Morning Reads For Monday August 13, 2012

August 13, 2012 6:39 am

by Buzz Brockway · 43 comments

Local News

- Former Savannah Mayor Susan Weiner passed away Saturday. In addition to serving as Mayor, Weiner for many years led the Coverdell Leadership Institute. Inspired by the late Senator Coverdell, CLI sought to prepare Republicans for the day the GOP would earn the majority here in Georgia. It’s easy to forget we haven’t been a “red” State for very long and people like Susan helped make it happen. As a 2001 CLI Graduate, I will miss Susan and I’m glad to have known her.
- Former Columbus Mayor Frank Martin passed away Sunday at the age of 73
- AJC: 2 residents file suit to remove East Point mayor.
- A forensic audit of Bibb County schools cost five times as much as the Superintendent said it would.
- Chatham County spent $322,000 on a project they scrapped.
- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: The next stage In ‘water war’ negotiations.

National/International News

- Meet Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan.
- Unions to picket the Democratic Convention in Charlotte.
- Darrell Issa is poised to sue Eric Holder in the ongoing “fast and furious” scandal.
- Weekend riots in Bombay,Mumbia, Mumbai.
- RCP Average: Obama 47.7, Romney 43.

Other News

- Final Medal Count at the Olympics: USA 104, China 87, Great Britain 65. Yeah Baby Yeah!
- Images from last night’s Closing Ceremony.
- Mark Bradley on Atlanta’s Olympic legacy.
- The Braves still trail the Nationals by 4.5 games but share the wildcard lead with Pittsburgh.
- Tommy Hanson threw five scoreless innings in a rehab assignment in Lawrenceville yesterday.
- Dark Knight Rises was dethroned at the box office.

caroline August 13, 2012 at 6:56 am
SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Neither is Cosmo’s Helen Gurley Brown – she died today. These two great minds will be sorely missed by the Republican masses.

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

How will my wife know the proper procedure in covering herself in SaranWrap and vegetable oil whilst meeting me at the door when I return home from work without Ms. Brown’s direction?

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

uhhh…Mumbai, I believe you mean.

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saltycracker August 13, 2012 at 10:44 am

Even Jimmy Carter didn’t have a hostage crisis as long as the modify one.

Charlie August 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

The parallel is the same. You get Reagan elected President and we’ll end it in hours.

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 10:56 am

Must it be Ronald, or will any Reagan do?

David Staples August 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Perhaps you can get Paul Ryan to change his name to Paul Reagan and you’ll be all set. He’s already got most of the same letters anyways. Just lose the Y and add in a EAG. -)

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm

We *would* change it but Charlie took away our Modify feature.

SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That’s impossible unless we go to California and dig him up. Does that mean our Modify/Delete function is dead, never to return also? :-(

Jackster August 13, 2012 at 7:43 am

Saw this one this morning:

Jen Falk (running for Gwinnet BOE) points out that incidents of bullying are on the rise.

http://suwanee.patch.com/blog_posts/ending-bullying

Harry August 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

It’s pretty disingenuous of Democrats to deny that Obamacare is going to drastically raise the cost of Medicare premiums.

John Konop August 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Both sides agree on this issue more than one would think. Also both sides are being unrealistic and or overly optimistic in their approach. The problem is when you get into the cut side, increase in co-pays…….we start hearing about death panels, killing grandma……..over a real rational debate.

…….President Obama vs. Paul Ryan on Controlling Medicare Spending

It may come as a surprise that President Obama and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are pushing the same target rate for curbing annual federal spending on Medicare. Each would set it at half a percentage point higher than the growth rate of the economy — the gross domestic product. Looking at their plans in more detail, however, the practical effects are likely to be very different when it comes to restraining federal spending and impact on seniors…….

Obama Plan:

…..Some health care analysts argue that reducing payments to medical providers could drive them out of Medicare and create access issues for beneficiaries…….

Ryan Plan:

…..Although Ryan would give future seniors the option of remaining in the traditional, government-run Medicare program, it would have to compete with private plans. Critics predict that traditional Medicare could become unaffordable if it attracts the sickest people while private plans lure the healthiest. They also say that beneficiaries might have trouble finding physicians if they abandon the program because their rates are cut……

John Konop August 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm
Harry August 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

John,

I’m putting this down here because I didn’t get to answer your earlier post in a timely manner, and wanted you and others to see it.

It’s not clear on details how the Romney/Ryan GOP Medicare plan will address the concerns you raise, and I’m sure they will need to address those concerns; however from what I’m reading Obama’s law is partially paid for by cutting Medicare $700 Billion, and that shortfall will have to be made up in the form of much higher Medicare premiums out of the pockets of private sector retirees. Presumably most politicians and governmental retirees on government retiree health insurance will not have to be faced with increased premiums – which is another example of how Obamacare will result in artificial political winners and losers.

John Konop August 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Harry,

The Ryan plan has the same 700 billion in cuts on a macro. The real issue with both plans is no one to get into details about the cuts………..I hope we this debate eventually gets into how we do it……….

As you know we must make cuts, raise co-pays…..If we keep the kick the can down the road approach, within 20 years Medicare and Medicaide will consume 100 percent of the budget.

Harry August 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Absolutely, in fact we have no other choice. The only way it will sell is if all parties suffer equally, including the afore mentioned private sector together with public sector retirees. The younger cohort will obviously have to step up to the plate, but also the other health service industry players should be subjected to more competition, consumer choice and encouragement to reform. I know I’m preaching to the choir. It’s really not that hard though, to get solution-oriented and as you say, the stakeholders have an adult conversation.

John Konop August 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Harry we need more people like you living in reality!

Mrs. Adam Kornstein August 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

Gayest closing ceremonies EVAH

Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Jessie J and Freddie Mercury. I cracked up when they cut to Prince Harry singing along to “Look on the bright side of life”.

Congratulations London, well done, well done.

Jackster August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

I’m pretty sure I could hear the subtext of Bob Costas’ closing remarks, “Wow – good thing Rio’s got 4 years to come up with an opening ceremony that doesn’t suck.”

Mrs. Adam Kornstein August 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

Well based on their presentation snippet at the end, I doubt it. Carnival drums and gangsters, I’m not optimistic.

I was glad they shut up Costas, seriously every time they showed an African country all he could come up with to say was Idi Amin and Omar Bongo.

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

At least Tim McCarver wasn’t an announcer.

David C August 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

“Well you know Joe, the thing about South Africa is most of the people are from the Southern part of Africa.”

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

When McCarver calls Braves’ games I want to reach through the screen and strangle him.

Noway August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

Mrs. Kornstein, were they eating Chick fil a? LOL!

ChuckEaton August 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Sad news on Susan. I really enjoyed being a part of CLI under her leadership. She’s had a huge impact on many Republicans in Georgia.

SmyrnaSAHM August 13, 2012 at 5:56 pm

So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Susan for several months in 1999-2000 and thoroughly admired her. She was a presence.

Stefan August 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Frank Martin, the Columbus Mayor mentioned in the reads above, transformed his city by advocating and gaining the passage of a penny sales tax for infrastructure. It brought roads, sidewalks, volleyball and many other good things. He had to do this because of their property tax freeze which, though a terrible idea, continues to this day.

Charlie August 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’ve talked with a few Columbus area folks over the past week. It’s also one of the regions that passed T-SPLOST, with yet another penny for infrastructure.

I’m told central to it passing was the campaign and messaging. It was one penny to fix “X” intersection. One penny to “never have to wait on the train to pass at “X” rr crossing again. Very localized, very specific. Not promising one penny would never have you sit in traffic again or have your seatbelt attempt to subject you to bondage. Just a direct appeal to fix very specific needs that were being neglected.

Stefan August 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Agreed. Looking back there were a lot of problems with T-Splost, but one of them was the fact there was a wide ranging project list. 1/8 cent to the Beltline would pass easily in the interior metro I think.

Also, anyone notice that the AJC hates Atlanta now?

SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Hey, Stefan, didn’t I see you on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago?

Stefan August 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I hope you followed my recommendations when you were in town.

SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

You know it! I also looked for one of those leopard-skin outfits like yours – no luck.

Harry August 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

One big difference between Augusta and Atlanta T-SPLOST — MARTA.

saltycracker August 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

The Democrats are going for the back door Greek attack by striking fear into all public workers, those on social security, SS disability, medicare, medicaid or any kind of public assistance that the Romney/Ryan team might change something.

Hope Republicans get on the education trail for seniors and everytime a shot is made at Romney for his 15% tax rate, counter with his 15% multi-million charitable donation rate.

Stefan August 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I don’t think that’s what the back door Greek attack is.

SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

LOL! Watch out, Stefan, or S/C will be after you with the fur-covered hand cuffs.

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Now that’s funny!

Charlie August 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm

You think that’s funny? Ask him how he knows this.

Calypso August 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I decided I am not going to respond to you in a manner indiscrete, funny though it may have been.

SallyForth August 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Re the Braves, don’t forget Chipper Jones Appreciation Night, September 28th. I loved his comment about the thrill of making 40,000 people stand up with one swing of the bat.

Harry August 13, 2012 at 5:58 pm

John,

I’m putting this down here because I didn’t get to answer your earlier post in a timely manner, and wanted you and others to see it.

It’s not clear on details how the Romney/Ryan GOP Medicare plan will address the concerns you raise, and I’m sure they will need to address those concerns; however from what I’m reading Obama’s law is partially paid for by cutting Medicare $700 Billion, and that shortfall will have to be made up in the form of much higher Medicare premiums out of the pockets of private sector retirees. Presumably most politicians and governmental retirees on government retiree health insurance will not have to be faced with increased premiums – which is another example of how Obamacare will result in artificial political winners and losers.

saltycracker August 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Atlanta’s Beltline contract is coming under fire on questionable spending.

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/beltline-expenses-may-spur-1498867.html

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