With Jane gone, who’ll we watch?

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

● Gov. Sonny Perdue is absolutely correct in declining to invite the Georgia Association of Educators, a union that represents 43,000 school personnel, to help design Georgia’s proposed reforms in its bid for federal funds under the $4 billion Race to the Top giveaway. The GAE is the state affiliate of the National Education Association union, which vehemently opposes merit pay, school vouchers and other conservative ideas. Its money and endorsements go to Democrats about 90 percent of the time. It’s never endorsed a Republican for president. When the GAE endorses a Republican, that’s a pretty good indicator to primary voters that on education reform, the endorsee is clueless.

● Please, don’t tell President Barack Obama how much former Gov. Roy Barnes is worth. He hates Those People. But wait! It’s OK. He’s a Democrat, a trial lawyer and he doesn’t hold a corporate job. (Both Barnes and Obama made in excess of $5 million last year.)

● Even a goofy amateur terrorist, who the Times Square bomber appears to have been, came close to pulling it off and getting away, despite the no-fly list. Between the die-hards, like those who launched the 9/11 attack on America, and the impressionable goofballs who find sudden purpose to their aimless and meaningless lives in the exhortations of extremists, there’s real terrorism danger on the home front. U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is on to something: He proposes legislation to strip citizenship from American citizens who join foreign terrorist organizations, allowing them to be tried by military tribunals.

● Sure the federal deficit will be less this year. The Bush tax cuts are expiring. Pay now or pay more later. The Associated Press attributes the projected drop in this year’s deficit to $1.56 trillion from $1.786 trillion, to a stronger economy and lower “emergency spending needed to stabilize the financial system and invigorate the recovery.” Assuming, of course, that federal spending did “invigorate the recovery.” The national unemployment rate in March was 9.7 percent. Where are the jobs?

● Frightening Monday headline: “Adult activity fees likely will increase.” But just in Roswell.

● The future is now: Greece, Spain and Portugal. Soon: the USA. Too much public debt. Too many politicians creating entitlements and jobs, and thus buying political support, with the next generation’s money.

● Georgia may be “sold” on the sales tax, but voters should be awfully careful in choosing which ones to approve, since there is a limit to their tolerance. After running up the sales tax pennies, the next step is to expand the base of taxables. Next up: A sales tax on services. As more people drop off the income tax rolls, a tax on consumption is desirable. But an expanded sales tax should, absolutely, be coupled with repeal of the state income tax. Tax consumption, not work. You get what tax policies favor.

● Why is it a surprise that the census counts prisoners where they are rather than where they permanently reside? We do the same for illegals.

● Remember the television commercial originally from the ’60s that was resurrected in the ’90s? The girl, helping mommy in the kitchen, declares: “It’s Shake ’n Bake and I helped.” As I read the post-mortem encomiums on the General Assembly, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed gets the credit for doing the shaking and the baking on the statewide transportation bill. But Sonny helped.

● Dang it. I just knew that if a whole week went by without a Jane sighting reported in Atlanta, she’d be gone. And she is. Jane Fonda’s moving to L.A., leaving metro Atlanta with nobody Really Big to star-gaze. No Jane, but we’ll always have The Loft.

68 comments Add your comment


May 7th, 2010
4:22 pm

No question oldtimer. Our country is fortunate in one way. Our future is playing out in front of us with the troubled European countries. The question is, will the American people demand real conservative change before it’s to late. Novenber’s elections will be a clue.

Churchill's MOM

May 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

RetiredSoldier 4:22 pm

Good to see you’ll be voting for Chuck Donovan rather than Johnny Bailout..


John Galt

May 8th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hanoi Jane hasn’t apologized for hob-nobbing with the enemy. She merely said she was sorry if she offended anyone. That’s not an apology!


May 8th, 2010
6:00 pm

Why don’t you cover one topic and cover it well? My 11-year old nephew could write a more succinct column than the ones you put out week after week. Do you just follow the GOP talking points for the week?
To all the readers who believe his nonsense…I feel sorry for you and I’m glad I moved from the ATL to sunny California to be with my HERO Nancy Pelosi.

Saul Good

May 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

John….perhaps it was “WE” who were the enemy…she should apologize for nothing…it’s those who led innocent men into war who need to apologize to them, their families and all the many innocent people they killed… same goes for Iraq.


May 9th, 2010
12:54 am


Spot on. That’s exactly how I feel about the GAE-NEA, and so good for the Governor. Once again that man has done the right thing.

I used to know Jane Fonda. She’s an oddly endearing person, curiously split between affect and lazy intellect. Mostly she seems perptually bored, but if you can furnish a cause she brightens and energizes. She seems to have learned a lot about Protestantism while she was here; Atlanta’s a good classroom for that. What will come of it, in her life going forward, I couldn’t guess. Jane has a memorable quirk: periodically she swings between periods of breast-beating assertiveness and periods of vulnerable, girlish introversion. She’s charming that way.

Oh well. Good riddance. At least we’ve still got Elton.


May 9th, 2010
1:12 am

Also, Jim, I admire so much Gov. Perdue’s taking on the GAE because it takes guts to stare down those thugs. They would float children facedown on the Hooch if they could gain a bump in pay. I’m proud to have worked for the educators’ unions, but some of these outfits are FUBAR. My Goodness.

I would add that asking them for advice is a fond idea. If you’re trying to build a school (as New Orleans finds itself doing just now), then of course you want teachers at the charrette. But look, if you’re trying to anatomize educational malpractice, don’t empanel the practitioners.


May 10th, 2010
10:29 am


Glad you enjoy California. If you left anything behind, please don’t feel obliged to come back and get it. We will gladly forward it to you. Enjoy yourself now…..Ya hear.


May 10th, 2010
11:45 am

Churchill’s Mom-

I’ll vote for the most conservative candidate that has a chance to be elected.


May 10th, 2010
4:38 pm

Hey, Jim, I see some Repubs are running on the mantra “more jobs, less government”. Where have these people been since Reagan. He couldn’t deliver and neither of the Bush’s could deliver. You don’t think that some of us are so gullible as to think the swash buckling conservatives of today are any different. As they say, same stuff, different day.

Jesus luvs Cannabis

May 10th, 2010
5:08 pm

I made the herb to take the edge of conservatives, smoke-up haters…..


May 10th, 2010
5:18 pm

Sorry, Jim, but unless vouchers are provided with a corresponding call for eliminating the public education system, they are NOT a “conservative idea.” Instead, they are the worst of liberal ideas: Setting the stage for separate, unequal and parallel public education systems. When you look around one day and see two duplicative systems being administered side by side, blame the neo-con dolts who have fallen for such idiocy.


May 11th, 2010
4:22 pm


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May 11th, 2010
5:07 pm

…excuse my spastic fingers, Barry. Iwas trying to say two things; that your point about the marriage of public schooling and Leralism strikes as valid in that mass schooling manifestly is the principal instrumentality of an ideolgy of collective progress, the chief creed of liberals; however, second, since Pierce v. Society of Sisters case (1926?) and the subsequent Amish cases respecting education, the Supreme Court has green-lighted parallel, private systems–especially old, sectarian ones that compete with state operations. This latter point illustrates why I never bought the argument of voucher advocates that the public systems constitute a monlithic monopoly.

Further, the diverse public systems are operated by countless authorized subdivisions of 50 states. To Jefferson that sort of dispersal of educational power was a good thing, as he of course counted the principle of Federalism. For J.S. Mill, the libertarian and proto-Pragmatist, it the distribution of educational authority, long before government and labor had fixed the game in favor of the public sector, beautifully exemplified the ideal of multiple experiments in search of optimal relations.

For my own part I’ll never betray the idea of common schooling but I do agree with you that it should be both curtailed and improved through competing forces. On this, even Jefferson and Mill probably could agree. But limiting those forces, as voucher plans would do, to mere market forces untethered to the commonweal would, I fear, tend toward scarcification of the product–all of which brings me full circle. We can have a lot of mostly shoddy product from an unthreatened public sector, or little of a superior product from a still fairly fettered private sector, or else we could untertake the difficult work of figuring how best to strike flint against steel so that both the steely and the flinty education sectors might catch fire.


May 12th, 2010
3:31 pm

Morons like the Governor who is personally getting involved in DOT projects in his home county so his land will go up in value.

Republican’s rip off the people……the Governor is a prime example.


May 12th, 2010
7:21 pm

Keep teachers out of education reform, and leave it to the politicians, (but only conservative politicians). Sounds like a great idea! Maybe we should keep engineers from designing automobiles and let accountants do it (but only the meanest, stingiest bean counters of the bunch). That will produce some mighty fine driving machines!


May 12th, 2010
10:55 pm

Actually sounds like a really bad idea–which sentiment I expect you’re after. My dream come true, I’d empanel a a coupule of publlic school teachers, a private school one, a student representatitive of each of the two sectors, and an an administrator and a parent from each–depending upon whether you seek aggreement upon content, facilicities, or policy control.

But basically that’s my Rx equivallent of “take two aspirin and call me in the morning”. It’s amazing, but in some jurisdictions this straightforward prescription could get you knee-capped. As in, waking up in the hospital with your patellae blasted away for good. The money’s that huge, if you get around to messing with it.

Limp for life, in consideration of cheese. The alernative is to be handed your own final shovel. That’s the lovely NEA at its real cutting edge. They’re killers. They’re ticked off about the old thugs once sent against them; they’re determined never again to be tthe underdog in that regard; witht the de-feminization of the field came new demands for parity and a new militancy; and finally the domineering teachers unions, NEA and AFT (AFT-CIO) pulled more electoral clout, GOTV, as the mighty Teamsters did.

So, see how how this might have come to happen?

Great speckled Bird Man.

May 20th, 2010
9:40 am

Jane ain’t going to be missed. I can remember when she posed for the North veitnam posters setting on their guns. Her and John Cary are a disgrece to this country, you cannot wipe that shame off of them. The sonner she stops breathing our air in Ga, the better.