The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.
August 26, 2009|
U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?
I believe that family structures are the building blocks for all societies, here and in other countries as well. We live in a fast-changing world with so many things in our lives that seem to be just happening beyond our ability to control or avoid. Families give us an anchor that can tie the present with our personal history in the past.
August 24, 2009|
I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.
August 22, 2009|
As predicted in the last column, new developments for the 2010 elections continue to change the political landscape on a near daily basis. This column is written early because I will have been hospitalized during its deadline period.
August 18, 2009|
Forget Obamacare. Forget stimulus plans, government bailouts, cap-and-tax or any other recent or imminent spending legislation. The current level of government involvement in pensions (Social Security) and health care (Medicare, Medicaid) alone could soon bankrupt this country. General Motors and Chrysler provide the lesson here.
August 13, 2009|
During congressional hearings concerning Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we had an interesting exchange of ideas over lunch. Two of my friends were very concerned that Sotomayor might rule in future cases based upon her personal values and not the law itself. That is a valid concern. After all, justice is supposed to be blind.
August 10, 2009|
I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress.
August 08, 2009|
The defining feature of a free society is every individual enjoying the freedom to make choices, good and bad, within the law. Enjoying the liberty to make your own choices is highly valued. So political groups market themselves as supporting Americans' autonomy of choice.
May 25, 2015|
By Douglas Young
Now that the General Assembly has adjourned for the year and all of the bills have either been signed or vetoed, what lessons can we take away from this latest legislative session? I can think of a few.
I live in one of those semi-upscale, semi-planned Northeast Georgia neighborhoods where large houses sit hip-to-hip on relatively small lots and where all the lawns are semi-perfectly manicured and all the children are, well, absolutely perfect (just ask their parents).
May 10, 2015|
By Ron Martz