Archive for September, 2010

2,300 ‘jobs’ lost never were for real

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

● National Democrats, frightened by the prospect that voters will throw them out of power in Congress, launch a new strategy, according to The New York Times. It’s to scour the public records and other sources to find trash on Republican challengers. This is “an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Barack Obama and his party,” the newspaper reports. Once the sleaze starts, there’s no stopping. Democrats here even targeted a smear job at Jason Shepherd, who’s running for the Georgia House against incumbent Democrat Rep. Terry Johnson of Marietta. It all centers on Shepherd’s decision to abandon his father’s surname following his parents’ divorce — but, of course, the smut-searchers found something sinister in it. For goodness sakes, trashing a 34-year-old in a race far removed from Congress and national politics. It’s why good people avoid …

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Absent dads to blame for dropouts

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● The consequences of ending the military draft are becoming readily apparent. Politicians, entertainers and opinion leaders who have no clue about the military are insisting on the end to “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Heavens, even the clueless Lady Gaga joins the parade.

But, of course, if one intends to use the military primarily for humanitarian and other low-stress missions, social engineering is more understandable. It’s not surprising that an administration that’s using NASA to make Muslims feel good about their contributions to science has its own agendas for the military.

● Headline: “Austell residents ask for more upscale stores.” Mommy, where do upscale stores come from? Once, my dear, free markets created them. Now? Let’s pressure the politicians.

● It’s really quite remarkable how much blame-shifting to the public schools occurs. The Schott Foundation, based in Cambridge, Mass., checks the numbers on high school …

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‘Responsibility’ is more than talk

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● Admittedly I’m OD’d on people who buy in a floodplain, forgo flood insurance, and then expect taxpayers to bail them out. Same for people who buy overpriced homes they can’t afford and then expect lenders to write down their mortgages or taxpayers to subsidize their irresponsibility. Same with politicians who “take responsibility” for some disaster, but never resign or accept other punishment. This is to say Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal just went up a notch in my book. He has serious financial troubles as a result of a bad investment in his child’s business, but he mans up to his debt and vows to make the sacrifices necessary — which may include the loss of his home — to make good his debt. I respect and admire a man who’ll accept responsibility when the consequences are painful. Those are the values this culture craves.

● The Tea Party’s right. Defunding Obamacare should be conservatives’ — and …

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A price for disrespecting majority

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● Before ObamaCare becomes a disaster for America, it’ll be a political disaster for national Democrats. Realclearpolitics.com tracks polls around the country. With any luck at all, Nancy Pelosi will be toppled in the House. That requires a 39-seat gain by Republicans. Projections by the experts are of a 37-47 seat pick-up. One could be U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon, and in a tsunami, one or two others in Georgia. In the U.S. Senate, projected GOP gains are 8 seats, and possibly enough to gain majority. Even California is in play. There is a price to be paid for disrespecting the will of the majority, as the Dems did on ObamaCare, and for playing political games with the stimulus.

● No local government should get so antsy to develop the GM site at Doraville that it’s tempted to bankroll the deal. It’s a grand site. The free market will work. Politicians, whether in metro Atlanta or in Washington, rarely do more than hasten …

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‘Don’t tell, don’t ask’ about school system’s cheating probe

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● Georgia’s sex offender registry is said to be “full of errors.” It’s a government program. The fleas come with the dog.

● Ah, I was wrong about the Atlanta public school system’s cheating investigation. It wasn’t “don’t ask, don’t tell.” It was “don’t tell, don’t ask.”

● The Cobb County Commission’s trying to decide whether to put a 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax on the ballot in March or November of next year — in advance of the 1-cent regional transportation tax that’ll be on the ballot in 2012.

A tax proposal that’s not on a general election ballot, when turnout is highest, should be defeated as a matter of principle. Don’t play games.

● Just what a school board trying to fix a problem needs: The DeKalb County state legislative delegation announces that it’ll form a review committee “to assist” the district in responding to accreditation questions raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and …

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