Bait-and-switch taxes bite back

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

● Poor Haiti. An earthquake. Cholera. And now the plague of Baby Doc.

● The GOP majority in the Legislature should learn from the mistakes of the Democrats who ran Georgia. One lesson is never create dedicated taxes or fees and enshrine them in the state constitution. The other is not to levy “fees,” aka taxes, and promise, or appear to promise, the proceeds to a specific use. The result is that special interests consider them “mine” and demand “their” money, no matter the fiscal condition of the state. At issue now are taxes collected as fees on waste disposal of new tires that eventually will get into the waste-disposal stream. As former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ben Harbin, R-Evans, told the AJC all revenues that come into the general fund are spent for higher priorities — “education and health care and things like that.” The option for legislators is to shuffle available money — or to cut higher-priority programs. The third lesson here is that taxes as fees are a trust-in-government issue. The appearance of bait-and-switch levies always comes back to haunt elected officials.

● Republicans in the General Assembly should be planning for the long term, which means that they start defining their values and ethics for all those Georgians who were driven into their arms — perhaps temporarily — by the recurring Pelosi-Reid-Obama nightmare. Senate Republicans, therefore, can’t have a Banking Committee chairman who’s being sued by the FDIC for his alleged role in the collapse of Integrity Bank in Alpharetta. That chairman, Sen. Jack S. Murphy of Cumming, served on the bank board from 2000 to 2008 and is among the former directors and bank executives from whom the FDIC is seeking $70 million. Murphy should step down voluntarily; if not, fellow Republicans should give him another assignment.

● Frightened members of Congress who insist that they now need special protection to mix with the unwashed masses are in the wrong business. They should find some other work.

● Headline: “Obama orders review of regulations.” This is a joke, right? Where’s the punch line: “He thinks there are too few.” Financial industry “reform” will bring hundreds more and the health care cram down grants 1,968 new powers to federal appointees, primarily Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, according to Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation. Unsurprisingly, another AJC headline: “Government needs to add 193,000 hires” for “mission critical” jobs in government in the next two years.

● Pundits never tire of declaring the congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare as doomed. It’s to elected officials’ credit that they try — even if takes years. (Man, those frightened said-to-be “Blue Dog” Democrats got back on the party reservation quickly. Neither John Barrow nor Sanford Bishop voted for repeal.)

● Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves spoke the PolitiFacted truth in observing something he’d have no reason to lie about. His verified statement was that the kind of snow storm that shut down Atlanta comes every 10 or 15 years. With that time frame, public officials should not consider trying to buy big stores of snow-removal equipment. Better heed the advice of former DOT Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl: “You cannot buy enough equipment to cover something like this. … It may sit on the yard 365 days a year for, say, three years.” Some of the better ideas come from transplants writing letters and op-eds for the AJC — including one suggestion that all publicly owned removal equipment go to the interstate and major roads and that subdivisions organize, in advance, their own road-clearing efforts.

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Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
4:24 pm

I don’t pretend to speak for all African Americans, especially the New World Order integrationist African Americans or their devilish black minions. But the very day Republicans start to work to improve my lot is the day that I cast my vote with another party.

The responsibility to improve my lot belongs to me in conjunction with other African Americans. Not the government. …Now I wouldn’t out right reject the assistance of other races, but I don’t expect it. More than likely, other races have too many internal problems of their own to be concerned with others.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

It may come as a surprise to many of you, prior to mandatory integration in the south, 1971, the vast majority, 95%, of African Americans held conservative political perspectives closely aligned with the ones I hold today.

African Americans in the north had integrated much earlier and held perverted views of life. They already held liberal morals and political views before 1971, much like integrationist African Americans today.

The 50s, 60s, and early 70s were the good old days in the south.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
5:59 pm

What in the world happened to African Americans? Obviously something unwholesome happened to them.

Martin Luther King Jr. was in the minority among African Americans in the south that supported integration, 5%. Martin Luther King Jr.promised us that African Americans in the south would integrate to improve our knowledge base. Having attained more knowledge from white institutions etc, educated and highly skillful black people would return to the black community and build upon our existing modest institutions etc…

The New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minion’s plans were different from that of Martin Luther King Jr. It was the same coin, integration, but opposite sides. Therefore, The New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions had to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. to implement a perverted integrationist view upon black people and others that was 180 degrees, practically opposite of Martin Luther King Jr.

Much like what happened to good African students with the idea in mind of leaving the continent to study in American Institutions, and return to black Africa to improve the lot of Africans, it never happen. With little or no difficulty, the New World Order’s perverted view of integration encouraged them to betray the continent and community. Obviously there was a lot of brain drain in Africa and the black community.

That’s what happened to African Americans. And the rest my friend is History.

Auntie Kepila

January 22nd, 2011
7:08 pm

@ Stuck in a Red State:

Thank s for that informed and informative post about the nonpartisan impulse to misappropriate public moneys. I think we all wonder about that sometimes, even if because of lottery receipts and cigarette taxes. My sense is that most politicians aren’t avaricious, but rather lust after power. They consistently exchange cash for power, the power to assert their fond views and to dominate their fellows. For such a pleasure, they’d turn their backs on a quarter million in cash provided they’d calculated how to cash it in for the next chairmanship.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
7:45 pm

This may come as a surprise to you too. When it was announced in 1973 Roe vs. Wade that a woman could legally kill her unborn baby, African American men and women were stunned, in utter disbelief. It was a tremendous unwelcome shock to the conscience.

As a result of that unfortunate decision, many of us are nowhere close to the moral human beings that we used to be.

Amen?

Hurst

January 22nd, 2011
9:51 pm

This is a joke, right? Another Jim Wooten weekly screed of observations that pretend to carry weight because he’s been covering politics for generations. It’s a joke that’s been played on us for too many years.

Jim, as you know full well, if there are members of a major party that are truly frightened to get off the reservation it’s the Republican party. How many Republicans are frightened to vote their conscience lest they get primaried by some nutjob tea partier, even if they didn’t know that 13% of tea partiers think violence against the current American government is justified?

And Jim, you also know full well that if a Democrat votes against his party, he or she won’t be vilified for weeks on end by a non-stop right-wing barrage that almost always results in threats of violence against them, or worse.

But what’s the point Jim? Your columns prove that you don’t mind seeing people suffer greatly and have a lousy quality of life. All you care about is how much in taxes that you have to pay. You’re all heart.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
11:37 pm

If I were an African American woman and had killed my baby via abortion, the pro-choice politicians would have to answer to me. Answer because every time I saw a baby or hold a baby, there would be serious problems demonstrating unadulterated affection. My entire being would go through an emotional crisis.

Answer because there are always recurring thoughts that comes to the mind. Would my baby have looked like this one or that one? Answer because each time I’m punctured with a pin or needle, I wonder if my baby felt the pain when the abortionist poked and prodded…etc.

If I were an African American woman guilty of murdering my baby, the pro-choice politicians couldn’t get anything out of me, not to mention a vote. I would take my frustration out on them by repenting and preventing young women from making the same haunting lifelong mistake.

Amen?

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
11:45 pm

The Associated Press

Obama marks anniversary of abortion rights case

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is marking the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion by calling the procedure a constitutional right he’s committed to protecting…

J.B. STONER

January 23rd, 2011
9:57 am

Dr. Stan (the one above) has FINALLY started watching Fox News.

THIS WAS NOT REPORTED BY KGB NETWORKS………

Good job, Stanley………….

And, a reminder…….

GLENN BECK , MON. THRU FRI. , FOX NETWORK, 5:PM……..

BE THERE.

Independent

January 24th, 2011
7:28 am

Bait and Switch is a good name for fees imposed and then not used for their ascribed purposes. I remember when gasoline taxes were collected to repair roads and bridges – then never spent because the existence of the Highway Trust Fund was used to make the deficit look smaller than it really was. All the time our bridges are leterally falling out from under us and killing people. Now the pendulum has swung the other way, since the tax on gasoline has not been raised in decades while the cost of the asphault and concrete continues to rise. The other example is the Social Security Trust Fund, also included to make the Federal Budget Deficit look smaller. If you took that out of the equation, we had significantly higher deficits all through the last few years. And you are right, Jim, when you say it raises a Trust in Government issue. Look at the Ga. 400 debacle, they made a promise to institute a fee (tax) temporarily to pay for building a road and would retire the tolls once the road was paid for. Did they do that? No, our outgoing REPUBLICAN governor voted to keep that tax on our citizens. Our legislature votes to put a $2 fee (tax) on tires to pay for their disposal, but the money gets spent on education instead. Not that education is not a worthy cause, but if it needs money and we don’t need the money for tire disposal, then for goodness sakes, remove the $2 fee for tires and increase the dang general income or sales tax to provide general funds. Is that so hard to understand? But if you institute a fee for a specific purpose, then the proceeds should go into a dedicated account for that purpose only and should be spent for that purpose. If large balances are accruing in that account , then the fee should be cut top provide only the necessary amount. But the money should never be siphoned off to another purpose. That is what Trust in Government means.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 24th, 2011
11:01 am

Dear BC @ 12:04 on 1/22, were you really a conservative you would understand how government diktat raises costs, and if you knew anything about investment you would realize insurance companies are not getting fat on premiums. As if any conservative thinks government makes anything better!

Peter

January 24th, 2011
5:51 pm

Bait and switch like the GA 400 Toll Jim ?

Another Republican Lie.

Peter

January 24th, 2011
5:55 pm

How about that Land purchase Jim…… seems that land the state recently purchased is the ONLY land in the country that had gone up in value over the last 2 years.

Imagine that……. one parcel of land in the entire country went up in value and the Republican’s purchased it…..

WOW that is some real brain power at work ?

Tracy

January 25th, 2011
3:27 am

Georgia’s “conservatives” are nothing more than a few holy nuts. Sadly, the bible doesn’t contain lessons on how to run State economics and boy does it show.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 25th, 2011
7:53 am

Liberals throughout the nation have been emboldened after recent tragic events. The demand is getting stronger and louder each day that Jim Wooten tones his rhetoric down. Look what he’s done now, said glen after at least 35 people were killed and 180 wounded at Domodedovo Airport.

Glen and a gaggle of liberals nationwide are now pointing the finger at Wooten and some of the worse elements in FRAPH and theTonton Macoutes. They said the worse of the worse learned of what the KGB was about to do with that (YS) yellow stuff in Haiti, Alexander Litvinenko style, after reading Thinking Right with Jim Wooten. And they paid some Muslims to strike them in their homeland.

Due to recent developments, some of my liberal friends said that the President of the United States will have similar talking points in the State of the Union tonight.

The gaggle is unrelenting, can’t you see what you’re doing Jim…“Poor Haiti. An earthquake. Cholera. And now the plague of Baby Doc.” Can’t you see what you’re doing?

Turn down the rhetoric Jim! Turn down the rhetoric.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 25th, 2011
8:53 am

A lot of people lost respect for Elder Bernice King on January 17, 2011 including me. She had the audacity to ask many people in the audience to stand and be recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service.

On the other hand, she asked Alveda King to raise her hand to be recognized… It was a classless act. Alveda King is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and is an American Christian minister, conservative, pro-life activist, and author. She is the daughter of the late civil rights leader and activist Reverend A.D. Williams King, Sr. and his wife Naomi Barber King.

Christians know to abstain from every appearance of evil…

That classless act was so unlike Martin Luther King Jr. that she supposedly represent. It was more like a representation of Bishop Eddie Long.

Amen?

carlosgvv

January 25th, 2011
11:42 am

Since the earthquake in Haiti, I have noticed that almost all the volunteer aid workers from America have been white. Looks like our African-American’s concern for other African-Americans stops at the US border.

carlosgvv

January 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Stan

How is Bernice King asking Alveda King to stand up and be recognized an appearance of evil? I think you are starting to go off the deep end.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

I’ll be dog gone Carlosgvv. Are you part of an unholy trinity, glen, tracy, and Carlosgvv? If not, you all should form a partnership because the three of you vibrate on an extremely low frequency.

You should have asked how is Bernice King’s refusal to ask Alveda King to stand up and be recognized an appearance of evil?

Bernice King is a liberal and pro-choice etc. She believes that a woman has a right to choose to kill her baby in the womb or bring it to term…

Alveda King is a conservative, pro-life, and spoke at Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally 8/28/10. She believes that upon conception, the baby in a woman’s womb has a natural right to life…

Naturally there will be tension between each point of view, especially the Glenn Beck rally. Christians should be mindful of that tension and go the extra mile to avoid the appearance of evil, vengeance by reacting to their lower tendencies.

If Bernice King or Christine King Farris had asked Alveda King to stand and be recognized instead of her raising her hand but remain seated to be recognized, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., they would have done their duty as a Christian aught.

Little harmful personal attacks below the radar of the masses count too. It’s commonly referred to as secret sin.

carlosgvv

January 25th, 2011
2:31 pm

Stan

Please look in your New Testament and give me book, chapter and verse where abortion is mentiond by NAME as a sin. While you’re there you might review that commandment about not adding to or taking away from the word.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 25th, 2011
6:44 pm

“If I can help somebody as I pass along,
I can cheer somebody with a word or song,
If I can show somebody he is travelling wrong,
my living will not be in vain.

If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,
If I can bring salvation to a world overwrought,
If I can spread the message as the master taught,
Then my living will have not been in vain.”

- Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 26th, 2011
1:10 pm

Girls just want

January 27th, 2011
7:46 am