Economic slump? Just ask 2 cities

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

● Cobb County has hired the school superintendent who just months ago re-promised his love to the Dallas Independent School District. The Cobb board would have done well to listen to the wise philosopher Reba McEntire: “No matter how much I adore you, I’ve got to stand behind the promise that I made.” Hinojosa “came along one promise too late.”

● A bit of information that reveals the shocking impact of this economic slump. The new cities of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs expect a 911 financing deficit this year that will cost both a million dollars each. Reason? The service is funded with a $1.50 per month fee on phone service. The shocker is that since 2007 Johns Creek has lost almost 500 businesses and Sandy Springs about 330.

● Polls R Us: Only 24 percent of us say we share the ideology of President Barack Obama and of members of Congress, Republican or Democrat, according to Rasmussen Reports. Even more disturbing, however, is a Gallup Poll conducted just before tax filing that finds that 71 percent of Democrats believe government should levy heavy taxes on the rich to redistribute the nation’s wealth. After 10 years of the Great Depression, only 35 percent of Democrats responding to a Roper Poll for Fortune Magazine in 1939 thought that a worthy goal of government. An estimated 45 percent of American households pay no income tax at all and, as the Wall Street Journal reported in April, seizing all the taxable income of millionaires and billionaires would amount to a grain of sand on the beach when compared to one year’s federal spending. And here House Republicans are trying to persuade the Obama administration to act responsibly for future generations by cutting spending. There’s a declining constituency for responsibility.

● Atlanta’s elected officials really should not let this moment pass without permanently fixing its defined-benefit public pension plans. Compromises and hybrids that leave the existing plans open are invitations to paper-over future financial disaster. Down the road, while taxpayers are watching “American Idol” and worrying about their water bills, unions and employee groups will be quietly at work with sympathetic politicians to run up benefits and roll over and hide the costs. If politicians don’t know — and most all of those on the City Council didn’t — that they’d already spent the $5.6 million they wanted for the Atlanta streetcar project, you can’t expect them to comprehend the significance of small numbers with big future financial impact.

● U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) creeps me out. He needs to go somewhere out of the limelight — and public office — to work these demons out.

● Liberals and conservatives alike use tax policy to persuade individuals to do something deemed desirable. Thus it is that the president of General Motors tells the Detroit News that he favors a gas tax increase of 50 cents to a dollar per gallon so “people will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.” Not surprisingly, GM president Dan Akerson describes himself as a “Colin Powell Republican, not a Sarah Palin Republican.”

● If ObamaCare’s mandate to buy insurance survives judicial scrutiny, no higher gas taxes would be necessary for government policymakers to drive consumer behavior. But there’s hope in the questions posed by the three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta hearing a 26-state challenge. “I can’t find any case” ever where the courts have upheld “telling a private person they are compelled to purchase a product in the open market,” said Judge Stanley Marcus. “Is there anything that suggests that Congress” has that power? It is hoped this court and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court will say emphatically “No.”

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Washington Street

June 10th, 2011
2:54 pm

What the h*ll is a “Colin powell” Republican? When has he ever held a political office to which he was ELECTED?

Glenn

June 10th, 2011
5:08 pm

In my opinion too. The differences are perhaps worth parsing, but all in all too many words to fit.

Glenn

June 10th, 2011
5:12 pm

A “Colin Powell Republican” makes no sense to me either. I don’t have his politics but by God he’s his own man, emblematic of nil. Can anyone name a single “Colin Powell Republican”?

saywhat?

June 10th, 2011
7:11 pm

So Dave R., all Weiner has to do to redeem himself in your eyes is get re-elected and let time pass? Then in a few years people should stop calling for his resignation a la you and Vitter?

Another thing, your list is hardly exhaustive in regards to Republicans, nor are your descriptions of misdeeds wholly accurate. There are many lies of omission and examples of one-sided inflammatory rhetoric and downplaying of more serious offenses. The list is obviously a cut and paste job from a right wing hack website. The “noble” decision by many of the Republicans not to run for re-election had everything to do with them being unelectable, and not anything to do with their personal ethics.

I have seen your modus operandi on other threads, so I won’t waste time being more specific. Like typical right wingers, the more factual evidence (vs unsupported assertions) is presented to you proving you wrong, the harder you will cling your mistaken beliefs. Enjoy your life of myopia.

saywhat?

June 10th, 2011
7:26 pm

If Republicans want more people to pay taxes, why don’t they advocate policies which will incentivize businesses to pay people higher wages, so that more people will be in higher tax brackets? That seems to make much more sense than raising taxes on the people who already are exempt because they can least afford it, while cutting taxes for the people who can afford higher taxes without any hardship.

Remember all those stories of millionaires and billionaires who went bankrupt because of the higher taxes they paid during the Clinton years? Me neither. Remember the economic downturn due to high taxes during the Cliton years? Oh wait, I’m sorry, that was a period of record economic expansion. My bad.

You Know Who---TBO

June 10th, 2011
7:35 pm

As I sit overlooking the South River,flowing through Conley, taking in the fresh smell of flushed Atlanta, You Know Who TBO just heard a voice tell him his newly joined Muslim Brotherhood weekly supper will be tomorrow night at 8pm at the once known gymnasium on Fort Gillem. You Know Who TBO is preparing collard greens and blackeyed peas. The Muslim diet is one of no meat/pork , but a good steady diet of veggies.

I would like to reveal the context of our gathering, some will get my message and understand, and some will not.

Can’t wait to see ‘The Brotherhood’.

Amen?

Nurse Ratchett

June 10th, 2011
7:53 pm

Oh my god, who would eat collard greens and blackeyed peas cooked without pork. Sounds dreadful.

Muffin

June 10th, 2011
8:23 pm

He vprobably eats fish from that toilet water river,too.
He is one sick puppy.

Agreed?

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
4:58 am

Yunno, honestly, I too worry about this reconstituted toilet-flush we’re supposed to lap up from the tap. It reeks of facile pool chlorine, rots my gut and is no good for my dog or my plants. I say we all get off the grid ASAP. Part of the beauty of this idea, for me, is the prospect of screwing Cobb EMC, which, rather surprisingly, the Paper has exposed as a classic syndicate. I’m not wealthy but a lot of us with, like, one and a half acres want to pull from the grid if only to screw the unutterably corrupt powers. We invest out of sheer revulsion.

You Know Who---TBO

June 11th, 2011
9:08 am

Last night while thoroughly enjoying the warm summer breeze blowing down the South River, and preparing a large pot of collard greens, You Know Who TBO and his much better half decided to cook a pie pan of corn bread to enjoy with our Muslim Brotherhood as we gather for a new found fellowship.
I cannot wait to bend an ear and to listen to our New World Order I for one believe will be the way of future life. Do not worry, in due time You Know Who TBO will feed bits and pieces to my followers here on Jim Wooten’s ‘Thinking Right’ thread. The aroma of these greens is feathering through the air as I share my thoughts with you.

Amen?

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
9:42 am

Yeah, you got that right. The “better half” part, I mean. My late grandfather missed these long Southern nights. He used to tell of them on the beaches out at Santa Monica and Newport, and I ever wondered what the heck he was talking about but now we’re here, the fireflies fairly flying. Please take this as a metaphor for you, maybe for me. And so Amen. But as wise a person as you should knock of the Uggly, no matter the schtick. I’m proud to say that my great grandfather, who largely raised my mother, convinced Bedford Forrest to hang up his spurs. Any major dude would tell you that.such a thing is uphill work.

The Beat

June 11th, 2011
9:53 am

I’m sure Forrest’s horse appreciated it when he hung up his spurs, sir.

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
10:32 am

Funny you should say that. My great.grandfather inherited the general’s boots and stored them in the sacerdotal closet of his church down on Court Avenue, in Memphis. For a time they were like holy relics. Yankee that I am I can sort of appreciate the ‘veneration, as Forrest was one of the great cavalrymen. My elder was from Yale by way of Maine, spared from the War by poor eyesight, but he always loved the South. He preached mostly down here and they loved him and the feeling was mutual. Looking at his journals I suspect his favorite was Beauregard. Precious few of those talented Southern commanders survived the conflict.

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
10:34 am

Also inherited his cavalry sabre. Inherited by will of Forrest. Isn’t that odd?

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
10:46 am

Just think of the Latinate origins of our word, Justice. Consider how in every courthouse in Geogia Lady Justice presides, blindfold, the scales in one hand and, in the other, a grounded sword. Now tat has got to appeal to the lawyer in you. Hence the beauty of Forrest’s bequest.

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
10:57 am

Forrest, like my progenitor, ultimately stood for burying the hatchet. They both knew when they were licked. Gracious men.the general wanted no part in the Klan once he had seen how unchristian it had become. He shrank quietly. Tried to make his amends. Normally we wouldn’t.valorize shrinking commanders but, in his case, a proud exception.

You Know Who---TBO

June 11th, 2011
11:43 am

As I read with wisdom and caution, I cannot for the life of me call Bedford Forrest anything but what he was. A racist. You know Who TBO will call a spade a spade when he sees one. He was a tyrant who ranks with the likes of Manse Jolly. Never wanted to recognize the fighting had stopped.

He should of been hanged from the highest of trees, allowed to stay hung for 2 or 3 days to be sure he was lifeless.

The New World Order has made it clear for years it’s mission and it is up to you to follow or ignore.
You Know Who TBO has made his mind up which path to follow.

Have you?

Amen?

Muffin

June 11th, 2011
12:15 pm

YKW-TBO is an idiot. Not only that he is a liar. He also is a supreme racist.

Dope.

J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

June 11th, 2011
2:42 pm

Glad to see yak-yak admit he is a muslim.

Drinking that South river pi$$ has really taken it’s toll on him. Toxicology reports are that he glows in the dark.
I guess the (TBO) bit doesnt stand for ‘The Bright One’.
Knew it all along.
Allah to you allmighty loser.
Don’t forget to wrap that head in a clean towel when you leave your trailer. And make it a clean one.
Nothing worse than a greasy headed towelhead.
Enjoy yo collards and black eyes.

Mohadeesh?

J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

June 11th, 2011
7:48 pm

Checking back to see if Moofmabar is back from his goat grazing. I see not.

Don’t worry, collards make you sit a think.
Or at least it does for most. back later.

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
11:34 pm

The charm of Bedford Forrest the racist was that he was penitent about it. I can’t think of another such figure of that period. Maybe Clemens, I suppose. My favorite general officer of that war was O. O. Howard. Obviously that’s a whole other ballgame.

The cornbread sounds good. Big Nurse is right about the lack of pork. Does anyone prefer mustard greens or is it just me.

I consider myself a hardened old SOB but still I can’t believe that Rep. Weiner hasn’t yet been arrested for cranking out bad porn on my nickel. I don’t want him to resign. I want to see him perp walked.

Glenn

June 11th, 2011
11:45 pm

The folks back in Queens and Brooklyn who’ve rallied around him, I wonder whether it occurs to them that as of today they are without representation in the House at a critical time. The fools. Whether they like it or not they’re going to have to pony up for an expensive special election to replace their jerk. And even that probably won’t be a sufficient wake-up call.

You Know Who---TBO

June 12th, 2011
10:14 am

You Know Who TBO had a wonderful night along with my better half breaking cornbread, eating collard greens and black eyed peas with members of The Muslim Brotherhood. I would like to give the complete skinny of this gathering, but You Know Who TBO was sworn to secrecy to keep the context internal.
As the New World Order spins it’s web (and has been for 30 years) , it amazes You Know Who TBO how many of us do not realize the changes going on around us. You think not, but this is what The New World Order wants us to blindly encounter.

I was totally amazed at what I heard and insured was coming. Like I said, The New World Order is taking us all by the hand and guiding us down a new road. Do you feel the touch of influence like You Know Who TBO ?

Amen?

saywhat?

June 13th, 2011
7:02 pm

I seldom see anything so funny (in a sad, pitiful, pathetic way) as a loser blogging to himself (and even making up an imaginary “fellow blogger” to talk to) on the only AJC blog that will let him actually post his failed attempt at whatever it is he fancies he is doing. Hysterical.

Glenn

June 13th, 2011
10:47 pm

Methinks you’re mistaking Tracy for something you haven’t. Vomitous, perhaps. Since you haven’t the decency for it.

Glenn

June 13th, 2011
11:03 pm

THAT IDIIOT WHHO BLATHERED RACIST CRAP BEFORRE I COULD ANSWER A SERIIOUS DAMN QUUESTION YOU STUPID, STUPID WOMAN, why should you suppose that our conversation was more important than ours, that it was was more important to you than ever it might have been to us, that its facile ruination–its ruin–didn’t occassion our ruination, the ruination of or friendndship, our prudish love affair, our marital engagement, our nuptials and then the non-of-your-business? You don’t know. You never could have known. The only reason for yor asking is the last three months you’ve spent with my wife and sister-in-law asking, you, you…

Glenn

June 13th, 2011
11:11 pm

On what grounds of historiography, anthropology or sociology–in that hierarchical order–would any decent corresondent say such a thing? Perhaps to confect an insult so great as to offend from Maine to Carolina, to Georgia and out West beneath the Indian belly and back to the South, so great an insult as a true psychopath could remember for her remaining life.

Glenn

June 14th, 2011
8:23 am

Both those are questions, by the way, and not statements. It seems to me that most of Jim Wootens statements redound as accusatory questions of Clayton County, so, ultimately, to the sublime question: What’re y’all gonna do about it?

Well, What’re y’all gonna do? Gonna do? Do?

Nothin’. As usual.

Gulf Vet

June 14th, 2011
2:10 pm

The redistribution of wealth started with the Bush tax cuts, as I recall. The wealthy are wealthier than ever while the middle and lower classes are poorer than ever before.

sam

June 15th, 2011
1:45 pm

If we don’t want to go back to sweatshops with unsafe working conditions and slave wages like we had a hundred years ago we need to start supporting our unions and make sure they stand up for employees’ rights and the fair distribution of profits. Unions are on the decline and are being much maligned today especially by the right wing media which puts their message in a folksy, patriotic package to appeal to the average guy but if you carefully look at the policies they promote it easy to see they’re all about helping the rich keep more of their money to the detriment of employee and consumer rights. Unions fought hard in the twentieth century for better working conditions and pay but most of us today are so brainwashed by Fox News and guys like Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity that they’re willing to let all these accomplishments go down the toilet.

The perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

June 15th, 2011
9:07 pm

Prior to integration, it wouldn’t have bothered me if God Almighty removed white people from the face of the earth. I loved living in our peaceful Christian black communities.

But 40 years after integration, no person in their right mind would want to live on this earth if white people were not there to control the savages, especially integrationist African Americans.

Amen?

The perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

June 16th, 2011
8:00 am

If the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd wants Obama to serve another term, he will be reelected via electronic voting. Y’all feel me?

But if Obama has accomplished the objectives of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd in the Middle-East and Africa, he won’t be reelected.

Amen?