Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
Ah, it’s the old “some people say” routine, prized by opinionated journalists, academics and politicians caught expressing thoughts deemed to be offensive. Academics Keith Jennings and William Boone, authors of a memo that Big Name politicians called racist and bigoted for detailing how blacks could beat a popular white candidate and keep control of city hall, declared this week that they were merely relaying the thoughts of some unnamed blacks. “We would never suggest such a thing,” said Jennings.
Cities, counties and states rise to greatness – or don’t – because leaders emerge – or don’t – when they’re most needed. That was true of Atlanta with Ivan Allen, DeKalb County with Scott Candler and Cobb County with Ernest Barrett. And it’s true of Gwinnett County with the two Waynes – Wayne Hill and Wayne Shackelford, the latter of whom died this week at the age of 75. Shackelford was a visionary who also served Georgia well as Department of Transportation commissioner. The county leaders all put in infrastructure to accommodate growth, something Shackelford tried to do for Georgia, too.
The perception of crime in Atlanta is that somebody will kill an 80-year-old woman trying to work a job for $2. That can’t possibly be true.
A Gwinnett man allegedly slaps a stranger’s wailing 2-year-old at the Stone Mountain Wal-Mart. Make room in the rogue’s gallery, Michael Vick. Company’s coming.
Georgia’s budget problems have elicited class conduct from leaders. Members of the Georgia Supreme Court join Gov. Sonny Perdue in taking the unpaid furloughs that are being required of those who punch a time clock. Judges will take three unpaid days before the end of the year.
Cash for Clunkers, the $3 billion gift from unborn taxpayers to today’s consumers and auto companies, had big winners: Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The three, with 34 percent U.S. market share in the first seven months of 2009, sold 41 percent of the clunker-deal cars. Detroit, previously with 45 percent market share, sold 38.6. Ford, my favorite American nongovernment car company, did well. Its clunker-deal share was 14.4 percent, up from 13 percent market share.
Headline: “Lottery funds can’t keep up with HOPE.” Here’s an option: Parents could resort to a practice once popular among their parents and grandparents. They could save and thus reduce their dependency on government. It really shouldn’t be taxpayers’ obligation, anyway, to give book and fee subsidies to college students. The solution is not to be more inventive in finding ways to induce poor people to gamble.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is the leader America needs again. Wonder if he’d consent to run again? Said he of the current attorney general’s decision to begin the process that could lead to criminal charges against CIA agents for interrogating suspected terrorists: “I just think it’s an outrageous precedent to set, to have this kind of, I think, intensely partisan, politicized look back at the prior administration.” Eric Holder’s decision is an “outrageous political act that will do great damage, long term.”
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, seeking to undo an outrageous political act perpetrated by his state’s Democratic legislators to keep former Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, from picking the Senate successor to U.S. Sen. John Kerry when, God forbid, he would be elected president, now wants to change the law back to the way it was. That would let him pick a successor to Sen. Edward Kennedy. Voters will do that on Jan. 19. Almost everything politicians do for political advantage comes back to haunt their friends.