Speaking On PERS
It was with interest that I took note of Alan Nunnelee being attacked on his support of raising the employee contribution to PERS, the state employ retirement system. As someone directly impacted by the actions that were taken to raise the employ contribution I feel I can offer some perspective on this. I know why the state democrats are going after Nunnelee for this and trying to make him look like a bad guy in all this, but their was really no other option. The Democrats options were to A) Tap into the state reserve fund for a one year fix to an accumulating problem and B) To wait around for investments to recover that would right the system and get it back on track. Neither one of those options is a sure thing and sure I hate losing a little extra money every paycheck, but it beats having the retirement system going completely broke and having nothing to show for that retirement money that already comes out on each check. Nunnelee and those who supported this measure knew this would look bad, but in the long run they did the right thing to insure that the system can remain viable.
Scott Bounds Converts
The Republicans added another convert this week even though he was already on their side ideologically. Scott Bounds changing of his party affiliation is showing the continuing trend that rural Democrats no longer feel the need to align themselves with the D as their districts grow more conservative. Just don’t tell Jamie Franks that though as he more or less said Bounds has been a liar since he got into office. I wonder if Mr. Franks felt that way when Bounds won re-election as a Democrat in 2007. It’s funny to see how quickly opinions can turn. This move is honestly nothing more than symbolic, but serves as an example of the evolving move to conservative politics in this state. Rural Democrats now see themselves more as Republicans and will continue to make the switch as the Democrats in this state lose their way.
McGlowan Death Threats
People should really stop giving Angela McGlowan death threats. Why would you feel the need to threaten someone’s life over a primary that she won’t likely win anyway? It just seems a little strange that McGlowan would be getting death threats as the primary on June 1st draws near. I will give her the benefit of the doubt and believe her, but I don’t think mentioning it in public is really going to help. She seems to be using it to draw a little sympathy, which will have little effect on the primary vote.
Ramblings On Hiatus: Friday Ramblings will not appear next week as I will be snorkeling with the tropical fish of the Caribbean this time next week. I will return the following Friday to continue to share my opinions on the headlines of the week.