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Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea after all

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

What teenage boy among us has never muttered those words after learning a life lesson?

Consider my son, who delights in spoofing life as we know it.

When he cooks up some crazy idea, my standard answer is “No!” but occasionally I throw him a bone so he can hear it from an alternative source.

Such was the case on his high school’s Hawaiian Day.

While others flipped through their closets for a loud Hawaiian shirt, Caleb sawed a coconut in half and attached strings to create a bulletproof bikini top.

Yes, it was a proud day at the Morris household.

It didn’t take long, however, for the principal to do what Dad should have done. For Caleb, Hawaiian Day was a bust, so to speak.

The it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time concept also applies to adults.

At this very moment there may be some person trying to figure out how to scrape one of those “W” decals from the back windshield of his SUV.

The decal seemed like a good idea back in 2000, kind of like getting a tattoo with your girlfriend’s name.

But things change.

It might be best to wait until a politician is dead before commemorating him with a window decal.

As to tattoos and girlfriends, just remember that one of them will always be with you.

It seemed like a good idea in 1983 when Congress raised taxes, cut benefits and increased the retirement age to help Social Security through a severe cash crunch.

The result was a growing cash surplus. Instead of the surplus benefiting future retirees, however, Congress found a way to raid the funds and spend them on other goodies. Thieves from both parties continue the raid today.

Meanwhile back at the retirement ranch, Social Security faces another financial crisis.

The Bush administration said last week the only way to permanently fix Social Security is through a combination of — you guessed it — benefit cuts and tax increases.

It seemed like a good idea back in 1983.

And for sheer audacity it beats a coconut bikini top any day of the week.

Scott Morris is managing editor.

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