School chief, Democrats in denial

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

The Georgia General Assembly, following the precedent the DOT might be willing to set, ought to consider a tax on use of the state Capitol, occupancy of college dorms and classrooms, and ridership of trains, planes and buses. Why? To give politicians more money to spend, of course. DOT chairman Bill Kuhlke says the board will consider lifting the ban on charging tolls for already-built, and paid-for, roads. If we can pay twice for roads, why not other paid-for facilities?

It is shocking that the National Superintendent of the Year, Atlanta’s Beverly Hall, refuses to acknowledge that subordinates cheated on the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and commendable of Gov. Sonny Perdue to take her to task for living in denial.

But wait! The higher required national minimum wage — up to $7.25 per hour this July 24th from $5.85 two years ago — was supposed to mean more pay. But the average wage small business pays to its employees is down sharply, from $28,963 in June 2008 to $25,556 this June, proving that government can mandate wages, but it cannot mandate jobs. Anything that politicians do that imposes higher costs on business, especially small businesses, comes at somebody’s expense. Cap-and-trade. The health care financing train wreck. Job killers for mom-and-pop.

Headline: “Lenox Square signs seven new concepts.” Pardon me. I’ve been down on the farm and may have missed something new and modern, but is a “concept” a retail store? The concept, as I once understood it, was that they sell, you buy.

Headline for the ages: “Railroader loved his career.” Railroaders and old-line Delta employees.

Shocker headline over pro baseball story: “Fans feel prices too high.” Save headline for reuse over concerts and other performances story. Even UGA football feels the pinch. When Georgians give up their college football, the economy’s worse than the 10.1 percent unemployment would suggest. For baseball, attendance is down 6 percent while ticket prices are up 5. Sometimes charging less produces more. Ask Wal-Mart.

Sound advice from the Pet of the Week column: The rat terrier mix up for adoption “probably will chase cats and small children so she would be best in a home with neither.”

Every male who causes life should be responsible for child support. But if there’s no missing material fact in the experience of Frank Hatley of Cook County, he’s a terribly wronged man, jailed for failing to pay support for a child not his, as proven by DNA testing.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s rope-a-dope weaving on past statements and her decision in the case of the New Haven firefighters are a reminder of how difficult it can be to pin down discrimination. Most of the nation’s liberals are only capable of seeing it in the South. It’s a reminder, too, as Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) pointed out that there’s nothing the Senate can do when a nominee says one thing in confirmation hearings and does something else on the Supreme Court.

Congress has no credibility. Anybody who believes that the Democrats’ health care financing scheme won’t result in high-cost government-run health care isn’t paying attention. We’re lulled in by the promise that “the rich,” private employers, and hospital and physician efficiencies, the drug and insurance industries — always somebody else — will pay the tab. Better care for more people at less overall cost is a fantasy. As the Congressional Budget Office points out, the House bill, priced at $1.3 trillion over 10 years, is back-loaded, starting at $84 billion for the first four years and reaching $254 billion by 2019. It’s a killer.

Will Sarah Palin, retiring Alaska governor, darling of conservatives, opt for a third party run? That would be understandable, but counter-productive, assuring the re-election of Barack Obama. No third party candidacies for me. Ross Perot got us Bill Clinton.

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Michael H. Smith

July 16th, 2009
9:59 pm

About that train wreck….

Poll: Voters Reject Obama’s Healthcare Reforms

The year’s biggest survey on healthcare reveals most Americans oppose the very reforms that President Obama is trying to push through Congress.

By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters say they are against the healthcare bill introduced July 14 to the House of Representatives, a new Zogby International poll reports.

Co-sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the survey is based on interviews with nearly 4,000 adults nationwide – the largest such survey conducted this year.

The poll’s findings: Americans oppose raising tax rates to pay for a new healthcare system. Instead, they favor innovative approaches that would save money, which in turn could be used to fund health benefits for the poor.

Among those currently insured, Zogby reports, 84 percent are satisfied with their current health care. Also, four out of every five people surveyed agreed that rising healthcare costs are hurting American businesses.

Pollster John Zogby says the results indicate that Americans want costs reduced and wish for everyone to be insured. But they are deeply divided on how to accomplish those goals.
“The likelihood of achieving consensus is low,” Zogby says.

One of the concerns: the estimated $1 trillion cost over the next decade of expanding health care coverage.

Democrats propose defraying that cost in part by increasing income taxes on individuals making over $280,000, and on families that earn more than $350,000. The House legislation also proposes a penalty equal to as much as 8 percent of a company’s payroll, if it refuses to provide health-insurance coverage for its workers.

http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/healthcare_poll/2009/07/16/236697.html


49% Oppose Health Care Reform Plan, 46% Favor It

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just two weeks ago, 50% were for the reform plan, and 45% were opposed.

The “nays” also continue to have the edge in terms of intensity. While 22% strongly favor the Democrats’ health care reform plan, 38% strongly oppose it, up four points from the previous survey.
Among those voters who have health insurance, opposition is even higher: 43% favor the plan, but 52% oppose it. Those who strongly oppose it outnumber those who strongly favor it by two-to-one – 40% to 20%.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/healthcare/july_2009/49_oppose_health_care_reform_plan_46_favor_it

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Don’t look now Thinking Right Republican but keep your ear to the ground. Rumor has it another derailment might take place in N.J.

A Quinnipiac University poll out this week suggests Republican challenger Chris Christie is pulling away from incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine in the New Jersey governor’s race.

Michael H. Smith

July 16th, 2009
10:01 pm

About the train wreck…

Poll: Voters Reject Obama’s Healthcare Reforms

The year’s biggest survey on healthcare reveals most Americans oppose the very reforms that President Obama is trying to push through Congress.

By 52 percent to 40 percent, voters say they are against the healthcare bill introduced July 14 to the House of Representatives, a new Zogby International poll reports.

Co-sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the survey is based on interviews with nearly 4,000 adults nationwide – the largest such survey conducted this year.

The poll’s findings: Americans oppose raising tax rates to pay for a new healthcare system. Instead, they favor innovative approaches that would save money, which in turn could be used to fund health benefits for the poor.

Among those currently insured, Zogby reports, 84 percent are satisfied with their current health care. Also, four out of every five people surveyed agreed that rising healthcare costs are hurting American businesses.

Pollster John Zogby says the results indicate that Americans want costs reduced and wish for everyone to be insured. But they are deeply divided on how to accomplish those goals.

“The likelihood of achieving consensus is low,” Zogby says.

One of the concerns: the estimated $1 trillion cost over the next decade of expanding health care coverage.

Democrats propose defraying that cost in part by increasing income taxes on individuals making over $280,000, and on families that earn more than $350,000. The House legislation also proposes a penalty equal to as much as 8 percent of a company’s payroll, if it refuses to provide health-insurance coverage for its workers.

http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/healthcare_poll/2009/07/16/236697.html

Michael H. Smith

July 16th, 2009
10:06 pm

More wreckage found on the tracks….

49% Oppose Health Care Reform Plan, 46% Favor It

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters now at least somewhat oppose the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, while 46% at least somewhat favor it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just two weeks ago, 50% were for the reform plan, and 45% were opposed.

The “nays” also continue to have the edge in terms of intensity. While 22% strongly favor the Democrats’ health care reform plan, 38% strongly oppose it, up four points from the previous survey.
Among those voters who have health insurance, opposition is even higher: 43% favor the plan, but 52% oppose it. Those who strongly oppose it outnumber those who strongly favor it by two-to-one – 40% to 20%.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/healthcare/july_2009/49_oppose_health_care_reform_plan_46_favor_it

saywhat?

July 16th, 2009
11:36 pm

Jim forgets to mention that a third party candidate also gave us W. (Gee, thanks Ralph). As for a third party candidate giving us Clinton, I guess 8 years of unprecedented economic growth, world respect, a resounding military success in the Balkans, etc is just too terrible for Jim to have to live through again.

I love the part where Jim insinuates that the higher minimum wage is the cause of a drop in wages among people working for small business. It amazing that it never occurs to him that the reason might instead be the current, nearly unprecedented, economic crash (brought to us by 8 years of Republican rule.) Maybe its the Unions’ fault.:roll:

saywhat?

July 16th, 2009
11:45 pm

Jim forgets to mention that a third party candidate also gave us W. (Gee, thanks Ralph). As for a third party candidate giving us Clinton, I guess 8 years of unprecedented economic growth, world respect, a resounding military success in the Balkans, etc is just too terrible for Jim to have to live through again.

I love the part where Jim insinuates that the higher minimum wage is the cause of a drop in wages among people working for small business. It is amazing that it never occurs to him that the reason might instead be the current, nearly unprecedented, economic crash (brought to us by 8 years of Republican rule.) Maybe its the Unions’ fault.:roll:

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
6:09 am

Yeah and Al Gore invented the Internet too! Did Jim forget that? :roll:

clyde

July 17th, 2009
6:42 am

Good morning Jim,
Let’s start by saying a resounding thank you to Ross Perot.

A “concept” charges $5 for goods others sell for $1.The self important flock there just to be seen buying.Understand that concept,Jim?

I think Beverly Hall puts the National Whatever Award into perspective.

Frank Hatley isn’t alone.I’ve read of others.Too many.The judges that render these decisions run on empathy, a la Sotomayer.

Congress has no credibility.No need to add anything else,Jim.

I went to a baseball game when I was 9 years old.Didn’t like it.Never went again.I do know ,though,that whatever the prices are,somebody will pay.

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
7:04 am

The Blue Dogs appear to be hanging in there, Mr. Wooten.


House Panel Approves Health-Care Overhaul With Millionaire Tax

July 17 (Bloomberg) — The House Ways and Means Committee approved the biggest overhaul of the U.S. health-care system in four decades, including a surtax of as much as 5.4 percent on the nation’s wealthiest households to help pay for it.

The tax panel voted 23-18 in favor of its part of the historic legislation, with three [Blue Dog] Democrats joining all the Republicans in voting against the measure. It’s the first of three committees to finish consideration of the health-care overhaul as the House works to pass legislation before an August deadline set by President Barack Obama.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aBFO3BCTYiuA

The Great Blue Hope survives! Pray they shall win. Grrrrrrrr……

sharecropper

July 17th, 2009
7:05 am

Wooten, hang it up. For good. You have lost the heat and can’t heat the corners. And, by the way, whatever role Perot played in one election, Bill Clinton got elected … twice. it is inconvenient for you to remember that. And a solid majority of Americans, given what happened following Clinton, would, given the option, elected Clinton twice more rather than the brain-dead George Bush.

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
7:15 am

When is engaging in class warfare okay: When you only kill the rich. Problem is, all the poor and working poor people – not employed by government at some level – work for the rich.

No man is an Island.

They tell you they are not going to tax your family. No, they’re just going to tax “businesses”! So unless you buy something from a “business”, like groceries or clothes or gasoline … or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small “business”, don’t worry … it’s not going to affect you. They say they are not going to take any water out of your side of the bucket, just the “other” side of the bucket!

Fred Thompson

Peter

July 17th, 2009
7:25 am

The Big Republican Lie………

AP Investigation: ‘Frugal’ SC gov flew in style

By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE and JIM DAVENPORT, Associated Press Writers Brett J. Blackledge And Jim Davenport, Associated Press Writers – Fri Jul 17, 3:54 am ET
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shed his fiscal conservatism on several taxpayer-funded international trips, including a South American jaunt that included time with his mistress, choosing expensive first-class or business-class seats while his aides sat in coach.

Sanford, who once criticized other state officials for costly travel, charged the state more than $37,600 for one first-class and four business-class flights overseas since November 2005, expense records show. Other state employees flew in the back of the plane at a fraction of the price, according to the documents.

The Republican governor, who balked at taking federal stimulus money after arguing it was an unwise use of taxpayer funds, charged the state $8,687 for a Delta Airlines trip to Brazil last year that included a leg in business class, state expense records show.

That trip ended with the governor’s now well-publicized visit to his Argentine mistress, Maria Belen Chapur, and marked what he says was the start of a nearly year-long sexual affair with the woman he’s called his “soul mate.”

Other state employees spent less than $2,000 each on economy seats for the Brazil flight, according to the records, released by two state agencies under South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act

But Sanford’s habit of more costly travel at the taxpayers’ expense contradicts his claim of frugality. When first running for governor in 2002, the former congressman, who once boasted of sleeping on a cot in his office to save money, blasted incumbent state officials for their expensive flights.

“This kind of lavish spending with taxpayers footing the bill just doesn’t make any sense to me,” Sanford said in one campaign ad. “If I become your governor, I’ll fix that problem.”

State Senate Minority Leader John Land recalls the criticism that candidate Sanford heaped on others.

“I reckon he’s a hypocrite,” the Democrat said. “He goes before the Christian right and professes to be one thing and yet his conduct is something else. He goes before the people of the state and talks about his fiscal conservatism. But yet when you see him in action, he’s going first class and spending the state taxpayers’ money.”

In interviews earlier this month with The Associated Press, the governor said he paid his own way when visiting his mistress during a New York rendezvous last September.

Asked if he flew coach, Sanford was quick to point out his personal thrifty side. “Yeah. You remember, I am paying,” he said with a laugh.

State travel records for Sanford, who took office in January 2003, are available only back to the fall of 2005, and the documents show a persistent pattern of expensive state travel.

For example, he charged taxpayers $12,172 for travel to China in 2007, which included business-class accommodations on United Airlines, complete with upgraded food, drinks and an oversized reclining chair.

State Rep. Nikki Haley, a Republican, was a member of the state mission to China. A leading ally of Sanford’s in the legislature, Haley had just wrapped up her freshman term when she was invited to attend the World Economic Forum with the governor.

She recalled a dozen or so delegates, mostly from the business community, but said she couldn’t remember whether she flew coach or first class. Although expense records released by the state Commerce Department and comptroller’s office do not show the type of ticket purchased, her flight cost $6,842.

“It was a big deal that we were the only state in the country that was asked to bring a delegation,” Haley said. “It was very prestigious.”

Other state employees who went on the trip charged the state between $1,905 and $3,963 each for their flights, the expense records show.

The records provide details of several other high-priced trips.

The state paid more than $5,000 for Sanford to fly to Poland in April, including at least part of the trip in the more expensive business-class seating. Using a different airline, Sanford’s Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor also flew in business class on part of his journey, the records show. The state has not released all expense records from that trip.

Sanford spent $4,685 of taxpayer money on a Lufthansa business-class flight to Munich in April 2007.

The governor also flew in the most expensive “envoy class,” also referred to as first class, on a U.S. Airways flight to London in 2006 at a cost of $7,065, according to the documents.

John

July 17th, 2009
7:49 am

Let me be perfectly clear here about two things (1) the national democrat party offers no viable alternative for me and (2) the republican’s pitiful performance in the Supreme Court hearing has validated my decision to stopping voting for republicans on the federal level and leaving all federal offices blank on my ballot.

After eight years of increasing deficits, more than 40,000 earmarks, failing to address Social Security and illegal immigration and passing the second most federally intrusive legislation relating to public education in our history and pursuing ill advised nation building in the Middle East, I opted out of voting for any republican on the federal level last November. This was the first time since 1968 (my first vote) to do so. I could no longer reward this misbehavior.

I felt a tremendous amount of guilt in abandoning a patriot like Senator McCain but could no longer validate the misdeeds of those who promise conservative government but never deliver.

Now comes the hearings. Republican senators are so worried about the Hispanic vote that they remind me of children bumping into each other, afraid to speak the truth, ask the tough questions AND DEMAND specifics in repy. They have completely rolled over with this nominee and done so in a manner that is both shocking and demoralizing.

I know what you are thinking – at least they are better than the democrats. I used to say the same thing until I came to the realization that to continue to vote for republicans is to continue to validate their failures and to continue to fall prey to their empty promises.

It is easy to shout from the outside about how bad the democrats are (true) and to promise that they (republicans) have learned their lesson about fiscal irresponsibility. In order to prove this is more than just talk, republicans will have to regain the majority and the White House. That is a chance I no longer am willing to take.

Will

July 17th, 2009
7:58 am

I see that several people on board today have posted that polls show that a majority of Americans do not approve of health care reform.

National polls also show that a majority of Americans favor the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. I wonder if those postings about polls and health care reform put as much faith in polls and Justice Sotomayor? How about national polls and the occupation of Iraq?

For me, I prefer government by representation, not representatives who govern by polls. I don’t vote for people who always share my thoughts as I expect my representatives to be better informed than me and use that information to make the best decision, even when I disagree.

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
7:59 am

On Democrats in denial: Pick of the litter for this week, VP Joe Biden.

(CNSNews.com) – Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”

‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’?

Uh, Senator Miller, I don’t think the world can produce enough Gorilla Glue for the White House to meet the required demand. :lol:

Trudy

July 17th, 2009
8:04 am

With the mess and horrors of the bush administration, conservatives have no room for their silly complaining. Obama is a brilliant compassionate man and his plan is working. He is cleaning up your mess.

Zell Miller is an embarrassment to intelligent Georgians.

GOP=Hypocrisy

AmVet

July 17th, 2009
8:04 am

Friday’s round-robin nonsense for the uncommonly senseless.

Where to begin?

A living wage int his country??? WTF? American worker productivity has doubled since 1973 yet 80% of Americans earn less in real dollars than they did then. Let them eat cake.

And this bizarre Walmart love? How highly patriotic to buy a boatload of cheap Chinese junk by an imperious monolith that strong armed most mom and pops who sell American products out of business.

The good old boys ranting about discrimination is indeed humorous. But quoting that traitor Specter? Tsk, tsk…

And of course Jim’s legion of nitwits don’t want a competitive democracy. Staunch members of the American Politburo, it’s the GOP (or in exceptionally few cases Democrats) only for them!

Just keep getting annihilated every other November, like the past two, and it’s a start…

GayGrayGeek

July 17th, 2009
8:13 am

AmVet – Yeah, with this one Jim’s showing that retirement can’t come quick enough. I wonder if Kyle BabyWingNut will start allowing comments, and/or when he’s going to take over this blog? Since his first published column was about his FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER of Europe and all things European, I can’t wait to see what more things the BabyWingNut tries to get his minions to FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER.

Copyleft

July 17th, 2009
8:15 am

Michael Smith: You’re right–support for this particular insurance-industry-friendly, public/private balancing-act plan is weak. That’s because America wants a simple, effective single-payer system rather than another weak attempt to appease the insurance lobby.

Speaking of denial: Wooten, have you not noticed that America REJECTED the far-right wingnut position, in overwhelming numbers? That’s why the right hates “democracy” so much… it’s a real inconvenience when the wrong people get a say in how they’re governed.

Dave

July 17th, 2009
8:17 am

Jim, hope you had a good visit to the farm, I agree Sarah doesn’t need to form a third party, but she sure needs to help make the Republican party a conservative party again.

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
8:20 am

After the Republicans spending like a bunch of drunken liberal Democrats, Bush is a conservative?

Gotta love the paradox.

The only thing that can save the Bush liberal legacy on spending is Obama.

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
8:23 am

Dave

July 17th, 2009
8:17 am

Sarah shouldn’t run for any elected office. She should do what she does best for the conservative cause this election cycle: Unite the base and raise money to elect conservative candidates.

bob

July 17th, 2009
8:27 am

I’m glad social security employees got to go on their junket at a cost of 700K. They must be under alot of stress after seeing PONZI scammers like Madoof going to jail. Since SS is broke, maybe they can go to work for the Dept. of Healthcare and run it into the ground like SS and Public Schools.

Churchill's MOM

July 17th, 2009
8:35 am

A thinking conservative will vote for Palin if she were running period. The Republican party has become the party of big spending and big government, Sara thinks that is wrong. If she can’t change the party then she needs to run with a party that repesents her and our values.

I have given that Wingfield guy a try and he is too much fo a big spender, big government guy for me. He is a coward because he doesn’t allow comments. As sorry a conservative as you are, you are much better than this fool.

*****Handel 2010****Palin Sanford 2012*******

Jay

July 17th, 2009
8:38 am

Her answers were almost word for word the same answers as Justice Roberts
and Justice Alito. Alito was equally vague about his membership in an all WHITE
group at Princeton who’s sole aim was to keep minority numbers down at his
alma mater. Whats the difference. Republicans practice situational ethics.

oldtimer

July 17th, 2009
8:41 am

NO, NO,NO, to nationalized (socialist) health care. Just study Great Britian, Canada, and others trying to back out of it. Minor fixes…no to overhaul.

Northern Sympathizer

July 17th, 2009
8:41 am

Agree on the Frank Hatley story. Pretty amazing. He should be entitled to civil damages against someone.

It looks like the Sarah Palin show is finally over…at least until her TV show begins.

Ga Values

July 17th, 2009
8:51 am

Jim what was your position on “W”s drug rip off was passed by congress. The taxpayer sure took it on the chin with that one.

Diogenes

July 17th, 2009
8:56 am

Good morning, Jim,

In regards to your comments about Sarah Palin. I certainly do not comprehend ya’ll’s fascination with her. She’s a disaster. One might think you would want a competent candidate for a change. As your remarks about Mr. Obama and some of his programs indicate, however, you conservatives don’t know a good thing when you see it; therefore, you fixate on someone like Palin.

hop

July 17th, 2009
9:00 am

OBAMA spending spree puts george w bush term as an ultra conservative.

america wakeup before it is too late, this president in the process of destroying the nation.

ten trillion in deficit spending, we have already spend a trillion in five months and the unemployment rate is getting worse.

socialism does not work and now we are going to copy the health plans of europe and canada where the healthcare is horrible and it is being ration now.

even 54 house democrats are now oppose to the awful obama healthplan and i thought jimmy carter was the worst president in my lifetime,but obama has won the honors is only 100 days in office.

jconservative

July 17th, 2009
9:01 am

If Sotomayor had ruled for the firemen in the New Haven case she would have been guilty of “legislating from the bench”. And you would have been correct to critize. The Supreme Court rules for the firemen, legislates from the bench, & you do not raise a peep. We now have a new law on the bench created by the 5 justices in the majority: 5 life-time appointed judges who are not elected.

Jim, you have spent over 30 years railing against appointed judges & the power they exercise over the people. This is no time to back off.
The fire fighters were screwed by New Haven – & a Republican controlled Congress could have corrected the problem anytime. But they chose not to do so – why?

Michael H. Smith

July 17th, 2009
9:04 am

Liberals and the liberal media are demonically obsessed with Palin, while Joe Biden is given a pass, treated with kid gloves and hardily ever does he receive the public drubbing he rightly is due.

Palin is soon to be a private citizen, so why does the left still fear Sarah? hmm…

Montrell

July 17th, 2009
9:07 am

The rich people in this country should pay for all the health care costs! I’m tired of paying for my health care—it’s way too expensive. The upper class has a lot more money than me from all these hedge funds and yachts and should pay these costs for everyone else. I’m getting tired of this—Congress better pass a new health care plan soon!

retiredds

July 17th, 2009
9:09 am

Jim, I am looking forward to your comments when Sonia Sotomayor is confirmed by the Senate with several thoughtful Republicans voting for her BECAUSE, despite disagreeing with her on several issues, she is “well qualified”. Jim, I don’t much care for Justice Scalia, but he is “well qualified”. If you will, what in your opinion, as a writer and not a lawyer, makes a Supreme Court Justice “well qualified”? It is always more comfortable to criticize from behind your desk, but how about justifying your criticisms to your audience, of which I am one. Also, Jim, I am looking for concrete substance here, not only your philosophical beliefs. I look forward to your answer in a future, but not too future, column.

Amused...

July 17th, 2009
9:12 am

Jim, You cetainly are right about Beverly Hall and Governor Perdue. I am glad he has taking her on. For a while now, the MACE teachers group has been given Beverly Hall and Crawford Lewis heck. http://www.theteachersadvocate.com

jeff

July 17th, 2009
9:15 am

When are the AJC and other mainstream media going to investigate why Obama has spent $27MM (and counting) on lawyers to keep his birth certificate from being made available to the public? When are the AJC and other mainstream media going to exhibit the transparency espoused by the president and report on Mrs. Obama’s shopping trip to London with an entourage of 150 personnel, paid for by the American public, while in Europe accompanying Mr. Obama on his last visit? When are the AJC and other mainstream media going to start exposing this Manchurian Candidate for his actions?

Shar

July 17th, 2009
9:18 am

Kathy Cox and her minions should trump Beverly Hall and simply fire Lisa Smith, the cheating principal at Deerfield Academy. Atlanta just raised the millage rate by an preposterous 42%, in part to fund the ever-growing school budget. To spend even a penny of that money on a person who sold out the students for her personal gain is unconscionable, and Hall covering for her is worse. APS continues in it’s ways because there is little to no true accountability within the bureaucracy. The state needs to remind the administration that they do not act in a vacuum.

Get Real

July 17th, 2009
9:20 am

At least I agree with you on Hatley, Wooten. However, I wonder you stance on any damages he should be entitled to for being wrongly imprisoned, even though the judge and DA know he didn’t father this child. What really surprised me is that you’re in favor of the General Assembly taxing transportation, specifically train ridership. You have really fallen off your rocker down there in S. Mississippi. If this had been a democratic legislature I would highly doubt you’d feel the same way. And the thought of taxing MARTA riders while offering the system no financial support at all shows how preposterous your theories are.

When Alito got confirmed and spoke of his immigrant parents and there past was he bobbing and weaving as well? What about Roberts calling balls and strikes? Since he’s been on the bench its been nothing but strikes for corporate America. And you speak on health care reform while Bush’s Part D addition to Medicare was the biggest boondoggle of them all. And as someone previously stated, Ralph Nader gave us George W. Bush.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 17th, 2009
9:22 am

RHJ International has offered $387.6 million for a 50.1 percent stake
in General Motors’ Opel business, Reuters reported, citing RHJ’s
takeover offer for the German carmaker.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 17th, 2009
9:25 am

JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive said a failure of CIT Group, the
struggling commercial lender, would not have a material effect on his
company or throw the financial system into disarray.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 17th, 2009
9:25 am

U.K. financial companies should adopt new rules on bonuses that would
require top bankers and traders to have part of their pay deferred for
up to five years, according to a government-commissioned report.

jconservative

July 17th, 2009
9:25 am

“Obama has spent $27MM (and counting) on lawyers to keep his birth certificate from being made available to the public? ”

A copy was on CNN a couple of days ago.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 17th, 2009
9:26 am

A hedge fund manager charged with wire fraud and money laundering in a
$3.5 billion Ponzi scheme was granted $1.5 million bail and required to
wear an electronic monitor, a federal judge in Minnesota ruled.

[...] Jim Wooten says Atlanta school chief, Democrats are in denial. [...]

Munch

July 17th, 2009
9:29 am

Aw, Jim, I’m disappointed. Not a word today about your hero Rick Perry, that bold Texas governor who boldly refused to accept those tainted Obama stimulus dollars. Now THAT is Common Sense leadership you can believe in! A man of PRINCIPLE! Yes…

Wait, what’s that?

Texas is now asking the federal government for a $170 million loan so that benefits keep getting paid. . . . Texas is expected to request $650 million [in total], roughly $100 million more than Perry initially rejected.

Dang, first Palin and Sanford, now Perry. I guess they don’t make those stiff-backboned leaders like they used to, eh Jim?

"Charles", The Original

July 17th, 2009
9:37 am

Did anyone hear a smattering of boos at the 80th All-Star Game after President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch? The numbers of people expressing their disapproval of Obama’s efforts early on to right the ship of state were significant.

Or did anyone hear the Tonight Show’s Conan O’Brien say in his monologue that early on, this president, Barack Obama, might be the worse ever? And the audience’s response was extremely favorable. It appears that media outlets completely missed it. They focused their attention on the President’s preparation for the first pitch etc. and what O’Brien said about Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin opting for a third party run will assure the reelection of Barack Obama? I don’t think so.

Vote Chuck Baldwin, 2012

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For the so-called educated integrationist Negroes: Presidents can be beneficial to groups of people through their institutions. Now you decided to forgo black institutions and claim white institutions as your own. The only message Barack can send to black people is get yourself up to speed so white institutions can use you.

Go figure!

Copyleft

July 17th, 2009
9:40 am

Jeff: When is the AJC going to hop on the insane-conspiracy train instead of reporting actual news?

Hopefully, never.

Steve

July 17th, 2009
9:50 am

Trudy,

1) With the state of our current economy complaining about the proposed Health Care plan is not silly (hint…liberals should be complaining too)
2) This is our mess, not . We all went through 911 together…we all were involved in the wars in Afganistan & Iraq.
3) Obama’s plan is not working in terms of getting people back to work. He is focusing on infrastructure and government positions, but they do NOT employ large numbers of people. Businesses do that. But Obama plans to tax them to pay for the healthcare. That will not assist them in putting people back to work.
I’m fedup with ALL OUR politicians (democrat & republican). They do so little constructive work, you could kick 90% of them to the curb and never even know they were gone.
Can we have a national “Kick a Politician in the A$$ Day”?

Churchill's MOM

July 17th, 2009
9:55 am

Jim they have taken you off the home page AGAIN…you need to move up here and write for the ABH.

TechLover

July 17th, 2009
9:57 am

Munch: Sanford’s only stiff in Argentina.

TechLover

July 17th, 2009
10:04 am

By all means run Chuck Baldwin. Better yet run Baldwin and Palin on the same ticket. The nuttier the better. They can run on the Oh My God You’ve Got to be Kiddding Party.