Be wary of costs shifting to states

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

● ObamaCare requires setting up hundreds of “accountable care organizations” across the country to regulate costs and services. A group representing almost 400 large medical providers serving about a third of the population finds the initial blueprint so complex and onerous that 90 percent of its members won’t participate voluntarily. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, making himself all the more appealing, promises that on his first day as president he’ll grant Obama-Care waivers to all states and will ask Congress for its repeal.

● Only 29.6 percent of “scholars” who qualify for the HOPE stipend as freshmen earn the grades in college to retain it until graduation. At some schools, it’s fewer than 20 percent and at the University of West Georgia it’s 8.3 percent. The retention rate confirms what Georgians have long known: Many of the B’s handed out in high school are esteem grades or charity grades given just to qualify students for HOPE.

● State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, D-Riverdale, owes $1,325 in fines for 20 violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure requirements dating back to 2005. She could’ve filed, but her home was ransacked by burglars and, of course, those kinds of records are high-value on the black market. Many a tourist walking through Five Points is stopped by an unlicensed street vendor who furtively displays and offers to sell for a fraction of their value “gold” jewelry or “unfiled” campaign reports. Abdul-Salaam’s No. 2 on the politicians’ no-pay list. Tops, according to an AJC report, is state Rep. Pam Stephenson, D-Lithonia, who owed $1,575 in late fees.

● Under the Dodd-Frank financial regulation overhaul passed last year, Georgia and other states will be required next year to assume responsibility for policing money managers with up to $100 million in assets, up from the present $25 million. That’s 103 more firms, or an increase of about 20 percent, reports the AJC’s Russell Grantham. Two points here: One is that the federal deficit and out-of-control spending tempts Congress to pass administrative costs down to the states. While I welcome the state oversight in policing financial fraud, states really have to be bolder and more vigilant in resisting cost shifts as legislation is passing through Congress. The second point is that policing financial fraud is far more important than licensing hairdressers, builders, funeral homes, athletes’ agents and others that the private sector can police. Shift tax resources from the old to the new.

● Boy, would I be happy to think that Newt Gingrich and not Barack Obama would be president after 2012. I’m done with hope and change. America desperately needs a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.

● Civil Political Discourse on Life Support Department: A district planning commissioner in Forsyth County, Matt Murphy, apologizes for calling a Roswell activist a “Nazi” and for a heated exchange with another commissioner. In Fulton County, Commission Chairman John Eaves, accused of the no-no offense of “bullying” (which is on the scale of smoking in a public building) , retorts that Vice Commissioner Emma Darnell is the bully for “accusing me of being a thief, corrupt, and a thug” for cutting off her microphone. Methinks Darnell cannot be silenced and all dead-microphone efforts are to be both acrimonious and fruitless.

● A toll road contract provision that would prevent state and local governments from making other road improvements that would ease traffic congestion and, thus, compete with toll roads, is far too high a price to pay. Toll road contracts could extend for 50 years. Whether that clause is in contracts the state is soliciting for the I-75/-
I-575 corridor is a state secret.

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May 12th, 2011
7:55 pm

Amen all round. (The second paragraph, a mockery of the HOPE scholarships, really hangs me up).
Please, let’s everyone stay alert to toll road contracting, just out of innocent curiosity and in lieu of attendance at this month’s meeting of local rosarians, or of the D.A.R.

Rafe Hollister

May 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

Jim, you are right that Newt would be better in 2012 than Barry, but so would lady GAGA. Jeez Louise, I hope we can come up with someone better than Newt, a man of good ideas but poor character.


May 12th, 2011
8:48 pm

And what “serious, competent, responsible adult” are we discussing here? All Newt is half good for is writing alternative history novels with a gifted co-author. Newt wants to change history, not make history..


May 12th, 2011
8:49 pm

Newt is a serious, competent, responsible adult? But, compared to Sarah Palin, I guess he is.

I sure hope the Republicans can do better than those two or Mitt Romney. Otherwise, I am going to have to hold my nose and vote for Obama again.

Logical Dude

May 12th, 2011
8:54 pm

Jim “Newt Gingrich” “a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.”


He has such serious baggage, how can you be SERIOUS?????

Not Blind

May 12th, 2011
9:09 pm

Don’t be mimicking Tucker and Bookman or else you will be needing a cheerleading skirt. Just because some candidate has an R in front of their name doesn’t make them suitable.


May 12th, 2011
9:33 pm

Boy, would I be happy to think that anybody with at least half a brain and half a heart and not Jim Wooten would be an opinion columnist. I’m done with clueless people who don’t know what in the world they’re talking about. But unfortunately, America is full of conservative hack columnists and gasbags with zero new ideas or is terrified of straying from the GOP talking points.


May 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

Wooten’s been retired to long. Been on that ku$h if you think Newt would be a better President than Obama.


May 12th, 2011
10:07 pm

Re the second bullet: The first year of HOPE should be a loan, forgivable if the recipient continues in college and graduates. That would help cut down on non-serious students who only go to college until their grades send them back to the farm.


May 12th, 2011
10:51 pm

Serious, competent, responsible? Are you referring to the former SOTH who resigned his position to get paid by Faux News?

Don't Tread

May 12th, 2011
11:14 pm

“Many of the B’s handed out in high school are esteem grades or charity grades given just to qualify students for HOPE.”

And then these so-called “college graduates” enter the workforce and can’t read and follow simple written directions, calculate a percentage properly, misspell words I learned in the third grade, or use the correct word in a sentence.

This is what happens when you put liberals in charge of the schools for 50 years.


May 13th, 2011
2:22 am


Serious, competent, serial adulterer.

Shut down the U.S. government because he flew on Air Force One and no one from the administration talked to him. Oh wait, there were photographers on board that took pictures of him with the president. How inconvenient.

Angry, old white guy that will promise anything to get elected. Go back to 1994 and review his Contract with America. Seems that contract was forgotten pretty quickly.

And lets not forget family values (other than the three wives). How are holidays spending time with his lesbian sister?

But my favorite Newt moment is appearing on Hannity to discuss the nuclear treaty with Russia. I forget the exact part of the treaty so I’ll use the sky instead:

Obama (recorded by every network with witnesses): “The sky is blue”
Hannity: “So Obama says the sky is red”
Newt: “That’s what he said”

So, I guess he’s a serial adulterer and serial liar.

UNaffiliated VOTER

May 13th, 2011
6:02 am

(Palin is not running, midtown guy – duh)

Newt is brilliant but not conservative enough! Herman Cain/ Ron Paul 2012!

UNaffiliated VOTER

May 13th, 2011
6:07 am

Dang, is Emma Darnell STILL harrassing people in Fulton Co? I thought she was chased outta there. She LOVES Neal Boortz!

UNaffiliated VOTER

May 13th, 2011
6:08 am

Oh, and will somebody PLEASE tell Grady High Screwl that America is NOT a democracy!!!

WHY do screwls continue to perpetuate this myth and falsehood?

Get your children OUT of government screwls as fast as you can!

Road Scholar

May 13th, 2011
6:14 am

Hope Scholarship: All you have to do is watch the students in class….they are not educated enough in High School. Just look at the local Community type colleges. Even after attending perimeter college for two years, they need remedial courses at GSU.

“I’m done with hope and change. ” So when did you and other repubs ever gave it a chance?


May 13th, 2011
7:30 am

I agree with you Jim, We need Newt, “a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.” My only concern is that he’ll work too hard and get too passionate about his country and will……I won’t say it….it’s naughty and you folks of high moral fiber will be appalled. Newt and Sarah 2012!!


May 13th, 2011
7:49 am

Why even waste time here? “HHhhhhhh…..”

School Teacher

May 13th, 2011
7:50 am

After the stolen election of 2000 and the swift boated election of 2004, we did finally get a serious grown up in the White House. Have you gotten too old and senile that you forgot?

Methinks Ustink.

May 13th, 2011
8:00 am

I hate the term, “Methinks”. I HATE IT!!!

Methinks Ustink.

May 13th, 2011
8:01 am

Obama is a tyrant! The last time a tyrant promised change was in 1776 and all we got was quartering troops.

Patriot and Proud of It

May 13th, 2011
8:03 am

Hurst, you must be one of those screaming liberals. You don’t like anybody if they don’t have the taxpayers dollars clutched in their tight little fists. It’s wholely refreshing to have another point of view than the massive liberal newsmedia that only tells us what they want us to hear, not the real

Buzz G

May 13th, 2011
8:15 am

Not Newt, but Herman!

You Know Who---TBO

May 13th, 2011
8:18 am

As for the people in my circle, we are fasting and praying for the untimely death of Civil Political Discourse because most politicians support ICLEI, aka Agenda 21, aka Sustainable Development, aka Change we can believe in. Thinking Right Americans won’t allow traitors and subversives to destroy our country without a vociferous fight. Some have gone as far to say the answer to 2011 is rooted in 1776.

ICLEI, International Council for Local and Environmental Initiatives, has been organized in every country, 178 nations. And politicians, activist, especially black activist, are planning for a New World Integrationist depopulation Order. And they support a post American society that’s financially supported by George Soros, David Rockefeller, and Ford Foundation etc….

Every county in America has a local plan of “change we can believe in” which abolishes private property via equity, economy, and environment. (See, broadcast date 4-11-11, Michael Shaw Agenda 21, ICLEI, Farming)

But here is the thing. Right Thinking Americans don’t care if Civil Political Discourse is on life support. As I said, we wish it was already dead. More importantly, Americans need to know where district planning commissioner Matt Murphy and the Roswell activist stand on the issues.

Do they support ICLEI, Agenda 21, and Sustainable Development? Or do they reject ICLEI… and support the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States? Thereby we will be able to vociferously separate the traitor from the patriot.

Given the ideology and race of Commission Chairman John Eaves and Vice Commissioner Emma Darnell, i.e. both are integrationist and African American, we are 95% certain each is a corrupt, thuggish, bullying thief and supports ICLEI, Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, and the “change we can believe in”.



May 13th, 2011
8:51 am

America does need a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House. Unfortunately, none of those currently in the race, including Obama, fit that description.


May 13th, 2011
8:52 am

“America desperately needs a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.”

Very true. The problem is that Newt doesn’t pop in my head when I think “Presidential”. Unfortunately, I cannot think of a single Republican other than Ron Paul who I would cast my vote for.

I would love to see a Ron Paul / Pat Buchanan ticket, but I fear this country is too far gone to see that…

Make HOPE Scholarship a reimbursement program and many of the problems disappear. Most folks don’t get serious about something until they have “skin in the game.”


May 13th, 2011
8:56 am

Boy, would I be happy to think that Newt Gingrich…would be president after 2012….America desperately needs a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.”

Are you serious? Newt Gingrich? Newt Gingrich serious? Newt Gingrich competent? Newt Gingrich responsible?

Jim, whatever happened to ye laddie?


May 13th, 2011
9:24 am

Jim, ANYBODY (not just Newt) in 2012 would be better than Barack Insane Obama. Oh, wait — I take that back. There is one person who could run for President and make me vote for Obama. That would be Joe Biden.


May 13th, 2011
9:46 am

bin laden

May 13th, 2011
9:47 am

i sure miss the last responsible competent adult in the white house…GWB…see what that OBAMA did to my crib?…


May 13th, 2011
10:12 am

So Jim, you’d rather have a lying adulterer in charge. Shows what the Republicans are all about.


May 13th, 2011
10:25 am

Don’t let Jim fool you, he wrote the Newt remark just to watch us stir the pot. Naughty boy!


May 13th, 2011
10:52 am

“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, making himself all the more appealing, promises that on his first day as president he’ll grant Obama-Care waivers to all states and will ask Congress for its repeal.”

Making himself all the more appealing? I noticed you didn’t mention the law already has a provision to grant states waivers that would allow states to come up with their own solutions in 2017. And as the New York Times reported…President Obama “challenged governors who oppose his health care reforms, most of whom are Republicans, to come up with a better alternative. He has agreed to move up the date at which states can offer their own solutions and thus opt out of requirements that they oppose, like the mandate that everyone buy health insurance and that most employers provide it. He’s agreed to move it up to 2014. He’s agreed to let states opt out if the state’s plan covers as many people as the federal law does, provide insurance that is as comprehensive and affordable, and not increase the deficit.


May 13th, 2011
10:55 am

As far as the fines for violating the state’s campaign finance disclosure requirements…you listed 2 Democrats. Why not list all the names, including the Republicans who also owes fines for violating the disclosure requirements?

Rebel Without A Pause

May 13th, 2011
11:00 am

“America desperately needs a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.” That is definately true, but Newt ain’t it.


May 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Serious, competent, responsible adults all have important careers in technology, medicine, education etc. they don’t become politicians.

Methinks Ustink.

May 13th, 2011
1:16 pm

Newt Gingrich is the closest thing America has ever come to harboring a moron.

Churchill's MOM

May 13th, 2011
2:39 pm

In the 5+ years I have been reading you this ranks up there with your endorsement of the crook Saxby Chambliss over a honest man like Allen Buckley,

“Boy, would I be happy to think that Newt Gingrich and not Barack Obama would be president after 2012. I’m done with hope and change. America desperately needs a serious, competent, responsible adult in the White House.”

I’d rather have Nathan Deal than Newt but then women have a problem with lying, adulteer, scumbags like Newt.

old timer

May 13th, 2011
4:01 pm

Mitch Daniels…or …Herman Cain…both or either a good choice.. Ron Paul is a loose cannon…

dan anderson

May 13th, 2011
4:58 pm

Read the paper later than others. Understood most. Dang near had a heart attack when read Mr. Gingrich described as “serious, competent, responsible…” The philandering flamethrower slip you some money :) ?


May 13th, 2011
5:53 pm

Yes, Mr. Patriot and Proud of it, myself and every single commenter here who is lambasting Jim’s opinion on Newt being a serious, competent, responsible adult is a screaming liberal. Yeah, that’s exactly what it is. Newt’s not a lying tool, it’s all a massive liberal conspiracy.

Bet you’re also had a stroke over “hardcore rapper” Common being invited to the White House for a poetry reading.

Gator Nation

May 13th, 2011
7:59 pm

Huh…..I never knew the definition of a serious, competent, responsible adult was defined by one who was a two time adulter.

And I’m dang sure you railed on Clinton for being an adulterer despite his accomplishments.

Ones credibility suffers when they exhibit such double standards.


May 13th, 2011
8:44 pm

You jus mad cuz ya azz is old.


May 13th, 2011
10:33 pm

You are Kidding – RIGHT??? Newt a serious, competent, responsible adult. A multi-time adulterer. A real conservative “Family Man” – he’s had three of them. This is what you want as president of the United States. Just more conservative hypocracy.

You mentioned two Democratic legislators who owe money for campaign disclosure filings. If I remember correctly, there were more than a dozen Dems and Republicans on the list. This included our former Republican governor who also profited greatly from his terms in office.

Methinks Ustinks.

May 14th, 2011
9:58 am

From FDR to Ike to JFK. Our best presidents were serial adulterers. Ditto our founding philanderers.

Lewinski was the first proper noun to be made into a verb.

The honor. The glory.

The fame!


May 14th, 2011
10:22 am

@ Glenn

I see with reverence and curiosity that ‘Dr.Stan/You Know Who-TBO has invaded this string with his integrest/racial bs quite frequently again.
I wish he would fall back in the ‘Black Hole’ where he so belongs. Who gives a damn about the blacks or any integrest prooganda he spews about.


I am still pi$$ed at him for deceiving us thinking his mongrel carcus was gone..


Allan Burns

May 14th, 2011
10:34 am

You’ve got to be kidding. I’ve heard Newt Gingrich called a lot of things, but “responsible adult” is not on the list.

J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

May 14th, 2011
4:43 pm

Who cares about ‘civil rights weekend’ at Turner Field.

Enough is enough.


May 14th, 2011
11:22 pm

I dunno. The civil rights weekend makes sense to me. For several reasons.


May 15th, 2011
7:04 am

Wow. What a display of dichotomy, of grandiose hubris, of the schitzy love and needless protection of Jim Wooten. What a bloody great make-work project.