Morning Reads for Friday, December 20th, 2013

December 20, 2013 7:00 am

by Jon Richards · 10 comments

Even though I’m no longer Peach Pundit’s newest front page poster, I’m doing the Morning Reads again, filling in for Obi’s Sister. Thanks Charlie, and Merry Christmas to all.

Here:

Don Balfour is back in the Senate GOP Caucus. Senate leadership obviously ignored Peach Pundit’s advice.
The Gwinnett student who was suspended after hugging his teacher files an appeal with the school board.
UGA’s Mike Bobo was named “Offensive Coordinator of the Year” by 247 Sports. The season didn’t work out as well as hoped, but look what he had to work with after injuries.
MARTA will install urine sensors on its elevators to catch offenders in the act. They must be trying to improve their p*ss poor image.

There:

Phil Roberts of Duck Dynasty tells GQ what he thinks about homosexuality. The Internet blows up. Which culture is more insensitive: older southern whites, or today’s mainstream media?
This week, the House and Senate passed a budget. Jamie Dupree has some details you may not know about, while Robert Lee has some reservations. Next up: raising the debt ceiling.
A two star general in charge of U.S. missiles is fired for drinking and carousing on the job.
A masked robber points a gun at a passenger on a Seattle bus. You won’t believe what happens next.

Random Everywhere:

Can the GOP abandon Corporate America in favor of the little guy?
Meet the pajama boy pictured in Organizing for America’s latest attempt to get millennials to subsidize my healthcare.
School tries for world’s largest Nativity scene.
The history of elves.

2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) December 20, 2013 at 7:38 am

From @peachpundit Morning Reads for Friday, December 20th, 2013 http://t.co/gPpFOsuY8R

Noway December 20, 2013 at 8:21 am

So the left goes about destroying Phil for his personal opinions about gays? Where’s the famed “tolerance” and “understanding” so often preached about?

saltycracker December 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

The link on offensensity nailed it. The viewers of A&E’s
most popular program would agree and those that don’t have other choices.

No worries about Jenny McCartney turning housewives watching ABC’s The View to her lifestyle.

griftdrift December 20, 2013 at 10:14 am
MattMD December 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

Ok, let’s be honest, it’s not like Georgia lost it’s entire talent at the same time. I know it’s pitiful that they lost a top WR doing that stupid little butt-dance but they still had their QB, RB and most of their other WR’s and TE’s.

That wasn’t their problem: It’s was their defense and their clownish special teams.

It’s just Georgia Football guys, it’s never going to be anything special.

Ever.

gcp December 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

Did I miss something or did PP fail to note the death of SFC Omar Forde of Marietta in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan? Meanwhile Obama will sign the current defense bill which contains over 80 billion to continue our involvement in Afghanistan.

atl_man December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

Yes, that was quite sad.

atl_man December 20, 2013 at 9:42 am

Yawn. I was hoping that the National Review article was going to talk about actual policy to reign in the corporate culture that caused two major recessions in 10 years: the dot.com boom and the financial sector collapse. In between was a historic run of severe financial scandals and unethical behavior, profiteering by companies connected to the Bush administration during the Iraq War, and price gouging by Enron and other energy companies. I was also hoping that it would address wage stagnation in the middle class and the moving of white collar and high-paying blue collar jobs overseas.

But nope. This guy didn’t talk about any of that. Instead he spent a huge chunk of his article bashing corporate America for supporting affirmative action. Now my point is not to defend affirmative action but instead to highlight that this does not represent any real change in mindset by the neo-cons that would lead to substantial policy changes. This guy is just upset that corporate America opposes some items on the conservative agenda. He refuses to deal with the real issue: that corporations when not adequately regulated will inevitably act to harm our economic system. Pretending otherwise is the same as pretending as if we don’t need laws and enforcement against stealing to prevent people from just walking into a store, taking whatever they want and walking out without paying for it. Neo-cons have used the fact that socialists and left-liberals use regulations to punish the private sector because they resent the existence of the private sector to begin with to oppose ALL regulations. So because of this, we get nonsense from the neo-cons on how the financial collapse wasn’t caused by Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Arthur Anderson etc. doing things that they shouldn’t, but instead alleged affirmative action rules mandated by the Community Reinvestment Act forced banks to give mortgages to unqualified blacks. So the United States and global economy wasn’t threatened by the repeal of Glass-Steagall, but by AFFIRMATIVE ACTION! Makes perfect sense … if you are David Duke.

This neo-con ideology IS NOT Reagan Republicanism by the way. The Reagan Justice Department worked overtime to put Wall Street crooks like Ivan Boesky and Michael Millken in jail. Reagan – who lived through the great depression – didn’t ignore or try to dismantle necessary regulations on the financial markets and other sectors that were necessary to protect our economic system, but instead he vigorously enforced them. He just got no credit for it from left-liberals who hated him for opposing social democracy and communism (at home and abroad). Instead, it is based on some kind of magical thinking where everyone who works in the private sector is naturally good who can be trusted to act in a moral fashion in a manner consistent with the common good and general welfare, and the only corrupt, incompetent, unethical or criminal people work in the government (or more specifically, in Washington D.C. and in urban, heavily or majority Democratic areas … the next time the neo-cons criticize a suburban/rural GOP government will be the first) who act to undermine the good and noble efforts of the private sector.

I remember listening to the Sean Hannity radio show in early 2009 (when the economic meltdown ws still going on) where a female caller wanted to talk about the illegal behavior of the financial institutions during the meltdown. Hannity only wanted to talk about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the CRA and ACORN. The woman – who was a Republican voter by the way – never denied that those played a role but still wanted to talk about the banks (since, you know, her investments and savings had been wiped out). Hannity shouted her down, talked over her and claimed that attributing any role in the financial crisis to financial institutions or the private sector meant that you were an Obama socialist against the free enterprise system to begin with. When the woman still kept trying to explain her position, Hannity just hung up on her and went back to railing about how all these unqualified black people that were being given mortgages left and right. That was pretty much the line the GOP stuck with, and that was how the GOP wound up with Mitt “the 47% are leeches” Romney, who depressed GOP turnout so badly that it cost the GOP the White House and the Senate.

Attacking corporate America for occasionally supporting liberal ideas isn’t going to help the GOP (mainly because it isn’t going to change the basic economic problems of stagnant wages, overseas competition and damaging business practices). Altering their fundamental beliefs on the role of government in regulating the private sector – again if you need laws to keep regular people from shoplifting you are going to need laws against collusion for example – is the only way that they are going to accomplish that.

Jon Richards December 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I think you are drawing the wrong conclusions from the article. One of the conclusions to draw is that as the GOP has become more business friendly, it has become out of touch with what once constituted much of its base. Think of the Reagan Democrats. Developing policies that favor the little guy, perhaps at the expense of big business will make the party more attractive to middle class voters.

All regulations aren’t bad, but many tend to favor corporate interests over the people.

Instead of calling people who support this approach neocons, think of it more as libertarian populism.

saltycracker December 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

The scores are in from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, which, every three years, tests 15-year-olds from the world’s most advanced countries.

The US is where the world would want to work and live thanks to take home pay vs cost of goods but not the place for an undergraduate education.

http://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?_adv_prop=image&fr=yhs-att-att_001&va=2012+pisa+rankings&hspart=att&hsimp=yhs-att_001

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