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.

73 comments Add your comment

Barry

January 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

First. So what.

Mr T

January 20th, 2011
9:13 pm

I think Wooten, Wingnut, and the Tea Baggers should move to Somalia. They got rid of the government and seem to be doing all right as a nation.

Unpainted Huffhines

January 20th, 2011
11:06 pm

Interesting to mention Haiti too, there are zero regulations there and a very small government, so small even their starving and impoverished masses overthrow them every few years.

Auntie Kepila

January 20th, 2011
11:39 pm

I really admired the previous week’s column, which deviated from the grab-bag format in favor of a continuous essay on the ostensibly boring but actually crucial topic of Georgia’s tax policies. No one but Wooten could be so informed, and authentically concerned, on that subject.

This time, Jim’s second point is the headshot. It’s a bit of a waste to offer advice to freshmen pols, but if you want to wish the newest Republicans well, Jim’s is some sage advice. Trouble is that they don’t yet understand the scale of things, necessarily adjudicated statewide. They’re still too parochial, and it’ll take awhile for them to internalize the scope, scale and diversitty of the actual Georgia.

God bless them, though. Every one.

Mr T

January 21st, 2011
12:02 am

Hope Wooten and Wingnut watch this link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoIGyoJ5BZg

Mr T

January 21st, 2011
12:16 am

blythebarne

January 21st, 2011
5:34 am

Let me tell you one thing that the best health insurance plans has completely different set of meaning for different type of people. For those who are rich, the plan which can earn them more is best. However, those who are in the middle class have different ideas. They think that insurance plan is the best for which they will have to pay minimum premium. However, the poor person does not even know that what is health insurance? If you are one of them search online for “Wise Health Insurance” and get smart about insurance.

Mongo

January 21st, 2011
7:15 am

Connect the dots Jim. You cry that a republican bankster, Sen. Jack S. Murphy, should step down from a banking committee. And the later in the same column you complain that there are too many regulations in the financial reform package. How do you magically manage the banking industry and keep them from tanking the economy again without regulating them?

Van Jones

January 21st, 2011
7:26 am

Oh, the simple-minded posters today…

School Teacher

January 21st, 2011
7:58 am

Maybe they aren’t for repeal because they do not believe all the lies being told about it from the insurance lobby backed right wing.

Oh and Gingrich’s news conference, attended by no one, in front of his chart that depicts nothing would have been funnier had it not been so sad.

Pepe le stinker

January 21st, 2011
7:59 am

Jim, if legislators allocate dedicated special revenues to the general fund and this is ok during times is fiscal crisis as you allude, then by this logic it is ok that the federal government raids the social security coffers for general omnibus expenditures. If the fees in Georgia are for tire disposal and the budget is set as so, then the fees should go there. Otherwise if the fees are diverted to fund education we get a distorted picture of how to actually fund education. Due to this people are not paying for what services they get. Sometimes we just have to pay for all of the services we want.

Girls just want

January 21st, 2011
8:04 am

The only thing good about today’s piece from Wooten is that Barry realized that he’s a moron for claiming 2b first. That is progress, and I’m voting Repudlickan in ‘12. Bravo, Wooten. You work in mysterious ways.

Snow removal. I think the inevitable temperature change will take care of snow removal. It always simply warms up and all the snow melts by 11am every single time. On the roads where it counts. I could take a couple of tons of salt around 285 in an hour and prevent any snow from accumulating and keep things flowing smooth as silk from spaghetti junction to the connector, man. Of course all that would be to no avail if’n the one-in-a-million chance accident happens, like say a pizza delivery truck collides with a coca cola truck and they both turn over on top of the sneeze-guardrail at spaghetti junction and the buffet line extends for five miles in every direction.

Then we’d have a traffic jam, man. and if it were snowing too, well, then we would need all that extra snow removal equipment. So in the end, we have to tax and spend.

If not, we’re finished.

carlosgvv

January 21st, 2011
8:18 am

There always seem to be pundits saying we need to increase taxes to fund a particular cause. They never seem to realize that once the politicians get their hands on that money, there is no telling what they will do with it.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 21st, 2011
8:22 am

Good morning all. Haiti is beyond my comprehension. Chile’s earthquake last year was far more powerful, yet caused less damage – the relative prosperity of Chile was a meaningful difference, more earthquake-proof buildings. Chile was on a sharp economic slide until the right-wing dictator Pinochet brought in a bunch of economists from the University of Chicago in the 1970s, and the government “imposed” a free-market economy on the previously-socialist country. I recall a WSJ editorial at the time marveling at the irony, that the only way to introduce free markets and eliminate the corruption inherent in a government-managed culture was through the power of the guns. Of course the reforms did take hold, the military-dictatorship dissolved, and Chile is among the strongest economies and freest countries in the world today. Perhaps Haiti needs such a regency.

The GOP-legislature is talking intelligently on taxes for a change – as the WSJ noted in editorial the other day, Georgia is the “anti-Illinois,” contemplating reductions in those taxes that alienate businesses, aligning itself more closely to the Texas, Florida, and Tennessee models. Even NY Gov Cuomo seems to be learning from NJ Gov Christie. Just as Atlas Shrugged Part One is about to come to the theatres.

“Long-term thinking” is not the equivalent of “play to the masses” or “do things for the sake of appearances only.” If Jack Murphy is a bad dude, he should be pushed out. However, rational people would not delegate that determination to a Federal agency. I know nothing about the failure of the bank where Mr. Murphy was a director, but I do know banking and bank regulation. The FDIC suit has no correlation at all to Mr. Murphy’s competence as a director, nor to his honesty. FDIC sues bank boards after a failure, grasping for money – throw it against the wall and see what sticks. And if mere filing of a suit is evidence of corruption or incompetence, should not the FDIC board resign as it was sued by the WAMU holding company for $13 billion?

There are some members of Congress who seemingly need protection, commitment to a facility to recover sanity.

I withhold comment on the “regulation review.” Undoubtedly Chauncey’s administration has done more damage-via-regulation to the economy than any other in history, save maybe the Carter administration. However, I am not prepared to call the president a liar. We will not judge him by his words or even his actions-to-date, but by his actions over the next six months. Perhaps he is not a total idiot, and has learned from his many failures over the first two years.

Re ObamaCare, Karl Rove had a smart observation yesterday – the longer ObamaCare stays on the table, the more damage it does to the President’s (and various democrat senators’s )prospects for re-election. They do look like they are placing themselves into a box.

I totally understand the distress over the paralyzing snow-storm. When my Delta flight was cancelled a couple of weeks ago, I rebooked on a flight one day earlier and spend the unanticipated free day in Key West.

JJ

January 21st, 2011
8:45 am

Re ObamaCare, Karl Rove had a smart observation yesterday – the longer ObamaCare stays on the table, the more damage it does to the President’s (and various democrat senators’s )prospects for re-election. They do look like they are placing themselves into a box.
Really dude? Karl Rove??? I think the Rethugs are putting themselves into a box by not focusing on jobs and getting the economy going. Take the rose colored glasses off Rag.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 21st, 2011
8:54 am

Dear JJ @ 8:45, we understand that leftists really believe raising employer’s healthcare-related expenses has no effect on total employment. Rational people, such as Rethugs, know better.

Buzz G

January 21st, 2011
9:00 am

The irony here is that the FDIC is suing Murphy. We should be suing the FDIC. The FDIC sat around doing nothing while the “too big to fail” banks ran themselves into the ground and had to be bailed out by the US taxpayer. The US is a couple of trillion dollars further in debt because the FDIC did not do the job it was paid to do. And now they go after Murphy? Murphy is a mere jay walker compared the serial killers of the big “too big to fail” banks.

CarolM

January 21st, 2011
9:15 am

Jim, when I see your column, I always wonder why you leave off Wing, i.e. “Thinking Right Wing”.

0311 Gunny

January 21st, 2011
9:22 am

JJ….” think the Rethugs are putting themselves into a box by not focusing on jobs and getting the economy going.”…kinda like Obama did with passing healthcare?

Churchill's MOM

January 21st, 2011
9:24 am

Murphy may just be a jay walker but he has no business being in the state legislature but N. Deal has no budiness has no business being Governor. Georgia government is more like Haiti every day..

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2011
9:30 am

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.)

Anyone who may still believe that solely reviewing the voting record of a Congressman reflects how that Congressman leans politically needs no further proof than this most recent vote on healthcare. If nothing else was gained by Republicans bringing this bill to a vote (though I think it is the begining of a return to sanity), it certainly identified those like Bishop and Barrow who are Socialists at heart.

JK

January 21st, 2011
9:52 am

Mr. Wooten, you disappoint. Nothing in defense of the Philadelphia Baby Killer? He was, after all, just practicing FREE MARKET medicine! In the true spirit of Ayn Rand cultists, he does not need the goverment regulating his business, making him hire licensed medical personnel or forcing him to follow standardized procedures. Ethics, schmethics! Let the people of Philidelphia, FREE FROM OBAMACARE, decide what kind of doctors they will and will not pay to patronize. It’s their money. Right?

rant and roll

January 21st, 2011
10:12 am

Why should subdivisions clear their own roads? Should they pave them too? The roads belong to the city or county.

jconservative

January 21st, 2011
10:20 am

“Pundits never tire of declaring the congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare as doomed. It’s to elected officials’ credit that they try…”

I agree. I really like elected officials to actually attempt to do what they promise on the campaign trail. Republicans promised to bring repealing Obamacare to a vote and did so. Good for them.

On the other side credit Obama for doing what he promised on the campaign trail, to sign a health care bill into law. Which he did.

A lot of us may not like the bill, but he kept a campaign promise, at least on that item. Good for him.

Now comes the acid test!

Republicans promised to cut spending and take spending back to the 2008 level. That would limit spending to $3.0 Trillion. We were able to reduce the deficit slightly from 2009 to 2010, less than $100 Billion. But a cut to 2008 levels will take a lot of political guts.

I am waiting for this promise to be kept.

But I am not holding my breath.

Stuck in a Red State

January 21st, 2011
10:21 am

Mr Wooten

Why is it that you sound more and more like a Rush Limbaugh talking head. “…Reid, Pelosi, Obama nightmare”…What nightmare…they are just trying to ‘do’ something to save this country from the Bush years described by Republicans themselves as “spending like a drunken sailor”. Did you forget that period in history. It is maddening how someone like you, who claims to be intelligent, can write this trash, drunken with your GOP bias. Look at what you just wrote in this article for example…” Senator Jack Murphy should either step down or be given….”.another assignment”. He is charged with “gross negligence”…exactly where does he belong in state government .If convicted, he should resign from the senate…period…exactly what you would say if he were a Democrat.
“Obama is ordering a review of regulations….” you regarded this as a joke…because you went to “Newt Gingrich’s Center for Health Transformation” for his ‘objective’ view.
Once again, you ignore facts and simply reinforce your GOP prejudice by believing only those sources from the Right.
BTW, please indulge me here….What did the GOP accomplish on health care during the Bush years…NOTHING…..what did they want to accomplish….NOTHING.
I can’t wait to see GOP utopia here in Georgia. Your dream come true of less government… to the point of a state of anarchy. People who are unable to care for themselves will actually die in the coming years…just like they have been in our 18th century mental health hospitals…but that is just the beginning…oh wait…I forgot….you really don’t care. That moral high ground is shaking under your feet.

carlosgvv

January 21st, 2011
12:11 pm

JK

It will be interesting to see how the conservatives go thru mental gymnastics trying to answer you. Odds are, they will just ignore you and hope you go away.

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

carlosgv, the “doctor” has been arrested and will be tried for, among other things, murder. It doesn’t appear that the motivation for his acts has anything to do with a lack of regulation. In fact, it appearst there were adequate criminal laws on the books to regulate his (and the rest of us) activities but he chose to violate them. Other than the obvious, I don’t follow where you think this story should go.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 21st, 2011
1:03 pm

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.

One would think that’s a no-brainer. Apparently not, though.

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.

Up here in the Hills, that was the most snow we’ve had since, March 15, 1993. That’s nearly 18 years, so he’s right on the money.

retiredds

January 21st, 2011
1:13 pm

Jim, here’s one for your “weekend free-for-all”: the great Republican bloviator from GA, initials NG, has this to say about the 9th Circuit Court, in his remarks recently and reported in the AJC.

“He said many of the judges in the U.S. are “just plain wrong” and that he would abolish the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in San Francisco and has been criticized by conservatives.”

You gotta love the guy. If “they:” disagree with you, shut them down. I think that does well in dictator-run and communist countries, but in the USA? Defend that if you will.

JK

January 21st, 2011
1:43 pm

BS Aplenty,

The medical industry, like the insurance industy, is clearly NOT self-policing. Doctors never rat on each other; they look the other way. The Philadelphia Baby Killer was operating his drug pushing, butcher clinic for years. Why? Because even though there are laws “on the books,” that means nothing without enforcement. And what is enforcement if not people receiving tax-funded paychecks to enforce government regulations restricting private behavior, or in this case, private business?

Everyone who worships at the altar of the Holy Free Market (yeah, you too Ragnar) should be defending this man’s right to practice “medicine” in his own way, or you should admit that reasonable government regulation that protects the public is a GOOD thing, not a bad thing, and hence put an end to your little temper tantrums over the made-up word “Obamacare.”

(Option three: Be a hypocrite.)

Libby

January 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

yeah JK – captialism only works in a moral society. But before you hand everything over to the feds (cause they are so competent) – try boarding a plane and see if you want the same experience at a doctor’s office. Notice I say a doctor’s and not your doctors since you won’t be able to keep yours.

Girls just want

January 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

capitalism needs war, pirates, and opiated ants to work proper.

Auntie Kepila

January 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

BS Aplenty,

You make a good point about the necessary and habitual hypocrisies of Congress members, but you discount or even deny the fetching few exeptions. They do happen, you know. Sometimes they even become Presisident. If you’d stop your facetiousness for a time, what do you see as our prospects for a return to–well, I guess it really was a bee-stung, fitfull kind of thing right along–but what I mean is an alignment, at the highest levels of leadership, with a kind of personal pursuit of Good? No paperhanging; just the real.

Stuck in a Red State

January 21st, 2011
3:27 pm

Libby

You are the poster child for misinformation about the health care bill. Please tell me where it has any control over your choice of doctors…it is just health insurance…the same health insurance I presume you have now…and btw…if you have a PPO or an HMO like 90% of us…your health insurance company gives you a list of “participating physicians”. Now is that choosing your doctor for you…..yes. Nothing changes…but if you hear this lie enough from talk radio…you are going to believe them and ignore the truth. Now what does that say about you.

Auntie Kepila

January 21st, 2011
3:36 pm

What I’m asking is, Do you see a moral comeback anytime soon? Please don’t mistake this for anything, but Mr. Sorensen is old now, and I think that lovely man deserves to go out on a grateful note. Any such opportunity in prospect? No. We’ve become our reality shows. Amoral. By definition, devoid of that part of our brain which ever commends to our minds that which is kinder, better, more loving or helpful than the alternative.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

Dear JK @ 1:43, conservatives accept that one of the few limited purposes for government is to protect the innocent from physical harm by the evil among us. Thus we detest abortion.

Leftists think it important to use the guns of government to empower the evil among us in their efforts to physically harm the innocent. Thus abortion is legal.

Stuck in a Red State

January 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

The topic here of “bait and switch” is worthwhile and though I usually do not agree with Mr Wooten, he brings to light a very important breach of public trust.
When fishing license required a fee, the money, by law was to be used to pay for DNR Rangers, stocking programs, boat ramps, etc. That lasted a few years, then the lawmakers decided to forget those targeted programs and simply put all the money into the state’s general fund.
Environmental groups successfully persuaded the voters to pass laws providing fees for disposal of among other things discarded tires and batteries. Dumping fees went to clean up toxic waste sites.
The money received from the lawsuit from tobacco companies is another example of misappropriating targeted funds.
All of these fees, I repeat, all of these fees, now, go to the states general fund. This happened even before the recession caused a budget short fall. Our lawmakers are guilty of breach of contract when they choose to redirect these funds to other programs but they claim these other programs have higher priorities. That argument is merely a cop out. The fishing license fees have been redirected for decades…that is no valid excuse. Good governance requires discipline… raising revenue elsewhere to meet the states needs…not the convenience to take money away from where we voters intended it to be used for the betterment of our state.

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2011
4:48 pm

@JK,

I’m starting to follow your thinking in that you decry the decline of goodness and decency in men. You think we need regulations to ensure an acceptable level of coexistence and fair dealing. We don’t murder each other or steal from each other or leave the anesthesia on too long. I agree and most Americans would too.

I would, however, also agree with Mr. Wooten in that a great preponderance of new legislation seems to be proposed or enacted simply to pursue a more liberal social and economic agenda. One that chafes those of us who value our Christian morality and the freedoms granted by the Founding Fathers, Here, we are likely different.

@Auntie,

You’re insights are flying a bit over the tree tops and I’ll have to continue to meditate on them for their true meaning. Fly on Free Bird.

JK

January 21st, 2011
5:25 pm

BS Aplenty,

Well, which do you value more: your “Christian morality” or “the freedoms granted by the Founding Fathers?” The legality of illegality of “freedoms” in this country, and the desire for regulations thereof, seem to be cherry-picked. Personally, I don’t believe that an unregulated free market is the way to go, nor do I believe the government should legislate every little aspect of our lives. However, having that discussion is difficult, as so many people are “either/or” in their thinking and incapable of meeting on a reasonable middle ground.

Then some people are just plain hypocritical: “Keep gubmint out of my life, but hey.. I don’t like what my neighbor is doing, so get your moral high guns and go over there and make him stop.” I hope you’re not one of those!

Rafe Hollister

January 21st, 2011
7:42 pm

JK and Carlos

What you to are missing regarding the murderer in Pennsylvania, is that there were adequate regulations in place, but they were not enforced.

Two health department officials stated that they delayed inspections of the complaints because they feared their Pro Choice Governor, i.e. Ed Rendell. Gotta love it when Dems turn on each other.

Rafe Hollister

January 21st, 2011
7:44 pm

make that “what you two are missing”, pardon the government education.

uno

January 21st, 2011
9:30 pm

You write “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”….Seriously Jim, pay attention for just for one minute and you’ll realize that what’s well-defined is a total lack of ethics and an abundance of values that rightly attract RICO charges. Is it thinking right or thinking wrong to give the top banking guru, the “chairman” a pass on this? Do conservatives EVER actually practice “rule of law” when it comes to one of their own or is it only a conservative talking point to hoodwink low-information voters?

Smarter then Jim

January 21st, 2011
11:04 pm

Come on Jim tell the truth for once that what you call bait and switch taxes is FRAUD pure and simple.

Black Conservative

January 21st, 2011
11:43 pm

JW – over the years I have read your articles and you are the typical conservative commentator….you are only conservative when it is convenient and profitable. How about writing a detailed article about how our dear state is in worse shape than 10-15 years ago when the political landscape under the gold dome was different. Please name a single “standard” in GA that has measureable improved since the guys your support have taken charge? Education? Jobs? Taxes? Fortune 100 Companies? Bigotry? A World Series?

Black Conservative

January 22nd, 2011
12:04 am

Hey Ragninja D – don’t you understand that employer healthcare costs have increased almost 100% over the past 10 years? Instead of bitching and moaning about the healthcare reform campaign promise Pres. Obama has kept, you need to raise your ire towards the insurance companies and their lobbiests who give cash to the politicians.

tar and feathers party

January 22nd, 2011
8:22 am

Interesting that Jim should support collecting taxes under the guise of one purpose, then spend the money for another purpose, under the guise of a “higher priority.” That tells me to ignore the purpose of all new taxes and just vote against ever allowing the guv to raise taxes. I have a new, simple, plan for all government, simply this: “NO NEW TAXES, EVER.”

J.B. STONER

January 22nd, 2011
10:45 am

This country is going down the crapper .

You want truth in reporting??

Watch Fox News.

Glenn Beck.

Mon. thru Fri.

5-6 pm..

Wake up fools.

Lee

January 22nd, 2011
10:46 am

Sorry Jim, but if taxpayers choose to levy a fee on themselves for a specific purpose, then yes, the fees should be used only for that purpose. When the activity no longer requires the money, then the fee or tax should be eliminated.

Otherwise, you will wind up with another Ga 400 debacle.

Dr. Stan (The Black One)

January 22nd, 2011
11:11 am

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

Jim, our contacts are reporting that since your last statement on Poor Haiti, at least nine deranged Haitians set their houses afire along with their neighbor’s. As far as we know, it wasn’t for the insurance money. Please understand that some of them are connected to the Internet and read Thinking Right with Jim Wooten.

Confidants are reporting some of the hinged and the un-hinged in the KGB, Committee for State Security, have thoughts of spreading some of that (YS), yellow stuff, Alexander Litvinenko style, from Cape Haitien to Port-au-Prince, after reading your hateful comments.

The old guards, the Tonton Macoutes, have started rounding up dispersed members throughout the country, Grande-Saline, Saint-Marc, Aubry, Leogane, and Jacmel. Not to be outdone, members of the new guard, FRAPH, are on the move too. The dispersed members are coming together from Port-de-Paix, Montegu, Limbe, St. Germain, and Pignon.

Can’t you see what you are doing Jim…the plague of Baby Doc.

Tone down the Rhetoric Jim! Tone down the Rhetoric.

retiredds

January 22nd, 2011
2:24 pm

Jim, Republicans planning for the long term? You’ve got to be kidding. Republicans planning for the long term is an oxymoron.

And, Black Conservative, Jim will not respond to your 11:43 pm post on Jan 21 because there is nothing the Republicans can offer that has improved the GA economy or the lot of any Georgian making less than $1 million a year. They, the Republicans can’t even keep fees separated from taxes. The fee issue mentioned by Wooten is not a fee anymore, they are taxes disguised as fees. And that’s the Republican lie, they say they are for reduced taxes, but they raise your taxes under the rubric of “fees”. What a bunch!

An old saying goes, “fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me”. How many times will Republicans be rewarded (by being elected) by fooling Georgians?

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