2,300 ‘jobs’ lost never were for real

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

● National Democrats, frightened by the prospect that voters will throw them out of power in Congress, launch a new strategy, according to The New York Times. It’s to scour the public records and other sources to find trash on Republican challengers. This is “an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Barack Obama and his party,” the newspaper reports. Once the sleaze starts, there’s no stopping. Democrats here even targeted a smear job at Jason Shepherd, who’s running for the Georgia House against incumbent Democrat Rep. Terry Johnson of Marietta. It all centers on Shepherd’s decision to abandon his father’s surname following his parents’ divorce — but, of course, the smut-searchers found something sinister in it. For goodness sakes, trashing a 34-year-old in a race far removed from Congress and national politics. It’s why good people avoid public service.

● Never, ever, under any circumstances should voters agree to enshrine in Georgia’s Constitution a proposal that sets forth a specific-sum tax (which is labeled as “an annual $10 trauma charge” on “certain vehicles”) to begin funding a proposed network of trauma centers — a tax that is, furthermore, sanctified as forever untouchable by those elected to run Georgia. Once more: Elected officials should set priorities and impose taxes to fund those most deserving, spreading the revenue where it will do the most good. If we don’t trust them to do that, we should elect new ones. This proposal, Amendment 2, should be the last of its kind to come out of a Republican-controlled Legislature.

● How could they? Self-declared and presumed Republicans, recognizing the country’s complete disgust with, and alienation from, Washington politicians who deceived them on Obamacare and other legislation, find a clever little game to continue the toll on Ga. 400 for another decade. A broken promise is a broken promise, as President George H.W. Bush discovered. The next governor should clean house.

● You see, here’s why we can never quite embrace Libertarian Party candidates: Gubernatorial nominee John Monds, speaking with the AJC editorial board, looks to horse racing, casino gambling, Sunday liquor sales and decriminalized marijuana (up to 4 ounces) as state revenue sources. So what “sins” do we tax when these prove insufficient to fund the spending appetite of vote-buying politicians? Prostitution? Crack houses? (This political season is a victory for Libertarians. They are getting noticed and their positions are getting discussed. That’s not usually the case.)

● Thursday’s front-page headline — “2,300 stimulus jobs may be lost” — prompts a search for a new word to describe “jobs” that were never actually created. Some people were kept or put on the payroll briefly because of “free” government money. But there was no “job” important enough to the employer to pay real money, so you can’t say there as a “job” that was lost.

● When cynicism threatens, read the paper. Not the slime-ball or the human depravity stuff. Read about the remarkable 14-year-old Daniela Joel of Lilburn, a freshman at Parkview High School, who died this week after being diagnosed just shy of her 12th birthday with an inoperable tumor in the middle of her brain stem. She’d done more at 14 to give direction and purpose to her life than most do in far more advanced age. Reporter Rick Badie endeared me to this girl I’d never met by adding this touch: On “the night before she died, she had completed her homework” in advanced placement classes at Parkview. Live life like there is a tomorrow.

Jim Wooten, an Opinion columnist, writes for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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October 2nd, 2010
8:42 am

Der Libertarians and the Tea Party will split the ex-conservative vote and save the democrats.


October 2nd, 2010
8:55 am

Three-dimensional chess doesn’t work when Yanks vote. We’re binary, reptilian.

But good, you understand…


October 2nd, 2010
11:23 am

Why is ROY and O-BLO-ME on this front page??
Tired of seeing the thug, I mean mug……..

May as well hire illegals, they will bend and scoop, unlike the black sharecroppers.
They WILL bend and scoop for the wellfare check,though.

Time to make the ‘White House’ white again, folks.

Not So Casual Observer

October 2nd, 2010
7:38 pm

Dems hoping the Conservative vote split wil save them is pure nonsense. Without the independent voters (those who swung ‘08 for Obama) the Dems are losersin ‘10 and ‘12.

When the Dems failed in their obligation to vet Obama, simply because he might bring them into power, the independents were lost once the true Obama, not the campaign version, was exposed. There may never be another Democrat in the WH as a result of the ‘08 election and the fraud perpetrated by Obama, Pelosi and the Dem leadership.

As long as the Dems are ruled by the uber Liberals then good riddance to them.

Not So Casual Observer

October 2nd, 2010
7:41 pm

AmVet @ 1:56,


“Coming from a clown so gutless he hides behind that moniker.”

Were you referring to yourself?


October 2nd, 2010
9:35 pm

Wanna hear what I make of the political landscape, as reflected here by potshooting at Wooten? It goes back to Lincoln, the ur-Republican.

When Lincoln was still quite young he went before the Illinois voters to plea for his promotion to Congress. Why did they elect him? Because they were moved by his mindblowingly frank self-honesty. He was a one-man freak show at the time, preternaturally large and strong and smart, and they all knew it but loved that he was ever the first in on the joke. When one of them asked him baldly why he would want to go to Washington, he flatly answered that he wanted to go there to make a memorable mark in history. So existential, so self-honest. They knew that he meant that if they didn’t elect him it would be as though he’d never lived. That he’d come from worse than nothing, with less than a year’s schooling; that he’d bootstrapped among them enough to claim himself as their familiar; that he came with baggage but bigod in D.C. he could not possibly fail to represent the authentic spirit of that young state and could do no other than his best because it was his only shot at not shrinking into the oblivion that Fate handed him.

They asked him why he sought power and he told them frankly that he wanted it for his own pitiful sake, and they knew at that moment that they had a meteor. A go-getter who’d do anything but screw it up, and guy who’d get there not by guile but by guilelessness.

That’s what’s missing in this current crop of incumbent politicians. The Peeps feel that lack, that same vacuum of sheer character that Mr. Lincoln once filled. Today’s pols are simply greedheads and power maniacs who haven’t even Abe Lincoln’s touchingly humble motives for office.

Pardon the length. I didn’t know how to put it more succinctly. My bad.


October 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

Georgia needs horse racing. It’s as legal as lotto.


October 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Jim you post some of the silliest stuff about thinking right it makes all laugh……

Your logic is goofy at best, and Deal the Republican candidate is a crook, a liar and a joke.

Republican’s keep the state education horrible, so uneducated rednecks will vote for crooks !

Tell us something Sonny did for Georgia in 8 years, that would get folks thinking, Gee we need more Republican governors ?


October 3rd, 2010
9:33 am

Gee Jim, what other sins, as defined by your nonsense bronze age religion,do you want enforced at the point of a policeman’s gun? How about blasphemy? Twenty years in prison for saying “F—k Jesus? You bible thumpers morons find me digusting? The contempt is mutual, believe me.


October 3rd, 2010
11:24 am

Was reported yesterday O-BLO-ME plans to sell General Motors to China, but NOT until after the November elections…


October 3rd, 2010
12:55 pm

Well yes he’s a crook, a liar and a joke, but on the other hand, even the Repubican one, the man is a crook and a liar and a joke. Our Party would do better to dump him gracefully and draft a sexy closer, but don’t tell..


October 4th, 2010
7:40 am

If Obumbler does seel GM to the chinese lets hope the unions and workers are included in the deal.

barking frog

October 4th, 2010
8:02 am

A job saved is a job earned.

barking frog

October 4th, 2010
8:06 am

“F—k Jesus?

I believe the Romans already have. They also stole
his Church and turned it into Pedophiles International.

Foolish Whineocrats

October 4th, 2010
8:29 am

The Obungler Administration is such a propogandist tool. Lies, damn lies, and then statistics like the “jobs saved or created” nonsense. Nearly two years ago we were told by the Nannycrats and Obungler and his minime Reid that a nearly trillion dollar stimulus deal needed to be passed URGENTLY or we were all going to be in soup lines.

Well, here we are nearly two years later and unemployment is nearly ten percent – what’s reported anyway, it’s actually much higher (vs. it approaching eight percent at that time of debate and passage). Everything had to be RUSH RUSH RUSH HURRY HURRY HURRY back then up to and including that disaster known as Obamacare.

Now however suddenly the Obungler is running around to Soros staged neighborhood “back yard” BBQs telling everyone that we need to slow down and not expect instant results. Well that’s quite a turn of mentality from nearly two years ago, isn’t it? Complete and utter incompetence is what it is.

Finally, major European cities have been targeted by Al Qaeda but the plot was exposed. What happened? I thought that once Bushie & Cheney were out of office and Obungler put in, the world would become peaceful again and we’d all be dancing on flowers of peace. I wonder, how many left wingnut liberals both in the US and abroad still believe that radical Islamic terrorism is a figment of Bushie & Cheney’s imagination?

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October 4th, 2010
5:29 pm

Would you have us invade Litchenstein, Foolish?

Why don’t you take your geo-political rocket science and run for office and see who donates to your campaign of wise electoral knowledge.