Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:
● The government falls far, far short of exercising the control over children’s lives that’s necessary to keep them from becoming, uh, full-figured. It can take over breakfast, lunch and early dinner and patrol school halls and grounds for unsanctioned calories, but until it takes full custody of the children it’s just tossing money and growing the nanny state.
● All year and not a federal budget. Reflecting back, do you realize how little the issues important to the leaders of this Congress arose in conversations you had or overheard in public places this year? No wonder the disapproval rating of Congress is 83 percent.
● Sad and disappointing to read the quote from the student body president at the University of Georgia, concerning efforts to trim the goodies and, thereby, save the HOPE grants. Said he, sounding for the entire world like the gimme-elders whose resistance to reform brought Social Security to the brink of bankruptcy, “The state made decision years ago to start this program, and they need to honor that commitment. Why not look for other ways to pay for this? They need to be creative and not just make cuts.” Congress is a master of the creativity he espouses. It’s the reason his children and generations to come will experience a lesser quality of life as they work to pay off the bills for yesterday’s consumption.
● Sad, too, to read the 10-year accumulation of wisdom that springs from Jonathan Miller, who as a bullying 15-year-old punched and killed a Cherokee County classmate stepping off a school bus. He’s now 10 years into a life sentence. “I got into a fist fight, but I was subjected to life in prison because of a freak accident,” he told the AJC.
● It’s no mystery why Atlanta and neighboring counties grow more alike in education and income. The poor move and the rash of condo construction attract the childless young. And when will we ever stop referring to Atlanta’s adjacent counties as its “suburbs”? That’s 1960s talk. We’re neighbors. We’re not Atlanta’s bedroom.
● Unlike Democrats, for whom governing has been an extension of the party, Georgia Republicans don’t have a history of governor-designated party heads. The rank-and-file do that. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has a candidate, Tricia Pridemore of Cobb County, who co-chairs his inaugural. Sue Everhart, also of Cobb, the first woman elected to head the Georgia party, has no plans to roll over — nor should she. She’s served well, modernizing computer systems, adding security and equipment, building the e-mail list from 2,000 to 250,000, expanded fundraising and assisted every statewide candidate, including Deal. Everhart’s eligible at the May state convention for a third and final two-year term. She’s earned it. She should get it.
● Wait! The smug certainty with which partisans and commentators on the left dismissed as frivolous the state challenges to ObamaCare, surely don’t seem so frivolous now. “The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by … [the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance] … would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Gov. Sonny Perdue had to act on his own to join a 20-state suit in Florida because out-going Attorney General Thurbert Baker bought the frivolous-to-challenge argument of ObamaCare supporters. The Apology Window is not yet open for them, but staff is being lined up.
● Santa, please, don’t bring Michael Vick that dog he wants. Let this story go away. He gets that dog and for the next decade, all America will be beaten down with unrelenting stories about his happiness and well-being. The dog’s, not Vick’s.
- By Jim Wooten, Thinking Right blog