Run, Sarah, run (set the pace, too)

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

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her publicity-seeking stunts have finally achieved the attention she deserves: One- or two-paragraph stories that run with those that warn us that sheep on the remote Scottish island of Hirta are gradually shrinking because of global warming. Global warming’s shrunk our interest in her, too.

Are pickups prejudiced? Two Dalton people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding was sideswiped by a motorist who apparently crossed the center lane. A motorist driving a car could have done the same thing. Yet pickup drivers — I am one — are presumed to be aggressive and when a lesser vehicle is involved, it’s always noted that the offending vehicle was a pickup.

Not surprising that among the big cities with the lowest unemployment rates is Washington, D.C., with 6.2 percent. Atlanta ranks 18th, at 9.6 percent. The stimulus creates jobs. For government workers.

Atlanta businesses about to be hit with a sharp increase in city property taxes fall into two camps: those who pass on the entire levy and the mom-and-pop operators who can’t, and therefore take it out of salaries and services. The latter are the kinds that get taxed out of existence.

The cheating by officials at four elementary schools on the CRCT is so dishonest to children and their parents that nobody found to be involved should ever be allowed to set foot on public school property again. The schools are Deerwood Academy in Atlanta, Atherton Elementary in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton and Burroughs-Molette in Glynn County. It is simply appalling that despite the evidence Atlanta Public Schools officials still pretend otherwise. “They’re taking the position that there’s no confession, so it didn’t happen,” a state official told the state school board.

A study finds that Georgia ranks 14th nationally in percentage of fat adults and third nationally in fat 10- to 17-year-olds. Georgia is criticized in the report by the Trust for America’s Health for not having strict nutrition standards for school lunches and vending machines. It ain’t the school’s fault. Children eat at the same tables with fat mommas and daddies. The place to start reforming America’s health care system is at the TV snack tray.

Fat Georgians are in training to reclaim a title lost last week. Three circus elephants defeated three humans in an eating contest, downing 505 hot dog buns in six minutes. Humans downed 143.

Take the dog, you take the fleas. The Securities and Exchange Commission votes unanimously to require companies requiring a bail-out to allow shareholders to vote on executive compensation. I agree with the principle. It is, however, an instance of regulators using the bail-out to meddle in management’s business.

Run, Sarah, run. Actually, all candidates should resign to run for higher office. All four of the presidential and vice presidential candidates last year, including Palin, held onto their jobs until they got something better.

If North Korea launches a cyberattack on Thinking Right, I’m drafting every fierce liberal who camps out on my blog and assigning them to Kim Jong II’s blog, Thinking Nutty.

Vice President Joe Biden announced that hospitals have agreed to forgo $155 billion in future government payments so the nonexistent money can be diverted to partially “finance” a new health care entitlement that Democrats want to ram through Congress this year. First of all, the money is an illusion. Secondly, Biden is not authorized to speak for the administration.

The pot smokers have the same solution to California’s budget woes that the Underground Atlanta gambling interests have for Georgia’s: Legalize something objectionable. Surely somebody’s convinced that prostitution is some state’s budget savior.

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Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
1:00 pm

Idiot Judd Gregg who has zero medical training or ability to interpret the medical literature has falsely quoted stats insisting that the US has a 92% survival from breast cancer–meaningless because morbidity and mortality figures for any cancer are considerably more complex and depend on a gamut of factors, including age, tissue type, stage of the disease and extent and location of metastases.n

UK breast ceancer statistics have zero to do with their delivery system, and as Jane Hamsher underscored, Cuba had the best stats via Gregg’s flawed analysis.

The 3 largest insurance companies were responsible for greater than 20,000 recissions in the past 5 years. Recission is an arcane word that means the companies booted sick patients from their plans, and in none of these case was falsifying a pre-condition a reason for the booting.

There are a wide variety of proposals in Senate Finance being argued right now and discussed all over the media and blogs including NYT including taxes on people earning over 250 grand, a tax on the upper echelon of health insured, and a tax on insurance companies who have been caught in multiple states using fraudulent data bases that cheated physicians and their patients out of billions and forced to begin reimbursing this stolen money. Cuomo in New York has been a leader in clawing this money back, but the clawing is happening in several other states. These proposals have a high likelihood of becoming law.

Current cost is about 2.5 trillion a year, and the cost of a public plan is abou[t a trillion over a ten year period. The Iraq fiasco is pushing 4 trillion and counting as the Iraq security forces remain totally incompetent, and the Kurds are moving to control oil under their initiative with the backing of a formidiable force and the Turks theatening to battle over control of Kirkuk. The Bush inasion and occupation in Iraq has been a total financial failure and wasted nearly 5000 American lives and several hundred thousand and possibly millions of Iraqi lives. Currently approximately 3.5 million Iraqi widows and children are homeless, displaced, and cannot work in other Arab countries. The US has turned their backs on these broken families. Wooten and his mousketeers think this is all way cool.

You don’t read any impassioned articles about the breaking of nuclear families in Iraq from Jim Wooten. He has blinders on when it comes to these 3 million and rising homeless women and children who have lost the father. You don’t hear a scintilla about the hemorhhaging 4 trillion in Iraq that we know about from Wooten.

One proposal that is sure to cripple the system is to reduce medicare payments to physiciansi being promoted by the Budget Director, Orsag who has never treated a patient nor undergone a day of medical training. In every state including this one, medicare and medicaid participation is sharply reducing because many physicians cannot afford to participatey, particularly primary care physicians who are paid for their time in solving multiple complex problems brought on by several chronic diseases in one patient, rather than for specialized procedures performed with hardware and software equipment.

catlady/ZAAA

July 10th, 2009
1:00 pm

Am Vet, I live in the mountains. We have to deal with good ole boys in pickups where the back gate has rusted off and they try to secure everything with bungee cords (plus they spit tobaccy out the window), Floridiots who stomp on the brakes at every curve, straightaway, uphill, downhill, or antique shop, teenagers on their 3rd or 4th car (all others totaled before they were 17), the elderly (especially Floridiots), Guatemalans who cannot see over the dash of their vans and the heads of their 8-10 unrestrained children, and women who think they’ve got culture because they paid $5 for a coffee at the new Starbucks as they careen around in their SUVs. Not to mention deer, bears, possoms, raccoons, and some of the biggest darned groundhogs you can imagine. It’s like a pinball machine on acid.

Says Tzu

July 10th, 2009
1:10 pm

Well the leg humping libDim troglodytes are at it as usual with Palin Derangement Syndrome. Maybe you knuckle dragging droolers on the crack pot left need to pay more attention to what is going on with your fellow libDim crackpots running this nation right into the ground: outlandish corporate punishment via taxes via Cap & Trade, under the guise of stopping supposed man-made global warming – and if the temps rise more than 2 degrees C, YOU pay; taking over corporations and taking one big massive dump on the investors and turning the company over to a union; Nannystatism; another “stimulus” bill that will get ramrodded through with nobody even reading it. Where does this express train to hell stop? Certainly not at Nannycare run by government incompetence (and yes, for you short bus riding Obamabots, the military is competent as a government entity – mindless children).

The majority of Americans with a health care plan (for you short bus riding Obamabots, that’s about 86% of us) overwhelmingly say they are happy with their current health care. Now that’s news you won’t be seeing DNCNN and other lib media offering. But FoxNews does, and this is yet another example of why FoxNews rips all the other so-called non-biased () main stream media in ratings. Who wants constant opinions of libDims? We already know the mind (if you want to call it that) of a libDim is arrogant, never happy, always demeaning, and most importantly, emotion-driven. They think they know everything, but in reality they don’t know their asses from a hole in the ground – where their heads are.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1395928

And even more eye popping number is the amount of UN-insured Americans who are actually getting some sort of health care and actually please with it: 70%! And for the real bread winner against libDim government incompetence taking over our health care industry is the fact that our UN-insured people are on par with Canada’s INSURED people (and for you short bus riding Obamabots, Canada has socialized/government-run “free” health care for all). Again, just something you won’t see on PMSNBC, DNCNN, ABC, CB.S., NBC, NPR, the New York Slimes, the LA Times, and especially the Atlanta Urinal Constipation.

Then we have the finding that “stimulus” money is being directed to districts that heavily favored The Teleprompter In Chief. Not surprising what the ding bat fascist neo-marxist left wing moonbats are showing. Enjoy your Friday.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
1:13 pm

The word is spelled rescission with an “s”, (of insurance coverage, and it remains an arcane word for “cut” or “kicked out” or “bootey d–and was responsible for a large number of cases of morbidity and mortality of patients, high costs for small businesses and rate increases by a factor of greater than 2.5 in many plans, and profilts of billions for insurance companies.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
1:16 pm

As long as the ditz braind Says Tzus, aka Antdy, aka 1984 populate the pubtards, we can continu.e to stomp you in every election and decision made by Congress fortunately for Americans and other countries as well.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
1:17 pm

Palin and Says Tzu in 2012. LOL to the 64th power.

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
1:24 pm

Booger,

That actually sounds reasonable, but you lost me at “This money, however, comes from taxing someone else so this hurts the economy.”

What you are implying is that the government destroys value and that an individual makes more efficient use of the money. I’d have to fundamentally disagree with that because many of the services are efficiently run with no profit margin. For example, medical care at a municipal hospital is cheaper than a profit center hospital because profit center hospitals demand a 40% margin. This advantage is felt in all government services and the implementation of 40% margin in these areas would make our lives more expensive.

Also, you’re assuming that the government doesn’t create value. Doesn’t building roads and delivering mail help commerce? Laying rail improved our industrial capacity greatly and I don’t think anyone would argue it didn’t.

The government provides a lot of measurable value as well as unmeasurable value by “redistributing wealth” to maintain the stability of our society. IE, no one is desperate, so I can drive my Benz without fear of being robbed or knowing there is a low probability my home will be robbed. People take that for granted, but it’s one of the best things our government does for us.

I already know the argument that government is inefficient, but so is a fortune 500 country. It’s just a lot more government oversight. They actually do a pretty good job considering. Either way, at least your comment made me think, and I’ll probably research the notion more.

Chris Broe

July 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Paris Hilton appeared in court today to give her side of the CIA purposefully misleading congress story.

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Oh yeah…responding to 12:17

getalife

July 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Well, she is like Jim.

A quitter.

Obama in a landslide.

simple

July 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

Yes Sara! Run! And keep on running… don’t turn around just keep running till we can no longer see you, Bristol, Levi, Todd and the rest of your Appalachian-esque clan.

Jackie

July 10th, 2009
1:38 pm

The government DOES create private sector jobs.
When there are requests for bids on any product needed by the government – food, airplanes, tanks, ammunition, clothes, administrative, etc., etc. – the government does not produce those products.

Chris Broe

July 10th, 2009
2:06 pm

Pickup trucks R prejudice. Wooten drives a pickup truck. He crossed the middle long ago and sideswiped the impending bipartisanship national sense of equality that the country craves, and then he laughed about it.

@@

July 10th, 2009
2:22 pm

Can’t recall, Jim, but how long was it that the “informed” voters in DeKalb allowed themselves to be held hostage by the likes of Cynthia McKinney? That woman was and still is an idiot.

I’ve seen the bumper sticker that says “My other car is a motorcycle”. Sounds like they’ll be sporting one that says “My ‘pick-up’s’ on a pick-up’”. It’s that dang blind spot in the side view.

Make that The stimulus creates waste thru government workers.

“They’re taking the position that there’s no confession, so it didn’t happen,” a state official told the state school board.

So the burden of proof falls on the child albeit too late? Disgusting!

A big AMEN! to Kyle Wingfield

Real health change is ‘fire’ power

catlady/ZAAA

July 10th, 2009
2:25 pm

smple: Please don’t say bad things about the mountain folks! They have their problems but at least they don’t speak with that annoying, whiny nasal voice like Sarah does!

Chris Broe

July 10th, 2009
2:26 pm

McKinney was right about Cheney and Bush and their CIA-shielded lie to the American People about the implications of 911. Victory is being declared in Iraq again by the Right.

What is the mission of US troops in Iraq as of 7/10/09? This is a soft ball, but watch @@ choke on it.

booger

July 10th, 2009
2:28 pm

JF,

I did not say the govt. was not necessary, or that they didn’t create value. I said they do not create wealth. They take money from some to pay for all the things they do, many of which I agree are necessary. Obviously we need roads, bridges, etc. but you can’t deny that the govt. pays for these things with wealth created by someone else.

As with everything govt. is necessary in the correct doses. Too much is harmful, a lesson Europe has learned. The are backpeddling as fast as they can now.

RAW44

July 10th, 2009
2:30 pm

Biden isn’t authorized to speak for the administration? Are you kidding? Cheney led the Bush administration for eight years. Was he out of line too? Oh, sorry, he was a right winger so it was OK.

retiredds

July 10th, 2009
2:43 pm

Booger, thanks for the correction. But in my book the TARP, not to split hairs, can also be considered a stimulus as it was intended to get banks lending again which would, in their view, begin a turnaround of the economy. So while my semantics might be off, I don’t think the general purpose of the TARP $ was not stimulus related. Other forms of stimulus are also being employed: Federal Reserve monetary policy, reduction of the Discount Rate to near zero, tax policy ($8,000 home credit for new buyers), etc. But with any stimulus there is an old adage: you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make the horse drink. So too with lending and borrowing.

Chris Broe

July 10th, 2009
2:46 pm

The AJC just reported that another baby was born in a Waffle House in Cobb Country. Witnesses say that the baby was delivered by the cook. The baby was immediately covered, mothered, and burped.

deegee

July 10th, 2009
2:49 pm

Sorry booger, The cost was about $150 billion and it was only a finger in the dyke that would ultimately break wide open.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2008

Bush: Economy Needs $145B Shot In The Arm

President Urges Tax Relief, Other Incentives To Fend Off Possible Recession

Detail’s of Bush’s Economic Stimulus and Tax Rebate Plan

Friday January 25, 2008

President Bush and House legislators have agreed on the basic policy objectives for boosting the US economy in the hopes of warding off a recession.

Bush hopes that the plan will provide an “effective, robust, and temporary set of incentives that will boost our economy and encourage job creation.”

deegee

July 10th, 2009
2:52 pm

Today’s edition of “What’s in a Name?”

“Cheerleader Chelsea Steele Arrested for Theft.”

Barry

July 10th, 2009
2:53 pm

THAT’S a good one Mr. Broe.

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
2:53 pm

Booger,

I think it’s a framing issue that is the confusion. You should think of government as a business. When you pay taxes, you are paying for service. It is not a donation.

What is that service? The Military, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Postal Service, Roads, Brides, Museums, etc..

What are the operating expenses? Congress, the supreme court, DMV servers, the President, metal to mint coins, etc…

It may appear to be a poorly run business due to the deficit spending, but we knew we would deficit spend when we went to war with Iraq. That’s why it was such a big deal when Bush said the war would pay for itself, because we didn’t want to finance the boondoggle. We are getting service for the money. Whether it’s worth it or not is very debatable.

Creating value is creating wealth. The value you create is profit for either government or private sector. I buy steel. I use that steel to connect train stations. The money made by rail transport and passenger ticket sales is value whether I or the shipper makes it. One way or the other, that is the government creating wealth.

Barry

July 10th, 2009
2:54 pm

JF – I don’t want MY taxes paying for anyone’s “brides”. Just sayin’….

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
2:57 pm

Government creates an enormous amount of private sector jobs. Ever heard of a place called Iraq or Afghanistan?

According to new statistics released by the Pentagon, with Barack Obama as commander in chief, there has been a 23% increase in the number of “Private Security Contractors” working for the Department of Defense in Iraq in the second quarter of 2009 and a 29% increase in Afghanistan, which “correlates to the build up of forces” in the country. In Iraq, the Pentagon attributes the increase to better accounting. But, these numbers relate explicitly to DoD security contractors. Companies like Blackwater and its successor Triple Canopy work on State Department contracts and it is unclear if these contractors are included in the over-all statistics. This means, the number of individual “security” contractors could be quite higher, as could the scope of their expansion.

Overall, contractors (armed and unarmed) now make up approximately 50% of the “total force in Centcom AOR [Area of Responsibility].” This means there are a whopping 242,657 contractors working on these two US wars. These statistics come from two reports just released by Gary J. Motsek, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program Support): “Contractor Support of U.S. Operations in USCENTCOM AOR, IRAQ, and Afghanistan and “Operational Contract Support, ‘State of the Union.’”

Chris Broe

July 10th, 2009
2:58 pm

Obama visited the Pope today. The pope spoke and apologized for the nazi thing, the holocaust, the sex cover ups, and of course, the Singing Nun.

Northern Songs, LTD

July 10th, 2009
3:02 pm

Give it up for Chris Broe!! He’ll be here all week. Enjoy the veal.

booger

July 10th, 2009
3:09 pm

JF,

I see your point but there is one big difference in the govt. as a business, and private business.

In private business I get to choose what I want to buy, and I know the price. With govt. they choose what I will buy, and take from me pretty much what ever they choose.

Northern Songs, LTD

July 10th, 2009
3:14 pm

Chris: They need you over at Bookman’s. WAY too many taking themselves WAY too seriously.

Californication

July 10th, 2009
3:16 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP,
Do you believe that the dimacrats are any different than the republicans? I need some of the stuff you are smoking.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 10th, 2009
3:20 pm

What’s become of the proofreading in the new Right Wing
Cox Suits Board AJC? Wooten wrote a column that “Sarah has become the Conservatives Opera” and they spelled it Oprah. Did little miss pout into stream of consicousness ramble incoherently about the cost to Alaskans of ethics complaints including the most expensive that she filed herself um against um herself? If ole Sarah be worried ’bout money she’s about to cost a multimillion special session of the Alaska legislature with her stuborn stupidity. Cause ah gots news for you uns–the ole AJC Right Wing sure do be selective as to which AP articles it imports. Here’s one from today’s Anchorage Daily News:

Special session may be needed to override energy veto
ENERGY MONEY: Federal officials say they don’t want to wait until January.

By DAN JOLING
The Associated Press

(07/09/09 16:51:33)
Alaska lawmakers may be forced into a special session if they want to override Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of federal energy conservation money.

U.S. Department of Energy officials said this week they’re unwilling to wait until the regular legislative session in January to see if lawmakers will override Palin’s veto and apply for $28.56 million in State Energy Program money.

That means legislators would have to gather in a special session for a showdown on the money, which can be used to improve the energy efficiency of Alaska homes or public buildings, promote sound weatherization construction, or for a variety of other energy projects.

Palin initially said she would not accept about one-third of the $930 million Alaska was eligible for under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, citing “strings” that could bind the state to federal mandates and increase the size of government.

Legislators found few strings and passed a bill accepting all federal money. Palin accepted all the stimulus funds except for $28.56 million in energy cost relief.

As critics accused her of trying to bolster her credentials as a conservative budget hawk, Palin said she rejected the stimulus money because it came with a requirement to adopt building codes.

“There isn’t a lot of support for the federal government to coerce Alaska communities to adopt building codes,” she said in a statement announcing the veto in May.

Larry Persily, an aide to Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, co-chairman of the Finance Committee, was the Legislature’s point man for the economic stimulus money. He questioned Palin’s interpretation of the requirements for accepting the money.

“The Department of Energy wants states to certify that they’re going to try to spread the gospel of energy efficiency and energy efficiency standards,” he said. “There is no requirement that the state has to impose standards on communities or force communities to adopt standards. They’re looking for a pledge, a commitment to promote energy efficiency. That’s it.”

Alaska has the highest energy costs in the nation and already promotes energy efficiency, he said.

“I guess most legislators don’t see the harm in signing a piece of paper saying we’re going to keep doing it,” Persily said.

Energy Department officials said Wednesday that they will not wait until January to receive Alaska’s application for the $28.56 million, Persily said.

Still to be resolved is what the executive branch will do with the money if lawmakers override the veto.

State Energy Program money, at far lower funding levels, historically has been divided evenly between the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., which manages programs designed to improve the quality of Alaska housing, and the Alaska Energy Authority, which has the mission of lowering the cost of energy to Alaskans.

A veto override is just one reason for a special session. Lawmakers received a legal opinion Wednesday that a new lieutenant governor cannot take office without their approval.

Palin last week announced she will step down July 26 and hand the reins of government to current Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell.

Alaska lawmakers may be forced into a special session if they want to override Gov. Sarah Palin’s veto of federal energy conservation money..

party pooper

July 10th, 2009
3:23 pm

peter,how old are you?…..twelve?

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
3:29 pm

“In private business I get to choose what I want to buy, and I know the price. With govt. they choose what I will buy, and take from me pretty much what ever they choose.”

Actually, you do get to chose what is bought and complain about taxation through your elected representative and Senator. That’s the American way, and, as bad as it seems to be working to us, the best way in the world given what we’re seeing in other parts of the world.

If you want to know the price, there’s a number of places to find it (especially now that Iraq is included under Obama). I like the budget web site.

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy10/browse.html#spreadsheets

Rockerbabe

July 10th, 2009
3:34 pm

“It is, however, an instance of regulators using the bail-out to meddle in management’s business.”

Well, given the incompetence that recent past management decisions have been on display and all the workers who have lost their jobs because of that incompetence, not to mention the lost value of stocks and bonds in recent memory, then just maybe, the OWNERS of the company should oversee the decisions of their managers. Just because one calls oneself a manager or an executive, doesn’t mean that person exercises good judgement. Especially when it comes to doing the nasty things one does to get a hefty bonsas. The more oversight, the better. The boys, and it is mostly boys, do not know how to play nice or responsibily, so the empires need to be there to supervise; it seems their is no honor among these thieves.

Rebecca

July 10th, 2009
3:44 pm

Being from Nevada where prostitution in brothels is legal, I will say it generates an awful lot of money for the state. Not as much as the casinos do but since only casinos, brothels and mining pay state business taxes, and we pay no individual state income tax, well, you get the idea…

booger

July 10th, 2009
3:49 pm

JF,

I have never said there should be no government. The amount is whats at issue. If you choose to think we can increase the wealth of our country by having more govt. jobs, then so be it. I happen to understand that unless you actually fully socialize a country, and have the govt. involved in profit making enterprises. They must get their money ultimately from those who do work for a profit. This does not mean the government can’t through its actions add value to the private world, but they cannot create wealth for themselves unless they earn a profit. Until they do they must rely on private industry to generate wealth. Even if they hire private contractors, they are paid with tax money. Some of this is spent in the private world which creates profits which can then be taxed. If the govt. tries to tax too much, private industry dries up. All a matter of degree.

Michael H. Smith

July 10th, 2009
3:50 pm

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 9th, 2009
9:34 pm

Very badly and now under Obumer, his 32 Czars and the Dunkies it is getting exponentially obscenely obese.

Peter

July 10th, 2009
4:03 pm

Gee party pooper …….. we are as old as we feel…….. I still think it would be a close debate with Palin, Micky, and Goofy !

She says things like see Russia from the shore, gives her international experience !

Gosh what would Goofy say about that ?

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 10th, 2009
4:15 pm

THE REDNECKS CALL CYNTHIA MCKINNEY CRAZY BECAUSE SHE CALLED BUSH AND CHENEY OUT ON THEIR LIES ABOUT IRAQ AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION,AND THE FACT THAT THE HIJACKERS WERE FROM SAUDI ARABIA NOT IRAQ REMEMBER THE 18 OR 19 ARABS FROM SAUDI ARABIA,AND OSAMA BIN LADEN IS IN AFGHANISTAN,AND SHE CALLED BUSH AND CHEHEY OUT FOR LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT IRAQ COMMITTED 9-11,BUT YOU REDNECKS STILL HAVE`NT FOUND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT BUSH CLAIMED SADDAM HAD,AND NOW THE PALISTINIANS DONT HAVE FOOD WATER OR MEDICAL SUPPLIES,SHE IS TRYING TO GET THEM AID,AND JIMBO CALLS IT TROUBLE MAKING,SAME THING REDNECKS LIKE YOU SAID ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING,GHANDI AND KENNEDY!

JF McNamara

July 10th, 2009
4:31 pm

Booger,

I think we’re arguing the same point now. I understand that you want reasonable government, and I’m in the boat with you.

If your entire action is to create government jobs to spur the economy, then you’re right. You’ll just need more tax dollars to do it. My objection was when you said “This money, however, comes from taxing someone else so this hurts the economy.”

My assertion was that the government reinvests the money and adds value/creates wealth with tax dollars. They don’t necessarily hurt the economy. If you fund a military program, you create jobs right then. After the program is developed, the company sells the weapons to the United States and foreign countries. Did the inital tax money used to do this help or hurt the economy? Though there is no way to really know how else it would’ve been invested, It very likely helped.

My whole point was that the assumption that the money taken as tax does not necessarily hurt the economy. Otherwise, I’m completely on board with you.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 10th, 2009
4:57 pm

@ Mr. Smith Smith–

Would that obesity cause a profuse hemorrhage of money to the tune of 4 trillion bucks and growing plus the cause of the government employing 250,000 private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Would lard butt Saxby Chambliss who is futilely trying to spend our money on a $1.5 billion F22 already replaced by the Lockheed F-35 be part of that adipose tissue that’s hemorhhaging money and putting the patient into hypovolemic economic shock?

You pubbys look the other way when it comes to hemorrhaging trillions in Iraq don’t ya? Iraq has never been worse. It has settled no significant political questions and its army and security is a farce.

We pulled back from 130,000 troops to um 130,000 troops. Ain’t nobody come home.

Self-Destructing Wingnuts Love Palin

July 10th, 2009
5:03 pm

I tickles me how many of you lunatic fringe right wing nutjobs would support Sarah Palin in her quest for American leadership. Although the Republicans are short-handed when it comes to potential viable candidates for the 2012 election, you would think that any intelligent human being would see Palin for what she is: a demagoguing mouthpiece and nothing more. Sure, she’s pleasant on the eyes, and yes, she takes on a pitbull’s attitude when it comes to attacking others, but substantively, she is an embarrassment to the party. Folks, you can do better. I may not be a conservative, nor am I a Republican…but I’m also not a liberal or a Democrat. I’m an American who chooses candidates according to their statesmanship and leadership qualities, and the views that they espouse in the key areas of their future governance. Sarah Palin will regurgitate others’ words, but she will never have an original political thought in her life. If you want a fighting chance in 2012, try to find someone in your legions who walks the walk and talks the talk. And forget about Little Miss Palin.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 10th, 2009
5:25 pm

USA Today reported this week that “counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration’s $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain.”

ABC News reported this week that the failed stimulus tracking website run by the White House, Recovery.gov, will get an additional $18 million, taxpayer-funded injection to support a “redesign.” The Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso points out that the contract was awarded to a Maryland firm whose donors have contributed $19,000 to Maryland’s House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

The Washington Times reported this week that “as much as $16.1 million from the stimulus program is going to save the San Francisco Bay area habitat of, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse” in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s backyard.

booger

July 10th, 2009
5:27 pm

The only real difference is who will do a better job for the entire economy. I contend that because the govt. is run by politicians, their spending is politically motivated. Chambliss is a point in case. I know him to be fairly conservative, however he supports the F-22. Since the military says they don’t need them, this is purely political. I can give many democratic examples, but I use Saxby to promote detante in our conversation.

Business on the other hand rarely has an agenda other than improving their business. They certainly do not spend money for a ploitical agenda.

A small example. My brother-in-law has a small business. He has survived well during the recession, and still retains 14 of the 18 employees he had two years ago. Currently he is turning down new business because he is afraid to hire anyone new. He pays very good salaries, has medical insurance, and a matching 401-k for his employees. However since he knows that because of the accounting rules small businesses must follow, he has a tax increase coming. He doesn’t know how much, but he is in the 5% who will get hit. He also knows he may have to increase spending on medical as the health care bill develops, and cap-and trade could hurt him as well. Given this uncertainty his accountant and him have chosen to stay at their same level until someone takes the leadership reins and tells them what is going to happen.

This is only 4 jobs on hold but multiply that by thousands of small businesses and it is significant.

Jackie

July 10th, 2009
5:35 pm

All of those supporters of Dubya whom consider themselves “patriotic” should be aware of the news reports indicating that secret programs run by Dubya were much more extensive than previously believed. It was reported by 5 Inspector Generals that spying on individual Americans was only part of the major programs Dubya had authorized. Report went on to indicate those programs are just being uncovered today and many were not supported by the CIA, FBI and NSA.

Why does Obama continue to keep the DOJ off these criminals?

BigMike

July 10th, 2009
5:40 pm

You people must be drinking ripple when looking at Sarah Palin ! She is o.k on the eye, but so is the cashier at Wal-Mart. Everybody knows that know one in the G.O.P. likes Obama, and we all know it isn;t just his presidential skills. We’ve taken a man whom has had the presidentual position 7 months, and put more pressure on him than ANY other in history, and thrown him under a Bus. Saying Sarah Palin is the answer is abosolutely the worst decision that could ever be. Men in the G.O.P. have completely went soft (as witnessed by this article and number of affairs being blown open) and no longer are you standing up, merely just going along. I urge you to rethink this Palin situation, choose carefully whom you bring forward to be your next leader, get rid of Michael Steele, (slavery is dead) and stop letting Rush Limbaughless run your show (who made him the mouthpiece for the G.O.P. anyway) and get someone with effective thinking ! Wether it’s Obama, Biden, or Hillary Clinton in 2012, Palin has a mountain to climb, and as we all know at anytime she could quit and become ol’e Hockey Mom again.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 10th, 2009
5:44 pm

booger, your bother-in-law should hire temp workers through an agency. There are plenty of good, hardworking, skilled folks who would love a temp, or temp to perm job. You just need a good agency.

Apollo Staffing!!!

BigMike

July 10th, 2009
5:48 pm

Self Destructing Wingnut Loves Palin, nice blog, you make anyone with a “BRAIN’ proud to be an AMERICAN. Keep up the good blogging !

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 10th, 2009
6:14 pm

Jackie–

Obama’s DOJ is a right wintgnut DOJ with a much worse civil rights record than Bush DOJ. It is being run not by OLC, but by Rahm Emanuel and Greg Craig’s White House Counsel attorneys–and they placating the worthless Blue Dog Dems. Every brief filed has invoked state secrets to crush any revelaton of torture, wire tapping, or

Harry Reid is a moron who is afraid to put Dawn Johnsen up for a vote after 6 months.

The Dems are often spineless. Health Care if flounderig right now. The pubs are worthless and need to be trampled out of the way and kicked to the curb. They are not going to cooperate and they have no solutions whatsoever. They want a moron to be President who is a very sick Borderline personality and they are the party of 24X7 stupid. The more stupid an individual is, the better the pubtards love ‘em.

I’d like to thank 51 year old tough guy Ensign for allowing the world to Meet the Parents–mommy and daddy who are goin’ to the playground to pay the mistress off. Hopefully they’ll visit their little boy in jail if he’s caught using campaign money to finance his nookie.