Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.
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.
I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Barack Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.
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.
If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.
Who owns America? Not you and me, that's for sure, and that's why Americans don't have universal health coverage.
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.
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.
If you research the date Aug. 7, 1954, you won't come up with much. It certainly wasn't a red-letter day in history. A little exploration reveals nothing but a couple of UFO sightings on that date, one in Canada and one in Germany. I'm pretty sure there's no correlation, but that's also the day I was born.
Will there ever be a light at the end of tunnel for all of the unemployed workers in Georgia? If the latest numbers are an indication, it won't be anytime soon.
So many people keep asking me to handicap next year's governor's race, I feel a need to write something. They've kept insisting the past few weeks, even when I tell them handicapping is nigh impossible until the likely field is far more settled. This is going to be more of a survey and speculation of what's now going on, most behind the scenes.
The intense media blitz and debates about Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. Joseph Crowley over the recent weeks shows how much we are all being challenged to recreate our lives to meet 21st century demands.
If comments made in this space have in any way angered, dismayed or caused dry heaves to anyone who has read them, it may be that I should have calibrated my words differently. I'll guarantee Barack Obama knows what I'm talking about.
"Why be afraid of government?" a Princeton professor writing for CNN recently asked. Touting the need for Obama's health care plan, the disappointed professor added that, "Democrats are still scared about defending the value of government."
For over 40 years, Georgia has been the economic engine of the South. Our state's and region's growth and prosperity have been made possible through proper use of our abundant natural resources. Since the development of Buford Dam and Lake Lanier, our state and the metro Atlanta region have flourished.
A few weeks ago, a former colleague I have known for more than 20 years called me a racist in a Facebook post because I did not agree with all of President Barack Obama's policies, especially his foreign policy that consists primarily of strategic dithering.
I suspect my recent silence on the subject of public education in Georgia has been deafening to some of you. I will explain.
Rep. David Stover is a brave man. He may well be one of the gutsiest people serving in the General Assembly.
Robots, artificial intelligence, the future ... what's not to like for a sci-fi buff like me?
I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn't do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it.
When I first started writing about politics, my conservative friends would preach the gospel of "local control." They believed local governments did a better job of running things because local officeholders were closer to the people who elected them.
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