$114.83 of gas in one day? Really?

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

● What do Barack Obama and TV newscasters have in common? Both speak words on current events that don’t reflect their beliefs. “We simply cannot continue to spend as if deficits don’t have consequences; as if waste doesn’t matter; as if the hard-earned tax dollars of the American people can be treated like Monopoly money; as if we can ignore this challenge for another generation” he emoted. “We can’t.”

● I’m sick of public officials who exploit the perks of office, especially the little stuff like cars and gasoline. DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis visited one gas station three times in one day, using his district-issued credit card to buy gas in the sums of $32.83, $32 and $50. Explanation: He accidentally put premium in the tank, pumped it out and refilled with regular, drove to visit his mother in Monticello, and then refilled. If I’m on the DeKalb school board, he’s outta here. I’m fed up with public officials who treat public office as a lifestyle enhancement.

● Praise be House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) who, when asked whether there’s “any place for revenue enhancement” on this year’s legislative agenda, replied: “ ‘Revenue enhancement’ is just a way of saying a tax increase …” So “no.” The first indicator that conservatives in public office are slipping over to the dark side is when they start picking up the language of those who wish to grow government. Ralston, encouragingly, did not take the euphemism or the bait.

● One way to determine whether you’re drawn left or right in politics is whether you wish to dictate behavioral changes or to incentivize them. One involves government control of lives and lifestyles. The other doesn’t. On water conservation, for example, Gov. Sonny Perdue proposes a touch of each, which is probably an accurate reflection of where he falls on the ideological spectrum. State Rep. Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) files a bill to prohibit outdoor watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Control their lives, control their lifestyles. Just what Washington was trying to do with health care and cap-and-tax.

● Career choices I wish they hadn’t made: Sarah Palin, TV commentator. Herschel Walker, mixed martial arts fighter. Nancy Pelosi, politician.

● Only in America could illegal immigrants declare health care to be a “right” and insist that the taxpayers of Fulton and DeKalb provide them dialysis treatment at Grady Memorial Hospital. Only in America. Atlanta truly needs a charity hospital — no entitlement, no false claims to nonexistent “rights.”

● The libs, you knew, would seek to abandon “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the earliest opportunity. If one believes that the military is a social club to be employed primarily for humanitarian, policing and engineering purposes, there’s no harm in changing the policy. If, however, it’s to be used as a combat force, it’s foolish to add a romantic / sexual element to life in the foxhole. Unit cohesion will suffer. Bet the farm on it.

● Who knew, when Congress hastily approved $700 billion in TARP funds to prevent the implosion of the nation’s financial sector, that repayment would give the president a slush fund? He’s proposing to use $33 billion of it to be given to community banks to lend to small businesses. But, as the AJC’s business columnist Thomas Oliver pointed out Sunday, access to credit is not the main problem facing small businesses. It’s a lack of customers. A squirrelly Congress and a populist president creating tax and regulation uncertainty is the problem. (Incidentally, every dime of TARP unspent or repaid should be applied to the deficit.)

● Headline: “Stimulus credited for 24,103 Ga. jobs.” Whatever. Pick a number. They’re all make-believe.

62 comments Add your comment

Dee

February 5th, 2010
5:30 pm

“Romance in the foxhole?” What a crock!

I had not heard that if DADT was ended it would make homosexuality MANDATORY!

How is it any different for a gay person to be serving openly than it is for a straight person to become pregnant? And didn’t I just hear on CNN something about that combat soldier who became pregnant while on deployment?

I originally thought the reasoning behind the military’s opposition to gays serving was that if a person was gay and they were ‘found out’, they could be blackmailed by some foreign power and would have to give up secrets or something. It does not take a genius to understand that if one is OPEN about their sexuality, there can be no more basis for blackmail than there would be if some STRAIGHT soldier got in some sex scandal.

And, every day, are we not seeing sex scandals involving straight people?

Gay AMERICANS should have the same right to serve their country. they should NOT be required to hide their sexuality. Just being gay does NOT mean that one will run rampant sexually!

People who are scared of gays need to just get over it.

Didn’t the military once have the same reservations about allowing blacks to serve? Wasn’t that stupid, too?

Dee

February 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

Re: the water situation.

Last year didn’t i see Gov. Perdue on the steps of the Capitol, praying for rain, because of the drought? And isn’t there some sort of controversy going on about whether water can be taken from particular rivers or lakes to serve the Atlanta area?

So, what makes more sense. Praying (although judging from todays weather that works too) or REGULATING the way we USE the available water?

It’s clear that, left alone, people simply will NOT self-regulate. No one has done that for years and it does not look like it will happen in the future.

So, does it not make more sense to FORCE people to conserve? After all, I think the time a person can survive without water is pretty limited, and although it is raining today i do not think we are out of the woods when it comes to drought.

Why label conservation regulations as being either conservative or liberal. Wny not just label the way to handle the water situation either intelligent or stupid?

Jess

February 5th, 2010
6:24 pm

And just two days after Obama’s speech on fiscal dicipline, congress raises the debt limit by a couple trillion. There was loud cheering as the votes were counted and it passed.

bob

February 6th, 2010
8:03 am

Samuel, Pub schools are in trouble and it has nothing to do with Bush. Maybe you should go back to school for some civics classes. The math was fine but you said Bush spent 6 trillion and Bush can’t spend money, congress does. ^ years under repubs and the last two, the two with the highest deficits were under dem control.

@@

February 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

“We can’t.”

And yet he does, Jim. Watching Obama is like watching a child trying to step outside his own shadow. I used to do that as a kid. The only way to succeed is to find a shady place.

I doubt seriously that even the students in DeKalb would buy that story. Then again, he is the Superintendent, so it’s likely they’ve been “encouraged” to accept stupidity as an achievement.

“Revenue enhancement” to replenish the fed’s “hands in the mint” policies?

So is Representative Buckner a member of the Water Footprint Network? Before we know it all foods will be dried in the sun…served in powdered form. ‘Ya reckon we’ll be permitted to chase it with a sip ‘o water? Sweating will be prohibited as it’ll be a waste of bodily fluids…better to flush the low-flow.

Obama, LEADER!!?!!

Charity is something freely given. Anything else is confiscatory in nature.

Unit cohesion will suffer? That’s already been proven in the British military. They’re only complaint? Why do gays in the Queen’s service choose to glorify (gay pride) their separation from the unit over all. Unintended consequences.

Legally TARP (unspent or repaid) was supposed to pay down the deficit. As is too often the case, the laws that apply to us don’t apply to those who govern.

Just last week I visited my Mom in Florida…took a shuttle from the airport to her place. The driver was eager to point out that new roads were under construction, putting people back to work. I asked him how long before the road was completed? “Two years!” said he. “Then what?” I asked. “Well hopefully…” he responded. I cut him off with “Let me guess, you voted for Obama didn’t you?”

“Yes” he did. The entire conversation began when he said he needed to find a REAL JOB.

JD

February 7th, 2010
2:01 pm

Retired1 and others,

We have treaties with most countries regarding the care of visitors. The health care system in place accepts visitors at no charge. The government picks up the tab. Anything other than this system would obviously discourage tourism.

Illegal immigrants are another issue. Those who support free health care, or free housing, or free food, or free clothing for those who are here illegally are either off the tax roles or of the misguided impression a government gift to one does not constitue a tax increase to all of us. The United States is the most giving country in the world but the gift should be at the option of the individual donor not at the end of a gun held by a government agency.

The response to Haiti and Thailand is an example of the generosity of the American people, tax dollars should not be involved.

Hoping4Rail

February 8th, 2010
5:31 am

Wooten, I thought you were leaving… or was that just a promotional stunt?

retiredds

February 9th, 2010
9:47 pm

Jim, I guess GA DOT Commissioner did not get the Republican message that the stimulus $$ aren’t working. Would you call them and clue them in, please?

“The message is pretty simple,” DOT Commissioner Vance Smith said at a news conference. “Transportation investment equals good jobs now and produces lasting assets for the future.” However, he added, “Even though with all the stimulus funds we have, we still have great needs in the state of Georgia.”

So far, the DOT is attributing the equivalent of 961 full-time jobs in the state to Georgia’s $1.1 billion share of the transportation stimulus, and more will be employed as more projects get under way, said Meg Pirkle, who manages the stimulus program for the department. She said it may be a couple of years before all the stimulus projects are finished and the final work hours are counted.

mit

February 10th, 2010
5:20 pm

Control their lives, control their lifestyles. Hey Wooten, this is YOUR party’s platform.

Or are you suddenly pro-choice and -gay marriage?

96 SC

February 11th, 2010
12:02 am

Crawford Lewis is a poor Liar. Any investigator questioning his actions should ask Crawford; How did you pummp the premium fuel from the auto tank?, What did you do with the premium fuel that you supposedly pumped from your auto tank? And finally Crawford, are youu a natural born Liar or did you study hard to become such a proficient Liar? The Invesstigators and Crawford should be fired and barred from Public Positions forever.

Paddy O

February 11th, 2010
9:49 am

My first vote was cast for Reagan in 84. Since that time, it is quite apparent that our elected leaders really like to make themselves feel like god by trying to take care of the poor all over the world (Haiti is a great example). Therefore, we need a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget (exception for war & defense spending when a war has been declared). Second, it is quite apparant that the Supreme Court is NOT reading the constitution. The constitution says takings are restricted to “public use”; not public benefit – large difference. Also, freedom of speech is provided to citizens (humans), not financial entitied created to truncate liability and identity for those who do evil. Therefore, we need a constitutional amendment banning anyone but an individual who can vote for a candidate from actually providing a financial contribution to said candidate.

Shay

February 11th, 2010
11:57 pm

I am so sick of hearing about the Dekalb County School Board and the Commission. Our children are the ones paying the price for these misfits.

There is no EXCUSE for Crawford Lewis and Pat Pope. They should have been fired from their positions immediately. Theft of gas should be a crime as we, the taxpayers, are the ones who ended up paying for it. And Pat Pope? Give me a break. Is there any contract that wasn’t given to her husband???

And why does Sutton-Barnes still hold her position? She can’t even handle her own finances (facts proven) but she is allowed to oversee the $600+ million dollar budget for Dekalb County. I have been in the banking industry for over 15 years and you could not even get a job in the bank if you could not handle your own finances.

Also, has anyone considered taxing the citizens that live in apartments? Their children utilize all of the school resources just like the residents who own homes. Why shouldn’t they have to pay school taxes? Give them a tax credit comparable to a mortgage interest deduction, if necessary.

And the citizens of Dekalb County wonder why there is such a shortage in revenue, LOL!!!