Your morning jolt: Chambliss wants Obama to show ‘humility’

One of the key unknowns today is the approach that President Barack Obama will take with tonight’s attempt to reboot the debate over health care reform.

The Wall Street Journal thinks Obama will stick to his guns. The New York Times says to watch for signals that the president is willing to compromise on the public option.

As for himself, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss says he wants to see a president who is at least chastened by the roars from August town hall meetings.

Talking Points Memo, the liberal blog site, is passing around this Fox News clip from Tuesday:

Said Chambliss:

I think what you’re looking at is folks on my side anxious to see what the president has to say tomorrow night. I think he’s going to have to express some humility based on what we’ve seen around the country during August, and that’s not his inclination.

Please note that Chambliss did not use the “U” word.

In an op-ed in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, claims victory on the “death panel” issue, which she said “rang true for many Americans.”

To wit:

Now look at one way Mr. Obama wants to eliminate inefficiency and waste: He’s asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council—an unelected, largely unaccountable group of experts charged with containing Medicare costs.

In an interview with the New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . . .”

Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats’ proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by—dare I say it—death panels? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans.

Working through “normal political channels,” they made themselves heard, and as a result Congress will likely reject a wrong-headed proposal to authorize end-of-life counseling in this cost-cutting context. But the fact remains that the Democrats’ proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we’ve come to expect from this administration.

In Rome, Ray McBerry, a states’ rightist and Republican candidate for governor, said he’d abolish both income and property taxes. This according to the Rome News-Tribune:

“Low taxes attract business, provide a stimulus and provide more capital to start and expand businesses,” McBerry said during a campaign stop at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.

He said increasing the sales tax to between 10 percent and 12 percent would offset revenue losses from abolishing the property and income taxes. He would exempt necessities like food and medicine from the sales tax. Overall taxes would decrease under such a plan, he said.

Thurbert Baker, the attorney general and Democratic candidate for governor, will head back to his Rocky Mount, N.C., hometown for a fund-raiser Sept. 15, according to the local newspaper. It will only cost $50 to shake the hand of a local youth who made good.

WABE (90.1 FM) this morning has a piece on the lack of campaign cash in this year’s Atlanta mayoral race. Without money for TV, the candidates have had to devise other means of getting their messages out. The report notes that 20 mayoral forums have been held so far — that includes a televised one on WSB-TV on Sunday. With many more to come.

Georgians headed to the anti-tax, tea party rallies in Washington on Saturday have picked out a few rendezvous here before they head up I-85.

One will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Killer Creek Harley-Davidson in Roswell. Two rallies will be held at the state Capitol on Friday, the first at 8 a.m. and the second at 7 p.m.

While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • MARTA could run the Beltline.
  • Day of reckoning near in CRCT cheating?
  • Cobb nixes electronic signs in neighborhoods.
  • Report: Lax oversight made DeKalb court vulnerable to scam.
  • Milton may ditch private firm that manages city.
  • Crime wave hits metro Atlanta campuses.
  • Students learn from Obama.
  • Some opinion:

  • Pro & Con: Are tuition tax credits helping improve education in Georgia?
  • Target Atlanta’s gangs with lessons learned in Baghdad.
  • Congress must end oil price gaming.
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • ABH: Few fireworks at Paul Broun’s Watkinsville town hall meeting.
  • And beyond:

  • WP: U.S. “unlikely” to recoup auto outlay, panel finds.
  • NYT: Despite fears, health care overhaul is moving ahead.
  • WSJ: European leaders call for Afghan summit.
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    12 comments Add your comment


    September 9th, 2009
    10:23 am

    Like to see McBerry’s math. What happens to retail in border towns?

    Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

    September 9th, 2009
    10:45 am

    Saxby took $2.5 million from insurance companies and banks, guess who he is working for… Hint it is not the taxpayer. You too can be repesented by Saxby Chambliss just hire a Lobbyist like me.


    September 9th, 2009
    11:02 am

    Saxby wants Obama to show humility, huh?

    So, Saxby will base his vote on the condition of how the President behaves rather than on what he believes to be the interest of the people?



    September 9th, 2009
    12:57 pm

    Saxby can’t stand to see the confidence that Obama exudes when dealing with complex issues. What advice on humility can closeminded, backwards thinking, Saxby truly offer to Obama? He should demonstrate humility by stepping down and allow a more effective and progressive congressman to serve Georgia.

    Michael Thomas

    They used to call me CrazyJoe now they call me Batman!

    September 9th, 2009
    4:32 pm

    Of course Chamblis does!! He’s “old school” and can’t stand those “uppity” negroes!!


    September 10th, 2009
    7:05 am

    Chambliss received $50,000 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He does not care what’s in the bill, he wants it killed.

    He will exagerate and do his best to scare old people about “Obamacare”. Fear of a black president is a very potent drug for many of Chambliss’ most ardent supporters.

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    September 10th, 2009
    12:00 pm

    The GOP has been taken over by the confederated Taliban.Nation killers, They will reason with nothing! As Bill clinton said for get the GOP. you can not fix stupid


    September 10th, 2009
    12:43 pm

    Saxby supported the bailouts for AIG under Bush. At any rate go Ray McBerry. Dont vote for the rank and file. Vote Georgia First.


    September 10th, 2009
    1:55 pm

    The only thing I saw during August was ignorant adults acting like children at the town hall meetings. Why does Chambliss think Obama should acknowledge the ignorance we saw from these people? They belong on Jerry Springer, not debating the health care reform bill. These are the people who put Chambliss in office….he should be apologizing for them or trying to educate them since he depends on their votes.

    Jim Callihan

    September 11th, 2009
    10:33 am

    I challenge anyone to find one comment, one statement, one video of any interview w/ Shameless with him commenting on the Health Care Reform bill with words like “I cannot vote for…”, “I cannot support…”, “I will oppose…” – find one.

    The truth that most fiscal conservatives have known about O’l Clarence is this – he is a friend and supporter of BIG FEDERAL SPENDING, and the only show of care he feigns is more about “the flavor” rather than poison. He will vote for the bill, just like he voted for every other mega-omnibus spending project that appeared before him.

    He is a neo-con fraud. Look at his voting record. Look at his nomination votes (courts the NRA crowd, pretending to be “pro-second amendment”, yet he votes for Eric Holder – the most adamant anti-gun-rights member of the Cabinet?)

    Even his “conservative votes” were only taken AFTER the NRSC held their meetings and strategized which neo-cons could “take the hit” in which states where re-election was questionable. Why do you think these parties spend untold billions on polling? America has been neutered in chess-like fashion by way of the polls. The vote is a LOCK! I guess you could say we are all Poll-Locks!

    We’ve been PUNKED!

    WAKE UP!!!


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