‘Nonpartisan’? Who are you kidding?

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It was not for nothing that wags once said, “Lock up your women and children and bury your gold in a safe hiding place. The Georgia General Assembly is in session.”

I often wonder how bad would it be, really, if one year the legislature just simply did not convene. How bad could it be that all those lawyers and oh-so-helpful legislators would just stay home and confine their helpfulness to their immediate family?

Oh, well, one can dream.

An example of how staying at home would be much better for all of us comes courtesy of Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) who has deposited House Bill 682 in the pre-filing hopper.

His bill “would allow counties to petition their local legislative delegation to make the office of county commissioner, along with other county-wide elected offices, non-partisan.”

If there is a more stupid idea than the myth of “nonpartisan” politicians, I have yet to hear it.

Why would anybody want such a change? Let Rep. Peake (a Republican!) explain it:

“My local elected officials asked me to introduce this bill so they can more effectively work together and solve problems that matter to local taxpayers,” said Rep. Peake. “Since Georgia has a long tradition of providing flexibility at the local level for self-government, I think this bill makes sense and I look forward to debating the merits of this legislation with my colleagues during the upcoming General Assembly.”

This bill is good only for politicians, not for real-world voters.

Think about it: Every elected official has some preconceived, maybe even lifelong, philosophy of governance, some notion of how the public purse ought to be protected or spent and on what.

Party labels are like “truth in advertising” labels for the general public. Democrat and Republican are handy, if crude, descriptions of how an individual views government and the exercise of the levers of power.

And this Republican from Macon wants to take away what little descriptive labels we poor voters have left with which to choose from among all those selfless persons who “just want to give something back” by taking charge of our tax money.

As Peake’s news release explains, “This process would mirror the one already in place for the offices of school board members and probate judges, which presently have the option to become nonpartisan through a local act. In Georgia, 107 counties have chosen to create either a non-partisan county school board and/or a non-partisan county probate judge.”

And have we the voters gained any useful information by unlabeling these politicians?

I am for more partisan labeling, not less, because it’s my money that nonpartisan politician wants to take by force of law out of my pocket and spend on whatever that nonpartisan politician thinks is important and appropriate, based on his/her governing philosophy.

A party label would help some — just some — in determining what that philosophy is and would thus be protective of the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s money.

With no party label, you are taking a shot in the dark and placing your money — literally — on somebody about whom you know only platitudes and sound bites that obfuscate more than illuminate.

It’s in the politician’s own best interest to provide as little real information to the voter as he/she can, because you can fool more people more often that way.

Yes, I recognize there are Republicans who spend like Democrats and I am prepared to accept the (so far) theoretical possibility that some Democrats could, in some alternate universe, actually cut both spending and taxation.

But I am really dreaming now.

The news release notes that “Rep. Peake also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the House Republican Caucus.” This guy is one of the Republican wheels in the House.

So this is what are calling themselves Republicans nowadays.

Lock up your women and children, and hide your treasure in a safe place. The Republicans are in session.

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And on a completely separate issue, I have one more sure sign that American culture is on the skids.

For the first time in my lifetime — and so far as I know, for the first time in more than 90 years, since they were invented — there was no college football bowl game played on New Year’s Day.

How can it be New Year’s Day without a college football bowl game being played?

For most of my life, you could count on one thing: By the end of Jan. 1 of whatever year, one could know with certainty the winners and losers and who was Number One in the only game that really mattered.

Not any more.

In the world I remember, Alabama should have played LSU Sunday night and beaten the Tigers by one field goal to win the national championship on the field of play — on New Year’s Day!

Forget the Mayan calendar and the end of the world. No bowl game on New Year’s Day? The world has already ended.

[Cal Beverly is editor and publisher of The Citizen.]

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If nominated I will not run......

if elected I will not serve:)

I'm still out of the country most of the time so that makes it impossible, though some would no doubt favor politicians that stay away and don't come up with new rules and regulations for everybody :)

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Sorry Cal, totally disagree

Partisan political labels mean nothing when Bill Clinton can be somewhat of a fiscal conservative and Ronald Reagan and both Bush's deficit spend to the max AND also rush to expand the size and scope of the federal gov't, because, hey, we're in charge so it's OK! It's been shown for quite a while that not only do some people with a (R) next to their name lie as much as those with a (D) next to their name, but the R's can be labelled as conservative heroes by doing the exact opposite. The Reagan Revolution was not in any way a conservative revolution when it comes to limited government and fiscal prudence.

Is there a difference between a Sam Nunn and a Sharon Angle? Both ran for Senate seats under the present system of "labels" and one is a D and one is a R. One is a very intelligent and has spent a lot of time researching and being prominently involved in national security issues their whole life and the other is an idiot. Yet, I'm supposed to vote for someone because of their political party affiliation? To me, that is one of the main reasons why we have major problems these days and so many ignorant and uninformed voters. "I'll just check this box, sure."

I've bashed the poor and the ignorant lately, but in all fairness, that same ignorance is readily present with people who mindlessly vote straight-ticket for either party or those who don't bother to vote yet want to bore all the rest of us with how it's so useless to bother, wahh, wahh, wahh.

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NUK_1 - Well

Well Nuk it's not just the ones that vote, it's also those that run.

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NuK Took A Look

and came up with the right answer! I was thinking the same thing about the Dem/Repub labels as I read Cal's article but I didn't reply because I couldn't figure out a way to slam PTCO for being ignorant in my response! So, I limited my comments to football, which at this time of year trumps all things political, including the clam bake up in Iowa! Also, you get points for not advocating socialism in the form of public libraries in your retort!

How you gonna take--Tide or Tigers? I say Tigers by 3!

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Ninja: Tigers

I agree with you, Tigers and 3. I'm also going with the Falcons against the NYG but that one is real iffy. NYG are on fire right now and the Falcons need to get the playoff monkey off their backs...I'm thinking they will, but not real confident. Could be a great game!

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Falcons vs. Giants

I think the Falcons might be able to run the ball against the Giants, but Ryan is going to have to get rid of the ball quick on pass plays given what I saw the Giants' defensive front do to Dallas! In the end, I think Eli will be able to dissect the Falcon's secondary. Giants win on final 4th quarter drive by 31-28.

What do ya'll make of our suddenly silent Hizzoner? Not a peep or squeak in a good while. Not even a Happy New Year!

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Ninja - You

don't have to worry about me, your doing just fine showing your bright side.

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Editor Cal, The Reason For No College

football on Jan. 1 was that it was the final day of the NFL! Too many games on the same day dilutes audience ratings and thus advertising revenue! Any good and true capitalist understands that!

BTW, who you taking in the title game? I say the Honey Badger takes what he wants and secures the victory for the Tigers!

Sorry Nick!

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That answer is incorrect

I'm disappointed in you, for someone who knows his football so well, I am shocked you did not know that this policy was in place long before the NFL extended their season into January and had nothing to do with ratings and revenue but rather horses.
In 1893, Pasadena city officials feared that horses used in the Rose Parade and those tied up outside of churches along the parade route could possibly spook on another so they adopted the policy of moving back the parade if New Years fell on Sunday. When the Rose Bowl began in 1902, organizers elected to keep with that tradition. Upon creation of the other major bowl games, they elected to keep with that same tradition.

Cal, you know what they say? Memory is the second thing to go.

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That's correct as far as the Rose Bowl Parade is concerned...

Which has nothing else to do with the reason the rest of the games were played on Monday the 2nd. IMHO.

Probably some language in the contracts with Espn and the NFL regarding it. Many of the bowl games are nothing but made for TV affairs for Espn anyways. Jan 1 used to be special in that regard, not so much anymore.

As far as the LSU game, I hope they roll the Tide. :)

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As well as the others - quick history lesson.

It all started with the Rose Bowl and was picked up by the other major bowls upon their creation.

The Orange, Sugar, & Cotton Bowl were all formed in mid 1930's & played their first January 2nd games in 1939.
The Fiesta Bowl played their first January 2nd game in 1984 (prior to 1982, the game was played in December.)
The Gator Bowl & The Capital One Bowl (FKA Tangerine Bowl & Florida Citrus Bowl) were formed in 1946 & 1947 & played their first January 2nd games in 1950.
The Outback Bowl (FKA Hall of Fame bowl) was formed in 1986 & played their first January 2nd game in 1987

So as you can clearly see this tradition began long before their was ESPN, TV started to broadcast NFL games to the entire nation (1951) or the NFL ever played in the month of January (1967 - New Years fell on a Sunday and the NFL & AFL held championship games that day)

FYI, The NFL did not begin regularly playing games in January until 1969 when the Super Bowl was held on January 4 and it was not until 2004 before the NFL regular season was extended into January (season ended on January 2). The first time the NFL played a regular season game on January 1 was in 2005.

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But how many New Year's Days without ANY college bowl game?

Your history lesson is impressive but does not clearly answer the question posed in the subject heading.

I would never argue that many college bowl games have been played on days other than Jan. 1. That's NOT the point. And I frankly don't care when the pros play. That also is beside the point.

My point was that I cannot recall ANY New Year's Day — whether it was on Sunday or not — that did not have at least ONE college bowl game being played (with the possible and understandable exception of the WWII years) on New Year's Day itself.

The other information about any other bowls being played at any other times is not relevant to the issue.

Am I incorrect? I stand to be corrected by the facts.

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Maybe it has

According to a schedule I located (http://www.collegefootballpoll.com/1999_archive_bowls.html), It appears there were no college bowl games of any kind held on January 1, 2005. I also was able to locate a bowl schedule for 1984 in a magazine I have in my collection and did not notice a bowl game on Sunday, January 1 either.
I phoned a buddy of mine earlier today who use to be involved with the Copper (now Insight.COM) Bowl and he said that the he recalls that the Peach Bowl played on Sunday, January 1 in 1995 & a Gator Bowl in 1989 so while tradition has dictated that bowl games are not played on Sunday, January 1 there has been a couple of exceptions.

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Bigfoot, Have You Ever

actually been to Pasadena and conversed with these horses you speak of? Also, did you personally know Pete Rozelle or Al Davis? Why did you choose GA over FLA in your escape from CA if you are not going to support the Falcons? I would't blame you for not wanting to support the Jags, but the Dolphins still deserve support for having the only perfect season in history!

BTW, do you need me to drop off any bread or milk this evening? If so, please deduct it from my monthly payment toward your LIFELONG retirement. I will put the bag on the steps.

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what in the heck.

does any of that have to do anything? My guess is you don't even know what you are typing at times.

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Bigfoot, I Take It

that you didn't make detective out in LA!

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and you would be.

Right. It's not because I washed out but rather I did not apply. Detectives only dreamed they could play with the toys I got to play with.

BTW, it does not take a detective to see you suffer from CRI (cranial rectal inversion)

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Bigfoot, Well Ain't You The

second coming of Red Barber!

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just goes to prove

you don't know nearly as much as you like to think you do.

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Non-Partisan Commissioners

Bunch of hooey--they'll put a (d) or (R) behind their names if they believe it'll help get them elected and then do whatever the hell they please once in office. Just look at our own County Commission! How about we elect a Libertarian next round---NUK for County Commissioner!

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AHG - Agreed

Nuk is a logical candidate, you know him recruit him.

I am betting he'll have nothing to do with it.

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PTC-O & Recruitment

I've only met Nuk once but if we get together at another Bloggers meet,I'll surely talk to him about it. I think he moves around a lot and can't always match up to meetings.