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where’s the accountability?

I guarantee you more Georgians will be asking that question of the UGA football coach (after a humiliating defeat by Alabama) than of their state’s governor.

Perhaps that makes sense, considering Georgia ranks below Alabama in SAT scores, thanks in part to Sonny Do-Nothing’s lackluster leadership. (Don’t overlook his pandering to the teacher’s union back in 2002 when, in a bid to get more votes from teachers, he opposed reasonable standards pushed by the state’s then-Democratic governor.)

Now in his second term, Sonny hasn’t accomplished much except for promote fishing (tough break with that ensuing drought) and register his righteous indignation with the AJC for a headline that accurately described a different Bulldog drubbing.

Sunday’s sports page headline (“Dogs get put in their place,” referring to Georgia’s 51-33 loss to Tennessee, College Football, Oct. 8) is an indication of the way The Atlanta Journal-Constitution views Georgia. From the front page to the business page and now to the sports page, it is as if the AJC gleefully awaits lousy news about all things Georgia and pounces with their poison pens whenever bad things happen to the good people of our state.

Nice to see the governor squeeze in some official buisness in between his screeds to the newspaper and calls to the Bulldog Hotline. 

Somehow he coasts by, even after his remarkably out-of-touch assessment of Georgia’s worsening fuel shortage.. Around 1 a.m. Sunday I counted 32 cars waiting at the lone gas station in Cumming with fuel.

Here’s Sonny’s response from a few days ago, with the near-crisis well into its second week. Keep in mind that he had yet to speak about the problem, and apparently would’ve remained mum had he not been asked. I’m guessing he wishes he wouldn’t have answered:

“There is ample fuel in the city,” he said. “It’s not everywhere it needs to be, but we do not have a crisis in the sense that we don’t have fuel coming in.”

A “self-induced panic,” he called it.

We can only hope his limo ran our of gas tonight on the way home from Athens. Of course, he’d still be more upset by the final score at Sanford Stadium.

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11 Comments on where’s the accountability?

  1. Sonny could have fixed the gas problem in short order. Insttead of asking to rescind rhe fuel blend requirement, he could have removed that goofy gouging ban.

    Asking a politician to understand economics is like asking a tree to sing opera while writing poetry… it just isn’t in their realm of possibility.

  2. sansho1 // September 29, 2008 at pm //

    “Sonny could have fixed the gas problem in short order. Insttead of asking to rescind rhe fuel blend requirement, he could have removed that goofy gouging ban.”

    Rampant gouging during the manufactured “crisis” a couple of years ago didn’t prevent stations from running out of gas, and there was no real supply chain problem then. People just lined up and waited to top off their tanks and gas-powered appliances. Why do you think $6 gas would prevent people from doing the same thing in the face of a genuine, though short-term, supply crisis?

  3. Yeah, how exactly is gouging productive? Screw the working class — great idea.

  4. You would be the trees to which I refer…. so predictable, I’m guessing you guys aren’t econ or business majors

    It isn’t gouging, it is supply and demand. I love it when people regulate the crap out of industry and then complain about inefficiency and point to that ridiculously over regulatedd industy as proof that free markets don’t work when someone suggests that ehy be allowed to do so in some limited form.

    sansho1 – are you referring to Hurricane Katrina? That would be the storm that knocked three pipelines to GA off line? The one you claim no supply chain shortage? wow….just wow BTW, you refer to $ 6/gal gas? The facts are that a station or two hit $ 5 for one or two days during the entire Katria crisis. I am saying more like $ 8 or $ 10 or WHATEVER number it takes to reach equilibrium. the equilibrium point will change when more supply hits the market, always has and always will, as long as politicians stay out of the way.

    If you haven’t learned about supply and demand by now, I am unequipped to teach you about it now.

    atlmalcontent – simple, If gas were say $ 10/gallon, instead of filling up the car and a couple of gas jugs, which I have directly observed on several occasions, at $ 4/gal, people would make a more rational decision and only buy the amount of gas that they really need. If everyon bought a half tank, instead of a full tank, there would be twice as much fuel available to be purchased by people who really need it. Every person would not do this, but the aggregate would and we would have less demand to wilt the available supply. BTW, I am the “working class” and I drive about 450 miles a week to do my work in a big ass truck for which I buy the gas.

    The “working class” get screwed every day by the people they vote into office to cause, or exacerbate, these problems.

  5. BTW, gouge them hard enough and they will actually learn baout the fools for whom they vote BEFORE the election. Sometimes the best lesson is a bleeding and broken nose.

  6. Insulting people will get you far, Dale. Funny how, as usual, a partisan finds a way to place blame on everyone but the person in power who just happens to share his ideology.

  7. and this is as insulting as anything I said “Yeah, how exactly is gouging productive? Screw the working class — great idea.”

    “a partisan finds a way to place blame on everyone but the person in power who just happens to share his ideology.”

    First I am not a partisan, because I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I am a conservative with Libertarian leanings.

    Second, please point out where I have defended anyone, especially politicians? There is no one in office related to this boondoggle who shares my views or this “gas crisis” (along with the stupid bailout bill) would look a LOT different.

    Until then, your reply is either a non sequitur or was published on the wrong blog entry

  8. sansho1 // September 29, 2008 at pm //

    Thanks for the condescending reply, Dale — I’m aware of the laws of supply and demand.

    Since you’re willing to countenance $10 gas, I assume that arguments based on compelling public interest won’t hold any traction with you, so I’ll stop here.

  9. Is it condescension when you display a lack of understanding of supply and demand, not to mention faulty facts in post #3?

    Compelling public interest? We had enough gas to clog the roads all weekend at the various football games, shopping malls, etc. There is no crisis, therefore no compelling public interest.

    Tell you what, I will promise to stop being a smart ass if you and atlmalcontent will do the same. Deal?

  10. atlpaddy // September 30, 2008 at am //

    I’m just curious if the “laws” of supply and demand hold up when people don’t really give a shit about laws anymore and take what they want, when they want. Libertarianism sounds great in theory, much like communism. In reality, I’d bet it’d look a lot like Haiti.

  11. Atlpaddy – there is a difference between the man made laws that people don’t follow and laws fo nature that are pretty much unavoidable. Supply and demand are natural laws that result from human nature in the macro environment. They are somewaht elastic, but tend to return to equilibrium, unless we tamper with them by regulating against them.

    The flaw of Communism was trying to govern against human nature, while supply and demand are the expression of human nature. Communism also proposed to centralize planning and state that a few educated experts could plan better than the dumb masses. Unfortunately, 1,000,000 “uneducated” citizens are a LOT smarter than 1,000 “educated expert” central planners.

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