Sometimes the best thing Mississippi lawmakers can do when considering contentious legislation is nothing, and that’s the case with bills in the House and Senate to let the Mississippi Development Authority take over the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The late Brother Dave Gardner, a southern comedian who was popular back in the 1960s, suggested in one of his routines that a good way to reduce poverty would be to raise taxes on poor people. “Give ‘em an incentive not to be poor.”
Rep. Steven Palazzo’s effort to stop Navy Secretary Ray Mabus from naming ships after congressmen may play well with some of his Republican constituents in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, but it isn’t going to get much traction where it counts, in Congress.
Resolutions passed by Southern Baptist and United Methodist denominational leaders are non-binding on members of local congregations, and nobody is going to be “ex-communicated” or kicked out of the church for disagreeing with them.
Now that President Obama has opened up diplomatic relations with Cuba, Congress should go ahead and lift the trade embargo with the Communist Island which is only about 90 miles from the tip of Florida and 650 miles from Gulfport.