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Busted budgets raise ire of GOP base

oe McCutchen, meet Alan Blackburn.

Both are fed up. They’re not taking it anymore.

McCutchen, of Ellijay, is widely known and highly regarded in conservative and Republican circles as a passionate advocate for fiscally responsible government. Pork sends him up the wall. Hidden debt dumped on the grandchildren invites his wrath. He’s loyal to Republicans until they cross him on core principles. Then he’s gone. “They’re nice guys,” he says after identifying members of the Georgia congressional delegation, “but I can’t vote for them.” In the U.S. Senate race, he’ll vote for Libertarian Allen Buckley, convinced that incumbent Saxby Chambliss is a big spender, particularly on farm programs.

Alan Blackburn has been a quiet conservative, content to pursue his work on the Georgia Court of Appeals, and argue his ideas among colleagues.

But then came $4 gas —- and the political world crystallized.

Just as House Republicans, prompted by U.S. Reps. Tom Price of Roswell and Lynn Westmoreland of Grantville, were about to crystallize the $4 gas issue for the nation, Georgia’s two senators —- Chambliss and Johnny Isakson —- joined to offer a compromise on offshore exploration that has been widely criticized as providing cover to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Sierra Club Democrats.

Their compromise would allow drilling with state approval more than 50 miles off the coasts of four states —- Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas —- while raising subsidies for ethanol and other alternative fuels to the tune of $84 billion. Another $30 billion in taxes would be levied on oil companies. Writes Blackburn:

“Like the immigration compromise, it is designed to convince conservatives that the plan accomplishes what they want, while in fact, both plans simply capitulate to the special interest groups who fund the Democrats. … If immigration and the drilling ‘compromise’ is their idea of solving problems, then conservatives don’t need them.”

Whoa! When a dyed-in-the-wool fiscal conservative like Joe McCutchen turns to the Libertarian Buckley, and when a conservative jurist is moved to issue a public challenge on a policy issue, it’s time to take notice. The base, part of it at least, is restless.

Buckley will appeal to fiscal conservatives, regardless of their party affiliation. The 47-year-old lawyer and certified public accountant is the voice of the Depression-scarred generation that feared debt and believed that it’s immoral to consume at the expense of children and grandchildren. It’s a rather quaint notion in a self-indulgent age where splurging for immediate consumption is the national sport. Debt? Why worry? The Republican Party was once largely filled with those who considered it their civic duty to come in and tidy up the mess created by free-spending Democrats. At some point, however, they came to conclude that there was no long-term majority to be built being the fiscal disciplinarian. For the most part, they have surrendered.

As Buckley correctly notes, neither Democrats nor Republicans can muster the political will to make cuts. Buckley has charts, drawn from the General Accounting Office and other authoritative sources, spelling out the looming “economic catastrophe.” Between 2000 and 2006, the financial exposure from Medicare, Social Security and other health and pension obligations increased from $20.4 trillion to $50.5 trillion, he says. That amounts to $400,000 per full-time worker.

Analysis of the GAO’s budget simulations by the Peterson Foundation finds that in two decades the 18.3 percent of GDP that the federal government consumes won’t cover interest on debt, Social Security and Medicaid, he says, with accompanying charts.

Can he win the Senate race? No. At most he can take enough votes from Chambliss to deliver victory to Democrat Jim Martin. Given Republican Senate prospects elsewhere, Democrats could wind up with a filibuster-proof majority. That would be enough to swing the courts far left and to create any entitlement liberals want.

No thanks. The stakes are too high.

Ross Perot taught me a lesson about third-party candidacies. None for me.

But Buckley does perform a public service, raising the alarm.

I want change. Not the change that Barack Obama promises. The change I want is to a governing majority that doesn’t steal the quality of life of the next generation to serve this one.

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By GayGrayGeek

August 26, 2008 8:13 AM | Link to this

a governing majority that doesn’t steal the quality of life of the next generation to serve this one

Then why, pray tell, are you still trying to get everyone to vote for the Borrow-And-Spend Party? You disparage the Democratic Party because they want to be fiscally responsible and make sure “we” can pay “our” bills, yet sing the praises of the Republicans who have borrowed against the next two, and maybe three, generations to fuel their “Greed Is Good”, “Me! Me! Me!” government programs.

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 8:17 AM | Link to this

Good morning all. This is a timely essay by Jim, as many of the same thoughts have been crossing my mind. Saxbe does not deserve re-election – first the Ag bill, then the drilling compromise. He is a classic RINO, a democrat big-spender wearing the mantle of a conservative. The thought of voting for Buckley has crossed my mind several times in the past month, although I did not know his name until a week ago.

Nevertheless, I do have my eye on the end game. The economy has gone straight down hill since the democrats seized Congress two years ago, and that would only intensify with enhanced control of the Senate. Worse, the moonbats consistently oppose intelligent jurists for the Supreme Court. (Note that Obama praised the conservative minority view in the child rape execution case two months ago, but reaffirmed his brainless votes against Roberts and Alito. One suspects there is a deception in there somewhere, claiming the politically popular conservative view while attempting to silence it.)

So even if Chambliss is an incompetent RINO, I will vote for him, as he is a consistent vote for intelligent jurists. And Martin has all of Chambliss’s defects, but worse. I am not happy, and I will send money to whoever runs against Johnny in the primary in two years, and to whoever runs against Saxbe in the 2014 primary.

By Andy

August 26, 2008 8:27 AM | Link to this

Great accurate depiction of how today’s economic occurred. It is not Bush’s policies that have put us her but the lack of fiscal discipline practiced by the drift from conservative principles of our leaders - a complete reversal of their campaign rethoric. Clearly Chambliss and Isakson (once closet liberals - but now in the open) have led the desertion. Maybe the citizens of Georgia should embark on a recall for Isakson and a sounding defeat for Chambliss this year. I will vote for Buckley.

By Elephant Whip

August 26, 2008 8:43 AM | Link to this

Summary of Jim’s article:

Two respectable conservatives, McCutchen and Blackburn, outraged at the current representatives of the GOP because they lack character and support irresponsible government spending, voice valid concerns and consider voting for true conservatives who are running as independents…but I, Jim, am going to stick my head right back in the sand (with my A$$ in the air for all see) and vote for these GOP blights once again.

And the title to your column is “Thinking Right???”

By Modern Dem

August 26, 2008 8:48 AM | Link to this

Tax and spend: Collect the taxes needed to do the job, and spend the money wisely and efficiently. AKA Pay as you go. We should all demand this from whomever represents us.

Borrow and spend: Promise tax cuts to get elected, cut taxes for those rich enough to contribute to your next campaign fund, borrow money and spend it like drunken sailors on government contracts to your good buddies, cut budgets for necessities like schools, infrastructure, and reservoir construction, and blame budget deficits on the Democrats, and leave debt to future generations. AKA Modern GOP “fiscal responsibility.” We should demand their heads on a platter, or at the very least, their nads at Gitmo.

By AH

August 26, 2008 9:09 AM | Link to this

Thanks Jim I was looking for someone to vote for this Nov. and you just gave me my candidate. I’ve meet Chambliss before and thought that he would be a bastion of conservationism but that proved false by his betrayal of the true conservatives in the house.

By Denver Dem

August 26, 2008 9:10 AM | Link to this

It doesn’t get anymore irresponsible than this one example: A tax cut during a time of war. Pitiful.

By tom ga hunter

August 26, 2008 9:11 AM | Link to this

I am a life long Republican & Saxby Special Interest Chambliss is no Republican. I am sick of his big spending, big government, pro amnesty ways. I am especially up set that his son Bo is a paid LOBBYIST for the Chicago Merc. Board. Saxby took care of the Chicago Merc. Board not Georgia in the farm bill. Why do the taxpayers pay for a $437 million for Racehorse subsidies, You can’t by law slaughter a horse for food but Saxby put it in his Farm Bill. There is a minimum of $20 Billion waste in Saxby’s farm bill that President Bush vetoed but Saxby with his friends Obasma, Kennedy, Reid & Pelosi over rode.

Saxby & his gang of 10 TRAITORS are helping OBAMA not McCain. NO real REPUBLICAN can vote for Saxby Special Interest Chambliss.

By anonymous

August 26, 2008 9:14 AM | Link to this

What special interest groups does Mr. Blackburn think are funding the GOP?

By getalife "whiners"

August 26, 2008 9:15 AM | Link to this

All the billions wasted in Iraq, gop spending and debt but not a peep from the radical right until the election.

Pathetic Jim.

Yes, both parties are corrupt. That is a proven fact by the laws they write and pass for lobbyists. Both candidates spew our government is broken.

How do you fix a broken government? Americans still giddily and mindlessly trust the ones who broke it.

Big time pathetic Jim.

The least we can do is registar as Independent, stop giving them money, stop worshipping them and make them earn our trust.

Tell them to fix our broken government, whatever it takes, no excuses.

By lacuda

August 26, 2008 9:16 AM | Link to this

wow….Wooden, you are coming ou of ur shell to repudiate Chambliss and Isakson thru ur article.Obama is going to have a landslide even in GA, i tell you.Chambliss only has a 5/6 point lead in the polls even when Martin is not actively campaining.Go away Repugnants,u have ruined the economy these past 8 years!!!!!!!!!!!

By Dennis

August 26, 2008 9:18 AM | Link to this

Mr. Wooten writes, “The change I want is to a governing majority that doesn’t steal the quality of life of the next generation to serve this one.”

Wow! Listen to who’s talking and blowing stteam!

Beside supporting the every whim of George W. Bush, whose fiscal policies have gotton this country into the financial bind it is presently in, where have you been for the last eight years, Mr. Wooten?

All you’ve done is to blow the horn for the Republican party and the current administration.

You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

By Peter

August 26, 2008 9:24 AM | Link to this

Jim you are correct America is ready for a change……..

“I want change. Not the change that Barack Obama promises. The change I want is to a governing majority that doesn’t steal the quality of life of the next generation to serve this one.”

The real issue you do not address is the WAR time Economy the Republicans have handed the USA.

Never has there been a time in American History that the country is Soooooooooooo far in debt.

The Republicans have zero checks and balances, in fact they can’t account for Billions of dollars spent on the WAR.

In the mean time Bin Laden is FREE, thanks to the lack of effort by George Bush.

America is still not safe from the #1 Terrorist alive today…..yes these are the same guys that would hand over our American Ports to foreign companies.

Jim the WAR in Iraq based on “Faulty Intelligence” is that and more……it is bringing America to it’s knees, and is the reason America is in debt, not the spending or pork spending here at home.

TIME TO BE HONEST FOR A CHANGE JIM…….. address the WAR spending !

Jim, the Republican WAR spending, with the open cost plus contracts, have ALREADY saddled the next generations…………..your good old boys in the White House did all the damage……..and you actually think more of the same is CHANGE ?

By w00t

August 26, 2008 9:29 AM | Link to this

Sounds like Wooten went and saw the movie I.O.U.S.A.

I find it funny that all the past “fiscal conservatives” from Reagan to Bush 43 have all added huge debts, yet the one “tax and spend” democrat, Clinton, had a budget surplus.

By Common Sense

August 26, 2008 9:35 AM | Link to this

Jim you mean it was o.k. to spend 8 years ago? or 6 years or even 4 years ago so now you want to have fiscal responsibility and what party is suppose to give that to the American people.

Everytime something negative happen the conservative president states go out and spend the money or I will send a stimulus check that we do not have anyway of paying for.

Of course the congress has to go along because they want to keep their jobs and do not want to be seen as the bad guy.

We need to hold all parties to the fire, this is not a conservative thing because we don’t even know who they are!

The certainly do not exists in the White House, Senate or House.

We need to quit the who does what it neither conservative or liberal are fiscal responsible to this country!

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 9:38 AM | Link to this

Dear getalife @ 9:15, “The least we can do is registar as Independent, stop giving them money, stop worshipping them and make them earn our trust.” You sound more like me than I do. Well said, you are approaching a Reaganesque philosophy of “starving the Beast.”

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 9:48 AM | Link to this

We now know how the democrats intend to reduce the level of government spending – they don’t. Last night all they talked about was nationalizing health care. They did not mention whether they intended to enslave the providers, to compel them to work for less, or in the alternative whether a bureaucrat will randomly decide who is the lucky recipient of scarce health resources. Mere details, as their thrust is “more government spending.” Since the democrats are not even trying, wonder if the republicans will offer at least lip service.

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 9:53 AM | Link to this

Where Saxby Chambliss gets his money::

Agri Business—-$1,368,000 Banks, Insurance, Real Estate—-$1,332,000 Lawyers & Individual Lobbyist——$641,000 Misc Business —-$679,000 Other ——$606,000..

The Agi Business got a gift of $20 billion waste from Saxby’s Farm Bill. The Banks, Real Estate & Lawyers got a $2 TRILLION gift from the Bail Out the Banks act which Saxby & Johnny voted for. Not a bad return on your money.

Source:http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/industries.php?cycle=2008&cid=N00002685

By Southern Democrat

August 26, 2008 9:58 AM | Link to this

I assume that all of my conservative friends, for consistency’s sake, will roundly criticize Judge Blackburn for being an “activist” judge and for injecting his political views into a non-partisan office.

By Pam Davidson

August 26, 2008 10:04 AM | Link to this

I am from Blue Ridge and WE LOVE OUR JOE!!!! He and his beautiful wife hold court at a restaurant in Ellijay every day at 11:30 am. They are congenial and intelligent and make effort to engage others and keep them informed. They are a great source of encouragement to locals. Any one who wants to come and learn or talk about local, state, or national issues can join in. It’s what people used to do before annonymous (and sometimes cowardly and vicious)blogging. Joe has a lot of power- but in a polite, humble way. He’s passionate and informed but not abrasive.Every community should have a Joe M.

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 10:04 AM | Link to this

Ragnar Danneskjöld August 26, 2008 8:17 AM ———-Your save the supreme court argument simply does not hold water. Chambliss simply does what his special interest Patrons say.. He’ll do what they want, look at the Gang of 10 Traitors mess. When McCain is elected he will not have a Republican Congress thanks to big spenders like Chambliss. So McCain will have to nominate moderate judges. After the election Saxby will get with his bud, Teddy Kennedy to pass AMNESTY. I am voting, McCain, Buckley, & Bourn. I hope you & all other CONSERVATIVES do the same.

By Just Nasty and Mean

August 26, 2008 10:22 AM | Link to this

G’ mornin Jim, et al,

It is the classic conundrum conservatives face each time we enter the voting booth—voting for the least evil.

Democraps offer absolutely NOTHING——and aren’t even trying—-to convince us and indicate they are taking the nations fiscal responsibility seriously. There can be no doubt, Dems want to expand government starting with the virtual nationalization of 14% of the economy with a takeover of the health care industry.

How do you think THAT is going to play on the budget? Its MORE spending, MORE regulation, MORE government expansion, MORE of what got us to this mess.

I have no choice but to vote for the person or party that at least “pretends” to want to control the budget, and not the party that is proved —-since FDR—-in government dependency and expansion—the democraps.

In summary: Do I like RINO Saxby—-HELL NO! But I will vote for him over Martin whose party is vested in tax and spend government expansion.

By Modern Dem

August 26, 2008 10:44 AM | Link to this

Do the soldiers care that the Blackwater and Halliburton contractors are making 10-20 times more money than they are? Good question, since the American Taxpayers are paying for BOTH.

Here’s an idea: let’s stop paying those contractors to be there, and pay them to fix up our infrastructure HERE instead, at HALF the rate! Then they’d only be making 5-10 times what the soldiers make — still pretty good money, we’d actually get something besides rhetoric for our taxes — like bridges that don’t collapse with people and cargo on them, and levees that don’t break leading to more gouging by over-priced buddy contractors, and we’d be saving BILLION$!

Responsible spending doesn’t require tax cuts to the rich, just responsible leadership.

By Redneck Convert

August 26, 2008 11:17 AM | Link to this

Well, we got to starve guvmint out of business. No tax money for them to waste. We’ll just borrow what we need. That way, it don’t cost us nothing. It worked for the past 8 years and it will work for 8 more. None of this tax and spend librul stuff for this redneck. Let’s borrow and spend. When you think like a godly Republican you can solve all your problems.

Have a good day everybody.

By Chris

August 26, 2008 11:41 AM | Link to this

Congress’ approval rating is hovering around 9% but we are going to vote for a member of Congress to be POTUS? Obama favors one of, if not the, largest tax increases in history and McCain wants amnesty for illegals. Most people can’t even really tell you where both candidates stand on major issues, all they see is Republican or Democrat. So we go to the polls and elect the “less of two evils” as we have done for years. Insane!!

We bemoan the demeanor of the gov’t and yet we continue to elect more of the same. Funny thing is though when I tell someone I am voting for Barr they tell me that that is a vote for McCain/Obama!

Whatever happened to voting one’s conscious? Where are our principles? When I see “Made in China” or “Made in Mexico”, I wonder who sold this country out? Both the republicans and democrats. We are in debt beyond our eyeballs, we have too many social programs, we cannot keep illegals out but we worry about Tom & Steve getting married or does everybody have health care?

Read the Libertarian party’s website, then you might see why the republicans and democrats need to go!

VOTE BARR

By Th

August 26, 2008 11:50 AM | Link to this

Right or wrong, there is only a tiny minority of Americans who want government deeply cut. Bush and the Republicans have used the federal government like an ATM machine for their cronies and an employment agency for their half-wit supporters who can’t find gainful employment elsewhere. The Democrats are only different in that their federal appointees want government to work even if they are incapable of making it happen.

State and federal employees, Medicaid, Medicare and SCHIP recipients and many veterans already have government health care. There is no great majority of Americans crying to cut the farm bill and education funding and the military and you better not touch SS if you want to keep your seat in Congress. You are fighting an already lost battle, Jim. After all, it was Chambliss who was for illegal immigrant farm workers before he was against them.

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 11:51 AM | Link to this

Dear Southern @ 9:58, not only will I not criticize Judge Blackburn – I see no suggestion of judicial decisions contaminated by personal beliefs – I will hope Judge Blackburn runs against Johnny.

Dear Modern @ 8:48, you capture the problem perfectly: “Tax and spend: Collect the taxes needed to do the job, and spend the money…” In a rational world, with competent legislators, spending would be reduced to the level supported by MODEST taxes. We have a huge number of citizen-thieves who see government collections as a plausible solution to every inconvenience.

By Soothsayer

August 26, 2008 11:52 AM | Link to this

Damn ‘em democrats. Don’t they know ‘at onced we get started drilling ‘em Arabs is gonna to drop ‘at price of oil overnight? And what ‘bout ‘is here nationalized healthcare? You’d thank ‘at nationalized healthcare for those 65 and older would be enough—but no! They want it for everbody. Not only ‘at but since they got ‘at slimmest of majorities in the House and Senate why, heck, the country’s done gone to heck in a handbasket. ‘Ey’re to blame I tell ‘ya. Shoot, budget deficits never hurt nobody. Just look whar it done got us. I say “bring on ‘em McCain tax cuts” a little more deficit ain’t gonna hurt no more than what we done got.

By Dennis

August 26, 2008 11:54 AM | Link to this

Wooten’s column, today, is his hypocracy at his best.

You don’t have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

By Augusta National

August 26, 2008 12:27 PM | Link to this

Out here in Augusta we know all about crooks, look at how we kept electing Charles Walker. Chambliss is just like Walker so we’ll vote for him again. Are we stupid or what?

By Modern Dem

August 26, 2008 12:31 PM | Link to this

Ragnar D, yes “citizen thieves” is a good term. Do you mind if I use it? Also, just curious as to which makes you angrier, if I might ask? “Citizen thieves” trying to get food, clothes, and medicine for that little “mistake” they didn’t abort, or “citizen thieves” who cannot seem to account for BILLIONS of missing dollars in Iraq and for the rebuilding of the Katrina disaster zones for which they have no-bid contracts with non-performance clauses in them? (That means they get paid whether they do the job or not.)

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 12:34 PM | Link to this

Forget Wooten. He proves the old saw about one surrender monkey typing on one keyboard for one hour produces the most cliche’d (dyed in the wool), oxymoronical (fiscal conservative), and redundant (conservative jurist) bunch of hooey ever witnessed.

No, today we need to talk about McCain and that vietnamese prison guard who drew a cross in the dirt. McCain didn’t embelish his prison narrative with that incident until he ran in 2000. That’s when it first appeared. Solzhenitsyn wrote of a similar story when he was imprisoned. Did McCain think that nobody read Solzhenitsyn and that nobody would notice the similarity?

Why didn’t McCain always tell this inspiring and amazing embellishment? Why add it to the narrative in 2000?

There was no guard, no cross, and no dirt. McCain is a fool, a liar, and an idiot.

McCain 08: Lets start with books you haven’t read.

By Disgusted

August 26, 2008 12:36 PM | Link to this

Obama favors one of, if not the, largest tax increases in history…

This blatant lie is a favorite of the supporters of the status quo. The only people who would get a tax increase under the Obama plan are those with incomes above $250,000. The Obama plan would skew the tax cuts to middle income earners and away from the wealthy who now enjoy the greatest benefit from the Bush tax cuts.

The ignorant might fall for the lie, but sensible people will do their own research.

Keep stirring up the rednecks, Chris. Your special pleading does not go unnoticed.

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 12:48 PM | Link to this

McCain plagiarized Solzhenitsyn! McCain first embellished his narrative with a story identical to a passage from the Gulag (where a prison guard draws a cross in the sand) during his 2000 campaign.

Why didn’t McCain ever mention it before then? He hadn’t read the Gulag till then apparently as McCain has absolutely no talent for writing but instead must steal ideas from others, just like all the bloggers here.

No wonder you clowns love McCain. McCain’s motive must have been to appeal to the evangelical right.

McCain 08: Lets pick a book you haven’t read.

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 1:05 PM | Link to this

Report Faults Medicare Audits Agency Missed Many Payment Errors, HHS Review Finds

The rate of improper payments, including fraud, in Medicare’s purchases of wheelchairs and other home medical equipment is significantly higher than the government has estimated, according to a federal audit released yesterday.

The report by Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson at the Department of Health and Human Services found an “error rate” of almost 29 percent in a sample of claims paid in 2006 under Medicare’s multibillion-dollar durable medical equipment program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had estimated a rate of 7.5 percent, or about $700 million in improper payments.

Investigators reviewed a sample of 363 claims to determine whether the Medicare contractor that routinely checks such claims had found all of the improper payments. Such payments include not only fraudulent claims, but also those without sufficient documentation and those for goods deemed not medically necessary. The new review found 20 payment errors that the contractor identified and 73 that it had not.

“We attributed these review discrepancies to the … contractor’s reliance on clinical inference rather than additional medical records available from health care providers, CMS’s inconsistent policies regarding proof-of-delivery documentation, physicians’ lack of understanding of documentation requirements and CMS’s lack of procedures for obtaining information on high risk DME [durable medical equipment] items from beneficiaries,” Levinson wrote in a cover letter for the report.

Levinson recommended that Medicare auditors check a broader range of records underlying the claims, including physicians’ records and other medical documents showing the necessity of the equipment. He also recommended requiring the contractor to contact beneficiaries who allegedly got power scooters and other devices, which are considered at high risk for improper payments, to confirm that they were received and to determine whether they were medically necessary.

Timothy B. Hill, CMS chief financial officer, said reviewing claims is one way the agency detects fraud. He said the agency implemented changes last year to help reduce the error rate, including a requirement of more documentation from doctors who prescribe wheelchairs for patients.

The inspector general’s report “did point out some gaps in the program, some of which had already been addressed,” Hill said.

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake in reducing payment errors. The durable medical equipment program, which costs more than $8 billion annually and pays for power wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen supplies and other equipment for home use, has long been considered vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse.

A July report by the Government Accountability Office, for instance, found that Medicare has paid as much as $92 million since 2000 to suppliers who billed the government for equipment purportedly prescribed by doctors who were dead.

Michael Reinemer, a spokesman for the American Association for Homecare, a trade group for suppliers, said: “The association believes that any amount of fraud is unacceptable and that better controls at the front end of the process are needed to keep criminals out of the Medicare program in the first place.”

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 1:14 PM | Link to this

Dear Modern @ 12:31, good question. “which makes you angrier, if I might ask? “Citizen thieves” trying to get food, clothes, and medicine for that little “mistake” they didn’t abort, or “citizen thieves” who cannot seem to account for BILLIONS of missing dollars in Iraq and for the rebuilding of the Katrina disaster zones for which they have no-bid contracts with non-performance clauses in them?” Answer (a) and (c), as those spending programs are not authorizable under any honest reading of the Constitution. That even $1 spent properly (under those two programs) would always be illegal under the Constitution makes those spendings inherently wrong, and thus more worthy of anger. Waging war is authorizable by the Constitution, so that waste is theoretically less egregious. Yes, I think I made up “authorizable.”

By Pompano

August 26, 2008 1:22 PM | Link to this

Why is the AJC & the rest of the MSM not bothering to report on the lawsuit filed in PA court last Thursday by a Clinton supporter alleging that BO was actually born in Kenya (with his Hawii birth certificate issued after his mother flew back from Kenya following the delivery)?

Just like when they ignored the Edwards affair.

By @@

August 26, 2008 1:31 PM | Link to this

‘Ya know Jim, up until recently it’s been thought that only chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants shared the human ability to recognise themselves in a mirror. Add to that list magpies…..birds of a feather (Agelaius gubernators.)

The site of a large group of crows (magpies) sitting on a telephone line has always put me in mind of politicians. High above the earthbound voter, the magpies chatter among themselves paying no attention to the vibrations passing through their boney feet.

Can’t sell me on D “smiling jackasses” either. After spending decades pigeonholing their party’s paisanos, they look at their alter egos and…….

I’m off to The Black Sea where there’s a lot of muscle flexin’ goin’ on. Never thought I’d hear myself say this, but it’s time to call in The Saudis — stir up a little hornets nest in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan to distract Putin from his intended purpose.

By Denver Dem

August 26, 2008 1:42 PM | Link to this

Just wondering what you guys on the right think about Cindy McCain traveling to Georgia to “access the civilian casualties.”

Even it your on the right, you have to admit it’s ridiculous she is traveling over there.

Could you imagine what Wooten would write if Michelle Obama traveled to Georgia?

A candidates wife has no business traveling to another country. Wonder who’s paying? McCain’s grasping at straws.

By Chris

August 26, 2008 1:50 PM | Link to this

Disgusted ,

Ok, so I am making it up that Obama will only raise taxes on the “wealthy”? Where will the money come from to pay for nationalized health care?

Where will the money come from for additional “rebates”?

Where will the money come from by eliminating taxes on seniors?

Have you read the man’s website? Look at all the new programs he wants to initiate! The money has to come from somewhere. Oh, that’s right, it will be taken from the “rich” and given to the “poor”. Robin Hood economics! No thank you.

By Copyleft

August 26, 2008 1:53 PM | Link to this

Wooten’s article is a perfect summary of why you small-government conservatives will never be taken seriously.

Because, in the end, you’ll always vote for the Republican candidate anyway! The party leadership KNOWS they can take you for granted, so they do.

Spewing online or talk radio about how angry you are at Big Spending, while steadfastly refusing to actually do anything about it, means you can be ignored. The GOP owns you; you’re their property, their beeyatch, just like the Religious Right has always been.

Because they know, for all your whining, you’re not gonna do anything about it.

Suckers.

By Southern Democrat

August 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Link to this

Dear Pompano @ 1:22,

The “MSM” is probably ignoring the lawsuit for the same reason they would ignore a lawsuit I filed against you for libel. Simply because I put it in a complaint (even a verified complaint) does not make it true. I would suggest you check out the non-profit, non-partisan http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/borninthe_usa.html

Hopefully it will answer your concerns and I sincerely hope that Attorney Berg has not put his bar license at risk.

Jbmlaw,

If I may still address you as such, I would respectfully disagree. In my humble opinion, I never want a judicial officer making political commentary with sweeping generalizations regarding “Democrat special interests” and who is/is not “a real conservative.” Why give every single appellant and appellee grounds for a request for recusal? Could I claim prejudice against all registered Democrats in the state of Georgia (a fact that Judge Blackburn could easily discern)? What about an anti-immigrant bias based on his comments about the “immigration compromise”? Methinks the jurist doth comment too much.

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Link to this

McCain plagiarized Solzhenitsyn! McCain first embellished his narrative with a story identical to a passage from the Gulag (where a prison guard draws a cross in the sand) during his 2000 campaign.

Why didn’t McCain ever mention it before then? He hadn’t read the Gulag till then apparently as McCain has absolutely no talent for writing but instead must steal ideas from others, just like all the bloggers here.

No wonder you clowns love McCain. McCain’s motive must have been to appeal to the evangelical right.

McCain 08: Lets pick a book you haven’t read.

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Link to this

Dear Copyleft @ 1:53, I desperately wish the democrats would offer a candidate who opposed big spending. It would be easy to move my vote. But there is not one anywhere in the country, is there? Some of us realize we are taken for granted, and others of us stay on the plantation voluntarily.

By @@

August 26, 2008 2:03 PM | Link to this

Denver Dem:

Just wondering what you guys on the right think about Cindy McCain traveling to Georgia to “access the civilian casualties.”

Cindy McCain has been engaged in philanthropic causes for years. I know you won’t go to a link, so I’ll display the bulk of an article from TIME on the topic of her Georgia trip.

Cindy McCain’s Mission to Georgia

McCain’s first exposure to the issue of land mines was after the first Gulf War, when she traveled to Kuwait with the medical group she had established in 1989, American Voluntary Medical Team. “We went basically as an emergency team, not knowing what we’d be getting into,” she recalled. “We discovered, as did the Kuwaitis, that the Iraqis had planted land mines in the playgrounds. So we hadn’t been there 12 hours, and the first case we get is a young child who had gone outside to play on the teeter-totter and stepped on a land mine. That was my first experience with land mines.”

She has heard similar reports of injuries to civilians and refugees in Georgia, which she hopes to investigate. “When people begin to run, they run for places that they know are safe — schools, churches, community centers — and those are the first things that are mined,” she said.

She has slipped away from the campaign trail frequently this year: in March, McCain visited Kosovo with HALO to assess progress in clearing minefields there. In June, she was in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, working with Operation Smile, the charity that helps disfigured children and on whose board she also serves. In July, she was in Rwanda, reviewing relief efforts by the World Food Programme. She plans to return to the U.S. from Georgia late Wednesday. “It’s a very quick trip,” she says.

What is it with you leftists and your resistance to philanthropy? Michelle Obama is more than welcome to show us what she’s made of.

By Denver Dem

August 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Link to this

Maybe Cindy will take one of her houses over to Georgia…………..

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Link to this

Dear Southern @ 1:58, you may still address me as “jbmlaw” – I’m still jbm, and I remain licensed in three states. (Parenthetical aside – I embraced the alternative identity because so many potentially-worthy antagonists were seemingly intimidated by the bar membership. By renaming myself I remove that barrier to discussion.) We agree on the silly story on Obama’s origins – while I think there are several intelligent reasons to oppose him, “Kenyan” is not one of those.

As to politically active judges, I just don’t see the problem. I spent most of my legal life in a state then-dominated by “yellow-dog” democrats, where judges and the county democrat party chairmen enjoyed lunch together on a daily basis. My dark suspicions notwithstanding, I think I recall only one judge – and I worked in several counties - whom I believed corrupted by his political associations. Maybe we are in a different world today, or maybe I was just naïve then and now, but the open and shut cases generally turned out right, and the close questions usually split the baby.

Having offered my generalities, I confess that I have not read specific comments by Judge Blackburn, and am receptive to arguments intended to persuade me otherwise.

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Link to this

McCain also claims that during an escape attempt from the Hanoi Hilton, he rode on a motorcycle across country for miles before being corraled by hundreds of Nazis and recaptured.

He also tells of a time in prison when there was a rat, a mole, who exchanged messages with other prison guards by hiding paper in a chess set King.

Then, he tells these hilarious stories of this one fat vietnamese prison guard who always would say, “I know nothing. I see nothing.”

McCain 08: He’ll tell you a story!

By CwnBt

August 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Link to this

GETTING IT UP FOR UNCLE TEDDY!

SAT scores rise for Mass. students

In Massachusetts, 75 percent of students who took the SAT or Advanced Placement exams enrolled in college, the College Board reported. More than 65 percent stayed in Massachusetts.

Independent school students fared substantially better than those attending public schools, with an average combined score (math and reading) of 1,191, compared to 1,027.

Among ethnic groups, white students scored an average of 1,066, compared to 892 for Hispanic and Latino students, and 859 for African-American students. Asian students scored an average of 1,099.

A last hoorah!

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Link to this

Dear Southern, in the interest of full disclosure, my one allegation of corruption was an out-of-county divorce case against a democrat county chairman – for all I know the judge was pretty straight otherwise, but I ought to write a screenplay about that one case.

By @@

August 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Link to this

Maybe Cindy will take one of her houses over to Georgia…………..

^^^ The best Denver has to offer.

Pitiful……PITIFUL I tell you!

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Link to this

McCain plagiarized Solzhenitsyn!!! McCain embellished his prison narrative in 2000, with a new story about a prison guard who drew a cross in the sand. Of course Rush Limbaugh claims it was Solzhenitsyn who stole the story from McCain, never mind the thirty year gap in publishing dates.

McCain also claims that during an escape attempt from the Hanoi Hilton, he rode on a motorcycle across country for miles before being corraled by hundreds of Nazis and recaptured.

He also tells of a time in prison when there was a rat, a mole, who exchanged messages with other prison guards by hiding paper in a chess set King.

Then, he tells these hilarious stories of this one fat vietnamese prison guard who always would say, “I know nothing. I see nothing.”

McCain 08: He’ll tell you a story!

By Mrs. RepubLady

August 26, 2008 2:32 PM | Link to this

Cindy McCain has been engaged in philanthropic causes for years! That’s more than the worthless recipients of her graciousness deserve. Like the medical charity she started to provide emergency medical services around the world. So what if it also provided her with easy access to Vicodin and Percoset? Lots of it! (It is possible to be so rich and beautiful that it hurts, take my word for it.) But it’s different when Republicans and right-wing talk show hosts obtain and abuse controlled substances. It’s inexcusable when anyone else does it. It’s okay Cindy, you’re one of US, not one of THEM, and that’s all that matters.

By Southern Democrat

August 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Link to this

It is an interesting choice of new name, though I hope that piracy is not in your near future. Even after Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, piracy remains against all recognized international norms.

There was more smoke than fire (per usual) to my argument and I directed it more to the “yellow dog” conservatives as a way to point out a perceived inconsistency in the term “activist” judge. Though I know you disagree with me on this point, I deem “activist” to be as thinly-veiled as “states rights” was when uttered by then-Gov. Reagan, but that’s a conversation for another day, i.e., “activist” means aggressively protecting the rights of the individual and not corporation-friendly; though please don’t let my corporate clients know my thoughts on this!

By Denver Dem

August 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Link to this

Hey @@….lighten up! It was a JOKE. A little McCain humor.

Actually, I think Cindy McCain’s philanthropy actions are great. Can’t say I would be that generous with my time if I had her money.

I still think the Georgia trip is also meant to have a little “political” implications rather than the normal trip.

You said Michelle Obama is welcome to show us what she is made of. Compared to Cindy, she’s just another poor African American woman.

Hey, it’s another JOKE.

And, yes, some of my jokes are pitiful.

By Older Reporter

August 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Link to this

Cindy McCain tells of a time she visited Bosnia and disembarked the plane under sniper fire and had to duck and run to her transportation out of that hot landing zone!!

bwa. This stuff writes itself!!

McCain plagiarized Solzhenitsyn!!! McCain embellished his prison narrative in 2000, with a new story about a prison guard who drew a cross in the sand. Of course Rush Limbaugh claims it was Solzhenitsyn who stole the story from McCain, never mind the thirty year gap in publishing dates.

McCain also claims that during an escape attempt from the Hanoi Hilton, he rode on a motorcycle across country for miles before being corraled by hundreds of Nazis and recaptured.

He also tells of a time in prison when there was a rat, a mole, who exchanged messages with other prison guards by hiding paper in a chess set King.

Then, he tells these hilarious stories of this one fat vietnamese prison guard who always would say, “I know nothing. I see nothing.”

McCain 08: He’ll tell you a story!

By Ragnar Danneskjöld

August 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Link to this

Dear Southern, very early in life a baby-farmer misheard the instruction to apprentice me to a pi-lot, and directed me to a pi-rate instead.

By @@

August 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Link to this

So what is it Mrs. RepubLady? You wanna reserve drug addiction for the poor and underprivileged? I understand /sarc/. If it can be reserved for the poor, uneducated fools, then all the easier for your party to exploit their plight for government funds?

Stop being so petty. It makes you look limited.

By Dennis

August 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Link to this

Hey, Mr. Wooten! I’ve just seen the speech made by Republican, Jim Leach, at last nights Democratic convention.

By dilly! There’s at least one REALISTIC Republican.

By Rasputin of the Vacaveldt

August 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Link to this

Hillary just now appeared on the Platform and evidently is nervous, judging from her obvious over-reliance on her large-group schtick.

Something indeed is up. I’ve no sense of its import or legitimacy.

So long.

By @@

August 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Link to this

I still think the Georgia trip is also meant to have a little “political” implications rather than the normal trip.

Well try not to think so much, but if you must…….

ask yourself why her efforts have been going forth quietly prior to, and during her husband’s campaign?

By ButtHead

August 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Link to this

Modern Dem, how about this for an idea, we stop paying over 330 Billion for the 26 million illegal aliens that are parasites on our system. Oh that’s right they are your voter base and Obama wants to give then “free healthcare” free for them cost for us. Get your head on straight.

By @@

August 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Link to this

The other day one of OBlahMa’s campaign staff said about The Great Divide……..”Anyone who thinks it exists doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”

Today I read:

Obama Signaled Early That He Was Unlikely To Choose Ex-Rival

and the Clinton supporters were just too stoopid to pick up on it?

How many times do dems have to be insulted by their party elite before they say…….

Hey……hold on just a darn minute.

This has gone well beyond Hillary! It’s about the nominating process. It’s about The Democratic Party. Some of the party faithful are wising up to the sham.

By Peter

August 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Link to this

I love this comment……….Democraps offer absolutely NOTHING——and aren’t even trying….

Please vote Republican if you want World WAR III.

Please vote Republican if you want to be lied to about WAR and Taxes.

Please vote Republican if you want your tax dollar’s spent over seas and NOT AT HOME !

Please vote Republican if you enjoy being BILKED by No Bid Cost Plus Contracts !

Please vote Republican if you don’t care about Accounting and where YOUR TAX money is spent !

Please vote Republican if you care about the Millions spent on Pork, and not worry about the BILLIONS spent on WAR !

Please vote Republican if you want less Government control, yet are WILLING to have YOUR TAX dollars spent Bailing out Corporations !

Please vote REPUBLICAN if your DESIRE is to let Bin Ladin Go free………. for KILLING AMERICANS !

Please vote REPUBLICAN if you want your house to continue to DECREASE in VALUE !

By Copyleft

August 26, 2008 3:16 PM | Link to this

Ragnar: I desperately wish the democrats would offer a candidate who opposed big spending.

Yes, but that’s YOUR issue, not ours. I’d like to see a cutback in wasted military spending, of course, but otherwise we’ve got a lot of problems inside our borders that need tackling. And that takes money.

By Peter

August 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Link to this

Ops I forgot one thing…………..

Please vote REPUBLICAN if you don’t care about YOUR child’s education………….

SAT scores stay at lowest level in nearly a decade

COLUMBIA, Mo. - For a second straight year, SAT scores for the most recent high school graduating class remained at the lowest level in nearly a decade, a trend attributed to a record number of students now taking the test.

“More than ever, the SAT reflects the face of education in this country,” said Gaston Caperton, president of the College Board, which owns the test and released the results Tuesday.

VOTE Republican if you desire the continuing CUT in the EDUCATION budget for WAR !

By Hillbilly Deluxe

August 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Link to this

McCain plagarized Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Biden plagarized Neil McKinnock. It’s a wash. They are politicians so it’s not unusual for truth problems to crop up.

I’m not sure who I’m voting for in the Senate race. I do believe, however, that it’s time Saxby got a real job.

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Link to this

A little data about Saxby’s farm bill……

Fifty-one percent of agricultural subsidies go to ‘commercial farmers,’” says the Heritage Foundation’s Brian Riedl. “Commercial farmers’ have an average income of $200,000 and an average net worth of $2 million.” Riedl cites the Environmental Working Group’s indispensable database: Between 1995 and 2005, farm subsidies reached the Fortune 500’s Westvaco ($534,210) and John Hancock ($2,849,799), and such charity cases as Ted Turner ($206,948), David Rockefeller ($553,782), Rep. John Salazar (D-Co., $161,084), and Senator Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa, $225,041). Scandalously, such legislators subsidize their own farms. Like a modern day Marie Antoinette, Grassley told MSNBC’s Tom Curry: “I don’t think any consumer ought to be complaining about the price of bread when they’re willing to pay $4 for a gallon of water.”

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Link to this

More facts about Saxby’s Farm bill Rip off….

the truth is that farm subsidies benefit the largest, wealthiest agriculture producers, not the “small family farmer.” The subsidy payments really amount to corporate welfare for the rich. The food supply argument is fictitious, since there is either surplus production of every agricultural commodity or supply control to prevent a surplus.

First, 60 percent of farmers don’t even produce crops that are eligible for subsidies. More than 90 percent of farmers either receive no subsidies or receive less than $2,000 annually.

Large farm operations, with ten times the wealth of the average American family and annual incomes averaging more than $230,000 — four times the income of the average American household — receive most of the subsidy payments. (Emphasis supplied.) In 1995, the top 10 percent of farm subsidy recipients received 55 percent of total payments. By 2003, the top 10 percent of farm subsidy recipients collected 72 percent of total subsidies and the top 5 percent collected 55 percent of payments. The largest 10 percent of grain farmers, with an average net worth of $2.4 million, receive 50 percent of all grain subsidies. And, 60 percent of sugar program benefits go to the wealthiest one percent of sugar farmers.

Furthermore, 95 percent of landlords don’t even farm, but they own 60 percent of U.S. farmland eligible for subsidies. These absentee landlords collect subsidy checks directly from the government, while also receiving much of their tenants’ subsidy payments through higher rental rates. A November 2005 University of Maryland study found that landlords captured up to 25 percent of the total amount of subsidies.

Second, despite the record-setting amounts of money that have been spent in the last decade on farm subsidies, small farms that depend on farming for their livelihood continue to disappear from the American landscape. According to the USDA’s 2002 Census of Agriculture, there were almost 100,000 fewer farms than in 1997 and average farm size increased from 431 to 441 acres. In comparison, when farm programs began more than 70 years ago, there were almost 7 million farms and the average size was less than 200 acres.

By BS Aplenty

August 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Link to this

Jim, there’s seemingly no political gain in reducing federal spending. No political profit to the congressman who promotes such restraint and certainly no gain to the constituents whom he might represent. That’s why there’s precious few politicians with such unelectable traits.

We seem to be fast approaching an era where we feel less connected to each other, more “wired” but less connected, as Americans. Now, unfortunately, it appears we’re moving to every man for himself with little regard to “the national interest.”

For the country, it’s going to be a fast fiscal ride to the most unsustainable financial condition available at which point the capital & currency markets will begin to provide fiscal restraint. It’s just a question of which party gets to spend us to that unsustainable fiscal position.

By Ga Values

August 26, 2008 4:42 PM | Link to this

Editorial from a CONSERVATIVE about Saxby’s farm bill named Jim Wooten, wonder where he went.

By Jim Wooten | Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 07:24 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Everything most Americans —- and all fiscal conservatives —- hate about Congress is contained in a five-year, $300 billion farm bill headed to a certain presidential veto.

It’s dishonest. Congress claims that it’s only $10 billion more than the administration wants. In reality, though, said Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner in a conversation Monday, it’s about twice that.

“It’s about $20 billion over budget because they have managed to hide the true cost of the bill quite a bit.” They are doing it, he explained, by moving payouts beyond the time frame used to calculate costs while moving up revenues from things like crop insurance.

Congress did the same thing last year in projecting the cost for the State Children’s Health Insurance program. Spending on that bill, which the president vetoed, was projected to go from $5.6 billion per year to $13.9 billion in 2012, and then —- as Congress employed the game it now plays on the farm bill —- would “drop” 69 percent in 2013 to $7.8 billion and further to $4.8 billion in 2014. Dishonest.

To hide the true cost of the farm bill, “they take a program that they know has to be funded, like disaster money and a couple of others that they know they will have to come back to extend,” said Conner.

In addition to dishonesties, it contains outrages, one after another. An example is the sugar program, which costs taxpayers in excess of $2 billion annually. “The sugar program is essentially a producer cartel run out of Washington,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute.

“Many people thought you could not get more heavily involved than the government already is under the current program,” said Conner. That program exists solely to benefit sugar beet producers, mostly in Minnesota, Michigan, California, Idaho and North Dakota, and sugar cane producers, mostly in Florida and Louisiana.

It’s designed to keep sugar prices high by requiring that 85 percent of the sugar sold in America be produced here. Taxpayers buy sugar at roughly twice the world price and, heretofore, stored it for sale back when supplies were tight. “This bill says, ‘no, you can’t store sugar, you have to sell it immediately for ethanol,’ ” said Conner.

The value of sugar for ethanol production is about 2 cents per pound. The world price of sugar is about 12.5 cents per pound. “We are buying it at 23 cents a pound and are required to sell it for 2 cents a pound,” explained Conner. “What kind of deal is that for U.S. taxpayers?”

Lousy, of course. Outrageous, certainly. Insane public policy. “I am not talking about a few million bucks here,” said Conner. “This is hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Outrages are evident, too, in a much-publicized provision that would give the owners of thoroughbred racehorses a $93 million depreciation write-off. It is a first, said Conner, the first time that a farm bill has been used to write a tax bill. “These are provisions that would never have passed on their own.”

Outrageous, too, is the provision that suddenly appeared requiring taxpayers to spend $200 million to buy land in Montana that has no farm-related value.

Most outrageous of all is the refusal of a Congress that denied $600 stimulus checks to some in the middle class but now refuses to expunge even the wealthiest of farmers from the dole. The administration proposed to start weaning farmers whose nonfarm income exceeded $200,000. Congress raised that to $500,000 or $1 million for married couples. For those whose income is solely from farming, it’s $750,000 and $1.5 million. “We only targeted the top 2 percent” of farmers, said Conner. As rewritten, “this is going to deny benefits to virtually no one in America,” he said.

“Scarce tax dollars are hard to come by. The notion that people whose annual income is in the million-dollar range, the idea that we have got to use tax dollars to help them, is beyond explanation. We should say to them that ‘there is an American Dream out there and you are living it, but don’t expect any more tax dollars from people who are struggling to find dollars to put gas in the tank.’ “

Within days, Congress will pass this bill. It’s atrocious legislation deserving of the quick veto it’s certain to get.

By findog

August 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Link to this

Jim,

I think the special interest for immigration, at least around here, is the building and chicken processing industries.

I have never heard of them as big Democratic Party boosters.

The GOP always “claimed” to be the responsible party in Washington; until that is they took the majority in 1994. When they took total control they proved to be worse than the 60’s era DNC.

However, your point that voting for third party candidates is a thrown away vote is true – just look at the Green Party in Florida circa 2000.

By ByteMe

August 26, 2008 5:15 PM | Link to this

Here’s a quick data point, courtesy of the WHITE HOUSE OMB: if the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire, the budget shows a surplus 2 years later. Seriously. You can look up the budget for 2009 and it’s right there in the appendix showing what happens if the tax cuts expire. A surplus.

Did you know that? Did you care? Did you really think it’s the Democrats’ fault that we don’t pay our government bills?

By Stone

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM | Link to this

“Older Reporter” seems to have Alzheimers and/or dementia, for he keeps writing the same peiece over and over again.

By Jim

August 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Link to this

WASHINGTON - A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.”

By Dennis

August 26, 2008 5:49 PM | Link to this

Within the past eight years, does anyone recall when Jim Wooten called for the Republicans and the Bush White House to live within its means and balance the budget?

By GayGrayGeek

August 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Link to this

ByteMe - the Republicans have demonstrated that the only thing they know how to do is to mortgage their children’s, granchildren’s, and great-grandchildren’s futures to pay for their own immediate gratification.

By Curious

August 26, 2008 6:03 PM | Link to this

Was McCain plagarizing Solzhenitsyn when he called his wife the Mc-C-word in public?

By Soothsayer

August 26, 2008 6:14 PM | Link to this

ByteMe @ 5:15:

Letting the tax cuts expire is basically what Bill Clinton did when he took office. He restored the 39.6 maximum tax rate and within his tenure the deficit run up by Reagan was gone and we had a surplus.

By Joel Hardy

August 28, 2008 9:07 AM | Link to this

Chambliss and Isaacson are not conservatives - moderates at best who don’t represent true conservatives - they need to be sent a message in this election that we expect them to represent conservative principles and stop compromising with the liberals…

By GeorgiaValues

August 28, 2008 6:57 PM |