Phipps has a free-market Santa

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

  • Rodney King more deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Who among us doesn’t remember where he was when we first heard King’s stirring plea for world peace: “Can’t we all just get along?” The Prize is trivialized.
  • Headline: “Should Atlanta City Council be smaller?” than its present 15 members. Certainly. Seven’s plenty. While at it, halve the 56-member State Senate and the 180-member House of Representatives, too. Single-commissioner county governance got a bad rap, but there’s something to be said for having an honest and decisive visionary in a fast-growing county.
  • Going forward, when my band of right-wingers takes over, use of the phrase “going forward” will be banned. Me fears, however, that politicians, bureaucrats and business executives attempting to appear visionary will be rendered speechless.
  • Just curious: Has anybody seen Jane Fonda lately? This week, I mean. Have the King children quit squabbling or found real jobs? Did anybody really think we needed to know, at $1,300 a whack, that roads here and there were “funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act”? They’re all built with our money.
  • When the Phipps Plaza Santa was available for free because an unseen benefactor paid his wages, users gamed and abused the system, making multiple appointments and not bothering to show up. To minimize abuse, a $15 per visit charge was levied. All slots have been taken. A value was assigned to the service and the marketplace responded, more efficiently allocating Santa’s time and use of his employer’s financial resources. Government should try that with all abused programs and services.
  • The state’s collected $33 million in a 5 percent tax levied on traffic fines (they call them fees). The money goes to the state’s general fund. When the tax was levied in 2005, its declared purpose was to fund driver’s education grants to schools. Advocates now complain that of the $33 million collected, only 26 percent has been spent on the grants.
  • Memo to current and future legislators: Never, ever create programs that dedicate — or even promise — how public revenues will be spent. Levy taxes as necessary; spend where there’s the greatest need, especially in a down economy.
    “Is this bill all that I would want?” asks Sen. Snowe, the only Republican in Congress so far to vote for the coming health care financing debacle. “Far from it,” she replies. “Is it all that it can be? No. But when history calls, history calls.” That won’t be history on the line, senator. That was Michael Moore. He wishes to make our health care system more like Cuba’s.
  • Hold on to your pocketbooks in DeKalb. The county has apparently agreed to “partner” with a private-sector company to develop the former General Motors property into a “true urban center.” Said county CEO Burrell Ellis: “I have a responsibility to restore the 4,000 jobs lost as a result of the closing of that plant.” Government creates jobs one way: by putting people on its payroll.
  • It will be an outrage if National Football League owners reject a group’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams football team because commentator Rush Limbaugh is among those making the offer. “I, myself, couldn’t even consider voting for him,” said Baltimore Colts owner Jim Irsay. “When there are comments that are inappropriate, incendiary and insensitive … it’s something that we don’t need.” As with political endorsements, that declaration tells us more about Irsay’s politics than about Limbaugh.

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Raggedisnott Dingdangimabunghole

October 19th, 2009
11:27 am

Aye, and all of ye leftist heathen who dare besmirch the name of my Lord, Rush the Bloated, shall be smited ere the noon come! For I, Rageddisnott Dingdangimabunghole, do decree that the wisdom spouting from the girth of his cheeks (the nether set, that is) doth form the wit and wisdom upon which I and mine ilk do depend for sustenance. Is there another, save our own Woo-ten the Wootificient, who is as judicious in his vicissitudes of viciousness? Who else hath the courage to decry the uppityness of the dusky-skinned hordes who are responsible for the ascent of Obama The Usurper into yon high office, which by all rights doth belong to…oh, any caucasian male of the Reichwing persuasion??? Hark, ye heathen, for mine hands are even now reaching for mine ankles, that I might smite thee all with the mighty winds that issue forth from the cavernous recesses of my righteous bowels! Rush, I do bleat in thine honor! HARK! Athletic teams aplenty shall be yours, once we have riled the hordes of the blithering ignorant once more, to re-take that which is rightfully ours!

Liberal Idiocrat

October 19th, 2009
1:23 pm

Awe how cute. The kook liberal who always has an infatuation with Conservative bloggers here is back. I’ll bet the poor thing can’t even sleep well at night knowing there’s a Conservative out there voicing Conservative opinions (BOO!). If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be humorous. Like the liberal idiocrats in the White House hatnig on Fox News. What, do the emotion driven left wingnuts think that is going to increase their credibility among Moderates and Independents or something?

Oh sure, Fox News continues to hand those [sarcasm on] bastions of non-biased and objective reporting such as CNN, MSNBC, and print media like the New York Times and Washington Post [sarcasm off]. Yeah, those same media outlets who were SURE to let Republicans in Congress and Bush know that their deficit spending was ruining America. Now we have witnessed more deficit spending in less than a year of pure Democrat rule than in all of Bush’s 8 years, including 2 years under a Pelosi/Dem congress. Compare the value of the dollar now compared to 3-4 years ago. Yep, because now that Democrats are in charge, said DNC media doesn’t care about those issues any more – kinda like how they wet themselves over Iraq and saying that Afghanistan was the real war. Now where is their outrage over the record months of US troop deaths in Afghanistan under this new administration? Yep.

So, how’s everyone enjoying this global warming and record snow around the nation for this time of year? And to think the same Liberal Idiocrats who want to run your health care want to punish America in a great pansy scheme of the global warming initiative led by the UN. What horse crockery of the modern kook left.

[...] All those fake sales. But he usually leaves before he decides to end it all by jumping into the Free Market Santa venue at Phipps [...]

ieee

October 20th, 2009
12:36 am

Are there no answers to the questions I posed earlier on this forum? Georgia’s criminal legislators must pass some “sex offender” laws every single year. How will they do it if we shorten their session so much that they only have time to do productive work? If “the people” don’t come up with a solution, then the geniuses themselves will (and you know what that means).

Here are the questions that were posed: If we cut down the number of Georgia legislators and the length of their session, how will they ever get around to passing all the completely counterproductive, retroactive, immoral, illegal, anti-religious, un-American “sex offender” laws that they want to inflict upon us? What will those criminals do if they can’t practice Fear Mongering for their full session and then some? How will they waste our tax dollars (oops, I mean China’s money)? “SMART”, my a$$. Please.

Peter

October 20th, 2009
3:34 pm

HA HA HA Jim……Rush is toast and apparently so is your South Carolina Republican Governor who can’t keep his marred Penis in his pants !

Free markets are only OK…..if they work for Republican’s I guess !