UPDATE: Well, the strike is over before it even got started, I'm afraid. What great example of statesmanship did I find to renew my faith in Georgia politicians?
Well, none. They're still fighting about pretty much everything up here at the Capitol and back home in Macon. But I met a homeless guy from Pulaski County a few minutes ago on the streets outside of Atlanta's City Hall.
We spoke for a few minutes, and though we didn't go into my seemingly bottomless lack of faith in politicians, but he did offer some good advice.
"Whether you're homeless or not, don't ever give up."
Is there anyone unemployed out there who cares whether the Georgia House of Representatives honors President Barack Obama with a resolution?
Is there anyone wondering whether they'll be able to retire like they hoped who finds it helpful when two Macon City Council members call each other names in public?
Is there anyone sitting in traffic out there who likes watching state leaders at loggerheads over how to fund new roads? That's a March 4 story. it's still accurate today, except the Senate is voting on it's plan instead of the House voting on its plan.
Can someone explain to me how state Sen. Robert Brown putting up a picture of Mao Tse-Tung and a noose up in the Georgia State Senate is helping things?
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Brown's point: The Georgia State Senate passed Senate Resolution 459 earlier this year.
Senate Resolution 459 honors China by naming March 17 as China Day.
Sen. Brown, D-Macon, does not like Communist China. But Brown voted for the resolution because resolutions the Georgia General Assembly votes on "fundamentally are regarded as meaningless."
I can't disagree with that. There have been more than 1,300 of them introduced this year.
Because of this, Brown said, the Georgia House of Representatives should have simply voted for a resolution honoring President Barack Obama, whether members agreed with it or not.
So far that I know of, neither Brown nor any other elected official at the state Capitol has suggested that the problem is how much time they spend debating and voting on things deemed meaningless.