Michael Johnson takes his race against John Lewis to Perry

Perry, Ga. — The annual gathering of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce has begun, several thousand strong.

The featured entertainment is a discussion of Washingtonian economics – a field that requires its own designation – between U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, and U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is speaking now on the fight over the federal deficit, calling it “the most predictable crisis that ever faced America.”

But politically, the most aggressive sight we’ve seen here is former Fulton County Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson, next year’s Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. John Lewis – who is not present.

Johnson is being squired – introduced to the state’s business leader – by Ken Hodges, the former Democratic nominee for attorney general.

Johnson is pitching his message toward Georgia’s middle, saying that the Standard & Poor’s downgrading was a referendum on Washington’s inability to compromise.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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46 comments Add your comment

JD

August 9th, 2011
12:59 pm

Wow, sounds like a lot of fun…watching a bunch of nut bags air their dirty laundry.

You got Johnson, a lunatic that thinks he can win what is literally going to be the most incumbent friendly primary in GA.

Then a couple of right-wing fundamentalists that are trying to increase unemployment levels in an attempt to unseat President Obama.

Isn’t it interesting to watch “economics” discussions between people with 0 training in the field? It feels a lot like listening to a chiropractor talk about real medicine.

Eli

August 9th, 2011
1:02 pm

Didn’t Tom Price and Saxby Chambliss claim that Obama administration claims of possible downgrade or default were scare tactics?

Good call, morons.

Shivering

August 9th, 2011
1:03 pm

Johnson just lost my support. Any person who would associate themselves with the like of Ken Hodges is indeed insane, desperate or dirty. Hodges is one of the most idiotic and corrupt people in this state and possibly in this country. Michael you will be hearing from demanding the return of my contribution.

Elephant Hunter

August 9th, 2011
1:05 pm

I know Tom Price said that, Eli. I am not sure that Saxby did…but he did vote against the debt ceiling increase, so he probably did care either way. After all, both of these guys are multi-millionaires…so it is not as if they no what a gallon of milk costs or ever have to worry about retirement like the other 97% of us.

We do not need term limits, we just need smarter voters (and guess which party is the one advocating cuts to education funding!)

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
1:09 pm

Elephant Hunter,

These guys are just like the coal barons of West Virginia. They want to keep the population as dumb as possible so they can pillage whatever they can.

Ever read the book “The Godfather?” Don Corleone had this great saying that never made it into the movie: “A lawyer can steal more with a briefcase than a hundred men with guns.”

Well, Don Corleone never met a hyper-capitalist fascist like Tom Price before. Frankly, I am surprised Tom Price has yet to sponsor a bill outlawing happiness.

Centrist

August 9th, 2011
1:14 pm

Not that I am an Isakson fan, but please give me a reference to the quote where he supposedly said possible U.S. bond downgrades where just a scare tactic.

Since I voted for Ken Hodges to be the Attorney General – please tell me why is he “desperate, dirty, idiotic, and corrupt”?

Hey, we got compromise on the debt deal – it is a mostly worthless smoke and mirror accounting gimmick which Standard and Poors laughed at as they downgraded our bonds. Fitch, Moody’s, and a second downgrade from S & P to follow.

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:19 pm

I keep hearing the media claim both sides are to blame for the mess we are in, but when I look at the Congressional Record I see one story: The Democratic Party tried negotiating the raising of the debt ceiling for several weeks, continually giving in to spending cuts, where the GOP laughingly passed symbolic gestures in the House knowing that their colleagues in the Senate would not vote in favor of them.

It is an empirical fact that the GOP, with the participation of Price and Chambliss, are the cause of the downgrade.

One of the things my professors always asked students when I was in grad school was “why don’t you just call the guys and ask why they did something rather than putting together a complex statistical model?” Well, lets ask David Beers, head of S&P’s sovereign credit rating division, why he downgraded the US Treasury Bonds?

Oh wait, he released statements! Nothing he said indicated that debt levels were a cause for concern, the unpredictability of Congress was to blame (to which I ask, who are the “unpredictables”, and we all know it is the Tea Party. He also said that being upgraded back to AAA would require “tax increases on upper income earners.”

Shamlaquita

August 9th, 2011
1:20 pm

“…next year’s Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. John Lewis –”

Dream on. No one is going to dislodge John Lewis as long as he’s alive and wants the job. He will be the black Strom Thurmond.

td

August 9th, 2011
1:25 pm

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:19 pm

How much more can you spin. I think the CEO of S&P said that if the balance budget amendment was passed then they would not have down graded the rating. What party has been blocking that?

td

August 9th, 2011
1:27 pm

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
1:09 pm

No my friend that is the white liberal elitist that want to keep the African Americans on the socialist plantation.

td

August 9th, 2011
1:29 pm

Eli

August 9th, 2011
1:02 pm
Didn’t Tom Price and Saxby Chambliss claim that Obama administration claims of possible downgrade or default were scare tactics?

Good call, morons.

Now how did that deal work out? Could it have been worse if no deal would have been reached?

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:35 pm

td,

What part of the amendment process do you not understand? 2/3s of both houses and 3/4 of the states. A balanced budget is going to require not just the elimination of the Bush tax cuts, but additional increases. Which party is against that?

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
1:41 pm

td,

why do you ignore history? typical conservatives, you can not even define socialism.

Plantations were capitalist establishments. If the country adhered to your hateful ideology it is extremely likely that slavery would have never been abolished.

Little do you know, in a socialist economy there would still be millionaires and billionaires. You would still be able to own your own business and produce what you want to produce. You would still be able to send you children to a private school if you wanted to do so. Politically, nothing would change, except that you may actually be able to talk to your Congressman or Senator about policy rather than having to contribute $10k. Economically, all that would change in a socialist economy is that the wealthy would have to continue working to earn their money. Merely owning the means of production or inheriting mass sums of wealth (Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman) would not be enough to sustain wealth.

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:47 pm

td,

You will have to post a link to David Beers’s comment that a balanced budget would have prevented downgrade. I can not find that statement anywhere.

Here is the video link to the reference I made (which, unlike yours, is factual): http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2011/08/08/n_sandp_usa_aaa_downgrade.cnnmoney/

Honestly, I am pretty sure you are making it up. Standard and Poors does not have a CEO…of course you would not know that…you listen to talk radio and Faux News. Even worse, you apparently have so little invested in the markets that you did not know that simple little fact. And you call others socialists.

Donnie is right, you are ignorant.

Ghost Rider

August 9th, 2011
2:15 pm

td:

Too many non-thinking sheep out today. Intended to participate but think I’ll depart before the wolves come for the sheep.

td

August 9th, 2011
2:24 pm

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
1:41 pm

You forgot to mention that the people to lazy to work would be taken care of from birth to grave.

td

August 9th, 2011
2:43 pm

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:35 pm

And which party is refusing to vote on the Balance budget amendment? All Replublicans voted yes and even some Dems have in the past.

td

August 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
1:47 pm

It was not David Beers that said it. It was John Chambers (manging Director of S&P)stated to a FOX reporter (after the interview) that S&P would not have downgraded the US if a balance budget amendment would have passed. Go back and watch the show “The five” for the comments.

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

td,

That is not true either. In fact it is likely that there would be fewer “entitlement” programs. You fail to recognize that welfare programs are the result of capitalist entities lobbying government.

Who gains the most from welfare programs? Agribusiness. Conagra and Cargill make billions of dollars every year because we have a mechanism that prevents the poor from starving to death. They also spend millions every year lobbying Congress to not cut, or to increase, certain welfare expenditures.

These programs are not the result of “kindness.” Agribusiness and their investors secure as much as $50billion a year in revenues from government expenditures in the form of food stamps and other voucher programs.

Not to mention the fact that inventors will be able to patent their own inventions. Under the current capitalist regime the product of my labor belongs to the financier by virtue of their wealth alone. It does not matter how many PhDs I rack up, I will not be able to own what I create until I have millions of dollars…and that is not going to happen.

Every time we attempt patent reform in the US you right wingers step in and take the side of the billionaires and millionaires. Under your capitalism there is no incentive to develop cures for disease. Society wants cures, Capitalists want band-aids. Have you ever had a loved one die of cancer? Blame a capitalist for perpetuating that cycle. Curing cancer means that there would no longer be an ongoing demand for treatment.

The best illustration is the light bulb. The original carbon-filament light bulbs invented by Edison are stilling burning in his historic home…after 100 years. They do not burn out! You can not really make a profit off of that though, can you. Society would prefer that light bulbs last, essentially, forever. Think of the savings in your lifetime (then think of everything other disposable item you purchase because the are designed to quickly fail). The capitalist wants light bulbs to burn out every 1000 hours or so. Oh, but when a liberal scientist invents a compact fluorescent light bulb that lasts 25000hours it is the worst thing in the world! It is envrio-fascism to borrow Michelle Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh’s vocabulary.

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

td,

thats nice. but you are still lying:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/sandps-chambers-balanced-budget-amendment-would-do-more-harm-than-good/2011/08/09/gIQAElip4I_blog.html

Chambers states that a balanced budget amendment would do more harm than good because it would reduce the federal government’s flexibility in handling financial crises.

Do you care to try again. Maybe you cite some pseudo-economists like Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell.

Elephant Hunter

August 9th, 2011
2:56 pm

Man, it is a bad day for td.

Not that it is not expected. These right wingers still believe WMDs were found in Iraq and that tax cuts increase government revenue.

Now they are going to spend the next 20 years pretending that today’s right-wing rhetoric is the “truth.”

Brenda

August 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

I hope these good ole boys will Go Fishin at ole Sonny’s pond while they are down that way.

td

August 9th, 2011
3:29 pm

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

What dream world are you living in my friend. I think the two richest men in the country are Democrats. Did you know that when you look at the net worth of the senators and congressmen that the Dems are worth way more then the Republicans? Go look up how wall street and the banking industry voted with their pocketbook in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. How many more times did they give to Democrats and Obama vs. McCain and the Republicans?

td

August 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

Left of Right

August 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

I am not lying. I am telling you what the man said to a reporter. Did you happen to watch yesterdays episode?

I guess what you provided just proves the man is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Voice of Reason

August 9th, 2011
3:33 pm

Not a lot of voters in John Lewis’ district live in Perry….glad to see Johnson is wasting his time catering to Republicans. Anyone who takes campaign advice from Ken Hodges will get what he deserves come election day!

td

August 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

Donnie

August 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

“but when a liberal scientist invents a compact fluorescent light bulb that lasts 25000hours it is the worst thing in the world! It is envrio-fascism to borrow Michelle Bachmann and Rush Limbaugh’s vocabulary.”

There you go and misrepresent and spin the truth (using your language “lying”). Rush, Michele and any other conservative is not bashing the light bulb they are talking about the intrusiveness of the Federal government to mandate that we can only buy one type of light bulb. If this light bulb is so great then you let the market decide and the people would stop buying the other light bulb. What is wrong with the market deciding?

td

August 9th, 2011
3:45 pm

Elephant Hunter

August 9th, 2011
2:56 pm

“Not that it is not expected. These right wingers still believe WMDs were found in Iraq”

What did Hussain use on the Iranians and his own people? You left wing extremist seem to want to forget about those facts. You leftest also claim to care so much about human rights but see no benefits of stopping all the mass killings or stopping all the rape rooms. GWB removed one of the worst dictators in the world and freed 100 million people but that does not even come up in the discussion.

You leftest will be claiming in 25 years that Carter and Obama were the two best Presidents this country has ever had.

JoS

August 9th, 2011
4:16 pm

Upon reading some of these comments in support of the “Dims”, its no wonder we are in the mess we are in. Obama and the other “Dims” wanted to raise the debt ceiling without any conditions. Just raise it so they could go on squandering our money. Only because the republicans insisted, did anyone even talk about cutting our spending. And it was the republicans who sent plan after plan to the Senate – how many plans did the Senate pass? How many plans did Obama come up with? Reid wouldn’t even let some of the plans come up for a vote. Obama threatened to veto some of the plans before they passed – so who is it that’s not negociating.

You people believe too much of the liberal media. Republicans and the tea party had nothing to do with the downgrade. S & P stated it was the out of control spending that was the reason for the downgrade – the republicans were ready from the start to cut spending and every plan they sent to the senate did exactly that. But to satisfy the left wing nuts, Obama and the “Dims” wanted to “tax the rich” so they would pay “their fair share”. S & P didn’t mention not raising taxes as the reason for the downgrade

Obama is like a recalcitrant 10 year old – nothing is ever his fault, someone or something else is always to blame. Meanwhile everyone of his policies has been a complete failure – even the GM turnaround is built on lies. They haven’t begun to pay back what they owe the taxpayers and they are being given special tax breaks.

The truth be told

August 9th, 2011
4:19 pm

Anyone who would rid this state of the likes of John Lewis has my votes. The downgrade was that Obama has not shown leadership and continues to falter. Standard and Poor should be taken to task by the all Americans for their shoddy research. Remember they were the ones that allowed the large banks to sell investments called derivatives which no one except those making money on them understood. Yet this investments were given glowing ratings by the likes of Standard and Poor. I have no confidence in this rating agency and feel this is being driven by those wanting to harm this country especially are middle class. What is needed is a real President that will stand up for the average American! Obama is clearly not that man.

Jeff

August 9th, 2011
4:25 pm

I just listened to David Beer’s comments on Reuters. He clearly states that the rating can be increased if the Congress follows thru with major deficit reductions. He says we should curb entitlement spending and repeal the Bush tax cuts. He talks about both. To blame it solely on the tea party is lazy.

Gman

August 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

The majority of Georgia voters are just plain ignorant with regards to what is best for the country or themselves for that matter. They still believe that “trickel down economics” works and that all regulations are bad, while they die from cancer. What a bunch of rubes!!!

Voting for future

August 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

There is no budget and there has not been for three years. All the democrats have done in the last several years is spend. They passed Obamacare without reading the bill, they put out stimulus spending that had nothing to do with job creation. they spent us right into this trouble and people just want to put blame on anyone other then the democrats in office who are totally responsible.
Why are we three years now without a budget? Because Obama and his party wanted to spend and spend they did. They gave to Big Unions for votes, they bailed out their Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac, they took over the auto makers and the banks. They put the EPA in charge of creating job killing regulations in the utilities while stopping America from drilling their own oil. WHO IS TO BLAME HERE? The Tea Party? Oh year right.

Start cutting and you dont need to raise taxes either. Cut the Department of Education, Cut the EPA, Cut the Federal benefits programs, Cut out the pensions of all house and senate members. We the people did not vote for that. Bring normal benefits packages into the government and make the people pay into it. Open up the entitlement offices and close (stop funding) the duplicate and triplicate offices and get rid of waist. You can, yes even cut defense. There is no need for the military to be paying $750.00 for a hammer or $350.00 for a toilet seat.

All this Administration is doing is pitting American people against each other. They have set race releations back big time. Why are you letting this happen. I know that people are not that stupid. I also know there are lazy people in this country who simply dont want to work. To that I say tough. Go get a job, the free ride is over.

Once the government stops spending, cuts government and gets rid of regulations this country will again start to grow. But as long as we keep these bozo’s in office (and I am talking about the Rinos) both Democrat and Republicans, they will do what they want for their political career and not what is good for Americans. Notice I did not say blacks or whites or people of color. I SAID AMERICANS. Stop falling for their crap. Go read your own reports, go look the the spending, the reports are there for you to see.

Unless you are just a lazy ass and dont want to work, then you must want to see jobs created and the economy get better. GOVERNMENT does NOT create jobs and never have. Government only grows to create REGULATIONS WHICH KILL JOBS AND BUSINESS.

DannyX

August 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

You have to admit, Tea Party crazy is sometimes fun to watch.

Last year they were all screaming their approval at all of the polls that showed them poised for a big November victory. Now they they ignore them. They are getting crushed by them, especially the Tea Party crazies. Absolutely crushed.

So what nonsense do they start to divert from their catastrophe? Their usual “liberal media” sob story. So predictable. Its now being mentioned 500 times a day on these blogs, such good sheep.

nutts

August 9th, 2011
5:08 pm

leftofrite…you are a prevaricator of erroneous tales…the Tea Party is synonymous with predictability…they said they would not not negotiate on certain issues, they were elected because of their beliefs and they have stood their ground…and you call them unpredictable….. go back to grad school and learn something that is based in fact.

Eric

August 9th, 2011
5:23 pm

td:

Got your a$$ handed to you today, huh? Better go listen to Fox and figure out a response. Hint: You might try thinking about what the posters have said before you try to refute the argument they are making.

Einsteindawg

August 9th, 2011
5:34 pm

Tell me one thing John Lewis has done for Georgia other than embarass the state every time he opens his mouth. And, what qualifies Michael Johnson to represent this district? Rather than voting for the lesser of two evils (ie: idiots), wouldn’t it be great to vote for someone who is actually qualified? Only in America…only in Georgia.

Independent voter

August 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

Vote the Republican out the office with the tea baggars out the office

amy

August 9th, 2011
6:27 pm

DannyX
It is fun to watch! Glad someone else is getting a kick out of this.

td
Do you really think someone is going to go door to door checking on your light bulbs?

td

August 9th, 2011
6:35 pm

Eric

August 9th, 2011
5:23 pm

Where? About rich people supporting Obama? About more wealthy Dem Senators and Congressmen then Republicans? I now it was about WMD’s that Saddam used on his on people or the rape centers that were closed down?

td

August 9th, 2011
6:37 pm

amy

August 9th, 2011
6:27 pm

td
Do you really think someone is going to go door to door checking on your light bulbs?

When the sell of the light bulb is restricted in the state then they do not have to go door to door.

td

August 9th, 2011
6:38 pm

Independent voter

August 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

Not going to happen in Georgia my friend. Matter of fact we are going to send two addtional Tea Party members to the house of Reps after the next election cycle.

Einsteindawg

August 9th, 2011
6:40 pm

@td…if anyone aks, Hilary Clinton will be our next POTUS.

td

August 9th, 2011
6:42 pm

DannyX

August 9th, 2011
5:07 pm

Lets cut all the “Great society” programs to start with and then these leaches will have to pair up and stay together, learn how to use birth control and get an education to survive.

td

August 9th, 2011
6:44 pm

Einsteindawg

August 9th, 2011
6:40 pm
@td…if anyone aks, Hilary Clinton will be our next POTUS.

It would not matter because she is just as big a socialist as Obama.

Independent voter

August 9th, 2011
7:09 pm

I am independent voter I dont care for Obama he is to weak to be president but I know this wouldnt vote for no teabaggars or these crooked republicans in Georgia.