I have a few ideas that cross my mind that are good, but don’t materialize into full-fledged posts and/or aren’t exactly related to Georgia politics, so I’ll just post them as random thoughts:
- Seems to me like a lot of men of my generation want to play dress-up and look like our fathers and grandfathers, but my generation doesn’t want to put forth the work of our fathers and grandfathers. We hate big corporations, profit, and everything that corporate America stands for. In fact, we will express our feelings by posting on Twitter and Facebook from our various Apple products.
- We should have a national standard for education. Not a checklist of things to implement dictated from the federal Department of Education, but just a guideline (a broad guidline) of what sort of body of knowledge the average student (and I mean average…think bell curve C student) should know once he graduates. Leave implementation up to the local school systems, teachers, and, most importantly, parents. High school graduates should be able to read and comprehend ideas, write, and do basic math.
- Why haven’t we gone back to the moon since the ’70s? I was watching a documentary recently that mentioned that the average age for the Apollo 11 program was 26. Folks my age designed and built both rockets and computer systems that got us to the moon within a decade. Incredible.
- Drudge has been getting worked up over the NSA deal…which I’m not trying to diminish, but these “revelations” are surprising? The NSA has been doing this for years. Also, I’m not all that surprised that we’re spying on our really close allies. They, more than likely, do the same thing to us. Of course, I’m not expert in international espionage. It’s just a guess. Don’t take my lack of shock and surprise as approval of the programs. It’s not.
- Net neutrality rules dictated by the FCC were overturned in federal court last week. I still believe it’s a regulatory solution in want of a problem. Giving government the “opportunity” to dictate how Internet traffic flows through your cables and routers spells trouble to me. This article on ZDNet gives a pretty good argument on why net neutrality should stay dead. (Warning: technical jargon is used.)
- Don’t count out Governor Chris Christie. Both the media and fellow Republicans are getting in a frenzy over the bridge lane closure “fiasco”. Never mind that the Governor held a two-hour press conference, took responsibility for the actions, and fired those aides within days. Now Democrats are trying to pile on. Why? Well, Christie has a pretty good shot against Hillary Clinton in 2016, so no doubt the Democrats are trying to torpedo him now. Of course, 2016 is a good ways away and things can change. Thomas Sowell has a pretty good opinion article about Governor Christie and how Republicans should look to him as an example to communicate ideas. Here’s a key take away from Sowell’s article:
“When it comes to policies, I might prefer some other Republican as a 2016 presidential candidate. But the bottom line in politics is that you have to get elected, in order to have the power to accomplish anything. It doesn’t matter how good your ideas are, if you can’t be bothered to articulate them in a way that the voting public can understand.