Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● Most of the conversation in the gubernatorial campaigns was nearly irrelevant to the real needs of Georgia and to the task that awaits either Democrat Roy Barnes or Republican Nathan Deal. Where now? Here’s what voters should demand:
● Atlanta Public Schools’ new motto, provided by an unidentified principal who was told that CRCT test cheating was goosing up the illusion of education achievement: “Shhhhh.” Question: Should the superintendent go? Answer: Of course. Cheating reveals widespread grass-roots corruption. The chain of authority knew or should have known. Atlanta Public Shhhhhools.
● You just knew the first place the Obama administration would find to cut would be national defense.
● The near riot at East Point is a reminder that when free money’s being handed out, a crowd will gather. So it is with voting. Convince people that politicians are the key to their well-being, and they’ll mass at polling places.
● There’s no disputing that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs knows his party’s base. Said he of the “professional left”: “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian health care and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon” to which he added “that’s not reality.” But, alas, this Congress is not checked by the real-world experiences of Main Street.
● Cobb County lays off 700 teachers and rehires 600. Hope that the 100 are the least competent. But wait. Those employed in the public schools may wind up rolling in cash. Congress just agreed to transfer $26 billion in quality of life from the unborn to protect its public-sector unions from the economic winds. Georgia’s due to get $322 million from the theft. Rehire all deadwood.
● The University System of Georgia reports that one in four freshmen requires remedial instruction and, of those, one in four will graduate within six years. High school graduates not ready for college should be sent to the private sector for remedial instruction. That’s no way to spend public money. An alternative would be to bill local systems for every student retaking high school courses.