Taxing services, closing schools

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

  • The state should take over testing for, say, three to five years in any school where any individual in authority is suspected of cheating or allowing students to cheat on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, as was the case at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton, Deerwood Academy in Atlanta and Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County.
  • The Georgia General Assembly needs to act to make certain we don’t get a back-door sales tax on services. At issue is a 4-3 state Supreme Court ruling on a tax-grabbing suit by Columbus against Expedia Inc. Expedia, like most other Internet service companies, takes the base room price a hotel is willing to accept, taxes and all, and adds a service charge. Columbus wants occupancy taxes on the room plus the service charge. Four justices agreed. Legislators should make the law clearer: No tax on services.
  • The U.S. Government Inc. is on the verge of seizing the tobacco industry, giving itself authority to reformulate tobacco products “to protect the public health.” The winners are politicians and Marlboro, a brand unlikely to lose market share to competitors because marketing can be controlled by government. Big Tobacco surrendered. Next up: soft drink manufacturers. Health is a license for government to control.
  • The state Board of Education votes to deny Academy of Lithonia renewal as a charter school for failing to meet academic goals. Fair enough. I’m curious, though. Ever hear of a regular public school being shut down? Not saying that charter schools shouldn’t, but that regular public schools should.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorses, in principle, a Palestinian state next door — on the condition that it is demilitarized and that the Palestinians recognize Israel’s right to exist. Fat chance. Wake me when other states in the region accept, without some poision-pill condition, Israel’s right to exist unmolested.
  • Not surprising, but the governors who resist the federal government’s effort to develop national standards for reading and math include the governors of Alaska (Sarah Palin) and South Carolina (Mark Sanford). Eventually, as states develop and test curriculum and push performance standards higher, as Georgia is doing, national standards will evolve, bottom up. No need for federal edicts.
  • President Barack Obama and his Democrats in Congress are smart to try to ram through their $1 trillion to $1.6 trillion health care proposal and banking industry overhaul quickly — before people absorb the details. For the country’s sake, though, they’d be wise to listen to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in urging caution on banking overhaul: “We have to evaluate it, weight it, slow it down and make sure we do it right … if we don’t, we will pay dearly.”
  • Why isn’t the chattering class going ballistic at the president’s firing of Gerald Walpin, inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, for his efforts to hold former NBA starter, Obama supporter and now Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to task for mismanagement of an AmeriCorps-affiliated nonprofit? Had George W. Bush done that … Well, you know.
  • Ever notice how seldom somebody identified as “activist” has a real job, especially a real job in the private sector?
  • Atlanta’s borrowing costs are high. But it’s not any living person’s fault. Bad stuff just happens. Most often it’s because the state and the federal government didn’t give them enough money.
  • Private industry, 2020 version: Ex-Oracle Corp. executive Frank Varasano applies for $340 million in federal money, to put with a $67 million state incentive and a local $15 million to build a new line of fuel-efficient cars in Louisiana. Private company/public money. Get business off welfare and government out of business.

Jim Wooten, an Opinion columnist, writes Friday and Sunday. Reach him at jwooten@ajc.com.

66 comments Add your comment

Obama is a nerd/Tom Petty is the coolest

June 18th, 2009
8:32 pm

Jim- You posted-

“Private company/public money. Get business off welfare and government out of business”

What about the “private comp/public money” business’ that chase down “Dead-Beat Dads” or the ones that go around to schools and preach about “abstinance only” programs?
What about “private comp/public money’ prisons that protect you from crazed pot smokers?

Is there some cherry-picking going on Jim?

Mid-South Philosopher

June 18th, 2009
8:37 pm

Good evening, Jim. Sorry I don’t get on here as often as I use to do so, but old, fat, white men have to keep this economy going, you know. Someone has to pay the bills.

As for high stakes test security in public schools, why doesn’t Classy Kathy and Silly Sonny “lead the nation in improving” test security by finding a way to remove testing responsibilities from teachers altogether. It is the old “fox guarding the hen house” analogy.

As for a national curriculum. Here we disagree, again, my friend. Yearly, our kids are compared with some 26-30 industrially and technologically developed countries of the world. Usually we come in in the bottom fourth of the bunch. The common thread of all the nations ahead of us…a national curriculum!

As for the Obama team’s defaming of Gerald Walpin, no body with an I.Q. above that of Georgie Bush believes for a second that “Barry” is anything other than ruthless…except when it comes to apologizing for America’s shortcomings! Well, we lived through Clinton and we struggled through Bush….Barry just may do us in!

Fred

June 18th, 2009
9:18 pm

“President Barack Obama and his Democrats in Congress are smart to try to ram through their $1 trillion to $1.6 trillion health care proposal and banking industry overhaul quickly — before people absorb the details. For the country’s sake, though, they’d be wise to listen to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in urging caution on banking overhaul: “We have to evaluate it, weight it, slow it down and make sure we do it right … if we don’t, we will pay dearly.”

Why do I never hear conservatives whining about the over 1 TRILLION dollars spent in Iraq and Iran? Why don’t I hear them whining about the 750 BILLION (that’s in the same ballpark as a trillion in my mind) given to big banks and insurance companies under the Bush administration.

Why do conservatives hate their Country and their fellow citizens so much? Sure we can spend over a TRILLION dollars on ragheads in Iran and Iraq who hate us, but God forbid we spend a trillion dollars on HEALTH CARE FOR OUR OWN COUNTRY. Let’s send all our manufacturing to china where their slave labor does it for food and the big boys in the company here get rich while shedding their paid work force here. Let’s strengthen the Chinese economy and cripple our own all in the name of Money, God, mom, apple pie and the Republican way. Let’s watch Sonny Perdue hold closed door sessions in direct violation of public disclosure laws, get payoffs of 26 million dollars called “loans” where the repayment documents are never made public as required by law. Let’s have republican County commisioners pay off their buddies (and themselves) with useless 60 million dollar minor league stadiums and then try to increase taxes so they can skim off some more.

Where is the outrage on any of that Mr. Wooten?

You insane fanatics, whether you are left or right fanatics, are liars and hypocrites. You disgust those of us who actually have brains and views events independent of some wacked-out party affiliation. We moderates who believe that while neither party is inherently evil, both parties fail to represent us and place their quest for power ahead of the good of the nation, are left sadly unrepresented. It gets old being called a left by the right wing nutcases and a righty by the left wing nut cases because we don’t walk in mindless lockstep with every insipid agenda that the fanatics have.

I see no problem with spending a little cash on health care. As to the “Government intervention in private business” wacko’s who scream “socialist” at me? Bite me you morons, what do you think we have now? Government already regulates and intervenes in health care. Get it the heck all the way in, or all the way out, but this pick and choose for whoever pays us the most crap needs to stop.

I could “fix” the health care problems in this Country in less than a week if I had the authority to pass ONE simple, common sense law. Let’s pretend:

Effective IMMEDIATELY, members of the house of Congress, the Senate, and all other Government employees, excepting the military and veterans, WILL have the same health care benefits, options, and treatments as provided to the poorest of our citizens under medicare and medicaid.

If it’s good enough for the citizens then it should be good enough for those in Washington who think they are Gods.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

June 18th, 2009
11:01 pm

JIMBO YOU DIDNT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE MONEY SUXBY SHAMELESS TOOK FROM THAT COMPANY DIXIE CRYSTAL SUGAR PLANT THAT BLEW-UP AND SUXBY COVERED UP THE WRONG DOING YOU RACISTS REDNECK HICKS SAID NOTHING.

SONNY PERDONT STOLE MONEY FOR A FISH POND IN SOUTH GEORGIA,THE REST OF THE GOP SENT YOUR JOBS OVERSEAS,AND NOW YOU HICKS DONT SPEAK OF ALL THE DIRT BEING DONE BY THE REPUBLICAN CROOKS DOWN IN ATLANTA,GA.
FUNNY VERY FUNNY,I’M GLAD THAT THE GOP SOLD YOU HICKS OUT THAT’S WHAT YOU SUCKERS GET BUMPKINS!

Howard

June 19th, 2009
12:01 am

Jim…Barack Obama could order the genocide of an entire state and get away with it. Never in my lifetime and my almost 40 years in journalism have I seen the media so subservient to a political -candidate. Our country is being governed by a Chicago Mafia-type thug and his henchmen and we will pay…believe it. Wait until this left-wing quasi-Chavez/Castro is faced with a crisis over Korea or Iran or Israel…his news media lapdogs won’t be able to help him…of course we will pay. NBC is the worst of all…GE owns that government-controlled media and they want and need govt. money…sooo, prop up this joke of a man in the White House. At least Obama can swat flies pretty kool…

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
1:54 am

HOWARD I GUESS YOU WOULD HAVE DEVILWORSHIPING GEORGE W. BUSH BACK IN THE WHITEHOUSE TO KEEP YOU SAFE,BUT HOMELESS AND WITHOUT A JOB AT THE SAME TIME,WHILE BUSH WAS SAYING GET THE TERRORIST AND STOP ABORTION AND GAY MARRIAGE,HIM CHENEY SONNY SUXBY AND TOM AT ANY PRICE SOLD YOU HICKS OUT,WHY IS IT THAT I DONT SEE YOU HICKS ON THESE BLOGS ASKING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT WHERE DID THE GOP SHIP YOUR JOBS TO? BUT YOU GRANDSONS AND GREATGRANDSONS OF LOSER conFAGderate bumpkins will FIND A WAY TO BLAME THE POTUS BARAK HUEISAN OBAMA.

clyde

June 19th, 2009
5:33 am

I don’t consume either tobacco or soft drinks so what they do to these products is a non-issue with me.

Part of a hotel’s room charge is for maid service and laundry service already and taxes are paid on that portion of the bill.So much for taxing services.

In schools where the scores on the CRTC are altered we simply fire the persons in charge and try again next year.

Michael H. Smith

June 19th, 2009
7:50 am

President Barack Obama and his Democrats in Congress are smart to try to ram through their $1 trillion to $1.6 trillion health care proposal and banking industry overhaul quickly — before people absorb the details. For the country’s sake, though, they’d be wise to listen to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in urging caution on banking overhaul: “We have to evaluate it, weight it, slow it down and make sure we do it right … if we don’t, we will pay dearly.”

CBO hasn’t scored the actual costs of the public plan to date and already the liberal Democrats see that their public plans are unworkable.

The private public plan a.k.a. the co-op plan as it is now being called is gaining ground. With a reserved hopeful note of caution, until the nation sees the details of this alternative, whatever it takes for the Republicans and the Blue Dog Democrats in Congress to stop the socialist liberal Democrats and Obumer from passing their “government public plan” into law, I’m all for it.

This one issue is too important and so costly it should not be done in haste. If Congress and the rest of us get it wrong on heathcare our economy will face a very questionable future.

Peadawg

June 19th, 2009
7:58 am

“Why do I never hear conservatives whining about the over 1 TRILLION dollars spent in Iraq and Iran? Why don’t I hear them whining about the 750 BILLION (that’s in the same ballpark as a trillion in my mind) given to big banks and insurance companies under the Bush administration.”

Because Obama hasn’t done a darn thing about cutting spending LIKE HE SAID HE WOULD. Obama is just another flat out lying scum bag politician that will say anything to get elected. He’s no different than the others. The fact that so many people love him is beyond me!

Peadawg

June 19th, 2009
8:00 am

I never agreed w/ the war, and I don’t agree w/ Obama ADDING MORE MONEY TO OUR DEBT. HE ISN”T HELPING THE PROBLEM!

Curious Observer

June 19th, 2009
8:33 am

Instead of blasting schools for low test scores, why don’t people look at the tests themselves? I was astonished when I saw a couple of questions on a math test. We no longer use items like 2 + 2 = ?. No, we get items like, “The correct answer is (a) divisible by 2, (b) an odd number, (c)the square root of an odd number, (d) all of the above.” It’s no wonder kids are confused at test time. I’m not ready to assert that Georgia students are at the top of the heap, but as a former test-maker, I can tell you that the test builders are having a whole lot more fun than the test takers.

Chris Broe

June 19th, 2009
8:34 am

Hillary’s broken elbow reveals her clandestine role in the Healthcare Reform Bill. She obviously was injured trying to ram it through congress.

Healthcare doesn’t need reform. America only needs to stop smoking. And skip a meal. Skip a meal, America.

Airline safety: Theory: The Air France disaster out of Brazil was caused by a thunderstorm which tore the plane to pieces in midair. I did not know that a thunderstorm could rip a plane apart. Other theories: Autopilots. Drunk Pilots. Dead Pilots. Horny Pilots. Hot Stews. Cold Stews. Frozen Pitot Tubes. Cold Duck. Kamikaze Geese. Love birds. Cuckoo Kachoo.

Steven Daedalus

June 19th, 2009
8:39 am

Jeez quit the George Bush crying,he deserved every bit of criticism he got and a thousand times more,no president(litle p)has ever come close to being a bad and stupid as he was.

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
8:40 am

The state should take over testing for, say, three to five years in any school where any individual in authority is suspected of cheating or allowing students to cheat on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, as was the case at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton, Deerwood Academy in Atlanta and Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County opined Jim Wooten.

Our founding fathers got it right. But who is there so blind and or corrupt that they dare not see? Our rights come from God and are protected by the Constitution of the United States. And should Americans by hook or by crook fail to see the depth of that concept, very little in society will make sense.

God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. And generally persons or governments born out of that philosophy feel the conviction of conscience when lying, cheating, stealing, killing, etc. under the watchful eyes of a God Almighty. But along the way, an enemy convinced us that our rights come from the state. And this reversal left too many Americans, especially the childish so-called educated integrationist Negroes, without inhibitions and the conviction of conscience. After all, the state is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omniscient…

To make a long story short, if Americans are indoctrinated to believe that our rights come from the government, the state taking over testing or trumping local authorities will make matters worse. And the federal government taking over testing or trumping local and state authorities would be a disaster. Because the greater the power of government, the greater the corruption.

The founding fathers got it right. But who is there so blind and or corrupt that they dare not see? Our rights come from God.

HDB

June 19th, 2009
8:42 am

“Why isn’t the chattering class going ballistic at the president’s firing of Gerald Walpin, inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, for his efforts to hold former NBA starter, Obama supporter and now Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to task for mismanagement of an AmeriCorps-affiliated nonprofit? Had George W. Bush done that … Well, you know.”

Lest we forget Halliburton, KKR, Enron, TARP funding for the banks and insurance companies: those were BUSH INITIATIVES!! How many trrops have paid for these bailouts with their lives — particularly those who’ve been electrucuted in their showers in Iraq??

Munch

June 19th, 2009
9:27 am

Whoa…Howard started sniffing glue early this morning. Paranoid much, Howard?

Lucky for Howard, here comes Charlie Chip pimping his make-believe sky fairy to justify some kind of policy position, though God knows (Ha! I kid! What a kidder!) what that might actually amount to.

And may God protect me (HA! HA! I kid again!!) from these so-called “moderates” and “centrists” who are intent on gutting the health care reform in the name of fiscal sobriety. Baucus and gang are determined to get the cost estimate below 1 trillion, whether the result is useful or not. Mark my words…the public plan option is essential to lowering health care costs, as it creates the competition that will force private insurance and med/pharm providers to behave competitively. At this point they have a monopoly, and as any true conservative economist will admit, that is the pre-requisite for a true market condition.

findog

June 19th, 2009
9:33 am

Jim,
Jim,
Jim,
How could you have possibly left the PETA White House fly scandal out of this week’s listing? Those loons finally and forever became irrelevant with their fly tantrum. Probably kept it out because it made 44 look more manly than 43!

conservative democrat

June 19th, 2009
9:41 am

Jim, you wrote, “…The state should take over testing for, say, three to five years in any school where any individual in authority is suspected of cheating or allowing students to cheat on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, as was the case at Atherton Elementary School in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton, Deerwood Academy in Atlanta and Burroughs-Molette Elementary in Glynn County.”

Wasn’t the state paying the salaries of those that did the erasing? Hadn’t the state “taken over” the testing already?

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:42 am

As a consequence of the Porsche family’s over-reaching, its carmaking
business, while still healthy, faces the end of its long-cherished
independence

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:45 am

Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive of the struggling Royal Bank
of Scotland, agreed to accept a sharply reduced pension after public
outrage following the bailout of the bank.

conservative democrat

June 19th, 2009
9:46 am

“…For the country’s sake, though, they’d be wise to listen to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) in urging caution on banking overhaul: “We have to evaluate it, weight it, slow it down and make sure we do it right … if we don’t, we will pay dearly.”
Where was Shelby when Glass-Stegall was repealed. FYI this act was established in 1934 to separate the banks from the stock brokers and was repealed as part of deregulation prior to the recent debacle. Now he wants caution? Slow down? Get something done!

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:46 am

The heads of banks that received U.S. money, including Bank of America,
Morgan Stanley and Regions Financial, took company jets for personal
use,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:48 am

R. Allen Stanford, the Texas billionaire accused of running a huge
Ponzi scheme, surrendered to the F.B.I. after a grand jury returned a
sealed indictment against him.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:49 am

A state judge in Birmingham, Ala., ordered HealthSouth’s former chief
executive, Richard M. Scrushy, to pay about $2.8 billion to
shareholders who sued over accounting fraud at the rehabilitation
chain.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:51 am

With his sentencing less than two weeks away, Mr. Madoff had a
three-hour meeting Wednesday with the inspector general of the
Securities and Exchange Commission,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

June 19th, 2009
9:51 am

The Star Tribune Co. says it has filed a reorganization plan in U.S.
Bankruptcy court, with the goal of emerging from Chapter 11 protection
this fall.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:08 am

REPUBLICANS ARE STUPID AND DUMB. I AM A MEMBER OF NAMBLA AND WE TREAT BOYS WITH THA RESPECT THEY DESERV. REPUBLICANS TREAT BOYS WITH NO RESPEKT AND ARE DUMB. I HATE REPUBLICANS ARE DUMB AND I HATE THEM. SAXBE CHAMBLISS IS A EVIL NAZI REPUBLICAN.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:11 am

I AM PROUD OF MINE PRESEIDENTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS. YES WE CAN YES WE CAN!

* Trillions added to our national debt.
* American is having trouble getting other countries to buy American debt
* Obama virtually ignores a corrupt election in Iran. We leave it to French President Sarkozy to speak out for the Iranian people wanting a free election.
* GM and Citigroup now government operations. More to come.
* The government (Obama) gets to set executive compensation levels.
* Obama seeking the ability to seize private businesses.
* Firing inspector generals who uncover corruption involving Obama buddies.
* Overturning established law to favor unions over secured creditors in GM’s bankruptcy.
* Obama wants to reduce tax deductions for charitable deductions. Government doesn’t like competition.
* The Washington DC voucher system, with a great record of success, slated for elimination while Obama’s kids go to private school.
* Obama says 8% unemployment max. We’re nearing 10%
* Obama moves to raise taxes on the small businesses that create the jobs.
* North Korea threatening to send a missile toward Hawaii
* While NK is lobbing missiles, Obama cuts spending in missile defense systems.

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
10:26 am

There isn’t a person on this web site that can box with my man, TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS.

People from my neighborhood would say that the man is straight balling!

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:30 am

WHY DIDNT SHERMAN FINISH THE JOB BY JUST KILLING OFF YOU REDNECKS,HIM AND GRANT SHOULD HAVE KILLED ALL THE SOUTHERN TURNCOAT REDNECKS!

booger

June 19th, 2009
10:33 am

Anyone notice that the only two financial institutions in the country who will not fall under the new regulations are Fannie and Freddie.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:39 am

I`M THE REAL REPUBLICAN HATER,WHY DIDNT BUSH BOMB IRAN AND NORTH KOREA,WHEN HE CALLED THEM THE AXIS OF EVIL YOU REDNECKS ARE COWARDS WHO HIDE IN THE WOODS BEHIND YOUR COMPUTER,SPITTING YOUR REDNECK RACIST TALK,BUT WHEN YOU COWARDS GO TO ATLANTA,GA TO THE BRAVES HAWKS AND FALCONS GAME,YOU REDNECKS ARE QUIET AS CHURCH MOUSES,THE WHITEWOMAN KNOWS THE WHITE REDNECK IS A COWARD,SHE SEES IT DAILY.

P.S.WHERE WERE YOU HICKS WHEN BUSH CHENEY AND SONNY PERDONT WAS DESTROYING AMERICA? I`M GLAD THEY SOLD YALL OUT,NOW WHERE ARE YOUR JOBS HICKS AT? NO CHICKEN PLANT WORK IN GAINESVILLE,NO CARPET FACTORY WORK IN DALTON

Copyleft

June 19th, 2009
10:40 am

I see the Commie/Che/1984/Maniac the mad, sad, pathetic little namejacker is back, hurling insults because he keeps losing arguments.

More amusement for the sane posters, watching another right-wing tantrum seeks its natural intellectual level–i.e., dirt. Dance, monkey, dance!

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
10:42 am

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS,

Are you afraid that the authorities will target and label you an extremist? Or do you work for the New World Order Obama administration?

Copyleft's Mama

June 19th, 2009
10:44 am

Everyone, I took Copylefts computer away from him for two weeks because he brought home straight “F’s” on his report card. I told him time and time again to stop watching gay porn and to focus more on his studies. He has been banned from his computer and will spend the remainder of the day sitting in the corner. Thanks-Copyleft’s Mama

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:45 am

EXCUSE MY 50TH IN THE NATION GEORGIA EDUCATION!

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:47 am

I HATE EVERYONE! EVEIL REDNICKS ARE DUMB AND NEED TO DIE HORRIBLE FIRE DEATH IN A BURNING REFRIDGERATOR. I AM HUNGRY WANT KRSYSTAL HAMBURGERS FROM MACDONALDS WENDYS. GIVE ME COKE AND SPRITE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE EVEL HILLBILLY REDNECKS NAZIS. I HATE YOU AND I HATE CLOUDS. NAMBLA IS AWESOME I LOVE LITTLE BOYS.

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
10:52 am

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS,

Are you kidding me? I’m looking at your creativity and intelligence, and not your feigned level of education.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
10:54 am

“Charles”, The Original, I SMARTER THAN YOU WENT TO COLLEGE AT EMERY COLLEGE. YOU ARE JUST JELOUS OF MY DEGREE IN ENGLISH AND FINACE. MY JOB PAYS ME HUNNDRED GRAND A YEAR. I HATE REPUBLICAMNS.

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
11:05 am

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS,

Why do you hate the Republicans and not the Democrats?

But I think I know where you are coming from. I don’t like the ways and means of the so-called educated integrationist Negroes. Through skullduggery, they exploit the masses of black people for personal gain.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
11:19 am

“Charles”, The Original, I IS NOT SKULDUGARY. I AM A MAN. I HATE REPUBLICANS. DEMOCRATS ARE GOOD PEOPLE WHO LOVE US ALL.

Shar

June 19th, 2009
11:33 am

A few thoughts on your education observations this morning, Mrr. Wooten. Waiting to act until administrators have cheated seems counterproductive to me. By all means, fire the cheaters and rescind their certificates, but remove the impetus to cheat by switching adminstrators during the testing weeks. If administrators have clearly defined testing protocols, doing last minute switches of principials and assistant principals for the four test days of the CRCT or the Georgia High School Graduation Test would greatly reduce the motivation to increase test scores. It would be cheaper than having the state step in, as well.

Charter schools don’t get “shut down” for poor performance – their charters are rescinded and they are forced to return to the district’s standard curriculum. The charter application requests exemption from specific standards in order to pursue alternative methods, materials, protocols or other elements that will deliver better performance on specified measures. If the Board agrees that the ideas have potential merit, the exemptions and “charter” are granted. If the performance improvement does not occur, the charter is rescinded. The school is not shut down.

Georgia’s test materials are not equal to nationally-normed tests, and won’t be for the forseeable future. The GHSGT is geared at about ninth grade. The CRCT is stupidly easy. My fifth grade daughter scored at the test’s post-high school level. She’s smart, but no eleven year old is ready for college. As long as Georgia is permitted to write the tests that unleash the federal dollars, Georgia’s students will continue to be taught to the lowest common denominator. That is why the state is at the bottom of nationally-normed test performance, the SAT for high school and the ITBS and NEAP for the earlier grades. States with scores on national tests that fall below the national average do not want their taxpayers to fully understand the dismal quality of the education they charge so much to provide; Georgia, South Carolina and Alaska all fall within this group. Vaunted Republican education experts such as William Bennett and Rod Paige have called for an end to individual state testing programs for this reason.

booger

June 19th, 2009
11:39 am

Jim,

Apparently having the title “activist” prepares one to run a country, Auto businesses, all manner of financial institutions, and now health care for 350 million people. Where else could you get that kind of background?

I think in retrospect we will discover that the cramming through a socialist agenda under the guise of a crisis, and through a willing congress will be our downfall. Obama and congress have not allowed time on any major issue for there to be public debate. Other than Fox, there has been little airing of opponents concerns, as the mainstream medias. love affair continues.

A physicians group who had been trying to get NBC to give them some coverage on their concerns with the direction healthcare was going, was denied. they then decided to buy a paid advertising spot to air their concerns and were denied this as well.

The main stream media has become something to fear.

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
11:40 am

I heard a so-called educated integrationist liberal Negro on 1380 waok radio talking about powernomics. He was absolutely correct in his summation of the condition of black people i.e. black people have inadequate institutions and thereby rendered beggars for life etc…

But almost in the next sentence, he said that black people shouldn’t be conservative because they have nothing to conserve. He purposefully didn’t make a distinction between white conservatism of the past and black conservatism of the past. He referred to each as one and the same. And by doing so, he made null and void the conservative philosophy and opinions of Marcus Garvey and the most honorable Elijah Muhammad among a host of others. It is a disservice to the masses of black people.

In summary, I heard a so-called educated liberal integrationist Negro on the radio attempting to teach many conservative black people about black instructional power. That’s an oxymoron.

deegee

June 19th, 2009
11:58 am

“We have to evaluate it, weight it, slow it down and make sure we do it right.”

That is codespeak from Senator Shelby for “We aren’t interested in anything to do with the reform of banking regulation.”

Munch

June 19th, 2009
12:06 pm

Lovely. Principled, “common sense” conservative GOP at work….

Republicans angry over what they regarded as mistreatment by the majority Democrats retaliated by demanding roll call votes 52 times on one bill, a $64 billion spending bill for law enforcement and science programs next year.

They asked for votes on some two dozen amendments, even noncontroversial ones that passed unanimously. Then they asked for revotes. Then they demanded votes on whether they could vote for a third time. Once they ran out of amendments they came up with a couple more revisions to the bill they could vote on.

The Party of No(ideas) marches on.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
12:06 pm

COUNTRY COON REDNECK STOP USING MY NAME,THAT`S NOT ME CHARLES THAT THE COWARD HICK

"Charles", The Original

June 19th, 2009
12:10 pm

Liberal black people can’t stomach the idea of black people with institutions capable of sustaining the lives of black people. Liberal black leaders believe that the lives of black people should be sustained by the institutions of other races of people. And they are paid handsomely for their position.

If black institutions were capable of servicing the basic needs of black people, there would be no need for “activist” to run from county to county, and from state to state in search of a cause to protest. Activists of every sort would get a real job instead of leaching off poor black and white people.

Conservative black people don’t hate anyone. Most conservative black people want the opportunity to function as men and women in society by building institutions capable of servicing the basic needs of black people and others.

TIME IS UP EVIL REPUBLICANS

June 19th, 2009
12:16 pm

NOTICE CHARLES WHEN I SPEAK THE TRUTH THESE REDNECKS ONLY FIGHT MY TRUTH WITH THEIR HILLBILLY LIES,I WOULD BE UPSET TO IF MY GIRLFRIEND WAS MY SISTER,AND SONNY SOLD ME OOUT WITH THE CONFAGDERATE FLAG,YEE HAW!

Munch

June 19th, 2009
12:17 pm

Shorter Charlie Chip: If only black people would be more like me, everything would be…. Sorry, what? Oh, okay God, I’ll type that one up right away.