Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Why is it conservatives' "moral compasses" always seem to point toward money? From an editorial in yesterday's Macon Telegraph:
When (Zell Miller) left the governor's office in 1999, he pocketed more than $60,000 in taxpayer funds earmarked for entertainment and other expenses at the Governor's Mansion, WSB-TV investigative reporter Dale Cardwell revealed last week.

Miller also picked up a check for more than $20,000 for "unused leave"-a sum to which he was not entitled as a constitutional officer, Cardwell also reported.
While Zell says that everybody does this sort of thing (even though there's no proof that any of the previous governors actually did), the Telegraph reminds us what Zell used to think of such arguments.
In his latest volume, "Deficit of Decency," Miller advises his readers: "Is it decent? is the right question. It's one all of us know and can answer, law degree or not. Is it decent? demands not wordy responses or over-educated legal beagles to interpret it, but simple truth, which doesn't need many words and doesn't lean into the technical."

A year ago, an angry, almost apoplectic Miller didn't hesitate to appear on national TV to rage against what he considered a loss of moral compass by his fellow Democrats.

In the summer of 2005, he declined to stand before the cameras to comment on his own conduct, instead assigning a legal beagle to offer technical interpretations.
Ouch! And, um, kickass!

P.S.: Snort! Julia gets my vote for the best one-liner on this issue (so far).


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