‘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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Fall Fashions

September 21st, 2010
8:49 am

The blind-folded Tea Party leaders contain only a short-sheet of the list of the strange bedfellows it will require to mend our flag. It’s not about small government or less spending or healthcare. It’s not about the mother of all ReFounding Fathers, Glenn Beck. No. The tear in our national velcro is about uniform justice for all 300 million Americans. The invisible-cloak of foreign power brokers that once animated Bush and Cheney still shrouds our colors. Weren’t Red and Blue sewn on one flag?

We owe our soul to the Saudi Store.

Just vote Democrat. Skirt the Royal Robes. For justice.

Amerian Justice for Just Us Americans.

CUT & PASTE

September 21st, 2010
1:08 pm

Another day another new story about the slippery goings-on with Nathan “the real deal” Deal. In his official financial disclosures to Congress, made before he quit (just in the nick of time to avoid censure and to head for greener “bidness” pastures back home in Georgia), the real Deal declared that he was a “partner” in his daughter’s failed sporting goods business. But some how his “partner” status did not show up in the bankruptcy filings. Another “oversight” — like failing to mention his $2.8 million automobile business debt in his required Georgia filing disclosures? Or, was that a calculated move to keep all of his financial monkey business and poor financial judgment from becoming an issure in the heated, neck and neck primary race with Karen Handel? I think the answer is obvious. There is much more here than meets the eye folks, and it will be interesting to watch it all trickle out as we move toward November. Stories to come: Lt. Gov. Cagle’s exact involvement and influence as a board member of a bank that loaned money to help the real Deal wheel and deal. The real Deal’s incredible claim that he did not know about his son in law’s previous bankruptcy before forking over a cool $2 mill — as a partner? or did he lend the money? We are on the edge of our seats for the answer to that one. The possibility of the latest bankruptcy being voided because of the previous filing — now that could get really messy. The real Deal’s disingenous “what’s the problem here, I was just helping my kids?” claim, and why did only one of three children, and her previously bankrupted husband, get to risk the entire family nest egg? And, the prospect of having a bankrupt Governor, $5 mill in debt who if elected, will get to live in the Governor’s mansion because he has no where else to live. Or, if he does pay off his obligations as he claims he will, just how will that get done, and by whom, and with what? And, is there a snowball’s chance, based on past history, that there will be an honest disclosure about it, if any disclosure at all? Do we really want a bankrupt governor trying to get back on his feet, or one who is struggling to pay off mega debt, tempted by the bidness opportunities that will be surely come his way through the legislature and lobbyists, who will all continue bidness as usual because of the phony and toothless “ethics bill” that was passed this year? We’ve got a real lemon here, fellow Pubs, and we are stuck with it. All of this baloney about helping helping his kids and identifying with the financially troubled people of Georgia is just that — a lot of baloney!! All of this should have come out during the primary, and it didn’t because it was dishonestly and cynically covered up by the candidate. If it had come out, we would not have this problem now, and facing the incredible possibilty that the Pubs could run the entire election table in November, except for the Governor’s job.

professional skeptic

September 21st, 2010
4:48 pm

MARTA lost track of $55K in laptops, and Nathan Deal lost track of $2.8 MILLION in loans he just plumb overlooked and forgot to disclose to the good voters of Georgia.

Shenanigans abound…

professional skeptic

September 21st, 2010
4:54 pm

Yes… great idea! Let’s elect ol’ Nathan “slipperier than a bag o’ snakes” wheelin’, dealin’, stealin’ Deal.

He’s just the guy to make sure MARTA comes clean and starts running itself “like a business”.

Sure, ol’ Nathan might lose track of a few hundred million here and there, but who’s counting?

The Corrupt Deal

September 21st, 2010
5:25 pm

I generally vote Republican.. but this whole thing has me really really pissed. This guy’s campaign crapped all over Karen Handel while lying to the voters about his own mess. Then he “says” that he is going to do the right thing when there is ample evidence that he cannot possibly pay back these loans. All he has ever known is public office, and the governor’s salary doesn’t put a dent in this debt. Deal is not fit to hold public office. This guy is a useless piece of work.

Things go from bad to worse, though, if we elect Roy Barnes and one of our very elderly Republican Senators has health trouble. What a mess.

The Corrupt Deal

September 21st, 2010
5:31 pm

And Jim Wooten writes about Deal: “Responsibility is more than just talk”. Jim, if you have ideas about how Deal is going to repay these loans, offer them up. If you can explain why he did not disclose this information during the primary… all the while getting in the mud against Handel… offer it up. Otherwise, you are a transparent shill for Nathan Deal… and not fit to write a column in the AJC

somewhereinga

September 22nd, 2010
10:36 am

“Responsibility is more than just talk”. and then Jim has the audacity to claim Deal is taking responsibility… I always wonder if Wooten isn’t leaning back in his recliner and playing us for fools.

Mimi

September 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

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Mimi

September 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Would it be legal if Karen Handel went on the ballots as a write-in? Isn’t that’s what happening in Alaska? I think for the sake of the republican party that Deal should step down. He I’m sure is a good Dad, but leaving out such an important piece of information had to be intentional. I don’t trust him at all.

hmmmm

September 22nd, 2010
5:25 pm

Deal or Barnes pt 2? What a connundrum.

BTW – neither party has done anything for the average citizen, I don’t see why some of you clowns are so quick to jump on a bandwagon. Those wagons should just head on out of town because I’m sick of them all!

One group wants to spend us out of poverty and I’m still waiting on the Republicans to trickle some of that wealth down to me. Pull your heads out of your hindparts folks!!

Glenn

September 22nd, 2010
7:39 pm

I don’t know whether the November ballot will afford a write-in option, Karen Handel certainly won’t cultivate her candidacy as a write-in candidate, however, and whether her sidelining is personal or else politically stray egis–or bot–is, as far as this household’s concerned, her business and we respect any candidate’s decision to throw in or bow out according to her own lights. That’s how it is under this roof, anyway, and I’d guess that most of my neighbors and parishioners feel about the same.

Someone posted, under the name of Inconvenient Constitution, the claim that some fictitious nonlegal entity called The Tea Part, to which I.C. Claims membership, advocates congressional term limits first and foremost. Aside from the pivotal fact that there is not yet an organized party, a party with actual members, term limits not only are a really bad idea but also are arguably unconstitutional. So whoever you are, Moriarty, unless you’re just husbanding the midweek slump to keep the debate alive beneath the skirts, give up the term limits schtick, please.

To any honest correspondents, honestly self-identified: I’d be happy to explain, or to have other, more knowledgeable persons explain, why term limits would cripple this country. But honestly, let not either fish rise to bait.

It’s really cool how such diverse people, some of them apparent Democrats and some professed Republicans, joined in this this string. Perhaps some day soon we’ll join again in similar denunciation of Roy Barnes, such a jerk as to make Billy Carter rise from the grave just to blush. Were we to show the same kind of vitriol due Barnes, I’d say that y’all are what the think-tankers have taken to calling “thought leaders”. But you’d have to sneak the criticism past the AJC’s many moats and breastworks that define its notorious loopholing of the vanishing notion of Free Speech, Democracy, the court-designated Newspaper of Record, etc.

Glenn

September 22nd, 2010
7:57 pm

Please excuse the typos. I’m struggling with a new iPad and am finding that the mock-T’d Applelites of the Cupertine Order have their own notions as to syntax and spelling. The upshot of this device, its predecessors and progeny, is that if you want to use it to post text you first have to take the precaution of clearing out Apple’s idiotically circa-1985-political-correctitude built into possibly any word choice or spelling. All in all, a huge strike against investment in the company, as it indicts their potential to outgrow their present cult. However, for now I’ll retain their generally appreciating stock. I wish them well. The buggers need deprogramming bigtime.

Mike

September 22nd, 2010
10:25 pm

Republicans are bigots. It’s the party of bigotry. Chambliss staff member threatening gays. Constantly complaining about minorities.

Republicans are sick.

Glenn

September 23rd, 2010
5:41 am

Mike,

Meet more Republicans. Seriously, do it. Go amongst the Pestilent. Do it as a medical missionary if you must.

I have done so myself, and yet by the Grace of God here I am able to testify to His Glory and His salvific POW-uh, bulb, bulb, blah, blubber…

The Fiery Spirit JUST NOW has inspired me to SPEAK unto you: Why does the AJC hire a troll? How do you get a job like that? I mean, do you bring a little CD to your interview in lieu of a string book? And what are the priorities in your job description? Offend before baiting, or insult before flattering? Protect the paper’s temporary right to destroy character, or claim the bounty yourself? It’s interesting work, I’ll grant you, to the extent that Ruth Buzzi holds one’s interest.

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Glenn

September 23rd, 2010
6:08 am

Oh. Oops. “”Srcaps’ is boy dog, isn’t he?”. Yes, and the AJC fitfully edits for content. That, in a nutshell, is what makes it less than a newspaper and this, less than a blog. You’re not an idiot, just a tasteless curator. The AJC can stand any politically correct criticism except informed criticism of itself. Very Southern, in that way. Good fer bidness, ah reckon. Now.