Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
The federal “stimulus” program has been good for sign painters. Every project connected with it has a sign informing us that it was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Surely the six Marietta police officers to be hired with the money will wear shirts identifying them as gifts of the Obama Administration. No? Wait until election year.
Progress is noted in Fulton County. Juries now give death sentences to some of those who deserve it. For 25 years murders who deserved capital punishment could count on a free pass. What’s changed? Juries identify with the victims.
Opponents of single-payer government-run health care have the month of August to convince Congress and the Obama Administration that there’ll be a high political price to pay for their radicalism. That’s why Saturday’s Centennial Olympic Park protest, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and those that confront politicians likely to support the health care cram-down are so important. Swastikas and other such symbols, whether painted by those who oppose the cram-down or those who wish to portray opponents as extremists, are distractions.
Politicians lack the discipline to do it, but there’s merit in having a rainy-day fund that allows state and local governments to fund needed road improvements, building maintenance and other projects during economic downturns when bargains are available. Eighty-six just-bid DOT projects expected to cost $341 million came in at $213.8 million. The Cobb Board of Education demonstrates the problem with having a pot of money. It spent cash reserves to avoid furloughing employees.
Alaska legislators override former Gov. Sarah Palin’s rejection of $28 million in “stimulus” money. Politicians. No discipline, no principle when it comes to “free” money. Dangle money and politicians will perform any dance to any tune.
No. No. No. Not to worry. The House health care bill doesn’t “include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide,” the Los Angeles Times soothingly reassures. It gives those on Medicare an option to sit with a physician every five years and plan for the end of life. That provision, it’s noted, “is endorsed by the AARP,” an interest group that favors the Democratic agenda.
The South Georgia man who didn’t cause the pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a child won’t have to pay $10,000 in assessed child support. Women who get public assistance or seek child support from men who aren’t their husbands should be required to submit the names of possible offenders. Each of those named would be required to submit to DNA testing. Women who can’t or won’t identify the real offender should be liable to the state for rei bursement. No innocent should pay a dime.
Schools that are working “green” into the curriculm could just as easily choose any other real or presumed virtue. Try “thrift” or “marriage” or “patriotism” or any other non-academic propaganda that will produce better, more responsible citizens a quarter century from now.
Oldsters are needed to translate a foreign language spoken by Emory benefactor Grace Crum Rollins who with her late husband, O. Wayne Rollins, gave substantially to the university’s public health school, most recently $50 million in 2007. Mrs. Rollins, who died this week at 98, once said they’d started without “enough money to buy a used breakfast set.” Then she added this peculiar foreign-language sentence: “And of course we never bought anything on credit.” Translation, please. Isn’t the object of life to max out the credit cards and to use homes as ATMs ?
Ask a partisan Democrat whether President Obama’s assertion that “we’ve rescued our economy from catastrophe” is true and you’re likely to get the response we got from Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond: Yes. I’m with economics Professor Dwight R. Lee of Southern Methodist University, and formerly of UGA. In Obama’s shoes, I’d claim credit, too, said the professor. “I would ignore the ability of market economies to recover from recessions without increased government spending and fail to mention that little of the economic stimulus money has yet been spent, or that when it is spent, most of it will do more to stimulate voting blocs and stimulate the economy.” Ouch! Dead on.