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

Michael H. Smith

July 27th, 2009
6:10 pm

All the brain dead brucies of this world can do is insure DEMbeciles of like demeanor will lose.

Hmm… What happened in ‘96? Not a good year for Dems. What hoppened (sic) in 2000, OMG! The Dems saw RED. Oh well, moving along to ‘04: A little better but no White House.

Yep year after year the brucies just win and win.

Might want to ask one of these loser crybaby brucies if you meet-up with one of them exactly how government deciding when is the best time for you to die is an improvement to the your longevity of days.

For some strange reason taking a fascist – ObumerCare – assigned dirt nap doesn’t appeal to me. Like I said folks:

Whatever health insurance bill is passed in Congress MUST apply to the POTUS, members of Congress and all other federal employees.

No Exceptions!

If the Public Option is good enough for anyone of us, then it should be good enough for every single one of them.

http://www.defendyourhealthcare.us/home.html

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 27th, 2009
7:02 pm

New home sales up 11% since June 2008 when a moron was in the West Wing and two morons that are now over were running for the Tard party.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 27th, 2009
7:04 pm

A public option applies to everyone as an option but if you’re severele mentally ill like Smith, you’re going to need a caretaker to get you to the doctor and talk to the doctor for you.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 27th, 2009
8:04 pm

It’s completely impossible to tell Sarah Moronlin from Tina Fey making fun of her.

Michael H. Smith

July 27th, 2009
8:44 pm

brucie wilcox your ObumerCare Public Option has been delayed, this should give people time to read all the rotten crap buried in these fascist government Obumer healthcare bills that will take away their choice, possibly their very life and it will create huge deficit spending.

Worry about yourself brucie, I’m doing fine and my healthcare is very good too. Unlike you I don’t have to suck on a wind bottle to walk more than 100 feet across the parking lot to GJAC nor do I need a caretaker bench placed halfway in between to sit my fat butt down for fear of collapsing to the ground.

In your condition, given your support of fascist ObumerCare and considering Obumer’s Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s “social justice” your public option is going to be very, very limited. I hope no one else who reads this shares your socialist liberal “dementia”.

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Emanuel bluntly admits that the cuts will not be pain-free. “Vague promises of savings from cutting waste, enhancing prevention and wellness, installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’ cost control, more for show and public relations than for true change,” he wrote last year (Health Affairs Feb. 27, 2008).

Savings, he writes, will require changing how doctors think about their patients: Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, “as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others” (Journal of the American Medical Association, June 18, 2008).

Yes, that’s what patients want their doctors to do. But Emanuel wants doctors to look beyond the needs of their patients and consider “social justice”, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else.

Many doctors are horrified by this notion; they’ll tell you that a doctor’s job is to achieve social justice one patient at a time.

Emanuel, however, believes that “communitarianism” should guide decisions on who gets care. He says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens . . . An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ‘96).

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Whatever health insurance bill is passed in Congress MUST apply to the POTUS, members of Congress and all other federal employees.

No Exceptions!

If the Public Option is good enough for anyone of us, then it should be good enough for every single one of them.

http://www.defendyourhealthcare.us/home.html

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 27th, 2009
11:32 pm

I don’t read Smith anymore. Life is better that way, and we can ignore the Tards and do what we want.

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 27th, 2009
11:33 pm

“We hunt [in helicopters] to eat [wolves]“

Ram It Through--We Don't Want 'em

July 28th, 2009
12:07 am

Pubtard Whackjob Jim\ Bunning out of the race in Ky. It will be the first open Senate seat for the state since Bunning replaced the retiring Wendell Ford in 1998 as the former Phillies pitcher waves buh buh.

Mac

July 28th, 2009
8:10 am

You woulda thunk the AJC would plan better and not leave their opinion page a ghost town for at least a whole week. Geez.

Sharon Harkins

July 30th, 2009
3:25 pm

Every time I read about criticism of the Go Fish program, it drives me nuts. A major professional tournament brings about $2 million to the economy of state where it’s held. Until this program, Alabama and South Carolina got the benefit of that money on lakes between those states and Georgia. That’s approximately 200 boaters paying for lodging, food, and gas for at least four days.

Every time my husband and I put our boat in the water, we pay dock fees which go to the state, Corps of Engineers, our county where we fish. We buy gas for our boat, diesel for our truck, and sometimes snacks for our outing. That doesn’t count the money we spend for tackle at various types of stores which collect sales tax.

That $20 will be earned back in less than 5 years.

Sharon Harkins

July 30th, 2009
3:26 pm

Oops. That’s $20 million.