Marriage is never ‘obsolete’

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

  • A story based on a Pew Research Center survey asks the question: Is marriage becoming obsolete? Only 52 percent of adults 18 and over are married, an all-time low. In the survey, 39 percent find the institution “obsolete,” compared to 28 percent in 1978. We might as well ask if honesty or personal responsibility is obsolete. Middle-class self-indulgence in lifestyle choices creates missing-parent voids in the lives of their children and tragedy when mimicked by the poor and uneducated. Marriage is never “obsolete” for children.
  • I’m thankful this Thanksgiving for honest people like Jan Laskey, owner of Macon’s Ingleside Bridals & Formals, who spotted a wallet containing credit cards and several hundred dollars in the parking lot of a Macon restaurant, tracked down the owner, by then 20 miles down I-16, and waited until I returned. She declined any reward. She lost a pocketbook once and it was returned; she’s paying a debt forward. I will too.
  • With developers, relocating businesses and sports teams across the country continuing to shake down state and local taxpayers for subsidies, it’s commendable that the AJC’s PolitiFact team examines claims made by those who come a-begging. National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodall hinted that a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons could put Atlanta in the Super Bowl running. Atlanta boosters say the 2000 Super Bowl here had an economic impact of $215 million in metro Atlanta. It’s that claim that was put to the test. It’s bloated. The model changed, as they do. Critics say the net effect could be zero; a more realistic figure would be $150 million, says a Georgia State economist who studies such things. Three thoughts:
  • One is that of course politicians spin, interpret and misstate accomplishments and the worthwhile impact of what they and their opponents have done in office. The real work of media truth squads should to examine the claims of advocates that we take for granted as true — like, for example, the economic impact of public “investments” and all lists that are assembled by advocates to entice public money or legislation, such as “10 dirtiest cities” or “most-endangered” waters. Government itself can be a culprit, too. Claims need accountability checks.
  • Number two, relevant to “global warming,” is that when predictive modeling changes, so do outcomes. And third, a trend that must be reversed before smaller government is anything but a conservative pipe dream is to get sports teams, developers and big corporations off welfare. We can’t ask future generations to pay higher taxes, thus transferring their quality of life to us, to fund new stadiums and other entertainment venues and development projects, to say nothing of the politician’s electric-car and union-gifted enterprises. If we’re to ask babies to work until age 69 and to pay higher payroll taxes en route, we have to give them assurance that the able-bodied and well-to-do are not camped on the welfare rolls.
  • It’s unavoidable and therefore no big deal, but Georgia’s unemployment trust fund is in the hole to the federal government by $454.5 million, and growing. The lesson here for politicians is not to look at large sums of money in the unemployment pot in the future and assume that benefits can be expanded. Otherwise, we’ll work through this debt in an orderly fashion when the economy recovers.
  • I cringe every time I read a story about some process-milestone where the State of Georgia is asking for approval from the feds to get a piece of the Race to the Top money from the “stimulus” for state and local education. States should never again invite the federal government to expand its reach into the domain of state and local government. Jones County, to its credit, took a bye on the handouts.
  • Ajc.com headline: “Bristol Palin drives man to shoot TV.” I have never seen a public figure who more frightens the Left or who inspires more invective from them than Sarah Palin – and now dancing-daughter Bristol, who came close to winning “Dancing With the Stars.” Such things are possible throughout entertainment, government, academia and corporate America, of course, when decisions are based on something other than merit. Mama’s got fans. They vote.

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Dr. Stan (The Black One)

November 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

Trinity, I’ve been in too long already…practically sick to my stomach. My contacts told me This Week with Christiane Amanpour featured Billionaire New World Order devotees Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Ted Turner this morning. Their accomplices are bringing them out in plain sight now. My reports clearly show the New World Order devotees have no loyalty to the United States of America. They are loyal to Globalism, internationalism, and world integration…no borders.

As David Rockefeller said, his family and others are conspiring with a secret cabal to make world intellectual elites and world bankers the rulers of the world instead of a President of the United States or Presidents of any other nation as we have had in the past.”

“ Trinity, Christiane Amanpour mentioned frequently the things happening in “our world”. Don’t take those two words lightly. If the world belongs to the New World Order integrationist crowd, it gives them the right to overthrow governments in every nation that’s not under their control and to murder or imprison any American because they support the Constitution of the United States and put their trust in God Almighty instead of the so-called new leaders of the world.

As you know Trinity, we believe the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein belong to God Almighty. That is in direct contradiction to what the New World Order Crowd and their devilish black minions believe.

I see an exit Trinity. I am ready when you are.

Ring————–ring————–ring————–ring————–ring————–ooh!

Bring back "Babe Alley" to the Gold dome!

November 28th, 2010
10:39 pm

“Marriage is never ‘obsolete’”……..Jim, I agree with you. In fact, not only do I agree, but my wife and all of her boyfriends and girlfriends and all of my girlfriends and all of their husbands and boyfriends all fully agree with you that marriage is NEVER obsolete!

carlosgvv

November 29th, 2010
11:21 am

Stan

I can only conclude your idea of a perfect Black world in America is one where Blacks produce goods and services only for Blacks and where two or three states are all Black and, for all pratical purposes, seperate Counties. We both know this is not going to happen in the foreseable future.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

November 29th, 2010
2:05 pm

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

November 29th, 2010
3:20 pm

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

November 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

November 29th, 2010
5:09 pm

I know the United States Army was embarrassed after a female reservist was beaten by Troy Dale West at Cracker Barrel… The fact that a woman took a beating from a man for whatever the reasons is not the source of the embarrassment. It’s what occurred afterwards.

We have a United States soldier whose primary occupation is that of a killer was seen throughout the world sobbing, shedding crocodile tears on the witness stand saying, you beat me… you beat me down…I didn’t ask you to beat me down… That’s not a good image for a person in the military, and especially the United States Army.

And lastly, the reservist didn’t have the vision to see that a group of race hustlers pretending to support her hurt the case tremendously in the eyes of the court, jury, and ordinary citizens.

Glenn

November 30th, 2010
8:56 pm

…pardon that jerk. She might’ve spoken too soon, too voraciously, hundreds of times. He speaks the voice of the newspaper that ate the hero of the Atlanta Olympics and hounded him unto death unrepentantly in the name of destroying the very first part of the First Amendment. There’s so much for which to pardon that jerk. So much for which to pardon.

Glenn

November 30th, 2010
9:24 pm

That’s pretty funny, the mock showdown, bunch my friends, reluctant celebrities and folks famous here and this side of Nashville for making thinks happen in the arts, they think you dead, consider you art killers with much to hide. Stories nobody really wants to tell against Atlanta.

Glenn

December 1st, 2010
4:09 am

“…perfect Black world in America…”

How scathing. Touché. Cracks the nut nicely.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 1st, 2010
8:00 am

Trinity! Trinity! Trinity! I need an exit Trinity! Get me out of here! The agents and their devilish black minions are everywhere…Get me out of here! Trinity! Trinity! Trinity!

Run Dr. Stan! Run! …We can’t locate you!

Hurry Trinity! Hurry! We were meeting at the Glenn Hotel with WikiLeaks’ founder, Julian Assange. He was providing information about Dr. Richard Day’s involvement in the New World system, and a Longfellows’ like Leadership Academy for girls only near South, Africa when agents and their devilish black minions surrounded us.

We’ve got a lock on you Dr. Stan! …Take a right on Cone Street! …A left on Luckie, and a right on Centennial Olympic Park Drive! …Take a left on Baker Street! …It will be on your left Dr! Your left! Your left! It will be on your left!

Ring, ooh!

Right is Wrong

December 1st, 2010
9:44 am

New from yesterday (that you won’t hear on FOX news)….

The republicans in Congress publicly stated that they will vote “no” on any and all proposed legislation during this lame duck session with one exception – tax cuts for the most wealthy.

LOL at the folks that voted for republicans – they are really reeming you good (unless you make more that $500,000). No tax cuts for you! No help for you if you lost your job! (they will vote no to extend unemployment benefits)

You get what you vote for – and you voted for these folks that are for the most wealthy only. Enjoy!

Right is Wrong

December 1st, 2010
9:47 am

One more little note….

They are already talking about making interest payments on home mortgages taxable. LOL! No more home ownership for the middle class!

You get what you vote for!!!

Glenn

December 1st, 2010
1:52 pm

Right Is Wrong,

I grew up in Orange County, California. The bad part was that we had a one-party system there, a prescription for mischief. The good part was that the Republican voters in Disneyland, like the Democrats in San Francisco, had the courage of their concoctions. The Republicans reelected their legislators time and again because the politicians would send mailers, the Saturday prior to Election Day, boasting of how LITTLE they had done in the previous term of office. Seriously. One guy was elected to something like eight terms precisely because he’d authored almost NO legislation. I think the only bill he ever wrote was one permitting personalized license plates in exchange for charitable revenue. The voters loved that he was so inactive. They wanted him in the statehouse as a budget watchdog and a stopgap against Democratic hyperactivity. So that’s a hidden advantage for GOP pols from safe districts.

Another counterintuitive advantage is that Republicans know how to wield power with fiscal cutting, whereas Democrats can conceive only of the power that comes from spending. To attempt to translate this to a Democrat is to try to teach an old dog a new trick. It’s futile. Trust me; I tried for years. Only the occasional, pedigreed prizewinner, a Pat Moynihan, a Willie Brown, a Tip O’Neill, got the point. But any Republican mutt knows it by breeding. You can’t teach chess to Nancy Pelosi. She’s still stuck on Scissors-Cuts-Paper.

This is a time when Republicans just naturally will thrive. If you don’t like that, then pray for a change of the times. Just don’t ask the doggies to change their spots.

JW's worst nightmare

December 1st, 2010
6:13 pm

Glenn,

You are wrong. Here is an example of why….

Republicans support a tax cut to the wealthy. This will cost the federal governmenn $700 billion dollars.

Republicans refuse to support continuation of unemployment insurance. The cost to do so is $16 billions dollars.

I would hope that you can see the $700 is a much larger number than $16. So why are the republicans doing this? Do you think it is because they want to get spending under control? Really? WRONG!

The republicans want to spend just as much as democrats. The difference is WHERE they want to spend. The republicans want to throw money towards the most wealthy – give them tax breaks is just one example. The democrats want to at least help the middle class, average American. This is a MAJOR difference.

However, somehow, the republicans have fooled the average American to vote for them. The “pay for play” FOX news has played a large part in this. And of course FOX would never ever point out the facts I’ve pointed out here.

Americans need to wake up – yes.

Glenn

December 1st, 2010
7:39 pm

“the other 50% are male,” is one of the funniest lines I ever read.

Glenn

December 1st, 2010
8:53 pm

Thank you for playing at the big table. I don’t mean to be coy, but part of me doesn’t give a damn about the spending as long as the spending is truncated. Yes, I know that’s crude and stupid and possibly cruel, but it might lead to better days for all. Let us begin with PBS. B.S. Upon B.s. Ad infinitum. Semitism upon endless anti-Semitism; a battlegroround of endless hatreds unspoken. No go. No more. Bull.

Glenn

December 1st, 2010
9:01 pm

JW’s worst:

We just agreed. My points are yours; yours, mine. I got no problem with what you’ve said.

Right is Wrong

December 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

The republicans in DC are now running amuck. Where are the blogs about this?

They stop the extension of unemployment for those layed off in this economy. But, they want the tax exemptions for the top 2%. What they want will cost us $700 billion. Extending unemployment will cost $16 billion at most.

Where is the outrage? Anyone? Anyone at all?

lovelyliz

December 2nd, 2010
8:51 am

Marriage is never ‘obsolete’
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After the second or third divorce, it most certainly is.