Beware busy-body government

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

● Candidates opposing U.S. Reps. John Barrow of Savannah, Jim Marshall of Macon and Sanford Bishop of Albany, all potentially vulnerable Democrats, might want to invite President Barack Obama to campaign for the incumbent. So far the president’s 0-4 in the big races. One of those rejected, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, always struck me as a pretty fair Democrat.

● One reason busy-body government grows and becomes less relevant is that politicians play to the cheap seats. Examples: The Columbus, Ohio, mayor bans city employees from official travel to Arizona. Seattle won’t do business with companies headquartered there. Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco have made similar cheap-seat gestures. Meanwhile, the president stands with a foreign head of state — the president of Mexico — on White House grounds to criticize legitimate domestic legislative actions of a sovereign state. This is the government that creeps intrusively into a state and local function — education — because talking about it polls well. Arizona acted because the U.S. government didn’t.

● That busy-body government is in Georgia finding out if big poultry producers such as Perdue and Tyson Foods are, as reported by the AJC’s Bob Keefe, “imposing arduous contracts and tough price constraints” on those who tend chickens. The eventual outcome will be that bureaucrats will decide what the previously free market should assign as the value of the chicken-tenders’ work — the appropriate “living wage.” Big companies initially will fight, then capitulate to politicians, content that they’ll be allowed to pass the higher costs on to consumers. First busy-body government is evil; then when big business is co-opted, the alliance becomes evil.

● AJC columnist Kyle Wingfield asks: Why can’t MARTA live within its means? He has lots of interesting insights and explanations. But here’s a quick answer: Because its supporters have always made excuses and held its mission, public transit, to be morally entitled to financial support from the state.

● Routinely, when stopped by panhandlers in downtown Atlanta who claimed to be Vietnam veterans, I’d ask them a question about their unit or service. Not more than one in 20 could answer correctly. Panhandlers, yes, but the attorney general of Connecticut and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal? When caught in the lie, he had the empty and sleazy response that has come to characterize Washington: “On a few occasions, I have misspoken about my service and I regret that and I take full responsibility. But I will not allow anyone to take a few misplaced words and impugn my record of service [stateside, in the Marine Reserves] to our country.”

● The Harvard student, scheduled to graduate this spring, who made up credentials to gain acceptance, is a product of a culture that invites resume-padding. For decades, we’ve cultivated the now-myth that rampant discrimination and other illegitimate barriers keep people from getting the jobs and admissions opportunities they deserve. So any gaming necessary to get your foot in the door, and to prove that you can do the job or handle the classes, as Adam Wheeler did, is fair game. If you think the system’s dishonest, it’s OK to be dishonest, the thinking goes. Harvard has brought in the cops, charging that he stole $45,000 in financial aid.

● The spate of politicians who qualify for re-election and then abruptly change their mind — school Superintendent Kathy Cox, state Rep. Kevin Levitas (D-DeKalb County) and state Sen. Chip Pearson (R-Dawsonville) are recent examples — don’t inspire confidence that politicians believe public service is any big deal.

44 comments Add your comment

Mid-South Philosopher

May 20th, 2010
9:24 pm

Good evening, Jim,

In light of the Bush/Obama economy (it will become all Obama’s after the mid-term election), I have given consideration to just “dropping out”, buying some cut-off jeans, a floppy t-shirt, sunglasses, and a funky hat to wear sideways on my head. I will then station myself outside of a Wal-mart store somewhere north of Atlanta and panhandle for money to get back home to….let’s say…Arizona. Reckon I would be successful?!?

Mid-South Philosopher

May 20th, 2010
9:26 pm

My wife tells me, I wouldn’t be able to “skim” enough to pay for my “mandated” health insurance!

Michael H. Smith

May 20th, 2010
9:57 pm

That busy-body government is in Georgia finding out if big poultry producers such as Perdue and Tyson Foods are, as reported by the AJC’s Bob Keefe, “imposing arduous contracts and tough price constraints” on those who tend chickens. The eventual outcome will be that bureaucrats will decide what the previously free market should assign as the value of the chicken-tenders’ work — the appropriate “living wage.” Big companies initially will fight, then capitulate to politicians, content that they’ll be allowed to pass the higher costs on to consumers. First busy-body government is evil; then when big business is co-opted, the alliance becomes evil.

Reading between Jim’s lines:

First busy-body government is evil; the chicken tenders must second, have an evil union. Then when big bankrupted business is co-opted to the evil chicken tenders union through means of a massive government bailout loan, the alliance becomes “Colonel Obama’s Washington Fried Chicken!”

Tune in next week for the continuing BIG GUB’MENT saga of, “Cash for Cluckers”.

Peter

May 20th, 2010
10:16 pm

How about leak bigger than thought Jim ?………. No comment form the Right ?

Michael H. Smith

May 20th, 2010
10:21 pm

Costa Mesa, California declares itself a Rule of Law City

http://www.ocregister.com/news/city-249397-immigration-mansoor.html

Who woulda thunk it, what a welcome change we can believe in. Actually enforcing the law equally on citizens and law breaking illegal aliens – On the left coast no less!

Madison

May 20th, 2010
10:24 pm

Adam Wheeler should announce that he is really from Mexico and is illegal. Then Harvard would not only forgive the 45,000 but would probably advance another 45,000 to the cheers from the Democrats!

Rafe Hollister

May 20th, 2010
10:53 pm

I have no affialation with chickens, chicken ranchers or processors, and am to the right of Ron Paul, but there is a problem in their industry. I am all for a free market solution or no solution at all, but the growers need to stand up to Big Chicken. They are absolutely abused by these contracts and requirement imposed on them by their overlords. Maybe they need to unite and develop their own marketing and processing plants.

Regarding Calderon’s visit and Obama’s apology: Obama should be impeached for failing to “protect and defend” this country from all enemies “foreign and domestic”. When did illegal become equal to inconvenient. Calderon acted like illegal immigrants were just a nuisance for this country and something that should be tolerated. Obama follows him and says oh, they are no problem, we love these people and do not want them to be discriminated against.

How can you defend this country from Mexicans illegally invading this country, without discriminating against some Mexicans.

Robards

May 21st, 2010
12:40 am

Wooten, Dick Blumenthal will be saved by Mrs. McMahon’s rookie mistake. Neither Triple H nor The Undertaker would have made such a foolish error.

Joel Edge

May 21st, 2010
6:21 am

A little off topic. This one must be deserting the sinking ship.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100520/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_rodent

RetiredSoldier

May 21st, 2010
7:07 am

Blumenthal should leave the race for senate. There are several “cardinal” sins in the military. The biggest one is claiming to have won a medal for heroism and not have. The second is claiming to have been in a war and never deployed overseas.

He needs to get out now!

Atlantan

May 21st, 2010
7:20 am

Can we “bring in the cops” on Harvard because they gave us Obama?

Obama embarrassed himself and the office of President, by condemning Arizona on The White House lawn with the Mexican president. Meanwhile Mexico has some of the most strict immigration laws in the N. Hemisphere. Also, when will he be held accountable for the debacle in Afghanistan taking place under his watch. I wonder if it is intentional by his regime.

Churchill's MOM

May 21st, 2010
7:22 am

Jim how about writting about the losers we have running for Governor. Who are you going to support?

Churchill's MOM

May 21st, 2010
7:27 am

Blumenthal should have run against our own draft dodger Saxby “what’s in for me “Chambliss. Blumenthal was serving in the Marines while the 4F Saxby was playing baseball at UGA.

HadIt

May 21st, 2010
8:04 am

When Wooten and the rest of you stop telling the rest of us what intoxicants we can use and who we can sleep with, I’ll take your “busybody government” rants seriouly. You tyrant bible-thumpers are the true “evil” in this society.

Road Scholar

May 21st, 2010
8:25 am

I guess freedom of speech only applies when you agree with what is being said!

Morrus

May 21st, 2010
8:55 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Cutty

May 21st, 2010
9:00 am

I guess boat docks and horse barns are more “morally entitled to financial support from the state” than public transit, based on Wooten’s premise.

Dr. Stan-(The Black One)

May 21st, 2010
9:27 am

● The Harvard student, scheduled to graduate this spring, who made up credentials to gain acceptance, is a product of a culture that invites resume-padding. For decades, we’ve cultivated the now-myth that rampant discrimination and other illegitimate barriers keep people from getting the jobs and admissions opportunities they deserve. So any gaming necessary to get your foot in the door, and to prove that you can do the job or handle the classes, as Adam Wheeler did, is fair game. If you think the system’s dishonest, it’s OK to be dishonest, the thinking goes. Harvard has brought in the cops, charging that he stole $45,000 in financial aid, said Jim Wooten.

But we say that’s what happens when you take the traditional God of Law and order out of the equation and replace him with a progressive loving God without fail; Godlessness. Practically all progressive “thinkers” lie, steal, cheat, etc Monday-Friday. Albeit many are unable to discern good and evil, right or wrong. On Saturday or Sunday, progressives enter their places of worship etc as if their dishonesty exhibited through the week days has no connection to what’s taking place on the week-end. Monday-Friday is one thing. Saturday or Sunday is another. That not the case for traditional God of Law and order Christians.

I’m certain Harvard’s Adam Wheeler and Kennesaw State’s Jessica Colotl, the face of Immigration Reform, are progressive God-fearing students. Both are dishonest. And from a distance, they appear to be comfortable with stealing, lying, and cheating etc.

Harvard has responded by bringing in the cops charging that Adam stole $45,000 in financial aid. All law abiding citizens are waiting to see if Kennesaw State and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the Law, will respond to Jessica.

joan

May 21st, 2010
11:27 am

You have to hand it to Calderone. At least he is supporting his country. His illegals send about a billion dollars a month back to Mexico to support their families. He needs our money. The idiot weenie Obama doesn’t seem to understand that America is in serious financial trouble, and we can’t afford to have that money leaving the country–that real Americans need the money now spent on illegals’ welfare–healthcare, education and the like. We need a President, and all we have is an empty suit.

Dr. Stan-(The Black One)

May 21st, 2010
11:35 am

We should search far and near in Africa to find a country that’s willing to accept the dishonest African American integrationist leaders and their minions. Everyone should know by now that they are paid handsomely by secret societies to run interference for enemies of the United States, and to create and exploit misery among the masses of Americans, especially African Americans.

After the African American integrationist leaders and their minions are long gone, we should grant citizenship to an equivalent amount of Illegal immigrants, Mexicans, to make up the difference. And Mexicans should hope and pray that many African American choose to follow them to Africa. The more African Americans decide to leave, the more room is made for Illegal immigrants’ citizenship.

Abolish all entitlement programs. There is no doubt in my mind that Godlessness, dishonesty, crime, and death that’s evident throughout our cities will disappear almost overnight.

Dr. Stan-(The Black One)

May 21st, 2010
12:19 pm

Africans aren’t that backwards. They would never allow the African American integrationist leaders or their minions to exist among their people.

If push comes to shove, Africans will create all kinds of excuses to get rid of the idea. “What kind of skills do you have? Have you ever been to prison? Are you too individualistic to get along with the group? Do you have a temper? How do we know that someone didn’t send you over here to create chaos among us? Etc

D-Boe

May 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

Education cut to the bone marrow, water wars talks are at a standstill, no real ethics legislation passed in the General Assembly, and oil headed towards the Georgia coast. Yet, this is what Wooten wants to talk about.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 21st, 2010
2:07 pm

I’m thinking Jim hasn’t spent much time out talking to people who raise broilers for a living. He might learn something, if he did.

Sandy

May 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

I thought you retired a while back Jim?

School Teacher

May 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

Padded, er false info, resumes are the norm here in the ATL. Just look no further than the governments of Dekalb county, Atlanta City, Cobb county schools administrators, the list goes on and on and on…

Rafe Hollister

May 21st, 2010
5:27 pm

I think the Big Chicken companies like Tyson’s and Perdue should be referred to as EL Pollo Cartel, as they practice much of the same tactics as the drug cartels, so I’m told.

Will

May 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

Careful there Mr. Wooten, you ALMOST seem to be critical of a republican who is quitting her job so that she can have a better income. As a republican newspaper writer, you know you can’t do that!

JCDithers

May 21st, 2010
6:29 pm

What does education have to do with the Arizona immigration law, oh, great and wise retired GOP shill?

retiredds

May 21st, 2010
7:43 pm

Jim, are you running Rand Paul’s campaign?

jm

May 22nd, 2010
1:12 am

I wonder how many of those chicken tenders are here illegally? I also wonder what, if anything will be done (to the employers) if they are?

Jerry

May 22nd, 2010
8:22 am

AJC columnist Kyle Wingfield asks: Why can’t MARTA live within its means? He has lots of interesting insights and explanations. (Eyeroll) But here’s a quick answer: Because its supporters have always made excuses and held its mission, public transit, to be morally entitled to financial support from the state. (if only Kyle had researched a little harder, worked a little later each night, he might have found the quick answer).

That had to hurt. The beach-slap heard round the world. Hard to get happy after THAT one. Just one of those things.

If I were to write about Marta, I would ride Marta for a solid month first. I’d do all the things first time riders do: jump the turnstile. Write grafitti on the seat backs. Panhandle. Refuse to offer my seat to the standing pregnant lady. Heckle the driver. Moon innocent pedestrians. You know, get a feel for the average passenger’s experience.

Then I’d start to write. I’d get everything down real quick. Delete it. Rewrite it. Delete that too. Rewrite again. Delete. Then I’d go over to Tucker’s blog and call her a racist. Really troll her comment board up. Look, the harder you work, the better your efforts are rewarded, man.

Ahh, it’d be great, folks. I’d really wow ‘em in the editor’s room.

Producer

May 22nd, 2010
10:41 am

So, the indignant Democrat Blumenthal will not allow folks to impune his record? God, I should sleep better tonight. He is a liar and a cheat. He will lose by double digits. Regarding Calderon, build the wall, build it now. Build it high. Get some Chinese dude who had ancestors who built theirs show us how! There is no greater threat to our national security than these freeloader criminals who have been and are continuing to invading us.

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

I wonder how many of those chicken tenders are here illegally? I also wonder what, if anything will be done (to the employers) if they are?

The growers? No. The growers, grow for the big companies and have no say in what the chickens are fed, what medicines they get, how big they are grown, or when they are picked up, or what price they get for the birds. They are given mandates about what kind of equipment they have to have, when and what upgrades they have to make, etc. The only real choice they have is whether or not to stay in the business. There aren’t many companies and they band together against the growers.

As to the workers in the processing plants, at least in the recent past, many of them were illegals. About 10-15 years ago, there was a large poultry processing plant, in a major North Georgia town, where an immigration raid was conducted. They had something like 300 employees at this plant. 10 workers were found to be using the same ID papers. The workers were deported and nothing was done to the company. They claimed they didn’t know. Sure they didn’t.

MC

May 22nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Actions have consequences. In Arizona’s case shed no tears. Tourists don’t have to spend money there. Businesses don’t have to locate there, and other states don’t have to enable Arizona’s bigotry. Unintended consequences Arizona. You asked for it. Now deal with it.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

Good afternoon all. “Pretty fair democrat” is one of those phrases I would normally gauge as an oxymoron. First, I don’t remember any pretty democrats other than John Edwards, who is the quintessential decent democrat. Then “fair” is subjective, but Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman are about the only ones I can think of as “fair,” and I have doubts about how “democrat” either is. Maybe the ghostly one _ Specter, get it? – was a pretty fair democrat, but that merely defined him an ugly and treacherous republican. Cannot imagine anyone with even one semester of law school deciding that Robert Bork was unqualified for the Supreme Court. It’s not like Bork was a loopy Latina or the sort who would ban the military from a campus. (Yes, I know Jim’s line was gentle humor, and mine is a bloodless invective – I have no use for the weasels of the world.)

Fair enough – I have determined to avoid glamorous vacation spots like Columbus, Ohio. I’ll quit drinking Seattle coffee. And its not like I have a lot of respectful things to say about the worst managed cities in the worst managed state in the country.

I would favor abolishing the Georgia department of agriculture. Or contract their duties to a private entity like the Better Business Bureau or the US Chamber of Commerce.

Kyle’s only defect is that he thinks the government, through entities such as MARTA, serves a useful purpose. He errs on the fundamental issue, but it was an interesting and well-written set of articles.

Courtesy of Jim, we now have a new joke: “how is a democrat attorney general different from a panhandler?” Panhandlers have minimal standards.

I think we would all agree that the average 20-year old con man is smarter than all of the admissions employees at Harvard. Their attitude toward military recruiters proves that simple truth.

I would respectfully trim 34 words from the final paragraph by our esteemed host: “Politicians don’t inspire confidence that politicians believe public service is any big deal.”

MC

May 22nd, 2010
8:10 pm

Joan you idiot! I guess we need to stop all those billions that US tourists spend outside this country. How about all those offshore bank accounts just to avoid taxes. Get a brain Joan.

Michael H. Smith

May 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

Yeah, how about all those offshore bank accounts just to avoid taxes that exist in the form of remittances to Mexico?

With the $47 billion trade deficit as of 2009 we have Mexico, Joan is the idiot? Joan should get a brain?

With polling data showing the majority in this country supporting Arizona’s new law, actions certainly will have consequences in November for the “brain dead” who support illegal immigration and are pushing for amnesty.

From the Pew Research Center (not a conservative organization to say the least)

Public Supports Arizona Immigration Law

Fully 73% say they approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their legal status if police ask for them. Two-thirds (67%) approve of allowing police to detain anyone who cannot verify their legal status, while 62% approve of allowing police to question people they think may be in the country illegally.

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1591/public-support-arizona-immigration-law-poll

nelsonhoward

May 23rd, 2010
11:41 am

Something I would like to know. There are so many references to chikens, is Sonny Purdue, the Governor, part of the Purue chickens I see all over the super markets? My bes t guess is yes, those chickens bring in a whole lot of money and money is synominous with elective office. How come that money is sooooo important, I have always heard “the best things in life are free”. I figure that was in reference to air, that is free and water, that is close to free, that is about it, I have been misled. I am a student of the Constitution, there are a lot of freedoms there, free speech, free religion, free press, that is what the phraes has been alluding to. Not to a free ride through life.

JDW

May 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Max Wood leads the moderate Republican Sam Olens and Preston Smith in the Republican Attorney General’s race according to FreedomWorks, which is the organization that works for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. Thinking Right indeed Jim Wooten.

Glenn

May 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

Jim,

of all the countless headers you must’ve penned without a thought, look at this one: it sums you handsomely.

Cheers,

GT

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

Frank Perdue, of poultry fame, was from Maryland. I don’t think Sonny is kin to him but somebody can correct me if I’m wrong.

Peter

May 27th, 2010
9:10 am

Jim….You mean like Sonny getting involved in DOT projects that are next to his personal property ?

HDB

May 27th, 2010
11:38 am

Michael H. Smith May 23rd, 2010
9:05 am

Question: Are you saying that an person travelling in Arizona who has the presumption of innocence (a CONSTITUTIONAL protection) must give up that right and carry papers to prove his innocence when confronted by the police who have LARGE discretion to racially profile a populace and who can pull you over WITHOUT reason or provication??

Please tell me that you are not in favor of apartheid or a police state…….

Eli Jones

June 1st, 2010
3:07 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:

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