Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
The Georgia General Assembly, following the precedent the DOT might be willing to set, ought to consider a tax on use of the state Capitol, occupancy of college dorms and classrooms, and ridership of trains, planes and buses. Why? To give politicians more money to spend, of course. DOT chairman Bill Kuhlke says the board will consider lifting the ban on charging tolls for already-built, and paid-for, roads. If we can pay twice for roads, why not other paid-for facilities?
It is shocking that the National Superintendent of the Year, Atlanta’s Beverly Hall, refuses to acknowledge that subordinates cheated on the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and commendable of Gov. Sonny Perdue to take her to task for living in denial.
But wait! The higher required national minimum wage — up to $7.25 per hour this July 24th from $5.85 two years ago — was supposed to mean more pay. But the average wage small business pays to its employees is down sharply, from $28,963 in June 2008 to $25,556 this June, proving that government can mandate wages, but it cannot mandate jobs. Anything that politicians do that imposes higher costs on business, especially small businesses, comes at somebody’s expense. Cap-and-trade. The health care financing train wreck. Job killers for mom-and-pop.
Headline: “Lenox Square signs seven new concepts.” Pardon me. I’ve been down on the farm and may have missed something new and modern, but is a “concept” a retail store? The concept, as I once understood it, was that they sell, you buy.
Headline for the ages: “Railroader loved his career.” Railroaders and old-line Delta employees.
Shocker headline over pro baseball story: “Fans feel prices too high.” Save headline for reuse over concerts and other performances story. Even UGA football feels the pinch. When Georgians give up their college football, the economy’s worse than the 10.1 percent unemployment would suggest. For baseball, attendance is down 6 percent while ticket prices are up 5. Sometimes charging less produces more. Ask Wal-Mart.
Sound advice from the Pet of the Week column: The rat terrier mix up for adoption “probably will chase cats and small children so she would be best in a home with neither.”
Every male who causes life should be responsible for child support. But if there’s no missing material fact in the experience of Frank Hatley of Cook County, he’s a terribly wronged man, jailed for failing to pay support for a child not his, as proven by DNA testing.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s rope-a-dope weaving on past statements and her decision in the case of the New Haven firefighters are a reminder of how difficult it can be to pin down discrimination. Most of the nation’s liberals are only capable of seeing it in the South. It’s a reminder, too, as Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) pointed out that there’s nothing the Senate can do when a nominee says one thing in confirmation hearings and does something else on the Supreme Court.
Congress has no credibility. Anybody who believes that the Democrats’ health care financing scheme won’t result in high-cost government-run health care isn’t paying attention. We’re lulled in by the promise that “the rich,” private employers, and hospital and physician efficiencies, the drug and insurance industries — always somebody else — will pay the tab. Better care for more people at less overall cost is a fantasy. As the Congressional Budget Office points out, the House bill, priced at $1.3 trillion over 10 years, is back-loaded, starting at $84 billion for the first four years and reaching $254 billion by 2019. It’s a killer.
Will Sarah Palin, retiring Alaska governor, darling of conservatives, opt for a third party run? That would be understandable, but counter-productive, assuring the re-election of Barack Obama. No third party candidacies for me. Ross Perot got us Bill Clinton.