Fear tax power of government

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

● If those in power in Washington use “budget reconciliation” to cram down ObamaCare, bitter hyper-partisanship will be the norm at least through the rest of the Obama presidency. Unfortunately without genuine, sustained outrage at the grassroots, Washington’s gone deaf.

● The top U.S. Marine, Gen. James Conway, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his best advice to the president and to Defense Secretary Robert Gates on “don’t ask, don’t tell” would be to “keep the law such as it is.” Any effort to lift the ban should, he said, answer the question: “Do we somehow enhance the war-fighting capability of the U.S. Marine Corps by allowing homosexuals to serve openly?” In polls, just less than 60 percent of the public disagrees with Conway. No surprise. Just less than 10 percent of this country has ever served in the military. Top Army and Air Force officers urge caution.

● Polling for CNN finds that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, thinks the federal government is so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to our rights. Count me among them. I am deeply distrustful of the fair exercise of tax and regulatory power by a government that owns a major stake in private-sector companies. The distrust is deepened when powerful constituencies of those in power — the United Auto Workers, for example — share ownership. I’m equally distrustful of “science” driven by activists’ agendas.

● Yes, I want my tax money spent to challenge an administration that refuses to allow Georgia to use Social Security numbers and driver’s license data to verify that prospective voters are U.S. citizens. States really should get more aggressive in challenging federal bureaucratic decisions that appear to be driven by political agendas. Georgia’s challenge will be heard in the D.C. Circuit.

● Brother, can you spare $4.27 million? I’d like to buy the Flatiron Building on Peachtree which is, with the nearby Candler Building, one of the most charming in metro Atlanta. Always wanted an office there. It’s for sale.

● The Raleigh school system buses children from middle class to low-income districts and vice versa. Voters were so angry that they elected four opposition candidates. The new board canceled the cockamamie program Tuesday. When family income prompts social engineering with school children, the proper response is this: If done by a school board, vote them out. If done by a state judge, vote him or her out. If done by a federal judge, change the system. Enact money-follows-the-child vouchers and other alternatives. Support home schooling. Move. Take your child elsewhere.

● The federal government that cured poverty in America is now going to spend $900 million to cure the problem of school dropouts. What a waste. Georgia should cut a state and local dollar for every federal dollar committed here. Once again this truth: Until the marriage problem is solved, the resulting social problems won’t be.

● U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s presence at President Obama’s jobs photo-op in Savannah Tuesday prompts questions about whether he’s put himself at political risk. Shouldn’t. Obama is president and respect for the office obligates the local congressman’s presence. It’s not like the situation in Florida where GOP Gov. Charlie Crist’s high-flying U.S. Senate fortunes sank after he hugged the president and endorsed the $862 billion stimulus.

● The post office continues to lose money — a projected $238 billion over 10 years. Ending Saturday delivery is a possibility. Fine. Do it. Go to three days a week. Mail delivery is no longer central to our business and social lives.

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Hillbilly Deluxe

March 5th, 2010
12:55 pm

Mail delivery is no longer central to our business and social lives.

It’s how I get my bills and no, nobody is ever going to get permission to make automatic withdrawals from my checking account.


March 5th, 2010
1:41 pm

Jim, I think I remember that the Bush tax cuts were passed using “budget reconciliation”, but since it was tax cuts and a Republican administration that can’t be called a “cram down” in your book. Sam @9:34 correctly points out that much of the deficit, the interest on which our children and grandchildren will be responsible for, has come under Republican administrations (also for which the conservative Republicans of GA voted FOR). So much for fiscal conservatism – it’s a myth and you’ve been around long enough and should recognize that. And yes, the Laffer curve (supply side economics) doesn’t work because there is no control over the spending side by either Republicans or Democrats.

And, JH @ 10:45, last time I looked, speech is protected by the First Amendment of a document call the Constitution of the United States. If you don’t like what someone says, or writes, that does not give you license to tell them to move elsewhere. And, by the way, that’s, the Constitution, what soldiers from the Revolution forward have fought and many given their lives for. There is no excuse for that kind of thinking, but I respect your right to say it and write it, but I am not going to suggest you move somewhere else because I disagree with your opinion. That’s my opinion and I have no plans to move to Europe or anywhere else because of my opinion.

And Jay, lastly, Americans have been worried about the government being too big for as long as I can remember (I’m 68) and history tells me that’s been a concern for longer than that. It’s time for you to write about something else. They aren’t coming for you or me, period. This great nation has handled many crisis over its glorious history. We will do so again, so you don’t need to crawl under a rock any time soon.


March 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

in my post at 1:41, last paragraph, Jay should read Jim.

Jed Rothwell

March 5th, 2010
2:21 pm

You wrote: “I want my tax money spent to challenge an administration that refuses to allow Georgia to use Social Security numbers and driver’s license data . . .”

Are you sure you want your SSN on your driver’s license?!? This is a dumb idea. You have to show your license to buy wine at the grocery store, to cash a check, to pick up your car at a repair shop, and dozens of other times in daily life. Turn our back for a moment and a cashier may jot down the number and the next thing you know, your identity will be stolen. Plus a dozen or a hundred illegal immigrants who happen to be your age and sex will be carrying fake Social Security cards with your number on them.

While you are at it, why not put your SSN, credit card number, and bank PIN numbers on Facebook, or print them your business cards and hand them out to winos on the street.

Jed Rothwell

March 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

I wrote: “Plus a dozen or a hundred illegal immigrants who happen to be your age and sex will be carrying fake Social Security cards with your number on them.”

Actually, that would be to your advantage, since you would get their Social Security benefits. (Really. That’s what happens. All fake Social Security cards must have real numbers on them, or they will be easily caught.)

However, if you hand out copies of your SSN it is more likely you will suffer identity theft and lose money. In any case, putting SSN on licenses will do nothing to stop illegal immigrants, or even inconvenience them, since anyone can buy a fake driver’s license or Social Security card with their own photo and any SSN they like. Does Mr. Wooten imagine that illegal immigrants do not carry driver’s licenses and Social Security cards? They never buy beer, or get traffic tickets? No adult can go about daily life without these things. Obviously the fake ones have the photo of the bearer on them, and a legitimate number (and/or name) — which happens to belong to someone else.

Effective steps to control SSN abuse, identity theft, and illegal immigration will require centralization in the Federal government and an on-line database. This will put a great deal more power into the hands of the Federal government, something that Wooten supposedly opposes. Georgia alone can do nothing, since anyone here is free to carry an ID from any other state. Wooten cannot have it both ways: if he wants to stop illegal immigrants, or keep tabs on them and prevent them from paying Social Security taxes, he will have to acquiesce to a large expansion of federal power and federal access to information about transactions of all sorts.


March 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

Good post JR, it seems that Jim wants his cake and eat it too. Oh, well, never let some investigation into a subject derail a rant about the feds.


March 5th, 2010
3:00 pm

And Jim, I was re-reading your debt tsunami piece. It might come as a surprise to you that the debt tsunami began under the great myth-maker Reagan and really got rolling in earnest under the “great decider” George W. Bush. So we need to keep you honest and be like FOX news here, “fair and balanced”.


March 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

A.T @10:17


You have to add New York Congressman Eric Massa to that list for Dems too.

Yes, it is true that Rs who champion their “family values” are just as often hoisted on that pitard, but that’s one reason I don’t vote for those guys (the fundamentalists). But fair is fair, none of them can keep their pants on, including prominent Dems like Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, and John Edwards.


March 5th, 2010
3:22 pm

Last I checked, the House passed health care reform and sent it to the Senate. The Senate passed a slightly different version over a Republican filibuster and sent it to the House. Now the House is going to vote on the Senate bill. If it passes, the House and Senate will then move to a vote on another bill. This bill will take the Nebraska Medicaid give-away, the Florida Medicare Advantage give-away, the Louisiana purchase all out of the Senate bill and also trim back the excise tax on expensive insurance policies. Jim may not want taking those things out of the health care bill “crammed down his throat” but I would think they should get 100 votes in the Senate. Which of these things do you want left in the bill, Jim?

But definitely put me with those who think the federal government has too much power. They can now wiretap my phones or read my emails without a warrant if the President wants. The President can declare me an enemy combatant and shoot me on sight if I am in a foreign country or grab me off the street here at home, throw me in a military prison without access to a lawyer, torture me until I lose my mind and then say they can never let me go because I am crazy. Michael Moore is still walking around so we know Bush didn’t disappear him, Glenn Beck is still on tv so we know Obama hasn’t offed him but if Hillary Clinton ever gets elected President, Dick Morris better rent a cave from Osama.


March 5th, 2010
4:03 pm

Jim, there is a problem for the Tea people. It appears that Mr. Brown from MA is going to join John McCain in McCain’s reelection bid. What are we going to do with these people, Jim? I guess the Tea people are going to have to pick their radical-right wing candidates a little better next time. Who knows if Mr. Brown is too moderated for them they might have to have him impeached or run someone else against him when he comes up for election again.


March 5th, 2010
4:42 pm

Wow there are lots of leftist loonies out there. Where would they be without capitalists to pay taxes to support them and all those for whom they shed those crocodile tears. Yes, it is real important to keep those babymommas alive to raise the 5th generation of parasites in their families.


March 5th, 2010
4:49 pm

joan, and just who in this blog are the “leftist loonies” you refer to? You make accusations, not unlike the far left and the far right. So, let’s put a little flesh on the bone.

Michael H. Smith

March 5th, 2010
6:09 pm

The fear as it is called of big government has actually been around since before the revolutionary war and times shortly there after: See the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as well review the writings of Thomas Jefferson concerning big government and big government of centralized power.

The only reason big government is not coming after anyone is because of the fear mongering founders of this nation who seen big government and a big government of centralized power behind every rock and bush, which is the very reason we have a Constitution. It was their horrid fear of a government too big and too power that caused them to write that document for themselves and their posterity. And just in case that wasn’t enough, so great was their fear of big all too powerful government, they intentional left a “poison pill” in the Declaration to destroy even this government that they created should it ever emerge as tyrannically too big and too powerful to govern.

Perhaps the present government that has become too big and too powerful to listen to the will and dissent of governed anymore could use a big rock to crawl under right about now.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.

– Thomas Jefferson

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 6th, 2010
2:52 pm

Dear Michael @ 6:09, nicely-phrased, well-written idea.

Billy O

March 6th, 2010
10:55 pm

Hey Ragnar…..you forgot to ‘add abolishing the IRS….that’s the one that really needs to go.


March 7th, 2010
9:37 am

Obama played it up in Savanna alright. Eating fattening foods, smoking cigarettes, drinking Coca Cola’s, spending taxpayer dollars like it’s nothing.


One and done, can’t wait till it’s ”good bicycle”.

Learn a great lesson on this one.
We wont be fooled again.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 7th, 2010
4:52 pm

Dear BillyO @ 10:55, as a Fair Taxer, I would obviate the need for the agency with a different path. Thanks, you are correct.


March 7th, 2010
4:58 pm


Ivan Cohen

March 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

It takes 3 days for a first-class item to arrive, who is to say that everyone is sold on technology as a substitute? To the poster who advocated abolishing the IRS, do the Armed Forces implement bake and yard sales as well as car washes to obtain the funds they need to defend this country? Apparently it has not dawned on someone that the President is a taxpayer too. Maybe the illusions of living under a monarchy was like sugar plums dancing in this individuals’ head.


March 8th, 2010
12:42 pm

Someone said many years ago, I think he was a Democrat (horror of all horrors), the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Jim, I find your feeding the fear-mongering (the government is going to take away ….., the government is out to get ….., the government is …..) disturbing to say the least. If I took to heart much of what you have to say in your many articles I would crawl into a cave somewhere and never come out. But, you would probably have someone post an article on my cave entrance telling me it won’t be long until the government was going to come and blow my cave up.


March 11th, 2010
12:52 pm

Really, Jim?! You’re still giving the anit- DODT argument? Just face it, your generation is losing and will soon have lost the anti-gay argument. It’s just a matter of time. Why don’t you save your legacy and argue about stuff that really matters that won’t make you look like a complete bigot.

felton hudson

March 28th, 2010
9:05 am

Jim, keep up the good work. Sorry that you have to work wiht the Communist Tucker.