Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● President Obama says he’s not on the ballot but his agenda is. True. Vote accordingly, top to bottom.
● A recent poll suggests that a third of potential voters in congressional elections are undecided. Nobody paying the slightest attention to this Congress and to the direction it’s taking this country could be undecided. Undecideds are those who wish to conceal their preferences.
● Critics contend that gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has produced too little legislation in Congress. Good. Democrats controlled Congress during most of his time there. Health care. Housing. The economy. Energy. It’s hard to think of a situation Congress hasn’t made or couldn’t make worse.
● The archaic practices difficult to reform are those that serve the interests of politicians. Case in point: Gwinnett County, where Commissioner Kevin Kenerly was indicted on a charge of perjury in a county land-purchase deal. Former Commission Chairman Charles Bannister avoided indictment by resigning on Oct. 8. An archaic practice of “district courtesy” by which all commissioners deferred to the one representing the district where property was located invited abuse, if not outright corruption. The grand jury that indicted Kenerly recommended an end to that practice. By all means, yes. The Bannister resignation is very unsatisfying to the ideal of justice. If the grand jury thought he’d broken the law, he should have been indicted. If they had no case, his fate should have been left to voters.
● Did anybody actually believe the promise that a fence would be erected along the Mexican border to halt illegal immigrants? Promises made by politicians under stress have the shelf life of green bananas.
● The chief executive of National Public Radio, Vivian Schiller, later apologized for her handling of the firing of commentator Juan Williams for expressing the politically incorrect thought that the sight of some Muslims on his plane makes him nervous. But her comment that such thoughts should be between him and “his psychiatrist or his publicist” should be grounds for a firing. Her.
● Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot is an example of the Georgia General Assembly at its worst. It launches a new entitlement program, puts an annual $10 car tax in the state Constitution, where it will remain for all time and allocates it to a statewide trauma network forevermore with no say by elected officials now or in the future, regardless of the state’s other needs or circumstances. Like the indigent defense system at creation, its potential costs are being low-balled. If we don’t trust elected officials, throw them out. Don’t take away their authority to allocate limited resources to greater needs. And all this to avoid the election-year charge that they were raising taxes.
● When the Left moves us into the realm of European-style social democracy, I’m voting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be my One World President. She declared first up that the multiculturalism experiment in Europe has “utterly failed.” Now she declares that hopelessly indebted governments, like Greece and Ireland, should be allowed to go bankrupt — in an orderly way, of course.
● How you know a campaign has stretched on too long: In their ninth of 12 debates, gubernatorial candidates Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes answered these pressing questions: Your favorite Georgia athlete? Menu item at The Varsity? Same-sex marriage (already a settled issue in the Georgia Constitution)? Was President Obama born on U.S. soil? Ah, Election Day, you’re the one we’ve been waiting for. Tuesday cannot come too soon.