Ponsoldt is already getting his called for "hardball," but his ignorance of the Constitutional basis for negotiations around the debt limit -- and the prior 17 times this has occurred since 1976 -- may be questionable.posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 15:03
While I do not favor either "side" I do believe much of the media coverage has been biased in favor of PBO and democrats and against republicans. This conjured media narrative follows the prior treatment of GA "Tea Party" groups that were maligned, sometimes, as racists, and other negative terms. In reality, they raised alarms about bread and butter fiscal issues at a time they needed raising. If it were possible to live beyond our means, as a nation, forever, then those calling for fiscal sustainability might forever be derided. As the opposite is true, early word of the GOP as "bullies" surely will be reconsidered and corrected.posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:53
In the beginning of your Op-Ed you were on the right track and believe local media outlets ought try to keep such data (federal spending) on hand, and up to date.posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:35
“If Republicans aren’t willing to set aside their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting,” Mr. Obama told reporters Monday at Martha’s Table, a Washington-area food bank, “and defaulting could have a potentially devastating effect on the economy.”
Hmmmmm! In other words, PBO has drawn another red line in the sand and dared Republicans to cross it? I think in this case the President means what he says: He, the media, democrats and liberal Americans are willing to allow a "technical" default in order to "punish" the GOP!
News from the City is that fund managers have not hedged their bets against default both because they believe the chance is "remote," and because they can't fathom the bets they could place to keep their positions safe.
I'd guess Boehnor will allow the vote on the Senate compromise and it'll pass with lots of "no" votes from conservatives. On the other hand, if he dug in and refused to offer the measure for a vote, a technical default might occur. The other side is fine with "default," and now only the House Speaker is left to decide.
After a "technical" default, what? One bottom-line is that the U.S. has the means to pay as promised; in the 1998 Russian default, this was not the case. As of 3:08 pm est, October 15, 2013, current debt issues of the U.S. are ALL topped-out on yield! Forget about what the stock market does; the bond market is the terrible bully best left alone.
In Congress, the financial hiccup might make them "compromise-as-usual" but it's still NOT clear that PBO and Lew would offer any compromise but simply sit back and let the clock tick: In effect, the U.S. economy would be dead on the table but the Chief Doctor would be refusing resuscitation efforts.
If it gets to that point, Congressional leaders on the left and right might come together and overthrow a President.
Pretty good summary of predicted effects of U.S. default:posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:12
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Doug Lowry painted the local government as rife with corruption at a Republican party meeting Monday night.
Pretty balanced coverage, again, from the ABH on this issue.
At the very least someone ought vet these accounts and look at revenues and expenditures. Although going forward, the manager is indicating these private accounts will be done away with, likely they will be reconstituted as "e-cards" /purchase cards aka "p cards"/ or perhaps a petty cash account subject to government audits.
Broadly-speaking, all three sister governments here in ACC may distribute "e-cards" to select department heads, principals, and others who need money to pay for supplies, etc. Routine audits of these bank records, comparison, say, of how much money each school spends vs. the others and how total e-card expenditures change v. overall government revenues or year end comparisons ought be a routine task of the local media. In most cases, whenever someone uses an e-card, they have to document the expenditure as to what was bought and why. In some cases, you might find quite a bit of charges for dining out and morning coffee. Generally-speaking, as well, access to these funds may allow some department heads to favor certain employees over others; say if they pay certification costs for a select employee but not for others. Moreover, auditors and other authorities could allow certain departments, schools or other divisions access to more funds than others. Here again, is great potential for abuse and influence peddling; punishing enemies; rewarding friends. Upper management, as well, can subjectively deem a purchase as "illegal" or "excessive" as a way to run off and wash-out an employee who has fallen into disfavor for political reasons. Such capricious treatment is BAD for employee morale and harms the public interests. Sunshine the best disinfectant.posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 13:29
U.S. Default No One Wants -- Except Us!
PS: EducateGA, have you thought about the implications of local, state, and federal economies wholly dependent on borrowing and spending as "economic strategy"? The train wreck approacheth!posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 - 14:08
@EdwardLTant: This what you have in mind?posted @ Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 12:18
Despite gridlock in DC and a divided nation, the U.S. powers forth duly expanding its policy frame works in pursuit of further globalization. To be sure, domestic opposition will finally create enough juice to have policy-makers reverse course, but not before the current trend fully exhausts itself.
Towery's foray into the Washington China Shop is a side-note, and perhaps the kind of thing many Americans fantasize about. But in his, and our, 'close-up' look at political personalities, there is a deception about the current flow of real events that moves independently of the media, voters, or whom we choose to elect. The economic tsunami is immune to market and marketing optimism, sales pitches, and sunny media and government spending projects and reassurances about a return to 'normal.'
In fact, the U.S. has lost much of its ability to compete, economically, in a relatively short period of time, say from about 1982 to today. Along the way, we've created a massive deficit as the real economy was propped-up with leverage and borrowing tomorrow's tax revenues to spend, today. We've outsourced much of our manufacturing and production might even as we've insourced cheap labor to 'save' certain domestic capacity (Where such businesses are only solvent if labor is in surplus). Generally, we've used OUR own tax revenues, and capital in order to propel the new 'Flat Earth' along! Most certainly, policy-makers have inadvertently nearly destroyed the American middle class while creating a shrinking elite, and casting the majority of would-be workers into a Hellish competition with laborers around the globe.
It might be as simple as David Stockman's miscalculation, and the quick way some leaders began, at once, to love the effects of spending in excess of revenues. With so much talk of impending doom but no sure 'sign,' it's not surprising that Towery and most else fail to "get" the last gasps of the global credit bubble, and the sure global depression and division wrought out of it. But an irritable denial likely does not mean political gridlock and division are not certain signs of economic desperation, policy disarray, and division.
On the bright side, government spending, in great excess still, can easily be made more effective. The U.S., as well, can restore its competitiveness with gradual policy-shifts that reincorporate the need for domestic employment. As is, the nation has great resources and human capital; all that's needed is a consensus against the status-quo. Like it or not, THAT is what you see building by fits-and-starts in DC, and it may be the only thing that can put the U.S. back on course to its former status as a competitive, "developed" nation.posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 - 14:27
How about a Million Moron March on Washington? Imagine CNN's saturation-Blitzer, words from the President, and select Congressional leaders!
PBO: I am marching with you into the annals of history! One small step for a man, one giant leap of faith for an electorate! Unlike Iran in 1979 or Syria, just a few weeks ago, I will NOT be held hostage in the White House by extremists in the Republican party demanding we rein-in spending and delay job killing programs for which many of you have already won exemptions! I will not negotiate and when I do, I'll still not negotiate! Whoop, they-it-is!
Paul Broun: Our heavenly Father! Please bless the assembled masses and always remember the apple but falleth not far from the tree! In our time of need, let's just say "No!" to creditors, "No!" to Obamacare, and bring forth the loaves and fishes and presenteth them as an offering to National Park Service workers so they'll be essential for at least as long as it taketh to cleanse the foul odor and make the Mall smell fresh again! Amen!
Boehnor: It's time for this President to come down from the mighty rhetoric, sit down, and talk about something that is keeping this government shut-down like before. His refusal to talk has harmed our economy, and harmed our people. I'm hear to tell ya, that's OUR job!
PBO: If the House Speaker was honest with the American people he'd tell them that it's the White Houses' job to sow division and rancor in order to frighten the public and hopefully scare this tiny fraction of a fraction in the Republican party into quiet acquiescence and obscurity. They are not supposed to be a rising majority even now running government and cheating me out of my Legislative Legacy! It's Hillary's turn, NOT the tea party's turn! It isn't fair to all those Americans who voted for me in the last TWO Presidential elections or all the employers and special interest groups who have applied for and been granted exemptions to Obamacare. It's not fair to the Supreme Court either that ruled Obamacare WAS Constitutional! Think about it! If it was a bad bill we would have read it first and made the process transparent. I can and have changed the law many times, myself! All the Republicans need do is ask for or apply for an exemption! Stop holding the Executive Branch hostage to the legislative process! I never said it was perfect, but that's no reason to pull a gun and hold it to the baby's head and demand the baby be thrown out with the bathwater! Don't bring a gun to a knife fight! The American people like it, and will not stand for that! And neither will I unless there's a better gig than the U.S. Presidency! If so, let me know! If not, drop the threats and demands and go ahead and re-open the government and raise the credit limit!posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 15:19
So, government is out to make life as "difficult as possible" for U.S. citizens? That would explain a lot!posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:46
Coltrain and the ABH did a great job covering this interesting story. It was fair, balanced, and refused to jump to conclusions; you put both sides in the article.posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:50
“I think I know what (the legislature’s response) is going to be, but I feel kind of ‘you already know the answer if you don’t ask,’” Hamby said.
Long-gone are the days of the backdoor tax increase via rising property prices. Instead of asking state leaders if local government can increase taxes, why not ask the people who elected you?posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 13:25
If elected leaders would simply dissolve the monopoly that is ACC Solid Waste, the problematic situation would be instantly solved. Allow private waste haulers to compete; they'll get the job done better, at NO cost to the public. Guaranteed!posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:02
If courts in Michigan or the U.S. allow Detroit to not pay as promised, that is the U.S. default. German bond holders, and others, do not distinguish between debt instruments denominated in USD.
No matter what the Congress and President decides, lenders will require higher interest, and stricter repayment terms. The global credit bubble, is bust. The value of financial assets and title to same (stocks; bonds; USD) are on their way to a new bottom. Whose fault? Holders of all financial assets, and their lackeys both in the media and in elected office.
Prudent savers and good fiscal managers now the up and coming. Borrowers and spenders, and advocates of same, now with recognizable Scarlet letters.
Everywhere, recognition of a repressed reality, and dignified acceptance of old wisdom.posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 11:43
@mcdawg: You ascribed to yourself your own diagnosis of the malady ("for profit" health insurance, health-care system). And -- like the rest -- you'll be force-fed Mammon's "Obama- cure!" No need to take sides!
As Weaver D says, "It's automatic!"posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 14:09
I counted 12 "news" stories running under the heading of "Health" in today's ABH. This sort of sponsored comment might not meet the same requirements as that of a local news; hence a different standard for a different section of the paper. This might be what Ed's cited author is talking about, NOT reader feedback, comments or "Athens-Talks." In the latter, anyone with common sense knows the content is not real journalism; in the former, everyone is duly supposed to believe that is real journalism.posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 13:44
Dupuy gets how the leverage-fueled bubble summarily downsized her parents with much of the booty funneled into the coffers of Wealth, Inc. But the come-on and hook that enticed so many to borrow easy money, is the same one she holds-up in favor of a government "takeover" of the health care system. As for the American economy, it is set for more downsizing, far into the future; it is NOT an economy that can reasonably be expected to pay for everyone's healthcare, including her laid-off parents. Bottom-line: O-care advocates are unpaid lobbyists for a growing health care insurance monopoly working feverishly to climb atop the health delivery system and parasitize the cash flow. It MUST be paid for, this time, by severely limiting care to all those caught in the system; Goldman Sachs wins, again!posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 13:01
Well, well! Like the way this new tax proposal went-up in smoke!
After a nearly three-hour meeting Monday evening listening to hundreds of people upset by a bill regulating cycling, the three state lawmakers from Hall County who sponsored the bill declared it dead.
However, motorist complaints were barely mentioned as cyclist after cyclist stood up tell their stories about being cursed at, things being thrown at them from passing cars and being injured by cars and loose dogs as they’ve ridden on public streets.
For the "rest of the story" I would suggest all bicycling and motorcycling advocates realize they are duly on notice: Public outcries over alleged abuses both by bicycle and motorcycle riders can turn into bad laws, notions, and opinions that not only threaten lives but that mean riding is prohibitively expensive.
As noted, no more "critical mass" rides and try to "educate" non-bikers in an always courteous, respectful manner;
No more police or government or media publicity or escorts for mass motorcycle rallies, rides and parades. No matter what the "good cause," these massively disruptive maneuvers are disrespectful to the whole that uses our public roads. It makes people angry, and not for a good reason!
Biking is an enjoyable and healthy pursuit that we should encourage, not seek to legislatively punish; but "bad actors" out there threaten all. The two wheelers need to do some talking amongst themselves and get together on strategy. Taking on cars and trucks on the highway, driving aggressively, disrupting the flow of traffic, excessively loud mufflers are ALL things that work against bikers.posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:46
@DanMatthews: Ha-ha, Dan! You of all people can easily recognize Broun as outside the Republican mainstream. Aren't you forgetting the liberal (and RINO Republican, EG Jack Kingston) strategy designed to isolate the maverick as a "Creationist," Bible-thumper, and gun nut? Oh, wait, that's for later, right? Dishonesty as an essential trait of the modern liberal. Lies ok, for the right reasons ...posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:29
@mcdawg: No, the health care crisis in America cannot be solved simply by providing everyone a voucher to purchase health insurance; as you suggest, Obamacare is mostly the brain-child of insurance industry lobbyists who wanted to cement their role of taking a percentage off the top of all spending.
Their proceeds, of course, are had not because they tended a wound or prescribed a hypertension med; they are not paid because they delivered a newborn or counseled and consoled one afflicted by mental illness. They are PAID simply because they found a way to parasitize the system; and insert themselves as powerful "gatekeepers" amid a vast river of capital.
But Broun has a unique perspective as a physician; his idea of making health care expenditures fully deductible from earnings would do a great deal to insure working Americans against catastrophic financial losses. Every cash-pay transaction, further lifts recipients and providers out of the sure illness that is dealing with private and public health insurance agents and organizations. His idea of allowing competition -- across state lines -- for those offering health insurance would do a lot to unravel parts of the monopoly in GA designed not to "help" those seeking insurance but to insure they pay more than they ought with the profits going to, uh, "them."
And, of course, Repeal of O-Care would do much to purge some of the free-loading parasites from the system.
I'd suggest some learned liberals in ATH and elsewhere are recipients of a false image of Broun's legacy and policy-making intent; over at Flagpole, liberal journalists have long plied a tar-and-feather sort of coverage intended to deliberately deprive readers of the real facts; and to seek to "abort" Broun's hold on political power simply because his views are not the same as the Flagpole liberals. You, of all people, ought have known better than to side with this anti-American, anti-common sense n'er do well, liberal filth.posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:27
“The content of newspapers is being coarsened and cheapened. Instead of being the medium that corrects, verifies, or debunks the farrago of fact and rumor that is passed along by the Internet, we are merely passing it along ourselves. Instead of doing what television can’t do, we are trying to become printed television,” he wrote. “There can’t be different standards in different sections of the same newspaper.”
Clearly, the writer is NOT referring to standards that apply to reader feedback, comments, or letters-to-the editor; instead, he is referring to content passed as "news" that doesn't meet the same standards as regular stories written by local journalists. Attacking the commentariat might feel good, but it does nothing to correct the real problem in journalism today.posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 15:39
@Save our Republic: Um, did I hear a pin drop?
Cue up Tattoo: "Ze plan! Ze plan!"
Now back to the sullen liberal silence ...posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 14:32
Unless the pope is prepared to reject the hierarchy’s absolute condemnation of these actions and revise the official teaching, his comments reflect merely changes of style and tone. These are welcome as far as they go, but they fall far short of the reform needed if the church is to fulfill its fundamental aim of bearing witness to the truth.
So, now the liberals have "gotten" it and realize they've been duped. This Op-Ed, I suppose, is a wolf whistle to the liberal left to renew their assault on all religious values, including those of the Catholic Church!
As noted before, liberals appear to be seeking some sort of official Absolution for their own doubts about morality. But that is an unreasonable request and could not be granted no matter what a particular religious authority might utter! In fact, at least the technocrats ought admit "religion," per se, is a lasting institution because humans, by their nature, frequently doubt and question their feelings and beliefs; for those willing, religious orthodoxy will listen and offer a comfort the would-be "learned" and "scientific" cannot imagine they must ever need. Good luck, with all that ....!posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 14:27
Ms. Holmes ought check the other polls including election results that have already given the GOP a supermajority in the state house, two senators and nearly all the sitting GA congressmen. Likely Jones' captured the sentiments of the majority in GA who see the real harm wrought by Obamacare and know that the President's intransigence -- in protecting his "legacy" legislation -- is the one responsible for the shutdown. Unfortunately, the new health care law does more harm than good and crimps the economy at the worst possible time; the only thing worse than a temporary shutdown is a government plan to kill jobs and investment.posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:24
@EdwardLTant: What I find more amusing is the fact that Athens' liberal media establishment has its own self-imposed ignorance when it comes to covering a locally elected Congressman. I can claim ignorance for getting the possessive wrong. But, Ed, are you and your colleagues claiming ignorance for ignoring a local link to a national story? Isn't that "arrogance," instead?posted @ Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 14:19
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Summary: Nearly 80 players from two dozen high schools will participate in the FCA All-Star game on Friday. Nearly 80 players from two dozen high schools will participate in the FCA All-Star game on Friday. The game will be played at Clarke Central at 7:30 p.m. The West team will be headed by honorary head coach Billy Henderson and assistant head coach Jeff Herron, The East team will be led by honorary head coach Ray Lamb and assistant head coach Michael Gunn.