Political giveaway needs to end

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

● One of the General Assembly’s silliest flaps has to be the argument by the interest group AARP that the state is committing grievous financial harm to, they say, about a million Georgians by eliminating gifts from the public purse. About 242,900 of the gifted, given an average of $44.67, have no income tax liability or withholding whatsoever. Another 506,000 have zero tax liability. While they tend to be low-income, they’re not necessarily. This expenditure always made more political than economic sense. Gov. Sonny Perdue should sign the repeal.

● Elena Kagan is Barack Obama’s David Souter. Mystery candidate; thin paper trail. The fear is that, unlike George H.W. Bush, Obama knows. And when liberal commentators tell me not to worry that she’s “conservative” or centrist, at least on some issues, I worry. No liberal rushes to defend an appointee thought to be otherwise.

● Georgia’s finally on the right track in upgrading the quality of its high school graduates. Yes, 22 percent of 11th-graders flunked a new social studies test on first try, up from 13 percent last year and 14 percent the year before. But it’s a harder test, notes state school Superintendent Kathy Cox. That’s the route to success. Standardize the curriculum and then impose stiffer and stiffer requirements on what students should know. The last thing Georgia needs is a new school superintendent and a “new direction.” Set a course, hire competent people and then leave them alone.

● A new report from the Brookings Institution finds — voila! — that “suburbs” are diverse. No surprise to those of us who live there. The stereotype that places such as Cobb, Henry, Gwinnett and the granddaddy of them all, Sandy Springs, are all upscale and plain vanilla is one of the great misreadings of our era. Just as politicians routinely legislate to solve the problems of their youth, commentators have trouble getting past yesterday, especially when it comes to race and places.

● Alpharetta and Johns Creek, both short one councilman because they resigned to run for higher office, can pay extra for a special election. Or they can leave the slots vacant until November’s general election. Easy call. Leave them vacant. If the unrepresented object, they should take it up with Liz Hausmann, who resigned from Johns Creek, and David Belle Isle, who resigned from Alpharetta.

● You want to jump for joy — and parents should — when the law trumps the huff-and-puff of powerful establishment interests opposed to school reform. That was the case with a quick and decisive ruling by Fulton Superior Court Judge Wendy L. Shoob upholding the constitutionality of the Georgia Charter School Commission. It was created at the state level to give parents an option when local school boards dig in their heels to block alternatives to the traditional public schools.

● It’s amazing that a law that makes it a crime to be in Arizona illegally and that allows police to question immigration status when they have a legitimate reason provokes such angst. The response gives you no confidence that the national political establishment ever intends to enforce immigration law. That belief is reinforced by the flap over the Kennesaw State University illegal who was spared deportation after students, and the university president, rallied to her side. You wonder why people don’t believe the reassurances they get on ObamaCare? Immigration. Official words are meaningless.

● Car rentals are down at the Atlanta airport. The solution? Raise the daily “customer facility charge” from $4.50 to $5. And why not? The class of people who are affected has not yet formed — and therefore cannot object. Government loves to tax the unborn and the classes unformed.

46 comments Add your comment

The Cynical White Boy

May 13th, 2010
8:43 pm

I sure hope Governor Go-Fish signs the repeal of the tax break. A tax “break” for any one special interest group is a “tax increase” for everybody else.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 13th, 2010
9:20 pm

Good evening all. I would urge AARP to use its rainy day funds to distribute the largesse the General Assembly perceives as “unnecessary.”

No centrist would refuse military recruiters on-campus access to potential JAG officers. I can think of no intelligent reason a centrist would vote for such a flaming leftist.

I am quite certain the black folks and the Korean folks in my subdivision are as vanilla as I. I think there are also some Hispanic families in our subdivision, but they are pretty quiet, don’t know what flavor they are.

I am always amused at the “urgency” for special elections, as if politicians contribute anything to the public weal.

I am a long-time “open-borders” advocate, and I find nothing objectionable in the Arizona law. Yes there will be some element of “racial” profiling, but I believe most sound thinkers would support a broader application of profiling. In any event the level of harassment will not approach what we subject ourselves to every time we go through Hartsfield.

I rented a car at Hartsfield on a return trip a couple of weeks ago, sent Mrs. jbmlaw a copy of the verification with my note about the “bargain” I got (and it really was, daily rate of $15 per night.) But when she saw that taxes and fees were 40% of the final bill raising the effective rate to $25 per night, she emailed back an unsmiley face with a note about the benefits of government. Our overlords don’t fool as many people as they think they fool.


May 13th, 2010
9:49 pm

Maybe brown skinned people in Arizona need to have some sort of identifying mark to show they are not illegals. This would save everyone time and grief.

Maybe something like a star to be worn on outer clothing at all times or possibly a tatooed number on their skin. Seems I read something like this happening in Europe just before WWII.


May 13th, 2010
10:14 pm

Will, I agree with you but we need to go one step further and brand a big M on your head for moron!

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 13th, 2010
10:19 pm

The illegal KSU student who’s been committing fraud needs to go to jail. Let’s get her story #1 on drudgereport and go viral.

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 13th, 2010
10:23 pm

Apparently she wanted to become a lawyer and got by on our dollars through fraud and deceit. Lock this biatch up for 5 years and then send her home forever.

Michael H. Smith

May 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

There’s nothing wrong with the Arizonia law, that the majority of Americans approve of and support. The problem is with the “open borders” advocate Libertarians and all the Ameriphobes.

Secure the borders, enforce the laws attrite and deport, create no “illegal detour” for illegal aliens to take the “legal pathway” to U.S. citizenship – offer no amnesty by any name, means or in any form.

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

May 13th, 2010
11:24 pm

I’ve seen Stossel and the “Open borders” thing in a couple of focus groups.

I disagree with the Libertarians on this one particular issue.

Secure our borders and then we’ll talk about what’s next..

Real American

May 14th, 2010
5:14 am

AWM’s are funny.


May 14th, 2010
5:39 am

Lets address the cost to local taxpayers for the K-12 educations being provided to illegal alien minors and the children of illegal aliens. Cobb and Gwinnett counties have 30,000 such children in each of those counties. Local taxpayers pick up the tab for these children at a cost of $300 million each year. The cost to the metro-Atlanta area is easily $ billion each year.

With teachers being laid off this situation is like the housing crisis where the presence of illegal aliens has led to an “overbuilding” of the supply of teachers that should actually be needed. US citizens and legal residents can not support this level of teachers now that we have stopped using our homes as ATM’s.

Employment levels will not be coming back to those found prior to 2007. We have entered a new global era of employment and the country with the lowest wages wins. We will be losers for quite some time and we will have very high unemployment levels for at least a decade as the rest of the world catches up. US citizens and legal residents will do all jobs available just to survive. The federal government can not prop this situation up forever and taxes will have to start rising to much higher levels very soon.

We need to deal with immigration legal and otherwise. We don’t need the workers and we certainly don’t need those that break our laws to enter this country. We have a right to control our borders just like most countries on this planet.

Jessica needs to go home and the state university system needs to start requesting the “papers” of all students applying for entry. The non-enforcement of our immigration laws is the cause of the actions we must take going forward if we are to maintain our status as a developed nation, for surely we face very tough times ahead.


May 14th, 2010
5:50 am

University System spokesman John Millsaps with the university system said college applications do not routinely ask about citizenship, only about state residency. The question of immigration status becomes an issue only if a college applicant says he is from another country. Out-state-students and exchange students pay four times the in-state rate and Colotl was assumed to be a Georgia resident because she graduated from a DeKalb County high school.
This needs to change! The state is perpetuating a fraud on the citizens of Georgia. We spend more than $15,000 on each subsidized student attending Georgia colleges and universities. “Assume” nothing, verify everything related to US citizenship and GA residency. There is a very high cost to “assume” anything when local taxpayers are footing the bill and college seats are being filled by non-citizens!

Why should our children not have a place in a Georgia funded college/university when those seats are being taken by non-citizens?


May 14th, 2010
6:35 am

Google “Operation Wetback.” Ike swept through the Southwest US during his term and sent many of the illegals home. It’s time to do it again. What part of ‘illegal alien’ is so danged difficult to understand? We, as a nation, are a laughing stock because no other country, none, allows such routine abuse of it’s immigrations laws.


May 14th, 2010
6:46 am

SECURE the BORDERS FIRST ! ! ! WHY didnt George W. Bush do it??? This was his BIGGEST FAILURE, of which I remind him when he sends letters wanting money for his lieberry.

Yosemite Sam

May 14th, 2010
7:35 am

The amount of hate that is spewing toward a college kid is amazing. She’s just trying to make a better life for herself. What was she supposed to do? Turn herself in when she was 10?
Lighten up folks and remember: “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do to me.”
(Yeah, you’re in trouble BHO@10:23!)

School Teacher

May 14th, 2010
7:40 am

Kathy Cox must go.

F-105 Thunderchief

May 14th, 2010
7:48 am

George W. Bush’s biggest failure was not securing the borders … of Iraq. Made that operation a thousand times messier than it had to be.

Not on my watch

May 14th, 2010
7:49 am

“Standardize the curriculum and then impose stiffer and stiffer requirements on what students should know.” WHILE cutting funding, increasing class size, and cutting teachers.

“The last thing Georgia needs is a new school superintendent and a “new direction.” Set a course, hire competent people and then leave them alone.” WHILE cutting funding, increasing class size, and cutting teachers.

Need I continue?

We won't be fooled again

May 14th, 2010
8:00 am

Nice diversionary tactics, Wooten. Never mind that the mindless offshore “drill baby drill” crowd is continuing to spew MILLIONS of gallons of oil into the Gulf. Yet another mess YOUR crowd made and leaves for Obama to clean up. I don’t see how illegals being here can make this country any worse off. We are already overrun with illiterate, incestual southerners who are slowly but very surely destroying our planet with their ignorance, greed and hatred.

Not on my watch

May 14th, 2010
8:07 am

@Yosemite Sam: I wonder if there is a mechanism in place that would have allowed someone in her position to become legal? I am not so educated on this. If she made the effort, would the government have deported her if she made strides to do it the “right way?”


May 14th, 2010
8:38 am

Whining about Kagan is both idiotic and counterproductive. If any of the Republican contenders had been elected we would not have a nominee like Kagan. On the other hand had John Kerry been elected, John Roberts would not be Chief Justice. As Lindsey Graham says elections have consequences. We all knew that when we voted. Bush won in 2004, Obama won in 2008. This kind of complaining demeans the Senate (which is hard these days)and the whole process. The election is over deal with it.

Dr. Stan-(the black one)

May 14th, 2010
8:39 am

The brotherhood of darkness, the great foundations, are paying a lot of money to anyone interested in running interference for those who seek the destruction of Christian civilization and the Anglo Saxon heritage. For a price and out of sheer ignorance, leaders influence others to support apostate Christianity, abortion, and illegal immigration etc. Almost without exception, integrationist African American leaders have had their palms up since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. Any objective examination shows how average African Americans have been seduced by their leaders and have been creatively destroyed. Instead of living in black communities, the vast majority of African Americans unknowingly live just on the outskirts of genocide.

Alright, alright, alright; I know you want to make some money. So here is the deal. You know that apostate Christianity, abortion, and illegal immigration are in violation of the law. But there is a lot of money to be made by supporting the causes of each. The brotherhood of darkness needs you to support the following positions: illegal immigration should be supported on humanitarian grounds. Everyone in the United States of America is an immigrant to one degree or another. And our immigration policy is discriminatory too etc. Your participation, should you choose to accept it, destroys Western Christian civilization and the heritage of Anglo-Saxons. It helps enemies already inside of the United States avoid detection, and move Americans closer to accepting the RFID chip.

As Ben Bailey of Cash Cab would say, “are you in”?

Elena Kagan the he/she monster monkey donkey

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Cynthia Tucker has an interesting “column” about the illegal alien chica that lied and has cost the taxpayers over $200,000 since she’s lived here. Cynthia basically defends law breakers yet chastises law abiding “white people” as she calls them. The AJC continues to bleed money on her and Bookman yet they keep them around.

Oh well, the AJC will go under in the next few years.

Still haven’t seen any oil wash up on any of the Gulf beaches.

Elena Kagan the he/she monster monkey donkey

May 14th, 2010
9:00 am

“You wonder why people don’t believe the reassurances they get on ObamaCare?”

Obama has officially become a one term president. PMSNBC Morning After Joe had about 6 leftwing braindead morons on the show this morning talking about how the people love Obama but don’t like his policies. Then, they revealed WHERE that poll number came from. The NY Times…….

November is gonna be fun. Can’t wait to hear Chris Matthews, Cynthia Tucker, Kieth Olberqueer, Rachel Madcow and Ed Schmuck play the race card and blame angry white people.

Obama has done to the Democrat Party what no Republican since Reagan did. He’s literally made people hate that party.

Thanks John Mccain!!!!!!

Granny Godzilla poops her diapers

May 14th, 2010
9:03 am

See ya in November!

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 14th, 2010
9:10 am

What country in the world has open borders? I can’t think of one.

Down in Albany

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

If, in fact, Ms. Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court it will truly be a historic moment for 2 reasons. For the first time in the history of this great nation, the Supreme Court will have 3 women in it’s ranks AND they will be without a Protestant (3 of the Jewish faith and 6 Catholics).

IF someone is in this country ILLEGALLY, they must be dealt with according to the law of the land. It doesn’t matter why they are here or when they came. What part of i-l-l-e-g-a-l do you not understand?

Secure the borders! The AZ law is no different from the federal law that has been on the books for years. OK, I understand that Bush did little to secure them, so, why is that an excuse for not doing it now? That excuse simply defies logic.

Obamacare…please! Don’t get me started!


May 14th, 2010
11:14 am

What Georgians really don’t like is a Mexican kid who is smarter that they are.


May 14th, 2010
11:34 am

If I understand Mr. Wooten correctly, Mr. Wooten believes you should jump for joy when a state level (unelected) commission (Georgia Charter School Commission) is given precedence over a locally elected one (the school board).

Regarding Producer’s 6:35 post about “Operation Wetback”. One of the reasons the borders were “relaxed” again was to weaken/break the United Farm Workers Union.

Dr Dumocrat

May 14th, 2010
5:37 pm

Won’t be fooled again – You’re the perfect specimen for justifying late term abortions!


May 14th, 2010
5:51 pm

The flap over Arizona is absurd. I lived in Europe for six years, and my job took me to every [then] Europeon country. It was required in the countries I lived in and traveled to that I carry my passport, and appropriate visa’s on me at all times. If I did not, I could be held until I could produce them and if I couldn’t, I would be deported. I never once felt this was unreasonable.

Jimbo Christ UberShill

May 14th, 2010
11:37 pm

Jimbo Christ UberShill is actually pandering for Kathy “I’m going to lower the cut scores until Terry Schiavo can pass the CRCT” Cox?


May 15th, 2010
12:14 am

I’m a card-carrying liberal EXCEPT on immigration. I do not favor any type of amnesty and I support the Arizona law. For too long, the federal government has abandoned its responsiblity to secure our borders. The result is that Chamblee now looks like Chihuahua, Mexico. Illegal immigrants are flying Mexican flags outside their homes, refusing to speak English, and expecting a red carpet to be laid for them as they demand their rights and talk about taking back what used to be theirs. Most of these people have NO desire to assimilate and become Americans. They need to go back to Mexico, then apply legally to come into this country. I do not support immigration reform. I support increasing our security at the borders. Otherwise, all of us will be living like Mexicans in a lawless country that used to be called the United States. .


May 15th, 2010
6:50 am

Not on my watch May 14th, 2010 8:07 am

@Yosemite Sam: I wonder if there is a mechanism in place that would have allowed someone in her position to become legal? I am not so educated on this. If she made the effort, would the government have deported her if she made strides to do it the “right way?”
You may think your point of view is reasonable, sounds reasonable. But is it fair? Don’t we expect our immigration laws to be fair?

If Jessica is allowed to become a naturalized citizen, shouldn’t all illegals who aren’t otherwise a criminal be allowed to become a naturalized citizen? That would only be fair, right?

Now consider all the foreign nationals that have waited to become US citizens, but they waited in the home countries to apply legally. They were not able to take advantage of the schools, hospitals, clean water, and entertainment available in our country! Is is fair that Jessica has been able to take advantage of all the the US provides (for her, it was relatively free) while other foreign nationals wait in their home countries?

Of course, it would be compassionate to allow Jessica to come into the US, but it would not be FAIR to those who wait in their home countries!

Does the US have the right to determine who and how many are allowed into our country? Of course the US has that right, we are a soverign nation and other countries also set their own immigration laws. Mexico, Jessica’s homeland is handles illegal immigrants with exteme harshness!

Even if we wanted to allow all foreigners to enter the US, would that be good for the US and its citizens? Do we have enough schools, hospitals, roads,…, and space! Of course we don’t!

Jessica and all the rest of the illegal immigrants need to respect our laws and they do not! They believe they are above our laws and our laws do not apply to them.

Look at California, it has been overrun with illegal aliens and the state budget is suffering mightily. The governor just a few days ago has now conceded that California will have to alter its “welfare to work” program. That will deny needed services to US citizens who are poor and elderly all because the services provided to illegal aliens has become so encompassing that no other alternative exists.

Let’s hope that Georgia can learn from the mistakes of California and get the federal government to enforce our immigration laws!

Not on my watch

May 15th, 2010
7:21 am

Maybe we are pushing the whole “citizen” thing too much. Why does everyone have to become a citizen?

MY wife is a foreign national, but she has a permament resident status. I would say she contributes more to this country than numerous natural born citizens! We have never even considered citizenship.

If they’re living here and want to work, make it possible for them to contribute appropriately. I can tell you from personal experience that the DNS makes things VERY complicated. I could almost see why people don’t even bother.

Not on my watch

May 15th, 2010
7:21 am

I meant INS.

John Galt

May 15th, 2010
12:58 pm

Jessica Colotl and her parents know, just like all the other illegals do, that the U.S. Congress is about to pass “Immigration Reform” that will include an amnesty program. The “Department of Homeland Security” (what a laugh) is preparing to process up to 30 million illegals into U.S. citizenship in a matter of 90 days. Jessica and her family are planning to be part of this mass amnesty plan.

Bet she’s out driving again today.


May 15th, 2010
2:19 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 14th, 2010
9:10 am
What country in the world has open borders? I can’t think of one.

The continental nations of the European Union have open borders!!! You can drive from Paris to Berlin without having to deal with check points!!

Antebellum Bellicosity

May 15th, 2010
4:02 pm

The reader will have to forgive my fine friend Jim Wooten. He was weened during a resource-challenged era which formed his work ethic of mindless penny pinching and an abhorrence of loafing. Hard work was survival. In those days, Wooten actually put pennies in his penny loafers, you know, just in case. I love that precaution. Never mind that most of us were lucky to have hand me down clod-hoppers.

It would be a mistake to dismiss Jim Wooten’s blog as the necessary consequence of loaf pinching. It would be wrong to assume that you could decipher more sense out of reading skidmarks on three-day-old BVD’s than you could glean from his amusing musings.

Look, his elitist gentry class had it tough in comparison with their antebellum ancestors. Growing up, there were no reminders of his inherited racial superiority in the form of slaves and their racially-derived lazy behavior that justified the art of the whip. There were no states rights advocates that could sway the carpetbagging political/mercantile class.

No, Jim Wooten’s family had it tough.

And I for one am not gonna sit here and listen to any revisionists’ histrionic nonsense about what he deserves and what he doesn’t deserve.

So don’t read anymore into this blog than you would the Unibomber’s Manifesto or Der Fuhrer’s Mein Kampf. It’s about me, and Me, and ME!!!!!!

I’m all that matters. My experience. My ordeals. My religion. My work ethic. My precious bodily fluids.

Dr Strangelove, we hardly knew ye.

Just kiddin’ Had you going there for a minute din’t I? Jim Wooten is my hero. I don’t know what happened to his voice, but I have an idea that he is going to surprise us all with something incredible soon.

Is it miller time yet?


May 16th, 2010
6:39 pm

“No liberal rushes to defend an appointee thought to be otherwise.”

Factually incorrect when it comes to Supreme Court appointees. Do I need to list then or do you want to do it for your readers?


May 17th, 2010
1:11 pm

I think should be talking about how Republican’s give themselves freebies……..they seem to be Big Crooks with public money.

Gov. Perry’s temporary digs costs Texas big bucks

By JAY ROOT, Associated Press Writer Jay Root, Associated Press Writer – Mon May 17, 5:35 am ET
AUSTIN, Texas – With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

It costs more than $10,000 a month in rent, utilities and upkeep to house Perry in a five-bedroom, seven-bath mansion that has pecan-wood floors, a gourmet kitchen and three dining rooms. Perry has also spent $130,000 in campaign donations to throw parties, buy food and drink, and pay for cable TV and a host of other services since he moved in, the records show.

The public spending on Perry’s rental comes as the state grapples with a budget shortfall forecast to reach at least $11 billion over the next two years. Perry has asked state agencies to cut their budgets by 5 percent and the Republican House speaker has begun to consider furloughs and shortened workweeks for state employees.

Dr. Stan-(the black one)

May 18th, 2010
9:41 am

If African American integrationist leaders admit to the public that they betrayed their people into the hands of satanic secret societies for money, plush jobs, fame, status etc, and turn from their wicked ways, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and they and the people will be healed.

But if they stiffen their necks by refusing to admit the betrayal and continue their evil ways in exchange for money, plush jobs, fame, status, etc, then the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will direct the creeping violent death visited upon the least of the people to search out and destroy the best of the people wherever they may reside.

May the words of the mouth and the meditation of the heart be acceptable in thy sight oh God our rock, and oh God our redeemer.

Dr. Stan-(the black one)

May 18th, 2010
11:41 am

No doubt it caught everyone by surprise when African Americans around the country became outraged by the accidental death of Aiyana Jones. Aiyana is the 7 year old child mistakenly killed by the Detroit Police.

Where is the outrage coming from? Practically all African Americans believe in abortion. In fact, African American women have murdered over half of their babies that should have been born from 1973-2010, precisely 54%. No Outrage!

Orphanages around the country are filled to capacity with unwanted African American girls and boys. Adoption agencies around the country are unsuccessfully searching near and far for African American willing to make the sacrifice and accept unwanted black child into their home. No Outrage!

An untold number of African Americans are murdered in the streets etc, by each other, on a daily basis. No Outrage!

When everything is put in perspective, where is the outrage coming from?


May 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

All of us know you can’t please everyone all the time…So why does our government try to do it? No matter how much of our money they spend, most of it is wasted. I’m tired of the free hand outs we give (to mostly minorities…illegal or not). Why can’t this country be as great as it once used to be? Oh, wait, i know that one-TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT!!

Michael H. Smith

May 19th, 2010
3:14 am

Thesis Is Window on Roots of Kagan’s Legal Creed

As a young graduate student, Elena Kagan wrote that it was “not necessarily wrong or invalid” for judges to “try to mold and steer the law” to achieve social ends, but warned that such rulings must be rooted in legal principles to be accepted by society and endure.


This could end Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court hopes. American society can only endure and accept the legal principles which achieve Equal Justice. Injustice anywhere remains the social ends of Injustice everywhere.

Social Justice without Equal Justice is Injustice.


May 20th, 2010
11:04 am

Just to point out Jay–Dr. Papp, of Kennesaw State University, sent a letter to the immigration judge to grant her a year to finish her degree. That request was denied. I’m glad Dr. Papp comes to his students aid, even if I disagree with the matter in question.

Eli Jones

June 1st, 2010
3:08 pm


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! ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(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.