‘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.

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Van Jones

September 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Okie dokie Peter my boy. But don’t you think he will have to start the liquidation of his assets more than a few days before the loan is due? I doubt he could sell his house in a month. I’m guessing we will see things on the market soon if they are not already. If we don’t, that’s all I need to know.

David

September 17th, 2010
9:28 am

“The riddle of Barack Obama may be solved…”
Please tell me that was your one sarcastic comment of the week. Dinesh D’Souza shows a lack of understanding and wealth of creativity. Obama has seen his father once since he was two years old (at age ten). I figured you would have at least used that as a reason to say it was a lack of a father figure that made Obama turn out the way he did.

As far as Deal – how do you forget about a $3 million dollar loan? Not looking forward to the election. Barnes wants to just give money away the state does not have to teachers and gov’t employees. Deal wants to give state money away to himself and his cronies. I’m sticking with the Libertarian in the races. Too bad the media just ignores the third party candidate.

Not Blind

September 17th, 2010
9:59 am

Deal’s financial situation shows a complete lack of business sense and a tendency to throw good money after bad [ sounds just like a politician ]. The ethics of the entire situation should throw up a huge red flag for the voters. Just like McCain, his candidacy is a disaster for conservatives. Too bad this didn’t come to light before the primary. If he really cares about conservative values, and really cares about Georgia and the USA he will withdraw from election right now.

AmVet

September 17th, 2010
10:08 am

I cannot tell…

It is called standard, written English, “counselor”. It would seem you might have some mastery of it after all of these years. Was it all of that Randian nonsense that you so adore that causes you to lack basic comprehension skills?

I remember when you at least feigned being civil and relevant. And your puerile insults (Dear and sucks???) confirms that you have lost whatever modicum of maturity you once had. I understand. Times are tough for you fake conservatives. (Given that you are reduced to excoriating ANYBODY who dares disagree with even the smallest part of your neo-con orthodoxy.)

You sir, might well be able to pass the 10 point Purity Test, but alas, you are always pedantic and pretentious, and never interesting or enlightening…

Hillbilly Deluxe

September 17th, 2010
10:08 am

Admittedly I’m OD’d on people who buy in a floodplain, forgo flood insurance, and then expect taxpayers to bail them out.

In their defense, the flood plain maps are hopelessly outdated. That’s a result of runaway development, with absolutely no planning, that’s been going on in Metro Atlanta for better than 40 years. Nobody ever mentions the effect of that runoff on the people who live downstream, either.

And those who say this is a sign of family values–WHAT ABOUT HIS OTHER CHILDREN? GRANDCHILDREN? WIFE?

His son is a judge, so he should be doing just fine.

For a mere $2.9 million to change signs, the Medical College of Georgia will become the Georgia Health Sciences University on Feb. 1.

Pretentiousness does have a price.

george

September 17th, 2010
10:12 am

If he really cares about conservative values….what are those. Terms are meaningless. They denote an idea that is rarely shared by any two people that read or hear the term. It’s like democrat, republican, religion and liberal. Meaningless. I trust “Not Blind” intended for other readers to think, small gov’t, balanced budget, tough on immigration, etc. Well the “conservatives” in the federal gov’t created the third largest employer in gov’t with Homeland Security, increased the deficit by (fill in the blank _______%) and want to quit paying for illegal’s social services, unless they feel a business owner will have to hire a legal at a working wage and depress his net profit. Help me out….define conservative.

Peter

September 17th, 2010
10:14 am

Hey Van Jones …… Just out of curiosity………

How did Deal forget to tell the State of Georgia he has two other “ADDITIONAL LOANS” for 2.8 million he is backing ? This is on top of the bad loans with his daughter !

The guy is just lying period….flat out lying.

Kind of like you send in a Tax return into the IRS and forget to add 2.8 million in revenue…….

Wow I forgot I made that money ….Gosh I am sorry……I was going to am mend that !

That is what he has said…….. He is going to am mend the financial statement to the State.

Of course he lied so all the voters would get him into the place he is today……Seems like his opponent got screwed in the primaries.

I would say he should be in-eligible to NOW run for Governor……and the lady who lost by a few votes, gets the Republican nominee.

But hey I am independent, and if Republican’s think his LIES are OK……then so be it….

I think it speak VOLUMES for the Republican party in this state, and the Republican Ethic’s in this state !

There are NO ETHICS !

Not Blind

September 17th, 2010
10:57 am

The terms that are really meaningless nowadays are ‘Republican’ and ‘Democrat’. We now have government of the elite, by the elite and for the elite. Everybody else is screwed.

Just phoning it in

September 17th, 2010
11:05 am

Bravo, AmVet. Dagwood Bumstead is a pretentious boor who continually wallows in his almost completely uncritical love of all things Wooten and condescends to everyone else. Contrasting his opinion with anything is a distinction without a difference.
Jim, honestly, Dinesh D’Souza’s article explains the mystery of Obama? What a bunch of hooey. How do you keep falling for this nonsense? I suppose you’ll be coming out as a birther sometime soon.
Nathan Deal is not qualified to be the governor of this state. Just look at our incumbent. At least he made money off his illegal land deals. That’s the kind of leadership we need.
Sad, sad commentary. You do just keep phoning it in, don’t you?

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
11:26 am

Ragnar,

Hail. By which I refer neither to falling ice pellets nor to a Georgian’s curse word. It’s good to catch up to y’all.

Hey, what do you make of Jim Jr’s digest of the Piece by David “Starve-the-Beast” Stockman?

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
12:08 pm

AmVet O AmVet,

Will you ever learn? The Esquire is not a “neo”-anything! (And BTW, the new neo is the old Neo-Marxism. And I really wouldn’t mind reprising 1974 so long as we could bring back disco balls, pet rocks, streaking and the courtly Battle of the Sexes).

Seriously, while I get what you’re saying about the unraveling of GOP economic policy, Stockman evidently feels that the unraveling has been an undoing OF the early Reagan fiscal principles, which were a reassertion of Republican economic values from circa 1955. My point is that the political commitment to fiscal responsibility both peaked with Reagan’s arrival and, under the same regime, began a decline of which Stockman has been a front-row witness. So while I get why you’d bundle the recent GOP presidents on this score, it’s both fair but also a bit hinky to roll Reagan in with the rest because, to put it archly, the whole story is contained chronologically within the Reagan incumbency And Stockman lost.

George

September 17th, 2010
1:06 pm

Oh my goodness! So many low IQ Georgians along the lines of Nathan Deal!

Junior Samples

September 17th, 2010
1:41 pm

Did Nathan Deal “own up to it” before, during, or after issue came to light? The same way he has “owned up” to the ethics violation controversy?

jconservative

September 17th, 2010
1:51 pm

Jim I appreciate your comments on values and the value of accepting responsibility. But that is not the issue.

Would you, Jim Wooten, hire Nathan Deal to manage your retirement nest egg?

If not, would you hire Nathan Deal to manage the financial affairs of your State?

Nathan Deal has admitted to being a financial incompetent.

I refuse to hire him to manage the finances of the State of Georgia.

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
2:32 pm

George,

As I’ve never trusted the whole Intelligence Quotient concept or industry, I have no idea what your “disparagement” of Georgians means. To me Georgia is a powerhouse state indispensable to an American greatness that “takes”–or requires–all kinds. Like other great states Georgia obviously is fettered in particular ways, and if you’re identifying one of its fetters as its system of education–a grab bag of high achievement, under-achievement, malfeasance, nonfeasance, dedication and downright corruption–then I agree with you. Intelligence is barely even classifiable. Certainly it isn’t meaningfully measurable. Literacy and numeracy, otherwise. Sooner or later our state will stage (or perhaps suffer) a grand expansion of those formative skills, and the greater spread of those skills will unleash the Georgian genius as never before. Probably e.g. Cox and CNN should play leading roles in such a push. A gradualist approach to school reform, however wise in concept, is far too complacent.

Sorry to ape a Swami. I’ve been working on these notions for years now and I’ll take the hit for seeming a self-appointed futurist.

Incidentally, from early childhood I’ve noted that the inarticulate sometimes transcend inarticulateness and reach eloquence. I know you’ll agree that it’s when this happens it’s beautiful and thought-provoking, but more so in fiction, such as Twain’s or Redneck’s than in the fact of some shortchanged Citizen who can do no other than to break out toward self-expression. The breaking out is wondrous. Even the attempt can inspire. It’s the necessity of breaking out that is so needless and tragic.

I’ve voiced the same observations, variously formally or even officially, to other states. It’s not a knock on Georgia in particular.

Anyway, as an old friend says, that’s my opinion and it’s very true.

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
2:50 pm

It’s because I fear Barnes that I’m saddened by Deal’s foibles. Honestly, how did a big state full of political comers manage to field two such messed up contestants for the top spot? Aside fumma dey ol’ backyonderisms what shut down Handel northern and southern, what really went on to get these two particular gents nominated and not two other (necessarily) men? I mean, I followed it right along yet I still don’t follow it’s happening.

Rockerbabe

September 17th, 2010
4:07 pm

Dinesh D’Souza is a speculator. Has he ever really spoken with President Obama about anything? Unless one really interviews a person and spends time with him or her, talking about “how they think” is just pur speculation. President Obama is a politician dealing with other slimey politicans, but he also has promises to keep and so he negiotates with the other side. His thinking has little to do with his father and more about the practical way to get things done. I will bet there are lots of wives out there who think they know how their husbands think, but then miss all the clues that he is cheating. So keep your speculation to yourself. President Obama, our President deserves more respect and consideration that what is currently being given.

fallguy

September 17th, 2010
5:06 pm

Thank you Jim for being so honest in your reporting. I am glad the AJC has at least one level head on it’s staff. If the AJC had more like you maybe more people would buy the pathetic rag . Stay true to what is right.

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

‘ll, shucks, I guess Dinesh coulda started by reading BHO’s autobiography, then gone on to hearing Barack’s own voicing of that book in audio form, then reviewing audio and video recordings of broadcast interviews conducted in connection with Obama’s promotion of the book. That would’ve gotten D’Souza off to a good start.

DP

September 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

Mr. Wooten, you overlook the main issue with Nathan Deal, that he is a crook. Do you even read your own newspaper? How did he buy a 5 acre property in Gainesville with a 4000 square foot house and 1900 foot guest house and a swimming pool for $430,000 in 2003? How could that same property appraise for $985,000 now after the collapse in housing prices? Who did he buy the house from in 2003?

How did he get a $2.4 million loan on a failing family business in 2007? Who did he know at the bank, which failed and was criticized by the FDIC for lax lending practices?

And then there is the no bid contract his salvage business had with the state, the fact that he left a loan of over $2 million off his financial disclosure form.

Nathan Deal’s campaign website has set up a link to this blog. Hopefully the people that follow it here will read through the comments.

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

DP,

Perhaps you’ll be the one to explain it to me. How did this happen? I mean, Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes? How? It seems that you hold the Democrat in higher esteem, and I don’t know enough to equate the two, but a lot of folks know enough to see that they both come with so much baggage and with such blushing records that I can’t understand the wiring of their respective nominations. Talent and integrity are at such a premium in politics this season and I can’t think that this state lacks both Democrats and Republicans who lack those qualities. That’s impossible, frankly. So evidently the respective machines value other qualities and are oiled enough to pull off their four-flushing. But who’s doing it, how?

DP

September 17th, 2010
7:54 pm

Glenn, I don’t hold the Democrats in higher esteem. I posted a link on another blog to a sweetheart below market real estate purchase that Christopher Dodd made in Ireland. Dodd bought out the interest of a convicted felon at a price far below market value shortly after securing a pardon for him in the waning days of the Clinton administration. There have been plenty of Democrat crooks during the time I’ve followed politics from Jim Wright and Dan Rostenkowski to the current Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters. I don’t think there have been many sleazier people in politics than the former head of the Democratic National Committee, Terry McAuliffe.

I’ve voted Republican most of my life but am frankly revolted by both parties. I agree with you, we are facing a pathetic choice. But when has that not been the case lately? Bush Jr. versus Gore Jr.? Bush Jr. versus Kerry? The 2008 VP candidates were Biden and Palin, two clowns. Does being a conservative these days mean you have to pretend you don’t think Sarah Palin is a slogan spouting idiot? If so, count me out.

I think our best hope is the AJC or some other news organizations will do some real reporting on Deal’s finances and that he will sink so far in the polls that the Republican Party will force him to step aside for another candidate.

uno

September 17th, 2010
7:56 pm

@Van Jones. As you know, Warren Buffet is not a candidate to govern this state. “ghetto grandpa’s” poor judgement shows his poor judgement.
@DP, the answers to your questions would force those who are either willfully ignorant or intentionally dishonest with themselves regarding the facts of the matter to confront reality. Your Thinking Is Right.

retiredds

September 17th, 2010
9:13 pm

I am glad to hear that Mr. Deal went up in your book, Jim. My question to you, which I know will not be answered, is this:

His financial situation did not just arise the day after the Republican Primary. So why did Mr. Deal need to keep it secret from HIS OWN political base? Did he not trust them to vote for him if he had come clean beforehand? Does he not trust his voters enough to allow them to make an informed decision even if it went against him? My guess is that he might have lost some votes, but he, by his own action, did not want to take that chance. So what those who voted for him got was not the full open package. I lament that politics has reached such a low point, but bending the truth, going right up to the ethics line, fabricating news is what it’s all about in American politics. And it looks like, Jim, you think that’s o.k., as long as it’s your guy or gal that’s doing it. Sad.

I am sorry that he has such financial difficulties and I laud him for supporting his family. BUT, and you knew there would be a but, his financial decision-making was not very astute. But, he owns it and it appears that he will take care of it. But to not disclose everything ahead of the Republican primary was an unjust act on his part toward those who voted for him.

But, Jim, as you very well know, there are very few politicians today who lay it all out for the voters. To think otherwise is, well, naive.

Glenn

September 17th, 2010
10:11 pm

DP,

Thank you for your frank responsiveness. You make a lot of sense, and I’m just trying to make sense of this gubernatorial showdown.

I wasn’t accusing you of partisanship (to me that’s generally not a pejorative anyway), but rather was saying only that I presumed your preference for Barnes over Deal. Obviously that’s your business and not mine. I just wish I’d been more active in the run up to the primaries so that my family and I wouldn’t feel such dread of going into the booth in November and punching chad for one or the other of these guys. Shame on me. Shame on us. But I’d still like to know how it happened and who pulled it off.

I get your point about the rogues gallery of yesteryear, though please let’s note that Rostenkowski recently was cleared. Sure, it’s all biz as uzual. Having slummed in the Whitechapels of politics for many lost years, the fact of these two skunks as standard bearers doesn’t shock me; it sincerely disappoints me. Disappoints, because it was so evident that the nation at large is crying out to the states to seat each state’s heaviest hitters on the respective benches. Now, with respect to the state’s Executive at least, one way or the other Georgia will remain (absent a sudden removal) in the bush leagues for years.

I agree with you about McAuliffe. More a courtesan than a courtier. Ms. Waters I happened to know for years, as I advised her on defense-industrial conversion and on the problems of the sometimes tragically bad schools in her realm (surpassing the doings in Clayton), and the woman frankly is unsurpassably petty and grasping. The last time she shook me down for cash, I swear I flashed on the mental image of a shark striking blind, its eyes rolled back and brainbox shut. Therefore the House Ethics Committee will, I predict, fail to oust its most ostentatiously corrupt Member.

Obviously we could name lots of Republican miscreants as well. The partisan optic is the occlusion now. And therefore I agree with you that the remaining outlets of the legitimate press (including the AJC if it can restrain itself from character destruction) are the lifeline. Absolutely critical at a critical time.

Lee

September 17th, 2010
11:24 pm

“Georgia’s SAT scores are said to have taken a tumble… Georgia had high participation rates and a sharp rise in minorities taking the test.”

Careful Jim, lest the politically correct pathogens accuse you of being “racist”

@@

September 18th, 2010
12:01 am

Jim, I wasn’t too keen on Deal before the tragic news so alls I’m gonna say is, with two roasted goobers like Deal and Barnes, I’ll be forced to go with Georgia’s green peanut, Monds. And JIMMY CARTER? I saw an excerpt from his upcoming 60 Minutes appearance. PATHETIC! It’s not like me to say something like this, but that’s one peanut that needs to be permanently planted.

Yes, MARTA’s lost track of 57 laptops valued at $55,000.

Bus drivers are googlin’ while drivin’? That can’t be safe.

Eric

September 18th, 2010
8:21 am

I thought the SAT scores were quite good–in the 1500s versus 1100s back in 1980 (which was good then). So in reality, Georgia Public Schools are doing quite well. Why all this fuss anyway? Who cares if Georgia ranks 1st or 50th? Why are we so obsessed with competition in test scores? We should at quality of life and other aspects and doors that education can open? Not everything depends on advanced algebra or diagramming sentences flawlessly. No wonder our kids and teachers are so stressed out!

Hosea Williams

September 18th, 2010
9:14 am

The black chilren need more money to make it in school.
I will march for their rights time and time again if needed.
African Americans better stand up or we will be back to square one.
The Mexican movement is about to take away our monies .

Johnny in Savannah

September 18th, 2010
10:22 am

Why can’t people let the children grow, and water and feed them like the beautiful tender plants they are? If you want a plant to grow and be happy you feed it and water it and talk to it sweet. You don’t come all down on it and lay on some big trip about like You’re a plant, or like, You gotta learn like botany and all that stuff. Plants don’t grow that way, Dude. You gotta give ‘em love. What nobody gets these days is that it’s not what you say but how you say it. That’s the thing. Be calm and loving and supportive and your fuzzy little ficus will thrive. Grow, little ficus sprout, Grow!

J.B. STONER

September 18th, 2010
10:40 am

When did Hosea crawl out from under his rock??
Are you sure it’s not PBM in disguise.
Excuse me while I roll omn the floor.

Glenn

September 18th, 2010
11:27 am

Tell it, Rev, tell it! Testify, Give us a Amen! I say a A-MENNN!

[Ahem]. Uh, the SAT’s aren’t smart tests. They’re smarter than they used to be, but they Still don’t register very well as either measures of mastery or predictors of success. There are better products on the market than the SAT and its various subspecies and it would be advisable to take the assessment of young Georgians so seriously as to buy and use really premier measurements. It’d be dreamy were Georgia to develop it’s own assessment arsenal.

What I mean by that, I maybe could explain in a brief scenario. Imagine that the heavy-hitting postsecondary schools in Georgia–quite a public/private consortium, right there–were to resolve that, rather than buying WWII relics from the College Board in Princeton they instead were going to break and run, to work up tests that measure the applicant’s fitness to the school in question and not to some notional, Circa 1950 Ivy League school in the absurdist abstract.

GA higher ed easily could pull off the development of a core exam that, say, UGA or Morehouse or SCAD could augment and thereby tailor to it’s own requirements. The psychometric expertise to do this already resides at e.g. Athens and Emory. What’s more, the Feds could be made to pay for it–despite their headlong thrust into nationalization of all things educational–because the federal moneys and structures to sponsor such a push already are in place. The Feds want federalization but their hard bureaucratic structures are bent toward Federalism.

Were Georgia to be the first to make this kind of breakout ah guar-on-tee, on the stone of Justin Wilson, that the secondary and postsecondary institutions would see a real flowering [whisper to them flowers] from which the state would yield on every conceivable dimension. I would warn, however, that it would amount to a new regime in which talent would be judged almost to the exclusion of legacy, connections, class, sex, race.

Sick&Tired

September 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Deal is the definition of financial irresponsibility and you want more people like him in your mist. You crave a man who is unethical and makes bad financial decisions; wow, the republican party true colors are exposed.

The only way Deal plans to pay off this debt is to have some of his lobbyst connections step in to provide assistance. It’s his way of getting a bailout.

Don’t you think those who purchased more homes than they could afford would like to be Nathan Deal? I’m not in financial trouble and I would love to have his connections; if I were in trouble.

Larry Major

September 18th, 2010
2:53 pm

Barack Obama Sr. was an outspoken anti-socialist (to the point where he wrote a book about it) and his anti-colonial ambition was for the British colonies to break away from England and form their own country – a notion familiar to anyone with a cursory knowledge of U.S. history. Glad to hear the country’s premier conservative figured this out.

BTW, thanks for injecting some common sense into SAT score interpretation. It’s refreshing to see someone other than me explain why linear score rankings are misleading.

Not So Casual Observer

September 18th, 2010
6:38 pm

Amvet wrote:

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

That must have been a typo – Amvet was certainly referring to “HOPE” and “CHANGE” when those words escaped his keyboard. You know, Obama will crush your hope and steal even teh change in your pocket.

Wait a sec, I understand now, the Dems have never had solid principles so Amvet was simply confused!

J.B. STONER

September 19th, 2010
9:33 am

Amvet stays confused………

He is a small part of former military who condones what ‘ O-Blo-Me’ does.

Be careful what you ask for old son, YOU just might get it…………………

Glenn

September 19th, 2010
10:25 am

Well that would be Deal, and why and how he closed an 11-point gap from Handel overnight. (Although, as my former boss once said to the Press there assembled, “Hell, I coulda run a felon and done better”. You’re right to bait our dear AmVet because it was the shamelessly misogynistic veterancy, whom Deal cultivates with homoerotic devotion, who did The Deal big time. The idiots.

Unless they’re too far gone on KENO and cheap beer at the Post, vets aren’t, usually, politically particular. The problem, for some Grinch’s dog assigned to the task, is that the first of many shocks in the (enlisted) military is that you sleep and slurp alongside Heaven Knows. Coming off that and every sometimes unspeakable thing intervening, vets generally let Democrats be Democrats, Republicans, Republicans. (If you happen to know Political Science, a pursuit I do not recommend, it’s a “weak issue/strong issue” thing.). Yet the Golden Nathan managed to charm the nation’s most unspeakable bigots, in North Georgia, en mass, whilst he took for granted the little cupboard churches down in HuckabeeLand.

This is disgusting.

Glenn

September 19th, 2010
10:30 am

Now, I’m a Protestant, but there’s an old observation from St. Benedict, namesake of the incumbent Roman Pontiff: “The corruption of the best, is the worst”

Amy

September 19th, 2010
10:50 pm

Nathan Deal should have been honest about his finances BEFORE the primary! We can’t trust him.

He should withdraw and allow another conservative, perhaps Karen Handel, to run instead.

We should not allow him to be the name and face of conservative values.

He should have disclosed this crap BEFORE the primary. This is a BIG deal!

Salem

September 20th, 2010
7:50 am

We should throw Wooten’s personal values props to Nathan Deal in a well to see if it floats. Funny how the Wooten constituency nearly destroyed capitalism with Witchcraft (and stealing) and then they chant some sort of “I’m rubber and you’re glue” counter-spell to avoid the consequences of their own spell. Wooten, I love the voodoo that you do so well.

Mr. D

September 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Responsibility to a republican means that you blame everything on Obama and deflect all reality that we are in the current economic situation due to 8 years of Bush and Purdue. Republicans were crying like school children,’ see Obama hasn’t been in office for 5 minutes and unemployment is 10%. ‘ It is ALL Obama’s fault that people don’t have jobs and we cut the education budget so much that days are being cut from the school year. Wooten, can you do your next article on the word ‘conservative’. To republicans it mean you hate gays and socialists. To a Democrat it means living within your means and paying your debts while being honest.

Old School Liberal

September 20th, 2010
9:53 am

Man’s up? Mr. Wooten he only “Man’s Up” after the information is published in the paper of which you work for. That isn’t manning up, that’s damage control.

Not So Casual Observer

September 20th, 2010
11:00 am

Mr D,

The “D” apparently stands for delusional based upon your assertion:

“To a Democrat it means living within your means and paying your debts while being honest.”

You are quite the comedian there Mr. Delusional!

Not So Casual Observer

September 20th, 2010
11:15 am

Salem,

Only an idiot would name himself/herself after a cancer causing cigarette. Or are you trying to be cute with a subtle reference to the witch trials of 300-400 years ago. Oh my, you are so good!

And then you opine, “Funny how the Wooten constituency nearly destroyed capitalism with Witchcraft (and stealing)”. Now that is really funny when you consider the Democrats are solely responsible for the economic mess we currently face. The Dems chanted, “We will loan anyone the money to buy a house, home ownership is a RIGHT”! That certainly worked out well!

Fannie and Freddie do not need oversight they are being operated by FoBF, you know “Friends of Barney Frank”. So while Barney was screwing around the US was getting sc*****!

Gosh, I am so very concerned that Senator-elect O’Donnell looked into witchcraft while in high school. Exactly what were you looking into Salem? I once hired a respiratory therapist who I later learned was a white magic priest. He was an excellent therapist but by your standards he should have been fired I would imagine.

Liberals indeed! I have found Libs to be the most intolerant and abusive creatures on this Earth.

David A. Staples

September 20th, 2010
12:07 pm

Helping a daughter start a business is one thing. Risking more than half of what you own to start a multi-million dollar high end outdoors store is another. Has he never heard the mantra of start small and grow into a larger operation? I’ll bet the first Wal-Mart wasn’t a supercenter. Why not start the business in a shopping center or on a cheaper piece of property with a smaller building and after sales are up, all inventory paid for and the business plan itself proving the business to be a viable business… then move into a larger retail space? The guy who wants to be Governor doesn’t even understand this simple concept and yet he wants to be the CEO of the entire state of Georgia with a $17B+ budget? I don’t think so.

I’m supporting John Monds – http://www.VoteMonds.com – with a degree in finance, I think he’ll manage the state’s dollars much better than Deal would.

hotlanta

September 20th, 2010
12:42 pm

I have been ROTFLMAO the way Deal was doing his commericals about irresponsible Washington is etc and he can’t even balance his own checkbok and he had some private DEALS going on behind closed doors. Pack your bags and move to DC now Deal without an election because you are doing the same thing you are accusing the Obama Administration of doing. Oh Wooten by the way you didn’t mention him not wearing a Flag Pin since this was a big issue for the President. Are you still feeling your tingle. It’s funny how people of color have to prove to white folks that they are Americans and love this country soooooooooooooooo much white folks just have to be white by skin color along and that is good enough for them.

rdh

September 20th, 2010
3:56 pm

$4 million divided by 50 years = $80,000 per year for a lifetime of earnings.

Saying that you are going to pay that money back vs. actually paying that money back are two different things. As Governor, he would make $135K per year. Nathan Deal is 68 years old. He has already exceeded the average lifespan of a white man born in 1942. It is not realistic that he can start over from scratch and ever make enough money to pay back $4 million through legal means. Let’s say that repaying $4 million in 10 years (he would be 78 when fully paid back), he needs $400,000 per year.

If he really expected to be able to pay this back, he would have to forgo the governor’s office and get right to work. If he wins the governors race, it would be at least 4 more years before he could get to the task.

I have prevented convincing evidence that what he says and what he can do are two different things. He has been in office from 1993 to 2010. He is a career politician since 1981, and it is doubtful that he has the business skills or acumen to earn the kind of money that he owes in such a short period of time.

Jonathan

September 20th, 2010
7:55 pm

Nathan Deal is as crooked as a snake and everyone knows it. He has even swindled his own GOP voters by hiding facts that (if known) would have made Handle the nominee.

Why isn’t he releasing all of his tax returns and tax schedules I wonder.

We all know he used his postion as a congressman in Washington for 18 years to shake down donors to pay for his lavish lifestyle.

Deal is the opposite of what conservative values are mean’t to be. He wouldn’t even pass the background check to be a schoolbus driver or bank teller in GA and Wooten thinks he can be trusted with our states 17 billion dollar budget!!!

Wooten I bet you wouldn’t let Deal manage your own 401k you hypocrite…….

An Inconvenient Constitution

September 20th, 2010
10:52 pm

My goodness … The Tea Party people have made the “system” nervous….

Excellent.

There ain’t no shade for obsolete bloggers….

Jump in the fire Mr. Wooten….

The Tea Party is serious. Check us out.

#1 – Constitutional Amendment requiring Term Limits for all members of Congress

#2 – Constitutional Amendment requiring a Balanced Federal Budget every year, no excuses.

#3 – Repeal the 16th Amendment (Income Tax) and replace it with a Flat Tax or Fair Tax, a National Lottery and massive consumption taxes on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

#4 – Congress must repeal The War Powers Act. This law allows the POTUS to start wars without an official declaration by Congress. Congress granted it and they can take it back. Get it done.

Start there……

November Revolution is just the beginning.

An Inconvenient Constitution

September 20th, 2010
11:09 pm

Permit me to submit another issue….

My goodness … The Tea Party people have made the “system” nervous….

Excellent.

There ain’t no shade for obsolete bloggers….

Jump in the fire Mr. Wooten….

The Tea Party is serious. Check us out.

#1 – Constitutional Amendment requiring Term Limits for all members of Congress

#2 – Constitutional Amendment requiring a Balanced Federal Budget every year, no excuses.

#3 – Repeal the 16th Amendment (Income Tax) and replace it with a Flat Tax or Fair Tax, a National Lottery and massive consumption taxes on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana.

#4 – Congress must repeal The War Powers Act. This law allows the POTUS to start wars without an official declaration by Congress. Congress granted it and they can take it back. Get it done.

#5 – A comprehensive, unrestricted and mandatory audit of The Federal Reserve System every five years.

November Revolution is just the beginning.