Super Hero Delta Pilot Captain Dick To The Rescue

Sun, 06/08/2008 - 2:20pm
By: Git Real

I promise to protect and serve our citizens. I will protect our economy with good paying jobs supported by smart pro-business legislation. I will serve our children with a quality education.

Yawn… more political clichés from another wannabe politician. How many times have we seen these same voter pick-up lines over the years.

Unlike our current Representative, who idly sits back, reacts to events unfolding, and goes with the flow,

Well, it’s obvious Captain Dick is clueless as to what Representative Jim Yates’ record truly consists of. Other than Dan Lakly, I cannot think of a stauncher taxpayer advocate than Mr. Yates has proven himself as. Mr. Yates caused the GD word jump from Zell Miller’s mouth on one occasion causing the big spenders to have to take the eraser to wasteful and excessive spending on more than one occasion.

The most hideous problem that he has personally caused is voting for reduced education funding every year since….

To interpret that to the little people……. Captain Dick believes that our poor test grades and education rankings are caused by the lack of dollars being funneled into education. Delta Captain Dick would have you to think that throwing more cash around will result in improved test scores. Thank Rick…. That solution has been tried repeatedly with very little success. Come on here and tell us to dump Cathy Cox as state school superintendent and you’d have a lot more credibility. Tossing more dollars…. Where did you get that lame mindset come from?

Education-All good things in life start with a solid education. Our children are our ……

Yada, yada, yada..

Vouchers- We need to be able to let our taxpayers choose the school they want their children to attend……

More clichés. Yeah many of us do desire a voucher system. Just not the Matt Ramsey, Valencia Seay, Ronnie Chance voucher system that would have destroyed Fayette County via access of students from the failed Clayton School Systems.

Vocational Training-The many kids who are not academically oriented, or who are not interested in college must have the opportunity for a quality vocational education and training.

I agree Captain Dick. We do need to train many of our young people to have skill sets that will keep them from becoming deadbeats immediately after getting out of high school. We do indeed need to train up more craftsman and skilled laborers instead of building false employment expectations in the minds of every young person that they too can be president of the United States or the CEO of a large company while starting out with six-digit pilots salary from day one.

Taxes- Nobody wants taxes. However, we all need the Police and Fire Departments, we like schools (see above) and paved roads etc. So taxes are the price we pay for our civilized society.

Nah…. No kidding. Thanks for enlightening us with that priceless revelation.

But we must always refine what services we need and then only fund them. It is too easy to continue taking in taxes and not cutting unnecessary items. It is also too easy for politicians to say they will cut taxes and not say which programs will be cut.

Does that include the school systems you want to throw more money at?

I will work to getting the tax reforms that were talked about this past legislative session, ……

I cut that off quick. There was nothing more than a bunch of political rhetoric to bore us with.

We must strive to have a balanced, smart budget that takes care of what we have and prepares our State for the future.

See what I mean. Big hat not cattle….

Bi-Partisanship- We have 180 State Representatives and they all think their counties are the most important. In order to get good things to happen in government, we must be able to work on both sides of the aisle. I will always strive to reach concensus amongst the legislators and make the government work for us like it is supposed to. I will always support good legislation from whichever Party offers it. I will personally strive to initiate smart legislation.

Now this is where we need to really start paying attention to what Captain Dick is trying to tell us. Now I think we can all agree that Bi-Partisanship is a necessary element in getting certain things done under the dome. But, is Delta Captain Dick’s version of Bi-Partisanship what we desire?
Let’s look at where Captain Dick is coming from to better understand his version of bi-partisan politics. Let’s start with these tidbits.

1. Captain Dick was the former webmaster for the Fayette County Democrat Party.

2. Captain Dick’s wife just gave $500 to Obama’s presidential campaign. And he admitted that this contribution took place via the use of his credit card.

3. Captain Dick led an entourage of Democrats into Matt Ramsey’s office to intimidate Ramsey into supporting and voting for the Democrat Virgil Fludd’s district voting bill.

Now that is a man who can truly embrace bi-partisanship and more.

Transportation – Infrastructure

I left this part of Captain Dick’s rhetoric off. Captain Dick has nothing to offer in these areas other than some more classic Ronnie Chance campaign slogans.

Healthcare- There are so many people who do not have any insurance that they flood our hospitals' emergency rooms. The crisis at Grady Hospital, as a major Trauma center for the Atlanta metroplex (that we are in) must be dealt with. I will work hard to get Grady and all the other Trauma centers fully funded every year. When you are involved in a serious accident and get life-flighted to one of these centers, you want it fully operational and properly staffed

Now is this a tell-all issue or what? The solution to our healthcare issues is to throw more money at the corrupt and wasteful Grady Hospital. What Captain Dick is saying is that Fayette and Spalding County needs to embrace the concept of taking our tax dollars and sending them up to Grady Hospital rather than supporting our own healthcare infrastructures right here in Fayette and Spalding Counties. An idea that comes straight from the Democrat playbook disguised as a bi-partisan concept.
I close with the observation that Delta Captain Dick Williams’ definition of bi-partisanship is retaining your Democrat beliefs while masking them via qualifying as Republican. Now isn’t it funny that some of our Democrat friends on the Citizen wasted little time in condemning Rush for supposedly interfering in Democrat primaries while they are dead silent as one of their own actually runs as Republican? How truly shameless is that?

Well, this is just the initial volley into a race that does need to be looked at more closely. There is more to come out Captain Dick as we move forward.

I just don’t understand it???? Williams would have made a great Democrat House Candidate. Puzzled Why should he pretend he is something that he is not? Puzzled

Side note…. Did anyone else note all the spelling errors on Captain Dick’s website?

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 10:43pm.

Let me first start out by saying that I have met Rick Williams twice and talked with him briefly both times. I doubt he could pick me out of a police lineup. I like the guy.

Git, I believe you are a wee bit too hard on Rick Williams. He suffers from a common malady amongst military types in that he refuses to see things primarily through partisan lenses, as advanced homo sapiens like you and I do.

He simply refuses to subscribe to our cherished notion of Party uber alles. He's a bit of an oddity in that he focuses on the "big picture" and as such political parties are more or less a means to achieve a goal, not the be-all and end-all that you and I know they are.

Yes, Williams volunteered to be webmaster of the Democratic party...and yes he now has chosen to run as a Republican. Does this make him a political opportunist? Perhaps. Williams has an identity issue in that he's (my opinion here) neither fish nor fowl: too liberal to be a proper Republican and too conservative to be a proper Democrat. Nevertheless, the guy thinks he has the chops to lead. From what little I've interacted with him, I tend to agree. He's a "leader type", if that makes any sense. Maybe he's too "middle of the road" for his own good.

I don't think Rick Williams considers himself to be a super hero. Yeah, he's spent quite a bit of time flying Delta jets and military jets, and I don't begrudge him the fact that he served in the Air Force. Not everyone is smart enough to join the Army, but I suppose he was young and easily misled. He did happen to attend that pilot vocational school out in Colorado Springs, and I'd remind you that a certain Major King did as well, and as we all know he didn't turn out so badly.

I think people can find something to like AND dislike about Williams' positions (another drawback of being a dastardly 'centrist'...I think it's perfectly reasonable to criticize the man's policies. Williams supports district voting, which I realize is political hemlock to a certain sort of Republican. Personally, I have issues with his stand on charter schools and school vouchers, but overall, I think he's a fair-minded and rational guy.

I wish you could have seen him in action at the district voting rally. He gave the best speech of the night articulating his position...I hadn't met him before then and I remember asking yardman "who IS this masked man?"

There's a clip on YouTube of Rick Williams addressing the Republican Party last month. If there stone-faced, sit-on-their-hands cool reception is any indication of things to come, then Williams has an uphill battle ahead. A very hostile audience, imho.

Has Williams bit off more than he can chew? I don't know, but he's not unlike Barack Obama in daring to dream big. Personally, I wish he'd run for the school board, I think he could really make an impact there. I really like his position on non-college track students.

Finally, I think it's a bit unfair to criticize him for his wife's political choices. Heck, my wife supported Reagan back in 1984 and our marriage eventually recovered!

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 10:16am.

State Rep. John Yates represents a portion of Fayetteville, Brooks and Griffin. His family is originally from Fayette County. He lives in north Spalding County. Mr. Yates jokes that his family once owned 500 acres that they sold for $100 an acre.

First, since Rep. Yates was a WWII pilot, he would probably say not to speak ill of another pilot. Yates play a small but notable part in the Battle of the Bulge as an Army Air Corps pilot that disabled a German Panzer tank in Bastogne. He and Mr. Williams would probably have great stories to share.

So why should he be re-elected? In the words of conservative AJC columnist Jim Wooten, Yates is a man of character, a true conservative and, sadly, people in public service like him "are increasingly hard to find." Yates has been a very rare fiscal conservative who treats the money as his own. He favors private market solutions over government largesse. However, he values the functions of government in areas such as education and has been a strong supporter of the HOPE scholarship and the UGa Extension Campus in Griffin.

And, he is a nice guy.

Good luck to Mr. Williams but not this time.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 11:54am.

Rep. Yates is the last of his kind: the very last World War II vet serving in the Georgia legislature. While I'm sure everyone appreciates his dedicated service to both his country and his state, the stark reality is that if re-elected Rep. Yates will turn 90 years old during his next term!


Should Mr. Yates be spending his twilight years shooing kids off his lawn? Eye-wink

I keep hearing that Mr. Yates is a conservative, yet a cursory scan of his voting record seems to indicate that his primary mission in the legislature is to keep funneling the government pork to Griffin, GA (UGA extension school and the Griffin-Spalding Tech school).

His other major achievement in the past 6 years in the legislature appears to be monkeying around with the tax code to make loopholes to exempt motorcycle dealers from sales tax and franchise tax fees (this is "conservatism"?) and pegging certain government salaries to 2/3 of a judge's salary (automatic pay increases...again, "conservative"?)

Now, I'll admit that until the last election Yates basically flew below my radar screen...can someone tell me a specific "Conservative profile in courage" episode from Rep Yates' government career? I'm honestly curious.

Submitted by sageadvice on Mon, 06/09/2008 - 1:59pm.

I didn't know about Mr. Yates being a WW2 vet.

I have an uncle who got three purple hearts combined in Africa and at the Omaha Beach invasion. He still lives on a 10% disability!

Never says a word about it! My grandson asked him once what he liked about Europe. He said, "nothing."

Submitted by skyspy on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 6:18pm.

Is this the Rick Williams whose signs I saw twice planted on the right of way.........ILLEGALLY?? Along with Ballard and Simmons??

Why is it sooooooooo hard for these people to obey simple county ordinances?

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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 3:20pm.

Faster than a speeding bullet.
More powerful than a locomotive.
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Look! Up in the sky!
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's SuperDem!

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 6:17pm.

I am so tired of the RINO Democrat retreads...This guy's wife gave a large contribution for the Democrat for President. This guy wants district voting.

When Williams first started running he did not even know who his State Rep is (that he is running against).

No way... This guy is a phony.

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Submitted by Git Real on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 3:44pm.

Superhero Capn' Dick can switch from a Dem to Repub Back to a Pilot and now a Politician. All in a blink of an eye.


"That man was Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard".


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Submitted by Cyclist on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 6:45pm.

in a phone booth. Of course, phone booths are very rare now-a-days.

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