Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● Tiger Woods is right, but then he’s a mere celebrity public figure and not one who holds a position of public trust. Said Woods: “No matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. … Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.” To that, I would add one’s sexual preferences. We don’t need to know who’s doing what unless the public business is involved.
● The apparently unsuccessful Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has life’s priorities straight. On a “too close to call” election night, she announced that the results wouldn’t be known for hours — so she climbed in her car and went home, presumably to get some sleep. Why keep supporters hanging around until the wee hours when Wednesday’s a work day? Three pollsters got this one right.
● China sought to temper public anger about the sale of contaminated baby formula by executing a dairy farmer and a milk salesman. The Wall Street capitalists scapegoated by the American Left should take heed. Here they lose their companies; there they lose their lives.
● When a blue-chip company like the Sea Island Co. hands over the deed to a 3,000-acre planned community to lender Wells Fargo & Co. , it’s evidence that even the rich are reeling, too. The Frederica project was intended by designers to be “Pebble Beach of the East.” Frederica lots fetched more than $2 million each three or four years ago. When this Congress finds out that “the rich” don’t have the resources to support their spending, the IRS will come for the “wealth” of the middle class.
● It’s a silly law that would require Wal-Mart to register with the Georgia Secretary of State to sell funeral merchandise — caskets specifically — online in Georgia. Republicans should rid this state of laws enacted on behalf of the various industries, trades and professions that are intended primarily to stifle competent competitors by controlling entry.
● The problem with having “free” money lying around — a dime in federal money that’s “free” if you’ll spend a dollar of yours — is that some clever soul will find a way to spend the dime and obligate the dollar. That’s what Georgia’s Department of Transportation board chairman, Bill Kuhlke, is attempting when he proposes to spend $87 million earmarked for the Atlanta-Lovejoy commuter rail line on a downtown Atlanta bus/rail station.
● Barack Obama is a text-message president. His speeches have no particular foundation in anything that precedes or follows. In his West Point address, for example, he accused the former administration of denying or ignoring requests for more troops. “Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the re-emergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive,” he speechified. Responded former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response. I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.”
● It is tacky and disrespectful of the Office of the President for the Commander-in-Chief to assemble his troops, as Obama did at West Point, and use the occasion to trash their former Commander-in-Chief. This is the action of a small-bore leader.
● Hmmm. Troops are to arrive and exit Afghanistan almost simultaneously. What could prompt such a bizarre use of force? Ah, yes, the troops are programmed to start their exit just in time for the next presidential campaign. That’s a shameful way to commit the lives of those in uniform.
We couldn’t salvage the old East Lake Meadows public housing project in a single year. This is not a policy to win a war; it’s a policy to win an election. With Obama — on health care and national security, for example —the glory’s now, the disaster is for some future president to deal with.