Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● 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 development that would occur otherwise — unless, of course, it’s a purely reckless adventure. Cash for clunkers. Home mortgage tax credits. Both moved some purchases forward, but not much else.
● When the interest groups that prowl around public agencies start complaining about those appointed to head them, as they did when DeKalb District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming was appointed as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, my immediate reaction is that the agency and the interest groups are too cozy. Their complaint is that she’s not a known environmental activist. All the rest of us want in those officials is the ability to enforce laws and regulations with ability, balance and common sense.
● Douglas County officials made the right call in dropping charges against a 71-year-old illegal immigrant who ran up $400,000 in medical bills on county taxpayers’ tab while awaiting trial on drug charges. Actually, the feds responsible for protecting the borders should pick up those tabs.
● Headline on ajc.com: “Snooki charged with being annoying.” If that’s a crime, metro Atlanta’s highways are crime-ridden. In an Allstate Insurance ranking of American cities, Atlanta’s drivers have been fingered as being among the least safe. Those who drive the interstates know that. Leave a half-car gap on I-75 and somebody will fill it.
● President Barack Obama promised as a candidate to be a post-partisan chief executive. He was just stacking words, of course. Turns out the real post-partisan chief executive is Gov. Sonny Perdue, who just appointed state Rep. Rob Teilhet of Smyrna, a Democrat defeated in a primary race for attorney general, to head the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. And he’s not even from Houston or a neighboring Middle Georgia county.
● The good news about the public defender council vacancy is that its former director, Mack Crawford, an independent-minded and principled Republican who previously represented West Georgia in the General Assembly, was appointed by Perdue to the Superior Court bench in Fayette County. In the spirit of post-partisanship, it should be noted, too, that Obama has made a first-rate appointment to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. That would be Judge Steve C. Jones of Athens, who now serves on the Superior Court bench for Clarke and Oconee counties. He’s awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate, which should come promptly.
● Friends should tell former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young that his once-superb judgment in commenting on public issues is failing him. After the rapper T.I. was arrested for making an illegal U-turn in West Hollywood, Young opined: “When a black man is stopped and is not speeding, you call that driving while black.” Indict the cops.