Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● Leadership on the spill: This president stacks words the way a college freshman stacks beer cans — sometimes creatively, sometimes artistically, often boastfully and sometimes to impressive heights. But ultimately, they’re just empty vessels.
● In the tragic account of the teenage twins accused of murdering their mother, this is the full reference in nearly a full page of the difficulties of raising two out-of-control daughters: “She [the murdered mother] had raised them alone for years; their father was not a presence in their lives.” The greatest mistake females of child-bearing age make is to make babies with males who are so easily written out of their life stories.
● D.C. Royalty: The district office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi costs taxpayers $18,736 per month, reports Roll Call and Fox News.
● While Georgia Board of Regents Chancellor Erroll Davis is to be commended for instructing college presidents to abide by the law and to make certain that illegals pay out-of-state tuition, and while President Barack Obama is, symbolically, policing the borders by sending 1,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, they point to the source of the public’s greatest irritation with those in authority. It’s the belief that when the heat’s off, immigration-related laws are nullified and replaced with symbolic enforcement. Government has no credibility on illegal immigration.
● News from the “Y’all Are Making This Up, Aren’t You?” Department: A 66-year-old chief Superior Court judge in Fayette County, now resigned, was caught having sex with an assistant public defender, 49. In a car. Parked in a subdivision. After which, she represented 225 defendants in his courtroom. No foul, reports the district attorney’s investigators. In a car? Parked in a subdivision?
● The Georgia Association of Educators declines to endorse a candidate for governor in the primary. Question: If unionists won’t bell that cow, how will we know which one to watch?
● As several readers point out, Emily’s List can’t be expected to promote conservative women in public office, as I urged last week, because it only funnels women’s money to Democratic women who oppose the pro-life view. The point to remember: Know what organizations are actually promoting and doing when they profess to advocate for women, the elderly, veterans, children, education, police, firefighters and other popular wallet-openers.
● There is a solution to the problem of states, including Georgia, “relying more on feds to pay state bills,” as the Sunday headline notes: (1) Congress should stop mandating programs for states to fund; (2) the feds should stop sucking states dry of tax resources so that state and local governments could have the tax capacity to fund local and state priorities.
● Wow! In Atlanta, $28.77 of money raised per child for education goes to staff travel. In Clayton, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett, it’s about $11 or less. During this budget-crunching period, hand-wringers say any cuts to “education” inevitably lead to front-line teacher layoffs and diminished quality. T’aint necessarily so. It should be a time to get rid of weak teachers and the least-productive spending so that schools emerge better on the other side.
● Good to see that taxpayer champion John Sherman, president of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation, is getting the attention and respect his work for the last 15 years warrants. Most do-gooders trying to modernize and reduce the costs of government get worn down by politicians and bureaucrats until they slink away, exhausted. He has the stamina and the determination to fight on against the odds, and despite setbacks, just as Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos and a few others did — until they prevailed.