Vote out Left, repeal health law

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

● With health care, the Left has taken this country where the center-right majority ain’t. There will be a price to pay on Election Day in November and in 2012. Then repeal.

● With or without Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a candidate for governor, the state should join states in challenging the just-passed mandate that people be forced to buy health insurance. The feds’ constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce does not extend to forcing individuals to buy specific products, state AGs contend.

● Yes, ethics reform in Georgia is vital. But it does feel kind of silly to be freaking out over who buys a politician lunch when the dishonesties inherent in the just-passed health care bill — the phony numbers, the tricks to hide taxes, the double-counting of higher Medicare taxes — are so profoundly dishonest that they’d be prosecutable in the private sector. There’s such a despicable double standard between what politicians do and what they rail about and prosecute in the private sector.

● When gender trumps, you get the results that we saw in the Georgia State Senate’s odd-duck pairing of State Sens. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) to table SB 407, which would allow Georgians to cross state lines to buy health insurance — an essential element of any conservative health care reform. By shopping across state lines, consumers can buy the coverage they want, rather than the coverage mandated by politicians. House and Senate women argued that would be detrimental to their gender.

● Good grief, man, don’t be telling people that the 1.45 percent tax on hospital revenues that Gov. Sonny Perdue has proposed and that the Legislature is about to accept won’t be added to the pills and bills of paying patients. The tax — politicians call it a fee — “has to come through the efficiencies of the hospitals” and “cannot be passed on to patients,” said the good conservative Republican, state Rep. Jimmy Pruett of Eastman. Yes and those hidden $20 billion in taxes on medical equipment contained in the Washington health care bill are gonna be eaten by goblins before they get passed through to the rest of us.

● The Market Bulletin published by the state Department of Agriculture for 93 years is a Georgia treasure. Though its content does occasionally promote the boss, it’s largely nonpolitical. Cost to produce is $774,000 annually. It goes twice monthly to 130,000 people who request it. Cost-cutting conservatives are proposing a $10 subscription charge, which is expected to cut circulation in half. I’d pay the $10 and can’t in good conscience argue against it. It’s a legitimate user fee. But I’d rather pay $20 and have it sent free to those whose income is less than $35,000 per year.

● James Kau, a real estate professor at UGA’s Terry College of Business, makes a compelling argument in last Sunday’s AJC that government bailouts “reward negative outcomes and mediocre choices” in home buying and lead to “further mortgage defaults and cries for more bailouts. Bailouts are nothing more than a politically-based catastrophic solution to a market correction.” Man, we’ve got to make this guy’s teachings mandatory. He’s a jewel.

● Mandate, too, that students and aspiring politicians read the AJC guest commentary Thursday by another distinguished professor, Scott Beaulier of Mercer University in Macon, entitled “Taxing and spending is going from bad to worse.” He makes marvelous points: Businesses and therefore jobs flee high-tax states for lower ones. Politicians should make “significant cuts in the size and scope of government in Georgia.” And, “spending rules [should be] adopted to prevent future crises from developing.” Now if we can just get some of those professors in the social sciences schooled by this Distinguished Professor of Capitalism.

● AJC.com headline: “Can schools stop obesity?” Sure, in the less than 10 percent of a child’s day that they have, schools can stop obesity, be a daddy, teach social skills, stop bullying, build self-esteem and train them to be little greenies and peaceniks. And, oh yes, teach them to read and write.

291 comments Add your comment

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

Preach it Brother Barry. Harry Truman said it best. We don’t “give ‘em hell, just tell the truth and it seems like hell”

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:19 pm

No that is what Fox News tells him he is supposed to be upset about. I’m still waiting….Armaggedon??? Better start barricading and stockpiling supplies…..ha ha ha ha

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:19 pm

reality- I said that tongue in check, I don’t blame Perdue or BO for the current unemployment

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

Barry, why no Clinton or any other Dem. Many used the system, it was legal and they, Dems and Reps should be given the benefit of doubt. Open up your big soft heart and forgive all who haven’t served.

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:24 pm

@RetiredSoldier 4:19
Well, I do blame Perdue. As I’ve said, he has been in office for 2 years – that includes when times were “good.” If he had managed this State well…

First of all, he would have had a rainy day fund like some other States have. In good times, wise people save money and set it aside to only use when times are bad.

Second of all, he would have lured in more diverse companys and businesses to the State to minimize economic down turns. He has done very very little to lure anyone to this State.

Third, he would help people that are unemployed become retrained to help them find another job. This means to make higher education more affordable so people can change careers to find work. Instead, he is slashing education budgets at the worst possible time.

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

reality-

Just holding BO to the standard he set for himself. Were the doors open to the press when the LA purchase was agreed to? Or and of those other sweetheart deals. Please!

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

That is what really disgusted me about W. After 911, he had worldwide and here, bipartisan support. He quickly used that to campaign for republicans, saying democrats were friends of the terrorists and using photos of bin Laden to attack an honorable man, Max Cleland. Chambliss was a 5 time deferment draft dodger also. The whole lot of the chicken hawks talk tough on terrorism and military, but they cowered in fear when the sh*t hit the fan in Vietnam. Bush cowered in fear when we were under attack. He and Cheney stayed holed up in a bunker longer than bin Laden. DISGUSTING. After that, I never again gave Bush an ounce of respect. Then the attack on the Dixie Chicks for exercising their FREE SPEECH that we supposedly have….when they dared say they wre “embarrassed to be from the same state” WOW…that was a big attack on Bush by girls….girls
had to be cut down for their speech…boycotted for not “supporting the President and our troops”
“criticizing the President in a time of war” Did I miss something? Are we no longer at war?
Yet they attack viciously and relentlessly… socialist, marxist, muslim, terrorist, no birth certificate
and the lies are unending. What I love is that the poetic justice of their creating a fake “News” organization/ network of “conservatives” and that is leading them off a cliff with their outrageous lies and activities. They are a victim of their own sword. ha ha ha

RetiredSoldier

March 26th, 2010
4:28 pm

You know guys, its friday. I’m out of here. All I get is Chris I have a tickle up my leg talking points. This isn’t fun any more.

Call me all the names you want kind sweet Libs, I won’t be reading them.

Reality

March 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

@RetiredSoldier 4:25
Huh? You are starting to make no sense. Every “sweet heart deal” was removed in the final bill that has become LAW. That includes the MO deal.

Anyway, I am off to the gym. I really hope that you gain more real information to form better opinions and stop listening to FOX news so much.

By the way – you never have shared where you got your tax data from. So, I can only assume that you made them up. And, that is the likely answer.

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
4:32 pm

Have a good weekend, McCain…. Get off my lawn !!!

Chris Broe

March 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Point of order: Nobody will waste time reading anymore than a twitter-length comment.

We read so much all day long. Most of it is edited to 25 words or less. Gee, I wonder who came up with THAT idea?

Try to edit yourself. Get rid of any emotional asides. Name calling won’t get you a fan base. Not at all. Nobody trusts the invective anymore. That was the nineties. We’ve moved on. Yeah, I care that you think I’m a moron. Just get to the point.

Otherwise, chatrooms always devolve into r-words calling each other i-words.

Fact, Jack.

Jklol

Peter

March 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Jim, the Right has made up Wars and created the need for change…….. give it up you are acting like a dinosaur.

Cry babies like McCain,are exactly why you lost the last election. Anyone from your party who will not work to benefit the country is a Terrorist.

Peg

March 26th, 2010
5:48 pm

I am so tired of watching people in this country go without food, clothing and medical treatment because they can’t afford it. We are….now wait a minute…..we have a country with some of the richest people in the world. Their excess wealth could fund the healthcare program in one year. What a wonderful thought. To have everyone covered and able to seek and receive health services.

But instead those same people who sold the mortgages to people who should never have bought houses with their measly incomes. Those same people who drove wall street into the ground and caused business all over this country to have to lay of millions from their jobs. Those same people who get their briefs couriered to the court-house, cars wax, children cared for, lawns cut, plumbing repaired, additions built by the poor refuse us healthcare.

It is time that the poor say enough. It is time to wage war. In a perfect world every individual who earns under $50,000 a year should stay home. Stay home for two weeks and make it cost the wealthy for their ignorance. They can’t run their businesses without us. And yet we won’t, because we are poor. There is no unity in being poor. The poor can’t pick up the slack for another poor family because they don’t have it. The poor are tired of the struggle and therefore cautions to fight. And the wealthy know it. They are tyrants. They are equivalent to the same people who we left europe for and came to this country to get away from. They are no better than the slave owners that we did battle with during the civil war to end. It was about money then and it is still about money at the expense of other today.

Our society has not improved in the least over the years. It is no longer about Black and White. It is about the haves and have not’s.

I will do my best to do all I can to see that not another republican gets re-elected in this country. Yes I am only one. But I am one with a very big voice!!!

Georgian

March 26th, 2010
6:59 pm

Do you find it odd that the Republican lawmakers in Georgia want to spend energy suing over the Health Care Reform law, but they don’t take the time to tackle the over 12% unemployment in Georgia They won’t tackle the problem that companies are leaving Georgia in droves and none are replacing them. They will not tackle the problem that Georgia’s students are ranked third from the bottom in the nation in education. They will not tackle the problem of the banking industry, where Georgia had more banks to fail than any state in the country. They will not tackle the real estate market, where Georgia is ranked 3rd highest in foreclosures in the country.

Let’s see, they want to sue over the Health Care Reform Bill because it mandates that people have health insurance or pay a fine. How much of your tax money goes to Grady Memorial Hospital to cover the uninsured? How much goes to your county hospitals to pay for the uninsured? Most of all how much of your health insurance premiums go to pay for the unisured? So, my fellow Georgians you are already paying for the insured in Georgia. Free Clinics of Georgia said there are 1.8 million uninsured people in Georgia. Let’s not forget the illegal aliens that go to the emergency rooms and must be treated at your expense.

Let’s not forget practically every county, city and the State of Georgia have a budget deficit.

I guess the Republicans do not have a problem with Massachusetts Health Care Reform Bill mandating the residents have health insurance and has the public option. Could it be because it was a Conservative White Republican Governor in Massachusetts, so all is right because he is WHITE?

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
7:21 pm

Well, it seems that in most cases, that republicans “were for it before they were against it”
They run from their own ideas they proposed, if Obama supports it… (deficit commission and 200 repub amendments in health care bill)

We won't be fooled again

March 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

Well Sarah Palin confirmed today what we already knew. Republicans are “the party of hell no ! ”
says Sarah

ObamaCare Hell No

March 26th, 2010
8:37 pm

Repeal and replace!

JKL2

March 27th, 2010
7:47 am

Barry

The men you claim were “draft dodgers” have one thing in common. They all have serve their country honorably in the government.

You are now supporting socialist, communist and marxist who are trying to destroy our life as we know it. Which is worse?

A disappointed American

March 27th, 2010
10:00 am

I used to vote for the person, regardless of party. To folks like RAS posting above, I am one of many who are very concerned over both the takover tactics, and, the arrogance of our President and his party. I’ve seen many posts, one very striking, in New York of all places, where a female, a democrat, was vowing to never vote again for a democrat. I stand with her, and many others. Folks like RAS can rant and rave all they want. This bill needs to be repealed, and, then taken on soundly. I believe the Republicans will have no choice but to act, and to do so responsibly, on health care when they return to a majority status. And, they will. Obama will not be re-elected. The state of Georgia should sue, whether we like laws or not we MUST abide by our constitution. States like SC are making Obamacare a ballot referendum. Obama is a divider, and, treats our Constitituion like yesterday’s newspaper. He also conducts himself like a school yard BMOC, rather than a statesman (ex. his “Armegideon” line). He is slick though, postponing the budget breaking aspects of his “reform” until after his re-election. Even moderate dems and independents know the states can’t afford to pay the tab for medicare that was cut in Obamacare. The American citizenry will not stand for this. Its time to find a statesman, not a progressive schoolyard bully with no regard for the Constitition. I will never again vote for a democrat. That doesn’t make me a racist, before any of you call me one . . . that makes me an American who desires fiscally responsible government and who believes those who are able should take care of themselves. I will work hard to elect those who want to repeal Obamacare, and, I will support those who challenge the healthcare “reform” on constititional grounds. I hope the dems keep screaming, and name calling, like RAS above, he/she is only helping the cause to put America on a responsible path.

A disappointed American

March 27th, 2010
10:08 am

Peg, I appreciate your passion, and, respect your voice. I also repsect that your pasot was intelligent and lacking of what appears in many liberal posts. I would respond however, by saying that if it weren’t for those “rich” people who own the businesses, I wouldn’t have a job. And because of Obamacare, my benefits will be getting cut. You are mad at the wrong people . . . without folks being willing to invest, and create jobs, folks like me are in trouble. CBO projected that by 2020 entitlements will consume 97% of our tax revenue. One of Obama’s “pet” companies, CAT, is now claiming Obamacare will cost their employees both jobs and benefits, to the tune of hundreds of millions. Thanks for your honest, thoughtful post. I respectfully reply however that if you want opportunity for the poor you are looking the wrong direction. Obama wants to create dependence, not opportunity.

jopar

March 27th, 2010
10:30 am

Even the republicans acknowledge that the healthcare genie will never see the inside of the bottle again.Get over it. Prepare for your precious mid-terms to be a re-affirmation of President Obama’s election.
Hate and fear and greed and lies ain’t cuttin’ it anymore.

A disappinted American

March 27th, 2010
11:09 am

“Hate and fear and greed and lies ain’t cutting it anymore.”

I agree JOPAR, that’s why Obama will be soundly defeated in 2012.

I also agree that when the Republicans take the house and senate again, which they will, that they will have to do something with healthcare, it will be more responsible than Obamacare, but I agree, they will have to do something.

America’s socialists are coming home to roost and the vast majority are opposed to socialism.

There is good in Obamacare, it will force us to kick the dems out and do healthcare right.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 27th, 2010
1:42 pm

After reading Peg’s post, I now understand that leftists believe their perception of unfairness justifies theft of other people’s property.

David B.

March 27th, 2010
11:16 pm

Ragnar, you sound like a toddler who didn’t get his way, much like most of the GOP and their followers – the ones whining in public, that is. I suspect many are embarrassed for their party since the crazies have taken the stage. The Democrats won the election, have a majority, and are doing what they think is best for this country, much like Bush and the Republicans did the past eight years. Don’t like it? That’s the way the cookie crumbles.

ken jefferson

March 28th, 2010
9:04 am

i see alot of talk on how great this healthcare bill will be. but just remember international companies are no going to do buisiness where they cant make good profits. they will downsize and eventually go away. dem or rep no good choice there take money from working folks and give it away. thats both of there mottos we need less goverment to be a healthy country. for all you dems screaming foul just remember the pillaging of social security funds so now its future is iffy. what makes you think healthcare funds will be safe from any political parties over spending budget quick fixes. we as americans need to stop looking for the free ride. and health insurance is for financial protection from from financial ruin not so you can run to the doctor anytime you have a sniffle or sneez. something for nothing thats the way we are headed as a country no one is stopping you from going to the doctor alot of the people who a yelling the loudest can afford cell phones, cars,new tv’s, ipods and all other kinds of luxery items but they cant seem to afford 85 dollars for a doctor visit. thats a personal choice not a national problem. get over yourselves national healthcare as well as most other goverment programs are not and cannot be cost effective due to overspending and political back patting on the financial side.the one question everybody needs to ask is “how much of my paycheck do other people deserve or earn?” and the answer is”what i want to give not what i am forced to give”

ken jefferson

March 28th, 2010
9:21 am

and by the way unemployment is not a goverment problem they cant fix that anymore than they can fix higher fuel costs. look at cach for clunkers as an economic stimulant it did nothing but increase national debt. i dont know the exact numbers but each 4500 dollar check the gov wrote it cost the people of this country at least 10 times as much.again goverment need s to keep out of the financial sector. democrats and republicans are equally responsible for our economic crissis. stop spending and start saving. i was laid off 4 months after i bought my new home. i lived off my savings untill i found another job its still a struggle but i am making it, and i stiil have my house 2 years later. why because i live well below my income and i save as much as i can. try not spending for a while and see how much better off you are in the money department. the american dream is now get it now pay for it later. that doesnt work thats why the economy sucks. dont blame goverment for your financial problems they didnt make you live above your means.you did that all by yourself. problem is they want to spend your money the same way you do, and they dont want to save any either.

Proud to be Anti-Dem

March 28th, 2010
10:52 am

The people in this post dancing and smiling and (being highly immature) makes me so very proud I moved out of my downtown condo in Atlanta and got the hell out of that piss infested Obama loving cest pool. You can have your Grady Hospital, your medicaid, and food stamps. I choose to live where people have dignity and class – instead of looking for someone to hand them something for free so they can stay in their government assisted homes, yet have a Cadillac out front. You’re a disgrace to this country for prancing around supporting this reform – most of which you know nothing about. Your day is coming to where you’re no longer dance.

imgibson

March 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

I’m so tired of you stupid, idiotic Republican sheep. I can guarantee you’ve read nothing you’re just spouting what your heros, Rush and Beck say. Everyone is so afraid of so called “socialism” while the health care insurers allow people to die everyday for profits. History has proven the ignorant are always afraid of change and obviously we have more than our share in this country. How can every civilized country in the world except the US be so wrong in offering universal health care.Funny they seem to be doing just fine and if you bothered to read anything you would see the tax rates aren’t that different. Arrogance and stupidity will be the downfall of this country not Socialism.

I voted for Healthcare Reform

March 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

Jim..why didn’t you comment on the lack of what the state legislature has done by cross over day.

American Spirit

March 28th, 2010
5:56 pm

Educate yourselves people, before its too late. I implore each one of you to actually READ the “health” bill and see for yourself what all it contains BESIDES health care reform. We have sold our birthright for a pittance. The Patriot Act was passed by Republicans. Health care “reform” was passed by Democrats. Just know that, while you are at your front door talking with the Republicans (the distraction), the Democrats are sneaking in your back door to rob you blind. They are working together to systematically DESTROY this country (our rights and freedoms). Learn what the real issues are. While we are all sitting here demeaning each other because the Government, with media in their back pocket, keeps us, the citizens divided against each other, they are laughing and partying behind closed doors, we are being harvested for their gain. Stop calling each other names. Let’s work together to defeat the tyranny. None of us should be Republicans or Democrats. We ARE Americans! If we are not very careful, one day we will wake up and wonder “what have we done?”

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

Instead of getting caught up in partisan publicity stunts we should all pay close attention to the results achieved by the people we vote into office.It doesn’t matter if you are Republican or Democrat… take a long look at the performance of the person who represents you.. whether it be state or federal elected officials.If they are not getting the job done vote them out…don’t just vote the party line..I think the Nov election results are going to be shocking…no not a Republican comeback… but the kicking out of incumbents from both parties all across the country.For too long serious issues in this country have been marginalized by the political “theater” antics from both parties.Instead of coming up with ideas to effectively deal with issues ..both parties seem more interested in pursuing games of “Tit for Tat” in the media.Sound bites and grandstanding are more important in today’s politics than sound policy decisions.The older you become,, the more it becomes apparent that ..politicians are more interested in getting re-elected and acquiring the favor of their party’s leadership than what’s in the best interest of their constituents.It seems like it’s never going to stop and now that the amount of money thrown at these people by “lobbyist” …have reached historic levels… I wonder if there are any other way of addressing this situation ..besides banning lobbying of elected officials altogether or imposing term limits on all offices.

MindenNevada

March 28th, 2010
8:15 pm

I got here from Yahoo News, and I want to say that both the article and the comments are much more intelligent than what i usually find on corporate media sites.

None of the Above

March 30th, 2010
9:11 am

Jim buddie…
Thanks for your opinion. For some reason I sense that your arm has been twisted real hard for you to script the words. Election day might prove you wrong. Fear mongering and spins won’t work. There are many who are waiting to vote and prove you wrong.

Tracey

March 30th, 2010
1:07 pm

Reality: That’s because most of those making over $200,000 a year are people who file personal returns for their small business. You know small business? The force in this country that supplies 70% of the jobs that people work. Well if the cuts go away do you know what the small business owner will do? He will lay off workers. Now before you snark on the evil small business owner I have a question for you? are you ready?

If you worked 80 hours a week to run a small business that you owned and that provided your livelihood, would you do so without getting any income? Wouldn’t you try to provide for your family? It’s your job. You work for yourself. Why shouldn’t you make moeny???? I don’t know anyone who starts a business who doesn’t want to make a profit. YOU have to provide for your family but you are an evil small business owner who lays off workers because you want tax cuts.

As for corporations. If we tax them with the health care monstrosity law do you know what they will do? they will lay off people and cut services to retirees and eventually all their employees will go to govt health plans administered by a government that has never effectively run anything well!!! Where do you expect people to work if you take away tax cuts benefitting small business owners and tax large corporations with this monstrosity of a health bill?

Both of these things will kill jobs.

G Cancryn

March 30th, 2010
1:10 pm

HEY WOOTEN DON’T DO METH ONCE NOT EVEN ONCE

Chris Broe

March 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

Lots of new pundits commenting here. (sure).

Welcome to Cabbage Town.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

March 30th, 2010
9:12 pm

Dear David @ 11:16 on 3/27, suggest you check your dictionary for “humor.” Clearly unfamiliar to you, a common malady of our leftist friends.

Trying Hard Not To Laugh

April 1st, 2010
12:14 am

Among the other parts of Govt. 101 Wooten keeps forgetting is that Congress has the sole right to frame taxation. The individual mandate is tax credits and penalties and totally within the purview of congress. Probably a great fundraiser; but legally, logically, factually and constitutionally a non-starter.

Repeal is impossible as well. Requires 2/3 majority in both houses and the signature of the president. Apparently Republicans have been drinking Rush’s bathwater again.

Actually enjoy watching R’s making fools of themselves. I draw the line at presuming they have the right to spend my tax dollars to do it.

Trying Hard Not To Laugh

April 1st, 2010
12:47 am

Arrogant folks invariably trip up over details. The target of all the Republican fury is actually a Republican idea. Amazing how embarassing ignorance can become.

In 1994, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Orrin Hatch authored a house resolution to counter the Clinton health plan. It called for an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Apparently it wasn’t unconstitutional then.

Approximately 20 years earlier, that well known socialist Richard M. Nixon included an employer mandate in his health care plan. Sadly many of his ideas were defeated then and ignored today.

noah holden

April 1st, 2010
2:21 pm

Wait till 201and see what is coming down the pike in taxes .In 2012 you will have to pay 150 to 250 dollars depending on your age a month.And then go look at the farm bill pasted last year you have to pay a 5% tax when you sale your home or have work done all for your health care. Look at the Washington Times and Farm Bill hr875. Hope we have change in our pockets in the end.

Eli Jones

June 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

“THE OBAMASPILL”

When “The Obamaspill” first occurred, Obama should have utilized every means possible to stop the massive oil ecological disaster. Obama was very busy at that time planning how to shove his next piece of Marxist Change down our throats so he was super slow in his response! Precious time was lost while Obama slouched! In the year of our lord “1993″, the Saudi’s used super tankers to clean up their massive 1993 Persian gulf oil spill with great results. The tankers sucked up the Saudi oil while it was still out at sea and removed it. Now The Gulf Of Mexico oil is destroying our beaches and marshes. Obama could have stopped it before it got to the shoreline by mobilizing those super tankers. As I said the Saudi’s did it 17 years ago! “The Obamaspill” is the worst oil spill the USA has ever had! It is sad for the Gulf Of Mexico, Planet Earth, & us that Obama was so indecisive on this catastrophe of Biblical proportions! ………………………………………………………………………………………………..
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THE SAUDI PERSIAN GULF OIL SPILL:

(May 14) — Even as proposals pour in for cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, one veteran of a massive (and secret) crude spill in the Persian Gulf says he has a tried-and-true solution.

Now if only the people who could make it happen would return his calls.

“No one’s listening,” says Nick Pozzi, who was an engineer with Saudi Aramco in the Middle East when he says an accident there in 1993 generated a spill far larger than anything the United States has ever seen.

Eric Gay, AP
A shrimp boat collects oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on May 5. An engineer who witnessed a crude spill in the Persian Gulf in 1993 says BP should use a fleet of empty supertankers to suck crude off the water’s surface.

According to Pozzi, that mishap, kept under wraps for close to two decades and first reported by Esquire, dumped nearly 800 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf, which would make it more than 70 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill.

But remarkably, by employing a fleet of empty supertankers to suck crude off the water’s surface, Pozzi’s team was not only able to clean up the spill, but also salvage 85 percent of the oil, he says.

“We took null out of the water so it would save the environment off the Arabian Gulf, and then we put it into tanks until we could figure out how to clean it,” he told AOL News.

While BP, the oil giant at the center of the oil spill, works to stanch the leak from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig, Pozzi insists the company should be following his lead.

FOR MORE ON THE SAUDI OIL SPILL GO TO THIS SITE BELOW:

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/could-cleanup-fix-for-gulf-oil-spill-lie-in-secret-saudi-disaster/19476863