I'm as interested as the next person in how Washington will work with Barack Obama in the White House, but there's an important question that's been missing. It has to do not so much with the new president as with the new Congress, and it should be high on every citizen's list of concerns: Will Congress live up to its responsibility to exercise robust oversight over the new administration?
Barack Obama promised the end of the era of lobbying as we know it during the campaign, but the National Marine Manufacturers Association didn't get the message. Nor did the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nor did anyone else who can make a case for getting any precious drops of the bailout money sloshing around Washington.
"I hope you have a lonely Thanksgiving," Ken no-last-name e-mailed me last week. He said he was a supporter of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He was really mad at me for suggesting that old Sax might not be another Daniel Webster or Sam Nunn. I suppose Ken didn't read that I am betting a wad ($50) on his guy Saxby to win the runoff election against Democratic iron man "Boss Jim" Martin.
It was not Webvan or Pets.com this time. It was Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, AIG and Wachovia. Gone or sold for pennies on the dollar. It was $700 billion - taxpayer dollars - rushed through Congress to avert the "greatest crisis of our time." What actually happened, and what can we learn from it?
December 1 is a special day on my calendar. It's the birthday of one of my heroes, a man I've admired since we met exactly a decade ago. He's a champion of rivers, conqueror of polluters and destroyers, defender of wild things, campaigner for justice.
For any Georgians still wondering about the need to see what government is up to with their tax dollars, it's highlighted by a Cobb County's special election on extending a Special Local Option Sales Tax this fall. How special? Scheduled on an "off" day, it cost taxpayers $500,000 or so, according to the Marietta Daily Journal.
Democrats see the road to economic recovery, and it has been bulldozed, flattened out by a road grader and covered with pavement.
The buzz is getting louder. Former Gov. Roy Barnes is said to be thinking of running again.
One of Barack Obama's acts of courage as a presidential candidate, his campaign maintained, was to give a speech in Detroit excoriating the auto industry for its carbon-emitting sins. Obama noted how the industry had long played "typical Washington politics" with an "army of lobbyists."
The past week has seen new revelations in the ongoing saga of Gena Evans, nee Abraham, the woman whom Gov. Sonny Perdue put in charge of the state Department of Transportation. Perdue pushed Evans for the job supposedly to clean up a deeply troubled agency, which is facing a staggering funding shortfall in excess of $7 billion over the next six years for needed road construction and improvements. According to DOT's own estimate, its expected funding shortfall over the next 25-30 years is an almost incomprehensible $51 billion.
Once he is sworn in on Jan. 20, our new president will command all eyes. After a long campaign during which he and his rival traded policy prescriptions and accusations about their respective flaws, the country will be anxious to see the White House's agenda. Congress, it seems safe to say, will be an afterthought, its views given weight only insofar as they might hinder or abet the president's plans.
All hail the end of the Reagan era! That's the cry going up throughout liberaldom as the financial crisis and the Democratic electoral sweep threaten the Reaganite troika of deregulation, low taxes and free trade.
Unintended consequences: Sen. Saxby Chambliss would have won re-election without a runoff if his fellow Republicans in the Legislature had not messed with election rules in a misguided effort to help the GOP.
On Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), my father, brother Christopher and I will be conducting a wreath laying ceremony at the two tombs of our grandfathers in Arlington National Cemetery. I have planned this visit for over a year now as a respectful gift to my father Adna Romanza Chaffee IV.
I want endless summer.
Not a single person in my breakfast club has mentioned the "blood moon." And that includes me, until now. I wasn't really sure what it was even though my emails from some preacher have hammered me recently with a "better beware" kind of verbiage.
Editor, Lately your newspaper has printed several letters stating that Buddy Carter is just like Jack Kingston. These claims are extreme exaggerations and pretty farfetched.
It's good when the fire department is quiet, but the Midway Fire Department is the busiest department outside of Hinesville. The Midway volunteers do an excellent job with a quick response time. Many residents are not aware of Midway's coverage area, but the Midway Fire Department covers Midway's 4 square miles and 40 square miles of unincorporated areas of Liberty County. It also supports other fire departments when called upon for assistance.
Few acronyms raise the concern of elected officials, community leaders and military personnel as much as BRAC does.
In the week leading up to Independence Day, several news stories prompted us to contemplate what freedom means in 2014.
"I have gotten bad news and am much the worse for it.
Their histories, accurate and complete, are lost to time and buried with them and those who knew them. I wish I knew more because their stories would read like a page-turning novel.
I've always heard and read that it's a good idea to involve children in meal-preparation efforts, because they're more likely to eat dishes that they helped cook. That makes sense.
Q: The sassiness that I have heard so much about from my friends started a few months ago with my 5-year-old daughter.
Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story this election cycle is the historic loss of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.
As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.
Editor, I saw an item in Friday's paper informing me about the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart. Having been raised here, I already knew that, but was surprised to see they were shooting off their fireworks at 9:30 p.m., instead of closer to July 5, if you catch my drift. As I reflected on years gone by, my blood began to boil.