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So the White House says funding for dredging the Savannah River can't start until there is a change in an authorization bill concerning development of water resources. And area lawmakers say that's not true, that moving the project from a proposal to an active list made the development authorization unnecessary. And the governor says he wants the state to start work with state money even without federal money. And the White House says the state can't even do that because of the lack of authorization. And environmentalists see the standoff as a boon because anything that delays construction gives them hope that the project can be killed. And the people say, "What? Can't ya'all do anything?" And on top of all that there have been reports of problems with the project to deepen the Panama Canal, which has been one of the main justifications for wanting a deeper channel to the Port of Savannah. What are we to think?


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shannalat commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:27 PM

This is a thinker... I took a government course a long time ago but, there was something the professor said that really resonated with me. "I always tell my students to keep in mind. The United States government was set up to be inefficient." He went on to explain that the efficiency of the British government was what the founding fathers were fleeing from. I would say this is definitely inefficient

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:39 PM

Well, I was told that our Government came about by British Failure to Govern.

Plus Britain had many societal wrongs; debtors prison, no due process, unequal judicial representation for those charged by the British Government, no religious freedoms....etc...etc.

Our Founding Father sought not to replicate failure but rather to make governance succeed, not fail.

You're not a graduate of Clemson are you?

shannalat commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:47 PM

well being more of a Libertarian I would argue that this inefficiency is quite alright.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 16:47 PM

It does smack of a situation where we have the dog chasing his own tail, that's for sure. The AP reports the story here:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/05...

In part, it reads:

"Georgia officials are pushing hard to get the Savannah project started this year. They were stunned Tuesday when Obama released his proposed budget for fiscal 2015 and it contained no construction money for the Georgia project and just $1.52 million for further preparation."

This makes it sound like the Obama administration sucker-punched our Georgia politicians who were expecting the Feds to follow through with promised funding. A Democrat running for Georgia governor is obviously looking to make political hay on the issue, and he tried to spin it this way:

"Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, who's running for governor, said fault lies with Deal because he's "played Washington politics at every opportunity and tried to put a stick in the eye of the administration."

Either way, it looks like a sneaky way to do nothing to me.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:03 PM

Yes it does Sebe. What shall we talk about now? You AND PN literally drive this blog site. The rest of us run behind yall to fight amongst each other over any remains left over.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 at 17:25 PM

Just realized I may have just dissed the webmeister by my comment above.

So, here is what we do: Don't deepen the river, force those losing jobs to leave or train for another job and hopefully see better financial horizons elsewhere, bring about a shrinking of the tax base and a vast vacation of the Landings and invoke the Ronald Reagan when he hosted GE theatre; Progress is our most important product.

Those that stay will be afforded veritable mansions at rock bottom price with little or no tax base to abuse by their former council and commissioner who will have long left with their sack of gold.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 07:21 AM

I think that this is the result of current governmental malfunction at all levels due to bureaucrat's simply looking for ways to postpone and delay all issues just to simply continue to have reasons to do more studies and consume more time in grade and justify ever burgeoning payrolls.

The issue is further compounded by well intentioned, however sometimes wrong, environmentalist.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 07:38 AM

Now I'd like to add that I personally have never thought that it was very wise for us to have given the Panama Canal up in the first place.

Just what peanut brained clown came up with that thought?

Must have been some bumbling bureaucrat or politician.

Furthermore ever increasing sizes of oceangoing freighters and tankers only serve to reward the ultra rich as in owners of shipping lines.

I'd just as soon see four shiploads of trinkets from China unloaded at Port Savannah as to see a single monster of a ship risk the dangerous journey from Tybee to the ports terminals inland of Savannah's beautiful riverstreet.

It's a matter of time until some mechanical malfunction or human error sends one of those monsters crashing into the bridge or the structures along the riverside.

timeontarget commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 07:48 AM

Also if we continue to deepen channels of rivers as well as drainage canals which make their way to the oceans ultimately we continue to increase the risk of damaging both our fresh water supply as well as damaging the water of the ocean.

Mr Webmaster thank you for provoking all of us to think.

We need a little more of that on this site.

shannalat commented on Friday, Mar 07, 2014 at 10:24 AM

ha ha peanut brained.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 12:34 PM

"Mr Webmaster thank you for provoking all of us to think.

We need a little more of that on this site."

What is it that we need - more provoking or more thinking?

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Mar 08, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Yes we do Sebe. I mean, when a comment by Tot draws a Ha-Ha...something is definitely wrong.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 09:04 AM

sebe, now that you mention it, I believe both more provoking and more thinking would improve this site.

And less personal attacks.

Dr Carson said in his now famous speech that "When Liberals have nothing meaningful to say they simply attack".

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Mar 09, 2014 at 15:52 PM

Yes Teeter Tot, we argue and tease Ignorant Conservatives that bash Liberals. Not just the college educated ones, but the ignorant high school drop outs in their ranks, like you.

You Tot are special!

sebekm commented on Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 15:52 PM

Yes he is.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 at 08:10 AM

Jack Kingston had a column in yesterday's (Tuesday 3-11) Savannah Morning News about the harbor dredging project.

It is worth reading.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 08:10 AM

@Tot. Why not just do your thing and copy and paste it here? Why break with tradition? Old Man of Few Words.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 08:22 AM

Wait a minute: Make that Walking Anonymous Man of Few Words.

It Fits you to a T.


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