Watch out. America is moving to the right, and it's happening fast. The vote in Massachusetts was an ideological earthquake whose tremors are still being felt all over the country. When a big-government guy like President Obama takes to the lectern to announce he wants to freeze some federal spending, you know hell might be freezing over, as well.
Those paying attention to this year's session of the General Assembly are familiar with the acronym WET Water, Education, Transportation. Note that water leads the list of the big issues on Georgians' minds.
After eight years of training and hundreds of billions of dollars spent attempting to make America safe from terrorism, a young Nigerian student, trained by al-Qaida, allegedly boarded an American airliner in Amsterdam with the intention of blowing up the plane and its 280 passengers over Detroit. Only the courageous action of the passengers prevented the catastrophe, and we are left to wonder what went wrong. Everything.
I recently returned from six days in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and I am planning a second trip for middle of February and early March. Based on my experience and observations, interviews with medical professionals and subsequent follow-ups, I know now what needs to be done to best help the suffering people. A lot of it doesn't require advanced medical knowledge that the doctors and nurses are providing.
Latino groups are beginning to push for a comprehensive immigration reform bill to be passed this year. Opponents argue that given the state of the economy and the political shot heard round the world in Massachusetts, this is no time for another controversial initiative. They are wrong. Now is the time to push a bill through Congress. A unique coalition needs to be convinced of this.