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Ric Latarski - Not every plan is perfect

Crossover Day has come and gone.

Crossover Day is day 30 of the 40-day session of the General Assembly, and if a bill has not cleared either the House or the Senate by this date, it is basically considered dead for the year.

What Crossover Day really means is this is the first real sign this session is hurtling toward its conclusion, and as we all know, the quicker we can get our august lawmakers out of town, the less damage they can do.

Thus far, the most stunning development of this session has been the rebuff of Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson's grand tax plan, which was grand only in terms of his arrogance.

If the Republicans don't want to lose seats by the handful, they will address the conduct and so-called leadership of this legislative Napoleonic mountebank next year.

Not only was Richardson's plan defeated, but the Democrats put up an organized resistance to the idea. This was the second bit of stunning news from this session, because the Democrats have not been organized this century. To be fair, it is a young century.

The idea of the Crossover Day was that if a piece of legislation had not passed one body of the Legislature by Day 30, there was no need to waste more time on the matter. The concept was to make the General Assembly more efficient and effective.

OK, not every plan is perfect.

Technically, legislation could still pass after the 30th day if it is attached to an already approved bill. The idea is the amendment is similar in nature to the already approved legislation.

However, similar is in the eye of the beholder, which is why you might see a bill requiring pickup truck drivers to use seat belts attached to legislation protecting the sea turtle.

OK, not every plan is perfect.

However, Crossover Day could pave the way for some options.

We could have Cross-Eyed Day. This is the day the myopic Legislature recognizes there is a future, but they can't see it.

Since Georgia is still a farming state, we could have Cross Fertilizer Day. This would be perfect for the General Assembly, although there is an argument the Legislature has this day on a pretty regular basis.

Since the squabbling between parties has reached an all-time high, or low depending upon your definition of cooperation, Cross Purpose Day could be a celebration of how the Legislature protects the public through inaction.

This would be followed by Cross-Grain Day. This day acknowledges things go easier if they are cut in the right direction, although the urge to cut some legislators in half to see which way their grain runs might be considered an option.

How about Cross-Bow Day? This is the day the General Assembly passes important legislation to help education, transportation and the environment. They would pass such legislation at the point of a cross-bow. Cross-Tie day would be ideal, the concept being the public would ride this bunch out of town on a rail.

We don't need a Crossways Day, because the Legislature has been in that position for a long time, but Crossroad Day is certainly upon us, because if this bunch does not put away its silliness and start addressing serious problems, the drought will not be an issue, because the state will be in the toilet.

Finally, for the entertainment of the voting masses, we could have Cross-Dressing Day, although it could be that some legislators are already there and we just don't know it.

Come to think of it, maybe it's better that we don't. Gov. Sonny Perdue could be wearing the best from Macy's with a girdle and it would not be fit for public viewing.

At any rate, we can rejoice that Crossover Day is gone. Just think, only 10 more working days to go and this session of the General Assembly will be over. Then all we have to worry about is the federal guvmint.

OK, not every plan is perfect.

Ric Latarski can be reached at ric.latarski@rockdalecitizen.com.