Georgia’s leaders continue to duck tough decisions

By the end of his second term, Gov. Sonny Perdue understood that transportation in Georgia was badly underfunded and had been underfunded for years, harming the quality of life of Georgia citizens and damaging its economy.

Legislative leaders, including chairmen of the House and Senate transportation committees, shared that conviction. Yet when it came time to correct the problem, they balked. The best they could manage — and it took years of halting work to accomplish even that much — was to pass a convoluted, complex approach that tried to dump the state’s responsibility for funding transportation onto local voters and local officials.

In the end, the TSPLOST work-around didn’t work and the funding shortage continues. But Perdue’s successor, Nathan Deal, and his fellow state leaders still do not dare to do what they know is necessary. They have no “Plan B.” They do not lead, they follow, and they do so timidly.

And it’s not just transportation. Consider Medicaid and the state’s so-called “bed tax” charged to hospital patients. Again, Georgia leaders from Deal on down understand the necessity of renewing the tax, which expires this year. Without the revenue raised through the tax, Georgia would lose $400 million in federal Medicaid funding, forcing drastic cutbacks in payments to Medicaid service providers and probably forcing the closure of rural hospitals.

Yet they can’t bring themselves to do what they know is necessary. Not directly, anyway. Instead, they have engineered another work-around, creating legislation that shunts responsibility for the bed tax — renamed a fee — onto state bureaucrats, who have been given the “authority” to levy the fee themselves. That way, no politician has his or her fingerprints on a tax renewal.

But how long can this charade be sustained?

The same duty-dodging deception may be employed to produce the public contribution toward financing a new, retractable-roof stadium for the Atlanta Falcons. Personally, I don’t think that in times such as these, scarce tax resources ought to be used to subsidize a highly profitable business. But powerful leaders in this state have decided otherwise. The governor wants it. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants it. The state’s business community wants it.

But again, state leaders are plotting ways to avoid a legislative vote, this time by shifting the responsibility onto those “tax-happy liberals” at the city of Atlanta.

Earlier this week, in joint House and Senate budget hearings, Deal bragged that “We have reduced per capita spending of state dollars for our citizens. Using 2012 dollars, we are spending money at a rate of 17 percent less than we did a decade ago. And we now have 9,000 fewer state employees than we did five years ago.”

Great. But we also have a badly inadequate transportation system, a higher ed system that is taking yet another major cut to its budget, public school systems that can’t stay open the minimum 180 days a year and a bureaucracy no longer able to perform basic government functions in a timely manner. We are allowing the work of a generation to come unraveled.

But at least we still have a Legislature that can say it didn’t vote for a tax increase, if only in the same, technical sense in which Bill Clinton could say that he “never had sex with that woman.”

– Jay Bookman

373 comments Add your comment

N-GA

January 28th, 2013
7:49 am

Kinda like a hit man telling Saint Peter that he never killed anyone who didn’t deserve it…..

ByteMe - Got ilk?

January 28th, 2013
7:56 am

It’s all very sad. And not a bit different for the past 200+ years.

If the South secedes, that’ll really shift the bell curve for the rest of the country.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 28th, 2013
7:59 am

When you sign pledges that go against your oath of office, this is the result. Georgia is so red it can’t do what is needed. maybe after it implodes, the rest of the country will take note and change things…maybe.

Mick

January 28th, 2013
8:00 am

Monday morning blues, when”s the next golden age in my lifetime?

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:09 am

Just another episode in why folks roll their eyes when you tell them you live in Georgia…..

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 28th, 2013
8:10 am

Well, I still ain’t seeing any work on the GA 400 exit ramp for Simpsons Trailer Park so don’t expect me to support a tax. And the schools, all people need is to read a little and do a little adding. Fire some teachers and we’ll be OK.

That’s my opinion and it’s very true. Have a good Monday everybody.

Thomas Heywards Jr

January 28th, 2013
8:10 am

Attention New Jersians, Californians,Ohions, and other assorted Amero-do-gooder high tax statist progs.
.
It IS terrible here.
Bridges are crumbling. Pot holes are eating cars.And the weather is terrible, what with global warming and such.
.
It’s best that ya’ll stay where you are.
Or maybe go to Detroit.

Gale

January 28th, 2013
8:10 am

I don’t know, Corbin, California has practically imploded and the country doesn’t take it as an object lesson. They just point and laugh.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
8:12 am

soiling their diapers

liberals claiming georgia collapsing

yet all those diaper wearing liberals keep moving to atlanta to find work

hhhmmmmmm…………….. sounds contradictary

yet those diaper wearers wont look at the liberal states of california, new jersey, new york, illinois………….. in fact they admire those states

hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm……………… sounds delusional

soames

January 28th, 2013
8:12 am

California is belly up with the same problems (not enough revenue) and the rest of the country still hasn’t taken note….ahh but the bell at the NYSE is signalling a real turnaround.

Are you going to demand some accountability from your ‘Blue’ friends Jay?

saywhat?

January 28th, 2013
8:12 am

Just heard on NPR this morning that venture capital spending in Georgia is down 17% (not sure over what time period). Could the lack of leadership willing to do what needs doing (or even capable of identifying what needs doing) be part of the reason?

saywhat?

January 28th, 2013
8:15 am

Sorry Samantha, but the only diaper wearer I know of is David Vitter, NOT a liberal, and not moved to Atlanta. Try again.

Gale

January 28th, 2013
8:18 am

Even if we had the funding, infrastructure projects have about a ten year span. It would provide jobs, improve economy, increase tax revenue, and provide a better base for attracting business. I think the “leaders” are just not doing a good job of selling this.

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:18 am

Citizen of the World

January 28th, 2013
8:21 am

These Republican “leaders” are wimps, cowering in the face of the anti-tax, small-government, one-winged (that would be the right wing) monster they have created. Now they can’t get the important things done.

Cherokee

January 28th, 2013
8:22 am

And of course in the real world – that is, not the one described by Fox News – California has balanced its budget and is growing, thanks to Democratic super majorities in their government.

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
8:22 am

“Are you going to demand some accountability from your ‘Blue’ friends Jay?”

Yes, Jay, are you???? Oh wait, looks like California is cleaning up the mess leftover from the red Arnie.

An observer

January 28th, 2013
8:22 am

So are you saying that legislators should raise taxes to subsidize the Falcons stadium? I do not think they should.

Plain Truth

January 28th, 2013
8:24 am

Delta is ready when you are! There are flights daily to th blue states! These who are whining about Georgia give the Federal government a pass on everything!

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
8:25 am

soiling their diapers

and still not getting the big picture

California’s debt still a heavy cloud over state’s future
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget presented a plan to pay back nearly $28 billion owed, but various sources estimate the state’s debt at hundreds of billions.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/13/local/la-me-state-debt-20130114

EVEN THE LA TIMES UNDERSTANDS THE SITUATION……………

Gale

January 28th, 2013
8:26 am

Atlanta does not need a new stadium. Atlanta need infrastructure projects.

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
8:26 am

I see Georgia Republicans think there is enough revenue to pump another $50 million a year into the secretive private school tax credit scam.

Skip

January 28th, 2013
8:26 am

Gale hasn’t paid much attention to what’s happening in Cal lately.

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:28 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

SO …it’s a cloud….a puffy gray cloud…

how scarey is that?

who’s drawers need changing?

alex

January 28th, 2013
8:29 am

When I moved back here 4 years ago a business man told me that atlanta had 3 main problems, the most important was the poor work ethic of the population,we get our legislature from this same pool…

State and federal legislatures not doing whats important.

NO stadium unless Blank pays for it….

Granny is correct, to a point, the higher yaxes have helped Californias finances…See the “economist”-a couple of weeks ago, long term implications remain to be determined….

F. Sinkwich

January 28th, 2013
8:31 am

“But we also have a badly inadequate transportation system, a higher ed system that is taking yet another major cut to its budget, public school systems that can’t stay open the minimum 180 days a year and a bureaucracy no longer able to perform basic government functions in a timely manner.”

We just need more spending and higher taxes, don’t we, Jay? It’s the lib ilk answer to all that ails us, real or perceived.

I know, you know, the whole world knows that if indeed Deal raised spending and taxes, it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the ilks. Their appetitite for bigger government is insatiable.

Thomas Heywards Jr

January 28th, 2013
8:34 am

Municipal tax rates in Detroit are 2.5 times the national average,…..AND they have bullet trains AND light rail.
Ditto California.
.
Clearly, Georgia needs higher taxes and a bullet train.
Deal needs to ask the advice of Nobel prize-winning Economist Paul Krugman.

guy

January 28th, 2013
8:35 am

Yes, they put off making tough decisions just like the jackasses in Washington. Both only want to kick the can a little more and pretend it will all go away. It will go away,you can be sure of that!

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
8:35 am

Atlanta need infrastructure projects.

name the ALL DEMOCRATICALLY RUN part of GEORGIA that has been so MIS-MANAGED that is is crumbling?

ATLANTA, FULTON (except NORTH FULTON), DEKALB

when democrats control
it falls in a hole

Gale

January 28th, 2013
8:36 am

True enough. My California news comes from family planning to move from CA because of the economy there.

curious

January 28th, 2013
8:37 am

Rather than smaller or bigger government, it would be nice to have some “Good Government” for a change.

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:37 am

got ilk? Ilks Lodge? ilk and cookies? satin and ilk? ilk chocolate? ilk shake? malted ilk?

ilk

RIP 2008 – 2012

vinny

January 28th, 2013
8:40 am

“The finance department estimates there is still a $28 billion “Wall of Debt” built up over years of internal borrowing, as well as more than $100 billion in unfunded liabilities in state retirement health and pension systems”

Nice try, granny. California has so much debt and unfunded liabilities that it will never dig out.

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:42 am

vinny

see the trees

see the forest

the contested phrase was…..belly up.

Doggone/GA

January 28th, 2013
8:42 am

“that it will never dig out.”

Nothing lasts forever

kayaker 71

January 28th, 2013
8:43 am

Granny,

The Huff Post article says that Governor Moonbeam “has a plan” for reducing the debt over the next four years…… Is that anything like Bozo’s pledge to “cut the debt in half” during his first term? This is nothing but liberal rhetoric. California is an immigrant disaster, poorly led and in debt so far in the hole, they may never see the sun again. But that’s OK, I suppose. Governor Moonbeam has a plan.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

January 28th, 2013
8:45 am

GDOT has the money to run snow plows all around Macon this weekend, so it appears they have plenty of money.

St Simons - aboriginal Bootakook 2014

January 28th, 2013
8:47 am

bu..bu..bu…Timmy does it toooo! – thought i’d get that one outta the way.

AM raydio codeword today – some variant of diaper/bedwetting.
Freudian, to be SURE…

Ronald Reagan Parkway

January 28th, 2013
8:50 am

The sad part about this scenario is that there is a possibility that Nathan Deal will be re-elected. Wake up Georgia!

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
8:51 am

kayaker 71

the contested phrase again was….belly up

it ain’t, deal with it

F. Sinkwich

January 28th, 2013
8:51 am

Perhaps Georgia should study the success of blue states as a roadmap to fiscal nirvana. Oh wait:

“S&P has downgraded Illinois’ credit rating down…which makes it the worst rated state in the United States.”

O’bozo learned a lot from them.

Mick

January 28th, 2013
8:51 am

sink

Ever notice that we have been cutting taxes for the past 18 years and our country is falling apart at the seems and no better off? People like you expect champagne fixes on a beer budget – you get what you pay for…

Bill Orvis White

January 28th, 2013
8:52 am

The honorable Governor Purdue is a fine man. I met him on several occasions at numerous bible study retreats. I apply those same words for Mr. Deal, but I have yet to have the honor to meet this amazing man who is dedicated to low/no taxe$ and bringing budgets into common sense territory. Here’s the thing that’s wrongheaded about Liberal Jay’s blog post (looks like the same piece of trash in the print edition): Transportation and health care are not rights guaranteed to the public under the U.S. Constitution and state charters. We need to get back to basics whereby the private sector takes control of these functions, pure and simple.

If I saw Mr. Purdue again, I would urge him to run for Taxby Shameless’ old United States Senate seat because the U.S. Senate NEEDS more men like Mr. Purdue who lead a Christ-centered existence. I originally loved U.S. Senator Chambliss, but he abandoned his conservative roots by being seen with Socialist-Democrat party members. This turncoat needs to go back to his front porch, sip the devil’s drink and think about all the treasonous things he committed himself to by working with the enemy. Taxby needs to be called up in a special hearing.

Amen,
Bill

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
8:56 am

the govenors named brown
and the marriages gay

the debt has accumulated
spent the fund for a rainy day

i’d be safe and warm
if i taxed high pay

california dreaming
residents wont stay

hamiltonAZ

January 28th, 2013
8:57 am

“And not a bit different for the past 200+ years…”

Oh, that is inaccurate. As a younger person, I took pride in my state as I drove around the country. We always had the bed transportation dept. Better roads, better access. No more.
Jay has scored with this one. The party in power has convinced itself and its followers that government is bad.
Now they sit around and tinker with the weaker branch (indigent defense, new crimes for immigration, new evidence code, new juvenile code, drastic budget cut and new responsibilities); the departments (HR closing group homes, shifting away from child protection; Education, eviscerate and privatize) and give lip service to jobs. In corrections, they got tough on crime, and realize it’s a mistake because prison is not the all round answer. Now they can’t afford the prisons and don’t have the courage to undo the mandatory minimums.
Every year, more crimes go on the books because it’s all they can do. They’ve backed themselves into a corner. When Sen. Chambliss began to speak reasonably about the crazy pledge, they put a target on him.
If they were interested in jobs, they would want good infrastructure but they’re afraid to do what it takes. They would have a strong judiciary, but they’re afraid to do what it takes. They would sustain the dramatic improvements Zell’s HOPE provided higher education, but they’re afraid to do what it takes.

While other states are moving past the recession, compare GA.

Mick

January 28th, 2013
8:58 am

orvis

What country do you live in? You don’t sound like an american to me, just someone who only cares about himself and his religion. You’d be better suited for an island in the pacific somewhere…

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:00 am

sonny purdue is a DEMOCRAT

its funny why democrats laugh at him……….. his views are DEMOCRAT

and true conservatives laugh at him…………. and they didn’t know why………..

He switched party affiliation from Democratic to Republican in 1998

and the same for NATHAN DEAL

so when liberals CRY about SONNY and NATHAN……… they are making fun of THEMSELVES

vinny

January 28th, 2013
9:01 am

California doesn’t pay it’s bills. It’s a deadbeat state.

They declare a suplus with $28 billion going unpaid? That’s pretty cool. If I tried that, the repo man would come and take everything I own. But since gov’r Moonbeam does it it’s o.k.

Good goin, granny!!

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
9:01 am

“the debt has accumulated
spent the fund for a rainy day”

Good point Uncle Sam, typical Republican behavior isn’t it? Create a mess then whine when a Democrat doesn’t clean it up in 3 days! I guess Republicans are pretending Arnie never existed, just like they do with Bush. Disgusting.

weetamoe

January 28th, 2013
9:01 am

The word *smackdown* is a frequently used word that floats serenely in the community soup of expressions, easy to scoop out and use when appropriate and timely. Conventional wisdom that it is biologically and anatomically impossible for men to suffer hysteria has become subject to question in some recent and relatively rare instances.

Granny Godzilla

January 28th, 2013
9:02 am

vinny

see trees

see forest

can’t eh?

Bob

January 28th, 2013
9:04 am

Mick, show us where Illinois or California has cut taxes. They keep raising them and keep getting more in debt. During the recent teachers unions strike in Chicago we were told that some schools have no A/C and frequently run out of soap and toilet paper. Maybe that is why Chicago has so many murders. I wonder which states have better bond ratings, progressives like CA and IL or GA ?

vinny

January 28th, 2013
9:04 am

See the debt granny. Can’t see it? – Then you aren’t dealing in reality. Typical bedwetting liberal.

Question Man

January 28th, 2013
9:05 am

About the Falcons’ stadium, why does Georgia’s billionaire Arthur Blank try to TAKE hundreds of millions from taxpayers, while billionaires such as New York’s Michael Bloomberg DONATE hundreds of millions to do good? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/nyregion/at-1-1-billion-bloomberg-is-top-university-donor-in-us.html?ref=nyregion

Jay

January 28th, 2013
9:05 am

So Samantha, by your analysis, Georgia Republican voters have nominated liberals as governor in each of the last three statewide GOP primaries?

Lame. Exceedlingly lame.

St Simons- island off coast of New Somalia

January 28th, 2013
9:06 am

well, I saw on that Chip Rogers GPB documentary where Georgia was
upgradin’ with a new dam & string music education. I don’t how they
got Ned Beatty & Burt Reynolds to do the narratin’ tho. That musta
cost a fortune.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 28th, 2013
9:07 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:00 am

WOW! That rant really offers good solutions… :roll:

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:08 am

oohhhh danny boy!!!!!!!!!!

you are DELUSIONAL

california is a democratic state run by dems

they can run but they can’t hide……………….

The legislature has been Democrats most of the time. Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, the Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election.

poor danny boy.. typical liberal probably complains about the crumbling infrastructure of Metro Atlanta that is in only the DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED areas (MID-SOUTH FULTON, DEKALB AND CITY OF ATLANTA)

OHHH DANNY BOY

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:10 am

JAY

I DIDNT SAY LIBERAL…….. I SAID DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!
don’t sandusky my words

and YES………… the DUMB CONSERVATIVES and REPUBLICANS nominated and elected DEMOCRATS

funny

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
9:10 am

“See the debt granny. Can’t see it? – Then you aren’t dealing in reality.”

Arnie sure didn’t see the debt. W sure didn’t see the debt. Of course Republicans now have special glasses that see the debt. They also have mirrors that show Arnie and W smaller than they actually are, in fact they disappear!

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:12 am

corbin

heres the only solution

stop electing democrats and republicans (who are rich or laywers or sometimes both)

start electing middle class workers who will not RIG THEY SYSTEM for rich-lawyers

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 28th, 2013
9:12 am

Joe Hussein Mama

January 28th, 2013
9:12 am

Jay — “Earlier this week, in joint House and Senate budget hearings, Deal bragged that “We have reduced per capita spending of state dollars for our citizens. Using 2012 dollars, we are spending money at a rate of 17 percent less than we did a decade ago. And we now have 9,000 fewer state employees than we did five years ago.”

As my grandpappy used to say, “figgers lie and liars figger.”

MiltonMan

January 28th, 2013
9:13 am

Georgia is a terrible place to live huh?:

California has the highest poverty rate (on top of highest state tax structure):
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/california-poverty_n_2132920.html

Illinois has the worst state credit rating:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/26/illinois-credit-rating-lo_0_n_2557649.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago

New Jersey and Democratic senator being investigated for sleeping with underage prostitutes (Of course, Jay would never, ever discuss this):

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/25/emails-show-fbi-investigating-sen-bob-menendez-for-sleeping-with-underage-dominican-prostitutes/

etc.
etc.

So feel free to move away to other states that are so much wonderful than Georgia

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 28th, 2013
9:14 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:12 am

Would love to see it, but I fear that is a pipe dream. Special interests will have to be outlawed first.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:14 am

poor corbin

California’s debt still a heavy cloud over state’s future
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget presented a plan to pay back nearly $28 billion owed, but various sources estimate the state’s debt at hundreds of billions.

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/13/local/la-me-state-debt-20130114

you should stop reading FOXS NEWS and start listening to a REAL media company like the LA TIMES

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
9:15 am

“california is a democratic state run by dems”

Yes it is now, because Republicans totally screwed up, just like they did on a national level. Jerry Brown is cleaning up a Republican’s mess. Where have we heard that before????

In fact California voters also recently voted to change their state senate so the minority party didn’t have super powers just so the incompetent Republicans couldn’t do any more harm.

straitroad

January 28th, 2013
9:16 am

Jay,

Reducing federal welfare would help to increase state revenue. Paying folks to sit at home is a major part of the problem.

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:16 am

corbin

WE ARE THE SPECIAL INTEREST

this poor me i am only one person against all those big powerful forces has got to end

they want you to stay down and think there is NO WAY

but we out number all those special interest

they are just smart enough to have us squabble over these silly issues to distract us from the fact we have the power

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:17 am

hey canny boy

EDUCATE ME

when did the REPUBLICANS controll CA?

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 28th, 2013
9:17 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 28th, 2013
9:14 am

FOX NEWS!!?? Ha! Fox News doesn’t even acknowledge California exists. Fox news is for you, not me.

Welcome to the Occupation

January 28th, 2013
9:18 am

The best they could manage — and it took years of halting work to accomplish even that much — was to pass a convoluted, complex approach that tried to dump the state’s responsibility for funding transportation onto local voters and local officials.

Sort of the way Prime Minister Cameron is doing in the UK over the Euro situation?

What is it with these so-called conservative “leaders”? Are they not able to actually LEAD?

Joe Hussein Mama

January 28th, 2013
9:18 am

straitroad — “Jay, Reducing federal welfare would help to increase state revenue. Paying folks to sit at home is a major part of the problem.”

You’re aware that the *states* administer public welfare programs, aren’t you? Including establishing time limits on how long recipients can benefit from most forms of welfare?

Surely you’re not advocating for the big bad Fedrul Gubmint to come in and push the states around, are you?

LIBERAL Progressive and damn proud of it.

January 28th, 2013
9:19 am

Why do people insist on putting their stupidity on display? Help me with this U.Sam, Sinkwich….why do you do that?

Mick

January 28th, 2013
9:20 am

I wonder how that anti-union, low tax state of texas is doing with their 12 billion deficit? Can’t blame dems, unions or high taxes, what then?

F. Sinkwich

January 28th, 2013
9:23 am

Yo, Danny, The Governator is a lib ilk…

While we certainly had deficit issues during Bush, those problems are 4X now. But it’s all good since O’bozo is in charge, huh?

Mick

January 28th, 2013
9:27 am

sink

Yeah, it’s all obama’s fault, the great recession doesn’t factor at all in your world. Who was it again that left the country in that state???

Whatever

January 28th, 2013
9:29 am

Georgia is on this end of the spectrum then you have California and Illinois (great liberal states) that are going bankrupt. Which states are in the clear and doing what they need to do best?

Bottom line, we’ve overspent for years and it’s catching up with us. We don’t have the funds to do everything everyone wants anymore. Some things will have to go. The hard part is figuring out which things.

barking frog

January 28th, 2013
9:30 am

I certainly hope Deal has improved his finances as he hasn’t done much for Georgia.

Jay

January 28th, 2013
9:30 am

“Jay, Reducing federal welfare would help to increase state revenue. Paying folks to sit at home is a major part of the problem.”

Funny, then, that Ga. revenue is still down so much, given that Georgia pays less in “federal welfare” than any other state in the union.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/12/georgia_s_war_against_the_poor_the_southern_state_is_emptying_its_welfare.html

Under straitroad’s thesis, Ga. ought to be rolling in revenue. Georgia is NOT rolling in revenue. Thus, straitroad’s thesis is disproved.

DannyX

January 28th, 2013
9:31 am

“Yo, Danny, The Governator is a lib ilk…”

:-) When all else fails claim RHINO! :-)

Before Brown California had a Republican Governor 16 out of 20 years. During that time legislation passed by their Senate required a 2/3rds majority, giving both parties the same amount of power because one party never had more than a 2/3rds majority.

Maybe all those Republicans were RHINOs. Reagan too, when he was governor!!

F. Sinkwich

January 28th, 2013
9:32 am

Hey, Mick, check this out:

“The robust tax collections in 2012 have already blown the official estimates out of the water, and 2013 should add to that surplus, said Dale Craymer, an economist and president of the business-backed Texas Taxpayers and Research Association.”

Mick = Prevaricator

Morality?

January 28th, 2013
9:33 am

Ducking decisions? The mother of all “decision duckers” is the Dem led Senate and Obama…… Jay when are you going to talk about the tough decision concerning the Fed debt that Obama has been ducking for FOUR plus years now?

Whatever

January 28th, 2013
9:34 am

Jay (or anyone else),

Which states are keeping their budgets intact and providing all of these services and don’t have future unfunded liabilities (just kicking the can down the road)?

I don’t know of any myself but I’m sure there may be a few out there.

Morality?

January 28th, 2013
9:35 am

The Fed gub’ment is “rolling in over spending” and DEBT. That’s what we are rolling in. ……. down hill and fast!

Recon 0311 2533

January 28th, 2013
9:35 am

Talk about states that duck tough decisions. The land of Lincoln that became the land of Democrats isn’t doing very well. Change failure to address state worker pensions to failure to reform entitlements and you see our nation rapidly heading in the same direction.

http://www.myfoxal.com/story/20718216/illinois-state-credit-downgraded-to-worst-in-us

St Simons- island off coast of New Somalia

January 28th, 2013
9:35 am

‘They don’t have a Plan B’

..and Steve Miller ran off with their Plan A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MneA9pgLVw

may the Ga cons’ karma trickle down on them

Donovan

January 28th, 2013
9:35 am

Look at it this way, Mr. Bookman…it could be worse. The Georgia legislature could be run by Democrats. You know the drill. Tax and spend. Did I hear spend more money on education and social programs that never seem to get enough funding, but never seem to improve? Those are gold mines for corrupt little politicians.

Did I read one of your little sharks bragging about how Jerry Moonbeam has whipped the insolvency of California. Well, for one, that mentally ill liberal pulled numbers out of the air because California is still the most upside down state in the nation, has lost more residents than any other state, and has the worse credit rating in the nation. Is it any wonder Phil Nickolson wants to leave California just like Tiger Woods did?

Do I have to remind the Godzilla woman that all those states and cities in this country that are run by Democrats are failed economies? Look at New York, California, Rhode Island, Michigan, and Illinois. Illinois just got downgraded by the S&P, I might add. These bastions of liberalism share the same common denominator; tax and spend, tax and spend, tax and spend, tax and spend, and tax and spend. Is it also any wonder that the governors of those states are whack jobs? Good old Mario looked like a raving lunatic over the gun ban legislation. A 7 round magazine? What’ s next? Banning nail clippers and hedge trimmers? How about the governor of Rhode Island bankrupting his state over the funding of a video game business by former Red Sox pitcher, Curt Shilling?

Nice try, Bookman. Georgia doesn’t need Democrats to run things in its state. I do have an idea for all of you folks who don’t like the way things are done in the Peach State. Go live in New York, California, Rhode Island, Michigan, or Illinois.

Welcome to the Occupation

January 28th, 2013
9:36 am

Whatever “Georgia is on this end of the spectrum then you have California and Illinois (great liberal states) that are going bankrupt … Bottom line, we’ve overspent for years and it’s catching up with us”

“The hard part is figuring out which things”

Uh, how about starting with tax holidays for shirking corporations?

kayaker 71

January 28th, 2013
9:38 am

Debt crisis? Detroit…… 20B Chicago…..7.3B. NYC……100B. All run by liberals, some of whom are in jail.

Whatever

January 28th, 2013
9:39 am

Welcome,

Ok, we start there. That’s fine with me. How much does that get us?

Mick

January 28th, 2013
9:40 am

sink

I actually saw that when I googled texas deficit – hats off to them and the economy as a whole gets healthier when their is more employment. Let’s see how new jersey and new york take off with the rebuilding after sandy. No big deal, I was wrong about texas and its deficit this year…god for them and california…

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

January 28th, 2013
9:40 am

people don’t see the negative side of reducing the number of state jobs. Cracks in the system start appearing and then more people are inadvertently able to game the system to take advantage – the very thing those looking to cut the jobs want to avoid.

Liberal Nightmare

January 28th, 2013
9:41 am

“Why do people insist on putting their stupidity on display? ”

Pot, let me introduce you to Kettle.

Talk about ignorance – a bunch of dim wit libs touting the success of California. Let’s see, highest taxed state, high levels of welfare even among the working, high population of undocumented workers, and mountains of debt. Wow – just delusional. I am sure many manage your budgets in the same way. Oh, and by the way, it is anticipated surplus. Let’s see if it actually occurs.

Mick

January 28th, 2013
9:43 am

donovan

Tiger woods is worth what, about 600 or 700 million? Guess who’s rated the stingiest tipper? That would be tiger, if I had wealth like that, C-NOTES would be flying all over the place..but, thats just me and tiger can be a cheapskate…

Elections Have Consequences

January 28th, 2013
9:44 am

Real message in today’s blog-We need more ‘investments’ to ensure growth. Oy.

stands for decibels

January 28th, 2013
9:44 am

The best they could manage — and it took years of halting work to accomplish even that much — was to pass a convoluted, complex approach that tried to dump the state’s responsibility for funding transportation onto local voters and local officials.

It seems quite cowardly for elected officials to punt when it comes to making tough funding decisions, to say as they did in that instance and others described by Jay, in effect, “We don’t want to take responsibility for generating revenues that we know we need, to pay for stuff we need. We want YOU to choose to do it.”

I don’t think one can govern that way in the best of circumstances, and it’s doubly difficult if the notion of taxes equaling some kind of punishment (rather than civic duty) has become nearly universally accepted.

Jimmy Crack

January 28th, 2013
9:44 am

John Edwards was off about “The 2 Americas”, by ONE. There are 3 Americas…

1) The 5%ers,

2) The 3 Monkeys:

- Gov’t workers (See-No-Evil)
- Unions (Hear-No-Evil)
- Non-working check receivers (Speak-No-Evil)

3) The middle to lower class non-union taxpayers.

As long as #2 all vote together, “Election Day” is nothing but a Tuesday.

Morality?

January 28th, 2013
9:46 am

Ducker in Chief is more determined to put women in harm’s way in hand to hand combat than he is on getting the Fed debt under control. Ducker in Chief is more concerned about mandatory big spending programs on college sports for the “challenged” than he is on getting the Fed debt under control. Ducker in Chief is becoming more SOCIALIST social big gub’ment spending than he is in curbing wasteful spending and the FISCAL CLIFF. This political correctness from every special interest group that flooded Obama with lobbyists money and got Obama elected is now getting their PAYOFF. Kickbacks and payoffs are a sign of this corrupt Fed gub’ment. Time for a change. Time for TERM LIMITS for this corrupt do nothing Congress and time for a BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT to the Constitution. to curb this rampant wasteful gub’ment spending of our hard earned tax dollars.

Whatever

January 28th, 2013
9:46 am

Stands,

It’s equally hard to think of taxes as civic duty when there is so much waste and debt.