Jeans, taxes, good Republicans
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- A warning to conservatives wishing to avoid being trampled in a stampede: Never stand in the path of a liberal determined to give a Republican governor a big hug for vetoing a tax cut. Won’t give ’em a vote, but will give ’em a big wet kiss.
- Despite Gov. Sonny Perdue’s veto of a capital gains cut and business tax credit for new hires, the Legislature did send an important message that it believes in cutting taxes to stimulate the economy, as opposed to Washington’s print money and spend approach. Kudos to state Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) and state Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) for ushering the bill through.
- Georgia’s seventh in foreclosures. It’s fourth in mortgage fraud. Connect the dots.
- Please, Republicans, for goodness sakes, don’t do what Associated Press writer Erica Werner warns about. The president’s trying to reshape “the nation’s health care system to bring down costs and extend coverage to 50 million uninsured people.” But “Republicans could scare the public with images of a system run by bureaucrats.” Don’t. Henceforth, my band of right-wingers is forbidden to suggest that government-run health care might be an unhappy experience.
- Don’t suggest, either, that it’s not a good thing that the Obama administration wants a say in how financial institutions compensate employees, including companies that got no public money. Truth is, that’s not government’s business.
- Why should a mayor have to suspend a police chief for wearing blue jeans after he’d been told to wear “professional attire,” namely his uniform? Jonesboro Mayor Luther Maddox suspended Chief Brad Johnson for five days for insubordination. At some point mature adults stop playing rebellious-child games.
- Now you know. Almost half the federal dollars that politicians are washing over the country were laundered from the bank accounts of future generations. Of every dollar spent, 46 cents is the sum of the quality of life stolen from unborn babies for current consumption. Now who’s greedy?
- John Rosemond’s Saturday columns about ’60s-centered child-rearing is a must read. Grandma wasn’t wrong after all. I could become a Rosemond groupie.
- What a quaint notion: The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, thinks Justice David Souther’s replacement should be committed to the rule of law without regard to “feelings toward a particular person or political group.” Mark me quaint.
- A federal judge in Jacksonville will decide the value of metro Atlanta’s claim to Lake Lanier’s water. Common sense should prevail, with water allocated on these priorities: 1) Drinking. 2) Flood control. 3) Jobs. 4) Power generation. Next case, please.
- The good thing about reading newspapers accumulated during vacation is how efficiently it goes. On Monday, for example, the front-page question is posed: “Can LeBron James and the Cavs be stopped?” By Tuesday we know. The Atlanta Hawks exit the second round of the playoffs in four games. (The swine flu scare is a really quick return-from-vacation read.)
- Legislators who don’t pay taxes shouldn’t be allowed to vote on taxing or spending bills. A new law makes it possible to find out who they are. Good start.
- Living the good life, as expressed by former WAGA-TV newscaster Jim Axel, now residing in Venice, Fla., where he’s battling lung cancer. Said Axel of his broadcasting career: “I was being paid for a job that I loved.” Me, too.