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.

72 comments Add your comment

Reader

March 4th, 2010
9:11 pm

Fear, shock, socialist, Communism, RED, Maxisim. The Communist Manifesto, OOOOOHHH I’m SHIVERING IN MY BONES!!

FearAsACommidity

March 4th, 2010
9:11 pm

Way to go Jim again for the umpteenth time. Fear keeps you employed. Fear keeps the rightists (Republicans) in office. Fear serves no purpose but to frighten the illiterate. Fear is killing this country. So pathetic you are.

FearAsACommidity

March 4th, 2010
9:13 pm

Correction: Commodity.

Hayek

March 4th, 2010
9:33 pm

Nice spelling there genius–I appreciate the easy signal to ignore your ranting.

samuel

March 4th, 2010
9:34 pm

Jim, you are obviously unaware that Obama has cut taxes for 95% of Americans. I don’t know how much money you make, but even your taxes may have been cut. The supply-side economic policies of the last 3 Republican presidents have exploded budget deficits and national debt. For example, national debt under Reagan went fron $995 billion to $2.9 trillion, an increase of about 190%, or a 3 times increase. Under Bush 43, national debt went from $5.8 trillion to $12 trillion, an increase of 107%, or a more than 2 times increase. Supply-side dosen’t work, and your continued defense of this mentality makes no sense.

Hayek

March 4th, 2010
9:35 pm

RE Kingston–yes and no. Yes he’s being courteous. No because it’s more than courtesy with Kingston. He’s also a pork grubber.

Indie

March 4th, 2010
9:37 pm

Thay’re all liers. Both parties are out to destroy the middle
class.

Not so casual observer

March 4th, 2010
9:37 pm

Wrong Bozo,

The illiterate elected a Socialist moron to be POTUS. Illiteracy is killing the country and you are a prime example.

FearAsACommidity

March 4th, 2010
9:39 pm

Read it again Hayek, then think about it. Thanks. No really think about it.

A.T.

March 4th, 2010
9:43 pm

Wow, what complete drivel!!! But then again when your target audience wants this crap fed to them then why stop. Top Army and Air Force officers urge caution???? Then Jim how come you didn’t mention that chairman of the JCS supports the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell? How come you didn’t mention that the majority of our soldiers don’t care if it is repealed? How come you didn’t mention that one of your own lunatic fringe jobs, Cheney, supports the repeal? Oh wait, all those things would have gotten in the way of your complete nonsense and fear mongering. Go to bed Jim.

Robards

March 4th, 2010
9:44 pm

Jim, generally speaking, people in their 20s, 30s and 40s don’t care about whether someone is gay. It’s a generational thing.

Indie

March 4th, 2010
9:47 pm

Yeah Jim, don’t hate on the gays.

Aquagirl

March 4th, 2010
9:53 pm

Let’s see: Fear of socialists hiding behind every rock? Check. Fear of Teh Gayz? Check. Fear of them poor folks next to your kid in school? Check. Fear of Gaia-worshipping crazed Wiccan environmental scientists? Check. Fear of the Federal Government, which was noticeably absent when Bush was launching wars and socialized medicine programs? Check. This blog is ‘Ol Reliable.

I’m surprised you ever leave the house, Jim. No wonder Teabaggers show up at town hall meetings armed. All that listening to Rush and Republican programming makes you assume everyone is as nasty and partisan as you are.

Indie

March 4th, 2010
10:08 pm

Gotta admit, Jim, your side is always trying to scare the hell out of everybody. Obama has played the fear card once to be fair, but the Pubs take the cake!

Nuclear Energy

March 4th, 2010
10:11 pm

Jim…why didn’t you mention anything about state government here? Do you only have exception with the federal government because you’re a republican and its controlled by democrats right now?

ProgressiveGeorgia

March 4th, 2010
10:15 pm

Finally Georgians are sick and tired of these Do Nothing Conservative Republicans at the state capital. They put their stubborn failed ideology over the citizens of Georgia. Fact is that we have a One Billion Dollar budget shortfall in the state government, but instead of TEMPORARILY RAISING SALES TAX by 1% FOR 2 YEARS to OFF SET THIS TEMPORARY SHORTFALL, were stuck with Massive Dangerous Cuts to College Education which will have a long lasting devastating horrific effects on Georgia’s Children OUR STATES FUTURE, State Prison Staff Cutbacks by 40%, These Conservatives Voted for Small Government and that’s what they’ll getting, A state where all the money is paid to the do nothing state legislatures who don’t care about themselves and not the citizens of the state of Georgia, it’s sad and very dangerous!

A.T.

March 4th, 2010
10:17 pm

Indie, fear is all they got left. They offer nothing in terms of ideas and their family values bit is really something to behold from Mark Sanford to Mike Duvall to John Ensign to Larry Craig to Mark Foley to their party leader and triple-divorcee/drug addict Limbaugh!

Gordon

March 4th, 2010
10:39 pm

samuel @ 9:34,

Think spending might have something to do with it?

JH

March 4th, 2010
10:45 pm

If all of Jim’s statements are such drivel and bs, then why do you folks in lala lefty land insist on reading? Since you clearly know our schtik and it never changes and is so ignorant why even give it credence by responding. We’re no threat right? you all have it all under control….or wait maybe not. Why is it Progressive Georgia, that lefties answer to budget problems is always to tax more?? The govt has proven again and again that it can’t manage our money, either honestly or effectively and like Jim, I’m extremely distrustful. And I don’t believe for a minute that the president has lowered taxes for 95% of Americans, mine certainly haven’t gone down, in fact in income tax alone 45% of every dollar I make goes to good ole uncle sam. 2 years ago my business did well and we were prosperous….as such i’ve paid the biggest tax bill i’ve ever paid. I am literally looking for ways to be inefficient in my business for fear of making MORE money….b/c i’ll have to pay half of it out in taxes and the cash flow doesn’t always work with uncle sam’s time table… how sad is it that the will to succedd financially is stymied by the fear of beiing taxed or breaking the magical plane of $200K that our govt. has deemed to be too rich. I guess it’ ok for Obama to be the milliionaire that he is as well as all the other yahoos in dc, but not for you and me. So yes, b/c of obama, the radical leftists running the senate and the congress and the losers that elected him fear is all i have left. Please please please would you all just move to europe. you can pay all the taxes you want, have your freedoms eroded, support the myth of man made global warming, and warm up to muslim extremists all in one fell swoop.

96 SC

March 4th, 2010
11:19 pm

Jim, did you escape from the Antiquities Museum or did someone forget to lock the gates?

A.T.

March 4th, 2010
11:19 pm

@JH – glad we could rile you up. typical response from a conservative when you got no facts to back you up. And I love America, I got no reason to leave so better get used to me riling you up. But please, please answer this question for me. Where was all this tea party rage when Bush ran up record deficits? (Obama’s contribution to the current deficit is minuscule compared to Bush) Why all the rage all the sudden? Could it be because simply because you’re no longer in power? Bush was the first US president ever to lead us (I use the term “lead” very loosely) into war and cut taxes. And boy that worked out really well for the deficit didn’t it. Just remember the great recession was created and at its absolute worst under Bush. Oh and here is some nice reading for you. And its from one of your trusted news sources so don’t get mad at me — http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/01/09/bush-on-jobs-the-worst-track-record-on-record/tab/article/

TheManOfAction

March 4th, 2010
11:45 pm

Democrats tax and spend. Republicans borrow and spend. The problem with politicians is, they all know how to spend money, and spend tons of it rather quickly, but they have no idea of how to make money. The biggest problem facing America is the lack of financial education. 99% of Americans don’t know that paying federal income taxes are unconstitutional, the 16th amendment was never ratified by the states, therefore rendering it unenforceable, and that there is no law that exists stating that we have to pay federal income taxes. Our politicians are bankrupting the country purposely, Republicans AND Democrats(Everyday currency is printed, it devalues the U.S. Dollar, and it WILL devalue to zero one day). This country is far too large and diverse to only be represented by 2 political parties, especially 2 political parties as inept as the ones we are stuck with. It’s a shame that we are forced to vote between the lesser of 2 evils. May God have mercy on us all.

not interested

March 4th, 2010
11:47 pm

AT – actually, the primary culprit of the credit crisis that created this recession was instituted under clinton’s administration. remember when money was easy to borrow – the fairness in lending crap? everybody has a right to own a house. sound familiar?

Firman Busher

March 4th, 2010
11:48 pm

Jim, You’re one of those moronic tea-baggers who don’t want to pay their fair share. With your people in power, it would only take a generation for our country to become another Haiti. Selah!

Indie

March 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

FMX

March 5th, 2010
1:37 am

I would have no problems paying more taxes right now because things are bad. People we are all in this together. I am a republican myself but too many of my brothers seem to think that they are the only ones that pay taxes and that the rest of society lives off of their taxes. We are all in this togther.

Used to be Disgusted

March 5th, 2010
4:24 am

Republicans are ego-driven, petty, useless pieces of crap.

Yankee in Gooberville

March 5th, 2010
4:55 am

Grandpa is off his meds again. Must be listening to right wing radio since they’ve decided to all use the homoerotic scare phrases like ‘cram it down our throats’, lol. Reconcilliation has been used all the time Jimbo, your pals used it all the time. Don’t buy your own B.S. sweetie, it’s not becoming.

And now some anti-tax B.S. Great, we just had one of those crazies fly a plane into IRS offices. The utter paranoia on the right…is it mental illness, mass hysteria, racism, or a mix of all.

You’re in the g*ddamn minority, get over it. God the blather this paper is wiling to print, Jimbo here and Kyle just to try to appeal to the mouthbreathing right wing nutcases.

Mid-South Philosopher

March 5th, 2010
5:21 am

Good morning, Jim,

Just a quick observation this morning:

From Washington, D.C.; to Raleigh, NC; to the sovereign State of Georgia and many other places around the nation…methinks, that come November, a lot of folks other than teachers and state employees (like “lousy” politicians, for example) are going to be permanently “furloughed.” All I can say is that it is about d*mn time!!!

13 Trillion Dollars in Debt and still don't have an Economy

March 5th, 2010
5:24 am

You got to be kidding me. You voted for him and now we have to rely on the Chinese to buy our debt or suffer a market collapse. Who’s debt is that anyway, oh yeah, it is our debt; your debt, your children’s debt, and likely their children’s. Anyone reading the news on Greece’s financial worries? Anyone? Wake up and stop drinking the coolaid.

JCDithers

March 5th, 2010
5:42 am

Jim there is a movie coming out called “Hot Tub Time Machine”. They start partying in 2010 and finish in 1986. Sounds like your kind of movie. You could probably work the controls to wake up in 1956. You might be happy then. You wouldn’t have to work about gays or Negroes or the big, bad federal government.
Nice work with the GOP talking points, too. “Cram” is a popular one, though “jam” got a lot of use too. Do they send an email or is it just a phone tree? By the way, points off for not using “government takeover of one seventh of the economy”. Don’t worry, though, there’s always next week’s column.
JH, we actually read this column looking for signs of intelligent discourse from Jim and the talking points of the GOP. Still waiting. You do a good job regurgitating the TP’s too, by the way. Europe, taxes, fireside chats with Muslims, eroding civil rights (wiretaps, anyone), etc., etc. ad nauseum. Sad, sad, sad. Do you sleep at night, or just hide in the closet with a flash light and baseball bat?

TW

March 5th, 2010
5:43 am

Geez, Jim, just come out and say you just finished reading the recent RNC fundraiser comic book…

Seriously though, didn’t you get fired awhile back? And some other mental midget was supposed to use this spot to shovel the party buffalo chips to those who need to be told what to think?

TW

March 5th, 2010
5:57 am

“Support home schooling.”

Sure – a bag of dope and a big screen in the basement for twelve years ensures another republican vote.

Crack dealers care more than the GOP for their fellow Americans.

I'm confused

March 5th, 2010
6:33 am

Deal spokesman Harris Blackwood said Gov. Sonny Perdue urged Deal to remain on Capitol Hill until the vote. But Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said Deal simply called the governor to inform him of his plans.

“There was no encouragement either way,” Brantley said.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
7:42 am

If nothing else, budget reconciliation will be an easy way to repeal Obamacare in 2012.

Typical of the brainless. The US Marines are surely the most effective section of government. Instead of letting it continue doing what it has done well for 200 years, the idiots want to make it more like the rest of the government. The Marines know their needs better than anyone else. They don’t ask much. They have the least funding per person of any Federal agency, and they accomplish more good than all other nonmilitary agencies combined. I am not a Marine, never was, only have a couple of relatives who ever were. I appreciate something that works. I do not try to improve on the perfect. I have been a soft-advocate for the homosexuals – I do think there are lots of roles in society where they could be effective without interfering with the mission – but if they start screwing around with the Marines they will push me into opposition. The first thing the homosexuals need to learn is that nobody cares, until they insist on pushing their sexuality into our faces. Conway for President.

I not only distrust government, but I advocate abolishing large elements of it. SEC, FDA, FTC, Energy, Education, OSHA, EPA – get rid of all of it. None is trustworthy, none contributes any measurable good in our lives, most create inefficiencies in our economy that lead directly to job losses. Tell the agencies to proclaim victory and shut down.

The Holder justice department cannot abide the idea of de minimis protections against electoral fraud. They have no other hope of holding onto their power. One sure bet, there will be no investigations into democrat electoral fraud before 2013.

The Raleigh school system is simply leftist logic on display for the world.

A great joke line always begins “the Federal government that cured…”

Unlike Crist, Kingston has a voting record on the massive government waste and fraud we derisively call “the stimulus.” Kingston’s voting record acquits him.

My father worked for the post office for his entire adult life. My father-in-law worked for the post office for the last 30 years of his career. There is no more shame in that than for those who worked for buggy-whip factories in the pre-automobile age. I would favor a Constitutional amendment abolishing the Congressional obligation to maintain a postal system.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
7:49 am

Dear AT @ 11:19 last night, “Obama’s contribution to the current deficit is minuscule compared to Bush.” Neither has power of the purse, that resides with Congress. I think even a surface review would reveal that democrat initiatives contributed far more to Federal spending than republican. And by any rational analysis, leftist spending initiatives dwarf conservative spending. Don’t embarrass yourself further.

Will

March 5th, 2010
7:51 am

Although I doubt either would appreciate it, it is remarkable how similar President Bush and President Obama are in regard to prosecuting an issue without regard to polling numbers.

Both appear to be hell-bent in pursuing an unpopular issue (health care and nation building in Irag) without regard for the impact the issue has on Congressional election and/or American opinion polls that appear to reflect a majority opinion that opposes the war in Irag and national health care reform.

History will judge whether these two presidents put principal and belief above political gain or whether they arrogantly chose to govern without regard for the thoughts of the American public.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
7:56 am

Dear Will, your point has surface validity. I respectfully note one significant difference – a democratic Iraq was always a theoretical possibility. Improvement in healthcare via government management was never theoretically possible.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
7:58 am

And Will, a second significant difference, is in the motivation – Bush sought freedom from government tyranny for millions, and Obama seeks government tyranny to enslave millions.

JIm Sutherland

March 5th, 2010
8:20 am

“Fear tax power of the government” That’s your headline?
Mr. Wooten, when you begin to question whether a congressman should greet the President of the United States, voted into office by the people, when he visits a state, then it is time to follow through on your promises to retire. Your reference to Governor Crist either reflects your ignorance or, if not, your fear. James Baker III told me during the 2008 primaries that Crist would never do well in the national scene because he is too moderate. That feeling, therefore, did not start with his showing respect for OUR President.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
8:30 am

Dear Jim Sutherland @ 8:20, you are doomed to living an unhappy life if you are unable to distinguish respect for a president from admiration for his policies.

The Tar and Feathers Party

March 5th, 2010
8:36 am

Questions for the CIN: R U now, or have you ever been, a COMMUNIST?
Have you ever read Mao’s Little Red Book?
Have you ever associated with known communists?

BRING BACK THE MCCARTHY COMMUNIST HEARINGS…..LETS RED BAIT THE DUMMYCRATS

hayek

March 5th, 2010
8:42 am

@Ragnar–Kingston scores poorly (something like a 52 iirc) on the club for growth’s reporkcard. It is good that he at least didn’t vote for the porkulus scam.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 5th, 2010
8:47 am

Dear Hayek @ 8:42, thanks for info, that is actually worse than I perceived. I’ll have to be a bit more temperate in my endorsements.

@@

March 5th, 2010
9:20 am

First off, and down to paragraph 3…count me among the 56%. This administration wants to regulate financial advisors now!!?!! They could use some of that themselves.

I read where Obama interrupted Sebelius’s meeting with insurance CEOs regarding premium payments. Tried to shame them with a letter from a subscriber. Is Obama a rank amateur or what???

Having said that, forced anything will result in backlash, unless of course, you’re one who’s prone to Stockholm’s Syndrome upon being taken captive. Hmmmmm

Anyhoo, there’s something going on in Washington — the backlash is coming from, not only Republicans, but from Democrats against Obama. Independent Joe Lieberman, leaning socially liberal, has teamed up with several others (D mostly) to push thru DADT after Obama had said he’d wait on the military’s assessment of impact…unintended consequences. Pushback on DADT, deficit spending, CBC outrage regarding dismissal of ethics violations for seven white reps when Rangel was forced to step down. Then there’s the recent call for Turkey to acknowledge genocide when Obama has asked they not. I’m thinking many Democrats have lost confidence in their leader. I say welcome to the club.

Obama has alienated the far-left (yeah), the moderates, the independents and anti-McCain Republicans. There’s not many left to support him. I came to the conclusion early that he wasn’t in it for the long-haul. It was when he began to claim “the work is just so-o-ooo hard”.

Some of the funniest comments I read re: DADT came from a British forum where military personnel were asked to discuss their experiences with gays in the military. They were, overall, accepting of the change up to and until the point that gays wanted special treatment. To sum it up they said “Military personnel cannot be a member of a cohesive unit while at the same time considering themselves special.” In other words…special units they ain’t. Heterosexuals within the Queen’s service were offering gays a choice.

About the education situation…I’m growing quite fond of Arne Duncan. He has little to no use for incompetent teachers or the unions that support ‘em. He’s all about evidence of improvement before federal funds are doled out. He’s predicting that “Race to the Top” awards will fall within the single digits.

@@

March 5th, 2010
9:33 am

In cases where Stockholm syndrome has occurred, the captive is in a situation where the captor has stripped nearly all forms of independence and gained control of the victim’s life, as well as basic needs for survival. Some experts say that the hostage regresses to, perhaps, a state of infancy; the captive must cry for food, remain silent, and exist in an extreme state of dependence. In contrast, the perpetrator serves as a mother figure protecting her child from a threatening outside world, including law enforcement’s deadly weapons. The victim then begins a struggle for survival, both relying on and identifying with the captor. Possibly, hostages’ motivation to live outweighs their impulse to hate the person who created their dilemma.

Such captives may side with their captors while believing their captors have conferred on them great importance and love.

Ick!

hayek

March 5th, 2010
9:37 am

The Club’s economic freedom power ranking has Kingston 160th. Gingrey and Deal are just slightly above or below; all are below Dem Jim Marshall. Gingrey, Kingston, and Deal also rate just barely about 170th ranked Joseph Cao, the lone Repub to vote for Obamacare.

Re the RePorkCard specifically–Kingston scores 57% and Gingrey 62%. (The 52% I remembered for Kingston came from the previous year.)

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 5th, 2010
11:24 am

I just got zapped with a posting anomaly resulting in the dreaded “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!” message when I tried to repost. I hate it when that happens!

Byron Mathison Kerr

March 5th, 2010
11:36 am

I cannot even repost part of my original comments. Am I being censored? There is nothing even remotely inappropriate in what I wrote.

The Black Knight

March 5th, 2010
12:04 pm

Fear the tax power of government. Well said.

Newsweek declared Victory at Last in Iraq.

I wouldn’t go that far, but certainly I’ll call the battle of the two towers a draw.

Now we have a self-sustaining, self-governing democratic Iraq and an ally in the war on terror. I’m so happy for China, who now will develop Iraq’s oil fields near the Iranian border region where other oil players were discouraged because Iranian troops invaded the area. China is not worried about Iranian troops, because they are total allies. Obviously.

This comes to light at the same time that Rove admits to the WMD scam in the buildup to Iraq. All along I thought it was the Saudis’ idea. However, the Saudis are pimps, they could have never outfought the Persians. But I did not know until this day that it was China all along.

OT: There is a family that survived both the earthquake in Haiti, and Chili. I know how they feel, because America survived both W’s terms of a hate’n hillbilly.

WhatRtheOdds?

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.

retiredds

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.

retiredds

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.

retiredds

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.

retiredds

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”.

mpercy

March 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

A.T @10:17

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/06/25/sex-scandals-through-the-years-both-parties-even.aspx

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.

Th

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.

retiredds

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.

joan

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.

retiredds

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.

RIGHT ON, BROTHER....

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.

I for one am TIRED OF HIM AND HIS HIPOCRITTICAL ways.

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.

OBAMANOMICS

March 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

CAN I GET A LIGHT ?

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.

retiredds

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.

aboch

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.