A price for disrespecting majority

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

● Before ObamaCare becomes a disaster for America, it’ll be a political disaster for national Democrats. Realclearpolitics.com tracks polls around the country. With any luck at all, Nancy Pelosi will be toppled in the House. That requires a 39-seat gain by Republicans. Projections by the experts are of a 37-47 seat pick-up. One could be U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon, and in a tsunami, one or two others in Georgia. In the U.S. Senate, projected GOP gains are 8 seats, and possibly enough to gain majority. Even California is in play. There is a price to be paid for disrespecting the will of the majority, as the Dems did on ObamaCare, and for playing political games with the stimulus.

● No local government should get so antsy to develop the GM site at Doraville that it’s tempted to bankroll the deal. It’s a grand site. The free market will work. Politicians, whether in metro Atlanta or in Washington, rarely do more than hasten development that would occur otherwise — unless, of course, it’s a purely reckless adventure. Cash for clunkers. Home mortgage tax credits. Both moved some purchases forward, but not much else.

● When the interest groups that prowl around public agencies start complaining about those appointed to head them, as they did when DeKalb District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming was appointed as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, my immediate reaction is that the agency and the interest groups are too cozy. Their complaint is that she’s not a known environmental activist. All the rest of us want in those officials is the ability to enforce laws and regulations with ability, balance and common sense.

● Douglas County officials made the right call in dropping charges against a 71-year-old illegal immigrant who ran up $400,000 in medical bills on county taxpayers’ tab while awaiting trial on drug charges. Actually, the feds responsible for protecting the borders should pick up those tabs.

● Headline on ajc.com: “Snooki charged with being annoying.” If that’s a crime, metro Atlanta’s highways are crime-ridden. In an Allstate Insurance ranking of American cities, Atlanta’s drivers have been fingered as being among the least safe. Those who drive the interstates know that. Leave a half-car gap on I-75 and somebody will fill it.

● President Barack Obama promised as a candidate to be a post-partisan chief executive. He was just stacking words, of course. Turns out the real post-partisan chief executive is Gov. Sonny Perdue, who just appointed state Rep. Rob Teilhet of Smyrna, a Democrat defeated in a primary race for attorney general, to head the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. And he’s not even from Houston or a neighboring Middle Georgia county.

● The good news about the public defender council vacancy is that its former director, Mack Crawford, an independent-minded and principled Republican who previously represented West Georgia in the General Assembly, was appointed by Perdue to the Superior Court bench in Fayette County. In the spirit of post-partisanship, it should be noted, too, that Obama has made a first-rate appointment to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. That would be Judge Steve C. Jones of Athens, who now serves on the Superior Court bench for Clarke and Oconee counties. He’s awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate, which should come promptly.

● Friends should tell former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young that his once-superb judgment in commenting on public issues is failing him. After the rapper T.I. was arrested for making an illegal U-turn in West Hollywood, Young opined: “When a black man is stopped and is not speeding, you call that driving while black.” Indict the cops.

58 comments Add your comment

Barry

September 9th, 2010
10:00 pm

First. And no. One. Cares.

Cutty

September 9th, 2010
10:04 pm

Sonny a uniter, lol. Yeah right Wooten. I want what you’re smoking when you write these pieces of feces you call blogs.

Rafe Hollister

September 9th, 2010
10:46 pm

The Keys Fleming appointment to be SE Regional Director of the EPA shows how inconsequential that position is. From what I understand she never even applied for the position or wanted it, Obama was just looking for a Black Democrat to put there and stumbled on her. He disrespected the agency and its mission with the appointment of someone who has no experience nor any previous interest in the environment.

He might as well appointed Chris Rock or Eddie Murphy. An attorney has about as much business in that job as a comedian.

Palin is Pro Choice, she's too stupid to understand

September 9th, 2010
11:08 pm

Perdue non-partisan? Come on! Obama tried to be partisan, a lot more than Bush ever had cross his tiny mind. The Repugs tried to block it at every turn. Party of No indeed.

Real Athens

September 9th, 2010
11:21 pm

Jim,

RealClearPolitics? A website majority-owned by Forbes Media, LLC, founded by an advertising executive and stock trader to combat a “perceived (sic) anti-conservative, anti-Christian media bias”?

I thought the number one television “news” network is Fox?

RealClearPolitics have certainly got no dog in a Republican landslide hunt.

I will say that Steve Jones is as fine a human being you’ll meet. America’s gain is Clarke Counties loss.

Raymond Huffman

September 10th, 2010
12:38 am

Since the Republicans have such a great history of making the American economy roar, like, for example, Nixon/Ford ,,,ooops ….. I mean, Reagan …. oops, wait, S&L debacle (personally lost $70k, not adjusted for inflation) … Bush 1, hahaha, hey gotta have a sense of humor… Dubya of 2 stock market crashes …. And the Republicans have done such wondrous things for healthcare, like tort refo… oh wait, they never passed anything about that. Overturning Roe v. Wade,,, oh yeah, never did that either.

Hey, I’ll give you this, Republicans do a great, great job of labeling people as liberals. Guess you have to go back to Ike … but wait, Union membership and corporate tax rates were at their highest under Ike. Before that was the Republican Great Depression of the 20s and 30s.

Since Republicans are ahead in the polls, the economy should recover tomorrow.

Mid-South Philosopher

September 10th, 2010
4:51 am

Good morning, Jim,

Although my vote ended up in his column, I never voted (for) “silly” Sonny either time. I voted (against) his opponents in each election!

This time around, it seems we have “dud” and “fudd”, so, unless there are some changes real fast, the Mid-South Philosopher may sit the governor’s race out. As the adage goes…”The lesser of two evils is still evil.”

Bitter EX democrackkk

September 10th, 2010
6:24 am

‘There is a price to be paid for disrespecting the will of the majority!’ GREAT line, Jim!

SouthernLiving

September 10th, 2010
7:05 am

Dimocrats made their bed, in Nov. they shall lie in it :)

vracer

September 10th, 2010
7:09 am

Drop the charges on proven criminal because his medical bill is too high. Are you high?

GLEN BECK

September 10th, 2010
7:21 am

Representatives say Glenn Beck will donate his speaking fee from his upcoming appearance with Sarah Palin in Anchorage.

.Christopher Balfe, president of Beck’s media company, says the fee from Saturday’s event at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The organization provides scholarships and services to families of military members.

The amount is not being disclosed.

Balfe says Palin is not receiving a fee for introducing the Fox News Channel personality at the event, taking place on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Tickets range from $73.75 to $225. Therin Ferrin, with a private contractor that operates the city’s convention centers, says all but 800 of 4,500 tickets had been sold.

GOPis Gone

September 10th, 2010
7:24 am

You are not the majority, you just have the biggest mouths.

Lee

September 10th, 2010
7:25 am

Most of the middle class knows that if they run up $400,000 in medical bills, we will have our wages garnished and will lose our homes and assets in the proceedings.

An illegal alien drug dealer gets the medical care and then gets released. Bonus!

How much more of this illegal alien invasion are we supposed to endure?

metoo

September 10th, 2010
7:35 am

I can’t believe I heard a right-wing talk show host say the other day that when republicans get back into to power it will take time to fix the economy. So they need time, but the current adminstration is expect to have already solved the problem. UFB.

uno

September 10th, 2010
7:35 am

Thinking half-wrong should be the title of your column. A willingness to cooperate is required of both parties to effect post-partisanship; someone other than the “This will be POTUS’ Waterloo” crowd that is the core of the Republican party. But you already know that, but still continue to mislead with your half-wrong opinions.

OpinionsMatter

September 10th, 2010
7:52 am

The main reason that Democrats may be vulnerable this year is the economy, not the passage of the health care bill. President Obama inherited this economic mess from eight years of mismanagement by the previous Bush administration. It is unreasonable to expect such a mess to be cleaned up in two years (especially when the Republicans refuse to cooperate with any recommendations by President Obama, who has attempted to be bi-partisan, but been rebuffed by the “Party of No”).

Guy Incognito

September 10th, 2010
7:58 am

Wow, prezBO was 1st. Once again proving that he is paying attention to the critics of his policies (”they talk about me like a dog”), in spite of consistently claiming that he doesn’t. Classic NPD (narcissistic personality disorder)

P.S. That’s some bad B.O.!!!!

Producer

September 10th, 2010
8:08 am

Although not part of the morning topics, I’d like to comment on the Koran burning. It seems now that the preacher will not do it. Over the last week criticism of the event has come from all corners. We all have seen folks who have burned the flag and burning Uncle Sam in effigy and burned bibles, too. And all during these burnings eloquent essays have been written about how the actual burning of sacred symbols was horrible but the right to do so was also just as sacred and constitutionally protected free speech.

This preacher was intimidated to the point of throwing in the towel and even visited by the FBI, although I’m unsure what law he would be breaking to have warrented the big boys stopping by for a visit.

This man’s right to free speech has been intimidated away. Put in another way, if this guy had been harassed like this at a voting booth, his right to vote would have just been disenfranchised.

We might not like the controversial thing he was going to do but where are the eloquent defenders for his rights that we have seen hundreds of times in the past?

GLEN BECK

September 10th, 2010
8:10 am

AP
updated 9/9/2010 3:43:22 PM ET

WASHINGTON — The Democrats are going to lose this fall if voters render judgment on the nation’s sputtering economy. That’s not the forecast of some political analyst or the wishful thinking of a Republican leader. It’s the blunt acknowledgment from President Barack Obama himself

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 10th, 2010
8:28 am

Good morning all. While the commitment to repeal/defund/block ObamaCare will be enough to get a Republican majority in both houses, were I the party boss I would focus on out-of-control spending, as the more-lasting basis for governance. By any measure the brainless leftist stimulus was a far greater disaster than anything that happened in the cumulative eight years of Bush 43. Conservative democrats – all six of them – ought to switch to the party of conservatism, as they have no home with the leftists.

Agree, Doraville-GM will find a place in the market. Political intervention will ensure only a less-than-optimal economic use of the parcel.

I once dined with Ms. Fleming, enjoying the opportunity to pick her mind, and I gauge her as a sharp one. Perhaps more important from a conservative perspective, she is trustworthy – I would yield to her judgment, despite our political differences.

While I respect the analytics proffered by Allstate, my anecdotal experience is that Miami is worse than Atlanta. While my Atlanta brothers drive faster, I think their driving skills are among the finest in the country. In contrast, lots of craziness exists on the Palmetto, and there is no compensating skill. And if you do not move within 1/10th of a second at a traffic light, a horn blows in Miami – my definition of “annoying.”

A notable benefit arises from Chauncey as a “post-partisan chief executive” – the evolution of “racist.” He proves that a black man can fail spectacularly at the highest level in the world without the incapacity being tied to skin pigment. By the leftists’s repeatedly citing our mockery of his incompetence as “racist,” the epithet has lost all of its sting. It’s a good thing, and could not have happened without Obama.

Streetracer

September 10th, 2010
8:48 am

Producer @ 8:08:

The “eloquent defenders” won’t show up because they are mostly apologists for ideas that the main stream has rejected. A large part of the liberal mantra is “You need to be tolerant of others, but we will only tolarate those that agree with us”.

sandra

September 10th, 2010
10:44 am

An illegal gets free medical care!! It isn’t free. I and many other taxpayers paid for it. And today I paid $808. for my medication because I am in the doughnut hole. So much for playing by the rules. I think the American way is to screw Americans and kiss the butts of Aliens and Jihadists. This country is on a collision course with being forced into extinction.

Milque

September 10th, 2010
10:46 am

Rob Teilhet’s wife used to work in Sonny’s press office. She’s gone, he can’t burrow her in anywhere, so he takes care of her by taking care of her husband.

’nuff said

sandra

September 10th, 2010
10:47 am

Streetracer: Yes, the apologists want tolerance of others, all others. In the meantime, the intolerant, the illegals and anyone else who wants to come in and step on the necks of Americans can do it because Americans have lost their spines. Amazing in a time when young people are so possessed with becoming “fit”, that any farm kid from 1944 could kick their butts way down the field. I wonder if “Our Greatest Generation” would have put up with seeing our flags burned and our country threatened by a bunch of dirty rock dwellers, and backed off doing what they wanted to do because of “threats”. I am glad I am old and am sorry I have seen America come to the sniveling end it has.

jconservative

September 10th, 2010
2:27 pm

“Obama has made a first-rate appointment to the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. That would be Judge Steve C. Jones of Athens, who now serves on the Superior Court bench for Clarke and Oconee counties. He’s awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate, which should come promptly.”

Don’t count on it. Republicans in the Senate are holding up appointments to the bench. To date 47% of his 85 have won Senate approval so far. That compares with 87% confirmed during the first 18 months of the previous administration, 84% for President Clinton, 79% for President George H.W. Bush and 93% for President Reagan.

Jones may be the best thing since sliced bread but he ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.

HDB

September 10th, 2010
2:36 pm

Bitter EX democrackkk

September 10th, 2010
6:24 am
‘There is a price to be paid for disrespecting the will of the majority!’ GREAT line, Jim!”

Just remember…the majority is NOT always right!! The majority wanted slavery….that has passed; the majority wanted Jim Crow…that toohas passed; the majority wants SB 1070….that’s shown as being unconstitutional……

The majority CAN BE WRONG!!

Jojo

September 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

Jim, you are inadvertantly assisting the Democrats. I personally am sending a dollar to the Party for every time you (and that horrible Boortz guy) use the word Obamacare. You know full well that is a loaded word. Why do you choose to be so divisive? And, exactly who is “the majority”? (Are they the same as Palin’s “real Americans”?) In Georgia and other backward states where those who cannot think for themselves don’t mind being brainwashed, maybe you’re right. It’s just sickening that many Georgians, self-proclaimed Christians, are so mean-spirited. Oh, and by the way, how did that having a father in the home stuff go for you???

F.E.A.R. (False Events Appearing Real)

September 10th, 2010
4:13 pm

Glenn Beck is an evil, hypocritical, opportunist, crybaby, insane, moron who laughs at his idiot followers all the way to the bank. He only just decided to donate his proceedings after he received public criticism for taking advantage of the 9/11 anniversary.

“You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims’ families? Took me about a year. [...] And when I see a 9-11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, “Oh shut up!” I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining. And we did our best for them.”
— Glenn Beck
http://world911truth.org/glenn-beck-i-didnt-think-i-could-hate-victims-faster-than-the-911-victims/

People today so overtaken and misguided by over-emotion. Why in the heck should anyone give credence to the majority poll statistics when the media and talking heads have everyone so amped-up and afraid of their shadows?? Whatever happend to common sense and the art of independant critical thinking skills? Geesh..

Tommy Maddox

September 10th, 2010
4:58 pm

The majority wanted slavery? Get over it.

GB

September 11th, 2010
8:11 am

When did Andrew EVER shown good judgment when commenting on public issues? He has been uttering nonsense for as long as I can remember.

J.B. STONER

September 11th, 2010
8:49 am

F.E.A.R. is taking the honarable Glenn Beck comments COMPLETLY out of context. Go back and listen AGAIN and he is talking about a few trouble-makers who wanted to capitalize and demand more and be a pain in the you know what….

Sounds like another bunch that will never be satisified no matter what.

This is getting old, having to repeatedly say we are sorry.

We are not.

J.B. STONER

September 11th, 2010
8:52 am

And sandra makes EXCELLANT points….

Disrespecting the Deplorable Plurality

September 11th, 2010
8:52 am

Democrats disrespect the deplorable plurality.

Is that so wrong?

imitation of sandra

September 11th, 2010
9:07 am

goddamn hippies!!!

J.B. STONER

September 11th, 2010
9:24 am

Enter your comments here

Not So Casual Observer

September 12th, 2010
8:50 am

Democrats and Liberals do nothing but foster the problems we face as Americans.

The time has come to end all state and federal welfare programs. The programs have done nothing more than develop an ever increasing dependent class.

Return to the community responsibility for assistance to those in need. Churches and public charities can, and will, provide for those who deserve the assistance.

Liberal envy is apparent in every post regarding the tax structure and the crying about the “rich white men” who have ruined the US.

We are concerned about how the Arab/Muslims feel about our country and I wonder why? For all of the money the OPEC nations have sucked out of the economies of the industrialized nations there has been virtually no contribution by Arabs or Muslims to the overall good of the world. If you look for no other reason to support Israel then the contributions of the Jewish people to advances in science, medicine and the arts should be more than sufficient.

The lawless Muslims throughout Africa, killing all non-Muslims they can find and a significant number of Muslims, should be enough to cause outrage. The Somali pirates are just a continuing story of the problems in their part of the world. What do the Saudis and the rest of the rich Arab countries do about the problem? They do nothing!

In the United States a group comprising approximately 12% of the population commits an inordinate percentage of the crime yet the “leaders” only complain about racism and injustice aimed at their members. Real “leaders” would be solving the crime and illegitimacy problems rather than blamng their problems on others.

Not So Casual Observer

September 12th, 2010
8:55 am

HDB,

SB 1070 has not been “shown” to be unconstitutional. Like most of your posts this is just a personal whim of yours.

The only court with jurisdiction in disputes between the federal government and states under the Constitution is the SCOTUS. The generally clueless Obama and Holder simply chose a court in which they could expect a favorable ruling for publicity sake. The SCOTUS will make the final ruling.

Mike

September 12th, 2010
12:50 pm

Jim Wooten says, “there’s a price to pay for disrespecting the majority.”

Are you talking about 1964, when Southerners began their exodus from the Democractic Party because Lyndon Johnson went against the majority of Southerners by signing the Civil Rights Act?

Is that what you’re talking about Wooten?

Mike

September 12th, 2010
12:58 pm

Hey, maybe Wooten is talking about 1861, when the majority of people living in Union states said, “let the South Secede.”

Hey, Hitler went WITH the majority of the people. Did he do the right thing?

I wonder what the will of the majority was in Salem, MA back in the late 1600s.

How about 2003? Did most Americans want to fight against Iraq to find all those WMDs?

Yep, going twith the will is always the best thing to do, right?

J.B. STONER

September 12th, 2010
1:11 pm

The south’s gonna rattle again..

Ask Hank Williams Jr……………

Hosea Williams

September 12th, 2010
4:49 pm

I may not agree with you jb but one thing I do agree with you is the wine is good.

JWILSON

September 12th, 2010
11:52 pm

I FOR ONE REALLY AGREE WITH ALL THOSE COMMENTS TO THE EFFECT THE WE NEED TO CUT OFF ALL THAT WELFARE. I’M FOR THAT CAUSE THE STATES ON THE COASTS AND IN THE LARGE METROPOLITAN AREAS HAVE BEEN SENDING SUBSTANTIAL TAX FUNDS TO THE IDIOT BACKWARD HICK STATES IN THE SOUTH FOR DECADES. I SAY RIP THE TIT AWAY AND LET FEND FOR THEMSELVES. THEN THEY’LL BE WALKIN THE WALK NOT JUST TALKING THE HYPOCRITES TALK.

Peter

September 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

HA HA HA…… talk about a bunch of nothing…..

I guess most American’s were excited to get bilked by Bush and Cheney’s “Cost Plus Contract’s”….and of course American’s are better off because of the WARS they started.

Wooten is ALL for WAR and Killing in the name of What ? Mission accomplished Jim…… Bush ran the country into the ground, started two wars, and bailed out corporations, while American’s here at home got totally burned.

Peter

September 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Hey Jim why don’t you write something about how POORLY the Georgia School system is under the direction of the Republican Governor ?

Not So Casual Observer

September 13th, 2010
2:38 pm

Peter,

That is “Bogus Peter”, the guy who claims he has paid “well over $200,000 into Social Security”. That is nonsense and anyone with a calculator, and a brain, can prove Peter is full of “it”.

Peter, your comments are as worthless as the POTUS the Democrats foisted upon the nation. Obama says we are a Muslim country, Muslims have always been a part of the US heritage, the US is no lnger a Christian nation, the US is arrogant and teh US has aboandoned the principles of the past. All of Obama’s comments are as bogus as you are Peter.

Class envy just seeps out of all of your inane comments.

retiredds

September 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

And when the Republicans take over to whom will they be beholden? See below

Driving the disparity in the ad wars has been an array of Republican-oriented organizations that are set up so that they can accept donations of unlimited size from individuals and corporations without having to disclose them. The situation raises the possibility that a relatively small cadre of deep-pocketed donors, unknown to the general public, is shaping the battle for Congress in the early going. (NYT, today, “Spending by Interest Groups Drives G.O.P. Lead in Ads”)

And I state, unequivocally, the main street Georgian, will not be the beneficiary. But I’ll give you three guesses who will be, and the first two don’t count ….

retiredds

September 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

How about a quote from one of those great Republicans of the past, just to put things in perspective here:

Days after the (Iraq) invasion began, Bush-era deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz famously told Congress that Iraq could “really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.”

Would some of the conservative base tell us just how much this diversion cost in dollars (not to mention the cost of American soldiers)?

StingerSplash

September 13th, 2010
4:01 pm

Sorry, Jim, but George E.’s selection of Rob Teilhet is also another bit of insiderism.
Teilhet’s wife worked for George E. for many years as his spokesman and other such functionary.
Crossing party lines, yes. Politics as usual … you make the call.

Mike

September 13th, 2010
10:58 pm

J Wilson is right: It’s the blue states carrying the red states.

The South would be a slough of potholes if states like NY and CA weren’t paying out more than they take in of federal dollars.

The blue states have dragged the red states into the twentieth century (not quite 21st centry) kicking and screaming.

Sighko Sis

September 14th, 2010
5:55 am

Clearly the Republicans feel that there is no price to pay for not repealing DADT — something that 70% of the public favors.