By Jim Wooten
Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● No, it’s true that President Obama is not “ignoring calls for tort reform and changes in medical malpractice laws.” Trial lawyers are a key constituency of the Democratic Party, which largely explains why party leaders have chosen to ignore this potential cost savings.
Here, though, backed into a corner, the president proposes “demonstration projects.” Long, slow test runs on tort reform. Quick, radical remake for one-sixth of the nation’s economy.
● Anybody seen ACORN? The organization may be off to Afghanistan, where the main headline reports “Karzai’s vote lead clouded.” A smaller headline explains: “Fraud suspected in more than a quarter of all Afghan votes.”
● These are tough times for the left-leaning ACORN. Two independent investigators with hidden cameras, posing as a pimp and a prostitute, caught ACORN staffers giving advice on how to get housing help while skirting the law. The investigators pretended to have a scheme to bring underage girls from El Salvador for prostitution.
This is a group that helped elect Barack Obama, is widely accused of voter-registration fraud, and would have grown richer and more powerful off public money in this administration. It would have had a prominent role in the 2010 census before exposes caused the feds to sever the relationship.
● Maybe it’s just for a single day, but rejoice that the Standard Language of the South is back! This was the ajc.com headline over a story about an advocacy group’s push to impose a tax of one-cent per ounce on what the wire service reporter referred to as “sodas and other sweetened beverages”: “Group pushes tax on soft drinks.” Yes!
To transplants, they’re “sodas.” To native Southerners, they’re “soft drinks.” Note to transplants: Mess up traffic, not language.
● In Houston County, the District Attorney is filing charges against parents from other counties who enroll their children in Houston schools. Don’t put me on this jury. The money should follow the child and parents should be able to enroll their children in schools near where they work, near a caregiver or near any other more convenient place.
● Looking for a marriageable date? Hang out in Forsyth County. It ranks sixth nationally in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds earning more than $100,000 per year. Or better yet, go to the seat of all wealth in America: Government, Inc. Two suburbs of Washington rank first and second.
● You’re old Atlanta if you remember when the city’s mayoral race was the talk of metro Atlanta and even of Georgia. Now Dunwoody’s suburban neighbor prepares to pick a successor to Mayor Shirley Franklin and the candidates are almost as anonymous as those who vie to run the cities on the perimeter.
● Republicans missed a real opportunity when they came to power under the Gold Dome. More of them should have become the accountability and oversight watchdogs that State Rep. Jill Chambers of DeKalb County is with MARTA.
Before the GOP took possession of programs, they should have spent the hours in research that she has in trying to hold MARTA’s feet to the fire. She questions, for example, why MARTA plans to spend $492,000 over three years on consultants to lobby for more state money.
● An explanatory why-they-run headline: “City council candidate wants incumbent out.”
● The Joe Wilson flap, taken nuclear by former President Jimmy Carter and others on the left, is a reminder that liberals really do believe that they and their policy positions are morally superior. By demonizing opponents as racists, they claim quite sanctimoniously that those who oppose them have no legitimate basis for their arguments.
The race card is the liberals’ Saturday night special – a cheap weapon to pop off into a crowd they don’t like.