Voters buy trouble on Election Day

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

House Democrats propose to limit increases in the cost of some medical insurance policies to 1.5 times the annual rate of medical inflation, unless government says otherwise. Fair enough. Said government should agree, too, to limit its spending to 1.5 times the annual population increase or the annual rate of inflation of what it buys.

Best headline of the week: “Unclear how much time is left.” Second best: “Get answers now, as time may be short.” Both were over the same story. Guess its subject: a) a Southern Baptist, Holiness or Church of God revival; b) a late-night infomercial; c) cash for clunkers; d) global warming; e) the motorcyclist who sped to 170 mph in an attempt to elude police.

The legacy of former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones lives on. Taxpayers there may be about to take a big hit to settle reverse-discrimination claims brought by four current and former employees of the county’s Parks and Recreation Department. A panel of judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals finds “shocking” evidence of “an overt and unabashed pattern of racial discrimination” in his administration. It’s amazing how many voters buy their troubles on election day.

Would that the federal government be as diligent in tracking the $787 billion “stimulus” money as it is in reviewing how the Georgia DOT manages $28 million in grants to small and rural transit operators.

When they’re all arrested, it’ll be worthwhile to see how many of those accused in the killing of Atlanta boxer Vernon Forrest were born into intact families with a mother and father in the home. Same with the four accused of killing two women in East Point.
It’s noteworthy that the Rev. Al Sharpton plans a national conference here next week and nowhere among the topics is the crisis wrought by bringing children into the world without a mother and father in their home.

Praise be officials in Norcross, Snellville and Suwanee who decide to reject the red-light cameras that locals use to gin up revenue from motorists. Voters, meanwhile, should give the red light to those in Duluth and Lilburn who opt to bring them back. They’re not about safety; they’re about money.

This obsession with “bullies” is evidence of the diminished role of fathers in the family — and the push to dump a family problem on the schools. Two points: Bullies are at some time or other a factor in every boy’s life. Children learn to fight, flee or adapt to adversarial people and situations. It’s a part of growing up and adjusting to the real world. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a bully. Vladimir Putin is a bully. So was Saddam Hussein. Point two: Home is the place to socialize boys, both would-be bullies and those they target.

Nah, Washington’s not going to raise taxes on the middle class. The president promised he wouldn’t and his spokesman affirms it, disputing the two administration officials who actually know how the economy and the tax system works, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers. Somebody’s dishonest or clueless.

Give me the Northern Arc and a traffic tunnel under Atlanta and I’ll take toll roads. Congestion relief needs dramatic, visionary solutions. The DOT staff has those projects on a draft list for the board to consider. I’d even take the Lovejoy commuter rail boondoggle, if properly tolled.

Here are the people we trust to design and run a single-payer national health care system: U.S. Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.), chairman of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) say they thought the sweetheart loan deals they got from Countrywide Financial Corp. were “courtesy stuff” like frequent-flier discounts. When was the last time you got a sweetheart deal on a mortgage? They legislate for our world, but they don’t live in it.

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Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
11:53 am

nanny nanny boo boo. Stick your head in doo doo.

I ain’t scared. Democrats should be.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

August 7th, 2009
11:54 am

NO YOU CANT IGNORE ME ALOHA GATOR! I SPEAK THE TRUTH,I DARE ANYONE OF YOU EVIL REPUBLICANS TO TRY TO MATCH THE TRUTH AGAINST YOUR EVIL FALSEHOOD,REMEMBER LYING IS THE MAIN REASON THE REPUBLICANS WAS VOTED OUT OF OFFICE YOU REDNECK HICKS!

yeah right

August 7th, 2009
11:55 am

“I wonder if YOU’LL have the courage to show up. Anyone disrupting the meeting will promptly be arrested. Make sure you come and ask a question by screaming “Liar Liar” at the top of your lungs. The Clayton county jail will be the perfect place for your idiot butt.”

I doubt this homo would leave his mother’s basement and go to the rally. Mr Policeman, Hellp! I broke a finger nail.

Repubs Gowin' Down--They Be Crazy

August 7th, 2009
11:58 am

@ Smith–

The idiot Bush, who like you had no medical training thought the ER was the place to treat Americans of all ages for all ailments. The ER is a place to treat emergent episodic problems. It is hardly the place to treat chronic ailments and is always clogged and impaired from doing what it was designed to do for acute medical and surgical emergencies by people showing up for the treatment of chronic illness.

It is not the place to manage ongoing hypertension, COPD, diabetwes, coronary ischemia that is chronic, to name just a few. The physician hardly has the time, and in most ERs the emergency specialist has a set of skills aimed at emergencies while the FP and Internist and medical subspecialists and surgical subspecialists have skills aimed basically at chronic problems.

I’ve done ER for years, them office based practice for years. You’ve picked your butt. Only an imbecile would say the ER is the place for this country’s population to get their care if they lose their insurance. I did tertiary ER work as a physician for 7 years. We didn’t do mastectomies in the ER. We could lower BP, and we could normalize blood sugar and ketoacidosis and did it every day, but we were not the place to do chronic medical history and treatment. Only an imbecile thinks so, and you’ve shown an imbecile does. We also did not do prostate surgery or breast surgery in the ER or surgeries for a gamut of problems or cancers. We were busy treating acute emergencies, sewing lacerations, treating acute fractures, acute MIs, acute CVAs, arrhythmias, and a list of hundreds of acute emergencies.

We were not the place for diagnosis and treatment of chronic non-emergent diseases, never have been, and never will.

This kind of statement tells us precisely why we are determined to revise the health care system.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

August 7th, 2009
11:58 am

LOOK AT HOW YOUR 50TH EDUCATION FROM GEORGIA ADDS UP ALOHA GATOR,NANNY NANNY BOO BOO STICK YOUR HEAD IN DOO DOO REPLY,YOU HICKS CAN NEVER STATE FACTS BUT LIES AND PROPAGANDA,YOUR EVIL DAYS ARE UP REDNECKS LIKE ALOHA GATOR AND MIKE H.SMITH,LIE LIE THE REPUBLICANS DIE DIE!

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
12:02 pm

Th: Did I say there are cuts to funding for Medicare “in the health care reform bills before congress”?

I didn’t use those exact words at all, so you are the one who is misinformed about what I actually said.

What I did say: The people on Medicare that are protesting against the Public Option “are probably looking at the cuts in funding to Medicare” that will be used in part to pay for this Public single payer Option and the possibility of rationed healthcare for seniors.

But here’s something from reported by the AP on a liberal news organization Website.

Political role reversal
The dueling sound bites frame a political role reversal.

When the Republicans were in power, their attempts to cut Medicare to reduce government spending ran into a wall of opposition from Democrats. Now that Democrats are in control, they’re calling for hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts to help the uninsured get coverage.

The House bill — the congressional proposal that has advanced the most — would reduce projected increases in Medicare payments to providers by more than $500 billion over 10 years, a gross cut of about 7 percent over the period. But the legislation would also plow nearly $300 billion back into the program, mainly to sweeten payments to doctors.

That still leaves a net cut of more than $200 billion, which would be used to offset new federal subsidies for workers and their families now lacking health insurance. Those uninsured workers also pay the taxes that go to support medical care for the elderly.

Despite the cuts, the seniors’ lobby is supporting the House legislation. But AARP says that’s as far as the cost-cutting should go. The group says it’s troubled by a proposal recently embraced by Obama to create a special advisory panel that would regularly recommend more savings, with authority to force Congress to act on them. AARP says the costs board should also have to take into account effects on quality of care and access before making any recommendations.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32225671/ns/politics-capitol_hill/

lemmy go

August 7th, 2009
12:02 pm

See how these pathetic libs project their insanity?

Read all the posts of Repubs Gowin’ Down–They Be Crazy. The only one crazy in this thread is you. Go get a job and move out of your mother’s basement.Try to have sex with someone else in the room. And get a personality.

Mrs. Godzilla

August 7th, 2009
12:04 pm

Hi Jackie,

Just wanted to let you know what you said is so powerful. Just so very very powerful.

“Still spouting about things you can conflate, extrapolate and obfuscate. You don’t have a clue as to what you are talking about and use innuendo and half-truths to make your irrational, illogical and specious point(s).”

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
12:05 pm

Oh and by the way Th, my name is Michael H. Smith not MKSmith.

clyde

August 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

Mr.Bean,
In the past private business proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that it could not be trusted to run itself in a manner that would not totally ruin everything it touched.It proved that it needed regulating by government.Private enterprise was it’s own worst enemy.It still is today.
In it’s infancy days in this country it had slaves working it’s fields.It had children employed in it factories.Private industry exploited it’s workers until unions were formed for protection.Government regulation is,unfortunately,necessary.Private enterprise caused the need for regulation with it’s unmitigated greed.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

August 7th, 2009
12:09 pm

BOTTOMLINE WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE IN OFFICE,AMERICA GOES TO HELL,AND WHEN THE DEMOCRAPS ARE IN OFFICE,THEY HAVE TO COME THRU AND FIX THE PHUCK UP FROM THE GOP!

ADL

August 7th, 2009
12:18 pm

Sorry I’m so late in writing. I had to go to work today. It’s a shame you libtards don’t have the same problem.

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
12:19 pm

DEMOCRAPS – I’m gonna have to put that on a t-shirt. Thank you.

By the way… you’re use of the word “phuck” is way out of line. This is a is a public discussion forum. Behave yourself or mommy will have to take away your big wheel.

Besides, isn’t time for for your jello and inmate shower party?

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
12:24 pm

The only evil greater than unfetter capitalism is the fetters of socialism, clyde.

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
12:34 pm

During the campaign candidate Obama said, ‘Argue With Neighbors, Get In Their Face’

http://www.breitbart.tv/campaign-flashback-obama-says-argue-with-neighbors-get-in-their-face/

What’s the problem?

Seems “fishy” to me… Better flag it to the White House.

This Sorry Government NOT working for Americans

August 7th, 2009
12:38 pm

Taxes were raised 156% to fund the medicaid program. They wont cut taxes they are raising them on certain areas and certain people.

How many of you democrates are even willing to do the reading and look into things that the democrates are really doing. You might have a change of heart if you have kids who you want to be productive in the future.

Truely, the Government is not going to take care of you, they are going to rob you and then assist you in your death when you become a burden on the social security system and need medical care. This healthcare program IMO is one way to fix their democrate spending and cure social security at the same time. People who are refused medical care will die, thus not able to collect their social security checks.

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
12:38 pm

Yippie, a new group of flaggers has been created! :lol:

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
12:41 pm

What does an angry mob look like? Hmmmmmmmmm.

http://www.breitbart.tv/a-look-at-the-dncs-definition-of-an-angry-mob/

That grandma scares me to death. I’ll bet she’s a threat to national security. Better flag her to the Great Leader. She’s dangerous.

Dunwoody Mike

August 7th, 2009
12:44 pm

Michael Smith,
Socialism is NOT the state ownership of the means of production. That is what is known as state capitalism, similiar to what the Soviet Union became under Stalin. Socialism is WORKER ownership and control of the means of production. All members of the factory, restaurant, or call center have equal say in how the industry is run, through worker’s councils.

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
12:48 pm

Dear Mr. Great Leader Obama,

You say, “Don’t Want the Folks Who Created the Mess to Do a Lot of Talking”. Your plan to silence us is backfiring more every hour.

Truthfully sir, you ain’t seen nothing yet. We’re just getting started. We will not shut up. We will not be threatened or intimidated by you or your minions. You work for us, sir.

http://www.breitbart.tv/obama-dont-want-the-folks-who-created-the-mess-to-do-a-lot-of-talking/

oh boy

August 7th, 2009
12:50 pm

The lazy, perverted libs in this country are all parasites. They will continue to suck the host (taxpayers) until the host dies or kills the parasites. It is that simple folks, biology 101.

JackLeg

August 7th, 2009
12:50 pm

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP,
just a word on internet world, using all caps is shouting, does that make you a mob? If you look on the keyboard there is a caps lock key, if you push it once it will turn off you loud and obnoxious yelling.

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
12:54 pm

Dunwoody Mike

August 7th, 2009
12:44 pm

That is your definition of socialism Dunwoody Mike, Merriam-Webster’s defines it quite differently.

* Main Entry: so·cial·ism
* Pronunciation: \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\
* Function: noun
* Date: 1837

1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2 a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
12:57 pm

Wanna shock Washington, DC?

Show up on the National Mall on Saturday, September 12, 2009 for the March on Washington. If you’ve never attended a political rally and you want to make a difference we need you there.

When upwards of 500,000 – 1,000,000 people show up, they CAN NOT ignore or ridicule us any longer!

Delta has round-trip tickets from Atlanta to Reagan National Airport for $149. Take the Metro (subway) into DC and get off at the Smithsonian station.

Your country and our Constitution need you now more than ever!

http://912dc.org/

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

August 7th, 2009
12:57 pm

IM GLAD THAT IM A REAL ESTATE INVESTOR,WHO CAN BLAST THESE COUNTRY REDNECK HICKS OUT OF THE WATER,WITH THEIR RACIST LIES,ON THESE BLOGS,I GET TO WORK FROM HOME HILLBILLY HICKS,I HAVE A HOME IN KENNESAW,GA AND ONE DOWN IN SAVANNAH,GA SO YOU REDNECK BROKE NO MONEY HAVING BECAUSE YALL BOY BUSH BROKE YOU ALL,AND NOW YOUR CHICKEN PLANTS AND CARPET FACTORIES ARE CLOSED,AND YOU HICKS HAVE NO WORK,ACCEPT CHURCH`S AND KFC,NOW GET BACK TO WORK AND WHERE ARE MY NAPKINS AND MUSTARD HICKS!

Dunwoody Mike

August 7th, 2009
1:00 pm

Michael Smith,

I have capitalized the key word in the sentence below, which you have seemed to overlook:

any of various economic and political theories advocating COLLECTIVE or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

If you want to know what socialism is, read some Marx, Engels, Lenin, or Trotsky. Their explanations are much more thorough than a single line in a dictionary.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

August 7th, 2009
1:04 pm

MIKE H.SMITH AND ALOHA GATOR SEE IM NOT A DEMONCRAT DEMOCRAP OR EVIL REPUBLICAN,I AM A INDEPENDENT THINKER,AND I THINK FOR MYSELF,IT LOOKS LIKE MOST REPUBLICANS DONT THINK FOR THEMSELVES,THEY LET SAXBY SUNNY AND BUSH HICKS THINK FOR THEM,SO IN THE MEAN TIME ENJOY THE REPUBLICANS FUNERAL,BECAUSE THEY ARE DEAD!

silly rabbit

August 7th, 2009
1:06 pm

Liberals do not read. They just moronically parrot whatever lib crap kos and huffington feed them. Notice how the libs do not want to discuss Odumbo’s expansion of the war.

yeah right

August 7th, 2009
1:17 pm

Go liberal Parrot, sqwawk sqwawk, fairy want a cracker? They spew from the keyboard because in real life they get their azz beat. sqwawk

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
1:17 pm

The administration and leadership in Congress try to marginalize, dismiss and ridicule those who disagree with them.

They have very thin skins and are cowards. They wanted this gig. They got this gig. Deal with it.

http://www.breitbart.tv/cavuto-nothing-subtle-about-this-administrations-response-to-criticism/

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
1:23 pm

If you want to use collective fine with me, though, the keywords that most use and which are commonly-normally accepted is “governmental ownership”. It certainly does not change what I support in the way cooperative healthcare which is owned individually more so than as a collective. Which means the individual who puts more of their own money into a MSA will have more options than someone who puts less money into a MSA even though subsidies should assure to all participants-members have at least the two major components of minor and major medical care but not optional or elective healthcare.

If you look back in history Teddy Roosevelt actually proposed a major medical plan in order to keep people from going bankrupt due to untimely illness. Interestingly enough, it might come as a shocker but even Rush Limbaugh of all people actually said much the same thing about government providing a major medical insurance to prevent a medical induced bankrupcy in an interview with Fox New’s Greta Van Susteren.

If your purpose was to simply argue correctness of theory you’re probably talking to the wrong guy. My interest is simply getting every U.S. citizen healthcare by the most affordable, accessible, portable means by which they will always own and control, without government or business essentially owning and controlling their healthcare.

Mr. Bean

August 7th, 2009
1:23 pm

Good work Michael H. Smith. Keep the heat on these fascist Marxists on the fringe left on this blog.

@ No life moonbat:

“The only things the F22 does that the F32 can’t is need millions of bucks of maintainance every flight hour, has no use in any theater we are in or remotely will be in, and cannot be used by every branch of service.”

1). Nobody knows what the future holds. The plane is not for the here and the now, where apparently you liberals like to dwell in.

2) The Air Force has ALWAYS had specialized aircraft for aerial superiority that was not shared with other branches. Have you ever seen a Coast Guard or Navy F-15? Or have you ever seen a US Air Force F-18E Super Hornet, the Tomcat’s replacement? Or a Navy SR-71? Navy F-117? You sheer idiocy over that subject is laughable.

3) The F-35 is a replacement for the multi-role F-18 for the Marines and the Navy, and the Air Force F-16. If you think the F-16 could have replaced the F-15 at the time of their inceptions in the 1970s, then you are perhaps the largest, big-mouthed ill-informed nobody I have ever had the displeasure of meeting on the web.

“I wonder if YOU’LL have the courage to show up. Anyone disrupting the meeting will promptly be arrested. ”

I wouldn’t set FOOT in a Democrat district. Don’t really care what your people think and say.

Now for the grown up speak.

So, the off-the-chain Democrats are now stating that the outspoken town hall folks are violent and equating them to McVeigh and the OKC bombing. That’s no joke. So what happens when a sole Conservative protests where a Democrat congressman is hosting a town hall forum? He gets the hell beat out of him:

“The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that one of their own, reporter Jake Wagman, was one of six people arrested in connection with the beating of a conservative activist outside of a town hall forum held by Democrat Congressman Russ Carnahan. According to Dawn Majors, a Post-Dispatch photojournalist who witnessed everything unfold, an officer said that Wagman had been “interfering.”"

Now how many “violent” people have you seen cause injury at those town hall meetings again? We’ll see how DNCNN, PMSNBC, NYT, and other “news” outlets report that. Now it doesn’t take much gray matter to comprehend what would happen if a Republican were in the White House and trying to ram an extremist and aggressive Conservative agenda through government. How about, say, the complete takeover and privatization of Social Security. Do you not think that those same DNC media wh0res would be praising those FREEDOM TO SPEAK OUT as these folks are doing?

But let’s sit back and look at the bigger picture of what’s going on. Madam Speaker equates the town hall folks were are exercising their American-given liberties and FREEDOM TO SPEAK OUT as Nazis. The White House is using the official White House dot gov website to establish a community watchdog organization of ordinary citizens to report any “questionable” material or even internet posts on health care reform. Again, another Nazi style tactic: report any of your family, friends, neighbors, or even strangers who speak out against tyranny. Saddam Hussein had a similar program in place and you can bet the little tyrant North Korean gargoyle who Bill Clinton just validated has something in place too.

Now the irony moment is that apparently Rush Limbaugh equated the current Democrat tactics as more Nazi-sque than anything else. The Democrats are now running around like little children whining and saying he should be taken off the air. OH THE HUMANITY! Yeah like that’s never been said before. Okay, so here’s a quick rundown of what this current crop of Democrat leadership in both chambers of Congress and the White House are doing if you haven’t been keeping up with current events: suppressing free speech under the guise of labeling THE OUTSPOKEN as mobs/tyrants/McVeigh Nazis; attempting to shut down talk radio; moving towards an anti-gun owning establishment; taking over private enterprise; establishing government “czars” for just about every aspect of America who are taking powers away from appointed cabinets; abusing powers making closed door policies which they said they wouldn’t do; buying corporate jets to fly themselves around the globe when previously crying over corporate jets by GM, Ford, and Chrysler; as has been mentioned here several times by several people and goes completely ignored by the left – taxing the middle class to pay for socialized health care; unconstitutionally threatening to force socialized health care into action even if there aren’t enough Congressional votes and irrespective of the fact that the will of the American people are against it and growing more against it daily.

Obama’s poll numbers have dropped 4 points in just the last month alone. In just six months in office, his approval ratings on Gallup have gone from a high of 71% to now 56%; on Rasmussen tracking those numbers have gone from 48% to 33%. It cannot be emphasized enough that this is truly a turning point in American history. Americans are standing up to these power-trip hungry Democrats, and the Democrats don’t like it. They apparently have never been told NO! before. Their arrogance speaks loudly however. And like little spoiled children, they start crying, making false accusations of fellow Americans, and attempting to quell dissent. It’s becoming fascinating to watch this current crop of Democrat leaders become unglued, unhinged, and turn into everything they said the Bush administration was and was doing, even going so far as saying that Bush was a dictator.

But back to allegedly dangerous and angry mobs according to the moonbatic leftwingnuts, how about some union thugs beating up people? Note the video at 3:21…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kxaGfClPws

Yeah, Obama the uniter indeed. People of America, this is just unbelievable behavior and flat out setting a dangerous precedence for the future of our Democratic Republic. This is not what this nation was founded for, was not what we have fought wars for, and certainly is not what America stands for. Who would have thought that with complete control in Washington, moonbats continue to project the hate and scurry around b!tching about the Bush administration, Palin, Rush, et. al. You would also have thought that if these people truly believed in their socialized health care plan, and no it’s NOT JUST about insurance as they want you to believe, then they wouldn’t be using 1) the White House dot gov website to report “questionable” comments about said health care initiative and 2) dangerous and Nazi rhetoric against THE OUTSPOKEN who reject this proposal. You don’t think those old people are going to come out of the woodwork in 2010 and 2012 and vote these Democrats out? And let’s not forget all those baby boomers who will be swelling those ranks over the next decade. They know what’s going on too. If the Democrats don’t wise up and grow up and drop that chip off their shoulder, they will destroy themselves just like the Republicans did. Wow, it didn’t take long for them to show their true colors, did it?

Have a nice weekend my fellow American Conservative Republicans!

ha ha

August 7th, 2009
1:29 pm

Somebody explain that to the little midtown parrot. Sqwawk!

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
1:30 pm

Dr Mr. Bean,

Way to go! You’re the man!

Your last post was one of the best I’ve ever seen on this site.

When Obama sends the FBI to lock me up for speaking my mind I want you as my attorney.

Michael H. Smith

August 7th, 2009
1:32 pm

Have fun folks, I probably return later on. It is time for me to get busy on my day off and do the regular stuff regular people do that have a life other than wasting it sitting around blogging all day and night. Okay dear leaderless obumer that means you got the rest of the day off too. Enjoy.

Dunwoody Mike

August 7th, 2009
1:34 pm

Michael Smith,
I also want healthcare for all in this nation. personally, I think any ideas to take funding OUT of Medicare is moronic; rather, I would prefer an expansion of Medicare to all citizens, as in H.R. 676. With that would be the option to purchase supplementary coverage through private insurers, to cover the 20 percent that Medicare may not cover.
I think with this we can get a mix, much like how the British NHS works…everybody gets the NHS coverage (which is rated pretty decently and cheaper per capita than here), but those that wish to purchase private insurance can do so.
I also think that we need to change how medical professionals are paid in this nation, and pay them by results delivered, not just number of tests ordered.
I had not really heard anything about Teddy Roosevelt, although I do know Truman wanted to create a national healthcare plan in ‘46 or ‘47, but was defeated.
Oh, and Mr. Bean, a “fascist Marxist” is an oxymoron. They are at completely ends of the political spectrum.

Aloha Gator

August 7th, 2009
1:38 pm

Common Sense for Healthcare:

I think that people have been so busy with their personal lives and the left has up until now been moving stealth with these programs, that it took healthcare for people to finally wake up and see what is going on.
1) Provide for interstate commerce to allow people to buy health insurance across state lines.
2) no free healthcare for illegals
3) cap malpractice judgments
4) allow people the same rate structure to buy healthcare as those found in group policies
5) allow portability.

This would address 90% of people’s concerns, reduce costs, and keep the government – the same people who have botched every other program – out of the doctor’s office.

Dunwoody Mike

August 7th, 2009
1:40 pm

In order to pay for this, we can “means test” (i.e., throw out) the top 5 percent of income earners. They can buy their insurance and pay cash. We can also increase the cap on which income is taxed for Medicare/SS. Since the richest in our society have benefitted the most from the public infrastructure, they have an ethical obligation to pay more…at least I believe.
And no, I am NTO talking out taxing them out of existence.

Conservative

August 7th, 2009
2:05 pm

Mr. Bean

August 7th, 2009
1:23 pm
Have you ever seen Government Waste you did not love.? You big spending, big government liberals have ruined our country.

Chris

August 7th, 2009
2:12 pm

I believe no praise is due to Norcross….I was driving by the intersection of Peahtree Industrial & Medlock Bridge, and workers were feveriously running cables and reinstalling the redlight cameras.

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 7th, 2009
2:23 pm

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should know how the tax system works; he certainly knew how to evade it.

The best way to deal with a bully is to bloody his nose. I had a friend who was a high school teacher. A female student in her class was constantly bullied and picked on by some of the boys. She (the teacher) reported it to her superiors and nothing was ever done about it. One day the girl had her fill of it and indeed bloodied a boy’s nose. You guessed it; the girl was arrested. Is it any wonder things are in a mess?

retiredds

August 7th, 2009
2:34 pm

Poor Jim, as usual Democrat = bad and Republican = good. The concrete personality is usually reserved for the 8-12 year old. In them it is acceptable. For an adult it is regressive.

deegee

August 7th, 2009
2:45 pm

I want someone to review the DOT’s decision to install those decorative traffic signals on every freeway entrance ramp in metro Atlanta. What did that cost the taxpayers and whose personal economy was stimulated by that boondoggle? I would love to know what the good stewards of Georgia’s tax revenue spent on that project. I have never seen even one traffic signal in operation and they have been there for at least 18 months. WTF?

IC Atlanta

August 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

Two universal truths:

Bullies are always pansies once you get below the first layer.
Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Algonquin J. Calhoun

August 7th, 2009
2:53 pm

Aqua Girl is not all wet! She makes good points about Halliburton! They robbed the country, did inferior work and didn’t even have to compete to be able to steal all they could. George W. Hitler and Vice-Fuhrer Cheney should be tried for their many crimes and punishment carried out.

deegee

August 7th, 2009
2:54 pm

Jenny Sanford and sons packed up and moved out of the Governor’s Mansion today. They just got back from their 2-week family vacation in Europe. Suffice it to say, it wasn’t a love connection.

Mel Martinez quits today as the Republican senator from Florida. This occurs the day after his party disses the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice of the U.S. It’s just too embarrassing to be an Hispanic republican.

IC Atlanta

August 7th, 2009
3:06 pm

deegee – you conveniently forget the way the Democrats treated or mistreated Miguel Estrada who most likely would’ve been the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court or Janice Rogers Brown. Minorities are loved by the left until they learn to think for themselves and leave the plantation behind.

Steve

August 7th, 2009
3:20 pm

Algonquin,
You sound as though you’re all for giving Bush and Cheney a “fair” trial. Almost as fair as Obama was to the police officer who arrested Gates for showing his butt.

retiredds

August 7th, 2009
3:28 pm

IC Atlanta 2:53, sorry to bust your illusion but liberalism is not a mental disorder but a dictionary term. For your edification liberalism is defined as, the quality or state of being liberal, as in behavior, attitude, etc. To further enlighten you liberal has multiple definitions but I will only relay the first few (you can go to a dictionary to look up the rest). Liberal, 1. favorable to progress or reform, as in religious or political affairs, 2. noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform. 3. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.

I hope this discourse helps you understand that liberal is not, according to your view, a mental disorder. I can also suggest that you won’t find liberalism defined in the official publication of mental disorders, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

JC in Powder Springs

August 7th, 2009
3:44 pm

We already have a toll tunnel under Atlanta – it’s called MARTA. It’s (almost) never stuck in traffic!

Why would DOT want a traffic tunnel under ATL? They don’t have enough money to mow the fricking highway medians now! Where are they going to come up with billions for a tunnel? They’d have to quadruple the gas tax. Wooten’s World – featherbrained answers for complex, expensive problems.