Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic.
● If those in power in Washington use “budget reconciliation” to cram down ObamaCare, bitter hyper-partisanship will be the norm at least through the rest of the Obama presidency. Unfortunately without genuine, sustained outrage at the grassroots, Washington’s gone deaf.
● The top U.S. Marine, Gen. James Conway, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his best advice to the president and to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on “don’t ask, don’t tell” would be to “keep the law such as it is.” Any effort to lift the ban should, he said, answer the question: “Do we somehow enhance the war-fighting capability of the U.S. Marine Corps by allowing homosexuals to serve openly?” In polls, just less than 60 percent of the public disagrees with Conway. No surprise. Just less than 10 percent of this country has ever served in the military. Top Army and Air Force officers urge caution.
● Polling for CNN finds that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, thinks the federal government is so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to our rights. Count me among them. I am deeply distrustful of the fair exercise of tax and regulatory power by a government that owns a major stake in private-sector companies. The distrust is deepened when powerful constituencies of those in power — the United Auto Workers, for example — share ownership. I’m equally distrustful of “science” driven by activists’ agendas.
● Yes, I want my tax money spent to challenge an administration that refuses to allow Georgia to use Social Security numbers and driver’s license data to verify that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. States really should get more aggressive in challenging federal bureaucratic decisions that appear to be driven by political agendas. Georgia’s challenge will be heard in the D.C. Circuit.
● Brother, can you spare $4.27 million? I’d like to buy the Flatiron Building on Peachtree which is, with the nearby Candler Building, one of the most charming in metro Atlanta. Always wanted an office there. It’s for sale.
● The Raleigh school system buses children from middle class to low-income districts and vice versa. Voters were so angry that they elected four opposition candidates. The new board canceled the cockamamie program Tuesday. When family income prompts social engineering with school children, the proper response is this: If done by a school board, vote them out. If done by a state judge, vote him or her out. If done by a federal judge, change the system. Enact money-follows-the-child vouchers and other alternatives. Support home schooling. Move. Take your child elsewhere.
● The federal government that cured poverty in America is now going to spend $900 million to cure the problem of school dropouts. What a waste. Georgia should cut a state and local dollar for every federal dollar committed here. Once again this truth: Until the marriage problem is solved, the resulting social problems won’t be.
● U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s presence at President Obama’s jobs photo-op in Savannah Tuesday prompts questions about whether he’s put himself at political risk. Shouldn’t. Obama is president and respect for the office obligates the local congressman’s presence. It’s not like the situation in Florida where GOP Gov. Charlie Crist’s high-flying U.S. Senate fortunes sank after he hugged the president and endorsed the $862 billion stimulus.
● The post office continues to lose money — a projected $238 billion over 10 years. Ending Saturday delivery is a possibility. Fine. Do it. Go to three days a week. Mail delivery is no longer central to our business and social lives.