‘Responsibility’ is more than talk

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

● Admittedly I’m OD’d on people who buy in a floodplain, forgo flood insurance, and then expect taxpayers to bail them out. Same for people who buy overpriced homes they can’t afford and then expect lenders to write down their mortgages or taxpayers to subsidize their irresponsibility. Same with politicians who “take responsibility” for some disaster, but never resign or accept other punishment. This is to say Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal just went up a notch in my book. He has serious financial troubles as a result of a bad investment in his child’s business, but he mans up to his debt and vows to make the sacrifices necessary — which may include the loss of his home — to make good his debt. I respect and admire a man who’ll accept responsibility when the consequences are painful. Those are the values this culture craves.

● The Tea Party’s right. Defunding Obamacare should be conservatives’ — and Republicans’ — top priority. Dismantle it the same way Big Government is built: One regulation, one program at a time. Incidentally, the amount of ink and air time that liberals devote to trashing the movement, and the feigned delight they take in seeing a tea party-supported candidate prevail in a Republican primary, are evidence of how much they fear something they can’t understand.

● Credit Tim Turner, spokesman for Georgia congressman Sanford Bishop’s re-election campaign, for winning first place in the Campaign Chutzpah Contest. Bishop awarded his stepdaughter, niece, and an aide’s future wife college scholarships through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. When his opponent, Mike Keown, pointed it out, an “outraged” Turner bowed up, accusing the messenger of “scoring cheap political points by attacking Rep. Bishop and his family.”

● The riddle of Barack Obama may be solved. Dinesh D’Souza, one of the country’s premier conservatives, offers his analysis of “How Obama Thinks” as the cover story in Forbes’ Sept. 27 edition. He may have solved the mystery. He opines that the U.S. is being ruled by “the dreams of” the father, “an African socialist who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions.”

● Yes, MARTA’s lost track of 57 laptops valued at $55,000. Granted, as an AJC investigation reveals, the “transit authority appears to have trouble keeping tabs on its stuff,” as a headline summarizes. MARTA, as a transit operator, is likely no worse than any other in the public sector. MARTA does have one flaw that should scare the daylights out of any county debating whether to link up. At conception, MARTA was forced to accept a union contract that requires arbitration of wage disputes, a guarantee that labor costs are fundamentally uncontrollable. Politicians proposing “partnerships” had better erect firewalls, or else risk MARTA’s union deal becoming theirs.

● Georgia’s SAT scores are said to have taken a “tumble,” which translates into an average seven-point drop on a test with a 2,400 maximum. Georgia had high participation rates and a sharp rise in minorities taking the test. Adult advice: Don’t freak out about minor fluctuations in test scores. Stick to the plan. (It’s off subject, but one thing that appeals about the new airport czar appointed by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is that he has a history of job stability — and no contract.) Give us stable people and predictable public policies.

● For a mere $2.9 million to change signs, the Medical College of Georgia will become the Georgia Health Sciences University on Feb. 1. This culture is infected with title and brand flapdoodlery, most of which comes with greater obfuscation about who does what where.

115 comments Add your comment

Rafael Furcal

September 16th, 2010
7:33 pm

Of course Nathan Deal’s going to say that he plans on paying debt and accepting the consequences. He’s running for political office. If it was Roy Barnes who is out of money, you’d be all over him about his lack of financial responsibility. Please retire, Jim!!!

Rafael Furcal

September 16th, 2010
7:34 pm

Lawrence

September 16th, 2010
7:56 pm

Thanks Jim..I enjoyed and liked your column. Cynthia Tucker said I was unable to comprehend her blog. Perhaps it was because I was unable to understand her liberal agenda. Since I graduated from Emory in the 1960’s, maybe she has been able obtain more liberal knowledge than I received. But, she is a Democrat. Enough said.

Streetracer

September 16th, 2010
8:10 pm

I don’t understand the big deal about Deal’s debt. I have more debt than I should because I helped family when they needed it. Isn’t that what family is for? Or do some of you think that someone else is supposed to solve all your problems?

get out much?

September 16th, 2010
8:13 pm

Speaking of fearing things people don’t understand, I am not surprised that Mr. Wooten would fall for the intellectual pablum authored by Dinesh D’Souza. If he is one of the countries premier conservatives, William F. Buckley must be spinning in his grave.

I wonder how many of the houses Mr. Wooten mentions were not in floodplains when they were built or purchased and how many of them were rezoned due to unchecked development.

I wonder if Mr. Wooten would feel the same way if there was a D next to Nathan Deal’s name on the ballot.

Barry

September 16th, 2010
8:28 pm

Oh, what a laugh. Deal “mans up”? Seriously? His big, fat debt doesn’t come due until February, long after the election is over. If he’s elected Nov. 2, he’ll have all the time in the world to use his new-found power as the governor to squeeze the banks for a better deal. Oh, and he’ll also get a taxpayer-provided home for the next four years if he wins – what the hell does he care if they foreclose? Sorry, Jim, but you got suckered on this one.

Barry

September 16th, 2010
8:28 pm

Enter your comments here

The Cynical White Boy

September 16th, 2010
8:35 pm

Don’t pick on poor MARTA execs…hell Jim, they were probably too busy working with their personal trainers and attending to their other perks to be concerned with “lifting” company property.

MARTA sure is “SMARTA”. Yeah boy.

Streetracer

September 16th, 2010
8:37 pm

Barry @ 8:28:

The man said he would pay the debt. Give him a chance to prove it, before you start putting him down. You are just another big effing mouth with nothing to say.

Aquagirl

September 16th, 2010
8:49 pm

Deal sure didn’t man up on his ethics disclosure statement. Funny how that multimillion dollar debt slipped his mind until he got caught. But then that’s par for the course for him. And Jim believes this liar when he says his “intention” is to repay the loan? Why would anyone believe him?

Dinesh D’Souza needs to lay off the funny mushrooms. Barack Obama is possessed! It’s the voodoo, I tells ya!

Just Nasty & Mean

September 16th, 2010
9:06 pm

I want some answers from the Republican leadership on why they didn’t properly and thoroughly vet this governor candidate. Sue Everhart—and the rest of the establishment—where in HELL were you when vetting of Deal was taking place—-putting Round-up on the grass roots?

No matter how honorable Deal’s intentions are–he’s going to spend the next 47+ days explaining what in hell he was doing getting in such deep hock!

King Rat Roy is going to have a field day sitting back watching Deal squirm.

Glenn

September 16th, 2010
9:18 pm

Something Jim writes “incidentally” strikes a chord. He writes that from the Tea Party “liberals…fear something they can’t understand”. This seems accurate. For a year now I’ve been in conversations with liberals whose hatefully ignorant attempts to pigeonhole and denigrate the Tea Partiers indicate a real fear of one’s own countrymen and a scary projection of fears onto them. By and large the Press stokes this fear, when obviously the proper role of the Press is to explain who the Tea Partiers are, what they believe, from whom the money and mailing lists and media buys and stratagems are coming, etc. I wouldn’t care were the Tea Partiers to fizzle. What disturbs me is that the Left keeps trying to call them all xenophobes when obviously it’s the Left that’s diagnosing xenophobia among its own compatriots. Hell, liberals don’t even seem to get that we’re not even talking about an organized political party.

Bill

September 16th, 2010
9:25 pm

Jim,
Great to see your usual Friday “drivel”. It must really be a hard thing to be smarter than everyone else and to provide insight into things that everyone should know!! As I have stated many times in the past, it certainly will not be sad to see you and your types go. We need people who believe in this country and what it can be. They should be offering suggestions abut how we ALL can improve (not just the ones of the color or persuasion that you agree with). I am not sure when your contract expires (nor that or Kyle Wingfield or Cynthia Tucker or Jay Bookman). I hope that the AJC finds talent that can share thoughts that the people of GA deserve. At any rate, best wishes in your retirement!!

Regards,

Lawrence

September 16th, 2010
9:31 pm

Bill…

If you don’t like it read Cynthia Tucker. She is more to your liking.

Bill

September 16th, 2010
9:46 pm

Lawrence, thanks for the suggestion. I believe that I have the right to read and comment on whatever I please (I think there is something in the Constitution or Bill of Rights about that). If I am wrong, I am sure you will let me know. Otherwise, I really suggest that your comments would be best served towards the person with the article (unless of course you really do not believe that people should have opinions that are contrary to the commentator!!

Regards,

CopyandPaste

September 16th, 2010
9:54 pm

JW,
I am afraid that you failed to meet your quota of “copy and paste”d material from other sources. I was beginning to think the opinion crowd got paid for linking to everyone else’s column.
Thanks for taking the time to put some thoughts down on digital print. Maybe you could tutor Jay and Cynthia in the fine art of typing a few paragraphs without throwing a liberal tantrum.

Streetracer

September 16th, 2010
10:02 pm

Glenn @ 9:18:

You can’t use a word like den######. Some liberal product of our great education system will have no idea what it means and assume that it is a racial slur.

Lawrence

September 16th, 2010
10:05 pm

I am just saying that if you disagree with someone, go somewhere else instead of pushing him to retire. You are just like a Democrat. You cannot stand someone to oppose your views.

Bill

September 16th, 2010
10:13 pm

Lawrence,

That is really sad!! Disagreement is the best thing we have in this Republic. If we cannot discuss our opinions in an open forum, then we really have not achieved what our Founding Fathers intended. Why should someone go “somewhere else”? Wooten has a particular brand of hatred that really needs to be “retired”!! I believe that I have the right to express that opinion.

I really believe that you should comment on Wooten’s positions instead of my beliefs (unless you really believe that no one should have beliefs that do not agree with the commentator).

At any rate, I really believe that Wooten, Tucker, Bookman and Wingfield are all second rate and should be replaced. Can we at least agree with that premise (or should we just get rid of Tucker and Bookaman!!)??

Regards,

Dave

September 16th, 2010
10:15 pm

Bill – you don’t get out much do you? Jim retired a while back, the just ask him to do this Friday thing to spoil your weekend.

Glenn

September 16th, 2010
10:17 pm

Yeah, Streetracer. How’ve you been, you demon?

I hesitated before using the d-word as I’d recalled the funny brouhaha of some years back, but heck, thought I, I’m too lazy to pause and search for a rough synonym of the apposite usage.

Next time I may blog as Auntie in her funky pidgin and let the coconuts fall where they may.

Bill

September 16th, 2010
10:21 pm

Dave,

Gosh, thanks I really did not know that!! It is a shame that we cannot retire his column!! He really does not spoil my weekend – I just really do not believe that we need his style of HATRED in this day and time. If you disagree,that certainly is your right (as it is my right to express that opinion – unless you feel no one should have an opinion that is contrary to yours!!).

Regards,

Peter

September 16th, 2010
10:24 pm

Yes Deal lied by omitting loans to the State……that is something YOU hold in high esteem Jim ?

Gosh did you ever have 2.8 million dollars in loans that ” Slipped Your Mind “….. Jim ?

JDW

September 16th, 2010
10:48 pm

“he mans up to his debt and vows to make the sacrifices necessary — which may include the loss of his home — to make good his debt”

Please explain to me how Raw Deal, after he sells his house for $985K (When He!! freezes over) and pays the $2.1 million down by $785K, leaving him with about $1.315 million in debt, retires that on a governors salary of $135K.

You see even to pay that down requires annual payments of $105,519 for 20 YEARS at just 5% interest. $135k after taxes does not leave that much….wonder where the rest will come from…wonder what happens when he can’t be governor any more…

What happens to the other $2.85 million or so from the salvage business, because we all know that if he is governor he can do no bid business with the state…conflict of interest and all

Bill

September 16th, 2010
10:48 pm

Peter,

Gosh, I guess that Jim has “selective memory”. Can you think of any reason for him to “forget” about such things?? It certainly can not be about PARTISAN POLITICS – NOT!!

Regards,

Tommy Maddox

September 16th, 2010
11:03 pm

Why would anyone complain about a parent cosigning a debt for one of his/her children? Good idea? No. Typical? Yes. Get over it.

Now, Petrino’s coming back. Were can you purchase pitchforks?

OpinionsMatter

September 17th, 2010
12:07 am

Funny how Deal defenders refer to his “child”, as if she were a poor defenseless minor. Since Deal is 68, his daughter must what … in her 30’s or 40’s? As an adult, shouldn’t she be responsible for her financial situation? Isn’t that what the Republicans are all about — personal responsibility?

Mid-South Philosopher

September 17th, 2010
4:28 am

Good morning, Jim.

My take on Nathan is a bit different, Jim. He “maned up” after the oversight of multi-million dollar loans on his ethics commission report was revealed. You oversight a $15.00 magazine subscription. Multi-million dollar loans are not that easily “oversighted”! John Monds’s stock has risen in my book.

A third consecutive year’s drop in SAT score and the program is working? Were you that guy on the Titanic who said, “Ah, we just had some ice cubes that bounced against the ship’s bow”?

Jim Jr

September 17th, 2010
6:03 am

Reagan Insider: ‘GOP Destroyed U.S. Economy’

“How my G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy.” Yes, that is exactly what David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, “Four Deformations of the Apocalypse.”

Get it? Not “destroying.” The GOP has already “destroyed” the U.S. economy, setting up an “American Apocalypse.”

But why focus on Stockman’s message? It’s already lost in the 24/7 news cycle. Why? We need some introspection. Ask yourself: How did the great nation of America lose its moral compass and drift so far off course, to where our very survival is threatened?
We’ve arrived at a historic turning point as a nation that no longer needs outside enemies to destroy us, we are committing suicide. Democracy. Capitalism. The American dream. All dying. Why? Because of the economic decisions of the GOP the past 40 years, says this leading Reagan Republican.
Please listen with an open mind, no matter your party affiliation: This makes for a powerful history lesson, because it exposes how both parties are responsible for destroying the U.S. economy. Listen closely:

Reagan Republican: the GOP should file for bankruptcy
Stockman rushes into the ring swinging like a boxer: “If there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing. The nation’s public debt … will soon reach $18 trillion.” It screams “out for austerity and sacrifice.” But instead, the GOP insists “that the nation’s wealthiest taxpayers be spared even a three-percentage-point rate increase.”
In the past 40 years Republican ideology has gone from solid principles to hype and slogans. Stockman says: “Republicans used to believe that prosperity depended upon the regular balancing of accounts — in government, in international trade, on the ledgers of central banks and in the financial affairs of private households and businesses too.”
No more. Today there’s a “new catechism” that’s “little more than money printing and deficit finance, vulgar Keynesianism robed in the ideological vestments of the prosperous classes” making a mockery of GOP ideals. Worse, it has resulted in “serial financial bubbles and Wall Street depredations that have crippled our economy.” Yes, GOP ideals backfired, crippling our economy.
Stockman’s indictment warns that the Republican party’s “new policy doctrines have caused four great deformations of the national economy, and modern Republicans have turned a blind eye to each one:”

Stage 1. Nixon irresponsible, dumps gold, U.S starts spending binge
Richard Nixon’s gold policies get Stockman’s first assault, for defaulting “on American obligations under the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement to balance our accounts with the world.” So for the past 40 years, America’s been living “beyond our means as a nation” on “borrowed prosperity on an epic scale … an outcome that Milton Friedman said could never happen when, in 1971, he persuaded President Nixon to unleash on the world paper dollars no longer redeemable in gold or other fixed monetary reserves.”
Remember Friedman: “Just let the free market set currency exchange rates, he said, and trade deficits will self-correct.” Friedman was wrong by trillions. And unfortunately “once relieved of the discipline of defending a fixed value for their currencies, politicians the world over were free to cheapen their money and disregard their neighbors.”
And without discipline America was also encouraging “global monetary chaos as foreign central banks run their own printing presses at ever faster speeds to sop up the tidal wave of dollars coming from the Federal Reserve.” Yes, the road to the coming apocalypse began with a Republican president listening to a misguided Nobel economist’s advice.

Stage 2. Crushing debts from domestic excesses, war mongering
Stockman says “the second unhappy change in the American economy has been the extraordinary growth of our public debt. In 1970 it was just 40% of gross domestic product, or about $425 billion. When it reaches $18 trillion, it will be 40 times greater than in 1970.” Who’s to blame? Not big-spending Dems, says Stockman, but “from the Republican Party’s embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don’t matter if they result from tax cuts.”
Back “in 1981, traditional Republicans supported tax cuts,” but Stockman makes clear, they had to be “matched by spending cuts, to offset the way inflation was pushing many taxpayers into higher brackets and to spur investment. The Reagan administration’s hastily prepared fiscal blueprint, however, was no match for the primordial forces — the welfare state and the warfare state — that drive the federal spending machine.”
OK, stop a minute. As you absorb Stockman’s indictment of how his Republican party has “destroyed the U.S. economy,” you’re probably asking yourself why anyone should believe a traitor to the Reagan legacy. I believe party affiliation is irrelevant here. This is a crucial subject that must be explored because it further exposes a dangerous historical trend where politics is so partisan it’s having huge negative consequences.
Yes, the GOP does have a welfare-warfare state: Stockman says “the neocons were pushing the military budget skyward. And the Republicans on Capitol Hill who were supposed to cut spending, exempted from the knife most of the domestic budget — entitlements, farm subsidies, education, water projects. But in the end it was a new cadre of ideological tax-cutters who killed the Republicans’ fiscal religion.”
When Fed chief Paul Volcker “crushed inflation” in the ’80s we got a “solid economic rebound.” But then “the new tax-cutters not only claimed victory for their supply-side strategy but hooked Republicans for good on the delusion that the economy will outgrow the deficit if plied with enough tax cuts.” By 2009, they “reduced federal revenues to 15% of gross domestic product,” lowest since the 1940s. Still today they’re irrationally demanding an extension of those “unaffordable Bush tax cuts [that] would amount to a bankruptcy filing.”
Recently Bush made matters far worse by “rarely vetoing a budget bill and engaging in two unfinanced foreign military adventures.” Bush also gave in “on domestic spending cuts, signing into law $420 billion in nondefense appropriations, a 65% percent gain from the $260 billion he had inherited eight years earlier. Republicans thus joined the Democrats in a shameless embrace of a free-lunch fiscal policy.” Takes two to tango.

Lazermike

September 17th, 2010
6:36 am

It’s really Wooten in a nutshell. He says he doesn’t like politicians who say they take responsibility for something, but then never act on it. So Deal says he’ll take responsibility for his loans — so far so good — but Wooten is already giving him credit for following through. I don’t really mind people who trash the other side for something their own side does, but does he have to be so obvious about it?

Lazermike

September 17th, 2010
6:48 am

Nutshell Wooten, part two: just after writing:

Incidentally, the amount of ink and air time that liberals devote to trashing the movement, and the feigned delight they take in seeing a tea party-supported candidate prevail in a Republican primary, are evidence of how much they fear something they can’t understand.

he discusses a cover story in a national magazine in. Which the author speculates that Obama is guided by what he imagines are his father’s possible beliefs.

Road Scholar

September 17th, 2010
6:56 am

Go Bill, Go!

“How Obama Thinks”

Jim you want to go there? When do you ever think?

Jim Jr: Don’t clutter the conservatives minds with facts. The repubs never do anything wrong…er.. if they do they don’t mean it.(i.e. Deal) It’s all Obama’s fault.

uno

September 17th, 2010
7:05 am

There is absolutely, positively no defense for the indefensible irresponsible actions taken by the Republican candidate for Governor regarding his financial dealings. His failure to properly disclose his taxes in a timely or accurate manner, his poor judgement in underwriting a business loan for a family member, his contributing to a bank failure (Community Bank) that cost responsible taxpayers $354,000,000; this all points to a seriously flawed “Ghetto Grandpa” who should immediately withdraw from public life until he gets his own house in order. Common sense conservatism that costs taxpayers money? Common sense conservatism? Nonsense conservatism with Jim Wooten would be a more accurate byline for your column.

catlady

September 17th, 2010
7:06 am

I find it insanely laughable that when Joe Blow buys a house ($139,000) and loses it because of his daughter’s illness, he is derided as too stupid, unprepared, etc etc–He bought a house he couldn’t afford. Now comes Nathan Deal who rightly so should lose his houses, cars, and have his government pension garnisheed ,etc, because he backed a harebrained scheme of his daughter’s, yet he is not derided for doing what he could not afford!

And those who say this is a sign of family values–WHAT ABOUT HIS OTHER CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? WIFE? He has beggared them to “support” one daughter (it’s not like she was sick and needed help) to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars! Tell me how that is family values?

We need a governor who is prudent. One who does not act on emotion. One who is financially and morally stable. Nathan Deal is one of those.

Other than selling his office, HOW ON EARTH DO YOU THINK HE WILL REPAY THESE LOANS? And I predict there is more “bad news” to come. HOW DID HE GET THESE LOANS IN THE FIRST PLACE?

And if his friends (who hope to profit by him becoming Governor) pass the hat, will he be able to say HE paid off the bills?

C’mon, I had hoped you were smarter than that!

catlady

September 17th, 2010
7:08 am

Nathan Deal is NOT one of those. He has proven it repeatedly. Wake up and smell the joe-pye weed!

catlady

September 17th, 2010
7:14 am

It sounds like some folks on this blog do not like to have to defend their views. Sounds like some want it to be a large, by invitation only, masturbation circle for the right wing.

Van Jones

September 17th, 2010
7:25 am

Here is a striking difference.

Deal – Accepts the consequences and sacrifices to pay off his debt himself.

Liberal – Somehow their debt is someone else’s fault and they look to everyone else for “help” restructuring and repaying their loan. Sound familiar?

Van Jones

September 17th, 2010
7:27 am

Uno, you think every deal Warren Buffet makes is a winner? Or do his duds show his poor judgement?

Buzz G

September 17th, 2010
7:46 am

Is it not amazing that the AJC publishes the negative stuff they know about Deal after the primaries. What a nasty excuse for a paper.

Buzz G

September 17th, 2010
7:47 am

If this had been Barnes, the AJC would have labeled him a victim of aggressive banks and a bad economy and would have recommended a government bailout for him.

AmVet

September 17th, 2010
7:56 am

In the past 40 years Republican ideology has gone from solid principles to hype and slogans.>/i>

And why I refer to them as the Once Grand Old Party.

The unholy trinity of Reagan/Newt/Bush have, with stunning incompetence, orchestrated what has become a total travesty of a major political party. They’ve sold out the American people time and time again. And worse they auctioned off our blood-soaked and sacred sovereignty to the highest bidder – whether on Wall Street or in China.

This is the legacy of the fake conservatives…

AmVet

September 17th, 2010
7:57 am

In the past 40 years Republican ideology has gone from solid principles to hype and slogans.

And why I refer to them as the Once Grand Old Party.

The unholy trinity of Reagan/Newt/Bush have, with stunning incompetence, orchestrated what has become a total travesty of a major political party. They’ve sold out the American people time and time again. And worse they auctioned off our blood-soaked and sacred sovereignty to the highest bidder – whether on Wall Street or in China.

This is the legacy of the fake conservatives…

Barry

September 17th, 2010
8:24 am

@speedracer 8:37: I suppose if your assessment is that I have nothing to say, then it takes one to know one as you’ve yet to advance any opinion that isn’t fogged with the fumes of RINO Kool-Aid. Get over yourself already.

You and other reflexive Deal defenders don’t get it. Sure, Deal says he’ll pay the debt – but it doesn’t come due, and he doesn’t have to act on that promise, until AFTER the election. He’s asking you and other suckers to buy a pig in a poke. It’s no surprise he’s squealing, and all his defenders are playing for sympathy by whining that Deal got in over his head because he was “just tryin’ to help his child,” as if she were a 9-year-old out in the front yard running a lemonade stand.

Face facts: He doesn’t have the income or net worth to pay off this massive debt. His best hope is that he gets elected so he at least has a place to live.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 17th, 2010
8:30 am

Good morning all. Broadly agree with the essay on Mr. Deal. I did not support him in the primary – frankly he was my third choice – but it is easy to vote for one who proves he’ll do the right thing, or lose everything trying. Were he a democrat lawyer, he would have simply stone-walled.

I think the Tea Party phenomenon is marvelous. The dem’s only campaign slogan was some variation of “do you want to go back to the bad old Bush 43 years?” And, of course, the tea party destroys that simplistic thought; what is an Alinski-ite to do? This is not your dad’s republican party. And although my forecast history on politics is terrible (and in embarrassing contrast to my economic forecasts), you read it here first – Ms. O’Donnell will win in Delaware, due entirely to her tea party beliefs.

I acknowledge disappointment – I thought Mr. Bishop was more ethical than the other Georgia democrats, excluding Zell and Jim Marshall. Now I suppose those are the only two who merit our admiration.

I respectfully disagree with the great Mr. D’Souza – Chauncey is an economic illiterate, and governs as a typical poli-sci major. But I suppose contrasting my belief to Mr. D’Souza’s is a distinction without a difference.

MARTA sound like typical government – why would anyone pay $1,000 for a laptop? I bought mine for $299 at MicroCenter. Got the free Sun (now Oracle) OpenOffice, fully compatible with MS Office. Comcast gave me the free Symantec/Norton firewall and antivirus. And it plays games too.

I assume Medical College of Georgia is a public entity. No responsible private company would spend $3 million to change its signs in the middle of a depression.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 17th, 2010
8:41 am

Dear Glenn @ 9:18 last night, good to see you here again. “Disparage” is my preferred substitute for the term whose use I suspended until 2013.

Dear JimJr @ 6:03, we would agree that David Stockman was the most visible RINO in the Reagan administration. Reagan only had to take him to the woodshed once.

AmVet

September 17th, 2010
8:51 am

David Stockman was the most visible RINO in the Reagan administration.

He was merely the executive director, United States House of Representatives Republican Conference, 1972–1975. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 95th Congress and was reelected in two subsequent elections, serving from January 3, 1977, until his resignation January 27, 1981, to accept appointment as Director of the Office of Management and Budget under U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

You RINO spotters sure do suck. LOL…(Almost as bad at that as at effective governance.)

And for gawdsakes, pay no attention whatsoever to the damning and correct information that he wrote about. It is all full of liberal lies, I tell ya!

Good times in the GOP’s faux conservative insane asylum…

He' Right

September 17th, 2010
9:03 am

@Jim Jr.,

Thanks for that informative post. It will be completely ignored by most of the morons posting here. We Americans are so blinded by propaganda and an incredulous embrace of historical ignorance that we may never be able to fix this mess. The sloganeering and outright lying that passes for political discourse numbs our brains so much so that we might very well elect a financially bankrupt politician as the next governor…by casting sympathetic votes for a “well meaning father just trying to help his family”.

Again, thanks for your David Stockman post. It’s great information.

Peter

September 17th, 2010
9:15 am

Hey……Van Jones ……..Please write Deal has taken responsibility……. AFTER he pays off the loans…..

NOT just when he talks about paying them off……….there is a Major difference there !

Ragnar Danneskjöld

September 17th, 2010
9:22 am

Dear poor crazy AmVet, I cannot tell whether you disapute my epithet on Mr. Stockman or not. Perhaps you can acknowledge that your writing sucks.

george

September 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Does Wooten not read his own paper? “Defunding Obamacare should be conservatives’ — and Republicans’ — top priority.” In today’s paper it says, 40% of Grady’s patients are uninsured and have run up $200million in bills. Who does Wooten thinks pays for these people? If he wants the gov’t out of healthcare, he needs to say that as a country we need to turn the uninsured away at the hospital door. Pregnant moms and accident victims are the same; no insurance, no medical care. Until we adopt that policy, you can call it any name you want, the uninsured receive taxpayer funded care.

Regarding Deal, “He has serious financial troubles as a result of a bad investment in his child’s business, but he mans up to his debt and vows to make the sacrifices necessary.” By “mans up,” I trust Wooten feels that when Deal set up the mtg with state officials to keep his business monopoly going, he was just concerned about unsafe vehicles on the road? Wooten is either stupid or he lies to himself. I migrate toward the latter. Never forget, Obama could cure cancer tomorrow and Wooten would then complain that oncologist would be deprived of earning an extravagant living that they are entitled to.