We need a lot more Bobby Coxes

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

● Was away early week. Understand Atlanta got drenched. With a reservoir on Atlanta’s land in Dawson County, we could have kept it for drinking.

● President Obama may be having a hard time with America’s Right, but the world’s Left thinks he’s a kindred soul. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised him for throwing Poland under the bus and the Czech Republic spoke admiringly of him, too, following his speech to the U.N. They think their intransigence has been rewarded; that they’ve won.

● At this stage in life, I’ve seen hotshot experts by the score ride to the rescue of a company, department, team or, more routinely, a school or some other aspect of public education. Most flame out, destroying what was there and moving on. Then there’s Bobby Cox. Steady. Reliable. Capable. He built, rebuilt and tried to make average performers better and gifted performers team players. Give me a Bobby Cox to fix anything that’s broken.

● On one point, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is right. Tolls imposed on existing roads or lanes do obligate taxpayers to pay twice. It’s the same as government charging you a monthly mortgage once your home’s paid off. Tolls should be reserved for added capacity.

● It’s déjà vu all over again. Atlanta City Council allows cabbies to operate 10-year-old clunkers, a relaxation of current 8-year-old standards. Government regulated taxis, presumably to get clunkers off the streets. As with the taxis, we’ll get government health care that’s more expensive, with politicians and interest groups in charge.

● A Washington-based education standards advocacy group, Achieve Inc., and others propose national standards for English and math. Georgians are perfectly capable of determining what kids should know and education officials are perfectly capable of designing a system to teach that curriculum. Don’t want or need Ray LaHood or other federal officials to decide what’s best for Georgia and what its public policies should be. These ideas start out harmless, but sooner or later D.C. politicians under the influence of interest groups and education unions will be dictating.

● Charlie Crawford, president of the Private Bank of Buckhead, makes good sense. Unfortunately, few in government listen to good sense anymore. The Federal Reserve is on the verge of regulating bankers’ pay. “I’m a free-enterprise guy, so the less regulation probably is the better,” observes Crawford. Responsibility for setting pay levels should be with management and the board. I’m guessing they’ve learned a lesson on pay packages for short-term performance. Squeeze this pay balloon in one place with regulation and the air merely moves to another.

● Atlanta’s chief financial officer says mayoral candidates are promising too much in pledging to hire more police officers. Any bureaucrat who thinks he should be making the policy decisions or formulating the budget should pay the qualifying fee and run. But, as an AJC analysis confirms, how officers are used is more important than the actual number. Atlanta’s hired hundreds of officers over the past decade, as Alan Judd reports, and the force is about the same size it was three years ago.

● Should the General Assembly be called into special session to deal with lower tax collections, as suggested by the executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Alan Essig? Good heavens, no. The Legislature had ample opportunity to raise taxes. They chose not to in January and they’d choose not to in October. They’d just be coming to town to eat and sightsee. Keep ‘em home.

● Headline: “Obama pushes health plan.” Based on polling results, not very far. But then, pushing is hard when most of America is blocking the door. Most Americans, and all of those with a degree of common sense, know when they’re being scammed.

40 comments Add your comment

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

“Entertainment” is one of those fields where true management skills are rare. To the extent that baseball is a subdivision of entertainment, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre stand out as people who bring out the best in all of us. Top performance, and the men who perform for them would walk over coals of fire for them. Not just managers, but leaders. Rare and well done.

Hot Shot

September 24th, 2009
9:33 pm

Good God man, you have to have the longest most drawn out retirement planning in history. This new guy will be here ten years before you finally leave.

Jerry

September 24th, 2009
10:28 pm

I disagree with your comments on Bobby Cox. I’ve always believed that he threw the World Series games against the Yankees. I watched him manage most of his years in Atlanta. He manages totally different in the post season than during the regular season. Even my son noticed it after arguing with me about it for years. With Bobby gone, maybe we can get back to winning.

Dr. R

September 24th, 2009
11:03 pm

“Get back to winning?” You mean all that winning the Braves did before Cox got here? And just how many pennants did they win under Eddie Haas, Russ Nixon and Bobby Wine? You’re remembering a different reality than me, pal. Before Bobby, it was bleak. Very bleak. Just be careful what you wish for and don’t be so quick to toss the guy overboard over a couple of games that you perceive to be ill-managed. I suspect he learned more about baseball before breakfast today than you’ll ever know.

Jerry

September 25th, 2009
12:52 am

I ‘m just saying if he was as good as the Braves want us to believe, they would have won more World Series games. I’m not the only one that has noticed the difference in his managing. I want to go to the big game and win, not just go to the series as the second place team.1 4 trips to the division playoff and only one World Series win. They were a better team than that. The manager lost most of those games. I watched the games, it was obvious.

Mike

September 25th, 2009
5:24 am

I am with Jerry. Braves remind me of the little train that couldn’t. They always petered out in the end. And about the Georgia schools, I guess self determination has kept Georgia near the bottom of the list when compared to other states. Sort like when the gas shortage came, first thing your govenor cancelled was school. That was really smart.

Road Scholar

September 25th, 2009
6:57 am

So Jim, our 49th standing in education is reason enough to keep the “lofty” standards our present education system have implemented!

Those missles in Poland are suppose to be replaced by a mobile system, so they won’t be a fixed target. Poland under the bus? When in the past did you want to protect Poland? You don’t like NATO or the UN; when did you all of a sudden have concern for Poland/Europe? When will Europe protect themselves instead of having the US do it for them?

While Bobby Cox has lost some games due to on the field decisions, his eveluation and development of talent has been excellent.

clyde

September 25th, 2009
8:22 am

Good morninmg Jim,
The drought is officially over.No need to ration water.

Bobby Cox is a good one.Now if he only did something that mattered.

Russia loves us.Watch out.They’re even going to sanctin Iran.After they sold and built the wherewithall.

Allow private enterprise to build roads and then impose tolls.That will clear one hurdle.

House taxes are pretty much like a mortgage,Jim,and in some cases just as expensive.

National standards for english?Half the country speaks something else now,doesn’t it? A tad late and unnecessary.

More police cost more money which means higher taxes.And more stolen patrol cars.And maybe another Kathryn Johnson.

Any school kids in Georgia singing the Obama hymn?

I see someone is complaining about Jim’s retirement or as he sees it,lack of.Don’t listen,Jim,they’re jealous.Retirement is a good job to have.

Michael H. Smith

September 25th, 2009
8:32 am

Give me a Bobby Cox to fix anything that’s broken.

Um, Jim… Congress?

"Charles", The Original

September 25th, 2009
9:12 am

In the Negro separate public schools, the overwhelming majority of Negro children had learned to read, write, and do the math at respective grade levels. Most Negro children had the ability to think. They graduated from high school. And there were few dropouts. But in the year of our Lord 2009, there has been a reversal of fortune. The integrated public schools have rendered Negro children illiterate. Most Negro children can’t read at respective grade levels. Neither can they write at respective grade levels or do the math. It’s not said loudly in public, but as a result of integration, the vast majority of integrationist Negroes have been rendered mentally challenged, retarded, and downright evil.

Eugenicists are elitist who believe wholeheartedly that the population of the earth should be numbered in the hundreds of millions, not billions. And Eugenicists have monetarily rewarded politicians, surrogates, and minions tenfold throughout the years for the integration of public schools and presently for the pending public healthcare system in the United States. Because through their efforts, a golden opportunity has been created for Eugenicists to experiment on and exterminate undesirables in the United States under the guise of servicing the least of these via integrated schools and free and or affordable healthcare.

Should Americans, and all of those with a degree of common sense, allow the federal government to force a public healthcare plan upon them that’s paid for by eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in healthcare, they will have accepted a sordid future with dire consequences for their children. It would be a future fraught with the peculiarity of misery and suffering much like the hopeless future imposed upon the children of the so-called educated integrationist Negroes via Eugenicists.

sane jane

September 25th, 2009
9:18 am

Bobby Cox is revered by players in both leagues. Players know him better than any of us fans ever will. Do you think he’d be so adored if people thought he had intentionally thrown a World Series a la the Chicago White Sox back in the early 1900s?

Yet this armchair conspiracy theorist, Jerry, knows better than every single person who’s ever played for Bobby. What’s the motive to throw a World Series? Keep dreaming.

sane jane

September 25th, 2009
9:21 am

And to clarify, we need more professionals with the work ethic & leadership skills of Bobby Cox on the baseball diamond. We don’t need more Bobby Coxes all-around and in general ~ he’s had his share of personal failings, and they’re NOTHING we’d want to emulate.

Cutty

September 25th, 2009
9:44 am

You mean the Bobby Cox that could get you to the playoffs, but could only win the big one once? Sorry, give me someone that can finish the job. As much as you rail against Obama’s healthcare plan, you’ve yet to offer any of your own suggestions this entire year.

And why would you be in agreement with the U.S. spending billions of dollars to put a missile defense system in Poland? What interest does that have in protecting Americans? You ‘fiscal’ conservatives like to talk out both sides of your mouth.

jconservative

September 25th, 2009
10:04 am

“Georgians are perfectly capable of determining what kids should know and education officials are perfectly capable of designing a system to teach that curriculum.”

Jim I need to see your evidence for this. The evidence that I have seen suggest that Georgians are totally incapable of determining & designing anything when it comes to education. Evidence please.

Jerry

September 25th, 2009
10:09 am

Like baseball, I have always believed that Bobby Cox is one of the great managers in the history of the game. 14 straight division titles with teams that had to be rebuilt every 3 years? When you see someone else with 14 straight titles let me know.

William

September 25th, 2009
10:34 am

Most of you put a lot on education! I am reminded it took the best and brightest to fail the banking system and billions of tax payers dollars to bail them out. Look what a harvard leader is doing to the country now. Hey, a high school grad could have done that well. No, your are right it took an ivory league grad to be that thorough.

Forget education if you do not equally weigh experience, ability and performance. Just like in the sports world, the owners pay millions to someone for their potential. So naturally those graduating from those schools who profess potential get the job without any performance measures. Making an A in college does not count. I think it is bassackwards….but I am a product of public schools.

William

September 25th, 2009
10:41 am

jconservative

September 25th, 2009
10:04 am

Is this with or without government intervention. Is this with or without Georgian’s having their own values incorporated in the curriculum or does it have to be your values instead.

Is it because we leave out the song “Barrack Obama loves me”?

clyde

September 25th, 2009
11:24 am

In another massive filp flop,the Massachusetts government has enabled The Governor to appoint a successor to Ted Kennedy.Just a short while ago,Kennedy twisted arms to stop a republican governor from being able to appoint a successor for John Kerry when it was supposed by the Dems that Kerry was going to win the Presidency.Now with a Democrat at the helm,the rules have been changed to favor the Dems once again.Strange politics from Massachusetts.

redneckbluedog

September 25th, 2009
11:33 am

I’m a pretty mediocre guy myself, so I get your point. But so is Bobby Cox. I’ve seen probably 10 instances this year where the Braves should have bunted but settled for the inning ending double play. Our goal should be greatness, like maybe a Joe Torre or a Mike Scoscia, rather than mediocrity, although most of us would rather do nothing and hope for the 3-run homer rather than bunt and try and generate some runs…

Ray Pugh

September 25th, 2009
11:47 am

Unless it’s the pitcher batting, bunting is one the absolute stupidest things you can do with an at-bat: no matter how tempting it is to “get the runner in scoring position,” a single base is not worth a precious out. But then again, you probably think Joe Morgan is a good announcer too…

Chris Broe

September 25th, 2009
11:49 am

The Telegram

Was away early week STOP Understand Atlanta got drenched STOP

Welcome back STOP Roger Atlanta got drenched STOP Your reservoir remark perfectly dry STOP too bad Atlantans have suffered in your absence and probably resent your blithe attitude about the flooding STOP and it’s balloon payment not pay balloon STOP A free enterprise guy would have known the diff STOP You’re not so much free enterprise guy as a born-again birther guy STOP no, that’s wrong STOP you’re more a bellow for antebellum ante-ups STOP you eschew logic STOP you chew language STOP you perpetuate obscene and obsolete cultural mores STOP but welcome back STOP I’m out of control STOP somebody STOP me

ps There’s no Steady/Reliable/Capable in baseball; there’s only peanuts, popcorn, and crackerjacks.

pps I think Bobby Cox gave baseball a black eye.

pps Will vick play sunday?

Tom

September 25th, 2009
11:58 am

So now Vladimir Putin, the very model of mobster capitalism, is now part of “the world’s Left.” Seriously, Wootie, is there *anything* you understand?

JLK

September 25th, 2009
12:25 pm

Chris Broe, please, oh please… DON’T STOP!

jconservative

September 25th, 2009
12:36 pm

William

“Is this with or without government intervention.”

Of course it is WITH government intervention! The governors in every state cannot keep their hands off of education. The state legislatures cannot keep their hands off of education. There is a lot of money involved & politicians do not seem to be able to keep their hands off of money.

And they cannot keep their hands off of curriculum. It is OK to teach this but you had better not teach that.

And since Bush 41 the Federal government can’t keep their hands off of education. Then Bush 43 gets in & partners with Ted Kennedy & gets his “No Child Left Behind” legislation passed.

Will

September 25th, 2009
12:39 pm

Mr. Wooten:

Interesting you should mention polling results relating to President Obama and health care.

The latest polling results released this morning indicate that President Obama’s approval rate is at 56%, slightly higher that the approval rate of President Reagan at a comparable time period. This poll also includes the following: 76% do not believe the republicans have a health care plan and a majority do not believe that republicans have made any attempt to cross party lines in an effort to govern. President Obama has a 26% advantage over republicans when asked who will make the right decisions on the economy and only 30% had an overall favorable opinion of republicans.

I never have understood the use of polls and politicians. For example, there is no credible poll of the American people FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS that contains majority support for the war in Iraq but republicans don’t seem to want to govern by public opinion when it comes to this issue.
But……republicans (including republican newspaper writers) seem to want to govern by public opinion in regard to health care.

I have always thought that politicians who want to govern by public opinion are politicians who are just that – politicians – and not leaders.

Cutty

September 25th, 2009
12:55 pm

*******Watch Saxby run from the cameras tonight on ABC Nightly News @ 7**************

HDB

September 25th, 2009
1:01 pm

Re: Charles, the Original: Please — do the nation a favor: invent a time machine, and return home to the Cro-Magnon Era. Not only is your statement bordering on lunacy, but it is also evident that you have had limited interactions outside of the Prehistoric Era.

ohmy

September 25th, 2009
1:08 pm

On the other hand–Cox is a guy who has worked with and managed millionaires. They love him. He profanely abuses officials whose judgement offends him. He sees his millionaires in and out the door as it suits his organization to try and perpetuate a system that while successful for many years, does not work quite the same as it once did, and never will again. He doesn’t much change the way he does things. He may be delaying his exit just a bit too long. It reminds one of certain advocates for a particular political faction.

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 25th, 2009
1:30 pm

I’m guessing they’ve learned a lesson on pay packages for short-term performance.

I’m guessing they haven’t learned a thing. They’re just waiting for the heat to die down.

Fact Finder

September 25th, 2009
1:40 pm

The Braves died a long time ago. Let’s talk about important stuff – like the liberal Idiocrats destroying this nation.

Have you ever noticed the same libtards who bedwet over the Bush administration catching/stopping terrorist plans downplayed them and some even said that Bush made them up and there is no REAL islamic terrorist threat? Well, several have been stopped under TOTUS (that’s Teleprompter Of The United States for you Obama voters) and nary a word from the same idiocrats. Kinda like the way they’ve shut their pie holes on wiretapping under TOTUS when they bitched about it under Bush.

…….
By JASON TRAHAN, TODD J. GILLMAN and SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / The Dallas Morning News

A 19-year-old Jordanian citizen made his appearance before a federal magistrate in Dallas, after authorities accused him of attempting to blow up a downtown Dallas skyscraper.
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And here’s why you need to get your kids the hell out of public indoctrination Idiocrat camps known as government schools. Yeah, I’m SO sure the Idiocrats would have been as thrilled if a school did this about Bush:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrsl8o4ZPo

And the man who re-defines “gaffer” whines that Democrats are divided and that Republicans don’t ever inner fight (funny, DNCNN and the NYT reports inner fighting within Republicans all the time). Whereyabeen, plugs?

……Biden called the three men “independent minded” and “damn competent,” adding, however, that they were all united on core Democratic Party themes, including energy policy and healthcare.

“These guys are smart, “Biden asserted. “Some of the guys Chuck [Robb] and I have campaigned for are turkeys. Not all Democrats are created equal, while most Republicans are.”
……….

Yeah, that worthless UN boondoggle is at in again on the fearmongering over global warming caused by SUVs and campfires. Funny, I thought these asshat Idiocrats said we only had EIGHT YEARS to fix the planet before we all DIE. Now they are saying we have until the end of this century? Well which is it, mouth breathers?

……
WASHINGTON – Earth’s temperature is likely to jump six degrees between now and the end of the century even if every country cuts greenhouse gas emissions as proposed, according to a United Nations update.

Scientists looked at emission plans from 192 nations and calculated what would happen to global warming. The projections take into account 80 percent emission cuts from the U.S. and Europe by 2050, which are not sure things.
…….

And let’s give it up for the G20 extreme left wing capitalist hating libtard Idiocrats. Smashing store windows, smashing police car windows, throwing rocks and bottles, etc. You think the DNC media will call those wretched animals out for being violent prone like they did with the town hall and tea party protesters? When it snows in hell. By the way, two weeks ago when a large group of Conservatives had a lawful assembly there, not even an empty cup was left behind, let alone ZERO arrests and confrontations. But of course to the libtard Idiocrats and DNCNN media, Conservatives are the violent ones – how DARE they protest against Obamacare and higher taxes and runaway deficit spending! Yeah, and those RACISTS!

The idiocy of the modern left in this nation knows no bounds, and just when you think those asshats have out done themselves, along comes another topper. Now it’s that Idiocrat Paul Krugman, the economic hack, who was on PMSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show (yeah nobody watches PMSNBC, so here it goes). He said TOTUS and the Idiocrats in Congress didn’t go far enough in exploiting the economic “crisis”:

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Worst of all, America’s economic amnesia was having an impact on Krugman’s own well-being, he told Maddow.

“But I get depressed sometimes about the Depression because the lesson of the Depression seems to be that getting out of this sort of thing requires efforts on the scale that is outside the realm of what’s politically discussible right now,” he said.

The regret: Krugman fears the federal government didn’t adhere to the battle cry of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and let the opportunity to campaign for a government intervention in the private economy “go to waste.”

“You know, the Rahm Emanuel line, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste?’ But you know, it’s starting to look like we did,” Krugman said. “And now, things are not good. Unemployment is high – it’s still rising. But the sense that we have got to act because otherwise the world might end is fading away and that makes it very hard to do stuff.”
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Keep the above insanity in mind when reading about the world’s oldest man at 113. We spoiled Americans and especially the mindless Idiocrats have no CLUE what a “crisis” is in the economy:

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During his remarks, Breuning said it was unfair to compare this year’s recession with the Great Depression, which he lived through.

“During the ’30s there was no jobs, no nothing,” he said, adding, “Now they’ve got more money in circulation than they’ve ever had in history.
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Eat that, Pugman.

clyde

September 25th, 2009
2:39 pm

Will,
I understand that the only people questioned relating to your poll were Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman.

"Charles", The Original

September 25th, 2009
2:55 pm

If HDB states openly in public his opinion of “Charles”, The Original, just think what he is saying privately about the so-called educated integrationist Negroes and their children.

I hope HDB has the unique ability to think. But after reading his comment, that’s highly suspect.

David44

September 26th, 2009
1:27 am

Mr. Wooten,

If you think Vladimir Putin is a leftist, why would I bother to read anything else you write?

Famuan

September 26th, 2009
3:01 pm

Didn’t Bobby Cox beat his wife??

Peter

September 26th, 2009
9:34 pm

I am begininng to think you are really a dummy here Jim……..

“Georgians are perfectly capable of determining what kids should know and education officials are perfectly capable of designing a system to teach that curriculum.”

So I guess you also think teachers are not as important as a Fish Farm as well ?

Georgia slashes teacher bonuses
By James Salzer and Nancy Badertscher
nbadertscher@ajc.com

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More than 2,000 of Georgia’s most highly certified teachers are getting hit with the biggest pay cuts in the profession this fall as the state trims spending.

Those educators are taking larger pay cuts than Georgia’s other 120,000 teachers because of the state’s decision to slash the 10 percent bonuses they have received for earning national board certification.

If you side with our Greedy Governor……then you are a Buffoon like him !

Are we not close to ” last ” in the nation in EDUCATION ?

By the way Jim……. where are the New Reservoirs, we now have all the rain you and He Prayed for !

Peter

September 26th, 2009
9:36 pm

Famuan..You are correct….he got Drunk and hit his wife…….

Jim’s idea of a shining example.

Of course Jim is for Made Up War’s, and cutting education for Fish Farms as well.

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

September 27th, 2009
1:39 pm

THANKS BOBBY FOR AT LEAST GIVING US A 1995 CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY,PHUCK THE HATERS,AT LEAST WE WERE WORLD CHAMPS 1 TIME 1995!

Curious Observer

September 28th, 2009
8:07 am

Good heavens! Make Georgia students adhere to a national standard for English? If we do that, in a few years we’ll have nobody who knows how to say Co Cola instead of Coca Cola and make floor rime with dough.

SONYA MATTHEWS

September 29th, 2009
12:04 pm

Enter your comments here – STOP BEING SCARED TO TAKE A STAND. READ AND RESEARCH. DONT HOLD A MAN TOO HIGH- THE FALL WILL KILL HIM….(B COX) YES, he got Drunk and hit his wife…….(ABUSER) AS OUT OF CONTROL AS THE ZILLION TIMES DURING A GAME, HE IS THROWN OUT OF THE PARK…TIMES UP ON THIS ONE…Jim’s idea of a shining example.
GET A GRIP AND A CLUE. TURN OFF THE TV, EDUCATE AND REINFORCE EDUCATION AT HOME, THEN SCHOOLS WONT HAVE TO HOLD YOUR KIDS HAND AT TEST TIME. HAVE A COMPUTER IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT, SO THE PREDATORS WONT CHAT WITH YOUR KIDS, USE PARENTAL CONTROLS FOR TV AND WEBSITES. SET HIGH STANDARDS FOR EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY….READ BOOKS, PLAY SCRABBLE, PROMOTE EXPANDING THE VOCABULARY AND ENUNCIATION.
THEN WORRY ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE IT WILL HAVE TIME TO GOVERN, NOT JUST HOLD YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE WATER.
LET US EACH TUNE OUT THE FOOLERY BEING SPOKEN AND PRESENTED TO US AS FOOLPROOF METHODS, BY TELEVISON MEDIA IN FOOL’S CAPS, ATTEMPTING TO EASE US INTO FOOL’S PARADISE.

Darrel

October 6th, 2009
7:08 pm

Enter your comments here
Yea, we need more like Bobby Cox. As if Atlanta doesn’t already have enough wife beaters.