Thank Sonny we’re not California

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

Drop Sonny a note and thank him for managing the small cuts that keep Georgia from being California, where budget “solutions” are mostly just gimmicks that hide the problem and roll it over into another year. Thank goodness for a constitutional prohibition on deficit spending – and for a governor who started managing the nickels early in the downturn. The gimmee crowd – the teachers’ union, for example – really should shut up. It could be far worse.

Fifteen Georgia counties have unemployment rates above 13 percent. State financial incentives for businesses to locate here should be limited to those with high unemployment caused by plant closings. Once skilled and disciplined workers leave to find jobs in metro Atlanta or elsewhere, they’re not going back, worsening those counties’ predicament. Kelly McCutcheon, executive VP of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, notes that “hundreds of scholarly studies and decades of real-world experience reveal no clear benefits in state tax incentives” and are “particularly questionable” in a business-friendly state like Georgia. Use them sparingly. And target ‘em.

Murray County schools are free to go to a 160-day school year, rather than the required 180 days. It’ll make up the time by extending the school day one hour. Schools this legislative year got authority to exercise more local control. The end destination for all education-related decisions is results, outcomes, performance. Inputs should be left to parents and their chosen school leaders.

Georgia is among 17 states with the lowest graduation rates, according to an advocacy group. Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be in schools with low graduation rates. Blacks and Hispanics are also more likely to be born without a married mother and father in the home. There is a correlation. It’s not the schools’ fault. We can’t fix education’s problems until we fix the family – or as an inadequate alternative, change the school model.

Once again the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services wasn’t omnipotent in preventing the death of a child, which authorities say occurred at the hands of the mother’s boyfriend. It doesn’t take a village; social workers won’t always render perfect judgment. It’s the mother and father thing, again. Government can’t raise healthy children or protect them.

Atlanta may have to return $30 million in federal empowerment zone money that it couldn’t spend productively. Too much “red tape” say some critics. Shoot fire, your red tape is my accountability for public money. It wasn’t spent because it was too much money chasing too little real opportunity for productive use. The last thing in the world that should happen now is that politicians and bureaucrats start pushing money out the door.

From a news story: “Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the Finance Committee, is seen as a potential defector from her party on…” You complete the sentence: a) health care legislation b) the Sonia Sotomayor nomination c) the $787 billion “stimulus” porker d) anything Harry Reid wants e) all of the above.

Is the war against terrorism up or global warming down? In India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gives an impassioned speech demanding that the country and others do more to confront terrorism and global warming. Global warming won’t kill us; terrorists will.  She also joined a television discussion of what’s wrong with education in the U.S. and India. One world, one solution.

Which is more important — the F-22 or paid jobs among the non-profits? The one is cut, the other funded through the $787 billion “stimulus” bill. The arts are important, sure, and donors are strapped. But to metro Atlanta and to the nation, the F-22 jobs and the fighters they produce, when abandoned, leave us less secure. The “stimulus” will funnel another $342,000 to Georgia’s arts-related nonprofits.

211 comments Add your comment

Gimmee Gimmee

July 24th, 2009
10:20 am

As a teacher, I guess I’m part of the “gimmee” crowd. The only thing I want anyone to “gimmee” is the pay on my signed 180 day contract. I love teaching, and I’ll do what is best for my students, but dishonoring a contract is shifty and dishonest. Oh wait….I forgot we’re talking about Sonny. I have no idea why Jim Wooten thinks I should thank Sonny for cutting my pay – maybe senility has finally set in.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 24th, 2009
10:23 am

Calpers lost nearly $60 billion in the financial markets last year,
which means it has a serious long-term shortfall. Joseph A. Dear, the
fund’s new investment head, thinks the cure is in hedge funds and
beaten-down private equity.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 24th, 2009
10:25 am

China State Construction Engineering Corp. sold 12 billion shares to
raise $7.3 billion in the world’s biggest initial public offering this
year, highlighting a revival in China’s financial markets.

John

July 24th, 2009
10:28 am

Read the language in your contract. To paraphrase, it says the contract can be modified or even terminated because of reduction in force (laying off teachers) or if funds are not available. Perhaps you need to go back and take reading classes.

Brad Steel

July 24th, 2009
10:29 am

Picking on under-paid teachers and supporting the F-22 defense industry corporate welfare.

Wooten, you have no integrity or shame.

booger

July 24th, 2009
10:35 am

Jim,

Your point is well taken. Sonny has kept his hand on the wheel while some other states have spent themselves into a real mess. It is interesting to note that the states with the biggest problems are the states with the highest taxes and widest range of services. It will be interesting to see how the California saga plays out. People are now leaving the state in large numbers. they may even lose a congressional seat in the next census. And it is not just people leaving, it’s the productive people. That large group of unappreciated and often criticized citizens who create jobs, invest, and create the wealth everyone shares.

I think the country should watch this play out very closely, a lot could be learned.

One Voice

July 24th, 2009
11:10 am

Jim,

#1- There are no teachers’ unions in Georgia. You should know that considering you are a “journalist” who writes about Ga politics.

#2- RE: The correlation between Blacks, Hispanics, dropouts, and single parent homes- Correlation does not imply causation, which is covered in undergrad statistics 101. There is an extremely high correlation between baseball and mosquitoes. Does that mean that baseball causes mosquitoes, or that mosquitoes cause baseball, Jim? I’d recommend getting an education, even at your advanced age, if you’re going to continue to spread opinions.

#3- “Global warming won’t kill us; terrorists will.” Again, get an education. Terrorism has the potential to kill thousands of us. Global warming has the potential to kill billions of us, all of us. Really, the greatest threat to humanity is the continued ignorance of fundamentalist bible beaters, like yourself, Jim, who deny science and eschew education and do not have the intellectual or cognitive capacity to adequately process evidence.

dick hertz

July 24th, 2009
11:31 am

First off education in this state takes a huge back seat to sports programs. Every teacher has some idiot sports flag flying in thier room. Get back to educating and maybe someone will take you serious.

Chris Broe

July 24th, 2009
11:34 am

15 Georgia Counties have 13% unemployment. Georgia’s is one of the 17 states with lowest graduation rates. The bulldog breed ranks the 3rd from the bottom on the list of smartest-to-dumbest dogs. A Georgia Bulldog, then, is the dumbest, laziest, most worthless of all creatures, great and small.

A moment of silence for UGA 6 who died a year ago June. Then the Taco Bell dog died. These things come in threes. So love your pet. Give him a scooby snack. You never know what may happen.

UGA 6, we hardly knew ye.

JohnD

July 24th, 2009
12:38 pm

Uh, One Voice, you need an education.

Terrorism absolutely has the potential to kill millions of us, after killing thousands to this point. Are you able to prove Global Warming as the cause of any death? No, you are not. In fact, attempting to prove Global Warming even exists will be met with thousands of scientists who will present factual evidence there is no “Global Warming”. The great Al Gore as “Global Warming” spokesman is the best evidence the campaign is a fraud. After the time Al spent inventing the internet and creating the US Strategic Oil Reserves I am surprised he has energy for another project.

Your comments relative to correlation and causation are simply asinine.

I am surprised you have not brought Darwin and his “theory” of evolution into the discussion. Why not prove that one for us?

Get it straight

July 24th, 2009
12:39 pm

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Get it straight

July 24th, 2009
12:41 pm

For the millioneth time, teachers don’t get paid for days they don’t work! They are paid for 190 days, and this money is spread over 12 months.

Steeley Dan

July 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

“WASHINGTON – A powerful House committee chairman is threatening to force a floor vote to break the impasse on health care overhaul. Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman told The Associated Press negotiations with fiscally conservative Democrats on his panel cannot go on “interminably” because they would “empower” Republicans and allow the minority party to take control of the panel. The California Democrat said Friday if he can’t reach agreement with the conservatives, the health care bill would go straight to the floor, and not through his committee. Two House panels have already passed legislation. Waxman is stymied because seven conservatives — who call themselves Blue Dog Democrats — are sticking together. Negotiations continued. Meanwhile President Barack Obama is likening overhaul of the nation’s health care system to one of the government’s greatest triumphs: the NASA program that landed astronauts on the moon 40 years ago”

Yep, rush the damned thing through just like that wonderful stimulus bill that nobody read – all so PresBo can have his early legacy victory – the majority of Americans happy with their *current* plans be damned.

And oh the irony on PresBo likening the moon landing to the fiscal, managerial, job losing, cost increasing, and economic back breaking Obamacare bill. Let’s compare what the [liberal] Democrats will spend on bailouts alone compared to the moon landing, let alone wars:

“$23 trillion is more than the total cost of all the wars the United States has ever fought, put together. World War II, for example, cost $4.1 trillion in 2008 dollars, according to the Congressional Research Service. Even the Moon landings and the New Deal didn’t come close to $23 trillion: the Moon shot in 1969 cost an estimated $237 billion in current dollars, and the entire Depression-era Roosevelt relief program came in at $500 billion.”

And to think the same people who think this is the greatest and most responsible government in history had the gall to say Bush bankrupted the US. Laughable.

Corey

July 24th, 2009
12:58 pm

Skeptimal Optimist, so seven more F-22s will not get built. Will seven less make that much of a difference. Stop spinning this as if ther will bo no F-22s. Instead of 192 we will have 185. Most people don’t know that. They, like you, grab headlines and run with them.

Corey

July 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

Excuse the spelling errors.

catlady

July 24th, 2009
1:09 pm

I signed a contract to work 190 days and be paid x amount. Now you want to unilaterally change that?? What happened to your stand on changing the amount executives were guaranteed for bonuses at those banks/brokerage houses? And mine isn’t a bonus; just base pay.

Steeley Dan

July 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

PresBo really knows how to step in it, doesn’t he? A cop behaves “stupidly” when he doesn’t even know all the facts. That’s ironic since he withheld judgment on Iran’s nukes because he didn’t “know all the facts of the matter.” You’ve also got to keep in mind this area of the country is flaming liberal, and that same cop saved the life of a Black man several years ago. You didn’t hear the main stream media report about *that*, did you? Besides, I thought all the alleged racial problems in this nation were in the hick south. Even the libs around there are upset – at PresBo’s comment.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/24/cambridge-police-unit-demands-apology-obama-stupidly-remark/

Corey: I followed that F-22 thread. Some bozo said that PresBo killed off the F-22 program and oversaw the largest reduction in production numbers. S.O. went on the offensive and rightfully attacked the out and out *lie* and backed his/her stance up with data.Anyone could have Googled that information in about 3 seconds.

catlady

July 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

John, you are right about teacher contracts. However, if I break the contract, there is all hell to pay, inlcuding being blackballed from teaching. Kinda unequal, eh?

Steeley Dan

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

“Maybe you should research our military mission profiles and the capabilities of the F-35. Also, how many times has F-22 been used in combat? Hint, 0.”

Since C.O. won’t answer J.McNamara, I will: the Raptor is for aerial superiority roles. The F-35 is not. You don’t need to be a Jane’s Defense analyst to understand the F-35 cannot replicate the role of Raptor. Put an F-35 up against the latest from Russia and it will get stomped. Hard. With the Raptor, the tables are turned. That’s not hard to understand.

As for the second part of your comment, the F-117 Nighthawk was in use from 1979 to 1990 before it saw it’s first overseas mission – Gulf War I. So what’s your point?

Billy

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

DFCS could do its job better if it were actually funded. Its lack of funding means it’s understaffed, which means the staff it has is overworked. Being overworked and underpaid to do a job in which most people you see hate you leads people to quit. Which, of course, leads to more understaffing and ore overworking. Not to mention that even if you hire replacements those new workers have to familiarize themselves with the existing cases.

DFCS in my county now consists of two supervisors and one caseworker. Those supervisors, who should be making administrative decisions, are instead acting as caseworkers for over 30 cases. EACH. That’s in addition to the load being handled by the caseworker. How do we expect three people to conduct home evaluations and monitoring for over 100 cases?

Jim says it’s “the family thing” again. Having worked in abuse/neglect cases, I can say that, yes, family is important, but it’s not about having a mother and a father. It’s about having parents who care. And one caring parent is far superior to two who treat their child like a pet or houseplant. If Jim and other conservatives really wanted to keep these children safe, they’d worry less about abortion and more about funding the agencies that help kids. They’d accept another 1% in taxes on the top tax brackets to pay for the programs that keep kids healthy, that educate parents and provide services to aid those who do care to develop caring, providing homes. They’d quit the culture war BS about gays and come out in support of anyone, gay or straight, married or unmarried, who is willing and able to care and provide for a child. They’d fully support comprehensive sex education and making contraception cheap and readily available to anyone who wants it. They wouldn’t make a fuss about providing health care for poor kids.

And if they want to focus so much on the breakdown of the family they should acknowledge the negative effect of some of our policies, notably in our criminal justice system, that break families apart. How many fathers have been incarcerated for minor drug offenses that then follow them for the rest of their lives? How many parents have made a mistake only to find themselves in a cycle that costs them tens of thousands of dollars in fines and probation payments yet unable to find adequate employment?

You can blame the parents for their mistakes. You can say it’s their fault for committing a crime, abusing their children, or not helping their kids with school. And you’d be right, for the most part. But blaming these things on “the breakdown of the family unit” does nothing to help the kids that are affected. Those kids don’t need to hear that their parents are worthless. They need food, shelter, and a caring environment. And until you are willing to help provide that environment, no one will believe that you give a damn what happens to those kids.

WBK

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

Diane

July 24th, 2009
8:03 am
Diane the only ones who will be given less salary are those in the state where the rubber meets the road. The fat cats will continue having what they have and more. You are going to harm only those at the very end of the spectrum if you do not specify the job or duties of the state employee. I know many state employees who make a lot less than teachers. Teachers work only 190 days and earn more. No one is stopping teacher from getting a summer job. I do not have pity for them….190 days of work. PLEASE!!!!

Mary

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

I am personally enraged by the furlough as I am a first year teacher that readily needs my salary that I was CONTRACTED to receive!

WBK

July 24th, 2009
1:23 pm

HEY LIBS: Can you thank our Gov. because Ga is looks a lot better than New Jersey the union state.

WBK

July 24th, 2009
1:29 pm

Mary you need to read all the contract.

JohnD

July 24th, 2009
1:37 pm

The Libs here often write about the crackers, rednecks, Bible-beaters, idiots and whatever name they can contrive for those who believe in God and the Second Amendment.

To quote an acknowledged thinker,

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.”

Sigmund Freud

CJ

July 24th, 2009
1:53 pm

Let’s thank Sonny for allowing the Ford and GM plants to close in recent years. Oh, but he replaced 2 with 1 Kia plant that required massive tax breaks.

Let’s thank Sonny for our increasingly difficult commute times and ineffective DOT. Rail, rail, rail, rail, rail.

Let’s also thank Sonny for disappearing during the gasoline crisis last fall, and his failure to lobby for a fix to the unnecessary problem.

Northern Songs, Ltd.

July 24th, 2009
1:56 pm

A fear of Liberals is just retarded.

Matlida

July 24th, 2009
1:59 pm

JohnD, relax. This is one “lib” that’s not afraid to arm herself. With all the religious fanatics running around, trying to impose their dogma on everybody else, it’s the smart thing to do. Whether you’re thumping your Koran or your New Testament makes no difference to me. If you’re thumping your dogma into our laws or onto my personal freedom, believe me, I have the emotional maturity to stand up to you.

Ben

July 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

To Educator, I sure hope it is not English you teach!

One Voice

July 24th, 2009
2:12 pm

JohnD, aka redneck,

You want to compare our education levels? I don’t think you do.

If you think correlation equals causation then you haven’t even taken the most basic undergraduate courses. The first thing you learn in any basic statistics course (well, not you, apparently) is that correlation does not imply causation, and often things that correlate, either positively or negatively, have no causal link whatsoever.

Regarding natural selection, you clearly don’t understand the difference between a theory and a Theory. You don’t believe in the Theory of Evolution, so I guess you also don’t believe in Germ Theory, Gravitational Theory, Atomic Theory, the Theory of Light, etc. Yes, there’s no gravity, no atoms, no germs, no light, and we all just magically appeared on the planet without evolving. Idiots like yourself are keeping humanity from advancing, but luckily, you’re a dying breed, like the Pilgrims who hung people for witchcraft and your Southern ancestors who thought whites were genetically superior to blacks.

Since you obviously don’t understand science and get your “information” from partisan (opinion) blogs, it’s little use to try to debate global warming with you. It’s far above your empty head, especially since you deny the mountains of physical evidence for natural selection in favor of a comic book fantasy with absolutely no evidence behind it simply because your dumbass daddy told you to believe it.

Terrorists are relatively small gangs of primitive thugs (kind of like Republicans these days), and they have pulled off a few large scale attacks where they killed thousands. But they don’t have the knowledge or technology to threaten millions- they don’t have enough people or the know-how to build powerful enough weapons. But since you are so scared of them and their weapons, according to your Freud quote above, I guess you must be sexually and emotionally retarded. Sounds about right, but add mentally retarded as well, obviously.

Teacher

July 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Hey Jim, your article may carry more weight if you use FACTS.

We DON’T HAVE TEACHER UNIONS IN GEORGIA.

CGA

July 24th, 2009
2:29 pm

As a teacher, I expect no one to pity me. I chose to go into this profession. What angers me the most about the furloughs is the timing of it all. Back in March, there was talk of furloughing teachers six days, but no real decision was ever made by our legislators. Now, they make the decision to furlough us only two weeks before the start of school. The manner in which this has been handled by our governor is insulting and disrespectful. Teachers are being told by some counties to take some of their furlough days during the most crucial planning time of the year – the preplanning phase. It is practically impossible to get ready for the school year on such short notice. The school system knows most of these teachers will probably come in and work anyway because the work has to get done. Why not take those furlough days from the other less crucial planning days during the middle and the end of the year? My county allotted two preplanning days in January and four at the end of the year. Let us take off those days instead.

Personally, I think there are other ways for meeting the budget that should have been considered before furloughs. Why not get rid of the tax-free weekend? Does it make sense to continue to have these “tax holidays” when our state needs the tax revenue? How about starting with Sonny’s pet project – the “Go Fish” program? We should get rid of the pork projects and tax breaks for corporations before you start cutting from the school budget.

AmVet

July 24th, 2009
2:44 pm

No, you re likely right, Jim – Global warming won’t kill us.

Just our grandchildren and their children and their children.

You’re doing a heckuva job enviro-rapers…

JackLeg

July 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

That’s funny, my wife is a teacher here for 25 years and she is in the teachers union….

count_schemula

July 24th, 2009
2:46 pm

Yeah, since our economy in Georgia is so comparable to California. California grows bigger and crashes bigger. Nothing new there. Why does Atlanta feel the need to compare itself to New York and why does Georgia feel the need to compare itself to California. Georgia does fine as the leader of the new South, but we ain’t NYC or Cali.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

JIMBO YOU SAID TEACHERS SHOULD JUST SHUT UP,ALSO HOW BOUT THEM DUMB REDNECKS HAVING TO COME TO ATLANTA TO GET JOBS FROM LIBRALS,GLAD REPUBLICANS TOOK YOUR JOBS FROM NORTH AND SOUTH GEORGIA AND SENT THEM OVERSEAS.
P.S.RACIST ASK YOURSELF THIS,WHY DID THE ASIAN KILL THOSE FOLKS AT VIRGINA TECH?WHY IS THE ARAB BLOWING HIMSELF UP TO KILL REDNECKS AND JEWS?WHY IS NORTH KOREA LAUNCHING MISSILES TOWARDS AMERICA?WHY IS IRAN GETTING READY FOR AMERICA?WHY IS RUSSIA AND CHINA PERFORMING WAR GAMES IN THE BALTIC SEA?WHO ARE CHINA AND RUSSIA ARMING THEMSELVES UP FOR? THEY ARE COMING TO GET THE RACIST EVIL WHITES HERE IN AMERICA,REMEMBER WHEN ROME FELL,AMERICA WILL FALL WITHIN 1 HOUR,SAYS GOD, ANU, EL-YAHUWA.

JF McNamara

July 24th, 2009
3:03 pm

Steeley Dan,

The F-35 is neither mediocre nor designed only for ground attack as he pointed out. Also, you’re incorrect that the F-35 doesn’t compare favorably to current Russian offerings. Maybe you better scroll through Jane’s until you understand the capabilities of the three variants. Try this link. It’ll set you straight on JSF, and I’m “pretty sure” its accurate.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/news/press_releases/2008/0919ae_f-35settingrecordstraight.html

As stated before, we’ve already got 180 F-22s, and the Secretary of Defense says we don’t need anymore. The F-35 is a multi-role aircraft and is as good as anything else out there. No other country is capable of developing an F-22 because they don’t have the technology. If they did, it would take 10 years to produce and we would know about it.

That’s my point.

Steve

July 24th, 2009
3:18 pm

Teachers are the biggest babies. So what if you’re gettin furloughed. They are extra days off to be with your family and have fun. Instead of whining about it go shopping, go out to eat at a nice restaurant for each day you are off, take a vacation to the beach. But above all STOP WHINING about it. Days off are good. Also, i’m sick and tired about hearing how underpaid teachers are for “all the good work we do”.

starbuck

July 24th, 2009
3:37 pm

We’re not California?? Our traffic blows period. We are California.

Mac

July 24th, 2009
4:20 pm

Go to the state Web site that lists teacher salaries by individual. It gives lie to the underpaid teacher myth. There’s millions in Georgia who would like to be “underpaid” like that.

Rob

July 24th, 2009
4:23 pm

Man, Evil Republicans writes like a member of the Nuwaubian cult.

JDW

July 24th, 2009
4:24 pm

Wooten when is your retirement effective. We need a new voice here. Thank Sonny? For what? Adhering to the state constitutional requirement for a balanced budget? How about for his masterful handling of the water supply situation? Or even better for his innovative and brilliant approach to our traffic issues. The only thing I would thank Sonny to do is leave early. Glad to see you bringing up that old family values music. I love the way Gingrich, Sanford, Ensign, Craig et al practice what you preach. Get off your high horse and recognize the reality that states with high graduation rates do things differently than Georgia. Maybe we could learn something. As for the F-22, even those bastions of Republication leadership Duhbya and Rummy wanted to cut the program. Why keep wasting the money? Or is pork good when it lives in Cobb? Where or where are the Conservatives? All we have are demagogues.

jw

July 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

Nowhere do I read in any of the literature that GAE nor PAGE provides that is listing themselves as a union. Both serve a valuable purpose for educators. The typical gripe is the national scope of GAE/NAE, but a teacher has little if any recourse if you are a PAGE member – the braintrust of that organization is administrator based – that pretty much guarantees any teacher needing representation is ‘guilty until proven innocent’ then ’still guilty’ – they pick and choose the cause, when the yearly financial rider is depleted (meaning the money set aside for litigation) – you get no support on fighting your guilt/innocence, therefore, most teachers could never fight any type of wrongful claims – because of the amount of dollars involved. Also, most teachers choose their affiliation by cost only – PAGE is significantly cheaper. As for the ‘union’ label – I belong to one of the associations, but I’m not a union member, nothing they do guarantees me nothing – and it shouldn’t. Both provide services for their members, but we can’t strike and we don’t collectively bargain – two GIANT factors in the world of union organization.

Why would Fox care about us – a Republican governor makes a controversial decision – it will get downplayed as “BEST FOR THE CITIZENS OF GEORGIA” because they are Fox of the Republicans – they never do anything wrong – bet they don’t say anything about this being a behind closed door meetings and the gutless Republicans leadership won’t show their face in any of this – gee, the Governor hasn’t even had a public conference about this mess – but it does give the Beauty of Fox (hard hitting Gretchen Carlson, Molly Hennenburg, Alison Camerota etc.) a chance to be on screen, lip-synching the persistent gas (O’Reilly, Hannity, Greta, Geraldo, Huckabee etc.) spewed against anything non-Republican.

Fox News is our kind of TV, watch the parade of babes in perfectly fitted television clothes trying to convince us they are hard edged reporters, without any brains when the teleprompter is unplugged! As close to legal porn as you can get without a prison penalty!

Peter

July 24th, 2009
4:50 pm

F-22’s are leaving Jim Insecure…..

Go fishing at Sonny’s place Jim……hob knob with they guy who has done zero for Georgia, while doubling his net worth while in office !

Linda

July 24th, 2009
6:24 pm

The stimulus bill had nothing to do with stimulus or the economy. The health care bill has nothing to do with health or care. Cap & tax has nothing to do with climate cooling (as it was called in the ’70’s), climate warming (as it was called last year), global climate CHANGE (as it’s called today) or universal climate malfunction (as it will be called in 2010).
If no one has noticed, most of the media has tanked for the far left liberals. If it wasn’t for Fox News, we couldn’t get to the truth. Only 2 shows are opinion-based (Beck & Hannity). We watch other stations at different times & can’t believe the difference. There’s some pretty decent babes on CNN if you get up early enough.

ScienceTeacher671

July 24th, 2009
7:24 pm

It seems to me that if the government is already $900,000,000 in the red less than a month after the fiscal year begins, the General Assembly and the governor didn’t do a very good job on the budget this time around.

Just to summarize...

July 24th, 2009
8:04 pm

1. There are no teacher unions in Georgia. Drat.

2. Teachers easily put in 60 hours per week. Yes, that’s sixty hours, and we are not paid hourly.

3. We didn’t get our measly raise this year, we all are taking an additional pay cut, and (zoinks!) our health insurance premiums went up.

3. Stop telling me how lucky I am to get all that vacation time. It’s impossible to find a job that pays well AND that will employ you only during two weeks of winter break, one week of spring break, and eight weeks of summer.

4. Our “vacation time” is unpaid. UNPAID, OKAY??????

5. You’re lucky schmucks like us care so much for your kids. Even the best teachers wonder why in the world we stay in this profession.

6. For all of these reasons, you are no longer allowed to complain to about Georgia’s inferior education.

Marcus Graham

July 24th, 2009
8:18 pm

YOU AIN’T DONE RETIRED YET JIMMY? THOUGHT YOU, MARK AND MARIA WERE GOING DRIVING ALONG THE COAST?

ScienceTeacher671

July 24th, 2009
8:57 pm

Just to summarize, don’t forget class sizes up to 25% greater than recommended…

Gimmee Gimmee

July 24th, 2009
9:02 pm

Steve,

You are stupid.