Americans may be worrying about layoffs and a second recession, but it's made them only moderately less openhanded in back-to-school spending, which has quietly assumed the status of a major economic barometer and event.
Our forefathers were strong, independent entrepreneurs, who made their own way and depended on no one to survive. These pioneers raised their own food, hunted or trapped the meat that they put on the tables and delivered their own babies. If they had extra vegetables or meat, they would trade for weapons, tools or cloth to make their clothing. Yes, life was tough, but these were proud, self-determined people.
If you've paid any attention to the financial news in the last few weeks, you're probably wondering what happened to the recovery we were told was under way.
Long-time readers will remember several years ago when I talked about a beautiful little lady I had met when she was just 2 years old and who possessed the most crystal blue eyes I had ever seen. Her name was Abby Smith and she was a knockout.
Last week, the Georgia Legislature convened into special session as a result of an official call issued by Gov. Nathan Deal.
A few months ago, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner predicted with unshakable confidence that there was "no risk" of a downgrade of U.S. debt. In fact, he argued, "things are better than they've been if you want to think about the prospects for improving our long-term fiscal position."
An annual survey of the nation's roads by the Reason Foundation reveals a lot about congestion in Georgia. The state is ranked 10th in the nation for spending on maintenance but 39th for capital spending. It was No. 1 for the condition of its interstates, but at 31 in the nation for the percent of urban congestion.
First, let's get the "well, they did it, too" argument out of the way.
"Georgia lawmakers return to the Gold Dome in Atlanta for a special legislative session primarily to deal with redistricting." This redistricting session comes up each decade following the completion of the census count.
Military retirement as we know it may be facing an uncertain future.
I would imagine that somewhere in the bowels of federally-funded research someone has examined the "power of suggestion" relative to over-eating and obesity. If not, then let me throw out some thoughts on the subject.
Justice may have been served Wednesday when Joseph Bozicevich was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the September 2008 shooting deaths of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley Durbin in Iraq. But even though the sentencing decision likely was what the families of the deceased had been hoping for, there clearly are no winners in this situation.
For the first time in history, the United States lost its highly rated position in the financial markets. Even China is scolding the United States for this mess because what we do financially affects the entire world, and they are suggesting that the world move away from the dollar as the world standard.
Last week was "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel. They do this about twice a year. And when a varied assortment of seals had been killed and the one-armed surfers had told their stories and when all of the research had been discussed, the findings were about the same as they have been for many years.
There are serious problems with Georgia's ethics commission - or rather (excuse us), the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission. The eligibility of its chairman is not among them.
Editor, An editorial cartoon by R. McKee serves as a modern take on the old Hans Christian Anderson tale about the emperor who was swindled by to weavers who promise to make him a suit of clothes that is invisible to people who are stupid and incompetent. When the emperor and his cabinet members cannot see the clothes, they pretend to be able to see them for fear of being deemed unfit for their positions. In reality, the swindlers only pretended to make the suit and clothe the emperor. He isn't wearing anything.