25 acres of foreclosed property for $500,000 to expand the county’s parkland. Now’s the time for developing counties to borrow and spend to buy green space.
- Local bank CEO Chuck Lewis, speaking in support of “stimulus” spending that sets aside $31 million for summer jobs this year and next, declared recently that “Youth get involved in crime because there is nothing constructive for them to do with their time.” That probably explains, too, why two Pennsylvania sisters, ages 65 and 70, were arrested this week and accused of selling heroin . Some yoots and some oldies do crime because they’re criminals. Not the economy. Not boredom.
- It’s just been 100 days? Seems longer.
- The administration’s offering up to the world 30 of the harmless gentlemen wrongly detained at Guantanamo Bay. For delivery instructions, please call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Hello … Hello … Hello. … They won’t kill you or blow up your buildings. We promise. Well, we can’t promise, but they seem really nice.