Warning: This column could be touchy, sensitive, controversial, but I strongly believe it's something that needs to be explored and implemented.
Presidential explorer Newt Gingrich bluntly told it exactly as it is when, like other politicians were, asked their views on President Barack Obama's Libya strategy.
Politics being politics, when Georgia's special legislative session for redistricting begins this summer, incumbents are going to be trying to tailor their district lines to their strengths as far as possible.
What I said and thought would be the last column on Social Security must be revisited briefly. Several readers have contacted me saying they didn't understand what the long range goal is. They'd like a clearer explanation.
What options exist that can prevent a Social Security disaster? How expensive will each be? Most importantly, will they actually and permanently do the job?
Early voting on the SPLOST program is under way. (I was voter No. 20.) Naysayers notwithstanding, a yes vote is a no-brainer.
Reforming Social Security is a gigantic problem for which a fix really can't wait, as President Barack Obama correctly noted in a State of the Union address filled with lofty rhetoric and with but a few tepid proposals for fiscal reforms we need.
It's frustrating for us tax professionals to be sitting around this time of the year with plenty we could be doing but little we actually can do on the filing 2011 season. The many-faceted reason boils down to congressional inaction trying to score political points causing IRS to work furiously programming its computers to conform to the new laws the lame-duck Congress passed the last minute.
Here's hoping the holidays were as you hoped, even better. Even though I wasn't the best boy, Santa still found me. Let's hope 2011 will be even better in every way.
It wasn't too surprising to learn of Commissioner Ashley Bell's switch to the Republican Party. In fact, I may have been the very first person to approach him about it.
The lame-duck Congress, still controlled by Democrats, is back at work but both parties accomplished nothing visible. They've spent most of their time this first working week taking votes useful only for embarrassing the other side, creating campaign fodder to embarrass future election opponents or establish early positions to tout while campaigning in future elections.
Insufficient time between election and this column prevented a thorough analysis of what the results meant. Space isn't available to adequately analyze local, state and federal races. Since there's more time for state, let's handle federal and local, since Congress has gone back to work.
Since President Barack Obama faces a Republican House next year, he must start building a working relationship with the GOP now if he wants to get things done. If he doesn't, he's toast in 2012.
A longtime Times' tradition was me giving Johnny Vardeman a sealed envelope the afternoon before the general election with my predictions for winners in local county offices, state legislators representing our county, our congressman and statewide constitutional officers excepting judges. He would open them after lunch election day.
One political observation before delving into a potpourri of other current topics; I agree with Roy Barnes' claim that Nathan Deal's personal debt is a legitimate campaign issue. But it is only in the context of whether it signals indications that Deal might not be a good manager of the state's finances.