Stimulus good for sign painters

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

The federal “stimulus” program has been good for sign painters. Every project connected with it has a sign informing us that it was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Surely the six Marietta police officers to be hired with the money will wear shirts identifying them as gifts of the Obama Administration. No? Wait until election year.

Progress is noted in Fulton County. Juries now give death sentences to some of those who deserve it. For 25 years murders who deserved capital punishment could count on a free pass. What’s changed? Juries identify with the victims.

Opponents of single-payer government-run health care have the month of August to convince Congress and the Obama Administration that there’ll be a high political price to pay for their radicalism. That’s why Saturday’s Centennial Olympic Park protest, which runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and those that confront politicians likely to support the health care cram-down are so important. Swastikas and other such symbols, whether painted by those who oppose the cram-down or those who wish to portray opponents as extremists, are distractions.

Politicians lack the discipline to do it, but there’s merit in having a rainy-day fund that allows state and local governments to fund needed road improvements, building maintenance and other projects during economic downturns when bargains are available. Eighty-six just-bid DOT projects expected to cost $341 million came in at $213.8 million. The Cobb Board of Education demonstrates the problem with having a pot of money. It spent cash reserves to avoid furloughing employees.

Alaska legislators override former Gov. Sarah Palin’s rejection of $28 million in “stimulus” money. Politicians. No discipline, no principle when it comes to “free” money. Dangle money and politicians will perform any dance to any tune.

No. No. No. Not to worry. The House health care bill doesn’t “include provisions to encourage senior citizens to commit suicide,” the Los Angeles Times soothingly reassures. It gives those on Medicare an option to sit with a physician every five years and plan for the end of life. That provision, it’s noted, “is endorsed by the AARP,” an interest group that favors the Democratic agenda.

The South Georgia man who didn’t cause the pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a child won’t have to pay $10,000 in assessed child support. Women who get public assistance or seek child support from men who aren’t their husbands should be required to submit the names of possible offenders. Each of those named would be required to submit to DNA testing. Women who can’t or won’t identify the real offender should be liable to the state for rei bursement. No innocent should pay a dime.

Schools that are working “green” into the curriculm could just as easily choose any other real or presumed virtue. Try “thrift” or “marriage” or “patriotism” or any other non-academic propaganda that will produce better, more responsible citizens a quarter century from now.

Oldsters are needed to translate a foreign language spoken by Emory benefactor Grace Crum Rollins who with her late husband, O. Wayne Rollins, gave substantially to the university’s public health school, most recently $50 million in 2007. Mrs. Rollins, who died this week at 98, once said they’d started without “enough money to buy a used breakfast set.” Then she added this peculiar foreign-language sentence: “And of course we never bought anything on credit.” Translation, please. Isn’t the object of life to max out the credit cards and to use homes as ATMs ?

Ask a partisan Democrat whether President Obama’s assertion that “we’ve rescued our economy from catastrophe” is true and you’re likely to get the response we got from Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond: Yes. I’m with economics Professor Dwight R. Lee of Southern Methodist University, and formerly of UGA. In Obama’s shoes, I’d claim credit, too, said the professor. “I would ignore the ability of market economies to recover from recessions without increased government spending and fail to mention that little of the economic stimulus money has yet been spent, or that when it is spent, most of it will do more to stimulate voting blocs and stimulate the economy.” Ouch! Dead on.

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Get Real

August 14th, 2009
9:12 am

It appears the Wooten would rather have roads constructed in Cobb County than teachers in Cobb County classrooms. Then he’ll write a diatribe explaining that the teachers not being there are lowering the already dismal quality of the Georgia educational system.

Now that the recession is deemed over by economists all over the country, Wooten doesn’t want to give credit to Obama, rather the ‘market forces.’ The same ‘market forces’ that brought the economy to its knees and couldn’t survive without taxpayer money. Are you talking about THAT market force Wooten?

And he should’ve added how the state of Georgia has refused to furlough foreign workers, while making taxpaying citizens that work for the state to take mandatory days off without pay. What happened to Country First? Those foreign workers should’ve been the first to be furloughed, not REAL Americans.


August 14th, 2009
9:44 am

Alaska legislators override former Gov. Sarah Palin’s rejection of $28 million in “stimulus” money…

Yeah Jim this is pure basic politics 101. Palin ran for governor against the Republican Party which had controlled Alaska politics for decades by calling them all bad names. As a result her only base of power in the Alaska legislature was the Democratic Party. Everything she accomplished was with over whelming Democratic support. Then she was picked for VP by McCann & started blasting the Democrats.

After the presidential campaign the Alaskan Republicans still had no use for her, the Alaskan Democrats now had no use for her, so she was left with zero support in the Alaska legislature.

Of course the Alaska legislature took the money. Foregone conclusion.

Moral of the story is never run off your political base.


August 14th, 2009
9:52 am

“Each of those named would be required to submit to DNA testing.” Whoa…I take major issue with this line. Whats to stop women from naming men that she had NO contact with but rather just didn’t like. Way oversteps line.


August 14th, 2009
10:02 am

A good sign that the federal stimulus program is starting to work is listening to or reading the desperate attempts of republican newspaper writers and republican radio entertainers to convince all that President Obama should get no credit for the economic recovery.

Why? They know that if the economy rebounds and our nation is relatively secure, nothing much else will matter when people go to the polls in 2012 and President Obama will easily be re-elected.


August 14th, 2009
10:06 am

Regarding the stimulus plan, It’s interesting that France and Germany are now coming out of the recession. Both showed positive growth last quarter.

Remember a short while ago when Obama tried to convince them to put in a huge stimulus program? They both warned Obama that the cost of his stimulus program would hinder future growth. Also, while the current admin. in the US is promising tax increases to large and small businesses, France and Germany are doing just the opposite. They learned a valuable lesson from the US, now we should learn one from them.


August 14th, 2009
10:21 am

So based on the word of one woman, men should be forced to submit to DNA testing? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense (sarcasm for those who don’t recognize it). What then happens to the results? Do they get put into a national database used for anything the government wishes? No! Our beloved and trusted government would never do that (more sarcasm for the humor challenged)!

Wooten, it’s time for your end of life counseling session.

JF McNamara

August 14th, 2009
10:25 am

The Obama administration doesn’t get credit for stabilizing the banking system?

TARP and the capital infusions acted to restore faith in our entire banking structure. The stimulus provided the markets with an expectation of future growth allowing the stock market recovery.

Why not just admit that right now it looks like they got it right or say nothing?


August 14th, 2009
10:27 am

To Get real, did you read the same article that I did? Wooten was using Cobb County as an example of why reserves help when times are tough. They are able to avoid furloughs because of this “Cash on hand.” He is simply stating that we could save some real money if we had some to spend on our roadways, not that we should take from one and give to another.

When you have a child you should know who the father is. What’s wrong in wanting to ensure that if someone is paying child support that it’s their kid? If you are on public support, you should also be able to name the father so some sort of assistance can be made. I’m tired of paying for other people many kids, when I only have one because that’s what I can afford. Sorry to be harsh, but it’s the truth.

The House Health Care bill says more and more of what the people don’t want and only a few want to hear. Health Insurance isn’t perfect, but everyone can now get care. I wonder how we’ll get everyone treated with the shortages of doctors we have now coupled with the future shortages we will have when most leave the system. Granted, we’ll still have the one’s who do it for love, but we also need the one’s who do it for money. Anyone remember the HMO outrages in the 80’s and 90’s? Think people, think!


August 14th, 2009
10:27 am

I stopped reading after this sentence:

“Opponents of single-payer government-run health care have the month of August to convince Congress and the Obama Administration that there’ll be a high political price to pay for their radicalism.”

I haven’t read your columns for a long time, Jim, but figured I would give this one a look. Unfortunately, it seems like nothing has changed.

Do you even believe what you write? I can’t believe that you do. You work for a newspaper. You seem educated and well-read. Undoubtedly, you have more life experience than I do.

In spite of all of this, you choose to blatantly ignore the facts of the bills currently being tabled in Congress and indirectly paint the president’s plan as “single-payer government-run health care.”

You’re spreading lies, Jim, and should be ashamed. I can’t understand how someone who, again, works for a newspaper and holds a degree or two of some sort, could possibly classify Obama’s plan as “single-payer.”

Can criticisms be made of the plan? Sure. I think there is validity in quite a few of those criticisms, actually. But all you are doing is contributing to the simpleton’s argument. As a journalist, choosing that route should be beneath you.

stands for decibels

August 14th, 2009
10:29 am

What’s this? No column decrying the cowardly, fearful-of-his-constituents John Linder decided to cancel his in-person town hall meeting, yesterday?

After crapping all over Hank Johnson for being such a fraidy-cat he actually checked attendees for weapons, I figured if not a whole Friday column, at least a bullet item, would be merited.

But instead, you continue to provide aid and comfort to the Deathers…

That provision, it’s noted, “is endorsed by the AARP,” an interest group that favors the Democratic [oooh, scary...] agenda.

Stay classy, guy.


August 14th, 2009
10:31 am

“Opponents of single-payer government-run health care have the month of August to convince Congress and the Obama Administration that there’ll be a high political price to pay for their radicalism.”

You just described Medicare. I would bet that over 50% of the protesters that show up for this big health care reform smackdown on Saturday are receiving Medicare benefits. What a bunch of socialists!


August 14th, 2009
10:36 am

Every foreclosed property should have a sign stating that this foreclosure was made possible by the greedy bankers and brokers that made off with a fortune during 2002-2006.


August 14th, 2009
10:56 am

“Swastikas and other such symbols, whether painted by those who oppose the cram-down or those who wish to portray opponents as extremists, are distractions.”

Awesome, Jim. In one sentence you 1) shift blame for swastikas, and 2) minimize them. Let one “lib” carry a wacko sign and they represent every person with an opposing thought. When conservatives do the same, they’re just an aberration. Smashing employment of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

I still want to know where all these teabaggers were when Bush trashed the Constitution and pushed socialized medicine.They need to STFU, or admit they simply don’t like Obama and are pitching an astroturf-sponsored tantrum.


August 14th, 2009
11:03 am

Any list of prospective fathers should be limited to twelve names per birth.Twenty four if it’s twins.

I still have my stimuli money that George gave me.

I understand Mrs Rollins

Seniors already have enough reasons to commit suicide.Don’t pile on.

Our economy is somewhere south of awful.Not helped much by people like me that won’t spend money.

Schools are working concepts into the cirriculum because it’s easier than teaching facts.One and one often make two but green isn’t anywhere near that positive,as we’ll soon see as the leaves change color.

The prospective father’s list may only include human males.


August 14th, 2009
11:19 am

Jim should be ashamed? He doesn’t know the meaning of the word. He has been publishing lies and misleading information like this for years. He’s part of the group that want to prevent President Obama from getting anything done, so in 2012 they can say he didn’t fulfill his promises from ‘08 and shouldn’t be re-elected. If that group makes up enough lies about health care, like “death panels” and “pulling the plug on Granny” and “free medicine for illegal aliens”, they think they can derail health care and make the president look ineffective. The American people deserve more, deserve better, and the adults will prevail. Jim chooses to side with the Becks, Limbaughs, and Palins of the world, just as he chose to side with Bush, Cheney, Rove and the like for the past 8 years. That will be to his shame in the end.


August 14th, 2009
11:31 am

The stimulus helps everyone. President Obama is cleaning up the gop mess from the last 8 years. Quit whining and do something productive.

Billy Bob

August 14th, 2009
11:35 am

Why is it that the same Democrat apologists who can’t and won’t rationally defend the cesspool called public housing or a non-self-sustaining Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, or any of the numerous federal banking or mortgage industry regulators that allowed the mortgage and derivatives debacle,


that the federal governments’ new health care legislation will result in superior health services. This is so much of the ‘doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’ mentality of the left. The default answer to any problem is governmental socialism and they begin the debate at that starting premise. Argue governmental failure with them at your own peril. The very short story in their health care argument is very similar in that the current system is considered not perfect ergo we need the government to step in.
No other solutions are possible, further thought or creativity not desirable.

Welcome to Hell.

Barack Obama

August 14th, 2009
11:42 am

These DNA and custody issues are why I go straight to anal.

Mrs. Godzilla

August 14th, 2009
11:46 am

Some of these health care comments sound very fishy. I better report these to the White House’s dedicated email set up for this reason to ferret these people out so the government is aware of them and will do something about it.


August 14th, 2009
11:48 am

That’s why you’re such an a$$,Barak


August 14th, 2009
12:02 pm

You could have furloughs. You could also raise taxes. Now those reserves look smart, don’t they Jim?

It’s irresponsible for any government entity to not have reserves in case of a sudden need, and I don’t think any other reason qualifies more than this one, in this time, especially considering the pay-cut that had already been absorbed.

I think Jim has lost the ability to reason.

Nobody reads long posts

August 14th, 2009
12:07 pm

If Obama is so concerned about the welfare of each of us, WTF hasn’t he done something to improve HIS OWN BROTHER’S condition? Yeah, I’m a bigot–I despise Commie Pinkos, and he and his commarades all look Pink to me.


August 14th, 2009
12:15 pm

When everyone,politicians included,are on the same health care plan on an equal footing,then I’ll support it.

Chris Broe

August 14th, 2009
12:17 pm

Squeeky Fromme will feel right at home with all the right wingers festooning their town meetings with swastikas! Welcome to the New Republican Party, Squeeky.

JF McNamara

August 14th, 2009
12:30 pm

Billy Bob,

Here the answer to public housing complements of Google. On top of the economic impact, you also have the societal impact of reduced crime and homlessness.

Public Housing

Since you’re rational, I’m sure you know the benefits of social security, medicare, and and medicaid even if you don’t agree with them.

The Right Stuff

August 14th, 2009
12:42 pm

Oh so now that US citizens (we’re all Nazis & racists & hate groupers now) who disagree with the way Dems are running Washington are crashing government websites due to email overloads, the DNC main stream media is coming out of the woodwork and circling WOTUS (Wonder Of The United States). They are saying that hate groups are thriving and that it’s a racial backlash against Obama — this town hall uprising:

We knew this was going to happen last year even BEFORE the election. The liberal DemRats said back then that anyone NOT voting for Obama is a racist. Now these liars are taking it to the next level and saying that militias are forming, people are arming themselves for an uprising, threatening injury or worse to politicians, etc. (Funny, I’ve only read about conservatives getting beat up by liberals and union thugs at these so called town hall events).

This is the TRUE fear tactics. Do those old people speaking out look like Nazis? But I will tell you this much: setting up a White House website for people to rat out any Americans who appear to be stating negative comments or mis-information is closer to the goose-stepping of 1930s Germany than anything else in recent times. Of course, they’re blaming Rush for these people speaking out and rejecting socialist policies (let alone out of control deficit spending) and really going to go after talk radio (Hate radio as those little children bedwet over) and shut them down. Next up you can almost guarantee will be shutting conservative blogs down. This is the way liberals work and operate when they can’t handle dissent. These are the same people who were proud of dissent and anti-establishment at Woodstock and the liberal hippie movement, but now suddenly from the other side it’s hate and dangerous mobbing. Can any one or any group reacting this way be any more pathetic?

WOTUS said he would lower taxes to 95% of the people, and now they are not ruling out raising taxes on the MIDDLE CLASS. Who after all will be able to bail out this irresponsible spending and manipulative, secret governing of these Dems in Washington? It sure isn’t going to be on the backs of that small group of evil rich that may over half of all household income taxes taken in by the IRS.

We couldn’t have prayed for a better meltdown of the Dem party as we are witnessing right now. If they think these P-SSED OFF Americans are just radical kook right nut cases and hate groups, they had better damn well be prepared for a reality check in next year’s mid terms and definitely in 2012.

The Right Stuff

August 14th, 2009
12:51 pm

I mean, can you even IMAGINE what the uproar by the liberal Dem left in this nation would be, let alone in the DNC media, if Bush had set up a watchdog OFFICIAL White House website to rat out Amerricans who protested something like if Bush had wanted to take over Social Security and privatize it? Can you EVEN imagine how those people would have reacted? They’d have called for his head.

The Right Stuff

August 14th, 2009
1:02 pm

Who could forget about this: Sarah Palin exposes death panels in the reform bill, which Dems denied even existed, and even did their homework for them by reading it and citing the section where it was written. So what happens a day later? It magically gets removed from the bill!

You just have to love it.

Happy Friday!

JF McNamara

August 14th, 2009
1:22 pm

Bush didn’t have to set up a website to rat out Americans. They were already reading our e-mails, listening to our calls, monitoring our web sites, and checking our bank accounts. Did you protest them doing that?

If so, good job.

Michael H. Smith

August 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

Opponents of single-payer government-run health care have the month of August to convince Congress and the Obama Administration that there’ll be a high political price to pay for their radicalism.

Then again Mr. Wooten, if we can’t get the job done by the end of August, we’ll convert the political infidels(non-believers) on the altar of the ballot box November 2010.

Elephant Whip

August 14th, 2009
2:34 pm

Right Stuff:

Bush didn’t have to set up a website. He listened to our phone calls (…and who can imagine what else he and his administration had access to).


August 14th, 2009
2:37 pm

Jim, I have been reading you for years now. Sorry to say it’s the “same old, same old” Democrats = bad, Republicans = good. Some people never change. Oh, pardon my senior moment, that’s the definition of conservative.

Get Real

August 14th, 2009
3:04 pm

Is it any wonder why Wooten only has 32 posts on his blog all day. Where is the death panel when you need them?

Chris Broe

August 14th, 2009
3:13 pm

The crux of the Rx fix lies not in the K’s of text that put congress to zzz, but rather it lies in the founding tyranny of our current contract law, which itself was born of and for the slave trade, and which now gives Rx patients all the rights once afforded slaves. The reform must come from the way we underwrite our legislation.

"Charles", The Original

August 14th, 2009
3:28 pm

Progress is noted in Fulton County. Juries now give death sentences to some of those who deserve it. For 25 years murders who deserved capital punishment could count on a free pass. What’s changed? Juries identify with the victims writes Jim Wooten.

That kind of thinking is too close for comfort. In the Obama/Kevorkian health care plan, piecemeal panels are already considering who deserves to live and who deserves to die. Since the founding of the United States of America, the unborn, paralyzed, blind, cripple, crazy, and the elderly who is chronically ill could count on being given a free pass to live out lives that others deemed disgusting and or worthless.

But what has changed? Over the years, the enemies of God Almighty and man have been on the march in our beloved country. Elitist Americans believe they are smarter than the general population and know what is best for US. In their pending health care agenda, it is better to identify with the victims of healthcare, the healthy, energetic, firm, especially those of ages fifteen through fifty instead of identifying with the compassion and costliness of protection for the unborn, paralyzed, blind, cripple, crazy, and the elderly who is chronically ill.

I thank God Almighty that right thinking Americans who are fill with compassion and mercy are mobilizing to detach every tentacle of the Obama/Kivorkian health care plan from our beloved shores via tea parties, town hall meetings, etc., and if necessary, God forbid, a final solution.


August 14th, 2009
3:31 pm

Newsflash, Right Stuff:

“However, other Republicans, including Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Johnny Isakson of Georgia – who sponsored similar legislation – have said Palin’s claim was hurting the party’s attempts to influence the bill. Isakson said it was “nuts’’ to claim the bill encourages euthanasia.

Our own Republican Senator Johnny Isakson supported the measure. As usual, your know-nothing savior Sarah Palin is talking out of her a** to get attention. Unlike problem-solvers like Johnny, she doesn’t have the brain-power to problem solve and only aspires to catchy soundbites in order to attract the admiration of fellow uninformed folks like yourself.


August 14th, 2009
4:18 pm


Ms. Writer

August 14th, 2009
4:22 pm

Jim, you are right. I for one are sick of supporting lazy women on welfare who are getting impregnant by Tom, Di…well you know. There should be a limit on Section 8, a cap on food stamps and a mandatory drug test for welfare recipients. This is only fair. I have a masters degree, own my own home, no kids…and I had to submit to a drug test for a new job. In addition, Medicaid roles need to reduced by NOT paying for illegal mothers and their childrens medical bills. I need to run for


August 14th, 2009
4:30 pm

To Charles the original. You’re pathetic.


August 14th, 2009
4:32 pm

Wooten’s entire column today is also pathetic. Unfortunately, the dweeb they choose to replace him won’t be any better. I’ve been reading his garbage too. What a waste of space in print or online.


August 14th, 2009
4:35 pm

A Puff Daddy quote??? You can’t make this stuff up!!!


August 14th, 2009
4:40 pm

Does that mean you won’t be supply a list of names Songbird?


August 14th, 2009
4:49 pm

You all kindly remember that all of the surveilance that Bush was doing is still available to Obama,plus the Rat Fink System where you’re supposed to call about your neighbors negative remarks about the health care debacle.

JF McNamara

August 14th, 2009
5:02 pm


I think you missed the point. The point is that Republicans did worse than the rat fink system. It’s hypocritical to critize rat fink if you allowed Republicans to implement the largest invasion of personal privacy in American history without complaint.

If you complained, then you’re intellectually pure, and no one can question you. I, for instance, have hated both from the start.


August 14th, 2009
5:03 pm


Again, you and lying lies do not warrant the space you are allowed to consume.
Why don’t you go play in the traffic?


August 14th, 2009
5:35 pm

The point is that Bush/Cheney put in domestic surveilance systems to garner information against Americans that ended a lot of freedoms.Obama is adding to the mess.

Churchill's MOM

August 14th, 2009
5:38 pm

As bad as this is the Wingboy is worse. Jim please don’t leave.


August 14th, 2009
5:53 pm

Wooten’s column is limited by his inability to think in anything other than short rants. In addition, anything more would require him to actually put a complete, cogent and defensible argument together that could withstand scrutiny. If you want to be a conservative, fine. But, at least make some reasonable attempt to convince me that your line of thought is correct.


August 14th, 2009
6:14 pm

Short rants are very effective entertainment for the Geritol set. It doesn’t matter whether or not they withstand scrutiny. Look at the success that Bill O’Reilly has had with them.

"Charles", The Original

August 14th, 2009
6:38 pm

Jackie/Songbird, you must be suffering from Obama-mania. And you’re influenced by Eugenicist and their fascination with death and catastrophe. This time it rears its ugly head in the form of a traffic fatality.

If you really think about it, “Why don’t you go play in the traffic” could be interpreted as part and parcel of the Obama health-care plan.