We’ll miss Kemp; so long Specter

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

The U.S. Senate wisely rejects a bill that would allow bankruptcy judges to “cram down” mortgage rates. You can bet that the rate on your next mortgage would be higher to cover the risk had it passed. A dozen Democrats joined Republicans to vote it down.

Chicken of the Sea, mindful that Al Gore’s global warming projections will make Vidalia and Lyons seacoast towns, announces that it’ll build a $20 million tuna packing factory employing 200 about 110 miles inland, in Lyons. Until the fishing ships are able to dock in Lyons, the tuna will be shipped in frozen. About 65-70 million years ago, Macon was on the coast. Check with me soon for beach front property in Jacksonville, Ga.

Headline: “French excel at leisure.” Another from Yahoo: “Kirstie Alley tells how she gained 83 pounds.” A reminder: News is what people don’t know.

My colleague, Jay Bookman, offers his extended neighborhood as the place to jail Gitmo terrorists. I concur. (Just kidding, bud. I don’t want them anywhere in the U.S. without a guarantee that a federal judge can’t release them here.)

You’re never too old to learn. On Tuesday, for example, I learned never to park a white car under a mulberry tree where hungry birds are gorging.

Losses mount for the Georgia  Senate — and for the state. Former Sergeant-at-Arms Matthew D. Hill of Cartersville — Coach Hill of the segregation-era Summer Hill High School Blue Devils — a towering and gracious presence always, died April 28. He and former state Sen. Terrell Starr, who died just over a week earlier, brought dignity to the institution.

My America is not one that wants to be just one of the league of equals or one that gets all embarrassed when our values are misinterpreted abroad. My America is Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy who’s uncompromising in closing his restaurants on Sunday and unapologetic for being competitive. He told the AJC’s Richard Halicks that he and his wife eat out on Sunday, sampling his competitors. “Oftentimes I just put it in a sack and take it home so I won’t be seen eating at my competitors. Everybody that sells Cokes is my competitor, and chicken houses and other people in direct competition — so I take advantage of coupons I get in the paper, buy-one, get one free. …” Capitalism, you’re alright.

The liberal community activist group ACORN had best register Georgia’s illegals before Jan. 1. Under a law signed this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue, proof of citizenship will be required after that date. Acceptable proof: a driver’s license, birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. naturalization documents or a Bureau of Indian Affairs card.

Goodness gracious! Stop the presses for startling breaking news. AJC reporter Heather Vogell reports that one in four high school graduates require remedial classes at two-year colleges. Here, 86 percent of the more than 200 Atlanta public school students who entered two-year colleges in 2007 required remedial classes, including 29 of 37 HOPE scholars. Shameful. High school teachers are lying to parents. No raise or bonus should go to any superintendent or principal whose students needing remediation exceed the state average.

Which is preferable — a Senate with 30 Jack Kemps or 60 Arlen Specters? The Kemps, no doubt. Over time, 30 Kemps could persuade the country to alter its course. The Specters would get the majority periodically, but you’d little notice the difference.

73 comments Add your comment

Will

May 8th, 2009
7:57 am

Mr. Wooten:

Do you remember about a month ago when the radical republican seccessionists held a rally in Atlanta to denounce the “federal give away” of hard earned tax dollars to banks and the auto industry?

Now that many of the banks are ready to repay these loans (something that was always required but never mentioned in the speeches by the radical sessionists), do you think these republican secessionists will acknowledge this?

Me neither.

Davo

May 8th, 2009
8:01 am

“You’re never too old to learn. On Tuesday, for example, I learned never to park a white car under a mulberry tree where hungry birds are gorging.”

Your cornpone is the only relevant topic here JW….as usual, the rest is sour grapes.

dabrig

May 8th, 2009
8:17 am

Cheers for Mr. Cathy who lives up to his principles by closing his restaurants on Sundays. But then he goes out to eat on Sundays. That means he is not living up to his principles by supporting those places tht break the Christian Sabbath. If he believes so strongly in the Christian Sabbath, he should not eat out on Sundays.

Churchill's MOM

May 8th, 2009
8:22 am

Why are these crazy people after our next President? Don’t they see she is our last hope..

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s life has changed in a myriad of ways since she became the Republican vice presidential nominee last August, but one aspect of her newfound fame has been more bracing than the others: Since entering the national spotlight, Palin has been inundated by ethics complaints, most of them filed against her after she agreed to become Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

The complaints run the gamut, ranging from the governor’s use of state funds and staff to the workings of her political action committee and even to a jacket she wore to a snow machine race involving her husband.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how many complaints have been filed because the state doesn’t keep count and the complaints are kept confidential by the attorney general’s office unless the state moves forward with a public accusation of wrongdoing. But in total there have been more than a dozen, and most of those have surfaced in the last seven months.

That much is clear because the complainants have a habit of notifying the media and bloggers each time they lodge a grievance. It’s evidence, say Palin’s defenders, that there is a clear political component to them.

“As we’ve been saying, the number of ethics complaints filed against the governor and her staff — as well as the tortured logic they contain — continue to constitute the most disturbing trend in Alaska politics,” said Palin spokeswoman Sharon Leighow in a recent statement after one ostensibly confidential complaint was sent to the Anchorage Daily News and other news outlets.

“In the past several months, we have seen an orchestrated effort by the governor’s opponents to make differences of opinion and ideology almost criminal,” said Mike Nizich, the governor’s chief of staff, in a statement. “Governor Palin has spent a considerable amount of time and money fighting ethics complaints – and no charge has been substantiated. I hope that the publicity-seekers will face a backlash from Alaskans who have a sense of fair play and proportion. I served six previous governors, and I’ve never seen anything like the attacks against Gov. Palin.”

The deluge of complaints is, in part, a reflection of the ease with which they can be filed. Any Alaska resident can submit a complaint in writing as long as it is signed under oath and contains details of the alleged ethics violation.

Judy Bockmon, who as the state ethics attorney at the Alaska Department of Law conducts the initial review of all complaints, said the state doesn’t keep track of how many are filed. “It’s not information that is useful to anybody,” she said, adding that the number of complaints seems “unusual.”

Many of Palin’s opponents have taken advantage of the low bar for filing and used it as a license to highlight their grievances with the governor.

“The number of complaints is a function of the misconduct of Governor Palin, Todd Palin and certain state workers,” said self-described government watchdog Andrée McLeod, who has filed four complaints alone. “Governor Palin constantly blurs the lines between her personal and political interests and the interests of Alaska and Alaskans. Alaskans are fed up and are finally doing something about it.”
Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies, a California-based think tank that studies government reform and campaign finance issues, noted that Palin’s high-profile may be generating the extra scrutiny since Alaska’s ethics laws aren’t all that different than many other states.

‘It’s not just Alaska,” he said. “She’s an interesting official and attracts a lot of attention.”

Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich, who tangled with Palin when both served on the state Oil and Gas Commission before she became governor, said Palin may be more susceptible to attacks on her ethics from opponents because she “raised the ethics issue years before she came into office and made a major point of working to change the state ethics laws and regulation.”

“Some of the complaints over the last several months have been frivolous,” he said, “but others have been brought about by the high level of interest in ethics issues around Palin.”

Former Alaska governors “all did extremely similar things” that did not lead to ethics complaints, Ruedrich added, referring to the number of complaints as “unprecedented.”

The business of defending against the claims has been expensive. In late April, Palin was forced to form a legal defense fund in an effort to pay for more than $500,000 in legal debts accrued by the governor — though much of it stems from the “Troopergate” episode surrounding her attempts to fire a state trooper who was once married to her sister.

“Over the past months it became increasingly clear that supporters of Gov. Palin needed to help defend against the onslaught of frivolous attacks against her,” said Trustee Kristan Cole, a Wasilla native and Palin friend, in a statement. “These baseless accusations are designed to inhibit her ability to focus on the issues Alaskans truly care about and force massive personal debt on her and her family.”

To avoid additional accusations of impropriety, the fund set an unusually low, self-imposed cap of $150 per donation. It also volunteered to disclose the names and dollar amounts of each donor, leading Cole to call it “one of the most restrictive and transparent legal funds in history.”

Three days later though, another ethics complaint was filed — this time against the legal defense fund itself.

An Eagle River resident who had recently joined a federal lawsuit against Palin for failing to issue a proclamation commemorating the Juneteenth emancipation holiday in 2007, complained that Palin is misusing her office and receiving improper gifts by setting up the fund, accusing the governor of intending to raise much more than she needs to pay her legal debts.

“Governor Palin has at least 500,000 supporters between her Facebook, TeamSarah and other groups in support of Sarah Palin,” the complaint read. “If each of them were to contribute an average of $100 it would equate to $50 million. If they contribute an average of $50 it equates to $25 million. If half of them send $10 it equals $2.5 million. That’s personal wealth created for Gov. Palin by putting a for sale sign on our Alaska Governor’s Office.”

************Handel 2010***********PALIN MCCAIN 2012*************

Diogenes

May 8th, 2009
8:26 am

Good morning, Jim,

Thirty years ago your wisecrack about beachfront property in Jacksonville, GA, would have been, at best, “cute.” Since then the evidence is so overwhelming that I’m not sure how either you or John Linder could have ignored it without special effort. That’s the “good” thing about being a conservative: you don’t have to know what’s going on in order to disagree with it, kinda like Jeff Sessions. You’ve certainly put together a lengthy career of reacting without the foggiest notion of what’s going on. Enjoy your gardening this weekend, Jim; you really don’t have to worry about a piece of the sky falling on your head, despite what some of the conservatives say.

Ga Values

May 8th, 2009
8:29 am

I have known Truett Cathy since I was 15 and although I do not agree with him on religion, he is a first rate gentleman and a role model of good citizenship.

It would be great if we had 30 Jack Kemps in the senate but we now have about 5 like him and 25 losers like Chambliss. Kemp was a Real Republican, our 2 socialist are worse than Jessie Jackson.

ABH

May 8th, 2009
8:39 am

Once upon a time, long before the GOP plummeted to its current status as the Southern and Rural Older White Guy Party, it actually was home to a healthy subspecies known as the Republican moderate.

These moderates roamed the land, cutting deals with Democrats, winning statewide elections and broadening the GOP’s appeal. Pennsylvania alone was fertile turf for people such as William Scranton, Richard Schweiker, John Heinz, Hugh Scott and Arlen Specter. But now, of course, that era is over. Specter has quit the party one step ahead of his own extinction – yet another sign that the Republicans, in their self-defeating quest for ideological purity, have ceased to be a national party.

Let us briefly sift the ashes. The party right now has no coherent message, aside from “Do Not Offend Rush Limbaugh.” Its messengers are basically conservatives who speak to the choir. It has virtually zilch appeal beyond its base, as evidenced by the ‘08 election and every subsequent poll; the party is alienating suburbanites, independents, Latinos (the fastest-growing cohort in the electorate), and people younger than age 30 (the voters who will dominate for the next half-century).

A respected nonpartisan group, the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, summed it up perfectly: “The GOP is out of contention in New England and the West. It is getting out of contention in the Mid-Atlantic states and the industrial Midwest. Its bases of former support in the farm Midwest, mountain states and the South are eroding.

“The only places where the GOP enjoys a durable advantage are Idaho, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. And with the growth of the Latino population, Texas likely will be at least a toss-up state within the next decade.”

Anyway, the GOP’s “durable advantage” has been reduced to 10 red states. Two new national polls report that 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans, the lowest figure in decades. The holdouts tend to be those who will tolerate no detours from conservative orthodoxy, nor tolerate kind words for Obama.

The GOP is a narrow-casted party that would rather marinate in its anger and paranoia than win elections in states outside the heartland and the Old Confederacy. How else to explain the burgeoning popularity of Glenn Beck, the Fox News host, who has been warning of a fascist plot hatched by Democrats? (I’m not kidding. Beck says there’s a fascist symbol on the back of the dime in your pocket – a bundle of rods with an ax – and points out that a Democratic president, Woodrow Wilson, approved that artwork in 1916.)

Fortunately, there are still some reality-based Republicans. Kristen Soltis, research director at a top GOP polling firm, warned the other day that her party “is facing changing demographic forces that present a challenge to its long-term growth.” Translation: Unless the party wakes up and diversifies, it is toast.

For starters, Soltis said that if the GOP were to have any chance of connecting with younger voters, it “must shed its image as the party of ‘old white guys.’ ” Indeed, the party’s current deficit among the young is dire. In the ‘08 presidential election, the Republicans lost the under-30 voters by an unprecedented 34 percentage points. And that cannot be simply attributed to Obama’s personal appeal; House Democratic candidates won the under-30 voters by 29 points.

Why were the young so decisive for the Democrats? Because they grew up during the incompetent tenure of George W. Bush; because they couldn’t warm to a party that appears intolerant and exclusionary. The schism on gay marriage says it all. The young see the concept as no big deal; the party – hostage, more than ever, to its conservative base – equates it with the downfall of civilization. Unless the party modernizes on that issue, its long-term prospects are bleak – which is why John McCain’s ‘08 campaign manager is now urging his party to endorse gay marriage.

To woo the young, the GOP could also use some new voices; a recent Pew poll even reports that 75 percent of Republicans have no idea who the leader of their party is. Lately, the two most prominent spokesmen have been Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney, which should tell you plenty. Gingrich peaked in 1998, when he was compelled to quit as House speaker. And one only can imagine how young voters view Cheney. Not only does he epitomize the rot of the Bush era, he also looks like a haunted-house character in an old Charles Addams cartoon.

History does teach us that party fortunes fluctuate over time, so I assume the GOP will somehow find its way back. But for now, it reminds me of the college marching band that went astray during the climactic movie scene in “Animal House;” strutting blindly down a dead-end alley, the musicians ran into a brick wall, and even as they crumpled against one another, they kept on playing the same old music.

DJ

May 8th, 2009
8:47 am

This B*&#H Churchill’s MOM should be BANNED!

Maybe Former Democrat

May 8th, 2009
8:48 am

Frustration with both the dems and repubs, I am looking into joining the Modern Whigs (yes, start the wig jokes). It is a party of moderates. http://www.modernwhig.org. Maybe that is the answer for you republicans that feel that the party is being taken over by the radical right wing. I am considering leaving the dem party because I do not agree with this spending spree and am worried about our national security. we need to spend money on social issues (more money), but it seems that the money is going to special interest groups. Its like someone flipped the switch from repub to dem in washington and kept business as usual.

williebkind

May 8th, 2009
8:52 am

ABH: “Why were the young so decisive for the Democrats?” Criminals like ACORN and the biased mass media is the answer. There was a poll where reporters were asking the young voters simple questions like was this person or that and what did they stand for. The young voter could not answer. All they know was what the liberal progressive biased media kept broadcasting. Over and over and over. So incantations do work.

No! The conservative will not give up their values so you can call it compromise or become moderate. If they do it will not be a different party. So you must keep spewing and spinning to control that democratic plantation of slaves.

deegee

May 8th, 2009
8:56 am

There is no proof that illegal aliens vote. You can register your cat to vote. That doesn’t mean that your cat is going to get on the roll. There exists a process that works very well that scrutinizes voter registrations and throws out ineligible applications. There is a greater chance that an eligible voter with a full-time and part-time residence in Georgia will commit fraud by voting twice than of an illegal alien voting once.

Aquagirl

May 8th, 2009
9:00 am

Don’t blame teachers and schools for grade inflation to gain HOPE scholarships. Blame the whining parents who don’t care what their children are learning, as long as they can spend money on bass boats and SUV’s instead of Johnny’s college tuition. Oh, then we’d have to blame middle-class white people, wouldn’t we? That’ll never happen in Jim’s world.

Another clear example: Republicans only advocate personal responsibility for others. They’ll take government subsidies and run like any other welfare recipients.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
9:24 am

Hey, “DJ”, is it?

How exactly do you get this banning done?

I’m curious. I mean, I once saw this newspaper drive a good man into the grave, but never have I understood that its majesty extends to banishment. Oh my God. My God and my AJC!

Jackie

May 8th, 2009
9:24 am

News reports indicate that Dick Cheney feels it is a mistake for any member of the GOP to “moderate.” He says it is all about core principals for members of the GOP to remain “conservative.”

Wonder how that is working?

Churchill's MOM

May 8th, 2009
9:27 am

DJ 8:47 am

Why do you liberals hate our next President?

Curious Observer

May 8th, 2009
9:31 am

I’ve taught some of these Hope “scholars” at the college level. While a small minority of them actually deserve the name, most raise serious questions about the integrity of the high school grading process. Grade inflation is the most polite term that can be applied. When an entering college student is utterly unfamiliar with the parts of speech and their functions, as well as with basic algebra, Georgia taxpayers ought to question why the state is diverting resources to provide high school education at the college level.

The greatest danger is not that Georgia’s schools are graduating utterly unprepared students; rather, it’s that sooner or later Georgia’s colleges will be overwhelmed by sheer numbers and forced to lower standards even further.

And Aquagirl is spot-on. The pressure on elementary and secondary school teachers to provide generous grades so that Johnny can earn a Hope scholarship is simply overwhelming. A teacher who adheres to rigorous grading standards won’t last long.

A second villain in this mess is the creation of high school learning “tracks.” Students may choose between more rigorous college preparatory programs and fluffy vocational tracks. And guess what: all of them end up applying for and being accepted to college–the student who followed the program in automobile repair as well as the student who took calculus and even physics. It’s largely the former who ends up in college remedial programs in English, reading, and mathematics.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
9:35 am

@Curious Observer,

I’m sorry for all the things I’ve said about you. I wish to associate myself with your 9:31 remarks in their entirety.

Thanks for saving my breath.

Jake

May 8th, 2009
9:38 am

Georgia public school education has been saddled with the HOPE grade inflation and the federally mandated dumbing down inherent in NCLB. With a requirement that amounts to 100% of your 9th grade students being able to scoret 40% on a 6th grade level test, what do you expect?

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
9:47 am

Jake,

Your comments are so efficient that I have to believe you know your subject [matter]. You press a lot of anger into a small number of words.

I wonder, did you ever happen to construe this American system of education as a great engine that sucks the aspiration out of would-be educators, such as you and I once were?

I personally call it NEA, but you might pronounce it differently, and I wouldn’t presume to score you wrong.

Dusty

May 8th, 2009
9:49 am

Well, Jim Wooten,

I enjoyed your column this morning. Kinda like a letter from the folks back home. The good folks with honest values, love of country and pride in America and the state of Georgia.

Which reminds me to buy more Chicken of the Sea if the chicks found Lyons a nice place on the future seashore to can their tuna fish. Come to think of it, I don’t believe I ever heard of someone catching a tuna off the coast of Georgia. Anyway, welcome Mr.Sea Chicken. You’ll have plenty of company with the real chickens, the favorite fowl of finger lickin’ Georgians.

Specter…Bookman…Churchill’s Mom of DNC….ZZZZZ…if you’ve read one liberal you’ve read ‘em all. Even ol’ undercover RedNeck who is more liberal than red. I hope they are not holding their breath awaiting the demise of the GOP. They never heard of the “sleeping giant” but they will. Just one more annoucement about a million, a billion, and another trillion might be the real “stimulus package”.

Speaking of trillions, would someone please disconnect Obama’s teleprompters before he annouces another “gift” to somewhere. He has about covered America and now I think he is looking at Pakistan. You can bet liberals will forget their comments about us helping a country that had nothing to do with our security as they did with Iraq. Obama will roll his eyes and talk ever so earnestly. Congress will approve another trillion we don’t have and everyone will be happy. Except Republicans, that is. They still have good sense, just overwhelmed at the moment by a sea wall of surreptitious serendipity from dazed libs.

Well, that’s it for today. Our family is busy and “busting our buttons” with pride. The daughter is receiving her PhD tomorrow in bio-chemisty. Now that is something that brings heady happiness. Yes indeed.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
9:52 am

C.O.,

Sorry, but when you break it down like this, it breaks my heart: “When an entering college student is utterly unfamiliar with the parts of speech and their functions, as well as with basic algebra”.

And now, to our regularly scheduled program…

Churchill's MOM

May 8th, 2009
9:55 am

Jim, they have taken your link off the home page again. My husband is taking the day off so we are going out to shoot sporting clays & have some BBQ in New Bern.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
10:04 am

C.O.,

Could we possibly make a confederacy of two, perhaps to be augmented anon by Mr. Wooten, to stop this madness? This country has imposed on us a huge educational machine that eats children for breakfast and delivers offal in return. Even though this phenomenon plays out in every hamlet daily, the People, my beloved and trusted American People, don’t notice it and almost never take action.

I’m absolutely sick of this waste of minds. Let’s GO!

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
10:05 am

Davo,

What are you, some sort of Garrafallo who hasn’t taken her vitamins?

williebkind

May 8th, 2009
10:07 am

Ga public education is presently designe to give the old welfare families a college education. I am sure some of you have worked with some of these graduates. I am trying to decode a memo I got a couple of days ago. Well, they are qualified for all state and federal jobs. Nothing else matters as long as you have that degree. I see a lot of PHD’s now. I sure do feel better now that colleges are awarding degrees for that hope, pell, ans wia monies.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
10:07 am

Hi, Churchill’s MOM,

I’m an inveterate skeetslayer myself. Never give the bastids an even break.

Enjoy.

williebkind

May 8th, 2009
10:08 am

Ga public education is presently designed to give the old welfare families a college education. I am sure some of you have worked with some of these graduates. I am trying to decode a memo I got a couple of days ago. Well, they are qualified for all state and federal jobs. Nothing else matters as long as you have that degree. I see a lot of PHD’s now. I sure do feel better now that colleges are awarding degrees for that hope, pell, ans wia monies.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
10:17 am

Then climb aboard this bus, please, williebkind. I’m damn serious. Why should such as we watch such as this, and not take action? Please. You’re pissed for your reasons and I’ve got my own reasons and maybe they overlap, but who cares, we should fight this.

The best-intentioned young people in the mighty United States, that’s whom we send to teach school. And with what result? Did you happen to read C.O.’s report? Neither numerancy nor even literacy.

This ain’t rhetoric, man. This is yellowcake.

AmVet

May 8th, 2009
10:22 am

Jim, so is thirty Republican US Senators a prognostication?

If so, you may have this one right.

With the help of Dick Cheney, HeadRush and The man of Steele it is looking more and more like a distinct possibility…

Aquagirl

May 8th, 2009
10:44 am

Poultry @ 10:04, the government has imposed nothing. It’s corporate America which decided to require a 4 year degree for most jobs. As willyb points out, nothing else matters as long as you have that degree. All the politicians did was pander to the masses.

These middle-class welfare cheats don’t care if Americans are stupid. (See: Bush, creationism.) If their little spawn is promised a life above the poverty-class welfare cheats, they’ll be happy. It never occurs to them *everyone* in America is doomed to a life below the Chinese, who take their education seriously.

Billy Bob

May 8th, 2009
11:11 am

APH,

I don’t want to rain on your libtardian parade but 47% of the American people (more if you consider the illegal votes for Jeremiah, Jr.) voted for the Republican presidential candidate some six months previous.

Since your ENTIRE argument follows from this faulty premise that nobody votes Republican, I’ll now accept your sabre and declare “Checkmate.”

Go sell stupid somewhere else.

booger

May 8th, 2009
11:27 am

Aquagirl,

Sorry, but only a small percent of American jobs require a four year degree. I’m sure it makes a good story line but it just ain’t so.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
11:28 am

Well why don’t we then just launch, instead of remnstrating ad nauseum? Come on. I’m as guilty as the rest of you, but look, let’s go.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
11:32 am

Say what you will about Jim Wooten, but the fact is that that man cares deeply for the betterment of the education of Georgians.

I’m going to dare ask each of you: what has been your contribution, toward that end, compared to his?

retiredds

May 8th, 2009
11:40 am

The Republican Party is not dead, just life support. It will survive but it will have to change. Anyone, any group, any party, and sports team, etc., etc. must embrace change or die. Period. Also, I repeat what I have penned elsewhere, conservative vs. liberal = 0 sum game. You cancel each other out. It is the larger middle that makes things happen. Period.

CJ

May 8th, 2009
12:00 pm

Jim wrote, “The U.S. Senate wisely rejects a bill that would allow bankruptcy judges to “cram down” mortgage rates. You can bet that the rate on your next mortgage would be higher to cover the risk had it passed. A dozen Democrats joined Republicans to vote it down.”

I’d be curious to know why those who voted against this provision, continue to support allowing bankruptcy judges to cram down mortgage rates for second homes–currently allowed under federal bankruptcy law.

There’s class warfare alright. But it’s not being waged by the Dems.

@@

May 8th, 2009
12:04 pm

I’m likin’ what I’m seein’, Jim. Democrats agreeing with Republicans while opposing democrats.

I thought there was a moment when Obama claimed to have the oceans in check. Al Gore needs to can it.

Why would the french get off Kirstie’s fat a$$ when the government is proppin’ ‘em up?

Releasing Gitmos in America? Another democratic blockade for Obama. I’m convinced Obama speaks before he thinks.

I learned never to park a white car under a mulberry tree where hungry birds are gorging.

I’m mulling it over — could that be the reason you’ve stopped commenting here? Too many leftist dodo birds?

Truett Cathy, an honest and compassionate man.

According to a report in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cathy decided not to press charges against the girls who were accused of causing $30,000 in damage to Cathy’s home. Instead, in a deal he worked out with the girls’ parents, the two preteens will now have to write 1,000 times that they “will not vandalize other people’s property,” are banned from watching television or playing video games, and must read a good book.

Didn’t mandate that “the good book” be The Bible either.

I’ve known many a teacher who could turn a child’s life (academic and otherwise) around in spite of the home environment. Unfortunately they are the exceptions and not the rule in today’s schools. I reflect on my time as a mentor to a young third grader. Fortunately the teacher in question is gone but not soon enough in my opinion.

Here’s hopin’ you’ve proved her wrong Daphne. Never let anyone destroy your confidence.

I’m not convinced that Specter won’t prove to be a thorn in the side of democrats what with others in his party rebelling. I didn’t know much about Kemp’s political history but through witnessing the tributes I thought “Dang, he defined me!!!”

@@

May 8th, 2009
12:07 pm

Uh Oh, sometimes ‘ya gotta put that little closing and sometimes you don’t.

The link should’a ended after the 8th paragraph.

CJ

May 8th, 2009
12:12 pm

Jim wrote, “…one in four high school graduates require remedial classes at two-year colleges. Here, 86 percent of the more than 200 Atlanta public school students who entered two-year colleges in 2007 required remedial classes, including 29 of 37 HOPE scholars. Shameful. High school teachers are lying to parents. No raise or bonus should go to any superintendent or principal whose students needing remediation exceed the state average.”

Jim and his friends under the Gold Dome argue against adequate funding to hire superior public school teachers and administrators and against adequate funding for maintaining the pubic school facilities and classrooms to meet basic needs (e.g. air conditioning, heat, roofs that don’t leak, and in some instances, toilet paper) , and then they feign surprise when Georgia students don’t learn. It’s quite the scam they have going to promote their privatization schemes.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
12:25 pm

Aquagirl,

While I think I get your good intentions, what are you talking about when you exonerate the government? What’s the point of that fiction?

And your presumption that the point of schooling is corporate employabiolity–well, keep pulling my leg. Can’t you think of another purpose for this absurdly abusive grinder through which we continue to send our human meat? What else do you suppose the “authorities” might be up to, aside from training workers for corporate America?

Really, I don’t mean this as an insult, but rather as an invitation to your intellect.

Something’s going on. What do you really think is going on here?

liberalextremist

May 8th, 2009
12:31 pm

I have not posted in quite some time, but Dusty’s comment “Congress will approve another trillion we don’t have and everyone will be happy. Except Republicans, that is.” deserved a rant.

What is wrong with you? Bush was spending money as if it literally grew on trees and you had nothing to say about that!

Come on! Typical Hannity, Limbaugh, Hasselbeck nonsense and tripe. Go read a book, please!

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
12:33 pm

Oh shut up, @@. You just get cuter the worse you do, and you seem to know it.

RedGADawg

May 8th, 2009
12:36 pm

Several thoughts to ponder!

How does job loss totals reflect undocumented workers from outside US who have lost menial jobs. They may not be legal but they do spend and contribute to GDP.

What are the number of housing units that are needed? Is there a surplus of supply? Does everyone have a home now? We may have seen people stop “Movin on UP” Obviouly the chronic homeless do not as they generally do not work and can not be considered as home buying prospects.

May and June are huge months for new high school and college graduates, with unemployment at record per centage and highest absolute numbers ever how will these job seekers be counted as the majority have not had jobs before graduation? I hope the answer is not get a government job!

Can anyone or does anyone want to consider these issues?

@@

May 8th, 2009
12:55 pm

Oh shut up, @@.

You’ve got it, Poultry.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 8th, 2009
1:07 pm

I’ve always admired Truett Cathey for keeping his business closed on Sundays. If he eats at other restaurants on Sunday though, those people are having to work. He’s an honorable and decent man who does a lot of good but I think he should be more consistent on this.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
1:15 pm

But marry me anyway, @@. I realize that he’s a good man, but something foul might befall him, and then where would you be, with no one to love?

Consider me next time, and in the meantime, don’t stop blogging. You’re good at it.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
1:18 pm

Hillbilly,

In my own family we share your sentiment.

Aquagirl

May 8th, 2009
1:21 pm

Poultry, I’m not exonerating government—I’m just pointing out blaming the government for self-caused problems is dodging responsibility. I don’t think there was a secret meeting of teachers where they all decided to inflate grades for no reason. How many parents pay attention to their child’s general intelligence? Straight A’s is good enough. If the child isn’t making straight A’s, it’s the school’s fault. Nowhere is there a suggestion *they* should be responsible for their child’s intellectual development.

This system has produced parents who giggle at the idiot buying lottery tickets. Those parents are too mentally deficient to understand they’re getting screwed just as badly in the long run. It’s a lack of critical thinking.

The entire message throughout the system is “go to college to get a good job.” Do you doubt that’s the driving force behind expectations?

"Charles", The Original

May 8th, 2009
1:30 pm

“The liberal community activist group ACORN had best register Georgia’s illegals before Jan. 1. Under a law signed this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue, proof of citizenship will be required after that date. Acceptable proof: a driver’s license, birth certificate, U.S. passport, U.S. naturalization documents or a Bureau of Indian Affairs card.”

Jim Wooten should take another look at the teeth in the law signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue effective January 1. Proof of citizenship after Jan. 1 doesn’t mean a thing if the integrationist New World Order courts won’t enforce the laws of Georgia. Even the high courts won’t enforce the Constitution of the United States. According to our integrationist New World Order courts, a candidate for President of the United States doesn’t need verifiable proof of citizenship. Just ask the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. And a person born on earth is a citizen of the world. Just ask the illegal aliens numbered in the tens of millions living throughout the United States. In the minds of the integrationist New World Order crowd, the integrationist New World Order citizenship trumps any kind of national or state law…

The liberal community activist group ACORN must be laughing at this one while at the same time have no qualms about handing out voter registration forms to Georgia’s illegal aliens indefinitely.

Poultry

May 8th, 2009
1:34 pm

No, Charles, seriously they’re up to something they couldn’t manage without vast infusions of illicit cash. We should keep an eye on them. Really we shoud do.