Billie Jo and Bubba talk about politics

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Billie Jo: Hey, Bubba, what do they do out there in the Georgia legislature?

Bubba: You mean the Georgia General Assembly?

Billie Jo: I guess so. Isn’t that where they make laws?

Bubba: Yes, Billie Jo, and I’ve got a list of their latest ones right here.

Billie Jo: You mean you’ve got a list of what they did in 2006?

Bubba: Yeah, and I tell you, Billie Jo, it’s really impressive what these fellows can do.

Billie Jo: I am eager to learn, Bubba. Please tell me more.

Bubba: Well, I see they passed a law designating February 6 of each year as “Ronald Reagan Day” in Georgia.

Billie Jo: What difference is that going to make? Are we gonna get the day off? We need to keep working and earn money for our retirement one day, you know.

Bubba: I don’t know what difference it’s going to make. The law don’t say. But you can go read it in the Official Code of Georgia: it’s section 1-4-15.

Billie Jo (snickering): Boy, I bet that’s going to make lawbook publishers real happy to have to reprint their lawbooks just to put that in, won’t it?

Bubba: It’s OK, Billie Jo, we don’t buy them lawbooks. It’s the rich lawyers that will pay.

Billie Jo: I don’t suppose that’s all people like our Dan Lakly did, is it?

Bubba: Oh no, Billie Jo, they also made the fourth Monday in March of each year Prison Chaplains Appreciation Day. That’s code section 1-4-16.

Billie Jo: Wow! That’s gonna be real helpful, won’t it? I mean it’s cheaper than giving them each a $25 gift certificate to Wal-Mart, so it helps the state budget.

Bubba: I guess you have a point there, Billie Jo. I’ve always considered you pretty smart anyway.

Billie Jo: I understand they have 40 days to make laws up there. Did they do anything else?

Bubba: Sure enough, Billie Jo. One thing they did was to pass a law recognizing 2006 as the “Year of the Museum.”

Billie Jo: Our place looks like a museum. Maybe that will help us. I mean, Ronald Reagan is dead, and we’re not in prison, so the chaplains thing won’t help us either.

Bubba: I don’t see how that’s gonna help us, Billie Jo, but I can tell you the General Assembly revised the minimum pay salary schedule for sheriffs, tax commissioners, clerks of superior court, magistrates, and probate judges.

Billie Jo: Bubba, do you think “revise” means they have increased salaries?

Bubba: Billie Jo, I’ve always told you you were pretty smart. Funny thing is, I have never seen that mentioned in the newspapers and have never heard politicians boast about that. I am sure our legislators talk with their local sheriffs and these other people about these things. I hope they were thanked properly.

Billie Jo: It seems to me the people to be thanked should be the taxpayers who foot the bill. Anyway, with an election coming some gratitude is sure to be expressed.

Bubba: To show you how fair and hard-working these legislators really are, they passed a law allowing a magistrate to waive his or her minimum monthly salary and something they call contingent expenses.

Billie Jo: Couldn’t a magistrate who didn’t want his money just turn around and write a check back to the State? What’s the point of that?

Bubba: Now, now, Billie Jo, there are things in life that are pretty complicated. Say the fellow takes the money and turns around to give it back to the State. When he prepares his income tax return later in the year, he’ll have to pay income tax on that money even though he don’t have it. Them legislators are real fair, and they’ve got to fix things like this.

Billie Jo: Anything else they did about other people’s pay?

Bubba: Well, they raised the pay of district attorneys and their staff. That’s even more people they made grateful. It makes you wonder why these people don’t come out and express their thanks in public.

Billie Jo: Maybe they do it in private. You know what I mean.

Bubba: Billie Jo, sometimes I think you’re wicked. Sharp as a tack, I always say.

Billie Jo: Well, I don’t want to be called the dullest knife in the drawer. I was just thinking about all these poor Delta people. They didn’t get a raise. They didn’t even get a Delta employees appreciation day, did they?

Bubba: Maybe that will come later. Understand that they had a busy year, considering their year has 40 days. Why, did you know they changed the creel limit for tripletails? That’s at section 27-4-130.1.

Billie Jo: Bubba, you got me on that one. I don’t even know what a creel is. I know that in the Gold Dome they have a calf with two heads, but tripletails is beyond me.

Bubba: And now you can get a license to hunt deer with the use of dogs. That’s in section 27-3-17. I have always thought a gun worked better myself.

Billie Jo: Did they do something for education?

Bubba: Well, they passed a law requiring training for municipal court clerks. That’s section 36-32-13.

Billie Jo: I thought all these people did was to take people’s money. The folks who work at Wal-Mart have to learn how to take checks, credit cards, debit cards and gift cards, but what do these people have to learn? They only take cash.

Bubba: Billie Jo, you just don’t understand. When the judge wants to impose a fine of $100, there’s a bunch of surcharges for the pension plan of everybody in sight, the local jail, the brain-damaged people, and a whole slew of worthy causes. So the $100 turns into $200, and these clerks have to charge all that and send all these little bits of money to all the right funds. It takes training to do that, and to be quite frank some of these clerks need to be told not to put the money into their own pocket.

Billie Jo: Look at that car over there, Bubba. Have you ever seen a tag like that?

Bubba: There’s gonna be a lot more to get excited about, Billie Jo. Our legislators are giving us a whole slew of new tags to look at. There’s one supporting the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom. If they write that on the tag, I bet you you’ll need a microscope to make out the small numbers on the tag. There’s another one supporting the Global War on Terrorism and Iraqi freedom. Tough choice there between these two.

Billie Jo: But it’s so generous of our legislators to give us all these choices.

Bubba: But that’s not all, Billie Jo. There’ll be a tag honoring the family members of service members who have been killed in action while serving in the armed forces of the United States, and it will be free for them. There will be another tag identifying persons with diabetes; one honoring veterans who have served in the armed services of the United States; and one honoring the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Billie Jo: Wow! What if you’re a diabetic real estate agent who was once in the military? Think of all the choices. This is mind boggling.

Bubba: And yet there’s another new law which requires a judge who might sentence them for speeding to tell them by how many miles they exceeded the speed limit.

Billie Jo: Couldn’t they figure it out by subtracting the speed limit from the speed they were going at? Is the state going to provide judges calculators? You know these judges aren’t good at math.

Bubba: Here’s that little negative streak of yours that’s showing up again, Billie Jo. You know we have an excellent education system. But I might tell you one new law provides for individual members of a local board of education to enroll in state insurance coverage where the local board of education has failed to remit payment for group coverage.

Billie Jo: Wow! Tell me no more, please, Bubba. I am overwhelmed at the thoughtfulness of our state legislators. Such brilliant minds…

Bubba: But that’s not all, Billie Jo. Our legislators realized we needed an official state cold water game fish. So they added code section 50-3-82 and (ta-daaaa) the Southern Appalachian brook trout was it. And we needed an official Georgia salt-water fish. Code section 50-3-83 designated the red drum as our official Georgia salt-water fish.

Billie Jo: Bubba, you’ve told me tales like that for years. Didn’t the whole state government turn Republican last year? I thought only Democrats did things like that.

Bubba: Billie Jo, I hate to tell you this, but this business about your being the sharpest knife in the drawer I might have to reconsider.

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Submitted by Old Goat on Thu, 07/06/2006 - 12:50am.

Wonderful, Please keep it up...eyinvest.

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 9:27am.


Submitted by doc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 9:30am.


Submitted by doc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 8:44am.

This blog is a prime example of Linda Well's animosity towards the home grown residents here. She sees all of you as Bubba's and Billie Jo's and frequently uses the word Bubba when refering to anyone who grew up here.

Wouldn't it be funny if she got beat by Bubba's son.

Submitted by lifeinptc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 8:03am.

Linda Wells is campaigning for Cathy Cox for Governor. Apparently Linda is not so confident that she's going to win her race so she is going to focus her attention on helping Cathy Cox. All of us who know Linda know there must be something in it for Linda.

Oh well, I hadn't planned on voting for Cox anyway. Poor Cox probably hasn't a clue about the true Linda.

It's okay Ms. Cox take her, she's great, take her to Atlanta!!

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Submitted by Git Real on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 9:34am.

I thought Linda was a Republican?

Submitted by doc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 9:47am.

The Republican Party has been the Party of convenience for her until now. We'll have to wait and see if this is going to be the new direction she takes. I suppose if she is unseated as County Commissioner she is finished here anyway.

Maybe Cathy has some plush State job waiting for her.

Submitted by Southside on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 8:39pm.

I always thought eyeinvest was Linda Wells, who is a financial consultant. I don't know why she would spend her time on this garbage. Linda is all about nothing but Linda.

Submitted by tonto707 on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 6:19am.

and no one has ever seen anything close to an attempt at humor from Linda Wells.

Word from the underground is that Linda Wells is the instigator of much of the conflict the commission has going with the sheriff and the cities.

Submitted by doc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 8:54am.

It wasn't funny it was goofy. I think the post about her helping Cathy Cox for Governor is the most likely explanation. Especially when she followed up her own post slamming Sonny. I think she realized she hadn't driven home her point.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 6:38am.

What could Mrs. Wells hope to gain by instigating such conflicts?

Do you honestly think she could shine enough bad light on Mr. Dunn such that he would lose the election? Okay, then what?

She’s considered not much more than one of Mr. Dunn’s cronies and without Mr. Dunn around for her to hide behind what could she do? Is she known to have had an independent thought in the last 12 years?

Submitted by tonto707 on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 6:57am.

bad_ptc, but what I am hearing from some of the insiders that are close to the action is that Linda and Greg are power hungry and feed off each other in that struggle. And I wouldn't imagine her being a crony of Greg's, she was the lone NO vote on the Senior Citizen funding about a year ago.

Neither can accept the fact that they cannot control the sheriff, with full knowledge that federal and state law is on the side of the sheriff. Another indication of their hunger for power.

I wouldn't under rate Linda when it comes to independent thought although she seems to vote with Greg most of the time. I heard someone call her "Commissioner NO" recently, which seems to be an apt characterization.

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 7:05am.

Wells without Dunn is like Anita Bryant without orange juice.

Submitted by fayetteobservers on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 6:53am.

Lind'a motivation has always been singular and the same--- to promote Linda. Getting even is a good reason for her to manipulate Greg. From any group she has drawn a check or do anything including any of the civic groups where she came in the front door and went out the back it has always been about promoting Linda and manipulating others. Remember--- she got in before Greg even came to town and started out as the gopher boy for Rick Price. So she has had original thoughts but they have always been about Linda. Her current business is as a "financial consultant". That concerns me with her also being with county.

Submitted by doc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 8:29am.

You're right she is a financial consultant and she does have a conflict of interest. The county employees have a financial consultant named Bruce Farman available to them so they can ask questions about their retirement. He was hired before Linda came along. He used to give the employees financial seminars. When Linda came along she nixed it because he is her competition in her private practice. What was it you said in your add about integrity Linda?

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 7:00am.

Is there bad blood between Dunn and Wells?

If there is, spill it.(pun intended)

Submitted by tonto707 on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 12:47pm.

but someone please tell me why anyone would spend the time it takes to type all that silly drivel. Does eyeinvest have nothing to do?

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 7:07am.

Bubba thanks you for noticing the long, long list of worthless meaningless legislation adopted by our Republican legislature. Did the governor sign everyone of these bills? Yes, Sonny did!

Submitted by Harvey on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 7:41am.

Your responding to your own blog! What the... It was lame enough as it stood.

Submitted by doc on Sun, 07/02/2006 - 12:43pm.

So what the hell was that. Has Bonner got a Janet Dunn in his camp. Actually that was so long and rambling it sounded more like Peter. I didn't even have an opinion in that race until now. Goofy didn't work for Dunn. It won't work for Bonner either Go Lakly.

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Submitted by mudcat on Mon, 07/03/2006 - 6:54pm.

Good account of how our "representatives" spend their 40 days of glory.

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