They call him ‘Listenin’’ Roy Barnes

The Democratic campaign of Roy Barnes has posted what can only be a video statement of regret by the former governor.

The venue is unusual — Barnes in a car, on the move, making his necessary amends:

Says Barnes:

”For months I’ve been driving around Georgia, listening to her people. Listening wasn’t something I did too much of when I was governor before. I tried to do too much, too fast. I’ve learned some lessons. I learned I should explain myself more….”

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Tea Party Tot Dad

July 25th, 2009
6:44 pm

Well — I don’t know what to say about that video… I’ll just say that “Explaining” is the word of the week — Roy didn’t think what he did was wrong, it’s just that he didn’t explain why he did it.

Now I have tremendous respect for the former Governor. Unlike a lot of my Conservative Brethren around this state, I thought Roy did a good job on most issues. In many ways, he cooped a lot of Conservative Republican ideas out of other states only to see politics as usual come into play.

At the time, Know Nothing State Senator Eric Johnson opposed Roy’s measures for the pure sake of politics — just because they came from a Democrat and not a Republican.

Under Johnson and Perdue, education in Georgia has lost almost $2 billion in funding, classroom sizes have increased, drop out rates have soared, and we stay fairly stagnate in terms of education achievment. Eric’s solution is that we just don’t have enough choices in education…

Anyway, I didn’t agree with how Roy handled the flag, redistricting, or how he shook down contributors, rewarded allies and punished enemies.

If “Explaining” is what he’s doing, I wonder how that’s going for him out there… Anyone?

Word I am hearing out of Cobb County is that Roy is raising money hand over fist from the business community and that come December 31, Roy very well may have raised enough to not only scare his Democratic opponents but a few Republicans too maybe perhaps Senator Know Nothing…

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 25th, 2009
7:31 pm

Barnes wants to be in office so bad he can taste it, along with all the extra desserts he’s trying to hide sitting in his Mercury.

That Barnes dodged Vietnam by running into his rathole of law school, never protested that crime against Our Nation, and did nothing as a Member of the Bar to bring to justice the traitors who killed John and Martin to send us to die for the pope there, is bad enough; but there is no good reason for letting Roy Barnes ever serve in the Public Trust again after he allowed Big Banking to make him rich while he was in holy elective office overseeing the banking industry as a member of the Georgia Legislature. He is unctuous and corrupt. Giving away his ill-gotten gains shouldn’t suffice.

He asks for our “prayers.” Roy Barnes needs to pray for himself and repent in private, away from the Georgians he betrayed.

Is G-d now mocked? Does “Listenin’ Roy” think G-d doesn’t know his cowardice and corruption?

Georgia is the greatest state in America. We have a true “Georgia Boy” who is worthy of us: Max Cleland.

For all the right reasons let’s We the People of Georgia make him Our Governor, because by G-d and Grace, it’s the right thing to do, for us, and for Our Posterity!

Mary

July 25th, 2009
10:08 pm

Does “G-d” mean God? When did typing the word “God” in a blog (or anywhere for that matter)become a problem? The fact that you seem to think it’s a problem makes me question your sanity and train of thought.

The Snark

July 25th, 2009
10:43 pm

At least Roy Barnes has ideas. That’s more than can be said for Sonny Purdue or the other midgets seeking the job.

Larry Orange

July 25th, 2009
11:09 pm

I hope one of his ideas is to bring back the Governor’s tax exemption that he signed into law the first time he was Govenor. Perduenothing revoking it has add 300 dollars to my property tax bill.

Michael in Decatur

July 25th, 2009
11:37 pm

First candidate to build the Northern Arc gets my vote….

RJ

July 25th, 2009
11:52 pm

In the video, Roy’s in an old man’s gas guzzler talking about transportation–quite embarrassing.

The Professor

July 26th, 2009
1:01 am

The Norther Arc is as dead as “Will Jones” is crazy.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 26th, 2009
6:46 am

120 is a fine, living Northern Arc for this Atlantan! Let’s not “pave paradise and put up a parking lot.” North Georgia is the best part of G-d’s Creation. Move closer to work.

jt

July 26th, 2009
7:47 am

Stinking draft-dodging lawyer.

broogha

July 26th, 2009
8:18 am

my friends laughed at me when back in the day when roy was governor i said he did not give a gnat’s eye about what his constituents thought, it was all about roy…king roy. now that he acknowledges this, one has to wonder, is it going to change anything if he is given a second chance. politicians being politicians, i’m not willing to put any money on it.

The Snark

July 26th, 2009
8:21 am

Take a look at that crowd running for governor — eric johnson, karen handel, john oxendine — since when have THOSE people given a gnat’s eye about anyone but themselves?

Road Scholar

July 26th, 2009
8:25 am

Will Jones and jt: Did you both serve in the armed forces? I believe he followed the law concerning deferments; I did also, which doesn’t subtract from my patriotism and service to the people of this state.

Saxby Chambliss

July 26th, 2009
8:42 am

I never knew how much Roy and I have in common. He even sells out to lobbyist like I do. If the Georgia voters want me then they will love Roy.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 26th, 2009
9:09 am

A strong nation needs “horses” who run toward the guns, not away from them. I’m American and I take my lead from America’s Founders: their wisdom, their words, their righteousness, their Covenant. Each of us must work out his or her own salvation with fear and trembling. Let your conscience be your guide.

Plenty of doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, dentists, ministers, husbands and fathers, took on that role simply to dodge Vietnam, where after John Kennedy ordered us out and took Rome’s bankers of the unconstitutional Fed off our money, Nixon, Bush1 and the Roman Catholic CIA killed him to send 58,000 of us, and untold millions of Asians, to die, and to re-enfranchise the Fed false-elite we’ve now be forced to “Bailout,” on Wall Street.

I dropped out of college and enlisted in ‘68 before I got my 2-S or the lottery was created because I wasn’t “getting any,” only went to college because I had good board scores, and I didn’t want, down the road, to look back at a time when Americans were fighting and dying in uniform under the Flag and I didn’t put my shoulder to that “wheel” with them.

Like I said, I’m American. At eighteen, being completely ignorant of the geopolitical crime our being in Vietnam was (listen to Dr. King’s Riverside Speech – he knew but I was raised a “True Believer”) I was “programmed” to “suit up” having grown up in the Army, much of the time in the echoes of the salute guns planting our heroes at Arlington.

In Ancient Israel only married fathers went to war and they lasted as a nation for thousands of years before Rome’s pedophiles conquered them and instituted crucifixion to punish people for twice denying that Caesar was god (”Sedition”under codified Roman law).

Our Founders believed in the Citizen Soldier, and I’m grateful for having had the honor.

The Constitution stipulates that Congress must Declare War before a drop of American blood is placed in harm’s way.

Rome has usurped us and Congress is the “best government money can buy.”

For me and my children, I want leaders of probity – proven integrity.

Vietnam draft-dodgers who were smarter than I and knew it was a crime, and protested it, have my vote.

Skulking draft-dodgers who used deferments to avoid honorable service to the Constitution and the People then jumped into bed with the traitorous “Fifth Column” who killed John and Martin to send us to die for the pope and which now has committed 9/11 and wants to bring Obama down is my enemy…as I said: I’m American.

Max Cleland for Governor of Georgia. He, like Obama, is one of us.

j sutter

July 26th, 2009
10:22 am

Poor Will Jones. Buying the Cleland story.He is banking on Barak appointing him to something in DC but the openings left seem to be beneath him. He messed up the VAso bad it took years to get it off life support. He doesn’t have the skills to run GA.

Those who opposed Vietnam have been proven right by history. That in no way however takes away from the service and bravery of those who served. They like all our great soldiers simply follow the orders of our Commander in Chief.

@Edw3rd

July 26th, 2009
10:30 am

No thanks, Roy. Go back to your Chamber of Commerce politics.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 26th, 2009
11:19 am

The “Cleland story?” Atlanta born, with a Masters in History from Emory, becomes U.S. Army Captain and Silver Star-winning Combat Veteran, run out of his Senate seat by some lying traitors and closet-queens after Bush committed 9/11, quits the 9/11 Commission cover-up of Bush’s and Cheney’s treason after having been issued “The New Pearl Harbor,” (a free download now on Google Scholar), who now can bring probity to the Office of Governor of Georgia, the Greatest State in America?

Yeah, I buy that.

mreastside

July 26th, 2009
11:26 am

when Barnes was Governor, that was the last time real work got done.

Bill White

July 26th, 2009
7:24 pm

Roy and Sonny both lied. I’m sorry Roy, but your apology is not accepted by my aunt up at Brasstown or me over here in MS.Go home, Roy, you elitist, over-priced lawyer. You’re such a phony saying that you made mistakes and that you don’t have phone lines. You have an elevator in your private mansion! I hope my aunt gets someone like Eric Johnson to send to the top of the Gold Dome. Roy, give it up. God won’t hear your prayers because he knows you gave up your Southern heritage years ago.You’re a phony carpetbagger who will hopefully fade quickly.

DaltonDude

July 26th, 2009
10:45 pm

Georgia is backwards. You are actually giving the man a hard time for not going to war so that he could futher his education? The world would be a lot better off if we had fewer soldiers and more educated citizens.

Bobby Anthony

July 27th, 2009
12:10 am

Just Say No To Roy!

jboy

July 27th, 2009
9:14 am

People There are no creditble / honest politicians. (period) The system is so full of Lobbyist corruption at the State and National level that it’s a joke when I hear (I’m listening or Change has come) That’s all BS— SO Really, what do you expect from any of them? Ask any Rep/or senator if they are willing to give up their retirement or health care to participate in what they are currently debating???????
See what response you get ummmmmmm -”change subject” ummmmmm “duh” ummmmm “how about some lunch”? Until the people of this once great Country clean up the political mess there will be only more of the same corruption / lies/ spending/ taxing etc….. you get the picture yet??

Zeb

July 27th, 2009
11:50 am

Barnes is a money machine. The powers that be want him back in office to finish paving every unpaved surface in the state. Asphalt is an aphrodisiac!!

Jim Callihan

July 27th, 2009
3:34 pm

Roy is a lawyer. From what I hear, a pretty good one. Guess what? Lawyers lie to “win”. Nope. They don’t call it that. They call it building a case to convince or dissuade. Plain speak? Deception. Who is the father of deceit? The devil. What was the only profession banished from Plymouth Rock? Lawyers. Paul Harvey has a great “Rest of the Story” on that one…all true!

My point? This country is completely screwed up in large part by these “plea-bargain” leaches who have “no dog in the fight” they give away. What America needs…what it is dying for lack of, are LAW REPEALERS!!!

Give us a candidate who swears an oath to repeal laws before writing another one – REPEAL the unconstitutional, unfunded, un-American plethora of “codes & regulations”. Do that…and you got my vote, lawyer or not.

Georgia needs a governor to lead, circle the wagons against the enemy of Congress, make a “to do” list and GET R’ Done!

“One of the boys”? No, but thanks for the offer.

Base

July 27th, 2009
9:58 pm

No Repubs no Dems to vote for.They are all crooks owing special interest.

Base

July 27th, 2009
10:15 pm

The man that gave us GRTA is going to solve our transportation problems.Like a fish.

johnatl

July 28th, 2009
2:30 pm

Base – Yeah, he was the man that gave us GRTA.

Too bad Boss Hogg/Sonny-Bubba has seen fit to absolutely gut it to the point where it is nothing more than non-implemented policy.

I’ll gladly take Roy back after 7+ years of nothing but infighting and 10 lane bass ramps in Bonaire.

A nony mous

July 29th, 2009
10:47 am

David Poythress is the man for the job!!!

Jim Callihan

July 29th, 2009
10:57 am

LOL!!!

This vid makes a funny point about Roy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3MZ5_Y-krY

Grumpy

July 30th, 2009
1:56 pm

If failing to serve in the armed forces should be an automatic disqualifier for holding elected or appointed office, then 80% of the Republicans who hold office wouldn’t qualify. Here they are, the likes of Dick Cheney, Saxby Chambliss and the other Republican “chicken hawk” cowards at the federal state and local levels who send other people’s kids off to die in money-making wars. I served 4 years in the armed forces during the Vietnam War; my son served 6 years and went to combat in Iraq; his two grandfathers served in World War II. How many of you bloggers didn’t find it convenient to raise your right hand and offer yourselves up for war, but have the balls to call someone else a coward?

Before you try to talk real tough about those who didn’t serve, try to convince yourselves that you had a legitimate exemption. Saxby says he had a bum knee. Cheney said he was too busy getting his education at the University of Wisconsin and had more important things to do than put himself in harm’s way. That’s for suckers, right Cheney? Right Saxby? So, those of you who haven’t served don’t have a legitimate basis for criticizing Roy Barnes for not serving.

I have a suggestion to all you card carrying Republicans who are quick to call others cowards. Why not contact the offices of all your favorite elected and appointed officials and ask them, or their staff to provide you with specific information indicating how long the officials served in the armed forces, which branch they served in, and what years they served? And if they didn’t serve, ask for the reason serve. I thinkl you’re going to find that there seems to be an epidemic of bad knees and educational deferments.

A nony mous

July 30th, 2009
2:58 pm

David Poythress is a retired general!!!

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 31st, 2009
9:56 am

David Poythress was an Air National Guard lawyer who went along with the “program” to get flag rank.

Max Cleland bucked “the program” by quitting the 9/11 Commission after it became apparent it was a cover-up.

The People must rule under Annuit Coeptis in Truth and Justice: Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. What has Poythress had to say on the subject?

Concerned Faculty, Staff and other Georgia Citizens

August 3rd, 2009
12:46 pm

EDITORIAL: “WAKE UP GEORGIA!”
Budget cuts for education unfair as University Presidents receive undisclosed “Golden Parachute” bonuses – yet public teachers are mandated furloughs while USG presidents are lining their pockets.

On July 23, Charles Richardson wrote on behalf of the Macon Telegraph editorial board regarding the State’s finances, “It is fairly clear what the Georgia Legislature deems important, and it has nothing to do with the welfare of the state’s citizens and even less to do with the state’s children.”

For almost a year, concerned citizens have been trying to roust slumbering Georgians from their dreams to face the nightmare occurring with our state’s finances – especially as it pertains to the Board of Regents. And, although we are sounding the alarm, citizens, legislatures, media and even Gov. Perdue are failing to stir from their somnolence to see the massive cover-ups occurring in Higher Education. These cover-ups, once exposed and challenged, are costing tax-payers millions of dollars and they are costing our children the education they deserve.

One of the many cover-ups we seek to expose is the issue of hundreds of thousands of dollars in “Golden Parachutes,” which are paid to University System of Georgia presidents as “deferred presidential compensations” in addition to approximately $7,341,481 in gross yearly salaries. While citizens can consult a website to see the compensation paid to each University president, these presidential compensations are nowhere to be found.

Case in point, in 2007, Macon State College President David Bell received $203,920.98 and travel reimbursement of $4,058.22. In 2008, Bell received a salary of $212,409.48 and travel reimbursement of $3721.42, according to the website http://www.open.georgia.gov/sta/search.aud. Additionally, in a letter to Chancellor Erroll Davis, Bell thanked him for the “generous” increase he will receive for the fiscal year 2009 (the exact figures are not yet posted on the website).

In addition to his “generous” salary, Dr. Bell is also slated to receive a “Golden Parachute” in January 2010 in the amount of $600,000 and has an undisclosed annual amount of “supplements” for “miscellaneous, housing, etc.”

The State of Georgia will provide $200,000 of the compensation while the MSC Foundation will provide $400,000. Lest anyone think I am singling out Dr. Bell, please understand that MANY Georgia presidents receive additional salary that is not disclosed to taxpayers.

When I questioned Gov. Perdue about these compensations, he failed to respond to me directly. Instead he had Rob Watts, USG Chief Operating Officer, respond to me. He stated “The pay plan to which you refer is a deferred compensation program . . .” Watts explained that “Deferred compensation is simply employment pay that is deferred until some later time, generally after the fulfillment of some multi-year obligation or the attainment of retirement.”

The reply from Watts raised new questions:

1. Why isn’t the deferred compensation reflected on the government website that discloses pay for University presidents? The website grossly understates the actual compensation for University System of Georgia presidents.

2. If this exorbitant compensation is truly employment pay, why aren’t all of the funds taken from the State of Georgia budget instead of from Foundations whose primary purpose is to raise funds for scholarships and direct betterment of the students?

It has been nine days and I have yet to receive a response from either Rob Watts or Gov. Perdue. Perhaps they are having trouble putting the appropriate spin on their answers.

This is only one nightmare that Georgians are sleeping through. More serious issues will be covered in the Fulton County Superior Court in September 2010. The defendants in a Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act case are: The Board of Regents; Chancellor Erroll Davis; Rob Watts, USG Chief Operating Officer; Burnes Newsome, VC Legal Affairs; David Bell, President Macon State College, Levy Youmans, VP for Fiscal Affairs (MSC) and John Cole, new VP at MSC.

And it’s not just the government who is playing the game of cover-up. In an effort to bring attention to this matter and get citizens to stand against corruption in the University System, emails have been sent to media outlets across the state. However, none of the media has seen fit to answer the emails or print an investigative article addressing issues of “golden parachutes,” questions of who is really running MSC in light of Bell’s failing health, and punitive action taken against anyone who questions the status quo.

Could it be that the University System of Georgia and its institutions of higher education are too valuable to the media as advertisers? Has money become more important than integrity? The code of ethics of Journalism states, “The duty of the journalist is to [enlighten the public] by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.” By not covering this story, media outlets are ruining their credibility as a member of the fourth estate, watchdogs for the masses.

Since Gov. Perdue seems intent on letting the University System of Georgia govern itself, and since the media appears not to want to bite the hand that feeds them, it’s up to the citizens of Georgia to take a stand.

“WAKE UP GEORGIA!” Those government monsters doling out presidential bonuses guised as salary and the media goblins unwilling to reveal questionable practices of the University System of Georgia are real and they are harming our children.

While education funds are cut, college students are asked to pay higher activity fees for fewer services, and public teachers are mandated furloughs, how can our legislators and governors justify bonus parachutes equaling approximately 10 years salary of middle-class Georgia taxpayers?

Put an end to the nightmares TODAY! Contact Gov. Perdue and let him know that we won’t put up with cover-ups and bonuses that rival the national AIG mess. Voice your comments and concerns at
http://gov.georgia.gov/00/gov/contact_us/0,2657,78006749_94820188,00.html
or simply go to the “Georgia Governor” website and click at the left hand side at the bottom on “Talk to the Governor.”

ROB WATTS RESPONSE:

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:07 AM, Robert E. Watts wrote:

July 15, 2009

Dear Ms. Murr:

Your letter regarding President David Bell’s compensation has been referred to me.

The pay plan to which you refer is a deferred compensation program, as provided under Policy 802.12 of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. “Deferred compensation” is simply employment pay that is deferred until some later time, generally after the fulfillment of some multi-year obligation or the attainment of retirement.

This program is a contractual incentive for continued service; it is not a bonus. The Board of Regents has authorized institutions of the University System and their affiliated foundations to enter into such programs to serve the public interest in attracting and retaining effective personnel.

Thank you for your interest in Macon State College, which is one of the outstanding institutions in the University System of Georgia.

Sincerely,
Robert Watts
Chief Operating Officer
Board of Regents

C: Ms. Angie Allison, Office of the Governor
Mr. Tom Daniel, USG

Ricky

August 10th, 2009
9:33 am

LUCY! You got some splaining to do!

READY

August 10th, 2009
11:18 am

The “Flagers” can’t wait!!!