Morning Reads for Wednesday, May 23


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      • bowersville says:

        Yes, but I wanted to mention Balfour’s district specifically and promote conversation. Thanks. What’s interesting to me about it is with all the talk about ethics and Balfour mentioned repeatedly by the TEA Party, it may boil down to Debbie Dooley. I would have thought, by now at least, a credible candidate would have been lined up. Just running against some one so they don’t go in unopposed as Dooley put it isn’t exactly a motivation for voters to vote some one in/out. At least it seems that way to me.

        TEA Party opposition seems to focus on every one at once and nobody in particular. It may be me but that’s the way I see it.

        • Calypso says:

          You do make some good points, but the two main issues I see trying to field someone-anyone-to run against Balfour are two-fold, 1) long-time incumbent and 2) he has three-quarters of a million dollars to spend against a challenger in the primary. The general is a walk-over for a Repub in this district.

          I would like to see Clay Cox run against him, though. Clay would have my support.

  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    ■”First step taken to realize passenger rail between Atlanta and Columbus.”

    From the article “Passenger rail between Atlanta and Columbus focus of study” in today’s Atlanta Business Chronicle:

    “Rail service to Atlanta would connect Columbus to 57 percent of the state’s population, 60 percent of its jobs, and 70 percent of its gross domestic product, Columbus attorney Edward Hudson, co-chairman of Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s passenger rail commission, told council members.”

    Isn’t Columbus already connected to 57 percent of the state’s population, 60 percent of the state’s jobs and 70 percent of the state’s gross domestic product via I-85 to Atlanta?

  2. DavidTC says:

    I’m not sure if Bain’s behavior would be relevant to the election if Romney himself hadn’t brought it up.

    But regardless about it before, once Romney started claiming he created jobs at Bain, no one really can argue Obama can’t point out that, no, he didn’t. In fact, he did the opposite at Bain, destroying plenty of mostly functional companies. And, yes, he also helped dismantle some companies that wouldn’t have made it(1). But a lot of them were basically fine, and even managed to crawl out of the smoking hole Bain left them in…and those actually the ones Romney is claiming credit for!

    1) Incidentally, even that is a bit unethical. So a company is floundering, in debt but not at the point of bankruptcy, but headed there quickly. Bain knows this and steps in, buying part of it, funnels a ton of money out to Bain, and walks away with more money than it spent…meanwhile, the _legitimate_ creditors somehow end up at the end of the line to get paid, for pennies on the dollar. (Isn’t this almost _exactly_ what was supposed to be the issue the right had with the GM bailout?) Sure, those jobs were going to be lost anyway, so it’s not a jobs issue…but in the end, Bain functionally stole millions of dollars from creditors. From honest companies that sold the failing company some widgets on credit or whatever, and deserve to be paid before some random entity that lept in to loot the corpse. In what way is this an honest business practice?

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