Please don’t come tax my co-cola
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
- Holy cow! A deficit that’s more than the combined sum of all previous deficits since the founding of America, a deficit equal to three-fourths of the American economy? That’s what we have to look forward to over the next decade. After this administration’s tax collectors come for the rich, and find that insufficient, they’re coming for you. Bet on it. With that, everybody stands before the tax man as “the rich.”
- The absence of 73,800 people “missing” from Georgia’s year-ago labor force is described as an enigma. Here’s an often-overlooked fact: People are very good at determining what’s in their financial interest — and acting. They move. That’s how we filled Gwinnett, Forsyth and Cherokee in the ’80s and ’90s. Those reported “missing” from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey turned up here.
- Twenty-five million dollars in scholarships to 25,000 kids. Even without his other good deeds, that’s not a bad life accomplishment for Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy.
- East Point’s getting it together. Officials have a plan for getting out of debt. And as another example of adults-in-charge, city council has adopted a policy that ends Councilman Clyde Mitchell’s practice of hiring off-duty city police officers for his private security firm. Truth is, no public official should be hiring anybody’s public employees for off-duty jobs.
- Public officials — U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, in this instance — should never hold no-bid contracts with any federal, state, county or local government or authority. Deal and a partner are involved in a program supervised by the Georgia Department of Revenue that earned them $1.5 million between 2004 and 2008. The White Hat Award in this arrangement goes to state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham, who tried to reform the system.
- An Atlanta man mowing his Kirkwood neighborhood lawn was shot three times by a man who demanded money. What do you suppose the odds are that the shooter had a license to carry the weapon — more or less than the odds of winning the lottery?
- Georgia’s only corn ethanol plant, First United Ethanol LLC of Camilla, could go bankrupt, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. I’ll never be convinced that putting food in the gas tank makes sense.
- Here’s the good news of privatization of government services: Fulton County has fired a company called Georgia House Arrest for failing to properly monitor a 17-year-old murder suspect who was then accused of committing other serious crimes. The company was fired for nonperformance. When’s the last time a group of people on the public payroll were fired for nonperformance? I can’t remember it happening, either.
- It would take some considerable gall for a group called the Southeastern Federal Power Customers, consisting of nearly two dozen electric membership cooperatives and municipal utilities, to sue to recover $59 million they contend they overpaid for power from Buford Dam because of water diverted for human consumption. They bought cheap power subsidized by the American taxpayer.
- Think the health care debate has divided America? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait until President Barack Obama’s administration, via a special prosecutor, starts to bring charges against members of the CIA for allegedly “torturing” suspected terrorists. This president cannot stand up to pressure from his party’s loony left to settle old scores with George W. Bush.
- Cash for Clunkers to be followed by Cash for More Energy Efficient Appliances? After subsidizing cars and appliances, the next round will be to subsidize tofu, bean sprouts and other foods that this government wants us to eat, with revenues to be derived from taxing what all newcomers to Georgia call “sodas,” but are more properly known as “soft drinks,” or among friends and family, “co-colas.”