No such thing as free money

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

● Tiger Woods is right, but then he’s a mere celebrity public figure and not one who holds a position of public trust. Said Woods: “No matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. … Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.” To that, I would add one’s sexual preferences. We don’t need to know who’s doing what unless the public business is involved.

● The apparently unsuccessful Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood has life’s priorities straight. On a “too close to call” election night, she announced that the results wouldn’t be known for hours — so she climbed in her car and went home, presumably to get some sleep. Why keep supporters hanging around until the wee hours when Wednesday’s a work day? Three pollsters got this one right.

● China sought to temper public anger about the sale of contaminated baby formula by executing a dairy farmer and a milk salesman. The Wall Street capitalists scapegoated by the American Left should take heed. Here they lose their companies; there they lose their lives.

● When a blue-chip company like the Sea Island Co. hands over the deed to a 3,000-acre planned community to lender Wells Fargo & Co. , it’s evidence that even the rich are reeling, too. The Frederica project was intended by designers to be “Pebble Beach of the East.” Frederica lots fetched more than $2 million each three or four years ago. When this Congress finds out that “the rich” don’t have the resources to support their spending, the IRS will come for the “wealth” of the middle class.

● It’s a silly law that would require Wal-Mart to register with the Georgia Secretary of State to sell funeral merchandise — caskets specifically — online in Georgia. Republicans should rid this state of laws enacted on behalf of the various industries, trades and professions that are intended primarily to stifle competent competitors by controlling entry.

● The problem with having “free” money lying around — a dime in federal money that’s “free” if you’ll spend a dollar of yours — is that some clever soul will find a way to spend the dime and obligate the dollar. That’s what Georgia’s Department of Transportation board chairman, Bill Kuhlke, is attempting when he proposes to spend $87 million earmarked for the Atlanta-Lovejoy commuter rail line on a downtown Atlanta bus/rail station.

● Barack Obama is a text-message president. His speeches have no particular foundation in anything that precedes or follows. In his West Point address, for example, he accused the former administration of denying or ignoring requests for more troops. “Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the re-emergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive,” he speechified. Responded former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: “Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response. I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.”

● It is tacky and disrespectful of the Office of the President for the Commander-in-Chief to assemble his troops, as Obama did at West Point, and use the occasion to trash their former Commander-in-Chief. This is the action of a small-bore leader.

● Hmmm. Troops are to arrive and exit Afghanistan almost simultaneously. What could prompt such a bizarre use of force? Ah, yes, the troops are programmed to start their exit just in time for the next presidential campaign. That’s a shameful way to commit the lives of those in uniform.

We couldn’t salvage the old East Lake Meadows public housing project in a single year. This is not a policy to win a war; it’s a policy to win an election. With Obama — on health care and national security, for example —the glory’s now, the disaster is for some future president to deal with.

86 comments Add your comment

Vernon

December 4th, 2009
1:43 pm

In regards to your Rumsfeld quote…classic example of your mindless parroting. Notice how Rummy said “between 2001 and 2006.” Funny, because Bush was in office until 2008. Hmmm…wonder why he used those specific dates?
It’s not Obamas speeches that have no reference, it’s your shoddy opinion work. Try again please.

Dusty

December 4th, 2009
1:49 pm

Peter,

What you really mean is that Cheney is disagreeing with Obama’s policies. Well, he’s not the only one. Democrats are disagreeing with Obama many times now. That is why his popularity is waning in the polls with Democrats..

I don’t understand your last sentence. We are discussing Cheney and you say you are talking about the Capitol in Downtown Atlanta. I guess I missed Cheney in the Capitol in Down town Atlanta. Huh????

By the way, would you mind telling me wha happened to all the investigations, innuendos and other efforts that were going to indict Cheney? There aren’t any because he has done nothing illegal.

But there is a fact about Cheney that has become known.. Cheney has given millions to charity. I guess that is something you forgot to mention..

RetiredSoldier

December 4th, 2009
1:57 pm

Vernon-

Could it be that was the period he was secdef? Rumsfeld did clarify, that during his tenure in office those requests did not occur. That’s pretty clear. Obama’s mouth peice Robert Gibbs, a disgrace to all Auburn grads, said the request Obama was referring to was the one in 2008, long after Rumsfeld was gone. Bush did his own review, it was completed about the time of the election. He contacted the Obama transition team and Bush was asked by the Obama team not to take any action. So Bush left it to Obama like he was asked.

So I guess Obama was complaining about himself. Isn’t strange how the facts can bite you in the tail.

Dusty

December 4th, 2009
2:13 pm

RetiredSoldier,

You are correct. Rumsfeld resigned as Secretary of Defense in 2006. The order in question was in 2008. As usual, Gibbs was playing the old “Bush did it” game by trying to blame Rumsfeld.

Obama needs some new speech writers or a replacement for Robert Gibbs.

Dusty

December 4th, 2009
2:19 pm

Doddering, Cranky Geezer

Please return to your Alzheimer’s unit and read a book by MIss Manners. If not too late, you may learn something.

RetiredSoldier

December 4th, 2009
2:21 pm

I thought Obama was smart but misguided at first, now I’m not so sure.He needs to replace Gibbs. Gibbs is the biggest joke I have ever seen.

BTW Jim Wooten, you are always “on the money” in weekly dose of common sense. I hope you will continue to write for many years.

Peter

December 4th, 2009
2:21 pm

No Dusty..Don’t put words in my moth……I said Cheney has been bashing him on TV, and in the media !

Dusty

December 4th, 2009
2:55 pm

Peter,

I’m not putting any words in your mouth. You’ve got plenty of your own. I’m just trying to keep all your ducks in a row. They seem to wander a bit.

Jefferson

December 4th, 2009
2:57 pm

Anything you (Wooten) get paid over $7.25/hr for writing this IS free money.

Peter

December 4th, 2009
3:26 pm

Dusty.. Thank you for the ducks in a row…….you made my day !

Stupid Geezer - Just like Dusty

December 4th, 2009
3:32 pm

Dusty,
I am always surprised that people as stupid as you are willing to demonstrate their ignorance and stupidity in blogs every hour.

I’d be too embarrassed to post if I was as stupid as you. But you’re likely too dense to comprehend that notion.

Jess

December 4th, 2009
3:39 pm

Jim,

Glad you are still here and hope you choose to stay around a while.

On the topic of “free” money lying around, I could not believe that FEMA was begging people to take disaster relief funds after the recent floods. Less than a week before the funds were to run out they were on the news saying that only 15% of the money had been spent, and pleading with people to get their applications in by the deadline. His last line in his interview was, it would be ashamed for people in Atlanta to leave “Free federal money on the table”.

Our rewards spending money. This has to end.

RetiredSoldier

December 4th, 2009
3:53 pm

Stupid Geezer-

I guess your mother never taught you how to place nice. Please take two tablets and continue bloging in the morning. The stress is obviously to much for you.

Peter

December 4th, 2009
4:11 pm

Hey RetiredSoldier …..Funny stuff !!!!! Thanks I am laughing, which is good for health and the soul !

I hope your weekend is wonderful !

Dusty

December 4th, 2009
4:13 pm

Well, merry Christmas and happy New Year, GEEZER I can see you are the happiest little elf around, spreading joy etc. Have a good one, Grinch. I mean Geezer.

RetiredSoldier

December 4th, 2009
4:27 pm

Thank you Peter. Now if you and Dusty can make nice I can go on my merry way and see if I earned my wings. Dang, never heard the bells. Guess I just need to find Jimmy Stewart and start all over again.

Have a good weekend all

George

December 4th, 2009
5:08 pm

The rich are just smart enough to not hand over cash for overpriced real estate, which is exactly what Frederica is. Same with Cloister, Lodge and everything else. Like the Cloister, where the $$’s spent per room were close to double the normal 5-star establishment, tons of money was wasted unecessarily on developing Frederica.

The issue is that the “stupid rich” (not stupendously rich, but rather people that are rich, and also stupid) aren’t rich anymore…this is because, well, they’re stupid.

Unfortunately Bill Jones abandoned his core constituency (people with moderate wealth, and the conservative rich) and bet the farm on attracting the stupid rich — that was a stupid bet.

By extension one might say Bill is, well, ……………..

Joan

December 4th, 2009
5:37 pm

Cheney is a private citizen now isn’t he? And aren’t we all bashing Obama? But there is a difference in the degree of the bashing if the President is bashing someone. I think it particularly small to keep beating a dead horse–Bush, at this point. Bush has had the grace not to pony up his private citizen opinion–unlike Carter and Cheney, but as between the two latter, who is the more nuts??

Mike Fairbanks

December 4th, 2009
7:28 pm

It’s official: This blog and the responses just won the Most Boring Award. Man, I can’t believe I clicked on it. Not that I disagree with all of it, but still. Boooooring.

Mike Fairbanks

December 4th, 2009
7:28 pm

These bullet-point “essays” are lazy at best.

RetiredSoldier

December 5th, 2009
9:35 am

Mike it’s a bild blog world out there. Don’t waste your time here.

RetiredSoldier

December 5th, 2009
9:35 am

opps…I meant bold

Chris Broe

December 5th, 2009
9:45 am

“…dairy farmer, milk salesman….scapegoated….”

Nice! Sorry I missed that one, yesterday.

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“To that, I would add one’s sexual preferences. We don’t need to know who’s doing WHAT unless the public business is involved.”

A corrective rewrite is appropriate here: “We don’t need to know who’s doing WHOM”, (not what), unless you meant “doing what to whom”, or unless you were foreshadowing the “scapegoating” comment, in which case your pronoun “what” is just fine, so nevermind. (I forgot that you were talkin’ ’bout Georgia politicians.)

Like Kyle Wingfield, Jim Wooten has finally learned that political spin is best presented as entertainment. This is a fence-breaking piece. It is also gender-bending, mind-bending, and fender-bending, (If you’re readin’ it on your blackberry while drivin’).

Jklol

Time is on Our Side

December 5th, 2009
10:22 am

Jim, in your spare and abundant retired time, do you think you could cover this sentencing and trial of corrupt Army officers? Will the AJC make an effort to cover this story – “Major Gets 17½ Years in Iraq Contract Case,” or ignore it as they do most other important news that does not meet the Political Correct world of Cindy Lou and the other Blacks-R-Victims-of-Whity crowd. Here is the link for the story from the wsj http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125980636539574013.html

So far, three former Army majors and one lieutenant colonel have pleaded guilty to money-laundering, bribery and other charges. Another major is awaiting trial, while sentencing of former Maj. Christopher Murray is slated to occur in Georgia in two weeks. Do you think the ajc could spare a reporter or at least an intern to cover this trial? It is right here in Georgia after all. There could be a Pulitzer in it for someone. Compare and contrast the treatment of these 17 Black Officers and senior enlisted soldiers with treatment of Kellog, Brown, and Root (at the time owned by Dick Cheney’s Haliburton). Surely the AJC can spare at least one unpaid intern or one retired former editor for the sentencing of former Major Christopher Murray and the trial of another Major. I mean, the ajc is a NEWSPAPER, is it not, and this is NEWS.

John Kropp

December 5th, 2009
1:28 pm

I need money real bad for not being thrown into the street.

edontheetowah

December 6th, 2009
10:32 am

We have a very intellectually challenged POTUS, in today’s politically correct vernacular. As for those that like to imply that Bush was stupid, where’s your guy’s college records? Hiding behind something like $1.5 million in attorney’s fees to date. Obama is not the smart guy some seemed to think. He’s way out of his league and has only socialistic and simplistic ideas to guide him, and those are not setting well with the electorate. This guy’s a one trick pony and his time will be up in 2012; that of his useful idiots in congress in 2010. The liberals have had their messiah now, and look at the disaster he’s wrought. Total and irrefutable incompetence, as well as a narcissist to boot. Stupid people don’t bother me, their bragging about it is another matter. The liberals can hide their heads in the sand all they want; 2010 will be a rude wake-up call to them and their ilk. As for me, it can’t come soon enough!

Jess

December 6th, 2009
12:19 pm

Until everyone is willing to recognize, and talk openly about the cultural problems in our schools, there will never be progress made toward improving our public education systems. When there is a group of students who have been raised to place no value on education, with parents who are not willing to instill a respect for schools and teachers, no amount of money or government programs is going to change this. Our response for the last several decades has been to dumb down the schools to make it easier for all to succeed, or in the Case of Atlanta schools, just cheat on standardized tests. This has resulted in lowering the standards for all in those ares where this culture persist.

In order to improve, our educators need to look at states and systems which do succeed. The best schools in the country, as measured by SATs are in the upper plains states. N.Dakota, S. Dakota, and Iowa are topping the list. It’s also important to note that these systems have among the lowest cost per student in the country. What they do have is a culture of hard work and respect for the institutions of learning.

This is not a problem which can be solved by government programs or more money. This has been tried and it failed. This will be solved when parents, the communities, and community activists decide they must help themselves. This is a cultural problem. It will change when the culture changes, not before.

Dusty

December 6th, 2009
2:04 pm

Well, it is cold and cloudy in Atlanta but no snow. Anybody else got any snow? Christmas is coming and “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”…Will Frosty the Snowman be disappointed??

Sorry, Jim, I’m just getting in a Chrsitmas mood tra la. Haven’t decked the halls yet. Excuse me for wandering off. …Maybe Chris Broe will add a little entertainment here. La la la???

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 6th, 2009
6:33 pm

Dear Dusty @ 2:04, apologies for slow response. My son hasn’t much to say about the long-awaited latest iteration of the Chauncey cure for Afghanistan. He will deploy early next year, so perhaps he and his buddies will cure the problem over there. Temperature here in the Florida swamp tonight is 75 degrees. I may have to close the window.

Dusty

December 6th, 2009
8:36 pm

Dear Ragnar,

Good to hear from you. I am so envious. SEVENTY FIVE DEGREES?? I am totally sweatered, wrapped and blanketed trying to keep warm in my thrifty 68 degree house (which must be fifty degrees on the floor). Please open your windows and let it all those warm breezes come this way.

Best wishes for your son in all ways, especially his deployment to Afghanistan. Like you said, he and his buddies may be just the cure. I surely do hope so.

By the way, what are you doing in Florida when we need you in Atlanta?? Surely you would not desert this cool and charming place of delights?? We will be launching a new mayor soon. See what you are missing?

Dusty

December 6th, 2009
8:46 pm

Retired soldier @4:27

Just checking to see if you’ve gotten your wings yet. Surely you have heard the bells by now. There seems to be plenty of ding-a-lings around.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 7th, 2009
1:31 pm

Dear Dusty, I’m hiding in Florida (Galt’s Gulch) until sanity returns to the fever swamps of Foggy Bottom. For now it’s just smarter to let them fall.

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robert coleman

December 8th, 2009
8:13 am

several; the election, no suprise, there was a declaration months before that a black man should/must win in a choc. city. therefore pigmalian came thru. and maybe some votes that were shady too.
the vick embarassment: the atl team is in a fight for a berth, and the “fans” of atl showed support for the opposing thug. there has never been a worse embarassment in the NFL on a sunday.
political correctness. please, isn’t it time to say what we see, mean and feel, rather than to be so nice as to not want to hurt anothers feelings? my mom taught me if you have nothing nice to say say nothing. not to pass over the indescression and put a spin on it with words and smiles and gestures. WE are not polititians, we are the government, we are supposed to be the we in we the people. the governing body has become elete, above and so politically correct that it sickens one to see/read/hear the comments from the blustery bunch in DC.
thank you
bobby c.

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V.R.D.

August 24th, 2010
4:32 am

I think Dr. Stan braid is not in the right place,his thinking is very bad.