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& EDITORIALS "Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not." - Jeremiah 50:2 4~,~ 2018, 2017, 2016 winner: Editorial Page exceilence 2018 winner. Best Headline Writing jvO'~*'~~~ 2018, 2017 winner: Bes, News Photography l~/~FCfl' ~! 20,B win o Bes Pogo. b P,ill" l 2018, 2017 w~nen Best Humorous Column - On the Porch ~,k~ JUST THE WAY IT IS by SIoan Oliver Despite trade concerns with China and a rollercoaster stock market, the country's economic news couldn't be better. According to the Depart- ment of Labor, the economy added 312,000 jobs in December bringing total em- ployment to an ALL TIME high. Unemploy- ment is 3.9 percent, an 18-year low; black and Hispanic unemployment continues at record low levels under President Trumps eco- nomic policies; and the U.S. economy is growing at a 3 percent rate - some- thing it never did dur- ing Obama's eight years. And during Trumps first two years in office, the economy has added close to five million new jobs. The best economic news is that most economists are forecasting strong growth and see little chance of a recession, at least for the next 12 months. But, does any of that matter? Of course not, read on to see what is consuming our biased media these days. REMEMBER THE 2012 presidential election when Mitt Romney lost to Obama? Fast forward to 2018, Romney was elected senator from Utah replac- ing the retiring Orrin Hatch. Last week, Ronmey wrote an Op-Ed for the ultra-liberal Washington Post in which he criticized President Trump. Look no further than his Op-Ed to know why Romney lost in 2012. Despite the Dem's 2016 election shenanigans, despite the dishonesty of Hillary, Obama, Pelosi, and Schumer, despite the Dem's policy of no border security, despite the hate- fulness shown toward President Trump by the media and the Dems, de- spite exorbitant spending by both Reps and Dems, and despite the Dems' and Mueller's 2-year witch hunt against President Trump; Romney was un- able to find fault with any of that. Instead, even be- fore he's sworn in, he attacked Trump. In his artide, Rom- ney said that Trump wasn't presidential, that Allies no longer trust the United States, and Trump 5/00,/9 O/t'V'et" lacksleadership. Romney went on to say, "I will speak out against signifi- cant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions" Romney's Op-Ed implies that President Trump is all that. His Op-Ed is a per- fect example of why Re- publicans continue getting their butts kicked. Instead of uniting, Reps attack and criticize one another and, except for Trump, never attack the dishonest Dems and never attack the biased media. It's mindboggling to us conservatives out here in "Nowhereswille" at the Republican's stupid- ity. Unfortunately, many Republicans fall into that stupid category. THERE'S ZERO chance that you missed the fact that Dems are back in charge of the House of Representatives and that Nancy Pelosi is again Speaker of the House because the mediacrats (media+democrats) have been nauseatingly giddy for the past week. If you want to know what lies ahead for the House over the next two years, simply look at the words and actions of the Dems who were recently swom in: * Rep. Reshida Tlaib (D- MI) said, "We're gonna im- peach the Motherff****!" See DEIb Page 5A M~:~,me Caunty www. is published every week by The Monroe County Reporter Inc. Will Davis, President Robe~ M. Williams Jr Vice President Cheryl $. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer WillDavis ~ Publisher/Editor News Editor Carolyn Martel ~ Advertising Manager Trellis Grant Business Manager Diane Glidewell Community Editor Brandon Park Creative Director Official Organ of Monroe County and the City of Forsyth SO N. Jackson st. Forsyth, GA 31029 Periodicals Postage Paid at Forsyth, GA 31029 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER. P.O. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029 SUBSCRIPTION RATE: In County:. $40 Out of County:. $48 Single Copy: $1 Deadlines noon on Friday prior to issue. Comments fea~l~l on opinion pages are the creal~ of the wfitms, the do not necessarily reflect the o~ntom oflhe 8epor~ ma~ Publication No. USPS 997-840 PEACH STATE POLITICS by Kyle Wingfield The federal government's recent shutdown had many people wondering if Washington can ever return to functioning properly. In fact, this is a feature of our system, not a bug: Congress holds the power of the purse, and it's well within its rights to withhold funding when at loggerheads with the president over policies and priori- ties. That said, these standoffs also serve as good reminders of another fea- ture of our system: limiting the public functions managed by one central government. The Founders created a series of rivalries within government in order to restrain it, and one of them is be- tween Washington and the states. A benefit of that arrangement - had we properly maintained it - would be less disruption in public services when the rivalries within the federal government boil over. Likewise, if the rivalries within a state government grew too heated, the effects would be contained to its own borders. The past couple of decades have been a living civics class in why the original balance should be restored. Perhaps no greater opportunity for doing just that exists than in health care - in large part because the Trump administration has don some very good work to help em- power the states in that area. The biggest shot in the arm for health-care federalism is a raft of new guidelines for how states can tailor their individual health-insurance markets to their local needs. It amounts to making states jump through some hoops to regain part of the autonomy they had before Obamacare, but at least the hoops are being made easier to navigate. Specifically, the administration has offered states four ways to over- haul the markets that serve more than 10 million Americans - and which would likely serve far more, if Obamacare's overzealous regula- tion hadn't skewed them so badly in the first place. First, states can seek flexibility to allocate the tax-credit subsidies differently. This could mean offer- ing them to more people than today. It could also mean allocating them differently based on income, to provide a more gradual reduction as people's income rises - and avoiding a dramatic drop at the end, known as a "diff. ' Second, states can choose to allow the subsidies to be used for a wider range of insurance plans than today. Plans that offer more limited cover- age for a much lower premium - to allow people to stay covered between jobs, for example, or for a 63-year- old retiree to bridge the gap until Medicare kicks in - aren't eligible for the subsidies now, but could be. The same goes for health plans offered by trade associations and other groups to their members. q-hird, states can use some of the money to pay for the expenses of the very costliest patients separately from others. Keeping them in a separate "risk pool" or covering their costs through re'msurance could prevent their costs from driving up the cost of others' insurance. That's basically the opposite of how these markets operate today, hoping to force young- er and healthier people to buy more expensive insurance than they need, to bring down premiums for older and sicker people. It hasn't worked. I% saved the best for last. The fourth option is to allow the subsi- dies to flow into individual health accounts (similar to Health Savings Accounts) rather than all of the money going directly to insurers. Today, an individual's only incentive is to use all of the subsidies to buy the most lucrative insurance plan at the lowest cost out of his own pocket. qhis change would allow people to shop for insurance plans - includ- ing some of the new options I've described - and save any unspent money to cover expenses beyond premiums, such as deductibles and co-pays. That would do far more to drive down total costs for consumers, not just their premiums. Georgia is well-positioned io take advantage of this new flexibility. Do- ing so could be a big step toward a new federalism. The president and CEO of the Geor- gia Public Policy Foundation, Kyle Wingfield's column runs in papers around the state of Georgia. TAKING A LIKENS TO YOU by Dale Likens The other day I picked up a bag of things that needed to go to the recycling center. "Bring a bottle of water when you come to the car!" I called to my wife as I proceeded to the door. "I just gave you a bottle of water to take with us" she called back. "Well, I don't know where I put it; so you might as well bring another bottle." Then I began to reach into my pocket to get my car keys. "Hey, Hon, forget that bottle of water! I just found the other bottle!" "Okay! Where did you find the other bottle?" she called back as she entered the room. "In my left hand!" I answered as I held the bottle so she could plainly see it. "I guess I was more concemed about the bag in my right hand" Of course we both had a good laugh over that one. The truth is, I think Karen's family is having a bad effect on me. It's taken a long time, but I think her family has cast a spell on me. One evening Karen's sister got out of her car, stepped into her house and dosed the door be- hind her. Then she turned and locked the door before setting her pocketbook on the table. Suddenly she heard someone kicking on the door. "Oh, my good- ness!" she remembered as she unlocked the door and quickly opened it. There at the door was her hus- band holding two bags of groceries. "Did you forget something?" he laughed as he walked into the kitchen. As Lee Corso, an Ameri- can sports broadcaster and football analyst always says, "Not so fast my friend! Not so fast!" Don't start laugh- ing about what I did. If it hasn't hap- pened to you yet, itwill. If you married into a family like I did, it will happen! That's what I love about my wife. She has a great sense of humor, as does her entire family. She and I will laugh at the dumb- est things she and I say to each other. If other people heard us say these dumb things, they might not catch our humor. They might even wonder about our sanity! We don't care. We're having fun and en- joying life the best we can. We love humor. We think it's medicinal; plus it takes our minds offthe serious problems this world pres- ents to us each day. One time I was listening to Helen Hayes, a famous actress of many years ago, explaining how humor had had a great effect on her life and her career. She explained to the person who was interviewing her, and to a vast television audience, about an inci- dent that happened while she was acting on stage in New York City. "One time while another actor and I were on stage together the phone began to ring unex- pectedly" she began. "The phone call was certainly not written into our script. The ringing was so loud and so annoying we just couldn't go on. So there we were, standing there, wondering if the phone would stop ringing so we could go on with the play. But it didn't" ' a nswer the phone!" the other actor yelled across the stage. "I'm too busy!" "Thinking he scored one on me, I just calmly walked to the phone, said hello, and politely set the phone on the table. 'It's for you!' I called to the gentle- man on stage with me" After a moment's silence, while the other actor stood there, completely stunned, the audience caught on to what was happening. It was the longest laugh we had that night!" Billy Graham had a wonderful sense of humor and often used his humor in his speeches. "I remem- ber a man who was ready to jump from the famous London Bridge into the Thames River to commit suicide" Billy Graham said. police officer ran quickly to the bridge beg- ging him not to jump into the river. Finally, he talked the man into sitting down and discussing his prob- lems. When the man fin- ished telling the policeman why he was going to jump into the river and commit suicide, he and the police- man both jumped into the river" Everyone knows the humor President Reagan had. It seemed every time a reporter had some seri- ous question to ask Presi- dent Reagan, he would spin offwith another story. "That reminds me of a story about ----!" he would begin. Soon the en- tire audience of reporters was laughing and quickly settled into a relaxed and comfortable mood. He didn't always have the answer the reporter was looking for, but he knew how to calm America and enjoy life just a little more. It is said that Ronald Rea- gan read the comics every morning, remember- ing each of the previous exploits. "why not?" he smiled. "They reveal the ironies of life in a light and entertaining way" How true! Humor has such a calming effect on each of us! Once, President Lin- coln was told that the Confederate army had raided a supply train and the rebels had captured a brigadier-general and 12 army mules. "How un- fortunate!" he responded quickly. "Those mules cost us $200 a piece!" That was his only reply as he walked away. It was his humor, even in a time of such great distress. Each of us can find a little humor all around us if we simply try. Just like I did something stupid to make my wife laugh about the missing water maybe you will do something as stupid. Laugh about it! Even if that person has to laugh at you! Try it! You might like it! God bless! Dale Likens is an au- thor who lives in Monroe County.