Your morning jolt: GOP tries to paint John Barrow with Solyndra debacle

The National Republican Congressional Committee has taken aim at 51 House Democrats – including Savannah’s John Barrow – for their support of a loan program included in the stimulus package that made the Solyndra solar debacle possible.

As Barrow pointed out in this space last week, the New York Times notes that the Georgia congressman is blaming the GOP abandonment of earmarks:

“Congress has not been as good a custodian of the people’s money in the past and as a result of past abuses of the earmarking process, with highly placed members of Congress abusing their incredible influence at the closing stages of the appropriations process,” Barrow said. “The political repercussions of that have been to forswear all earmarks, which is basically Congress abandoning its responsibility to decide how the people’s money gets spent.”

One other argument you’re likely to hear Barrow make: The loan program that allowed Solyndra is the same one that is guaranteeing $8 billion for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.

So Republicans in Georgia will need to be particularly narrow in their criticisms.

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A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that – without Chris Christie or Sarah Palin in the mix – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the GOP pack with 25 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Georgia businessman Herman Cain are tied for second with 16 percent – a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point gain for Cain in one month.

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Everyone’s talking about Hank Williams Jr.’s encounter with “Fox and Friends” — the one that cost him his “Monday Night Football” gig with ESPN. Comparing the president of the United States to Hitler will do that.

But what people are missing is that, in the same interview, Herman Cain picked up an endorsement. Even if a half-hearted one:

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Last Friday, in anticipation of Rick Perry’s visit to Georgia, the Insider published a list of 44 state lawmakers who had pledged their support to the Texas governor. Make that 43.

State Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, said he remembers putting his name to a list of lawmakers who wanted to know more about Perry. “I said I might be interested,” Murphy said Monday.

Has he committed to anyone else? “No, none,” said Murphy. “I’ve just kept my option open. I like Newt. I’ve met Mitt Romney a couple times – he’s kind of strong. I like Herman, too.”

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Speaking of Newt Gingrich: In Atlanta on Monday, the former U.S. House speaker told my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Herman Cain’s sudden rise in polls shows that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Perry have a lock on the GOP presidential nomination:

“I don’t know that these guys are in the Ali-Foreman league, frankly,” Gingrich said. “I knew Ali and Foreman. I’m not sure these guys are Ali-Foreman.”

To Richard Elliot of Channel 2 Action News, Gingrich predicted that the stampede of states to the front of the primary calendar will make forthcoming debates more crucial. And after that will come chaos:

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s claim that his state has produced most of the nation’s recent job growth.

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In a season where the New York Times is writing about Hispanics fleeing Alabama and its new illegal immigration law, WRBL-TV in Columbus notes this upcoming calendar event in southwest Georgia:

Authentic food, festive music, arts and crafts, and a children’s carnival are part of the “La Fiesta En El Parque.” The festival is scheduled for October 22 at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entertainment will take place on stage at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site’s main visitor center Plains High School. Havana Son and other local groups will be performing traditional Mexican music and other Latin rhythms like salsa, son, boleros, cumbia and meringue.

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In Marietta, arguments over redistricting have allegedly caused a physical altercation between two members of the city council — an event now under investigation by the GBI, according to Jon Gillooly and the MDJ.

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Finally, for you Lockheed Martin fans, take a look at this video of an F-35B making its first vertical landing on the USS Wasp, posted by Defense News:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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27 comments Add your comment

Jackie

October 4th, 2011
9:51 am

If every liberal who compared Bush to Hitler were banned from TV and newspapers …there would be a huge unemployment line.

Centrist

October 4th, 2011
10:01 am

Once again Galloway had to lobby against states fighting ILLEGAL immigration with this reference above: “New York Times is writing about Hispanics fleeing Alabama and its new illegal immigration law”. Meanwhile there is also an AJC article today mostly highlighting problems for farmers now that Georgia is also fighting ILLEGAL immigration – this part is about the only worthwhile part of the article:

Georgia’s agriculture commissioner and a South Georgia blueberry farmer are scheduled to testify Tuesday at a 10 a.m. congressional hearing in Washington on farm labor shortages, state immigration laws and guest-worker programs. The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security has billed the hearing as a discussion of “America’s Agriculture Labor Crisis: Enacting a Practical Solution.”

Such a “Practical Solution” is not to ignore the high cost of ILLEGAL immigration which includes welfare, SSI, WIC, housing, taxpayer supported free hospital care, schooling with free breakfast and lunch, and much higher crime rates than our legal population. The Treasury reported in July that the Internal Revenue Service coughed up $4.2 billion in child tax credits for illegal aliens in 2010 rocketed from $924 million in 2005. An estimated additional $1.8 billion was going to illegals via the Earned Income Tax Credit, for which they are also ineligible because it can be claimed only by taxpayers with Social Security numbers. Assume they are voting illegally, too – which is the real reason why the leftist AJC ignores the taxpayer economic and social costs.

The report concluded that “[t]he payment of Federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2011reports/201141061fr.html

This is also in today’s AJC:
3 suspects who allegedly shot at Georgia trooper arrested -
Police believe all three are illegal immigrants, Channel 2 reported.

Ben

October 4th, 2011
10:07 am

Blaming crime on illegal immigrants is absurd at best. Honestly, the faulty logic involved is amazing. Crime is not caused because of legal or illegal status. There are many arguments against illegal immigration, to be sure, but blaming crime on it is just lazy.

Centrist

October 4th, 2011
10:13 am

The New York Times notes that the Georgia congressman is blaming the GOP abandonment of earmarks:

“Congress has not been as good a custodian of the people’s money in the past and as a result of past abuses of the earmarking process, with highly placed members of Congress abusing their incredible influence at the closing stages of the appropriations process,” Barrow said. “The political repercussions of that have been to forswear all earmarks, which is basically Congress abandoning its responsibility to decide how the people’s money gets spent.”

Galloway’s editorial comment: “So Republicans in Georgia will need to be particularly narrow in their criticisms.”

What B.S from both. Congress passes spending bills all the time deciding how the people’s money is spent by MAJORITY VOTES (in greater amounts than revenue in order to buy constituent votes). But heaping last minute, hidden, individual representative earmarks was/is NOT appropriate. Thankfully and thanks to TEA Party pressure – that gross abuse is being set aside.

Retired Solider

October 4th, 2011
10:20 am

Ben-

I understand your point, but, if the illegal person was not in this country the crime they committed would not have occurred.

findog

October 4th, 2011
10:30 am

There goes Centrist again with his “assume.”
Probably unaware of its mathematical derivation to make an a$$ out of U and Me; should anyone bite on his unproven charge of illegal voting…

Centrist

October 4th, 2011
10:33 am

@ Ben

Illegal Immigration Statistics – http://www.illegalimmigrationstatistics.org/about/

According to the Paw Hispanic Center website, in their investigation of immigration crime statistics and the federal law courts records, 40% of all sentenced federal offenders were Latinos. Of those, 72% were not U.S. citizens.

13 people die every day due to illegal immigrants involved in traffic accidents.

$113,000,000,000 – This year’s cost of US illegal immigration. Approximately 75% of that cost is absorbed by the states.

$1117 – The average amount you and your family paid in taxes this year to support illegals.

$52,000,000,000 – The cost of educating the children of illegals. This is by far the single largest cost to the American taxpayer.

$2,700 – The average dollar amount a single illegal household costs the US federal government.

51% – The percentage of Mexican immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program. 28% use more than one.

1,400,000- The number of illegal immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program. (food stamps, WIC, school lunch, Medicaid, TANF, SSI, and public/rent-subsidized housing)

DannyX

October 4th, 2011
10:46 am

$391 million lost because of a labor shortage.

Georgia announces unemployment rate went up in August to 10.4%

Your Republican ideology at work.

Ga Values, Just Call Me Heartless

October 4th, 2011
11:07 am

Those Illegals from Alabama need to go to Texas, they have a Governor who likes AMNESTY.

Silent Jay

October 4th, 2011
11:09 am

Nice landing. What did that cost me?

The F-35, just in time to enter the Age of Pilotless Aircraft.

Silent Jay

October 4th, 2011
11:13 am

Newt will pay off the Deficit with credit from Tiffany’s.

MiltonMan

October 4th, 2011
11:31 am

Silent Jay – more concerned about what the landing of a F-35 will cost him (even though the US constitution specifically states the feds are responsible for the common defense of this country) as opposed to what illegal immigrants cost him.

Typical liberal logic.

Frederick Douglass

October 4th, 2011
11:36 am

What was Chaz Bono rattling on about in that FOX news video………….oh snap, Mrs. Douglass just informed me that, that was Hank Williams Jr. I really thought he croaked in the back seat of a Cadillac back in the 50’s, I guess that would’ve been better than killing your career on national TV though.

DannyX

October 4th, 2011
11:36 am

Detroit and Michigan keep making major hiring announcements, meanwhile Georgia brags about how many illegals they chased off as the state economy crumbles.

Ford announces they are bringing back thousands of union jobs from Mexico, the Fusion will be made in the US. GM is also hiring. Of course this means about a thousand small businesses will also be hiring.

Georgia, the new joke of the nation.

double

October 4th, 2011
11:37 am

VTOL’s been around long time.Speaking of logic this state in debt big.

RustyHinges

October 4th, 2011
11:40 am

ESPN pulled Hank Jr. out of PC and pressure from the NFL. Also, doesn’t help the fact that 80% of NFL players are black as well as a large portion of MNF viewers. However, the NFL is hypocritical. Hank Jr. bad for football, but Madonna is OK? She is schduled to peform at the Super Bowl. Anyone remember her comparing Sen. McCain to Hitler and Robert Mugabe?

http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/news/2008-08-23-madonna_N.htm

Alabama Communist

October 4th, 2011
11:46 am

More Breaking News On Hank Williams Jr Politics………..A Redneck Tea Party Republican source close to Hank said today that Hank has endorse Herman Cain and told him to play Golf with the President Obama as his Caddy and not watch ESPN since it was a Communist TV Channel….

RustyHinges

October 4th, 2011
11:48 am

@ Galloway – You are such a tool. LEGAL Hispanics are not fleeing Alabama, Georgia or any other state. And, what does the NY Slimes article have to do with the calendar event in Columbus? There is no irony in an ethnic community celebration organized by those who are here LEGALLY. The Atlanta Greek community just held their annual event this past weekend. Well attended as has been the story for over 25 years.

yuzeyurbrane

October 4th, 2011
12:16 pm

Centrist, which is it—are illegals non-taxpayers who don’t even file tax returns or are they claiming huge tax credits on their tax returns? You can’t have it both ways. Same goes for Social Security. Are they claiming SS benefits or do they subsidize SS by not filing for for benefits? If you do honest research you will find that they largely do not file tax returns nor claim SS benefits since their SS #’s are bogus and they try to stay invisible. So any taxes withheld go to the US Treasury which helps our deficit situation to the tune of at least billions of dollars. Other than that, I largely agree that agribusn. should either attract more American workers by offering a better wage, mechanize even more, or go into a new line of work. My key point is that you have a lot of good facts to support your arguments; so no need to be careless in citing unsupportable facts.

Frederick Douglass

October 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

RustyHinges:

So every person of Greek extraction is here legally, and how can you visually discern that?

pn

October 4th, 2011
12:24 pm

Solyndra would not have been a “debacle” if it had the level of financial support needed to compete with the heavily taxpayer subsidized nuclear and fossil fuel industry competition. No debacle–just a failure of rational thinking. Why not harvest sun energy–which powers every living organism on earth? Better panels and better batteries and bye bye to scary nukes and dirty, noxious fossil fuel burning. The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone. It ended because mankind used it intellect and big brains to move forward and “progress”-something that the Republican Flat Earthers seem to live in paranoid fear of.

JV

October 4th, 2011
12:36 pm

Centrist – Good job with showing the libs the stats. Last time I posted mine, some creepy liberal bed wetter wrote a rambling manifesto about the KKK and said I was clueless.

According to a 2010 cost study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the estimated annual total of the costs related to illegal immigration that taxpayers must bear on the federal, state and local levels in $113 BILLION. Of that, $84 BILLION at state and local levels. This breaks down to approximately $1,000 per tax-paying American household. An average 27 percent of this dollar figure has to do with the administration of justice, while 16 percent are public assistance expenditures. Twenty-one percent go to medical care and an estimated seven percent support education.

Undocumented workers received refundable tax credits totaling $4.2 billion in 2010, a dramatic rise from less than $1 billion in 2005, according to a September 1, 2011 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. At issue is use of a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit, which taxpayers can claim to reduce their taxes owed, sometimes gaining them a check from Uncle Sam if their tax obligation goes below zero. The report states that the payment of federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside and work in the United States without authorization, which contradicts federal law and policy.

DannyX

October 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

“Solyndra would not have been a “debacle” if it had the level of financial support needed to compete with the heavily taxpayer subsidized nuclear and fossil fuel industry competition.”

So very true.

Georgia Power residential customers (only) have a nuclear power plant construction surcharge added to their bills each month. Defend that Georgia Republicans.

JV

October 4th, 2011
12:38 pm

And as far as the poor farmers in Georgia:

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Georgia farmers received $6.01 BILLION dollars in taxpayer federal FARM SUBSIDIES between 1995 and 2010. Georgia ranks 16th in the nation for this free money. EWG has a website. Just look it up. The new immigration law now is not favored by the state farm lobby. They say it will cost too them much to use the legal route called the H2A program. How about using some of that $6 billion to pay for “LEGAL GUEST WORKERS”?

RustyHinges

October 4th, 2011
12:50 pm

@ Frederick Douglass
October 4th, 2011
12:23 pm

Never said ALL Greeks are in this country legally. However, I’m sure it is safe to say there are no where near 12 million + of them here illegally, draining our country’s resources.

DannyX

October 4th, 2011
1:09 pm

“draining our country’s resources.”

What a laugh. Illegals are a great value.

Conservatives/Republicans here admit it all the time. Replacing them will cost a fortune First the illegal employers will have to start giving medical benefits in order to stop the ER visits, everyone knows how expensive benefits are. Wages will have to at least triple. Then all “socialist” farm subsidies will need to end. Don’t forget about the rise in workers comp claims. Pencil in lower productivity too.

The Republican plan will raise food costs by 999% The real Republican 999 plan.

GaBlue

October 4th, 2011
2:39 pm

WHOA! That landing was F-35-in’ COOL!

But, if we can’t afford it, we’ll need to take it back to the store. Cool doesn’t put food on the table, shoes on our feet, or pay for tuition & books.