Allow Me To Defend Our New Governor For A Moment

January 11, 2011 16:50 pm

by Charlie · 24 comments

Governor Nathan Deal, in his second day in office, continues to deal with a “State of Emergency” that was declared prior to his official swearing in.  It’s not what he had planned, and instead of enjoying the efforts of his innaugural committee’s hard work, he’s been mostly having to figure out the logistics of how to get his administration started when legislators couldn’t even get to the Capitol without assistance, and many more state employees either can’t get to work, or can’t get home.

Thus, in his first meeting with the press, Governor Deal said this:

The weather has to cooperate in order for us to do what we really need to do. So I would just urge everyone to make sure they take care of themselves, and that they do not put themselves in a position of danger,”

Which brought quick commentary from Atlanta’s queen of social media and our friend, SpaceyG:

Nathan Deal’s first emergency in office, starting  on Day One, included the glaringly un-populist behaviors of:  telling Georgians they’re on their own out there in snowed-in conditions, using state office/power to shuttle legislators (only) around in government vehicles (remember, in the emergency we’re under), and not answering any questions from press. What an amazing 48 hours of utterly UN-responsive new leadership in Georgia! Is this going to be a great 4-years around here or what?

While I’ll give her points on the refusal to answer questions (Deal needs to appear comfortable in front of the press), I’m actually glad he didn’t offer any false platitudes that somehow the government can trump mother nature, or provide a false sense of security.  The fact is, if we are going to believe in “limited government”, then we have to understand that government has practical limits.  It would be nice if we could fund heated streets and vast armadas of salt trucks with ice removal devices, able to cover a metropolitian area larger that most norther states where folks who take mass transit brag about their ability to drive in the snow.  The fact of the matter is there is an opportunity cost to spending money on these things that will have little effect just a few days every other year.

Furthermore, Deal asserted that we as individuals first and foremost are responsible for our safety.  The GEMA, State Patrol, and GA National Guard folks who stand at the ready to assist are mostly a re-active force when it comes to safety.  Government can possibly rescue you after you crash, but its better if everyone understood the physics of a 5,000 pound car crossing ice at 50mph, and concluded that it was best to stay home until the ice melts.  Luckily for the first responders and Georgia’s citizens, most are doing just that, and thus, are the most safe.

Let’s hope this relatively off the cuff statement represents the ongoing philosophy of Government from the Deal administration.  Government is here to help, but individuals must take appropriate responsibilities for their actions first.

 

Progressive Dem January 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

It is not a good sign when the Governor is intimidated to take questions about a crisis as small as this one.

Lady Thinker January 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I am really starting to like Spacey G.

saltycracker January 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Why didn’t the Governor have a talk with the experts on this weather related issues so they could program him with responses for the media, regardless if they like the answers or not ?

The media is out there playing in the streets looking for a story …
Silence from the Governor gives them one….that’s fair.

Progressive Dem January 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

“Program him with responses”? Good to know you see him somewhere in the continuum between a chip or a chimp. Even I think he is more capable than that, and I would never vote for mediocrity of that level.

Lady Thinker January 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Like the Manchurian Candidate?

saltycracker January 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I certainly don’t expect him to be the expert on the mess – equipment – deployment – communication – advance plans – that’s what the DOT – GHP – GEMA – GaNat Guard – and who knows whatever agency involved –

It wasn’t like this snuck up on us….& I doubt the public expects Ga to have a massive fleet of snow eqt. for roads when even the airport was overpowered….they do expect a plan….

What I do not expert of my Governor is the appearance of no clue – not meeting – don’t know or do nothin’ until the weather cooperates –

& I voted for him……

I did get a chuckle out of the 300lb. woman crying on TV that she was starving & Greyhound isn’t feeding her stranded butt……McDonald’s down the street ran some down !!!
Why don’t reporters ask the obvious ?????

mountainpass January 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Salty how dare you…that woman was hungry.

“I took it upon myself to call McDonalds’ corporate office in Chicago and they connected me to the southern region here and the McDonalds here down the street … he brought food for everybody, but that’s something they should do. Greyhound, they made millions of dollars,” said passenger Valencia Dantzler.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/26447114/detail.html

Lady Thinker January 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

That woman represents the reverse of what President John Kennedy said in 1962 or 1963.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

That woman didn’t get the memo. Besides, she didn’t have any tears falling with her fake crying. If one is going to feign outrage, at least have some kind of tears.

polpol January 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Given the enormity of what we have been facing since about 8 pm on Sunday night, and given the fact that this is a southern city with limited snow removal equipment, I think that folks have done a credible job……

saltycracker January 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Oops:
Particularly the folks in 4 County trucks that cleared Rep. Doug Holt’s District 112 driveway in Social Circle sez channel 2..

No prob…..he’ll reimburse the County.

Disappointed that my (R)’s can’t answer for themselves and now fellow (R)’s have to run around being apologists for their actions…..

Lady Thinker January 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I have to agree.

Howard Roark January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Southern sunshine will take care of the snow in a few days.

No other equipment needed.

Lady Thinker January 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

You are right about that also .

Spacey G January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I do try to focus more on the media aspects of politics. Not just here in GA, alas. Otherwise I might still be a PP frontpager. But mostly in this front yard, Erick, but I diverge… Rather than the other way around: politics driving this mass entity we clumsily call The Media. I know we can all get along in this new admin. But you gotta love how they’ve broken out of the gate already!

Steve January 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

I took part in a Zogby poll yesterday, where one of the questions was along the lines of, “How long do you think political discourse in America will be changed following the Arizona shooting?”. My answer, of course, was “zero days”.

I don’t understand how any of you partisan hacks can crank these things out with a straight face. That’s not a jab at Charlie, that’s a jab at ALL of you. From blog postings, to especially Facebook and Twitter, it seems like the main purpose of “social media” is to spew fake outrage at the other side’s latest hyperbole. Then the next day, your side is throwing out hyperbole and they spew fake outrage at that.

Apart from being boring, the whole exercise is hypocritical on its face. Yeah, SpaceyG is deliberately bombastic, annoying, and somewhere around 10% as funny or clever as she thinks she is. However, all the words she’s ever written in her entire time on this earth add up to approximately 1.738 metric Pete Randall posts (rounded to the nearest thousandth). So where’s the condemnation of those?

If people find that fun, then so be it… we all have our quirky hobbies and interests. But surely none of ya’ll seriously think that you or your side represents any kind of “high road” or is better than the other side with this stuff?

Three Jack January 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

deal should have followed gov. christie’s lead and gone to disney world. i agree charlie that it is not government’s responsibility to do everything, but they could at least coordinate with the capital city to make sure peachtree rd. receives dot treatment. i just drove it and can honestly say my backroads in acworth are in better shape.

saltycracker January 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Tried to get to Roswell from the West via 140 mid -AM – closed just in Fulton Co.
Backtracked on good back roads to 92 and approaching Sandy Plains was turned around.
Most snow & ice I saw were on these roads.

How come two major DOT arteries are still a mess ?

Progressive Dem January 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Aren’t you part of the crowd crying for a smaller government foot print? This is a 50-year weather event. It doesn’t make sense to purchase and maintain equipment for emergencies as infrequent as these. Buy a four wheel drive vehicle, or a set of chains and stop whinning about what government should be doing.

Three Jack January 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

progressive dem wrote, “and stop whinning about what government should be doing.” — will this be the motto of the new, less progressive dem party?

Progressive Dem January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

No. I was referring to whinning about clearing roads. State government should be doing more, but not on cost ineffective spending like snow removal for 50 year weather events.

The moral missions of government include the protection and empowerment of citizens. Protection includes national defense, police and justice, clean water, air, safe food, consumer protection, social security for our elders and infirm, and adequate healthcare. Empowerment is what makes a decent life possible – roads and infrastructure, communication and energy systems, education, etc. No business can function without them. Government serving those moral missions is what makes freedom, fairness, and prosperity possible. Conservatives frequently do not believe in those moral missions of government, and when in power, they subvert the ability of government to carry out those moral missions.

Colbert said it well: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus is just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition. And then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

mountainpass January 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

“State government should be doing more, but not on cost ineffective spending like snow removal for 50 year weather events.”

I’m with you!

You lost me after that quote…..

mountainpass January 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

PD I never thought I’d agree with you…but you are correct!

Stop the ice free road entitlement.

saltycracker January 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

MP,

No prob with if it was a shortage of equipment but suspect it was a shortage of efficiency & deployment.

The empirical observations of my trip on clean secondary roads & uncleared major roads might have been an aberration….

mountainpass January 12, 2011 at 11:21 pm

It was ice. Hard to clear without the sun.

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