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What Others Say: Nothing archaic about Constitution (The Augusta Chronicle)

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - Our editorials are just as good only when they present a liberal point of view. Maybe the AC doesn't want to print "our" garbage in "their" paper.[/quote]

Actually this editorial from Augusta was a good one, despite the cartoon that portrays Obama threatening to tear up the Constitution.

The difference is that the ABH tries to play a middle ground by printing columns and articles from different points of view. I would expect this from a paper in a college town which has a lot of people with various viewpoints and that tend to think more.
The AC is more interested in pushing their own agenda.

One man's garbage is another man's treasure. Just because one does not agree with a particular viewpoint does not qualify that as garbage.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 07:28

Bushes figure prominently in Georgia Senate race

I realize that politics always has been a contact sport and in the current version party line trumps truth all the time, but now that Perdue and the national GOP organization have milked the maximum political benefit from this what appears to be dubious link it is time to back down from it.

Otherwise to this independent and undecided voter, Perdue will look like just more political scum.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:54

Georgia superintendent candidates draw contrasts at education forum

"Woods said he opposed Georgia adopting the standards because they were not specific to students here."

Isn't the idea of a "Common Core" having a set of educational criteria that would reflect the set of knowledge needed to succeed common across states and districts? For example, a student can transfer more readily when moving to another state.

Having local control is one thing, but thinking that the core educational needs varies from state to state I think takes that too far.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 07:30

Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - wait - these individuals have seen their incomes get higher and higher and higher...just when exactly is this hiring going to happen? They've been giving that ridiculous con job for decades. [/quote]

Oops, you pulled back the curtain from the great Oz.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 21:57

What Others Say: Don't let U.S. military assets deterioriate

One of the bigger problems we have is all the political pull to protect weapons programs or bases in the districts or states that Congress (House and Senate) represent, at the expense of what the Pentagon says it needs.

The world is changing but much of the defense budget still goes to programs fighting the 1980's Cold War.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:52

Polman: Abuse of women should get serious attention

Much of the Fox News and Rush viewer / listenership is older males, so they were just catering to that crowd. The Fox and Friends gang were just getting laughs from this group that really can't relate, doesn't understand and maybe doesn't care.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:50

Pitts: Two questions on economics and politics

Actually I would have worded the question less partisan (growth during Dem or GOP presidents, or red versus blue states) and stated it simply this.

"The changing tax policies started in the 1980's were supposed to bring prosperity, but it seems their effects are short term. How do we structure the tax programs to help real job creators (the small business owner who's actual income is likely $250K or less) without artificially benefiting the extreme upper income (C-suite types) and add to the burden of the working poor that rely on minimum wage type jobs."

I found this article to be full of good statistical analysis that outlines the trends in income inequality.
Good reading for all.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:48

Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

The term "Fair Tax" is a classic example of great marketing, and the concept is simplistic enough to get some to go along. You just use the same sales tax rate across the board, sounds simple right?
What this report points out is the opposite. What the "Fair Tax" does is continue the trend started in the 1980's to transfer tax share from upper incomes to lower.

Some have pointed out that the share of taxes paid by upper incomes has increased or is still the large majority, and I am sure there will be postings here claiming so. When checking out those reports or data, it would be good to do so from organizations that don't have an agenda, or those that focus only on income taxes. There are likely many and complicated reasons for the growth in income inequality, but I don't think it was a coincidence that the trend really started in the 1980's.

It was good to get a report like this out there before the legislature silly season starts again. It was also good to see this from not some bastion of liberal leftist philosophy organization but rather Standard and Poor's.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:27

Galis: 'Values candidates' subvert principles of free society

Both parties have attempted to impose their own values propositions on the country of late.
The Dems have been adamant in forcing religious organizations to provide or pay for (directly or indirectly) items that go against their beliefs (such as contraceptive services that can be available for low or no cost elsewhere anyway).
The GOP has its own narrow definition of family values that focuses on some areas (such as marriage) very strongly but sometimes turns a blind eye in other factors when they conflict with the part line.

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 16:56

Hill: Changing young people's eating habits worth the effort for disease prevention

well, they have realized that people will pay for typical food such as doughnuts, etc. In these cases people don't care what then health benefits or concerns are. But then wonder why they are 40 pounds above the 'normal' weight.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:39

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Wonder if they really will be prosecuted?
If this were gendered reversed, these people would have already been executed.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:34

Lumpkin to retire as Athens-Clarke police chief, named finalist for Savannah chief

Maybe I should "retire" and then move to another job?

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:28

Today's editorial cartoon

Is the Eagle still strong enough to do its will most anywhere? Yes. (in spite of what the Obama haters think)

Did the Eagle stir up the hornets nest by invading Iraq? Yes.

OK, what to do now? The plan outlined by Obama is a good framework. We must get other nations in the region that have a vested interest in this to help. Can't always rely on the testosterone poisoned thinking that we can just "bomb them all back to the stone age". There needs to be a well thought out plan. So far the two parties only offer partial solutions that put together would be a better way forward. But they are all more focused on winning the next election.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:24

Police: George Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - The article failed to mention that Zimmerman's dad is white.
[/quote] And your point is what?

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:16

Police: George Zimmerman accused of threatening driver

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - @theold33: The article failed to mention a lot of things.
such as ? Just wondering what you meant.
If you are meaning something from the older Tryvon Martin, that has already been discussed ad nauseum.
or did you mean something missing from this article on this situation?
This admittedly was sparse and missing details.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:15

Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

Georgians had an opportunity to shake Deal off during the primaries in 2010 but didn't.

Quote: Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. He added, “Our opponents for years and years have failed to prove Gov. Deal did anything wrong.”

This reminds me of the old movie Stripes when Bill Murray's character is asked if he had ever been convicted of a felony. "Convicted? No. Never convicted."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 07:31

Ambrose: Compromise may yet be possible on immigration

The title line for this article was appealing and hopeful, but was misleading. This really is just one more of continued partisan slams and finger pointing that comes up from both sides, masquerading as 'compromise'.

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 07:22

Today's editorial cartoon

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - I don't think most fans care what players do off the field as long as their team wins. But what do you expect from the world we live in.

True but would be nice if we really could expect it to be better. Life is not all about if one's favorite NFL or SEC football team wins, but sadly many live their life that way.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 22:45

Ravens cut RB Ray Rice after release of video

If the NFL were seriously interested in cleaning up their act, this ban should be announced as permanent.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 07:32

Alperovitz: Is economic stagnation the new normal?

Seems to be a lot of truth here. Based on experiences over the past decades since WWII, there is no magic bullet to economic growth, be they tax cuts or increased spending for infrastructure. These both just result in short term effects.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 07:25

Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

"The U.S. also has pressured Sunni rulers in Kuwait and Qatar to prosecute private financiers in their nations who are believed to be funneling money to the militants. And the West is pressing Turkey to shut its borders with Syria and Iraq to restrict the travel of Islamic State militants and keep foreign fighters from joining the battle."

These are keys that are not pushed hard enough.
Obama should call these countries out for allowing support to come from there, even if private citizens. Same with Saudi.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 07:17

Georgia ethics commission fires director

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - Remove the ethics commission from any influence of the governor and legislature. Put its operation under the jurisdiction of the State Supreme Court, and give it subpeona powers. Let members be appointed by the SC judges, and let the budget for the office come under the direction of the SC.

Yes, and I would add somehow ensure that the commission is adequately funded to operate. Wasn't part of the problems in the recent past caused by "serious budget concerns", as stated in the article?

P.S. perhaps the members should be appointed and be directed by South Carolina (that SC). (ha ha )

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 07:12

Georgia system to grade teachers 'paralyzing,' Lanoue says

@mpd0.59: thank for a reasoned response. TeeWee represents most of the GOP type thinking now

posted @ Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 20:43

Georgia system to grade teachers 'paralyzing,' Lanoue says

I get to see the downstream results of focus on testing over the past decade or so. My students at UGA are comfortable with "give me an equation and I can plug and chug some numbers in", but don't like it when they are asked questions that delve into the concepts of what these equations mean or the basic insight into their development (not talking the math, but rather the 'why does it work that way?'). That takes a higher level of thought than just simply figured out the answer to a multiple choice test.

posted @ Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 09:25

Democrats borrow a GOP idea on health care costs

What you think the chances are that GOP and Dems could actually work together on an issue like this anytime between now and 2016 presidential election?

Slim and none come to mind...

posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 - 07:56

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