State’s fiscal leaders get an A-plus

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

● U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash’s questions about HB 87 are telling. In a Monday hearing, he questioned its purpose and suggested that it might not be enforced evenly across the state’s 159 counties. That’s because, he hypothesized, local law enforcement could choose to target illegals to get them out of schools, but ignore the illegal who cooks at the town’s popular Mexican restaurant. What he’s describing is what the business and media elite have already done with immigration law. And, too, once you stop trusting law enforcement to behave honorably, ethically and fairly, the rule of law is gone and all laws should be repealed.

● The problem with highway tolls set to alleviate highway congestion is the problem that exists with red-light camera traffic enforcement: There’s a real temptation to manipulate it to give politicians more money to spend for other purposes. An example is Ga. 400. Politicians, both Democrat and Republican, were deceitful about where the money would go and when the toll would end. In an act of political gamesmanship, the toll “ends” today — and resumes a week later, on July 1.

● My love affair with Wal-Mart, the Sam Walton example of free-market entrepreneurship at its finest, has waned since it fell into bed with the Service Employees International Union and the liberal Center for American Progress in support of Obamacare in 2009, but the U.S. Supreme Court got it right in declining to allow a sex-discrimination suit to proceed as a single class action. In that, it did something familiar: Overturned a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private-sector company, has long been a union target. Candidate Barack Obama said in a 2007 speech to the United Food and Commercial Workers union that Wal-Mart needed to “pay a decent wage and let folks organize.”

● I love Delta, too. It’s Atlanta’s child. I want it to succeed and would have given them the fuel sales-tax break worth an estimated $30 million over two years that the Legislature approved this year. But, dang, nobody should have to be told that giving and accepting perks and upgrades when flying are wrong. Delta gave Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife perks valued at $8,000 two weeks after he signed the tax break law. The governor’s spokesman says that henceforth the perks will be used only when on state business. Still … Republicans should not perpetuate the good ol’ boy culture they inherited.

● We were born into a world where people were hungry. Now the alarm is that we’re fat — prompting another opportunity to tax-punish a product because people abuse it. Two-thirds of us are overweight, according to a Harvard report. Potato chips are now described as the “biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep.” Bring on the tax man.

● The real consequence of this president’s national security decisions won’t be evident until after he’s gone from office. Withdrawing forces from Afghanistan and from Iraq ought to come on success and without undue risk to those who remain to wind-down operations. That is properly a decision of generals and their commander in chief. Still, you do wish that decisions made there weren’t timed to the re-election campaign. Thirty-three thousand troops will come home before the next presidential election. Said the president: “We have spent $1 trillion on war at a time of rising debt and hard economic times. America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.” By that standard, he would have shut down the war on poverty.

● Yes, it’s been tough. But credit is due former Gov. Sonny Perdue, Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators for fiscal prudence. The state retains its AAA bond rating — one of only eight to do so.

59 comments Add your comment

Aquagirl

June 23rd, 2011
9:03 pm

What he’s describing is what the business and media elite have already done with immigration law.

Jim, what the h3ll are you babbling about? I realize you have to shoehorn those dang lib’ruls in somewhere when you’re spreading blame. But even by your standards this is quite a turn into WTF land.

Barry

June 23rd, 2011
9:05 pm

No conservative can defend a $30 million tax break for Delta. And no liberal should tolerate it.

Pizzaman

June 23rd, 2011
9:47 pm

Jim. The Republicans didn’t inherit the good ol’ boy culture. They were it when they were Democrats 20 years ago.

Cutty

June 23rd, 2011
10:00 pm

“The real consequence of this president’s national security decisions won’t be evident until after he’s gone from office. Withdrawing forces from Afghanistan and from Iraq ought to come on success and without undue risk to those who remain to wind-down operations.”

You can’t even define what success is. That neocon staple has gotten really old, and Obama needs to bring the troops home post haste.

Glenn

June 23rd, 2011
10:24 pm

All of Jim’s points strike me as respectable grading on the State’s report card, except that I can’t judge the first bullet because of my remaining ignorance of HB 87. It’s unfortunate that the Walton family and their sophisticated attorneys should get flanked in large measure by labor organizers arguing against purportively inadequate health benefits, as I’m fairly sure that Walmart has planned to become the world’s leading merchant of essential healthcare, provided the architectural problems could be worked out, such that the epidemiologically sensitive spaces are four-walled, like the filling stations at Sam’ Club. The Corporation might have been poised to become something like the first multinational to self-insure it’s own healthcare since the glory days of Henry Kaiser. But most healthcare bureaucrats hate capitalists and scoff at the possibility that the pluto’s might advance health and welfare by their own design. Had the Feds really sought our own benefit they’d have worked with, not against, any giant corporation that thought it could see how to make the common welfare pencil out. Instead the Feds are a transitory pack of immature punks in business suits.

Howard

June 23rd, 2011
10:52 pm

Jim…unless the American voters wise up next year and vote Barack Obama and his “Insane Clown Posse” AKA Democrat Party so far away from Washington that they’d need a GPS to find it…this country is absolutely and totally down the toilet. America will look like Greece by 2016 if this leftist dictator/Chicago street thug isn’t defeated. Don’t care who runs against him…Elmer Fudd would be OK. Hopefully the GOP candidate will go after this man-childish, petulant and sinister man and not approach him with kid gloves like the worst candidate in GOP history…John McCain did. The 2012 elections are the biggest in history…wanna live like the USA of of Reagan or live like most of the European countries???

Glenn

June 23rd, 2011
11:39 pm

That lament is so far from the braggadocio of three years ago, when the recuperation of the GOP was universally unthinkable. Incidentally, my memory of Reaganism is that almost no one identified with that incumbency until some years after it had passed. I knew many exceptions, as it happened, but knew them at the time as exceptions, slivers of the body-politic of, say, 1985, when Reagan predictably started to pull his Nixon-to-China overtures and nobody Left, Right or “Neocon” appreciated what he was doing. Nobody ever saw his victory over economic nightmare, and likewise nobody until about 1990 believed in foreign policy that he had other than whims of plutonium. Most of his own best people thought him a rube until they were forced to read by the papers that he was not a rube. I could name names at every level of his two and his succeeding cabinets, but would prefer not to do. He stubbornly believed that we weren’t yet spent. He played the Big Game, and surely was insensitive, largely, in domestic policy as a result. So few presidents (or pontiffs, for that matter) can bestride the two. FDR certainly did do, but alternately and fitfully and only because he’d been promised an unconscionable 16 years in which to show his horsemanship. JFK seems to have tried from the outset to win both ribbons, bless him. I can’t think why except perhaps of the mantle of “Ike’s” unique legacy. But nobody since President Kennedy has made a serious stab at handling the domestic and the international policy in any kind of successful balance, except in retrospect Reagan did so, when each hawk front assumed that he didn’t have two wings and couldn’t preen them equally. Binary distinction. Stupid presumption.

Alice

June 24th, 2011
12:03 am

That mean ole President Obama, saying Wal-Mart needed to “pay a decent wage and let folks organize. Next he’ll be saying Wal-Mart should abide by OSHA rules and regulations. Where does it stop?

Seriously though, my co-workers and I have a pool on how long until TBO shows up. I say tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Wish me luck.

Glenn

June 24th, 2011
12:35 am

Dat done mean, if you say dey University of Chicago “Professor” of Law done say, den Walmart ain’t got no constitutional claim agin’ a U.S. Justice Department ought be by its charter decidedly independent of him. Two issues here: A Justice Department with a clear vengeance; and an ostensibly objective Justice Department clearly whoring instead for a flagrantly assertive Executive Destroyer. Law out the window, quite playfully.

Atticus Finch

June 24th, 2011
6:37 am

@Glenn, what’s with the minstrel show dialect?

Clanmack

June 24th, 2011
7:10 am

Re: “What he’s describing is what the business and media elite have already done with immigration law. And, too, once you stop trusting law enforcement to behave honorably, ethically and fairly, the rule of law is gone and all laws should be repealed.”
Can’t believe no one has picked up on this line and logic. Differential enforcement of the law has been around since there have been police. Most people of color or ethnicity could tell you that. HB 87 will be no different, it is just the social cause du jour, so it is “deserving” of headlines and comment. To use that to say ” . . . . all laws should be repealed.” is an idiot statement and a waste of words in a news/opinion column.

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June 24th, 2011
7:29 am

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The Beat

June 24th, 2011
7:55 am

Wallmart’s prices aren’t so hot. $84 for a steam wand to get the wrinkles out of clothes? And the groceries! The produce blows. Insipid. Check out the price of the Beefaroni. I’ve seen cheaper filet mignon, man.

jt

June 24th, 2011
8:14 am

” And, too, once you stop trusting law enforcement to behave honorably, ethically and fairly, the rule of law is gone and all laws should be repealed.”
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May the Good Lord bless……………the naive amongst us.
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As for me, save me the sanctimonious “its for your own protection” lecture whenever I’m being fined/extorted.

lazermike

June 24th, 2011
8:18 am

Jim is just playing with us, right? I mean, how else could he argue in one paragraph that you have to trust the government to apply a law fairly but in the next that the problem with the tax power is you can’t trust the government to exercise it fairly?

joe

June 24th, 2011
8:21 am

The 4 walton heirs are worth $20 billion apiece. Why dont they pay their employees a few more bucks an hour so they could afford to shop in their stores??? How much money do the waltons need to accumulate?

carlosgvv

June 24th, 2011
8:33 am

When the rule of law is gone we will no longer have a country. It will be every man for himself.

Chuck Doberman

June 24th, 2011
8:37 am

The title of this “writer’s” blog is false advertising. It should read “parroting right” Not much thought involved in this, or any of this “writer’s” columns imo

GTT

June 24th, 2011
9:08 am

“My love affair with Wal-Mart, the Sam Walton example of free-market entrepreneurship at its finest, has waned since it fell into bed with the Service Employees International Union and the liberal Center for American Progress in support of Obamacare in 2009, but the U.S. Supreme Court got it right in declining to allow a sex-discrimination suit to proceed as a single class action.”

Man, is that mongo-sentence what retirement does for you?

@@

June 24th, 2011
9:38 am

Well…I was gonna choose a topic and offer my comments until I saw this:

Jazmin was killed last Monday as a result of daycare workers accidentally leaving her in a sweltering van after returning from a field trip. Keep in mind that African Americans support a woman’s right to choose to intentionally murder innocent babies via abortion. And 30 million black babies have been murdered since 1973 Roe vs. Wade. As of today, there has been no anguish, sorrow, grief, tears, vigils, wakes, or burials for a single soul.

Amen?

Brought tears to my eyes.

Maybe later.

NWO:

Amen!

jmiles

June 24th, 2011
9:48 am

God forbid the military makes all military decisions. That is a recipe for disaster. We placed our military under civilian control for good reasons, and it should remain that way, even if one does not like or trust the sitting president.

Lee

June 24th, 2011
10:05 am

“Delta gave Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife perks valued at $8,000 two weeks after he signed the tax break law.

Folks, that is called a kickback and it fall under the category of fraud. What’s the difference between accepting this or accepting an envelop of cash under the table?

Not a dang thing….

Hillbilly D

June 24th, 2011
10:15 am

I want it to succeed and would have given them the fuel sales-tax break worth an estimated $30 million over two years that the Legislature approved this year.

I’m just an old country boy but can you explain to me why a company that had a $593 million net profit for 2010, needs a tax break.

And, too, once you stop trusting law enforcement to behave honorably, ethically and fairly, the rule of law is gone and all laws should be repealed.

Remember back in the 1980’s when there were 19 Georgia sheriffs in the prison system?

In an act of political gamesmanship, the toll “ends” today — and resumes a week later, on July 1.

They’re peeing in our ear and telling us it’s raining.

the Sam Walton example of free-market entrepreneurship at its finest,

They routinely cut their employees to less than 32 hours a week so they don’t have to give them benefits. They then encourage them to get on things like Peach Care. It’s a defacto susidy in my opinion.

Saw a thing on TV a week or so ago about WalMart workers trying to organize. They had an employee who had worked there several years, who made $11 an hour and some change. This man was asked what he thought would be a fair wage they should pay him. He said $13 an hour. Given the profits they make, he wasn’t exactly asking for the moon.

Remember when Sam used to market the fact that the products he sold were made in the U.S.A.? Now everything is made in China. Ask any longtime WalMart employee (if you know any) and they’ll tell you that it was once a good place to work but it went to hell as soon as Sam died.

Hillbilly D

June 24th, 2011
10:17 am

Lee @ 10:05

I agree with you but there is one difference; this one is easy to get away with.

Alice

June 24th, 2011
12:42 pm

Dang! TBO got up early this morning and foiled me. No lunch for me.

Glenn

June 24th, 2011
7:05 pm

@@: the Jacker’s at work again. Anything–anything it takes–to extinguish this site. The AJC holds vigil beneath our beds and behind our toilets. And submit the results as Journalism.

Glenn

June 24th, 2011
8:56 pm

Oh. Here’s the true measure of this site: Wooten retires so a godlessly hip AJC hires a crack writer, in combination with his separatist-feminist aging activist acolyte, to close down the remaining Republican franchise of the PURPOSEFUL Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( the one, not the other) as soon as can be, because out-of-state and Downtown liberals always will outsmart the rest and be able to fox them. Those who lecture daily to dwindling audiences, versus those audiences who increasingly operate the universities, including UGA. I’m sad, but you don’t stand for much so I’d just as soon you were ruined by money. In fact too few stand for squat. Now that amazes me. You mean to tell me you covered stories on the street for years and years and never took a stake? Who could respect your inhuman superiority? That alone killed this Wooten blog. Preposterous superiority.

captguitarman

June 25th, 2011
2:05 am

I like your column, Jim, but I wonder if you have been paying attention lately. The Pubs took power under the Dome when What, Me Worry? Sonny Perdue became the Guv. I guess you could say that the Pubs “inherited” the good ol’ boy culture, but since they were up to their own eyeballs in it when King Roy and the Dems were in power, that might be a stretch. You might rememer the antics of a guy named Richardson, who was the new Pub Speaker? He kind of set the tone for things in the Dome, especially for the Pubs. He’s long gone now — enough said. Your point is kind of amusing, no offense, that the current Pubs are the “heirs” of the Good Ol’ Boy Culture, and you hate to see them “perpetuate” it. Your column also makes me laugh some times too, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The real life version is that the Pubs have been chomping at the bit to take power under to the Dome so they will be first in line for the really good goodies. So, “inherit” is really not the operative word here, and your use of it (partisan sympathy dies hard, I know) calls your credibility as a columnist into question. I trust you have been payint attention to the Pub led gutting of the Ethics Commission (just in time). Nothing more pesky to the good ol’ boys than that Ethics Commission, is there? Wake up, Jim. Party lines don’t matter in the good ol’ boy culture that has existed in Gawga for decades,and as far as I can tell, gives no signs of slowing down one little bit. Dem or Pub, you cannot “inherit” what you already have now, can you? Bad for Georgia and getting worse, but good for them and the very special interests of their sponsors. Can you say, “ugly billboard?” Hopefully, one day the one of the parties will put Georgia first. Yes, everyone thought it would be the Pubs, when they regained power. But, the “Good Ol’ Boy Party” is really the only party that counts these days under the Dome. Pub or Dem, they and the Guv are not going to give up their “legislative lifestyles” without a fight.

The Beat

June 25th, 2011
7:47 am

Morons…..ALL!!

ISAIDALL!!!!!

@@

June 25th, 2011
9:32 am

Dr. Stan, YKW-TBO, Our Lord and Savior -all rolled in to one.

PLEASE!

QUIT JACKING.

Amen?

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

June 25th, 2011
10:38 am

As I prepare another dish dinner with my better half to take on our behalf to tonight’s Muslim Brotherhood’s closed door function (farm raised catfish and pork and beans) , I gaze across the majestic South River and the perfumed aroma it manufactures, I cannot help but think what my followers think of my attending such a function.
Please leave any questions or comments. I am curious.

Amen?

Not So Casual Observer

June 25th, 2011
1:40 pm

One story in Georgia should push our government to cleanse the state and nation of the illegal invasion. Sadly, the story is repeated throught the USA and still there are demonstrations opposing the enforcement of immigration law.

The story is here:

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/illegal-immigrant-charged-in-987316.html

One promising life lost due to the politicians and their failure to close our borders. Unforutnately there are thousands more similar stories ignored across the nation.

Hughey

June 25th, 2011
11:08 pm

Uncle Rukus needs to shut up.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their develish black minions

June 26th, 2011
9:58 am

Well, I threw you all a curve ball last night and I must confess that I had no plan to go to church today, especially after attending the weekly Muslim Brotherhood gathering in it’s 5th week at Fort Gillam.
This is a secret meeting, one of which I cannot reveal it’s message. All I can tell you is that The New World Order is alive and well.
And let me tell you, catfish and pork and beans were well received by the Brotherhood.

Calliequam?

himey

June 26th, 2011
11:00 am

Uncle Rukus can’t seem to decide on being a christian or a muslim.
I don’t believe a word he says. Those South river catturds are bad for his health.
He needs to read health warnings from DNR before partaking on meals from there. Go ahead and feed the muslims,though. Can’t hurt.
THIS GUY IS A NUT-JOB.

Monica

June 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

“U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Thrash’s questions about HB 87 are telling.”

When I got to the line in yesterday’s newspaper article that said Judge Thrash was a Clinton appointee I stopped reading. That’s really all you need to know. With a Democrat judge deciding the case you know that ideology is going to trump everything else.

Muffin

June 26th, 2011
8:07 pm

I think ‘OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, DR.STAN-TBO, YOU KNOW WHO-TBO are the same mongrel.
He needs to stop posting and playing mind games on this thread.

It is obvious he is a trouble maker.

Cobb Woman of Color

June 27th, 2011
1:19 am

Addition to HB87 should be made…all businesses, regardless of number of employees should be penalized for hiring illegals. President Obama is selectively deporting people…

http://www.ice.gov/doclib/secure-communities/pdf/prosecutorial-discretion-memo.pdf

carlosgvv

June 27th, 2011
4:21 pm

Our Lord and Savior

Are you aware that no scientific evidence exists to either prove or disprove the existence of God? If so, why do you call Jesus “Our Lord and Savior”? There is no evidence at all to prove that Jesus or any other “diety” exists. Or, do you not know the difference between faith and fact?

Nurse Ratchett

June 27th, 2011
4:51 pm

Please do not troll the patients. It’s very hard to calm them once they become agitated. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

@@

June 27th, 2011
8:38 pm

PLEASE!

QUIT JACKING.

I could say the same thing to you, jackOaf!

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

June 27th, 2011
9:17 pm

Skillman, straight people don’t fear sissies. The question is why in the world do sissies want the general public to know they choose men over women as sexual partners?

Matthew Shepard is not the only student that has been beaten to death. He just happened to be a sissy.

There is something mentally wrong with people who pick on and kill people straight people, and there is something mentally wrong with people who pick on and kill sissies.

Amen?

The Beat

June 28th, 2011
7:44 am

Maybe all this clown needs is an amen, I mean, I don’t think he’s gotten one yet. So, for Jim Wooten….for the AJC….and for the common good……AMEN!!

carlosgvv

June 28th, 2011
9:11 am

Our Lord and Savior

I’m still waiting for an answer.

Nurse Ratchett

June 28th, 2011
9:34 am

The Beat, thank you for your consideration but as you see, he doesn’t really hear anyone but himself.

carlosgvv

June 28th, 2011
10:50 am

Our Lord and Savior

By refusing to answer my question, you show all your posts are nothing but mindless hot air.

Glenn

June 28th, 2011
9:52 pm

Oh. Anyway. Can we have recourse again to your blog, Jim Wooten, after a crazed three-day filibuster of mock racism and mock schizophrenia by the AJC hit-person designated either (insanely) to inflate interest in your weekly column or else to ruin it with preemptive bile? Again, betwixt these two repulsed from your approved AJC hireling, might we find some relief, even as we collectively might muster the ability to bear down, here and there, on subjects you address upon which others might propose actual answers?

Glenn

June 28th, 2011
9:53 pm

Glenn

June 28th, 2011
9:55 pm

Well, Jim woo ten?

Glenn

June 28th, 2011
9:56 pm