Morning Reads for Friday, January 4, 2013

January 4, 2013 6:00 am

by Obi's Sister · 44 comments

Here:
- It’s just a hat, for heaven’s sake.
- First Clayton County BOC meeting was last night! Did you see the fireworks in the southern sky?
- Governor punts on Victor Hill’s viability to serve.
- Honey Boo Boo makes Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2012, and not in a good way.
- Everyday is Bring Your Dog to Work Day at Swint’s Feed and Garden Supply in Jonesboro.
- Yet another plague brought upon us by Yankees and carpetbaggers. Kudzu bugs like more than just kudzu.

There:
- No word if Rep. John Barrow got the Full Biden at his swearing in today.
- Rep. Sanford Bishop says Congress should be punished.
- Rep. Tom Price wants representatives from red states to step up in Congress.
- Speaker Boehner holds on to the gavel by the skin of his teeth.
- New tax tables. Ouch.
- About that non- tax hike
- NeoGreco atmospheric art enhanced by government intervention.
- Let them eat cake.
- At this rate, will bringing a plastic army guy to school get you expelled by spring break?
- Who needs due diligence by Congress when you have the DHS?
- Sen. Ted Cruz to lead fight against Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill.
- Dictator Death Watch. Francisco Franco is still dead.

Random Everywhere:
- Google agrees to share its toys. Plus the CEO is planning to visit North Korea. (psst… there’s no internet there and they’ll take your phone and other gizmos at the border)
- Campus free-speech.
- It’s great to be a Gator-Hater.
- Gag. A movie, really? Who’s going to play Hillary? Borat?
- Those green, eco-friendly light bulbs? Yeah, they will kill you.
- Ray Lewis to retire after playoffs.
- Awesome.

xdog January 4, 2013 at 7:59 am

My own rep, Paul Broun, in an effort to bloody Boehner’s nose, set a new personal mark of ineffectiveness and irrelevance by voting for Alan West as Speaker. It is unknown if Broun is aware that West is not a member of the new Congress. Hell, I’m not sure West knows he’s out of office.

Lea Thrace January 4, 2013 at 8:14 am

Please tell me you are joking about this. He is not THAT dense is he?

Daddy Got A Gun January 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

A person doesn’t have to be elected to the House to be Speaker.

Ed January 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

Correct. And I was kind of hoping they would elect an outsider just because I thought it would be cool.

And man… Speaker Boehner cries… a lot.

xdog January 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

‘A person doesn’t have to be elected to the House to be Speaker’

I know that. I don’t think he even has to be alive. The fact that it’s constitutionally legit is probably a big point with Broun. But actually serving as a rep would seem to be a minimum for running the majority conference. I’m sure Broun would be thrilled to serve under this really cool guy who used to walk around in fatigues all the time and got to fire really big guns. I guess I should feel lucky he didn’t vote for Christine O’Donnell or Dick Cheney.

Lea Thrace January 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Yes. I get that. It’s the Alan West choice that befuddles me…

stillaskeptic January 4, 2013 at 9:07 am

Irrelevance? His vote sent an important message to those commies up on the hill. ‘Merica!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G07szNm_5Jk

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

Someone can sort out the effective tax break numbers out but:
Good new for a poverty stricken area, Roswell, and a company, GM, receiving an annual tax credit of $3,500 per employee x 1,000:

Atlanta Business Chronicle:
General Motors Co. paid $18.5 million for a Roswell building that will become GM’s new technology center, employing at least 1,000 workers, according to Fulton County records.

“The UPS building had the edge because of its campus setting and its location in an opportunity zone, or areas local governments have designated for economic redevelopment incentives because they have a poverty rate of 15 percent or higher. By putting the software development center inside an opportunity zone, GM is eligible for an annual income tax credit of $3,500 for each job it creates.”

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/real_talk/2013/01/gm-pays-185-million-for-roswell.html

Dave Bearse January 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

Those appreciative of the World Net Daily’s reputation may appreciate this Creative Loafing-style of write up of WND being named one of America’s “most trustworthy news sources” by an “independent news organization” that carefully ranked news organizations for their “reliability, accuracy, quality, balance and reach.” The WND storylines mentioned in the write up are a hoot.

http://wonkette.com/495239/worldnetdaily-named-americas-second-most-trustworthy-news-source-its-a-major-award

atlanta_advocate January 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

David, I wish Democrats like yourself would quit pretending as if your own side doesn’t have extremists of its own, guys who are far to the left of the mainstream. If the “mainstream” media gave guys like Pete Stark and Bernie Sanders the same negative coverage for their outside of the mainstream, radical views that they give their counterparts on the right, that would totally change the political atmosphere and discourse in this country. The fact that we give West’s rantings (West’s rhetoric was more extreme than his actual voting record) more attention than the fact that a United States senator is a member of the Socialist Party (Sanders) really shows how dishonest the left is when it comes to dealing with political extremism.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

Several great bowl games – ‘Noles rolled – Clemson & S.C. delivered – Louisville was “Strong” and the Gators were embarrassing. Muschamp could not control his lizards as they wasted away trash talking and trying to injure someone in a steroid freak out. Muschamp is the head thug.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

modify, add: Georgia ripped some husks…

Charlie January 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

Price Responds to December Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) responded to the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for the month of December 2012, saying:

“A continued high rate of unemployment and the nation’s relatively anemic economic recovery are stark reminders that Congress should focus on creating conditions for economic stabilization and growth, not new taxes. Looking ahead to the 113th Congress, House Republicans will continue to exhibit the kind of leadership necessary to make the tough, yet vital, decisions our constituents rightly demand we make. We hope that our colleagues in the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama share our understanding of not only the gravity of our fiscal and economic outlook, but also the critical steps we must take to find real solutions to safeguard our nation’s future.

“If they wish to convey such a seriousness, I would urge Senate Democrats to pass a budget for the first time in nearly four years. Perhaps putting ‘pen to paper’ on our nation’s compounding budgetary crisis would shed light for them on the incredible fiscal challenges we face and the necessity of action.

“For our part, House Republicans will continue to develop positive alternatives to the current course of record deficits and mounting debt. These include pro-growth tax reform and good faith efforts to save and strength our nation’s health and retirement programs so that we may preserve these guarantees to America’s families, workers and taxpayers.”

Rep. Price serves as the vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

Maybe those whinning over the SS withholding restoration should be allowed to opt out of SS including SS disability.
Tom might want to reexamine expanding tax subsidies for job creation and “growth” projects and just get the government to regulate, insure competition, remove barriers and reverse it’s growth.

Dave Bearse January 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

Awhile back I posted on PP a comment mocking Everhard’s support of extremist Allen West running for office in Georgia after his having been turned out in FL, noting West would complement wingnut-in-residence Broun. Broun’s vote for West for Speaker is evidence that that referenece to complementary crazy was on the mark.

atlanta_advocate January 4, 2013 at 10:54 am

Made this comment above that was meant for here.

David, I wish Democrats like yourself would quit pretending as if your own side doesn’t have extremists of its own, guys who are far to the left of the mainstream. If the “mainstream” media gave guys like Pete Stark and Bernie Sanders the same negative coverage for their outside of the mainstream, radical views that they give their counterparts on the right, that would totally change the political atmosphere and discourse in this country. The fact that we give West’s rantings (West’s rhetoric was more extreme than his actual voting record) more attention than the fact that a United States senator is a member of the Socialist Party (Sanders) really shows how dishonest the left is when it comes to dealing with political extremism.

Dave Bearse January 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

There are leftist extermists. The Michael Moores aren’t there in the numbers nor do they influence Dems in a manner comparable to that of the Limbaughs, Coulters, Malkins on the GOP. For every one Stark there are multiple Steve Kings, Michele Bachmans etc.

Sanders’ views may be out of the main stream, but they don’t include nutty remarks like 80 members of Congress are Communists, or concerns that muslims are infiltrating the country.

Joshua Morris January 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

I find it ironic and quite hypocritical for folks to make fun of Broun, call him a wingnut, etc., and not even imply the least bit of criticism for a century of self-serving congress members who have built our government into a bloated, out-of-control, unmanageable, fiscally insolvent mess. While I might not agree with every single thing he says or does, more people like Broun (and Allen West) would put this Nation back in shape economically and tell the crybabies that think they should live a comfortable life with no effort to get off their cans and contribute. Intestinal fortitude must scare you folks.

Charlie January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

Many of us find it ironic that so many will put blind faith in charletons who can scream loudly about principle while conducting their actions in such a way to ensure that nothing they ever introduce as legislation will pass, nor will they ever actually influence anything that does.

Joshua Morris January 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Why is it so important to you that someone be able to pass legislation, when to do so in this political environment, it requires growing government and essentially taking wealth from you? Are you sure that’s your top priority?

Charlie January 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

It’s easy to tell people what they want to hear, especially if there is never any hope of accountability for performance.

atlanta_advocate January 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

Charlie has a good point (and this coming from someone who disagrees with Charlie frequently). It is easy to get elected from a gerrymandered district and go to Washington and be a bomb thrower. They can talk about “principle” day and night but they really accomplish nothing for their cause, and at the end of the day they are just another government employee drawing a paycheck. 10, 20 years will have passed and people like this won’t have cut a single budget or eliminated a single department. They are no different from the far left congressional black caucus types who are excellent at giving radical speeches but never actually get anything done for their constituents.

Joshua Morris January 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

I guess I just don’t get it. A legislator is never just another government employee. He or she is a representative of a constituency of people–actual human beings who have needs, problems, views, etc. It seems to me that putting deal-making as the top priority of the legislator changes his role from serving his constituents to serving the legislators around him and their leadership. Deal-making is necessary, but it must be secondary to solid foundational principles.

When government is miserably failing, a movement for change has to start somewhere, and that somewhere may be a few legislators who cannot pass bills, such as Republicans under a Democrat-controlled gold dome prior to 2003.

Conservative principles work, and they have been proven repeatedly throughout the ages, as progressive liberalism has repeatedly destroyed the successes that free markets have built. The problem is that conservative fact is not always convenient at the moment. Legislators should be able to see past right now, but it is clear that Congress cannot and has not. In this case, I’ll take some mavericks who will stand for proven principles while everyone laughs. The day will come that people will see the folly of mocking those who stood up for doing the right thing for future generations.

Bob Loblaw January 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

@Joshua Morris:

Because that’s what you go to Congress to do! Act on legislation. If someone was going to, as you so eloquently (??) stated “put this Nation back in shape economically and tell the crybabies that think they should live a comfortable life with no effort to get off their cans and contribute,” then when they yell “charge!” other Members of Congress will need to follow. So far, out of 435, Broun has one follower. Or maybe Broun is following him. Who knows? Neither of them are going in the right direction.

Broun just ended any ability to do anything for his constituents for the next two years. One has to have an understanding of the politics of governing in order to be something more than a loud noise that attracts attention for all the wrong reasons. Please, Rep. Broun, run against Saxby so he can whip your arse and get you away from Washington. You’re the Right’s answer to Cynthia McKinney: an embarrassment.

AMB January 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Cynthia called. She resents the comparison.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Correct. Meanwhile the serious ones are teaming up to push bills/amendments written by their favorite lobbyists to very selectively spend on or to tax credit. The news media is awash in the latest examples in millions and billions. Which is worse ?

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

modify – Correct Charlie -

Charlie January 4, 2013 at 10:17 am

Rep. Graves Statement On December Jobs Report

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after the December jobs report was released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

“The private sector cannot grow and create more jobs if politicians in Washington only enact laws that make the government bigger. Our families and businesses need relief from the one-two punch of higher taxes and the debt crisis. In the important debates ahead, enacting pro-growth reforms and permanently restraining the size of government must be the top priority. The stagnant job market and fragile economy will not change until Washington does.”

Bill Dawers January 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

According to Sudeep Reddy at the WSJ: “Government jobs (federal/state/local) fell 68,000 in 2012. Losses of 265k in 2011, 221k in 2010, 76k in 2009. Five years of gains pre-2009.”

There was a net decline of 13,000 government jobs in December, with cuts at both the federal and local levels (primarily in local education).

atlanta_advocate January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

It isn’t in the interests of Tom Graves’ political future to acknowledge that the economy is getting better.

Harry January 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Bill, if government jobs are declining then why is DC the only growth metro in the US? Why is DC in-migration so strong?

Joshua Morris January 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Probably because counties and cities are having to lay folks off. Government jobs are being lost at the local level. They can’t print their own money like Uncle Sam can. Federal salaries are continuing to rise as well, when most others are not.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

So did the spending decline accordingly, the amount of benefit obligations drop, the contract workers decline and public services improve efficiencies ?

John Konop January 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I went to a Brandon Beach event in Cherokee county and it look like over 600 people showed up. I was in shock with the size of the crowd a real cross section of people from the county. He also had major endorsements at the party from office holders. The event was the biggest I have ever seen in the county.

saltycracker January 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Did you meet John Smoltz ?

John Konop January 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Great guy signed a baseball…….the biggest shock was all the office holders and people……..

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

Sean seems to be taking the position of attacking those local office holders. Some are popular, some not so, but maybe not the best of key strategies.

John Konop January 5, 2013 at 11:29 am

I am not sure either, I like Sean, but it is a strange attack. Obviously he used the BoBo attack on lack of controls in sending tax payer money, yet he supported Charter Schools with similar lack of controls. The guy he attacked was not the head commissioner who did the deal with BoBo. Sean supported the head commissioner that did the deal with BoBo. Am I missing something?

John Konop January 5, 2013 at 11:32 am

One more thing attacking one out the many office holders supporting Brandon Beach, how does that help Sean? If I was Sean I would focus on turning out his base support. But hey what do I know……..

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Agree – and the Bobo charges are just one of many wrong local directions over time. The BOC made a bad decision back then under a lot of pressure to take action. They might want to dial in on some things like the land deals and a few relationships. No idea what might be there but let’s look.

Holly Springs has stuck it to the county but as for Sean’s statewide positions I don’t have any big issues.

John Konop January 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Agree

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

P.s. Sean is strongly pushed by the local dysfunctional tea party that is also behind new BOC member Poole that has severe outstanding tax issues. Guess fiscal responsibility gets a pass if one promises to vote right.

John Konop January 5, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Conrad is a new guy, who is not the brightest guy. He has been on both sides of many issues sadly without even knowing it. He got mad at me when I pointed out the issues with No Child Left Behind ie growing administrative cost to out of control levels in education. Yet he is upset When i point out the issue, still does not understand he was the problem with his support of NCLB …..He gave me a long lecture about being a team payer…….via the GOP. I laugh that he is the poster child for the Tea Party in Cherokee. I do think Debbie has done a great job in educating herself on issues, but Conrad is clueless……

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

My personal take was Conrad jumped in there to keep the TP corralled for the County GOP but is finding the local leaders…..unstable. He sure comes up with plausible deniability responses when I’ve asked him WTF?

I agree with the national TP ‘s basic positions but the locals in Cherokee only provide some great laughs with non sequitur rants.

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