Health care supporters in retreat

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

● The government falls far, far short of exercising the control over children’s lives that’s necessary to keep them from becoming, uh, full-figured. It can take over breakfast, lunch and early dinner and patrol school halls and grounds for unsanctioned calories, but until it takes full custody of the children it’s just tossing money and growing the nanny state.

● All year and not a federal budget. Reflecting back, do you realize how little the issues important to the leaders of this Congress arose in conversations you had or overheard in public places this year? No wonder the disapproval rating of Congress is 83 percent.

● Sad and disappointing to read the quote from the student body president at the University of Georgia, concerning efforts to trim the goodies and, thereby, save the HOPE grants. Said he, sounding for the entire world like the gimme-elders whose resistance to reform brought Social Security to the brink of bankruptcy, “The state made decision years ago to start this program, and they need to honor that commitment. Why not look for other ways to pay for this? They need to be creative and not just make cuts.” Congress is a master of the creativity he espouses. It’s the reason his children and generations to come will experience a lesser quality of life as they work to pay off the bills for yesterday’s consumption.

● Sad, too, to read the 10-year accumulation of wisdom that springs from Jonathan Miller, who as a bullying 15-year-old punched and killed a Cherokee County classmate stepping off a school bus. He’s now 10 years into a life sentence. “I got into a fist fight, but I was subjected to life in prison because of a freak accident,” he told the AJC.

● It’s no mystery why Atlanta and neighboring counties grow more alike in education and income. The poor move and the rash of condo construction attract the childless young. And when will we ever stop referring to Atlanta’s adjacent counties as its “suburbs”? That’s 1960s talk. We’re neighbors. We’re not Atlanta’s bedroom.

● Unlike Democrats, for whom governing has been an extension of the party, Georgia Republicans don’t have a history of governor-designated party heads. The rank-and-file do that. Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has a candidate, Tricia Pridemore of Cobb County, who co-chairs his inaugural. Sue Everhart, also of Cobb, the first woman elected to head the Georgia party, has no plans to roll over — nor should she. She’s served well, modernizing computer systems, adding security and equipment, building the e-mail list from 2,000 to 250,000, expanded fundraising and assisted every statewide candidate, including Deal. Everhart’s eligible at the May state convention for a third and final two-year term. She’s earned it. She should get it.

● Wait! The smug certainty with which partisans and commentators on the left dismissed as frivolous the state challenges to ObamaCare, surely don’t seem so frivolous now. “The unchecked expansion of congressional power to the limits suggested by … [the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance] … would invite unbridled exercise of federal police powers,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia. Gov. Sonny Perdue had to act on his own to join a 20-state suit in Florida because out-going Attorney General Thurbert Baker bought the frivolous-to-challenge argument of ObamaCare supporters. The Apology Window is not yet open for them, but staff is being lined up.

● Santa, please, don’t bring Michael Vick that dog he wants. Let this story go away. He gets that dog and for the next decade, all America will be beaten down with unrelenting stories about his happiness and well-being. The dog’s, not Vick’s.

- By Jim Wooten, Thinking Right blog

86 comments Add your comment

native

December 16th, 2010
9:32 pm

● It’s no mystery why Atlanta and neighboring counties grow more alike in education and income. The poor move and the rash of condo construction attract the childless young. And when will we ever stop referring to Atlanta’s adjacent counties as its “suburbs”? That’s 1960s talk. We’re neighbors. We’re not Atlanta’s bedroom.

A homogeneous population of relatively educated and affluent people enables a smug conservatism. Changing circumstances may require introspection and perhaps an attempt to engage with us in the city who have struggled with these problems for decades. Yes, we have our smugness, too. Maybe time to talk.

Will

December 17th, 2010
7:16 am

With republicans having complete control of all phases of state government, I look forward to the General Assembly redrawing legislative districts next year to reflect current census data.

I am certain republicans will correct decades of partisan manipulation by drawing sensible districts based on geography rather than race, partisan politics or other factors that would either protect or enhance their majorities.

Of course, I am also certain that Santa will eat the cookies and drink the milk that I leave for him a week from today!

A Panda named Jerry

December 17th, 2010
8:26 am

The problem with Wooten’s column today is that you can’t roll it up and smack him with it, like Vick would do if’n he gots his pupperoo backs and he was holding an AJC newspaper with a Luckovich cartoon in it . Sadly smug, Wooten has managed to ruin another holiday season with his meanly-fomented foaming memes which always makes him appear more like a loud-talking rabies victim than Santa. Ignoring the social evolution implicit in any human society, he rambles through the easily-eavesdropped issues he certainly covers in his own conversations: racism, elitism, gerrymandering, and pandering.

McDonald’s is the emblematic poster-child of pure capitalism. We are talking about lunch for 6 billion human beings and we let one company poison us all with their soggy fat. Why? For what purpose? The hunger-pangs that signal our brains to eat are a national resource. Food service should be limited to castor oil, beets, and cabbage soup. Simply draw cartoon characters with vegetable heads and market those images on television, and voila: America loses a trillion pounds. Look to the whole-wheat cookie!

After lunch, Cigarettes are the most ironic of all of capitalism’s benefits. A handful of people have accumulated wealth and power by sponsoring hospital construction based on their understanding of the diseases that their cigarettes cause among the demographically-jerrymandered. Pure Capitalism is evil. Pure Capitalism is war.

“Gimme-elders”. What RU, Wooten, a Gotcha-elder who wants to turn Atlanta’s bedrooms (where Sue Everhart certainly rolls over) into Atlanta’s outhouses (where Repudlickans roll under)? Well you’ve succeeded beyond all the democrat’s wildest efforts to initiate progress. Your ivory tower has been built on the carcass of the once-elephantine icon of philanthropy and good will: our bill of rights.

I hope someone puts castor oil in your eggnog.

bwa

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 17th, 2010
8:41 am

Good morning all. Whoever dreamed we would celebrate the absence of a budget, the total abdication of the normal Constitutional duties of the Congress? Yet, today, because the overlords failed to pass the new $1 trillion stimulus they called the “omnibus,” the incoming republicans will have an opportunity to trim. Maybe the best Christmas present the lame-ducks could give us. Reminds me of Albert Finney joining in the chorus of “Thank you very much.”

The student body president of UGA is running for a democrat nomination for something. He already has the sound bites down. Including the immature political philosophy.

Jonathan Miller should be helping those whom Obama threw under the bus.

There remains a separation between Atlanta and its neighbors. The whole ITP/OTP thing. I think it is mutual.

I confess I did not appreciate the intellectuality of the Virginia v Sibelius ruling until I read Richard Epstein’s short analysis:

“[T]he District Court rejected the view that the individual mandate was a necessary and proper offset to the Congressional decision to require all insurers to take customers without regard to their preexisting conditions. In the government’s view, the two issues are the opposite side of the same coin. If the system is going to give some individuals a subsidy, it must find a way to tax someone else to provide that subsidy. Hence the individual mandate. . . .

“[But] there is no clear rule that says if X group is entitled to the subsidy, we can somehow identify the Y group that is duty bound to pay it. . . . it is hard to explain why the individual mandate has to be the flip side of the subsidy when general taxes are still available.

“As a political matter, however, the . . . only way to get general revenues for this proposal is to get the next Congress to go along, which will not happen now that there is a Republican House of Representatives. So a bill that is already in hock is now ruinously so, which will only increase the political unease.”

I have ambivalent thoughts about Michael Vick and dogs. Part of me appreciates that he has forfeited-for-life any right to the affection one accrues as a dog care-giver. Maybe the dominant part of me believes in redemption.

carlosgvv

December 17th, 2010
8:46 am

The smug certainty you have that all these lawsuits will overturn Obamacare conviently fails to mention the huge amounts of taxpayer money being paid to bring these suits to trial. Maybe you should write a column about how much this is costing and how this money could have been spent for education, police, firefighters, etc.

Joel Edge

December 17th, 2010
8:46 am

“in retreat”
Never in retreat. Merely regrouping to begin the “how did we live before Obamacare” and “what would you replace it with” spiel. Oh, the humanity, do it for the children, etc.

Just phoning it in

December 17th, 2010
8:48 am

Boy, Jim, a new low just before Christmas. (Merry Christmas to all, by the way) Talk about smug. Your picture would be next to the word in the dictionary. One judge says the mandate portion of the health care reform bill is unconstitutional, and all of the sudden you’re right and everyone who supported the bill is wrong. No consideration of the possibility this lone judge, appointed by Pres. Bush and a stockholder in a company that is fighting health care reform tooth and nail, might be wrong, huh? Your narrowmindedness never fails to amaze. Politifact rated the Republicans’ refrain that the reform bill constituted a “government takeover of health care” as the number one political lie of 2010. Remove your head from its current place of residence and see the light.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 17th, 2010
8:54 am

You Obamacare deniers, whining about “smugness,” owe us an explanation. Why is the judge wrong? Simply railing that the decision was ‘political” does not mean the Congress had the authority. The Constitution does not grant the overlords unlimited power to control our lives. One would think you would praise a ruling that, consistent with Roe v Wade, affirms the individual’s right to be left alone.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 17th, 2010
8:56 am

I misphrased at 8:54: “Obamacare deniers” should have been something more like “Obamacare sycophants.” Apologies for poor draftsmanship. And Merry Christmas,

hayek

December 17th, 2010
9:23 am

Calling them deniers or sychophants is way to mild. These folks are totalitarian from their desire to regulate meals with toys to their ordering people, under threat of imprisonment or loss of freedom, to purchase medical insurance. These are people who simply believe that they can control every aspect, except maybe the choice sexual partners, of other people’s lives.

hayek

December 17th, 2010
9:24 am

make that “too mild”

Just phoning it in

December 17th, 2010
9:27 am

Health care is a unique product. If a person goes to the hospital for treatment, federal law requires that he or she be given it. Someone will have to pay for it. It is not therefor “unlimited power to control our lives” but rather a proper shifting of the responsibility for payment to the individual. It does not mandate a particular kind of insurance or a particular company. And if I am not mistaken, at least two other federal judges in different circuits have upheld the provision. I didn’t see Jim or anyone else here suggesting that the GOP and the outside groups fighting the change give up the appeals and suits. That’s why it’s a smug comment. We win one, we ignore the others and we tell the supporters we were right all along and you were wrong. Smug.

AmVet

December 17th, 2010
9:41 am

“No wonder the disapproval rating of Congress is 83 percent.”

Agreed, and comparable to CEOs and big business disapproval ratings.

But of course come January 2011, those ratings for congress are bound to sky rocket, no?

Because as we all know, when the GOP controls either/both houses of congress and/or the White House, the amount of truly beneficial work on behalf of we the people goes through the roof.

We’re neighbors.

And with friends like these, who needs enemies…

Georgia Republicans don’t have a history of governor-designated party heads.

And just how sophist is that observation???

Out of 140 years the fake conservative Republicans have held the governorship for exactly…….8.

Speaking of which, good job, cons. Electing one the most corrupt members of the US Congress (which is really saying something!) as our next guv.

And in it’s ongoing efforts to be the laughingstock of the republic, Georgia just shot up a few more notches…

Just phoning it in

December 17th, 2010
9:53 am

They needed to elect someone with the finely honed corruption skills of Real Deal to be able to build on the legacy of our soon-to-be ex-Governor of Corruption, Sonny. No amateur could follow in his grubby footsteps.

Douglas

December 17th, 2010
10:08 am

Nancy Pelosi: “Are you serious?”

U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson answered her question in the affirmative.

BS Aplenty

December 17th, 2010
10:18 am

It’s crystal clear that the solutions to build a sustainable healthcare system in this country are outside the ken of Dem leaders. They are THE one-tool party. When all you’ve got is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

The federal judge in Florida and the Supremes in DC will affirm that the government cannot force Amercian citizens to purchase healthcare insurance from a single source (ultimately) provider. Period.

Churchill's MOM

December 17th, 2010
10:20 am

Does Sonny or Deal get the kick back off Oaky Woods? I bet they don’t split.

RGB

December 17th, 2010
10:31 am

Actually, carlosgvv, Virginia’s Attorney General stated that the incremental cost to the state’s taxpayers for Virginia’s (winning) lawsuit against Obamacare was $1,000. They used existing staff to handle the suit.

It strikes me as funny when liberals all of a sudden get concerned about the prudent use of taxpayer dollars–sort of like Barney Frank talking about the importance of morality and family values.

If Obamacare goes into full force, the cost to the state of Virginia will be in the billions.

In the event you were to miss it, $1,000 < billions.

Rafe Hollister

December 17th, 2010
10:39 am

Hope this Virginia Judge’s ruling trips some Freedom gene in Justice Kennedy’s brain. He makes a very logical and insightful point, but if Justice Kennedy doesn’t pick it up and run with it, we will be left with a 5-4 infavor of the totalitarian power of our massive Fed Govt and suffer with Obamacare. I also like the Florida case questioning Obamacare violating the long overlooked forgotten 10th Amendment. Might as well try that one again, maybe some judges will reconsider the all consuming power of the Fed.

I am also about up to my receding hairline with Michelle and her war on tasty food. Both my children grew up with a Happy Meal clutched in their hands and both are normal weight. One still hates vegetables and the other is a vegetarian, go figure.

BS Aplenty

December 17th, 2010
10:40 am

I want to give the kid at UGA something of a pass on his HOPE comments. They sound very much like MANY adults’ comments about Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. These programs were created, ostensibly, by the adults at the time and I would have a difficult time laying too much abuse on a youngster whose parents were part and parcel of their creation. I’m not saying the “it’s owed to me” thinking is correct, but sometimes the adults need to be chastened, too.

Darwin

December 17th, 2010
11:41 am

Funny how many Republicans were for the mandate to carry insurance before this became all about politics and not about policy. You can’t deny pre-existing conditions and still allow people to opt out of the system until they get sick and need care. So, go ahead and rant you right wingers. If you’ve got health insurance and pay taxes today, your just paying for those who don’t. So, who’s the idiot now?

hayek

December 17th, 2010
11:51 am

Indeed people who purchase insurance and pay taxes are being fleeced. Good to see a lefty realize that instead bleating about downtrodden victims.

NB–I am neither Republican nor did I ever want insuance to mandated.

BW

December 17th, 2010
11:53 am

Wow Jim….this is you’re best screed yet…I never remember you being this cynical during your days of full employment with the AJC

obamacare and medicare

December 17th, 2010
11:56 am

this is just a bump in the road for obamacare – the law will be rewritten to mimic the current medicare system. You won’t HAVE to buy it, but if you put it off, it will cost you much, much more in the future.

This economic incentive will trump the threat of forcing purchase. So as I said, this is a bump in the road… obamacare will prevail, which will lead to a single-payer system – similar to the rest of the industrialized world.

obamacare and medicare

December 17th, 2010
11:58 am

i agree with BS aplenty – the UGA student got this from his grandparents and parents who are unwilling to raise the retirement age, unwilling to accept anything less than cheap and unlimited healthcare and unwilling to cut defense, education or pay higher taxes. the entitlement attitude started long ago…

eddy

December 17th, 2010
12:01 pm

Obamacare is like the Omnibus spending bill…..we must pass it before we all understand what is in it!!!! Sounds just like Pelosi. What is impossible to fathom is that ALL politicians, once in Congress, are just there to do whatever they deem to be right….constituents be damned. There should never be another Obamacare bill or anything like it passed until all portions of the bill are vetted for clarity of language that you and I can read and understand. If they cannot write in clear unambiguous english, then they need to try again. I am convinced that there is a secret room that ALL congress people must go to and have a lobotomy….remove all common sense and logic and replace them with an abundance of “I know what’s best for all the little people”. All earmarks should be removed from ALL bills, period. If a project cannot be justified on its own merits then it should not ever come up for a vote. There are elements of Obamacare that should be implemented but those are tied into a bill that is filled with nonsense, pork, and idiocy. The bill should be repealed. Start again with a smaller approach to the Top 5 issues affecting our healthcare system. Address those clearly, written in english and then vote only on those 5 things. Then take the next 5 things and repeat. Seems doable but then again I’m not a politician. Democrats and Republicans and those in between all at fault. But then, once you’ve had power, it is impossible to relinquish it. Oh the absurdity…..a monument to Ted Kennedy in the Omnibus bill. Please, this creep’s family has plenty of money so let them erect a 1967 Oldsmobile monument to signify his significance!!!

Gordon

December 17th, 2010
12:06 pm

Darwin at 11:41 is correct. Although that is a totally separate arugument for whether it is constitutional or not. I wish it were. You can be against the current HCR bill but still believe everyone should be insured, since we end up having to pay anyway.

sharecropper

December 17th, 2010
12:10 pm

Wooten, why do you persist in such moronic musings? Give it up, go away. You’re drooling all over your shirt front, and most of the time it isn’t even buttoned. As of this moment, the backers are in good shape, with the aginners — you, on Medicare, don’t you know, and so easily disposed to oppose anybody else getting to see a doctor — having but one ruling from a right wing judge who is heavily invested in one of the industries trying to kill the bill. See, any intellectually honest pundit would have acknowledged that. Geez. You can get a dingbat out of the AJC, but you can’t get the AJC out of the dingbat.

JP

December 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

Hopefully there will be better ideas than the indivdaul mandate to help bring healht care costs down. I understand the idea – the more people that have insurance, the less cost per person down the road – although that might be debatable. But I also get the notion that folks don’t want to be FORCED into anything, particularly health – care. That’s OK, I understand that.

So let’s look at ALL options on bringing costs down.

carlosgvv

December 17th, 2010
12:53 pm

RGB

It strikes me as funny you are willing to swallow hook, line and sinker what the anti-Obama Virginia Attorney General says.

Peter

December 17th, 2010
3:49 pm

Hey Jim…The Republicans are in the Capitol, and running the State down the drain…… I thought Republicans’ knew what they were doing.

But beside building Fish Farms, being corrupt, or praying for rain they seem useless.

How about that GA 400 toll…..talk about a bait and switch !

How about un-employment ?

Georgia and Idaho endured the largest increases in unemployment. Georgia’s rate rose to 10.1 percent from 9.8 percent. Idaho’s jumped to 9.4 percent from 9.1 percent.

Hey Jim, why don’t you talk about what Republican’s are doing ?

tar and feathers party

December 17th, 2010
6:31 pm

The only thing those cowards in Congress understand is the guillotine, perhaps a few dozen examples would focus their fat, ignorant, greedy, little minds.

tar and feathers party

December 17th, 2010
6:34 pm

Someone published a poem about the night before Christmas a few years ago in which they claimed that all Jim wanted for Christmas was a brain. Can someone dig that poem out, something call The Night Before Christmas.

Dusty

December 17th, 2010
9:32 pm

Looks like a few people here are determined to show us their personal example of rude, crude and unattractive. Nothing new. of course. Shakespeare wrote a few line about if in Cymbeline. Here are his thoughts on

SLANDER
Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue
Outvenoms all the worms of Nile; whose breath
Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie
All corners of the world,–kings, queens, and states,
Maids, matrons,–nay, the secrets of the grave
This viperous slander enters,—
———————————

Yep, we’ve got us some vipers here. Not a pretty sight.

A Panda named Jerry

December 18th, 2010
8:53 am

Merry xmas, Dusty. Hope your holidays are grinchless and your stocking are coal-less, and none of your snowmen melt and all of your gingerbread cookies actually look like gumby. (and taste great).

Dusty

December 18th, 2010
9:38 am

Thank you, Panda….and many hugs for Christmas!!!

uno

December 18th, 2010
11:20 am

Sad and disappointing: Georgia Republicans and Oaky Woods. Am I right or wrong Jim?

Not So Casual Observer

December 18th, 2010
11:38 am

The published Lib talking points for today must have made use of one word, “smug”, as the key.

I most love how one Lib blames all of Georgia’s problems on the Republicans and another Lib Loon attacks a Wooten comment with, “Out of 140 years the fake conservative Republicans have held the governorship for exactly…….8.”

So which is it you Liberal Loons? Have the Democrats earned all of the political capital – whether a negative or positive – by holding the Governor’s chair for 132 of the last 140 years or are the Republicans to blame for 8 years of control out 140?

Our genius POTUS states (prior to November 2) the Republicans can participate but they must ride in the back of the bus and now we have Lib loons far and wide calling for “compromise” and “bi-partisan” cooperation. Do none of you remember the sage Pelosi and “elections have consequences”?

The words disingenuous and Democrat both start with the letter “d” – no coincidence.

WILL @ 7:16 – I can only hope Republicans give the Democrats a taste of their own behavior and redistrict John Lewis and the few remaining Lib Loons right out of Congress.

The other Libs, who each and every week make their personal attacks on Mr. Wooten, should explain their reason for wasting time reading the comments of someone for whom they have such animus.

Not So Casual Observer

December 18th, 2010
11:51 am

On the ObamaCare issue:

This will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court, of that we are certain. Since the POTUS and the Dems consider ObamaCare to be the cornerstone of the Obama administration there will be much political success at stake.

Do you believe the SCOTUS will have allowed the insult hurled during the State of the Union to be long forgotten?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 18th, 2010
11:51 am

It is sad and disappointing to read the quote from the student body president at the University of Georgia, concerning efforts to trim the goodies and, thereby, save the HOPE grants…

But there is hope for him Jim. He is yet a child so time is on his side to reach maturity… It’s an undeniable truism that our g- elders were short-circuited by the New World Order integrationist crowd and never experience the independence, acceptance, and joy of realizing they are men and women.

I remember being a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child. But when I realized I’m a man now, thank God Almighty, I put away the childish things of the New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions.

Not So Casual Observer

December 18th, 2010
11:54 am

The current Dems in Congress are the three characters of “The Wizard of Oz” – no courage, no heart and no brain. Thankfully, most are packing boxes and headed for their home state.

saywhat?

December 18th, 2010
12:32 pm

Not So Casual Observer- the Republicans in Georgia inherited a state economy at a historical high, and in eight years of total control turned it into what, exactly? Meanwhile, our current President inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression.

If you can’t find it in your heart to hold Georgia Republicans responsible for Georgia’s current status after 8 years of total control, surely you don’t hold the President responsible for our current status after only two years, do you?

Papa Grizzly

December 18th, 2010
1:25 pm

I’m proud that Senate Republicans are standing up to all those whiners who want to give free health care to all those union thugs from New York. All of those so called “first responders” have access to way-too generous union health care benefits paid for by you and me in the form of higher prices or taxes. Now they want another $7 billion from US Taxpayers. Senate Republicans are absolutely correct to stand up to that non-sense.

Port O'John

December 18th, 2010
1:30 pm

Your wrong about the adjoining counties being “neighbors” to the City of Atlanta, Jim. Being a neighbor means helping each other and working together to solve common problems. That ain’t so in metro Atlanta. The suburban counties hate Atlanta and the people in it. Although I must say that Gwinnett is showing itself to be just as disfunctional as Atlanta or DeKalb ever thought about. Give those Gwinnettians time, I’m sure they’ll beat Atlanta in the corruption game.

As Clay Harper used to say: What’s the quickest way to Alabama from Little 5 Points? Answer: 20 miles in any direction, once you cross 285 its all Alabama.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 18th, 2010
2:23 pm

Dear Dr. Stan, the black one,

In response to yesterday’s Virginia court ruling regarding the legality of President Obama’s oppressive health care legislation, I, released the following statement today:

“I commend yesterday’s court decision in Virginia to stop the unconstitutional overreach of Obamacare. The individual mandate on American citizens to accept this government scheme is both unconstitutional and without precedent in our country. Americans are best served when the Constitution is upheld and protected, as it was in this case. I look forward to further success in repealing this massive, ill-conceived piece of legislation for the sake of all Americans. I will work in the U.S. Senate to repeal Obamacare and instead search for market-based solutions to improving our health care system.”

Dr. Stan, the black one, Kelley and I thank you and Gladys for your continued support.

Your friend and Sen.-elect from the Bluegrass State,

Rand Paul

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

December 18th, 2010
3:32 pm

Dear Sen.-elect Rand Paul,

There is no doubt that the tide has turned on the Obamacare supporters and they are in retreat. There is a growing awakening to the healthcare scheme in all parts of the country, east, west, north, and south. The majority of Americans understand that their interest is served when the Constitution is upheld and protected. And the numbers are increasing favorably each day.

Gladys and I are counting down the days until you go to Washington and repeal that massive, ill conceived piece of legislation for the sake of all Americans. We know you and others will be successful in finding market-based solutions to improve our healthcare system. It’s the American way.

I hope to see you and Kelley again before you move to Washington. But if time constraints do not permit, we can rest assured there is a dependable American on Capitol Hill fighting to take our country back.

We are standing guard and always willing to serve,

Dr. Stan, the black one

Glenn

December 19th, 2010
4:39 am

Glenn

December 19th, 2010
5:13 am

Jim’s third point, “Sad and disappointing”, troubles me, as I suspect it should trouble, frankly, the relationship of taxpayers to college students.

(Hint: that relationship has been so screwed up, buy the virtual Congress guiding in congress the Penultimate Congress ingratiating the current, imaginary one.)

IPersonally, I worked my way through seven years through post graduate, with occasional help in small denominations from my grandparents and from churches (touchingly, not least mine own) and later an small but steady encouragement from the Ford Fdn.

So on balance I’ve really nothing to complain about. I consider Jim Wooten a blessing; likewise a blessing to haggle with him. But haggling and teasing aren’t everything: you gotta bring more. Like, a fact, would best, provided fresh or preferably original–meaning terrible things that journalism cannot admit but can merely exploit in further definition of itself.

J.B. STONER

December 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Michael Vick should still be doing time….

And should NEVER be allowed a pet, period.

HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A THUG,GET IT ?

Nance

December 20th, 2010
11:16 am

The sheer fact that even the safest of Democrat Congress people in the bluest of districts that ran for reelection a couple of months ago refused to tout Obama’s “accomplishments” is all the evidence anyone would need to realize the left didn’t try to correct or solve anything these past 2 disastrous years. They only sought to destroy and make more dependent on their Marxist government.