Archive for February, 2010

Get ready for the debt tsunami

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

● Forbes magazine identifies Cleveland as America’s city of greatest misery. The conclusion is based on unemployment, taxes, violent crime, commute times and other factors in cities with a population greater than 245,000. Pray tell why Georgia would spend public money to poach jobs from desperate fellow citizens? A story noting that in the past eight months three Ohio firms, two of them from Cleveland and one from Dayton, moved two headquarters and one production line to metro Atlanta was headlined “Ohio’s pain is Georgia’s gain.” As Americans, we have nothing to gain from the joblessness of our fellow citizens. And besides, with drinking water and traffic congestion problems here, why are we giving tax breaks to entice domestic-employer relocations?

● Georgia must prepare its finances for the coming tsunami of federal debt, which of course will be offloaded to the states. A possible outcome of the D.C. …

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This Speaker looks to be the cure

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● If people in North Fulton want to reconstitute Milton County, so be it. The General Assembly should give them the chance — assuming they pay their share of Fulton County debt incurred before the split. I’ve come to believe that having a government that will listen and honor the will of the governed is reason enough to form new cities — or, when they’re viable, counties. And, likewise, when local governments get unable to support themselves, they should merge.

● Zero tolerance for weapons in the schools is a policy that doesn’t need fixing by the General Assembly. It’s amazing how much parents teach children that they’re right and the “system” is wrong.

● Oh, America. Get up off the therapist’s couch. Headlines: “Asians-Americans, MARTA reconciled. Tears, hugs, apologies as transit agency drops ‘Yellow’ as line’s name.” The tragedy of unintended insensitivity averted.

● Cobb and …

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Stimulus is growing government

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● Yuk. Yuk. Yuk. The left’s delight in depicting conservative leaders as their intellectual inferiors — Sarah Palin’s key word notes on her hand at the Tea Party convention being their latest evidence — prompts the question: What have those of superior intellect in Washington done to pull America out of its economic slump, to make us more secure, to establish trust or to connect with us?

● Toyota’s troubles — and the fact that it is a competitor to the car companies owned by the U.S. government and the auto workers’ union — present a real conflict of interest. The government has the power to destroy Toyota in America, and the unions have the power to destroy their competitor, Ford Motor Co. There oughta be a law that neither government nor the union can own more than 5 percent of a company whose fortunes are affected by their actions or marketplace-affecting decisions.

● The proper reaction to …

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$114.83 of gas in one day? Really?

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

● What do Barack Obama and TV newscasters have in common? Both speak words on current events that don’t reflect their beliefs. “We simply cannot continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences; as if waste doesn’t matter; as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money; as if we can ignore this challenge for another generation” he emoted. “We can’t.”

● I’m sick of public officials who exploit the perks of office, especially the little stuff like cars and gasoline. DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis visited one gas station three times in one day, using his district-issued credit card to buy gas in the sums of $32.83, $32 and $50. Explanation: He accidentally put premium in the tank, pumped it out and refilled with regular, drove to visit his mother in Monticello, and then refilled. If I’m on the DeKalb school board, he’s outta here. …

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